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...
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.