The first Sony RX100M3 photos and a complete list of specs have been leaked on the web along with the compact camera’s price ahead of its official announcement on May 16.
Sony has been supposed to reveal the RX100M3 on April 30, then on May 1, and eventually on May 15 this year. All of these deadlines have been missed and now it seems like the RX100 II replacement will actually be unveiled on May 16.
The rumor mill has revealed plenty of details about the new device. However, the “official” leaks have recently started with Sony Luxembourg, which is claiming that the RX100M3 will cost €849 in Europe and will be released on July 8.
Thankfully, a lot of information is leaked before a major announcement. After the Luxembourg division’s mistake, Sony Canada is the one to reveal plenty of details before the product launch event.
As a result, we now know the entire specs list of the upcoming RX100M3 compact camera as well as its release date and price in Canada. Moreover, the first photos of the camera have showed up on the web, courtesy of a Japanese source.
Full Sony RX100M3 specs list released very early by Sony Canada
Sony’s new shooter will sport a 20.2-megapixel 1-inch-type Exmor CMOS image sensor, BIONZ X image processor, and a 35mm equivalent lens of 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8.
The latter part means that the last source concerning the lens has been right. At first, it has been believed that the RX100M3 will sport a 28-100mm f/1.8-2.8 lens, which has been patented by the company.
Nevertheless, an unnamed source has claimed that the camera’s lens will have a wider focal length, while losing several millimeters from the telephoto end. Overall, it is great that the maximum aperture at the telephoto end is now much brighter than the f/4.8 aperture found in the RX100 and RX100 II.
The person who revealed the correct aperture and focal range of the camera has also said that the RX100M3 will sport a built-in viewfinder. This is also true, as the shooter will sport an integrated OLED electronic viewfinder that pops up when you need it.
Additionally, the Sony RX100M3 specs include WiFi, NFC, microHDMI, and USB 2.0, so connectivity should not be a problem for the photographers.
First Sony RX100M3 photos confirm built-in pop-up flash in addition to electronic viewfinder
The Sony RX100M3 will also feature an ISO range between 125 and 12,800, which can be extended up to 25,600 through built-in settings. A continuous shooting mode will allow users to capture 10fps at maximum resolution.
This compact camera sports a 3-inch tilting LCD screen on the back and a pop-up flash on top. A built-in AF assist light is available, too, which could prove useful when focusing on poorly-lit subjects.
Sony’s new device will record full HD movies at 60fps in XAVC-S format. This is the format supported by the Sony A7S, whose price will be revealed soon.
It is worth noting that the lens is said to employ a built-in ND filter. The listing says that the neutral density filter can be “turned” off somehow, so you will not be using it at all times.
Sony RX100M3 release date and price revealed, too
As for the availability details, Sony Canada is claiming that the RX100M3 will cost CAD $899.99 and will be released on June 17.
This is not surprising at all, as similar prices have been leaked in the past and the North American consumers are usually getting the latest devices faster than the rest of the world.
As stated above, stay tuned for the official announcement which occurs on May 16!