The Sony RX10 has been announced since Oct 2013, this bridge camera didn’t caught my caught my attention because i’m Nikon and Fuji fan until my friend show me his toy. First impression was the Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens that it already look impressive. I managed to get a hand of the RX10 for a couple of days and here’s my humble review of this under rated gem.
Aesthetic and Handling
The Sony RX10 looks like a Interchangeable lens camera, the numbers of buttons are definitely lesser than those pro series camera, the buttons layout are more like point-and-shoot, and they are very well-spaced. The grip is good on the hand, and i can hold the camera confidently with one hand. To house the good lens, the weight of the camera is approximately 831grams, for those who preferred light weight point and shoot camera, this camera may not be your liking.
It takes approximately 2 seconds to start up, and another 1.5 seconds to turn off (depending how far you zoom, the lens barrel take time to retract). For example, if you just turn off the camera and turn it on around it will take approximately 3 seconds to start up.
In my opinion, the Sony RX10 is not only a good still imaging camera but also a great video camera, especially its 8.5x zooming power and constant f 2.8, 1440 x 1080 at 30fps, and a hot shot to mount your external microphone, BIONZ X processor, it records stunning video quality on a 1″inch sensor.
- Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar T* 24-200mm f/2.8 lens – fantastic zoom range lens from Carl Zeiss fixed on this camera.
- BIONZ X™ image processing engine – I can say that Sony BIONZ X is the best processor among other brands, provide crispy and sharp image.
- Exmor R CMOS Sensor – The sensor is able to harness the light under low light condition, and reduce noise image effectively. The jpegs images are generally better than RAW images.
- Weather-proof – With its weather proof seal, you don’t have hide your camera away from wet weathers or splashes.
- Large Camera Grip – Easy to hold
- Wifi capability – Sony PlayMemories Mobile allows you to shoot remotely with your mobile devices and easy connection and transfer images to your mobile devices.
- Easy of use – Easy to use in general, set it to auto and let the camera do the job and start capturing beautiful memories.
- Expensive – Suggested retail price at SGD$1,599.00, it’s like to the cost of RX100M3 with an additional 200mm zoom power.
- Not friendly Menus – Hope Sony can simplified their menus further.
- External battery charging kit (sold separately)
Thought i mentioned that the RX10 is expensive but the RX10 has all you need, good zoom capability, easy to use, tough, weather sealed, robust, excellent lens, fantastic image and video capture. Don’t have to bother to purchase additional lens or accessories. I would think this camera is the perfect for young fathers who is on a budget constrain, but have the capability to take wonderful memories of their kids.