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Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV vs Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III

We compare the Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV to the Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III: Which digital camera has the better sensor? Which has the better viewfinder or monitor? Which is faster?

Both cameras belong to the Superzoom category.

Here are both models side by side. The Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV is on the left, the Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III on the right:

Cyber-shot RX10 IV vs Cyber-shot RX10 III - Side by side

For a more detailed size comparison, see the section further down below.

Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV vs Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III: Specifications at a glance

Cyber-shot RX10 IV

  • Introduced in September 2017
  • Superzoom
  • Sensor: 1"
  • 20 megapixel
  • 24 frames/second
  • 100 - 12800 ISO
  • 3840 x 2160 Video
  • Viewfinder: Elektronic
  • 75.00mm (3.0") Monitor, articulated
  • Zoom 24-600mm (25x), f2.8-4.0
  • WiFi built-in
  • 132.5 x 94 x 127.4mm³ (5.2" x 3.7" x 5.0")
  • 1095g (35.3 oz.)

All specs: Main page for Cyber-shot RX10 IV

Cyber-shot RX10 III

  • Introduced in April 2016
  • Superzoom
  • Sensor: 1"
  • 20 megapixel
  • 14 frames/second
  • 100 - 12800 ISO
  • 3840 x 2160 Video
  • Viewfinder: Elektronic
  • 75.00mm (3.0") Monitor, articulated
  • Zoom 24-600mm (25x), f2.8-4.0
  • WiFi built-in
  • 132.5 x 94 x 127.4mm³ (5.2" x 3.7" x 5.0")
  • 1095g (35.3 oz.)

All specs: Main page for Cyber-shot RX10 III

Our advice: From our own experience, we recommend SanDisk memory cards. The SanDisk Extreme Pro is fast enough for high-speed image sequences and 4K video:

Memory card for Cyber-shot RX10 IV and Cyber-shot RX10 III

The 64 GB Extreme will take up to 90 minutes of super high-res 4K video. For Full HD video we recommend the SanDisk Ultra.

Cyber-shot RX10 IV vs Cyber-shot RX10 III: The sensors

Both cameras use the same sensor format: 1". This infographic highlights the sensor areas of both models compared to other common sensor formats:

Info graphic: Cyber-shot RX10 IV an Cyber-shot RX10 III sensor comparison

Note: 1-Euro coin for scale; the coin at 23.25mm diameter is slightly smaller than a US quarter.

The 1" sensor built into both cameras has a total area of about 116mm² (4.6 sq.in.).

Cyber-shot RX10 IV vs Cyber-shot RX10 III: The viewfinders

The Cyber-shot RX10 IV uses an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 2.36 megapixel. The magnifcation is c. 0.70x.

The Cyber-shot RX10 III features an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 2.36 megapixel and a magnification of around 0.70x.

This infographic illustrates the viewfinder magnifications of both cameras. The black area represents a magnification of 1x, corresponding to natural size; indicated in red is a magnification of 0.85x, the highest value in a any camera on the market today.

Cyber-shot RX10 IV (0.70x)

Cyber-shot RX10 III (0.70x)

Simulated viewfinder of the Cyber-shot RX10 IVSimulated viewfinder of the Cyber-shot RX10 III

Advantage: Tie

Comparing features and further specs of both cameras, data for the Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV on the left, the Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III in the right column:

Advantage Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV...

(Point weight and unit, if applicable, in parentheses)

Cyber-shot RX10 IV

Cyber-shot RX10 III

Faster (4, frames/second)2414
More AF points (4)31525
Better monitor (2, Megapixel)1.441.20
Touch screen (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the Cyber-shot RX10 IV are that the camera is faster, the faster and more accurate auto focus and that the display has a higher resolution. A nice touch is the rather comfortable touch screen.

The Cyber-shot RX10 IV scores 12 points.

...and here's where the Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III has an edge...

(Point weight and unit, if applicable, in parentheses)

Cyber-shot RX10 IV

Cyber-shot RX10 III

Longer battery life (3, photos)400420

Conclusion: Advantages of the Cyber-shot RX10 III are that the battery has more stamina.

Yields 3 points for the Cyber-shot RX10 III.

...and here's what both have in common

Cyber-shot RX10 IV

Cyber-shot RX10 III

Sensor format1"1"
Resolution (megapixel)20.1020.10
Sensitivity100 - 12800 ISO100 - 12800 ISO
Built-in flash
Image stabilizer
Monitor articulated
Video resolution3840 x 21603840 x 2160
External microphone
Almost equal weight1095g1095g
Almost equal size1587cm³1587cm³
WiFi

Comparing the dimensions of both cameras; Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV again on the left, Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III on the right:

Front view of the Cyber-shot RX10 IV and the Cyber-shot RX10 III...

Cyber-shot RX10 IV und Cyber-shot RX10 III, front viewCyber-shot RX10 IV und Cyber-shot RX10 III, front view

...and here we have both Sonys from above:

Cyber-shot RX10 IV und Cyber-shot RX10 III, view from aboveCyber-shot RX10 IV und Cyber-shot RX10 III, view from above

Our recommendation

Comparing features and specifications of both cameras yields the following score:

Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV

Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III

12
3

CameraCreativ recommends the Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV.

Our rating of the Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV

Sony's RX10 IV is the manufacturer's flagship superzoom. Featuring a 1" sensor and a 25x zoom by German optics firm Zeiss the camera also offers 4K video, Wifi connectivity and integrated functions for panos and HDR. Dedicated manual controls for focus, zoom and aperture lend a DSLR like feeling as does the secondary display on the top side of the camera. However, the massive lens (F2.8 - F4) leads to a rather bulky body and a weight of over 1 kg (more than 2 lbs).

Other features include very fast autofocus and continuous drive for up to 24 images per second. Battery life is decent at c. 400 photos per charge.

For a shorter zoom (8x) in a much smaller package, see the RX10 III's sibling, the Cyber-shot RX10 II. If you don't need 4K video, the first Cyber-shot RX10 II from 2013 is still recommendable.

Our rating of the Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III

Sony's RX10 III features a 1" sensor and a 25x zoom by German optics firm Zeiss. The camera also offers 4K video, Wifi connectivity and integrated functions for panos and HDR. Dedicated manual controls for focus, zoom and aperture lend a DSLR like feeling as does the secondary display on the top side of the camera. However, the massive lens (F2.8 - F4) leads to a rather bulky body and a weight of over 1 kg (more than 2 lbs).

Other features include very fast autofocus and continuous drive for up to 14 images per second. Battery life is decent at over 400 photos per charge.

For a shorter zoom (8x) in a much smaller package, see the RX10 III's sibling, the Cyber-shot RX10 II. If you don't need 4K video, the first Cyber-shot RX10 II from 2013 is still recommendable.

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