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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 – Viewfinder, live view, LCD and video

One area where the RX10 really defines itself as a premium bridge camera is the choice of EVF and rear screen. With a 1.228-million-dot resolution, the 3in tilting LCD screen is excellent. It has an RGBW screen, giving it a white dot alongside the standard red, green and blue dots.

This makes the screen brighter and gives it the ability to produce a greater range of colours. It is difficult to fault the screen, and for times when bright sunlight makes it awkward to use the electronic viewfinder is on hand.

No compromise has been made on the quality with the EVF of the RX10, which is the same as that found in the Sony Alpha 58. With a good level of contrast and a fast refresh rate, there are no problems with coloured tearing or lag between the actual scene and the screen.

Sony is keen to promote the video capabilities of the RX10. This offers full HD 1080p video capture at a rate of 30fps, a f/2.8 aperture for shooting in low light, and a 24-200mm (equivalent) zoom lens, so the camera could be a good all-in-one solution for videographers.

Having external microphone and headphone sockets show that Sony is taking the video market for this camera seriously, but the nicest touch is the ability to turn the aperture click off for smooth depth of field changes while shooting. This also means that the camera’s built-in stereo microphone won’t record the audible click as you change the aperture during filming. It is an impressive feature set.

  • 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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