Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 review: The definitive bridge camera?

By Kevin Carter - Thursday, December 19, 2013

Camera Review
Introduction | Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 sensor performance | Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II: Equal performance | Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 vs Nikon Coolpix P7800 vs Canon PowerShot G1X: Superior sensor performance | Conclusion
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 review: The definitive bridge camera?

Following the firm’s successful RX100 II model Sony has introduced the RX10, a bridge type camera featuring a 20-Mpix 1-inch format sensor with a constant f2.8 aperture 24-200mm equivalent from Zeiss. Read on to find out how this intriguing model performs.

Sony enthusiasts may remember the exceptional Cyber-shot DSC-R1 from 2005, a SLR-like bridge camera similar to this featuring a 10-Mpix APS-C size sensor with a built-in 24-120mm equivalent f2.8-4.8 Zeiss zoom. The RX10 adopts the same principle but implements a smaller 1-inch type 20-Mpix BSI CMOS sensor with a stabilized 8.8-73.3mm zoom, equivalent to 24-200mm f2.8 constant aperture Zeiss branded zoom.

The lens features a direct–drive sonic type AF motor and has an optional 1/3rd click stopped or de-clicked aperture collar, while the body is a melding of the firm’s Alpha models with shooting mode and EV shift dials on the top plate and mechanical AF mode switch at the lower right (viewed from the front). Along with a 1.14m dot OLED viewfinder, the RX10 uses the Bionz X processor found on the A7 models for continuous shooting up to 10 fps, NR and reduced diffraction.

At the rear it has a ‘White-magic” 1.23 million dot tiltable LCD, Wi-Fi with NFC (but no built-in GPS) and 1920 x 1080 60/24fps and 1440 x 1080 at 30 fps video with a mic socket, all housed in a weatherproof magnesium alloy shell.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 measures 5.1 x 3.5 x 4.0 inches / 129.0 x 88.1 x 102.2mm and weighs 1.79 lb / 813 g with battery and memory card, and is available now at $1,299.

Key specifications:

  • 20-Mpix 1-inch-type BSI CMOS sensor (13.2 x 8.8mm)
  • Zeiss 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)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 sensor performance

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II: Equal performance

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 vs Nikon Coolpix P7800 vs Canon PowerShot G1X: Superior sensor performance

Conclusion