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.
Conclusion: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 is a niche camera, but reviewers can't agree on exactly what that niche is. They do agree that the DSC-RX10 is unique and unlike anything else out there, and that it's the best bridge camera, between a compact and a DSLR, on the market.
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: Sony RX10 review: is Sony’s premium bridge camera with a 1in sensor and an f/2.8 constant aperture set to change the camera market, or will its price tag hold it back? We don’t often review bridge cameras here at Digital Camera World – but then, the Sony RX10 is no ordinary bridge camera.
Summary: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 works quite well, with a quick start-up rate (given all the glass that it needs to move), responsive auto focus (in most illumination conditions), and little wait between images.
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.
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 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.
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...
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 ...