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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 review

December 12, 2013

Overall Rating:

5

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10


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Price as Reviewed:

£1,000.00

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 – Metering

Image: A good level of detail can be recovered in highlight and shadow areas

With the metering system based on that of the RX100 II, the RX10’s multi-pattern evaluative metering system produces virtually identical exposures. Spot and centreweighted metering are available, but with a dedicated exposure-compensation dial on the camera’s top-plate it is easy enough just to use evaluative metering.

I found that the RX10 can be relied upon in evaluative metering mode, and for the majority of scenes there is no need to adjust the metering. It did tend to make dark scenes brighter, thus producing a lighter image, so I occasionally had to reduce the exposure slightly to prevent images from becoming too light and losing atmosphere. However, this is a characteristic of metering systems in general, not the RX10 in particular. That said, one thing the RX10 does do well in evaluative mode is to strike a good balance between retaining highlight detail and producing a bright overall image. The system isn’t scared of producing a burnt-out highlight or two in JPEGs, but there weren’t large areas of burnt-out sky.

  • 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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