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Sony RX10: Image Quality and Verdict

By Phil Hall

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Sony RX10

Summary

Our Score:

8

User Score:

Sony RX10: Image Quality

With the RX10 featuring the very same sensor as that found in the impressive RX100 II, it should come as no surprise that the camera is capable of producing some impressive shots.

Sony RX10

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The 20.2MP resolution, combined with the 1-inch physical size of the sensor, mean that the RX10 resolves an impressive amount of detail. At the base ISO settings the amount of detail resolved is up there with a DSLR, and even as the ISO increases the level of detail resolved continues to impress.

Sony RX10

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The same is true when it comes to how the RX10 handles noise at the higher ISO settings. You can safely shoot up to ISO 800 with very little evidence of noise, and even at ISO 1,600 noise isn’t really a major issue.

Sony RX10

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Noise does become more prominent at ISO 3,200, and although noise reduction does hide its general appearance heavy luminance noise reduction results in image softening. However, this is less of an issue if you’re happy to shoot Raw, and when shooting Raw you can confidently shoot up to ISO 12,800.

Sony RX10

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It’s also worth noting that Raw files allow for more post production work in terms of exposure and highlight detail that is otherwise restricted in JPEG files. Also the RX10 does a good job of processing JPEG files, the dynamic range is certainly more restricted than in Raw files and as a result it’s best to shoot the latter.

The RX10 also impresses with its colours, delivering images with a pleasing tone and that are well saturated. The automatic white balance is also reliable, managing to cope admirably with a host of different lighting situations.

Should I buy the Sony RX10?

There’s no escaping the fact that the RX10 is an expensive bridge camera. With a price tag currently just shy of £1000, it’s a camera that’s at least £500 more expensive than its nearest bridge camera competitor, and as expensive as some impressive DSLR and lens combinations.

However, there’s no denying the fact that it’s an impressive camera. If you were looking to buy a similarly specified camera including a 24-200mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss lens as separate items the price begins to look a bit more reasonable.

As a standalone package, the RX10 is a seriously impressive bit of kit that goes a long way to justifying the price tag. And once it comes down in price a little, it could become a real gem of a camera.

Verdict

Despite its high price tag the RX10 delivers on almost all fronts with great build quality, impressive images and a solid performance all forming a complete package. If you’re happy to part with the cash you’ll be rewarded with one of the best bridge cameras on the market.

Overall Score

8

Scores In Detail

  • Design 9
  • Features 9
  • Image Quality 9
  • Performance 7
  • Value 6

marc champollion

November 16, 2013, 10:58 pm

From the first pictures shot last week at the Paris fair, the quality is good. The viewfinder however could be better, look at the Olympus OM-D or the EVF-4 for the Olympus Pen 5. The feeling is good with one single but big drawback: it is quite impossible to change the focal range quickly, due to the extremely slow (4 sec!) fly-by-wire motor. I hope the next model (RX20 ?) will have this.

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radissimo

January 27, 2014, 9:05 pm

I heard that you can change the focal distance in steps e.g 24-->35-->50... which is quicker or if you turn the rung smoothly and gradually, its faster than trying to change it quickly.... (?)

marc champollion

January 28, 2014, 10:21 pm

I tried everything, with steps, with fly-and-wire, with the buttons near the release button. it is always 3.8 sec. Mechanical zooms I tried do the job in 0,4 to 0,75 sec.

MikeX

July 2, 2014, 2:16 pm

Price in UK is now down to £725 after cash back so now comparable to the new Panasonic FZ1000 in price. Overall I still prefer the Sony to the FZ1000 so will be placing an order!

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