Watch our exclusive 4K and 1080p clips shot with the new Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III camera

Just a few weeks after its announcement in late March 2016 we took the new Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III camera out and about in London to shoot some 4K and high frame rate clips and can now share some of our first sample footage.

The footage was shot with a Sony RX10 III including using the camera’s f/2.4-4 24-600mm (equivalent) 25x zoom lens to its full telephoto zoom limits using a standard SD card (because the camera doesn’t record at high enough bit rates to require CFast). The aim was to see the first 4K results and also to try out the 60fps frame rate of the camera when shooting at 1080p. The shooting options for 4K are at 24fps, 25fps or 30fps whilst 1080p footage can be recorded at 60fps.

The camera records the full readout from all of the 20.1 million pixels on its 1-inch size CMOS sensor and this is then down-sampled to a 4K resolution – in other words it is over-sampled and no pixel binning is involved. The RX10 III has the S-Gamut and S-Log2 contrast modes available through its Picture Profiles menu, which allows you to colour match footage shot with other Sony cameras, such as the Alpha 7S II or the FS5.

Other key video features include a High Frame Rate (HFR) mode that allows footage to be recorded at 250fps (1824×1026), 500fps (1676×566) and 1000fps (1136×384) – footage is saved at 1920x1080p but is upscaled from the lower resolutions mentioned above.

The sample footage was shot by Amateur Photographer’s Technical Editor, Andy Westlake, who commented: “This footage was all shot hand-held with the Sony RX10 III. The footage is impressively detailed, as we’ve come to expect from Sony’s 4K output, and disproportionately better than most cameras’ Full HD output. The lens maintains sharpness remarkably well throughout its ambitious 24-600mm zoom range, giving plenty of detail right across the frame. The image stabilisation works reasonably well, although being optical it can’t correct rotation around the lens axis, and not surprisingly it struggles a bit at the longest focal lengths. However zooming during recording is smooth, with the opening clip illustrating well the lens’s immense range.”

Our first-ever sample footage filmed with the Sony RX10 III shows a mixture of 4K footage that was shot at 30 frames per second and Full HD 1080p (1920x1080p) footage, which was shot at 60fps and slowed down by 50%. All footage was shot with a standard picture profile. No colour grading was done to the footage and no additional stabilisation was added.

Sony RX10 III: key video specs

  • Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 24-600mm f/2.4-5 equivalent lens
  • 1-inch, 20.1 million pixel stacked CMOS sensor
  • BIONZ X Image processor
  • 4K video without pixel binning
  • Full pixel readout – collects approx. 1.7x as much data
  • 1000fps 40x Super Slow Motion
  • S-Gamut/S-log2 mode
  • Picture Profile image modes
  • NEW: Three lens rings – focus, zoom and aperture can all be controlled smoothly
  • NEW: Focus hold button on the lens barrel
  • Microphone and headphone inputs
  • Micro HDMI
  • NFC and Wifi

To view Amateur Photographer’s first sample images shot with the Sony RX10 III just click here.