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Sony DSC-RX10 Digital Camera

£629.00
Bridge Camera 20.2MP 8.3x Oct 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Excellent owner reviews
Robust
Good technical features
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Features

Good Technical Features

Thirteen customers who bought the Sony DSC-RX10 said that it had good features. M David wrote on expert website Amazon “The RX-10 has many features an entry level DSLR doesn't have”. Two years ago M. Potter mentioned “Superb performance, packed with features”. They also said “It has a bucket load of features as well as offering great quality photos” in their review.


Reviews

Excellent Owner Reviews

Based on 44 owner reviews the average owner rating of this camera is marvellous. 33 reviewers (75% of all reviewers) gave this digital camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

Good Brand

Based on 23,306 expert and user reviews (including 7,110 verified purchases), Sony has good ratings for its cameras. Sony also has good ratings specifically within its high megapixel cameras range compared to other manufacturers. 92% of those that bought a Sony camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Design

Nice Design

Eight customers said in their reviews that it was good looking. M David wrote “Beautiful materials and beautifully designed including dust”. Three years ago Earwicker said on expert website Amazon “It focuses pretty rapidly under most conditions” in their review of this digital camera. G Hooper mentioned “In good light the AF is pretty good” .

Three customers said in their reviews that it was ergonomic. Rjp Book Boy mentioned in their review of this digital camera “This camera is very well build and the design has been well throughout and it's a pleasure to hold due to the excellent ergonomics”. G Hooper wrote “Also the ergonomics (nice grip, tilting screen) make this an ideal camera to use for video” in their review of this digital camera. They also mentioned “Ergonomically, this camera is the best camera that I have ever used” in their review.

Two customers wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was well designed. Three years ago Dr. Paul Ell wrote in his review of this digital camera “With the bonus of build quality, thoughtful design, size and weight, Sony have produced a camera that's a compelling choice”.

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Robust

Nineteen customers thought this digital camera was well made. Mr. B. R. Good wrote on expert website Amazon “The Carl Zeiss 24 to 200mm 2.8 lens is a beautiful piece of optical engineering” in their review of this digital camera and scored it a maximum of 5 stars. They also said “A half press of the sturdy metal shutter button and processing instantly takes place, wait for the beep and a solid circle to appear” in their review. Waterproof Box mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert website Amazon “Good solid camera 24 - 200mm lens (35mm equivalent” and gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5.

Good Product Quality

Thirty-two owners wrote that it was good quality. Mr. B. R. Good said on expert website Amazon “Outstanding quality, impressive build quality”. Two years ago M. Potter wrote on expert review site Amazon “This camera makes it easy to take good quality video and stills without thinking too hard about it” in their review of the Sony DSC-RX10 and rated it 4 stars out of 5. Four years ago M David mentioned “Excellent quality, resolution and field of view”.

Easy to Use

Fifteen owners who purchased the Sony DSC-RX10 reckoned that it was easy to use. Mr R T Brindley wrote “That's nit picking! In both still and video, this camera produces superb results with full manual control and, if you use it, as I do, in aperture priority”. Mr. B. R. Good said “The tilting LCD viewfinder/monitor is a pleasure to use”. Mykeyreviews mentioned on expert review site Amazon “Useful for those who want to head what the microphone is picking up, so is extremely handy when recording video”.

Seven customers thought it was easy to use the menus. Two years ago Mr. B. R. Good wrote “Pull out viewfinder that is large and crystal clear Easy to use menu system Endless features for the pro photographer CONS” in their review of this digital camera. Mykeyreviews mentioned on expert website Amazon three years ago “Greatly improved from the previous Sony cameras that had this feature, now you can now choose to have 11 different settings for quick accessibility” in their review of this digital camera. Mr. B. R. Good also said “There are also numerous settings via a separate digital settings screen located at the top of the camera” in their review.

Three customers said in their reviews that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Chris Hoare gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5 and he said on expert website Amazon “The Sony RX10 takes that sensor and puts it in a easy to hold solid Magnesium; semi weatherproof DSLR alike zoom body”.

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Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Eight people wrote in their reviews that it was compact. Silver Surfer mentioned in their review of the Sony DSC-RX10 on expert review site Amazon “Sony DSCRX10 Advanced Digital Compact Bridge Camera with Large 1-inch Sensor”. Rjp Book Boy rated the product 5 stars out of 5 and said “The camera has lots of features and customisable options not normally found on bridge or compact cameras”. Earwicker wrote on expert review site Amazon “A decent enough compact superzoom”.

Three owners who bought the product reckoned that it was a good body shape. Dolphin wrote on expert website Amazon “Main observations (in no particular order) • Build quality – good; robust and a well designed body • Comfortable grip • Built in flash”.

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Heavy

The weights of high megapixel cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera range from 90g to 1.5kg. With a weight of 755 grams, the DSC-RX10 is one of the heavier cameras that are a comparable age to this camera amongst high megapixel cameras of this age.

Alternative 755g digital cameras currently available which you might want to look at include the Canon EOS 60D (£659) which has better reviews.

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Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

Five customers agreed that it was quiet. Earwicker mentioned “It's very quiet” in their Sony DSC-RX10 review but in spite of that they only gave the product a rating of 60 out of 100. Three years ago Jimbojim2179 wrote “The other more annoying point is that although the zoom is quiet”. They also mentioned “It picks up a bit of interference, noticeable in quiet scenes and sound a little like when you get mobile phone interference” in their review.

Two owners who bought the product considered that it was noisy. Earwicker wrote in their review of this digital camera “At pixel level, you'll find the pictures are rather soft and noisy and somewhat distorted.”. Jimbojim2179 said on expert review site Amazon “So again not such an issue if your recording in a noisy environment such that you cant notice the background noises suddenly cut out during zooming” and rated it 4 stars out of 5.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The DSC-RX10 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera.

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was October 2013 when this high megapixel camera was released.


Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Sony DSC-RX10 has a built-in flash. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera also have a built-in flash.

There are a number of other digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might want to consider including because of their better review scores, the EOS 60D (£659), or the EOS 7D (£579.99) both from Canon or the Pentax K-3 (£585.62).

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Video

Supports Video Recording

The DSC-RX10 supports video recording, as do most of the other similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The DSC-RX10 supports Full HD video, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

Other cameras which support Full HD video currently available that you might want to look at include because of their better review scores, the Canon EOS 60D (£659), or the Sony SLT-A77.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Sony DSC-RX10 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels digital camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by cameras that came out more than two years ago. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this Sony camera. In addition, this camera supports a video resolutions of 1440 x 1080 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best supported video resolution across all cameras of this age and type.

Across similar types of digital camera the worst supported video resolution is 320 x 240 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it.

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Networking

Supports Wi-Fi

The Sony DSC-RX10 supports Wi-Fi, as do most of the other cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

We compared all the other cameras which support Wi-Fi to this digital camera and we think because of its better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 (£579) is also worth considering.

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Supports Near Field Communication (NFC)

The Sony DSC-RX10 supports Near Field Communication (NFC). Most of the other digital cameras of this type and age also support Near Field Communication (NFC).

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Lens System

Quite Small Digital Zoom

The average digital zoom of high megapixel cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera is 34x. With a digital zoom of only 2 times zoom factor, the DSC-RX10 has a very small digital zoom compared to most of the other high megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera.

If you are looking for a camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 (£579) (4x) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 8.3 times zoom factor, the DSC-RX10 has a fairly standard optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age.

If this digital camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might want to look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 (£579) (16x) which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera have minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of between 3.5mm and 75mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 26mm. At only 24 millimeters, the Sony DSC-RX10 has a quite short minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Camera

Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Like most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera, the Sony DSC-RX10 does not have a GPS (satellite).

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Features Multi Burst Mode

The DSC-RX10 features multi burst mode, as do most of the other cameras of this age and type.

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Features Histogram

The Sony DSC-RX10 features histogram. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this camera also feature histogram.

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Price

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Reasonably Priced

Eight owners said in their reviews that the Sony DSC-RX10 was expensive. Michael J. Davies mentioned “Is too expensive for what it is” and gave the product a score of 4 stars out of 5. He also said “The reviews were correct and this camera is too expensive” in his review. Nick mentioned on expert website Amazon “Quite an expensive camera.”.

Five customers who purchased the product concluded that it was good value for money. Michael J. Davies mentioned “The huge issue is the price” and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100. Earwicker wrote “Sadly, quite a few of the switches and buttons feel plasticy and cheap as well, which is a shame because the main chassis”. Dave mentioned “Superb camera and a bargain at the new price”.

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Sony DSC-RX10 has a pretty average display diagonal compared to most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

Other 3" screen digital cameras currently available that you might want to consider include the EOS 7D (£579.99), or the EOS 60D (£659) both from Canon or the Sony SLT-A77 which all of have better reviews.

Cameras with a larger display diagonal that might be worth considering include the Pentax K-3 (£585.62) (3.2") which also has a higher rating.

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Has a Second Display

The DSC-RX10 has a second display, which is unusual. Most of the other cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera do not have a second display.

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Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The DSC-RX10 has a vari-angle LCD display, as do most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as this camera.

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Fairly High Display Resolution (numeric)

The display resolution (numeric) of the DSC-RX10 of 1,440,000 pixel is one of the highest amongst high megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera. The lowest display resolution (numeric) of digital cameras of a similar spec and age to this camera is 1 pixels and the highest is 6,300,000 pixels.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The DSC-RX10 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with an image stabilizer and we think the Pentax K-3 (£585.62), the Canon EOS 7D (£579.99), and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 (£579) which all of have better reviews are also worth considering.

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Only 640 X 480 Still Image Resolution

The Sony DSC-RX10 has a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 384 x 480 still image resolution(s) found on most similar spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. In addition, this camera have still image resolution(s) of 20M (5472×3648), 10M (3888×2592), 5M (2736×1824), 18M (4864×3648), 10M (3648×2736), 5M (2592×1944), 17M (5472×3080), 7.5M (3648×2056), 4.2M (2720×1528), VGA (640 x 480), 13M (3648×3648), 6.5M (2544×2544), 3.7M (1920×1920), 12416×1856, 5536×2160 and 8192×1856 and 3872×2160. The best still image resolution of all similar spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years is 6016 x 4016 and the worst is 384 x 480.

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20.2 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 20.2 megapixels digital camera.

If you want a higher megapixel then you might want to consider the Canon 750D (£547) (24.2MP and cheaper); or the Pentax K-3 (£585.62) (24.35MP and higher rated), or the Sigma DP2 Quattro (£579.99) (29MP and higher rated).

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Flash

Has an External Flash Connector

The Sony DSC-RX10 has an external flash connector, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The DSC-RX10 has an AC adapter included. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera also have an AC adapter included.

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Has a Batteries Included

The DSC-RX10 has a batteries included. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera also have a batteries included.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has a Headphone Outputs

The DSC-RX10 has a headphone outputs, as do most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to this camera.

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Has a Microphone in

The Sony DSC-RX10 has a microphone in, as do most of the other comparable spec cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera.

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Has an HDMI

The DSC-RX10 has an HDMI, as do most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera.

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2 USB Version

This digital camera supports a 2 USB version, which is typical of many high megapixel cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Light Exposure

Supports Twenty-Three ISO Sensitivities

The Sony DSC-RX10 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most high megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to it. The most frequently supported ISO sensitivity is 100, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this Sony camera. The ISO sensitivities 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400, 8000, 10000, 12800, 25600 and Auto are also supported by this digital camera.

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Good Video Capture

Eighteen owners who bought the Sony DSC-RX10 concluded that it was good for video recording. Last year Surcouf mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert website Amazon “Fantastic video”. The Geezer wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert website Amazon “Its video is great, better than a dlsr” nonetheless they only gave it a rating of 3 stars out of 5. Nolly mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The ones I get from the SONY RX10 WOULD RECOMMEND THIS CAMERA TO ANYONE LOOKING FOR GREAT VIDEO OUTPUT” and rated the product 5 stars out of 5.

Good Flash

Four owners mentioned in their reviews that it had a good flash. Surcouf said “You can point the camera at a pitch black room and it will produce a fairly good photo without flash”. Mykeyreviews scored it 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned “It's a decent little flash that ♦ Shoot M”. Jsp wrote on expert website Amazon “Lets you get proper daylight fill in flash in almost any situation using the built in pop up flash” in their review of the Sony DSC-RX10.

Good Exposure Control

Three people who reviewed the Sony DSC-RX10 thought it had good exposure controls. Giromondo wrote “I particularly appreciate the dedicated exposure compensation and ability to use the 'C' button next to the shutter release for changing ISO setting; I normally use 400 outside”.

Good Quality Pictures

Fourty people who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it was able to produce good images. Amazon Customer mentioned on expert website Amazon “This camera is possibly the best bridge todate takes fantastic pics and vidioes are exceptional”. Mr. B. R. Good said in their review of this digital camera “The detail of photographs and video is outstanding”. They also mentioned “Really sharp and detailed images and video even on AUTO settings” in their review.

Eleven owners who bought the product considered that it had a good image sensor. M. Potter gave the product a score of 4 stars out of 5 and said in their review of this digital camera on expert website Amazon two years ago “Uk/support/en/product/DSC-RX10M2) Summary ======= The RX10 Mk2 is a ground-breaking bridge camera with a new sensor that integrates fast memory onto the sensor itself”. Michael J. Davies wrote “For this money (almost £900 UK) one can buy a DSLR with a good lens, that has a larger sensor” and scored it 80 out of 100. Last year Surcouf mentioned “Combined with it's Super 16mm sensor (1'') the results in terms of picture quality are frankly as good as a Canon 5D Mark III”.

Five customers who reviewed the product mentioned that it was good in low light. Chris Hoare wrote on expert review site Amazon “The Body —————— In the RX10 sensor combined with the lens makes a great combination for most all shooting scenarios - the weakest are Lowlight”. Jude Carabot mentioned on expert review site Amazon “The camera performs well in low-light conditions”. Three years ago Jimbojim2179 gave this digital camera a score of 80 out of 100 and said in their review of the Sony DSC-RX10 “Has much larger sensor so producing much better low light video”.

Two people wrote in their reviews that this digital camera had a good picture resolution. Mr. B. R. Good said on expert review site Amazon two years ago “It pulls right out of the camera body and has 180 degree tilt, ideal for shooting in any position” in their review of this digital camera.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Ten customers who purchased this digital camera thought it had a good viewfinder. Mr. B. R. Good gave the Sony DSC-RX10 a score of 5 stars out of 5 and wrote “The spirit level guide is a really nice feature when looking though the crystal clear viewfinder (with diopter adjustment dial to the side.) With a high speed card”. Michael J. Davies mentioned on expert review site Amazon three years ago “I am so impressed with the viewfinder which I am using exclusively with the screen switched off”. He also wrote “A proper viewfinder” in his review.

Six owners who purchased this digital camera concluded that it had a good screen. Four years ago M David said “Articulating LCD screen is also excellent” and scored this digital camera a maximum of 5 stars. Rjp Book Boy mentioned “The tilting rear screen is better than the fixed one on my Nikon D800”. They also said “The tilting screen is also very useful” in their review.

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Good Quality Lens

Thirty-four customers who bought this digital camera said that it had a good lens. Mr. B. R. Good mentioned “Amazing Carl Zeiss lens”. Michael J. Davies said “Worst is the lens wobble that many of these cameras seem to exhibit, certainly the camera forums have many threads about it” in his review of this digital camera. Mykeyreviews wrote on expert website Amazon “Absorbs The Ultra Violet Rays", also great for protecting your lens” and scored it 5 stars out of 5.

Six owners who bought this digital camera considered that it had a good autofocus. Two years ago Mr. B. R. Good gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5 and said “Even within auto (there are various modes such as intelligent or superior auto) photos have rich and vibrant detail, razor sharp focus and accurate colour without doing anything manually” in their review of this digital camera. The Geezer mentioned on expert review site Amazon “The auto focus is improved over the mk1, very fast.” in their review of this digital camera. Two years ago Waterproof Box wrote in their review of this digital camera “Manual focus is good”.

Six owners said that it had a good zoom. G Hooper gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned on expert website Amazon “It's 8x zoom will seem short compared top the 50x zoom on those sort of cameras” in their review of this digital camera. Chris Hoare wrote on expert website Amazon “3) The lens has outstanding image stabilisation that make using the 200mm end of the zoom sharper; and allows you to shoot video that doesn’t make you seasick” in his review of this digital camera. Kindle Customer mentioned “Although they are very versatile ( often with a huge zoom range” and rated it 5 stars out of 5.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 04905524962727, 04905524962734, 04905524962741

Sony DSC-RX10 Review Sources

To prepare this Sony DSC-RX10 review we compared this digital camera to 1,217 other models. For each digital camera that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 311,698 product attributes, 177,254 digital camera reviews and 3,980,200 historical digital camera prices from 0 digital camera retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this digital camera compared to the other models as well as any areas where this digital camera is lacking.

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