Photographer’s Guide to the Sony DSC-RX10 III is similar to the earlier books by Alexander White about the DSC-RX10 and DSC0RX10 II. This book has been completely revised to cover the new features of the RX10 III, including a new lens with 600mm optical zoom, new control buttons, and new menu options.
The paperback version of this book is 245 pages long, and includes more than 450 color images that illustrate the menus, controls, and display screens of the Sony DSC-RX10 III camera. The book includes examples of images that can be taken with the camera’s shooting modes and creative settings, including Creative Style, Picture Effects, Picture Profile, HDR, and others. The book explains all menu options and other features of the camera, and provides tips for getting excellent results using the camera’s options for still images and video recording. You can click on the links here to view the book’s complete index or table of contents, to see some some sample photos from the book, or to read an excerpt from the book.
The book includes information about all new features of this model, including the 24mm-600mm zoom lens, the new Focus Hold button and new options such as Zoom Assist, Focus Hold, and Gamma Display Assist.
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Yay!! Looking forward to the paperback, David
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Mr WHITE bonjour,
I have a question concerning the setting of the Bracketing on the Sony RX10 III. In your book page 52 Continuous Exposure Bracketing you write “When you highlight this option you will see a horizontal triangle…”
I cannot highlight the bracketing icons of the differentsv options. Please how the bracketing icon must be highlighted ?
Thank you for your help.
It sounds to me as if you have an inconsistent setting in place. For example, you cannot use exposure bracketing in Intelligent Auto mode, Scene mode, or Sweep Panorama mode, and you cannot use exposure bracketing if Multi Frame Noise Reduction is set for ISO, or if the Auto HDR setting is turned on. Check those settings, and see if that helps.
Thanks for your helpfull book! Two questions:
1. In your book you say:
When the lens is zoomed in to the range of Clear Image Zoom or Digital Zoom and autofocus is in use, the Focus Area menu option is disabled and the camera uses a broad focus frame, which is represented by a dotted area like that seen in Figure 7-34.
Does that mean that the camere in Clear Image Zoom focusses on the whole scene that is visible? And not for exemple on the center? So that it is impossible to focus on the little bird in the center?
2. Is MF-assist and Focus Magnifier available after choosing Clear Image Zoom?
Henk van de Bovenkamp
Thanks for your book. Two questions remain for me:
1. In your book you say: When the lens is zoomed in to the range of Clear Image Zoom or Digital Zoom and autofocus is in use, the Focus Area menu option is disabled and the camera uses a broad focus frame, which is represented by a dotted area like that seen in Figure 7-34.
Does that mean that it is impossible to focus on the bird in the center because the camera focusses on the whole visible scene?
2. Is MF-assist and/or Focus Magnifier available when using Clear Image Zoom
Hello — Thanks for your comment. I’ll try to answer both questions:
1. Yes, when the lens is actually zoomed into the range beyond optical zoom, the camera will not use the Focus Area setting, but will use the entire frame as outlined within the dotted line, instead. The camera may still focus on a bird in the center of that frame, but you cannot force the camera to focus on the center.
2. Yes, both MF Assist and Focus Magnifier are available when using Clear Image Zoom, as long as other conditions permit their use. For example, naturally, for MF Assist to work, the camera must be set to manual focus using the focus switch.
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Thanks for your reply!
One more afterthought: what about Smart Zoom and Smart Teleconverter (I assume they work the same)? Is choosing the focus area then possible?
Yes, that is correct. When either Smart Zoom or Smart Teleconverter is in use, the camera will use the broad focus frame instead of the Focus Area menu setting.
Thanks for your answers!
I bought your book to discover the possibillities of the RX10 III. Untill now I use the Canon SX60HS, mainly for birdwatching. The big challenge is to make photo’s of birds that are small or far away or hidden in the trees. Although I am pleased with the Canon I hope to improve image quality a lot with the RX10 III.
From what you explained I guess I could be a good choice to choose DMF as focus mode so that I have the possibility to choose (in situations where I want to make a photo of a bird, small of far away):
1. to use optical zoom with the possibility to choose the focus area (perhaps using MF-assist to see for a moment what I am aiming at)
2. to use Clear Image Zoom with the chance that the camera picks the wrong focus area. In that case MF-assist could help to get the right focus (when bird gives me enough time!) when autofocus fails.
What do you think?
The RX10 III provides so many options for focusing that it’s hard to choose one set of options over another; a lot depends on the specific circumstances of the shooting session. Your suggested procedures sound fine. For number one, you could assign Focus Magnifier to a control button and use the S or C setting for autofocus, and press the assigned button when you wanted to magnify the focus area. Also, instead of using Clear Image Zoom, you might consider just using optical zoom, and crop the image to enlarge the area with the bird. Then you could still use the Focus Area settings.
Thanks for your suggestions, I will try them out!
I need to shoot some video with my RX10 M3 for documentation purposes. I would like to imprint the running date and time into the video file. From your book, I see there is a menu setting to do that for still photos, but not for video. Do you know of a way to do this? I have Lightroom CC and Adobe Premier Elements if either of those could be used to add a date/time stamp to the viewable video file. I also have a Nikon D800E that I could use, if that would make a difference.
Hi, Russ — I am not sure if Premiere Elements can do this; I don’t have that program. I believe Premiere Pro CC can do it, though I have not tried it. You can use the camera’s Time Code options to display the current time while recording, as discussed in Chapter 7, though you would need to take further steps in your editing software to make the time information appear in the finished footage. I did a quick search online and found various discussions of this issue, including mention of some plug-ins and other programs that might be able to do this, but I’m afraid I don’t have experience with the process myself.
Thanks, Alex. I did the same search, and basically had the same results as you. There must be some technical reason it can’t be done in-camera, which is too bad, because it would be the easiest solution for this particular situation.
Im having problems with HFR mode, when im in HFR i can not focus the camera. I tried all focus modes and nothing works. Did not see a solution to this in the book.
You have to adjust focus before starting the recording, as you probably know. You can choose either continuous AF or manual focus. It’s possible that you have some other setting in place that conflicts with what you are trying to do. You won’t see a focus frame, so it may be hard to tell if focus is being adjusted.
Got my new RX10 III and what’s a new camera without an Alex White book? 😉
Enjoy your camera!
Bonjour Mr White,
I got both the paperback and electronic versions of your wonderful RX10 M3 guide and I have a question concerning playback enlargment. Still, I first want to make sure I can really exchange messages with your site, so, I would be grateful if you could acknowledge reception of the present message.
Tank you in advance and please, excuse my english faults, now and in the future ?.
Hi, Claude — I am looking forward to hearing your question.
Boy, some rapid customer support response! We are not used to that in France 🙂
Here is my request. In playback mode for still images, using the available enlargement control (lever, button, etc.) generally allows to gradually enlarge the image from its smallest normal display size to its maximum enlargement level. This has always been true since I use digital cameras and it is still true with my Nikon D7100 and my Sony HX90.
Let’s see what happens with my RX10M3, bought two weeks ago, in France.
1/ Standard magnification: after pressing the display mode button, whichever control is used afterwards to enlarge the initial display image (zoom lever or AEL button), one suddenly gets an almost maximum enlargement level of the image. One is therefore forced to fully zoom out with the W position of the zoom lever in order to reach a reasonable image size. I like to check my images after shooting, and having to systematically do what is written above is quite cumbersome.
2/ Previous magnification: this option could have been acceptable if, after enlarging the image to a given level and then quickly returning to the image normal size with the Menu or Centre button, the memorized “previous magnification” active for the next image enlargement was the “normal size”. Unfortunately, the only way to memorize a “previous normal size image” is to fully zoom out with the W position of the zoom lever. And this too is very cumbersome.
Do I have a problem with my camera? Is this a mistake in the programming of all RX10M3s and no one has noticed (I have been reading scores of reviews on the net) or no one really feels concerned with this situation?
I wrote to Sony France = “Unfortunately, we don’t presently have an answer to your request”.
What do you think Alex? Merci.
Hi, Claude — That’s an interesting question. I had not really thought about that issue before, but I can see that you are correct; there is no very easy way to set the initial magnification level lower, other than to zoom the previous image back down to that low level first. I guess Sony’s engineers felt that, to check focus, you would want to zoom in quite fully. Presumably, they did not take into account that some users, like you, are not satisfied with checking the image at a single zoom level, but want to start out small and then zoom in gradually. So, unless you take the time to zoom the image back out each time before you go to the next image, I cannot think of any way to avoid this issue.
Thank you Alex, glad tout see you understand my problem.
I still think something is wrong with this new and unique enlargement procedure, because the imposed immediate zoom level is so high that you do not even know which part of the image is enlarged, which results in having to zoom a long way out and /or check the tiny monitor thumbnail and its orange insert (do not be impressed by the correction of my vocabulary, I’m just reading your guide 🙂 ).
I can’t believe the Sony’s engineers goal was to make things difficult to their customers !
I will try to write to Sony Japan on this issue and will keep you posted.
I would just like to say I purchased your book last week and have been reading up on the camera. It is a fantastic publication and perfectly laid out and presented. Thanks so much!
Hi, Neil — I really appreciate your comment. Thanks!
Great resource for getting up to speed with great camera. Trusty Canon G12 was on last eclipse. Practicing on full moon and saving settings in RX10M3 memory but, if I have dial set on MR and want to change memory setting from 1 to 3 (or some other setting), I have to move the dial to “M” (or something other than MR) and then back to call up the new memory. I’ll use a wireless shutter release to mainly enjoy the visual but also be neat if I could quickly (eclipse lasts 2 min where I’m going) recall a memory setting as quick as possible. Am I missing something? First good photo was pretty lucky setting with G12 during my 4th eclipse. This will be #6. Advise to first timers. Don’t try and photograph it, just enjoy.
Hello, Robert – That sounds like good advice for first-time eclipse watchers. As for your question, if the mode dial is already at the MR position, you can use the Memory Recall option on screen 9 of the Shooting menu to call up another set of memory settings. You can get to that option fairly quickly if that is the last menu item you used. However, there is another method that is probably quicker: go to the Function Menu Settings option on screen 5 of the Custom menu, and assign the Shoot Mode item to one of the blocks on the Function menu. Then, when the mode dial is at the MR position, you can press the Function button to call up the Function menu, select the Shoot Mode block on that menu, and set it to whatever Memory Recall setting you want.
Neat. Setting shoot mode on Fn button works great and will be best way to change setting from close shots ar 600 mm to wide totality. BTW I find that using the DMF focus setting gives me sharpest focus but surprised that center focus on the single shot AF (S) on focus mode dial, also gives fine sun shots through solar filter.
Hi, Robert — Good, I’m glad that system works for you. Sounds like you are ready for the eclipse. Best of luck!
One item they might add is option to start movie via remote Shooting the eclipse and want to start/make a 4K movie just a second before totality, have a wireless shutter release, BUT I have to physically start and stop the movie with the movie button. Understand Sony didn’t want accidental start of movie, but some do want to have option of remotely starting and stopping movie. Does not look possible with RX10iii of am I missing something?
Hello, Robert — I don’t have an RX10 III to test at this point, but I checked with my RX100 V, which is fairly similar. I was able to start and stop a 4K video using the Smart Remote app through a Wi-Fi connection. I moved the mode dial to the movie position and had a fast-enough memory card, and the recording worked fine. I don’t know why you couldn’t also do this with a remote connected to the Multi port. I don’t think there is a way to do this with an HFR movie, but with 4K there should not be a problem, as far as I know.
Reread chapters on plane to Idaho and did set up this option with my iPhone and tested and it works. I think the wireless shutter release is really only designed to replace the actual shutter on the camera so doesn’t know there is movie button. Remote app does. Thanks. Enjoy the eclipse.
I’ve pre-ordered my RX-10 M4, and I’m looking forward to your book on the new version of this camera. Any thoughts as to a release date on the book?
Hi, Russell — I don’t have a specific release date in mind. I am hoping to have the RX10 IV book out by the end of this year, and I think that is possible if I get my camera on schedule and everything else goes well. I will probably post some updates at this site as things progress.
Thanks, Alex. I’m hoping to have the camera in about three weeks, assuming I ordered early enough to be included in the first shipments from B&H. Since I’ve owned the M1 and M3 versions, and have your books on those, the learning curve on the M4 shouldn’t be too bad for me. But I’m looking forward to reading your guide, all the same. Here’s hoping we both get our cameras soon!
Hello! Is there a Rx10 mk IV book in progress ?
Yes, I will be working on that book as soon as I can get the camera, and I hope to have the book published by the end of this year. I will add you to the list of people to be notified when the book is available.
Thanks Alex.. Mine should arrive tomorrow…
That sounds great — I am envious, because mine won’t ship until October 17. Enjoy it!
This is a terrible camera. I have the camera and will have to do my best. So, is there a small monitor that I can attach to the camera via a small arm with grip and hood? Thanks…I’ll be getting your book next week. What filters do you suggest for this camera? Int. and exterior shooting…using for actor scenes, as well. Any suggestions for the best way to use the filters during live action shoots. Thanks. The RX 10 III has a 72mm.
There are several small monitors you can use. There is one by Sony, the CLM-FHD5, which is fairly expensive, and there are others like this one: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077FTPT46/. That one is much less expensive. If you look at the Sony monitor’s listing at Amazon.com, you will see listings for several other of the less expensive ones. I don’t really have any specific ideas about the use of filters with that model of camera; I don’t use filters often enough to have useful suggestions for the applications you mentioned.
I just purchased a used RX10m3 and I’ve been working through your book. Is it true that you cannot save button function assignment setting in memory for recall? Only shooting menu items are saved?
That is my understanding, but it’s been quite a while since I worked with that particular model, and I would need to experiment with the camera in order to be certain. Since I don’t have that camera anymore, I wouldn’t be comfortable in making a flat statement that this can’t be done.
I recently purchased a Sony RX10M3, used with several batteries and a wall charger. In your book on this model, you explain in detail everything about utilizing the battery-with one exception. My question is should the battery be left in the camera when not in use, say for 2 to 4 weeks? I find my batteries discharge too rapidly when left in the camera for the above time frame. Is it due to the batteries, which came with my used purchase of the camera having aged, or is this normal ? Stan
Hello, Stan — I have always left my battery in the camera when I’m not using the camera, with no particular problems, though I never really focused on that issue. As far as I know, what you are experiencing is normal behavior.