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Sony DSC-RX10 Camera Black 20.2MP 8.3xZoom 3.0LCD FHD 24mm Wide Lens WiFi
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Overall score: 80%
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- Fast focus for perfect shots at any distance. Capture striking detail thanks to a 24-200mm F2.8 Carl Zeiss lens
- 20.2MP 1.0-type Exmor R CMOS sensor
- Fast F2.8 ZEISS Sonnar T* zoom lens
- NFC One-touch sharing and remote control
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The Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 offers a great combination of still and video quality, thanks to its one-inch sensor and 24-200 F2.8 lens. Its focus is as much about video as stills, and the RX10 offers more controls in that respect than virtually any other camera. Its hefty price may put it out of reach for many enthusiasts, though.
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Sony DSC-RX10 Camera Black 20.2MP 8.3xZoom 3.0LCD FHD 24mm Wide Lens WiFi
|Delivery||FREE Delivery||FREE Delivery||FREE Delivery||FREE Delivery|
|Colour||Black||Information not provided||Information not provided||Black|
|Display Size||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches|
|Item Weight||755 g||Information not provided||1.1 kg||213 g|
|Lithium Battery Weight||59 g||16 g||50 g||160 g|
|Minimum Focal Length||0.94 inches||0.94 inches||0.98 inches||0.41 inches|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||20.2 MP||20.9 MP||12.1 MP||20.2 MP|
|Optical Sensor Size||13.2 x 8.8 mm||13.2 x 8.8 mm||1/2.3''||13.2 x 8.8 mm|
|Optical Zoom||8.3 x||8 x||24 x||3.6 x|
|Special Features||Auto Focus (AF) assist beam||Serial Shot Mode||Information not provided||Serial Shot Mode|
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The Sony RX10 Digital Compact Camera - One Lens, multiple scenarios. Perfect shots at any distance featuring a 24-200mm bright full range f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Lens
Sony have a long history of making interesting cameras and have, in recent years, produced some of the most innovative products and technologies. Not all of these developments have caught on but we've admired their pioneering spirit, even when we haven't always loved the products.
The RX10 combines aspects of two of the company's most imagination-catching cameras - the newly announced RX100 II and the near-legendary R1 from 2005. It revives the large-sensor, long-zoom concept of the R1, but utilizing the same 1"-type BSI CMOS sensor, meaning it can offer a balance of high image quality and long zoom in a sensibly sized package. In this case it means the RX10 is able to offer a 24-200mm equivalent F2.8 lens.
That relatively big sensor means the RX10 is not a small camera - it's about the height and width of a small DSLR and, though its body is slimmer than that, its 8.3x lens adds a stout, weighty bulk to the proceedings.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 key features
- 20MP 1"-type BSI CMOS sensor (13.2 x 8.8mm)
- 24-200mm equivalent stabilized F2.8 lens
- Built-in 3-EV Neutral Density filter
- Flip-out, 1.3m dot (VGA resolution) rear LCD
- 1.14m dot OLED viewfinder
- ISO 125 - 12,800 (expandable down to ISO 80)
- Approx 10fps continuous shooting in 'Speed Priority mode'
- Wi-Fi with NFC for easier connection (with compatible devices)
The RX10 also becomes the first Sony to feature a 'Direct Drive SSM' focus motor, which uses piezoelectric materials to position the focus element, rather than linear motors. The company says this allows the lens to be both moved and stopped more accurately - reducing focus times. The lens also has a pretty reasonable close-focus distance, that increases from 3cm at the wide-angle end to 30cm at the other extreme (giving magnification ratio of 0.45x and 0.38x respectively).
The more powerful processor not only promises more detailed JPEGs, it also allows the camera to use every pixel to create its video, rather than having to sub-sample the sensor as most DSLRs do (the line-skipping method is a major source of moiré).
And Sony appears to have been thinking about more than just stills when it made this cameras - the RX10 offers one of the most extensive lists of features for videographers we've seen on any camera. This includes stepless aperture control, headphone and mic sockets, focus peaking, zebra exposure warning and uncompressed video output.
The only problem is likely to be trying to convince anyone to spend so much on a compact camera. Because, while it was relatively easy to make the argument that the RX100 was worth nearly twice as much as a Canon S110 (given it had a sensor three times larger) it's a little harder to explain to people why they should pay $1299 for a zoom compact - no matter how capable.
So what's the big deal?
Part of the problem with trying to explain why the RX10 costs so much (and we're not sure why it cost quite so much), is that it requires you to understand not just the equivalent focal length range and aperture, but also the effect of sensor size.
This understanding isn't helped by the use of F-numbers to describe aperture. In terms of exposure (and by definition), F2.8 = F2.8 = F2.8. However, that doesn't tell the whole story. In terms of depth-of-field and total light on the sensor (which is a major determinant of image quality), you also need to consider sensor size - otherwise the 24-200mm equivalent F2.8 lens on this camera doesn't sound any more impressive than a camera half the size or, more importantly, less than half the price.
So, while the Panasonic DMC-FZ200 at first glance looks most impressive, the equivalent aperture figures tell a very different story. Equivalent apertures tell you how the lens compares to a full frame lens with similar characteristics - much as the more familiar 'equivalent focal length' does. However, rather than telling you which lens has a comparable field-of-view, it tells you which full frame lens would provide the same control over depth-of-field and the total light hitting the sensor.
So, while it might initially appear that the Nikon Coolpix P7800 offers a comparable lens in a much smaller body (and for much less money), the RX10's actual peers are rather different.
Here you can see that the RX100 can receive around 0.7EV more light at the wide-angle end of its zoom and almost 2.7EV more at the long end of the zoom. In fact, its wide maximum aperture means it's able to receive more light than Canon's larger-sensored G1 X from around 39mm equivalent and more than a Canon DSLR with 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 from 65mm equivalent onwards. And that gives the RX10 greater control over depth-of-field and the potential for better low light performance than any of these cameras. See all Product Description
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|RX10||RX10 II||RX10 III|
|Megapixels||20.2 MP||20.2 MP||Approximately 20.1 MP|
|Sensor type||1.0 inch type (13.2 x 8.8 mm) Exmor R CMOS Sensor||1.0-type (13.2 mm x 8.8 mm) Exmor RS CMOS sensor, aspect ratio 3:2||1.0-type (13.2 mm x 8.8 mm) Exmor RS CMOS sensor, aspect ratio 3:2|
|Optical zoom||8.3x||8.3x (Optical Zoom during movie recording)||25x|
|Digital zoom||Up to 15x (VGA)||33x|
|Focal length||f=8.8-73.3 mm||(f=) 35 mm format equivalent; Still Image 3:2] f = 24-200 mm; [Still Image 16:9] f = 25-213 mm; [Still Image 4:3] f = 26-220 mm; [Still Image 1:1] f = 31-259 mm; [Movie 16:9] f = 26-212 mm (SteadyShot Standard), f = 29-305 mm (SteadyShot Active), f = 33-315 mm (SteadyShot Intelligent Active); [Video 4K 16:9] f = 28-233 mm (SteadyShot standard); [HFR 960 fps] f = 41-330 mm (Quality Priority), f = 59-460 mm (Shoot Time Priority); [HFR 480 fps] f = 28-233 mm (Quality Priority), f = 41-330 mm (Shoot Time Priority); [HFR 240 fps] f = 26-212 mm (Quality Priority), f = 28-233 mm (Shoot Time Priority)||f=8.8-220 mm|
|Maximum aperture||F2.8 constant||F2.8 constant||F2.4(W)-4.0(T)|
|ISO sensitivity||ISO 125-25600||Auto: (ISO 100-12800, selectable with upper/lower limit), 100 / 125 / 160 / 200 / 250 / 320 / 400 / 500 / 640 / 800 / 1000 / 1250 / 1600 / 2000 / 2500 / 3200 / 4000 / 5000 / 6400 / 8000 / 10000 / 12800 (Extendable to ISO64/80); Multi-Frame NR: Auto (ISO 100-12800), 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800 / 25600 1||ISO 100-12800 (1/3 step) (expandable to ISO 64/80), Auto (ISO 100-12800, selectable with upper/lower limit) , Multi-Frame NR: ISO100-25600(1 EV step), Auto (ISO 100-128000)|
|Minimum focus||3 cm - Infinity (W), 0.3 m - Infinity (T)||AF (W: Approximately 3 cm to infinity, T: Approximately 25 cm to infinity)||AF Approximately 3 cm to infinity(W), approximately 72 cm to infinity(T)|
|Maximum continuous shooting speed||10 fps (for up to 10 shots)||Speed Priority Continuous Shooting: approximately 14 fps, Continuous Shooting: approximately 5 fps||Speed Priority Continuous Shooting: approximately 14 fps, Continuous Shooting: approximately 5 fps|
|Screen type||3.0 inch (7.5 cm) (4:3) / 1,440,000 dots / Xtra Fine / TFT LCD||7.5 cm (3.0type)(4:3) / 1,228,800 dots / Xtra Fine / TFT LCD||7.5 cm (3.0 type) (4:3) / 1,228,800 dots / Xtra Fine / TFT LCD|
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My brand loyalty lies with Nikon and I use their excellent professional standard DSLRs and lenses. But you need big muscles and a strong back to carry all this kit around on a city break. So I wanted a bridge camera to take good quality holiday pictures, and so that I could edit them using RAW images.
This camera is NOT up to the quality of my Nikon DSLR, but it is not far off! I am thrilled with this camera. It takes excellent shots even in "Auto" mode where it will beat any point and shoot hands down.
If you have a DSLR and want a bridge camera this is one of the best I have found. I took hundreds of shots on the city break and there were only a few of the shots that I was not happy with, generally backlit where my exposure compensation was way off the mark.
The only down side to this camera is the documentation. Since returning from my holiday I have got the Kindle edition of a book explaining all the functions of the camera. The RX10 is very flexible, featuring all the functions of DSLR including full manual settings if you have time to set up the shot yourself. Sony produce an on-line interactive manual for this camera but I found that very hard to navigate.
For an experienced DSLR user you will not be disappointed. Thoroughly recommended.
I have been a photographer for over 30 years and sell my work and use my pictures to illustrate websites and books I also work as a science lecturer and use images to illustrate them. My clients include English Heritage and Mercedes Benz. My main day to day kit is from Nikon using their high end bodies and professionals lenses. Nikon D800, 24 - 70 2.8 and 70 - 200 2.8 and a Nikon D700 with 28 - 200 DX lens for back up and walk around kit I have been looking for a camera to carry around for days out with the family that does not need a porter to carry it due to its weight and size. I think I have now found it with the Sony RX10
The SONY RX10
This is a high end bridge camera from Sony. It has a non-detachable Carl Zeiss 24 to 200mm 2.8 lens which is its headline feature. The cameras is expensive but very well made, contains all the options for customisation and has a lens made by one of the best lens makers in the World. The camera has lots of features and customisable options not normally found on bridge or compact cameras.
Sony inherited much of its camera experience when it took over Minolta and Konica and all the Sony compacts I have had have always been a cut above the rest for the money. So here goes with my review of this very promising camera.
This is my initial review after a couple of weeks with the camera using g it in less than ideal weather conditions so as the weather gets better ( I hope) I will add to this review so that you can see how I get on pushing the camera to its limits.
In the box.
Lens cap and hood,
Charger and cable,
Basic instruction manual and guarantee leaflets,
Build quality.Read more ›
I haven't used the camera in anger yet due to total lack of spare time but so far I have been very happy with what I have seen. I will update in the new year when I get some time at home in the daylight. Based on what time I have had so far my initial conclusions are:
1) The lens: 24mm is wider than any kit lens, F2.8 is brighter and at 200mm you can really use this very effectively hand-held.
2) The package: handles like a small DSLR but fits in a very small bag with no accessories needed so you can carry it everywhere.
3) The quality: beautiful materials and beautifully designed including dust and moisture sealing.
4) The viewfinder: excellent quality, resolution and field of view. Also I find it perfectly usable with my glasses on. Articulating LCD screen is also excellent.
5) Ergonomics: aperture ring plus two rotary controls and host of customisable buttons each positioned to make it easy to find by touch.
6) Features: everything you would expect from a DSLR and quite a bit more especially for the videographer including ND Filter, Audio metering and audio level controls, WiFi connectivity, clean HDMI output suitable for external recording.
1) Lack of a proper technical user guide. Many features are self-evident but many others are not. This is unforgiveable. Even an on-line guide in one language would be something.Read more ›
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What is special about this camera is its combination of large 1" sensor and a zoom lens with a constant f2.8 wide aperture. Read morePublished 13 months ago by G Hooper
I have tried 2 copies of this camera from separate stores, one being very reputable. Both cameras have had to go back because of poor stills quality. Read morePublished 14 months ago by I. Hubball