Sony took the bridge camera market to a new level when they introduced the RX10 back in 2013. It was the first camera of it’s type to have a constant aperture throughout all focal lengths – and still is. Even it’s main competitor, introduced a year later, falls short in this area. This model is still revered among critics and professionals for both the image quality and build quality it presents.
Another first for Sony was the inclusion of a 1″ CMOS sensor, not previously seen in bridge cameras. This was the company making a statement that here was a type of camera to be taken seriously and not just a toy DSLR to be looked down on.
In this article we highlight whether this camera still offers good value for money (it has dropped in price massively since launch in 2013) as well as detailing our full Sony DSC-RX10 review.
If you haven’t time to read the full review now we have provided a quick guide below to give you the key specification .
Quick Product Features Guide for the Cyber-shot RX10
At the time of writing there are almost 30 buyer reviews who rate this camera on average at 4.7 out of 5 stars.
- 1 inch Exmor R CMOS sensor giving 20.2 megapixel resolution.
- Extremely fast F/2.8 zoom lens from Zeiss Sonnar constant throughout the focal range allows perfect ‘depth-of-field’ photos
- 8.3 digital zoom from the 24-200mm Carl Zeiss lens
- Continuous shooting of up to 10 frames per second
- Lightening fast focussing system for perfect shots in a flash – with lock-on autofocus to track even the fastest subjects
- Flip out rear 3″ LCD screen
- 1.14m dot OLED viewfinder with edge to edge viewing
- On-screen custom settings option
- Strong and light magnesium alloy body
For those of you who have a little more time at hand please read our detailed Sony DSC-RX10 review.
Main Features of the Sony RX10
1. Large sensor and Auto Scene Recognition:
The sensor used in the Sony Cyber-shot RX10 Bridge Camera is four times larger than the average size of a sensor used in other bridge cameras. It results in good quality images with a good dynamic range, good resolution and excellent detailing.
The camera allows the user to apply Auto Scene Recognition system for better image quality. The auto scene recognition is an intelligent system which analyses the given subject and adjusts the settings accordingly. The camera has 11 pre settings. When the camera is pointed at the scene that needs to be captured, an automatic analysis is done and a pre-setting is accordingly chosen.
The ‘Superior Auto’ mode helps to reduce blur and also increases the dynamic range.
2. High Quality Lens and EVF:
The camera sensor is supported by a complex lens, which is faster and larger than the ones used in competitive cameras. The lens has a good close focus distance, and it works for a minimum working distance of 3cm to 30cm. The complex and high quality lens is a dominant feature on the body of the camera.
The lens supports a decent zoom, which is enough for almost all the photographs an enthusiast photographer would want to take. In spite of the large size of the lens, the camera is compact and manageable.
Another special feature of Sony’s RX10 is the EVF (Electronic View Finder), where the lens captures the image and then displays it in electronically in a miniature form. This particular image is then used to aim the camera at the photographic subject. EVF helps in taking better aim and thus better photographs.
3. Image Quality:
The images produced by the RX10 Bridge Camera are of a high quality. The camera supports a function which captures a detailed image with less noise even in low light and shadow areas. The dynamic range can be increased by taking two separate photographs and then combining them to produce a very effective result. The quality can be further enhanced again by sharpening the images with the inbuilt sharpening tool.
The Flash settings can be adjusted and a lot of ‘Picture effects’ can be added to the photographs clicked. The camera also allows taking of panoramic images by using the ‘sweep panorama’ option.
4. Wi-Fi and NFC enabled:
Sony has further enhanced the spec of the RX10 by making it Wi-Fi and NFC enabled. There are a lot of Wi-Fi functions that are supported, all of which can be formatted in the main settings menu of the camera. For example, the push option is used to locate a hot spot. You can transfer your photographs to your smart phone or another Wi-Fi enabled device from the playback menu where the images are viewed in the camera.
The camera also supports NFC. NFC (Near Field Communication) allows establishing a radio communication between two compatible devices, without having to establish a physical contact between the two, by just tapping the two devices together.
5. More photographic control:
Sony Cybershot RX10 Bridge Camera offers the enthusiast photographer a lot of options, which allow increased manual control over the photographs.
There is a zoom ring and an aperture ring on the camera. While there is a choice between auto focus and manual focus, the zoom ring functions as the focus ring in the manual mode. The zoom ring turns to increase the zoom from 24mm to 200mm.
There are two buttons, one on top of the camera and the other at the bottom to control the functioning of the zoom and the aperture rings respectively.
All in all these enhanced functions help a photographer to have a greater choice and control over the photographs that he wants to take.
Ratings and Reviews of the Sony DSC-RX10
Customer reviews of this camera are in the main excellent. It scores a teriffic 4.8 out of 5 stars from 34 reviews and receives high praise as you can see in the following comments.
This camera is not up to the quality of my Nikon DSLR, but it is not far off. I am thrilled with this camera. …. If you have a DSLR and want a bridge camera this is one of the best I have found.
The more I use it, the more I love it. … I definitely give this camera my wholehearted 5 stars.
One reviewer, who has worked as a commercial photographer for over 30 years and with some of the biggest names in the motor industry said-
The camera is expensive and very well made…the best and most versatile bridge camera I have ever used – full marks to Sony.
High praise from someone who knows his craft.
The above video shows the internal make-up of the Cyber-shot RX10.
Possibly still the top bridge camera available today even though the zoom range is less than most. The constant F/2.8 aperture is the trade off and a massive advantage for professionals.
It is a multi award winning camera which broke new ground and still tops the competition. This camera really gives any starter or medium level DSLR a real run for the money, with the added advantage of packing all the kit you could ever need in one small and light magnesium alloy body.
The RX10 is a winner and I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending it to you.