Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10

October 16, 2013 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras | 1 Comment |
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The Sony RX10 is a new bridge camera with a 20.2 megapixel 1.0-type back-illuminated CMOS imager and a 24-200mm (eq.) f/2.8 OSS lens. The newly developed Eye AF ensures crisp portraits with the sitter’s eye always in sharp focus, even if they’re not looking directly at you. Movie footage can be captured at selectable 50p (AVCHD progressive) or 25p frame rates, with full control over P/A/S/M exposure modes. A ‘clear’ HDMI output allows video to be reviewed on an external monitor or recorded to a separate storage device. With a high resolution of 1440k dots, the new high-contrast OLED Tru-Finder offers crisp edge-to-edge visibility of your subject, while the clear, bright 3.0" LCD tilts up or down for easy framing with the camera held high up or low down. On-board Wi-Fi allows easy one-touch connection with your NFC compliant Android smartphone or tablet. The compact, all-in-one Cyber-shot RX10 digital camera from Sony is available for pre-order now for £999, and goes on general sale in UK from mid-November.

Sony Press Release

Premium performance and portability; Full range shooting from wide angle to telephoto

Cyber-shot™ RX10 premium bridge camera offers DSLR-style creative power without the need to carry interchangeable lenses

  • Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 24-200mm (35mm equiv.) zoom lens with bright F2.8 maximum aperture at all focal lengths
  • Superb quality images with rich detail from 20.2 megapixel 1.0-type back-illuminated Exmor R™ CMOS sensor
  • New BIONZ X™ processor with approximately 3x faster processing speedi and new area-specific noise reduction
  • Fast, silent and accurate contrast detection autofocus with Direct Drive SSMii
  • Full HD (1920x1080 - 60p/25piii) movies with PASM control and professional-style XLR input for external microphone
  • New 1440k dot OLED Tru-Finder™ plus 3.0-type tilting LCD with WhiteMagic technology
  • 4K photo output and support for TRILUMINOS Display
  • NFC and Wi-Fi for easy connection with smartphones & tablets

Offering true portability, the new Sony Cyber-shot RX10 delivers superb picture quality, handling and creative features that you would expect from a bigger, bulkier camera system all in one convenient ‘bridge style’ camera body.

The appealing camera, ideal for DSLR enthusiasts, doesn’t compromise on image quality and with  its fixed Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 24-200mm (35mm equivalent) F2.8 lensiv, it offers superb levels of clarity and resolving power you’d expect from your interchangeable lens collection.

With a versatile zoom range from wide-angle to telephoto; it’s a natural partner for atmospheric portraits, dramatic landscapes, wildlife, street scenes and naturally-lit interiors. The ability to focus at distances as short as 3cm also makes it ideal for detail-packed Macro close-ups of insects, flowers and more.

A bright F2.8 maximum aperture across the full zoom range gives extra brightness you’d expect from your collection of interchangeable prime lenses. As well as letting you shoot in low light without increasing ISO settings, it also allows easy creation of smooth, circular background defocus (‘bokeh’) effects, enhanced by the 7-blade iris diaphragm. Optical SteadyShot assists clearer, blur-free images when you’re shooting handheld – even at longer focal lengths when hand-shake is a challenge for non-stabilised optics.

Comfortable to hold and generously equipped with manual controls, the Cyber-shot RX10 feels instantly familiar to anyone who’s handled a DSLR camera. Inside, the camera’s fixed-lens design achieves superb imaging performance in harmony with the large, sensitive image sensor and evolved BIONZ X processing engine that now offers approximately 3x improvement in processing speed compared to previous BIONZ processors.

As featured on the acclaimed DSC-RX100 II, the 20.2 effective megapixels (approx.) 1.0-type back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor is around four times bigger than your standard compact camera imager. Exquisite resolution and texture depiction is boosted further by the evolved BIONZ X engine that employs new detail reproduction, area-specific noise reduction and diffraction-reducing technologies for cleaner, even more beautiful and finely-detailed images.

Autofocus is speedy and responsive, thanks to the new Direct Drive SSM mechanism that works in conjunction with the Exmor R CMOS sensor and powerful BIONZ X processor. Lock-on AF accurately tracks moving subjects, keeping your target accurately focused even if it disappears momentarily from the frame and then reappears. Newly developed Eye AF ensures crisp portraits with the sitter’s eye always in sharp focus, even if they’re not looking directly at you. In addition, there’s now a choice of three selectable sizes for the spot AF frame. This cuts the risk of accidental focus errors with very small subjects, such as macro close-ups of insects.

Impeccable still shooting is matched by equally impressive capabilities for movie enthusiasts. The powerful new BIONZ X processor offers approximately three times the processing speed of Sony’s previous-generation BIONZ engine. Fully utilising the quality of the wide-aperture lens, it reads data from every one of the large sensor’s pixels to create extremely smooth, highly-detailed Full HD video. Movie footage can be captured at selectable 50p (AVCHD progressive) or cinematic 25p frame rates, with full control over P/A/S/M exposure modes. A ‘clear’ HDMI output allows video to be reviewed on an external monitor or recorded to a separate storage device.

An audio level meter and adjustable levels ensure that movies sound as good as they look. There’s a microphone jack and headphone output for accurate level monitoring. Adding the optional XLR-K1M adapter kit takes you into the world of pro-quality sound recording, allowing the addition of an external microphone via the balanced XLR terminal.

With a high resolution of 1440k dots, the new high-contrast OLED Tru-Finder offers crisp edge-to-edge visibility of your subject plus a wide 33° (approx.) viewing angle. For even more compositional freedom, the clear, bright 3.0-type White Magic™ LCD tilts up or down for easy framing with the camera held high up or low down.

Underlining its appeal to dedicated enthusiasts, the camera’s light, rigid magnesium alloy body features dust and moisture-resistant seams and control seals for extra durability on location.

Intuitive, ergonomic operation is enhanced by plentiful controls which offer DSLR-style flexibility for advanced users. The aperture ring can be freely switched between two operating modes – click the aperture into place with the ring. Or switch modes for smooth, continuous adjustment without clicks – ideal if you’re shooting movies or don’t want to disturb your subject.

There’s also a total of seven customisable buttons, plus a top-mounted LCD for instant confirmation of exposure and other key settings.

High-resolution still images can be displayed directly on a 4K television that offers four times the detail of Full HD. Support for TRILUMINOS Colour delivers a stunning palette of rich, natural colours when viewing movies and photos captured with the Cyber-shot RX10 on a compatible BRAVIA television with TRILUMINOS Display.

In-built Wi-Fi allows easy one-touch connection with your Xperia™ or NFC-compatible Android smartphone or tablet. Share photos wirelessly on your mobile device, or view them on your HD TV and other home networked devices. Installing PlayMemories Mobile Version 3.0 even lets you use your phone as a handy remote to fire the camera’s shutter.

There’s a range of compatible accessories from Sony to expand your creative options even further. The LCJ-RXE is a premium jacket case that protects the camera from dust and knocks. Attach the ECM-XYST1M Stereo Microphone via the camera’s Multi Interface Shoe™ for crisp dialogue and ambient sounds while you’re shooting HD video. Or illuminate your subject with the powerful HVL-F43M flash or battery-powered HVL-LEIR1 Video IR light.

The compact, all-in-one Cyber-shot RX10 digital camera from Sony is available for pre-order now from http://www.sony.co.uk and goes on general sale in UK from mid-November.



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#1 Jim

A good sized sensor: This could be the start of something very exciting. I was looking yesterday at a replacement for my old canon 400D and 28-200 zoom lens. I was very disappointed by the small sensors and poor evfs of the available bridge cameras, and don't want to lug around a ton of equipment with a new slr and lenses. This gives much closer to what I was looking for - now all it needs is a longer zoom lens.
Till then I guess I stick with my 20 times canon sx260hs, and put up with the grain/blur/smudging in less than perfect light.

7:40 am - Thursday, October 17, 2013