Is the RX100 M3 the Best Point and Shoot For Professionals?

Gear Reviews July 26th 2014 9:45 AM 9 Comments

The Sony RX100 series have long been favorites amongst professional photographers for their strong feature set and small size. The latest RX100 M3 adds some impressive features and the addition of Sony’s new XAVC HD Codec makes this camera awesome for both stills and video.

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Austin Evans, one of my favorite tech YouTubers, just released his in-depth review of the RX100 M3, and it has to be one of the best I have seen on this little camera yet. In the review, Austin covers everything from the size to how well the video footage grades -overall a great review!

If I was in the market for a pocketable camera, the RX100 M3 would be it. You really can’t beat the combination of size and features, and Sony did a masterful job tying it all together into a great product.

If you are interested in grabbing an RX100 M3 or learning more about the camera, you can check out the product listing over on B&H. The price (~$800) might be an initial turnoff, but when you think about what you are getting, a comparable DSLR with lenses would cost at least that much or more.

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What are your thoughts on the RX100 M3? Do you think that this is a small camera that professionals could appreciate? Leave a comment below!

[Via Austin Evans on Youtube]

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9 Comments

  1. Christian Flamm

    Hey Anthony, really enjoy your articles. I know this is very much apples and oranges but how would you compare this camera and your EOS M?

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    • Anthony Thurston

      I have not actually had the opportunity to use the RX100 M3 much myself, so I can’t really give much personal experience. But, based on specs alone, both have benefits that the other does not; The EOS M has a mic jack for external mics, the ability to use multiple lenses. The RX100 M3 is newer has an EVF, and has a much better video codec. I would probably give the edge to the RX100 M3, but they are close in my opinion.

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    • Phil Bautista

      Don’t forget that if you want to shoot at 50mm, you can do that with an EOS M and the right lens.

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    • Phil Bautista

      *500mm

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  2. Christian Flamm

    Hi there. Actually I was leaning a bit towards [autofocus performance, peaking, flash onboard, flip-out EVF, tiny even with zoom lens] vs. [comparably huge sensor, low light performance, shallow depth-of-field, interchangeable lenses ].

    Writing that feature list the EOS M with the right lens attached seems like it could be a serious tool for the right job (portrait, landscape) while the RX100 looks like a high-tech toy to me.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Sure. I wasn’t making the case for the RX100 as a professional tool, but for it as the tool professionals would want with them at family outings, vacations, or in a pinch. Its features give it an edge over most other compact cameras.

      As for the EOS M, it is very much the right tool for the job in many situations, even for a pro. There are reasons I would choose the RX100 over the M, but there are reasons I would also choose the M over the RX100, which is why I was calling it a bit of a wash. It all depends on what I needed the camera for at a given time.

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  3. MARTIN MIANO

    aced it with the viewfinder… i think its a great point and shoot

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  4. George Brown

    I’m actually right in the market for one of these. However rumours of the Fujifilm X100T have been circulating, the successor to the renown X100S. That OVF is a dealbreaker for me and if the X100T comes out in the next couple of months with a flippable screen and some other competitive features, it will be the one for me as a social camera.

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  5. Austin Swenson

    I think this camera is an excellent scouting camera. It’s a shame that they had to get rid of the hot shoe from the rx100 ii model because you can’t have off camera flash, but I think you could still get creative by positioning the flash upward with your hand when you shoot to bounce it off the ceiling and maybe just use some speed lights or strobes in slave mode.

    It’s too bad a cool toy like this is as expensive as it is, but I would still love having one.

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