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Hands-on: Sony RX10 camera
What is the Sony RX10?The Sony RX10 is a bridge camera that furthers the manufacturer's RX series adding several eye-catching new features already packed into the Sony Alpha 7 and Sony RX100 Mark II cameras. Aimed at amateur photographers hoping to step up from a DSLR, the RX10 has all the makings of a great shooter. If it's priced anywhere near it expected $1,300 price in the US, it's not going to come cheap.
Sony RX10 - Design and Handling
In fact, Sony bills the RX10 as a solution to the problem of lugging around too much gear – a real all-in-one shooting companion. They’re accomplishing this through a Zeiss lens that is probably the camera’s most significant – and exciting – improvement.
The optical zoom ranges from 24-200mm in 35mm equivalent terms – offering around an 8.3x optical zoom – while the lens itself features a Zeiss T* coating to assure optimum quality.
Arguably the most interesting aspect of the zoom is the constant maximum aperture of f/2.8 throughout the extent of the focal range, a feature that will be welcome amongst wildlife and sports photographers alike.
Under the bonnet things remain consistent with the rest of the RX series in terms of the camera’s sensor. The RX10 features the same 20.2MP sensor as seen in the RX100 II, measuring in at around 1-inch and thus promising a level of image quality ahead of a great deal of zoom compacts currently on the market.
The RX10 does benefit from a new processor, however, with Sony’s latest BIONZ X processing engine taking pride of place. Sony claims that this processor offers around 3x faster processing speeds then seen in previous BIONZ units, the result of which should see the RX10 deal with those large files with ease.
Image composition and review is taken care of by either the 3-inch vari-angle White Magic LCD or OLED Tru-finder, although the former is lacking in touchscreen functionality. The RX10 does feature on-board Wi-Fi functionality though, placing it in line with the current generation of connected cameras.
Completing the high-end feel of the camera is a rigid magnesium alloy body that Sony claims is bust and moisture resistant, meaning you won’t have to stop shooting should you get caught in a shower.
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