Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 Review

3.5
September 19, 2013 | Mark Goldstein |

Image Quality


All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 18 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 6Mb.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 produced images of fairly good quality during the review period (judged against similar compact cameras). Images are noise free at ISO 125-400, with limited noise and colour desaturation starting to appear at ISO 800. ISO 1600 exhibits quite visible noise, smearing of fine detail and colour desaturation, and the fastest settings of ISO 3200 is even noisier and best avoided altogether.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 dealt quite well with chromatic aberrations, with purple fringing effects appearing only in high contrast situations. The built-in flash worked well indoors, with no red-eye and adequate exposure. The night photograph was poor, with the maximum shutter speed of 4 seconds limiting what you can capture after-dark. Image stabilisation is a feature that works very well when hand-holding the camera in low-light conditions or when using the telephoto end of the zoom range.

Macro performance is excellent, allowing you to focus as close as 1cm away from the subject. The images were a little soft straight out of the camera at the default sharpening setting and ideally require further sharpening in an application like Adobe Photoshop, or you can change the in-camera setting if you don't like the default results.

Noise

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 doesn't allow you to manually choose the ISO speed, which meant that we haven't been able to shoot our usual test scene. Instead the ISO range differs depending on the shooting mode that you select - ISO100-3200 (iAuto), ISO100-12800 (Superior Auto), ISO100-1600 (Program Auto).

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

 
 

Focal Range

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10's 10x zoom lens offers a versatile focal range, as demonstrated by the examples below.

25mm

250mm

Sharpening

Here are two 100% crops which have been Saved as Web - Quality 50 in Photoshop. The right-hand image has had some sharpening applied in Photoshop. The out-of-the camera images are soft at the default sharpening setting and benefit from some further sharpening in a program like Adobe Photoshop. Unfortunately you can't change the in-camera sharpening level.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

   

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 handled chromatic aberrations well during the review, with some modest purple fringing present around the edges of objects in certain high-contrast situations, as shown in the examples below.

Chromatic Aberrations 1 (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations 2 (100% Crop)

Macro

 

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 offers a Macro setting that allows you to focus on a subject that is 5cms away from the camera when the lens is set to wide-angle. The first image shows how close you can get to the subject (in this case a compact flash card). The second image is a 100% crop.

Macro

Macro (100% Crop)

Night

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10's maximum shutter speed is 4 seconds in the iAuto mode, which is not great news if you're seriously interested in night photography, especially as the QX10 tends to inscrease the ISO speed in preference to extending the shutter speed. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 1/4 second at ISO 3200.

Night

Night (100% Crop)

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