First Images from the Sony RX10 III May Make Me Change My Mind About Super Zoom Cameras

Whenever I hear about 20x, 25x or even more lenses on smaller sensor cameras, my eyes glaze over. They're going to be crap, right? Umm...well, I've only had the Sony RX10 III in house a couple of days and I've had a lot of other things going on, but these first few images -- straight out of the camera, no nuttin' -- look pretty damned good. Then again, for $1,500 they ought to.

Sony's just started shipping the RX10 III, a 4K-recording, 1" backside illuminated stacked 20 megapixel sensor camera with built-in 24-600mm (!) 35mm full frame equivalent power zoom lens by Zeiss. It's $1,498 at B&H, in stock now. Photo by Hugh Brownstone

Sony's just started shipping the RX10 III, a 4K-recording, 1" backside illuminated stacked 20 megapixel sensor camera with built-in 24-600mm (!) 35mm full frame equivalent power zoom lens by Zeiss. It's $1,498 at B&H, in stock now. Photo by Hugh Brownstone

I'll be putting the RX10 III through its paces in the coming days, but I just wanted to get first images out to everyone. I'll be adding more shortly.

These first three are naturally lit, hand-held, auto-everything -- straight out of the camera JPEGs. Colors look lovely, and what's in focus looks super-crispy. I see noise, but it appears evenly spread and I don't mind.

Why not RAW, you may ask?

Fair question. I have a sneaking suspicion most people will shoot JPEGs with this thing, but I could well be wrong. RAW coming up soon.

But it really has me wondering: is this a superzoom which is going to slaughter some well-known DSLRs for the vast majority of buyers out there?

To be determined. Stay tuned.

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