No doubt there is going to be a follow up to the very popular and highly successful Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100M2 sometime this year, probably in late summer. But what will it be?
How will the coming Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100M3 (i.e. Mark III) be able to outperform the currently available Mark 2 (i.e. Mark II) and more importantly the competition?
Some people in the know are already hinting at the possible features – although things are still under development and there might even be last minute changes. It all depends on market development and things can change quite rapidly nowadays.
So, I won`t be singing “I heard it through the grapevine” just yet. Take everything with a huge grain of salt. But there are some specifications that are so very likely, that you might consider them if you are on the brink of buying your next pocket camera.
Added or improved features:
- Touch screen
This is overdue. Users are demanding touch functionality equivalent to e.g. the Sony NEX-5n. The question is: will the screen be fully articulate or be equivalent to the version used on the Mark 2?
No camera in this segment of the market should go without GPS anymore. Highly probable to be added in the Mark 3.
- Lens with 24mm equivalent wide angle setting instead of the 28mm starting point
This is difficult to achieve if you have compact size in mind. But Sony probably will not disappoint here. It remains to be seen if the zoom range will also be bettered on the long end. This is rather unlikely. As is an improved f-stop. The camera was not designed for pro purposes but rather for high end enthusiasts. It all comes down to size over features.
- 4k video
Even some of the mobile phones from Sony are expected to have 4k video in 2014. It would be a pity, if this feature would be left out in the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100M3 (Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III).
Anything else? Likely. The 1″ sensor of the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 Mark III could be tweaked a little and the knobs could be refined a bit. The overall body size and weight will change ever so slightly. In all probability nothing really surprising to be seen here.
To sum things up: evolution rather than revolution. Then again, the anticipated changes might turn the new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100M3 into a dream machine for all those enthusiasts looking for a backup camera or one they can take everywhere in a shirt pocket.
One more thing. Obviously the naming might still be altered. Sony has already done some changes in their lineup by killing the NEX name. It should not come as a complete surprise if the new Cyber-shot will be called “RX200” just to show there is more to it than the usual “same procedure as every year” updating scheme. Very likely we will see more rumors soon. Watch out for the month of July. The mist will clear up by then.
But don´t take my word for it 😉 .