Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 review

December 12, 2013

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10



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With the same sensor as the RX100 II, which is one of the best compacts we’ve tested, could the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 bridge camera break the dominant hold of the DSLR and CSC? Read the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 review...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 review – Our verdict

It is clear that Sony has identified a niche in the market, and has created an excellent camera to fill it. However, it is a niche for a reason, and the real difficulty comes not in designing and making the camera, but in selling it. With a RRP of a little over £1,000, the RX10 is a very expensive bridge camera. The quality and features of the product do justify its price, and no doubt the street price will fall, but the trouble is, even though the RX10 is superior to other bridge cameras, it is also considerably more expensive. Furthermore, those potential buyers looking for a smaller, lighter alternative to a DSLR could instead buy a compact system camera with an APS-C-sized sensor and 18-135mm lens for around the same price that produces images of equal, if not better quality.

Sony should be congratulated for producing another excellent camera in its RX series, and arguably the best digital bridge camera that we have tested. Is it worth the cost? In terms of features I would say yes, but there are certainly other options available, depending on your reasons for buying a bridge camera in the first place.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 – Key features

EVF and eye sensor
The 1.44m-dot OLED viewfinder is automatically activated by an eye-level sensor.

Multi-interface shoe
As well as a built-in pop-up flash, the RX10 also has a multi-interface hotshoe that allows the connection of flashguns and other accessories, including a variety of microphones.

Direct record
This button allows video recording to be started and stopped quickly.

Headphone and microphone socket
On the side of the RX10 is a pair of jack sockets for connecting both a microphone and a pair of headphones for audio recording and monitoring.

Screen articulation

The screen can be tilted forwards or backwards to help when shooting at high or low angles.

  • Video: AVCHD: 50p/60p, 50i/60i, 24p/25p. MP4: 25p/30p. VGA: 25p/30p
  • Memory Card: SD, SDHC, SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo, Micro SD, Micro SDHC, Micro SDXC
  • Built-in Flash: Yes
  • White Balance: Auto, 9 presets (including 4 fluorescent), manual, custom
  • External mic: Yes
  • Output Size: 5472 x 3648 pixels
  • LCD: Tiltable 3in, 1.228-million-dot TFT LCD
  • Weight: 813g (including battery and card)
  • Exposure Modes: Program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, memory, iAuto, superior auto+, 180° sweep shooting, 9 scene modes, picture effects
  • Sensor: 20.2-million-effective-pixel, 1in (13.2 x 8.8mm), Exmor R
  • Lens: 8.3x optical zoom, 8.8-73.3mm (24-200mm effective) Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* with 14 elements in 11 groups
  • Power: NP-FW50 rechargeable Li-Ion
  • File Format: JPEG (Standard, Fine), raw, raw+JPEG (Sony ARW 2.3 format)
  • Shutter Speeds: 30-1/3200sec
  • AF array: Multi-point (25 points), centreweighted, flexible spot, spot tracking, spot face detection
  • Drive Mode: 10fps continuous, speed priority continuous, self-timer (10sec/2sec delay), self-timer (cont), self-portrait one-person, self-portrait two-person (with 10sec delay, 3/5 exposures), bracketing
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • Exposure Comp: ±3EV in 1/3 steps
  • RRP: £1,049
  • ISO: 80-12,800 (Multi-frame NR: Auto – ISO 125-25,600)
  • Dimensions: 129 x 88.1 x 102.2mm
  • Focusing Modes: Single-shot AF (AF-S), continuous AF (AF-C), direct manual focus (DMF), manual focus
  • Metering System: Multi-segment, centreweighted, spot
  • Connectivity / Interface: Multi-interface hotshoe, multi/micro USB terminal, Micro HDMI
  • Compression: 2-stage JPEG

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