Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 is a compact camera system recently launched by Sony on 16 Okotober 2013. The camera is equipped with a 1-inch Exmor R CMOS sensor 20.2 Megapixel resolution the same as RX100 II but more powerful thanks to the combination with the BIONZ processor X to produce high quality images with fast performance. In addition, the RX10 also has a Carl Zeiss lens 24-200mm f/2.8, 3.0-inch Xtra Fine display monitor that can be tilted out, XGA OLED electronic viewfinder, and the ability to record Full HD 1080 / p at 60 and 24fps. As for the connectivity, this camera offers a built-in wireless and NFC that allows you to transfer image files. And several other features such as ISO125-12800, hot-shoe and the control ring and Super Sonicwave Motor for fast autofocus. This camera went on sale with a price range of $1,298.00 at the end of November 2013.

Back & Front view of Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-RX10

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Our Review

Features & Design

As described in the opening paragraph, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 offers many interesting features of the updated camera features RX1 and RX100. These features ensure that you will get high quality pictures with its speedy performance and easy connectivity and control and design support you to use the camera with ease. Additionally, this camera has a body made from magnesium alloy that resists dust and moisture.

The upper design view of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 (credit: Sony)

With the design of the body and lens, RX10 looks like a megazoom camera offers stunning image quality and advanced features. The camera has a safe and comfortable grip when used in a hand, the grip allows you to use it with one hand. Sturdy construction and placement of appropriate control adds to your comfort using this camera. The camera lens also has two control ring to adjust the focal length and aperture. In addition to fast aperture, the lens uses Super Sonicwave Motor (SSM) that allows the lens to move and stop quickly.

RX10 also offers an electronic viewfinder (EVF) and LCD monitor resolution 1.228k and can be tilted up to 84 degrees upward or 43 degrees downward making it easier for users to see images that have been taken to clear even in bright situations. While electronic viewfinder with OLED display has a resolution 1.440k that helps you see the picture clear and sharp from corner to corner.

The LCD, Viewfinder, & back control button of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10

In addition, the RX10 has a function that is easily controlled via external buttons located at the top and behind the camera. Wireless connectivity and NFC as well as very easy to use for transferring images from camera to compatible devices such as smartphones and tablets.

Performance & Image Quality

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 has a Carl Zeiss lens which offers a maximum aperture of f/2.8 and a focal length range of 24-200mm to capture incredible images in dark or dimly lit situations. The lens also features a macro mode capabilities are impressive and able to focus continuously until 2cm. It is a very attractive feature for the fans where the lens is able to focus from a very wide angle to telephoto and macro modes in one package tanpat have to replace the lens.

Autofocus is owned by the RX10 has been improved thanks to the combination of the CMOS sensor, image processor performance, and SSM Direct Drive system very fast and accurate. We have to be patient to prove Autofocus is able to deliver exceptional image quality to this camera goes on sale next month.

You can record 1080/60p Full HD video in AVCHD format which is supported by a jack for an external microphone and headphones. Video can also be recorded in MP4 format with a size of 1080 and 640 at a speed of 30 frames per second. When recording video, the camera allows you to use manual exposure control to express your skills. PASM exposure control is also available in video recording mode. Like the photo quality and performance verification of other features, we also have to wait to prove the quality of the video produced by the RX100 to the cameras available in the market.

Should I buy the camera?

For those who have the budget to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 sure you’ll get a camera that offers impressive image quality with a variety of interesting features. This is an enthusiast camera that offers DSLR-like picture quality, but without the hassle you change the camera lens. The price offered is equivalent to a DSLR camera that can be fairly expensive. There are two contenders alternatives that you can consider before buying RX100 the Nikon Coolpix P7800 and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 which offers a much cheaper price.

Rating: ★★★★½

Specifications

Image Sensor

Pixels Actual: 20.9 Megapixel, Effective: 20.2 Megapixel

Sensor 1.0″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm) CMOS

File Formats
+ Still Images: JPEG, RAW
+ Movies: MP4, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, MPEG-4 AVCHD
+ Audio: AAC LC, AC3

Max Resolution 20MP: 5472 x 3648 @ 3:2

Other Resolutions
+ 10MP: 3888 x 2592 @ 3:2
+ 5MP: 2736 x 1824 @ 3:2
+ 18MP: 4864 x 3648 @ 4:3
+ 10MP: 3648 x 2736 @ 4:3
+ 5MP: 2592 x 1944 @ 4:3
+ 0.31MP: 640 x 480 @ 4:3
+ 17MP: 5472 x 3080 @ 16:9
+ 7.5MP: 3648 x 2056 @ 16:9
+ 4.2MP: 2720 x 1528 @ 16:9
+ 13MP: 3648 x 3648 @ 1:1
+ 6.5MP: 2544 x 2544 @ 1:1
+ 3.7MP: 1920 x 1920 @ 1:1
+ 12416 x 1856
+ 5536 x 2160
+ 8192 x 1856
+ 3872 x 2160

Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9

Image Stabilization Optical

Color Spaces sRGB, Adobe RGB

Lens

Type: Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar, 14 elements in 11 groups, 7 Aspheric, (35 mm equivalent: 24-200 mm)

Aperture: f/2.8

Filter Thread 62 mm

Zoom
+ Optical: 8.3x
+ Clear Image Zoom: 16.6x
+ Digital: 66x
+ Digital: 93x
+ Digital: 133x
+ Digital: 249x

Exposure System

ISO Sensitivity Auto, 125-12800 (Extended Mode: 80-12800)

Shutter
+ 4 – 1/3200 sec in Auto Mode
+ 1 – 1/3200 sec in Program Mode
+ 30 – 1/3200 sec in Manual Mode
+ 8 – 1/3200 sec in Aperture Priority Mode
+ 30 – 1/3200 sec in Shutter Priority Mode

Exposure Metering Center-weighted, Multi, Spot

Exposure Modes
+ Modes: Aperture Priority, Bulb, Intelligent Auto, Manual, Movie, Program Shift, Programmed Auto, Scene Selection, Shutter Priority, Superior Auto, Sweep Panorama
+ Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)

Shooting Modes Anti-motion Blur, Black and White Copy, HDR Painting, Handheld Twilight, High Contrast B&W, Illustration, Landscape, Macro, Miniature Effect, Night Portrait, Night Scene, Partial Color, Pop Color, Portrait, Posterization, Retro, Rich-Tone Monochrome, Sepia, Soft Focus, Soft High-Key, Sports, Sunset, Toy Camera Effect, Vivid Color, Watercolor

White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature Filter, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Incandescent, Shade

Burst Rate Up to 10 fps at 20.2 MP

Self Timer 10 Sec, 2 Sec

Remote Control RM-VPR1 (Optional)

Flash

Flash Modes
+ Modes: Auto, Fill-in, Off, Rear Sync
Slow Sync,
+ Compensation: -2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)

Built-in Flash Yes

Effective Flash Range
+ 3.28 – 33.46′ (1 – 10.2 m)
+ Up To 66.93′ (20.4 m)

External Flash Connection Hot Shoe

Storage

Memory Card Type: Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo (High Speed), Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, Memory Stick Micro, Memory Stick Micro (M2), SD, SDHC, SDXC, microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC

Recording

Video Recording Yes, NTSC

Resolution
+ 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 24 fps
+ 1440 x 1080: 30 fps
+ 640 x 480: 30 fps

Video Clip Length Up to 29 Minutes

Audio Recording
+ Built-in Mic: With Video, Stereo,
+ Optional External Mic: With Video, Stereo,

Viewfinder / LCD Display

Viewfinder Type Electronic

Screen 3.0″ LCD Rear Screen Tilt (1,229,000 pixels)

Screen Coverage 100%

Connectivity

Connectivity DC Input, HDMI D (Micro), USB 2.0, USB 2.0

Wi-Fi Yes

Software Requirements
+ Windows: XP (SP3), Vista (SP2), 7, 8
+ Mac: OS X 10.6 or later

Battery

Type: 1x NP-FW50 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.7VDC, 1080mAh

AC Power Adapter AC-UB10 (Included)

Measure & Weight

Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.1 x 3.5 x 4.0″ / 129.0 x 88.1 x 102.2 mm excluding protrusions

Weight 1.79 lb / 813 g with battery and memory card

Video Reviews

Preview Video By TheDigitalDigest

Preview Video By Camerahoarders

Sample Photos

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Sample Photos

- Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Sample Photos @ Photographyblog

- Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Sample Photos @ Ephotozine

User Manual

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 User Manual (PDF)

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Download Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 User Manual (PDF)

Rivals

Listed below are some of the rivals of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10.

Nikon Coolpix P7800 Reviews

nikon-coolpix-p7800
Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Nikon Coolpix P7800 has a price that is less than half the price of the RX100 range of $546.95 a price difference very much. However, the P7800 offers picture quality and advanced features that can compete with the RX100. This camera has a BSI CMOS sensor resolution of 12.2 megapixels combined with the EXPEED C2 processor to produce quality images and video are high. In addition, the P7800 also features an optical zoom Nikkor ED lens 7.1x, 3.0-inch screen that can be rotated 180 degrees, electronic viewfinder, Full HD 1080p video recording, manual control and RAW file formats and is compatible with Wireless adapter WU-1a.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Reviews

panasonic-lumix-dmc-fz200
Overall Rating: ★★★★★

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 is the second contender for the RX10 is worth your consideration. The camera offers a much cheaper price as P7800 with a price range of Rp. 5.800.000, -. The camera is equipped with a 12.1 megapixel MOS sensor combined with LSI Venus Engine processor performance to produce high quality images with fast performance. Another feature of this camera is the optical zoom lens equivalent to a focal length of 25-600mm f/2.8, 3.0-inch LCD screen that can be rotated freely every aspect of the way, 0.2-inch electronic viewfinder, 12fps continuous shooting, RAW and RAW file format + JPEG and a hot-shoe for accessories.


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