Summary: But it's the video features that are of note, to support the RX10's strong video capability. Video features include step-less aperture control, headphone and microphone sockets, focus peaking, zebra exposure warning, uncompressed video output, and a full array of HD frame rates and quality options.
Pros: Larger sensor than other bridge cameras, Excellent video quality, Premium super-zoom lens
Cons: External battery charger not included, No touch screen, Larger than other compact cameras
Summary: The Sony RX10 is a very unique camera because of its awesome 16-200mm constant f2.8 lens — that pretty much sums it up. There is nothing quite like it. This makes it very difficult to replicate its optical functionality with other camera systems, especially within the $1300 envelope. If you want to get more sensor surface for your dollar, or if you would rather use an f3.5-5.6 lens, then there are clearly other options on the market.
The future of the point-and-shoot is the superzoom
3 March 2014
Summary: Point-and-shoots are dying because all they offer is better quality — and it seems no one cares about better quality when they’re just cropping things to a square and putting them on Instagram. But superzooms are a growing market because they offer what neither phones nor compact cameras posses: versatility. The RX10 works whether you’re on the field or in the nosebleeds, whether you’re on a sunny beach or a dark club. It’s a camera for everyone, for every situation.
Pros: Versatile, sharp lens, Solid picture quality, even in low light, Incredibly easy to learn and operate
Cons: Expensive, Bulky, Enough autofocus problems to be worrisome
Summary: 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.
Pros: Very good photo quality, especially when shooting Raw, Top-notch video quality, Excellent and flexible 24-200mm equiv. F2.8 lens, Solid, weather-sealed body, Many tools for shooting video: focus peaking, zebra pattern, step-less aperture ring, Responsive AF in good light, Fast continuous shooting mode, Uncompressed 'clean' HDMI output, D-Range Optimizer feature helps give well-balanced JPEGs even in high contrast scenes, Numerous customizable buttons, Silent shutter a...
Cons: Pricey, JPEG images are over-sharpened and over-processed, Video bit rates not competitive with best digital cameras, Autofocus can be hesitant, especially in low light; AF improves when assist lamp is turned off, Camera 'locks up' while buffer is clearing after continuous shooting, Manual focus can be challenging due to variable speed focus ring, Limited remote control from smartphone, No external charger included for rapid charging or keeping a spare battery topped-up
Conclusion: We began this review with the conundrum every DSLR owner confronts – dealing with myriad lenses and shoulder-breaking gear bags – and whether there is a high-quality, portable solution for these issues. The Sony Cyber-shot RX10 is it and it deserves our Editor’s Choice designation. Still and video quality is excellent while the Zeiss glass is outstanding.
Pros: Excellent stills and videos, Great f/2.8 constant aperture, High-quality EVF
Cons: Expensive, heavy (for a bridge camera), No touchscreen LCD, Would love a longer zoom
Summary: The RX10 is, most simply, a pimped-up bridge camera. One with a bigger sensor and brighter, higher quality lens than most models, and one that's packed with professional movie features that could see it adopted by video journalists and documentary film makers. In a body around the size of an entry-level DSLR kit, you're getting a 24-200mm equivalent zoom with a constant f2.8 focal ratio, excellent optical stabilisation, a large and detailed electronic viewfinder, tilting...
Pros: Very high quality 24-200mm equivalent zoom., Constant f2.8 aperture; good quality even wide open., Comfortable and tough weather-sealed body., Superb large and detailed electronic viewfinder., Fast continuous shooting: 10fps for 2.5 seconds., Powerful movie features with full manual control., Microphone & headphone jacks and clean HDMI output., Focus peaking, zebra patterns & built-in ND filter., Manual aperture ring switchable from clicks to smooth.
Cons: Slow zoom control, especially when filming., Laborious to manually set AF area., No touch-screen., Can’t control AF while filming., Disappointing Continuous AF., Basic smartphone remote control., No GPS tagging with Sony app., No interval timer., No slow motion video option., Most expensive bridge camera to date.