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Sony RX10 III vs Sony RX100 V

Portability
53
Imaging
53
Features
77
Overall
62
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V front
Portability
89
Imaging
53
Features
80
Overall
63

Sony RX10 III vs Sony RX100 V Key Specs

Sony RX10 III
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Push to 25600)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-600mm (F2.4-4.0) lens
  • 1051g - 133 x 94 x 127mm
  • Announced March 2016
  • Old Model is Sony RX10 II
  • Replacement is Sony RX10 IV
Sony RX100 V
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Bump to 25600)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-70mm (F1.8-2.8) lens
  • 299g - 102 x 58 x 41mm
  • Released October 2016
  • Succeeded the Sony RX100 IV
  • Replacement is Sony RX100 VI
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Sony RX10 III vs Sony RX100 V Overview

Below, we are reviewing the Sony RX10 III vs Sony RX100 V, one is a Large Sensor Superzoom and the other is a Large Sensor Compact and they are both sold by Sony. The image resolution of the RX10 III (20MP) and the RX100 V (20MP) is fairly similar and they possess the exact same sensor sizing (1").

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The RX10 III was brought out 6 months prior to the RX100 V so they are of a similar generation. Both cameras come with different body type with the Sony RX10 III being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Sony RX100 V being a Large Sensor Compact camera.

Before getting straight into a in-depth comparison, below is a concise synopsis of how the RX10 III scores vs the RX100 V with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Sony RX10 III over the Sony RX100 V

 RX10 III RX100 V 

Reasons to pick Sony RX100 V over the Sony RX10 III

 RX100 V RX10 III 
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Common features in the Sony RX10 III and Sony RX100 V

 RX10 III RX100 V 
ReleasedMarch 2016October 2016Similar generation
Manually focus Dial accurate focusing
Display typeTiltingTiltingTilting display
Display dimension3"3"Identical display measurement
Display resolution1229k1229kExact same display resolution
Touch friendly display No Touch friendly display

Sony RX10 III vs Sony RX100 V Physical Comparison

If you're looking to carry around your camera often, you are going to need to factor in its weight and dimensions. The Sony RX10 III comes with physical measurements of 133mm x 94mm x 127mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 5.0") having a weight of 1051 grams (2.32 lbs) whilst the Sony RX100 V has dimensions of 102mm x 58mm x 41mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.6") having a weight of 299 grams (0.66 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you are utilizing during that time. Here is the front view physical size comparison of the RX10 III and the RX100 V.

Sony RX10 III vs Sony RX100 V size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the RX10 III and RX100 V is 53 and 89 respectively.

Sony RX10 III vs Sony RX100 V top view buttons comparison

Sony RX10 III vs Sony RX100 V Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it can be hard to see the difference between sensor sizes merely by reviewing a spec sheet. The pic underneath will help provide you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the RX10 III and RX100 V.

As you can see, both of those cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements and the same megapixels so you should expect similar quality of pictures however you should always consider the production date of the products into consideration.

Sony RX10 III vs Sony RX100 V sensor size comparison

Sony RX10 III vs Sony RX100 V Screen and ViewFinder

Sony RX10 III vs Sony RX100 V Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony RX10 III as a Portrait photography camera
Sony RX100 V as a Portrait photography camera
71
focusing manually
megapixel count decent (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (1")
offers face detection focus
exports RAW formats
66
has manual focus
high flash sync speed (1/2,000 seconds)
sensor resolution is decent (20 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (1")
supports face detection autofocus
exports RAW files
no external flash support
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Street Comparison

Sony RX10 III Street photography info
Sony RX100 V Street photography info
64
screen tilts up and down
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor size (1")
exports RAW formats
weather proof
heavier than average (1,051 grams)
85
screen tilts up and down
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is decent (1")
exports RAW files
lighter than competition in class (299 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Sony RX10 III Sports photography highlights
Sony RX100 V Sports photography highlights
70
excellent zoom range (24-600mm 25.0 x zoom)
silent shutter (1/32,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (20MP)
decent sensor size (1")
offers tracking autofocus
weather proof
better than average battery power (420 shots)
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
70
silent shooting (1/32,000 seconds)
fast continuous shooting (24.0 frames/s)
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
sensor size is decent (1")
supports tracking autofocus
has phase detect autofocus
bad battery power (220 CIPA)
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Sony RX10 III
Travel photography with Sony RX100 V
55
better than average battery power (420 CIPA)
weather proof
megapixel count decent (20MP)
has built in flash
pretty wide (24mm)
very long reach (600mm)
lack of Time Lapse mode
heavier than average (1,051 grams)
screen is not selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f2.4)
80
lighter than competition in class (299g)
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
flash built-in
display is selfie friendly
rather wide (24mm)
good maximum aperture (f1.8)
bad battery power (220 shots)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony RX10 III Landscape photography features
Sony RX100 V Landscape photography features
64
focusing manually
pretty wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (1")
exports RAW formats
weather proof
better than average battery power (420 CIPA)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.4)
lack of Time Lapse mode
70
has manual focus
rather wide (24mm)
good maximum aperture (f1.8)
screen size is good (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (20 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (1")
exports RAW files
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
bad battery power (220 CIPA)
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony RX10 III Vlogging advice
Sony RX100 V Vlogging advice
28
pretty wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection focus
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
does have external mic support
slow maximum aperture (f2.4)
screen is not selfie friendly
heavier than average (1,051g)
81
rather wide (24mm)
good maximum aperture (f1.8)
display is selfie friendly
image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection autofocus
high res video (3840 x 2160 resolution)
lighter than competition in class (299 grams)
no external microphone jack
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Sony RX10 III vs Sony RX100 V Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony RX10 III and Sony RX100 V
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IIISony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V
General Information
Brand Name Sony Sony
Model Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V
Type Large Sensor Superzoom Large Sensor Compact
Announced 2016-03-29 2016-10-06
Body design SLR-like (bridge) Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Bionz X Bionz X
Sensor type BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1" 1"
Sensor measurements 13.2 x 8.8mm 13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor area 116.2mm² 116.2mm²
Sensor resolution 20MP 20MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 5472 x 3648 5472 x 3648
Highest native ISO 12800 12800
Highest boosted ISO 25600 25600
Lowest native ISO 125 125
RAW images
Lowest boosted ISO 64 80
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 25 315
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-600mm (25.0x) 24-70mm (2.9x)
Max aperture f/2.4-4.0 f/1.8-2.8
Macro focus distance 3cm 5cm
Crop factor 2.7 2.7
Screen
Range of screen Tilting Tilting
Screen sizing 3" 3"
Resolution of screen 1,229k dot 1,229k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 2,359k dot 2,359k dot
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.7x 0.59x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/2000 secs
Highest silent shutter speed 1/32000 secs 1/32000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 14.0 frames/s 24.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 10.80 m (at Auto ISO) 10.20 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash options Auto, fill-flash, slow sync, rear sync, off -
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Highest flash sync - 1/2000 secs
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 3840 x 2160 (30p, 25p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p) ,1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p) 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
Highest video resolution 3840x2160 3840x2160
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 1051 grams (2.32 lbs) 299 grams (0.66 lbs)
Dimensions 133 x 94 x 127mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 5.0") 102 x 58 x 41mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.6")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 70 70
DXO Color Depth score 23.1 22.8
DXO Dynamic range score 12.6 12.4
DXO Low light score 472 586
Other
Battery life 420 images 220 images
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NP-FW50 NP-BX1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, continuous) Yes
Time lapse recording With downloadable app
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots Single Single
Launch pricing $1,398 $998