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 – Autofocus

Image: The lens of the RX10 has a reasonably close focus distance of 3cm-30cm depending on the focal length

Although I wouldn’t expect the contrast-detection AF of the RX10 to be as fast as that of a DSLR, it is surprisingly snappy and once again its performance is largely on a par with the RX100 II compact camera. At longer focal lengths there is a drop in speed when focusing between minimum and maximum distances, but it is still more than adequate for a general all-round camera.

The RX10’s focusing has a few interesting features. One of these is face-detection AF, which goes one step further than most, and – as seen on Olympus’s OM-D cameras – it focuses not only on the face of the subject, but also on the closest eye to the camera. For portrait photographs and candid shots this can make a real difference, particularly when shooting with the f/2.8 aperture at longer focal lengths.

Of course, the camera also features focus tracking, enabling particular subjects to be tracked regardless of whether the subject or camera moves. For moderately moving subjects, or for those who like to use the centre AF spot to focus and recompose, it is a good way to ensure your focusing is accurate.

Those wishing to manually focus are also well catered for. While the zoom ring can be used for this, it is an electronic ‘fly-by-wire’ motorised system that nevertheless makes it possible to focus with a good level of accuracy. To aid manual focusing, a magnified section of the image can be shown on the rear screen or in the viewfinder, and there is also the option to use focus peaking set to one of three strengths. The focus-peaking tool highlights edges that have reached their highest point of contrast. The system works well, although it requires a little practice to work out exactly how to get the best from it.

  • 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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