The best compact camera is the Sony DSC-RX100 III . It fits into any pocket or purse, yet offers a huge range of equipment. Thanks to its extra large image sensor surpasses the picture quality similar to compact cameras significantly – and send it also looks.

For a quick snapshot in between now ranges from the smartphone, classic compact cameras have had their day – one might think. But who wants to have a camera with a zoom lens always and even in low light still expected presentable pictures, is not happy with a cell phone camera. As has the compact RX100 III simply more: a decent viewfinder, good facilities and above all: better image quality.
You would not have what immense scope of equipment Sony packed into the handy RX100 III. Even an electronic viewfinder has on board the space-saving disappears when not in use in the small camera. The secret: If you leave the viewfinder jump, the camera automatically turns on. In addition, still finds a small place in the Pop Up neat housing.
Sony has dressed the chic model entirely in metal. Distinct curves let the camera act friendly, but the smooth surface offers little grip when photographing or filming. Keep safely can be the RX100 III with the additional handle AG-R2 .
The lens zooms nearly 3-fold 24-70 mm focal length. It offers a wide angle for landscape and reportage photos with telephoto the RX100 III stingy against. Alternatively, the camera has a digital zoom, but the image quality deteriorates – typical of digital zoom.

After all, the appearance is very bright, allow even in low light or little light shooting with high shutter speed or lower ISO number. Also handy: If the camera is turned off, the lens extends to the space-saving housing.
If you want to make any big ideas about the correct settings, found in the RX100 III a number of useful automatic functions. Particularly clever: The full-automatic setting can override, in this way you change image brightness, color reproduction, and more precisely to your taste.
As usual with Sony, awaiting the RX100 III with a wealth of special functions. To take, for example, with the Panorama automation a widescreen on by simply pan the camera across the scene while holding down the shutter button. In portrait photography, the automatic facial recognition cares about, perfectly match the focus and exposure on the face in the viewfinder.
Other Functions
For serious photographers, the compact camera holds functions that you might as suspects only with a system camera. Experienced photographers pretend aperture, shutter speed and ISO setting of hand.
Also, the focus can be manually set, thanks to the practical ring on the lens even very convenient. Who wants, has the lens ring is a function of your choice to, as most of the other knobs and buttons. In this way, the RX100 III photographer adjusts – and not vice versa.
Missing was the RX100 III the ability to connect an external flash unit. Who sets out value should the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100or the Canon PowerShot G5 X fall – or taking the older Sony DSC-RX100 II , which will continue to be offered.

Who likes to experiment, found in the RX 100 III over a dozen effects programs. Miserly the camera is, however, when it comes to post-processing options. Also not quite as nice: A battery charge is sufficient for approximately 320 shots, the entire camera must be connected to the socket.
Sony does not supply a charger so that the battery remains to be loaded into the camera. Flexible You are using the optional charging cradle that charges the battery outside the camera.
Pitting against: The RX100 III takes over WLAN on contact with a smartphone and thus can transfer images to your mobile phone or can be remotely controlled via app. If you are not enough of the functions of the RX100 III, upgrade to other programs via Camera app – almost like a smartphone.
If the RX100 III used as a video camera, it also makes a good figure.Your zoom can be controlled sensitively with a seesaw, so succeed pleasantly smooth zooms right away – the normal photo-zoom function would be too fast.
The small camera records movies the way in Full HD on, the sound in stereo. 4K is not filming the RX100 III however. Who sets out value must successor RX100 IV access.
Exposure and autofocus takes our favorite to when shooting movies, even the most motive automatics operate the video shoot .If you like, all the automatics can but also turn off the video shoot.
Image quality at its best
Most compact cameras have to make do with an image sensor, which is no bigger than a fingernail. Not so the RX100 III: My has implanted an imager Sony, which is about the size of a postage stamp. The larger the sensor, the better the image quality – at least in theory.
The RX100 III can their advantage but play well in practice. In good light, if only a small ISO number is needed, the image quality does not differ much from that of a system camera. Even at dusk or in dimly lit party room provides the RX100 III still sizable pictures with many details and vivid colors.
The best image sensor, however useless if the lens is good for nothing. But the RX100 III are located at the optic any weakness. The zoom lens dissolves very high, to the image edges towards it blurs the finest details, however, a little.
In low light, the Lumix DMC-LX100 Panasonic the RX100 III but still slightly outperform. Your sensor area is still larger, but only delivers photos with twelve megapixels. In the RX100 III is some 20 megapixels, their photos are more detailed – also thanks to their good visual.
Also a bit better is the image quality of the Sony RX100 IV , especially when shooting in 4K. But it requires Sony in recent RX-100 series model a hefty surcharge, the there is not value in our view.

Alternatives:
In total package of the compact footprint, rich equipment including electronic viewfinder and excellent image quality at a reasonable price is the Sony DSC-RX100 III still unbeaten for us.But of course there are alternatives.
Anyone have a modicum of better images expected can have a look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 throw. Your sensor is again larger than the RX100 III, which in particular has proven to be advantageous in low light.
But the LX100 delivers only around twelve megapixels – something little for the large format printing.
However, the biggest drawback Panasonic is their size and therefore their weight: It weighs about a third more than the RX100 III, in your pocket it no longer fits. Also they can not come up with an on-board flash. but this it has a hot shoe for connecting an external flash.
The successor
Sony RX100 IV
A little more telephoto focal length than the RX100 III offers the Canon PowerShot GX5 .
Your lens will zoom of 24 to 100 mm focal length and is a little brighter. However, the objective images not quite as good, the image quality of the PowerShot GX5 is therefore slightly lower than the camera of Sony.
But has the Canon beside an electronic viewfinder is also the possibility to connect a powerful flash. If you frequently photograph parties or in dark rooms, which is ideal.However, is Canon PowerShot GX5 slightly larger than the RX100 III and can no longer be so well stowed in a jacket pocket.
Cheap alternative
Sony DSC-RX100 II

The predecessor of the RX100 III provides an equally good image quality at a lower price.

To Conclude
Still, no other compact camera such a good overall package of image quality, features and handy camera body as the Sony DSC-RX100 III .
Who has in his pocket a RX100 III, his kilo heavy DSLR equipment can usually be in the closet. Only if times a real telephoto lens is required or the lighting conditions are really bad, should the RX100 III fit.