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

By Kevin Carter - Thursday December 19 2013

Sensor 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

Few bridge cameras these days offer Raw output, so we’ve pitched the RX-10 against high-end compacts from Nikon and Canon. With a physically smaller 1/1.7-inch sensor, the 12-Mpix P7800 is the most disadvantaged of three and it shows with the lowest scores.

The RX10 has approximately a +1 Stop advantage in IQ overall and close to a +2/3 of stop compared with the Canon. However the 15-Mpix Canon G1X has the largest sensor (by surface area) of the trio, at 14 x 18.7mm it’s somewhere between MFT and APS-C, so it should have some advantages in key areas.

In fact it has superior low light performance, around +1/2 stop improvement over the RX10 but the Sony has +2/3 stop advantage in color depth and a substantial +2 stops wider dynamic range.