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Is Sony’s New RX100 M3 A Point and Shoot Worth Buying?

By Anthony Thurston on May 29th 2014

The Sony RX100 line has easily been one of the best point-and-shoot cameras on the market for some time now, and with the release of the new RX100 M3, that has not changed one bit. But is the RX100 M3 worth buying if you already have an RX100 or RX100 M2? Sony_RX100M3_camera_EVF If you ask the guys over at The Camera Store TV, the answer would likely be a yes. The team over at TCSTV just posted their hands-on field test for the new Sony RX100 M3 and to put it simply, they loved it. There is hardly anything to complain about from a stills images perspective, but the lack of a hotshoe and no audio inputs are definite black marks on the video side of things. I honestly have to wonder if the lack of a hotshoe and no audio input was a specific design decision to prevent the RX100 M3 from competing directly with the RX10, because to be honest, those are the only two reasons not to get the RX100 M3 over the RX10. Well, that and the RX10 has a much better zoom range from 24mm all the way out to 200mm.

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I have not had a chance to check out the RX100 M3 personally yet, but I have a request out and can’t wait for the opportunity to get my hands on it. What are your thoughts on the RX100 M3? Is it worth the upgrade from the RX100 or RX100 M2 if you already own one of those? Leave a comment below and let us know! [via The Camera Store TV]

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Great little camera.

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  2. Daniel Duarte

    I would really like to know that. I’m thinking about buying a RX100 for videos and I just can’t decide between m2 or m3. The lack of hotshoes and audio input will hurt me but there’s that X-AVC codec and grade. So, damn, I can’t decide.

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    • Daniel Duarte

      And, of couse, no flash for pictures.

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    • arthro

      If you’re looking for a camera for video, the M3 GREATLY outdoes the M2!

      Higher level bitrate with their new Pro codec, 120fps (slo-mo) shooting (@ 720p), 1080p24/30/60.

      And video shooting is one of the times you’ll be much happier with a wider wide (shooting any video indoors), instead of the longer zoom.

      Video is one of the main reasons I’m selling my M2 for the M3.

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    • arthro

      Also, the camera still has a popup flash. It’s just where the hotshoe used to be.

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  3. BazPix

    “I honestly have to wonder if the lack of a hotshoe and no audio input was a specific design decision to prevent the RX100 M3 from competing directly with the RX10, because to be honest, those are the only two reasons not to get the RX100 M3 over the RX10. ”
    For you perhaps – I think the main reason many people choose the RX100 over the RX10 and a lot of its competitors is that it can easily fit into a pocket.

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