Superzooms are easily one of my favorite alternatives over DSLRs because of their flexibility. They can sometimes be a bit underpowered though, but if you’re looking for a superzoom that overcomes some of these issues, the Sony RX10 III is undoubtedly worth a look. It sports a 20.1mp 1-inch type stacked sensor coupled with a Bionz X processor, which is the same chip found on Sony’s mirrorless A6000. Of course, the real star of the show is the RX10 III’s 25x optical zoom, which gives it an equivalent range of 24-600mm. That’s 3 times the range found on its predecessor, the RX10 II!
Unfortunately, there is a bit of a tradeoff. The Sony RX10 III loses the constant f/2.8 aperture of the older model in favor of a variable f/2.4-4 aperture. It’s not as optimal, but Sony is hoping you won’t mind seeing as you’re already getting monster optical zoom.
Keeping the shot steady at high zoom levels can be problematic though, so to aid with that, the RX10 III is equipped with built-in OIS capable of compensating for 4.5 stops of exposure.
Other cool features include 4k video recording at either 30 or 24fps, as well as the ability to record 1080p video in super slow-mo at 960fps. That’s 40x slower than normal playback! There’s also an OLED viewfinder and a 3 inch articulating screen on the back.
It’s not going to be cheap though. It will come with a $1,500 price tag and should become available starting May.