First Look: the New Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10
Following the successes of the RX1 and RX100 cameras, Sony has just announced the Cyber-shot DSC-RX10, an advanced compact camera that borrows features and design from both cameras but differs in several significant ways. The RX10 maintains the compact form factor and professional-grade quality and extends itself through the inclusion of a high-performance, versatile Carl Zeiss zoom lens, an aptly performing image sensor, newly developed image processor, and support for a wide range of connectivity-related assets.
High-Sensitivity Imaging Sensor and Processor
Revolving around the core of a 20.2 megapixel 1" Exmor R CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor, the RX10 is able to record high-resolution still imagery and full HD 1080i/p video with especially notable low-light quality and a native sensitivity range of ISO 125 to12800. The back-illuminated design of the sensor enables this broad sensitivity range and, with the aid of the image processor, achieves well-detailed imagery with minimal noise to better support working in dimly lit conditions.
An improved area-specific noise reduction technology analyzes specific zones of an image and automatically applies adaptive noise reduction based on detected imaging patterns for optimized clarity and detail in difficult lighting. The processor is especially beneficial in regard to producing an extended range of tones and smooth color gradations as well as enhanced detail through the reduction of overly sharp digital artifacts for more realistic-appearing image quality. Fully manual exposure control is possible and the ability to record images in Sony's ARW RAW format facilitate greater control over the final appearance of imagery during post production.
Versatile Zoom Lens and Intelligent Autofocus System
Greatly complementing the imaging sector of the RX10 is the inclusion of an 8.3x optical zoom Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* f/2.8 lens, which provides a 35mm equivalent focal length of 24-200mm. The wide-angle-to-telephoto perspectives encompassed by this zoom range are significantly aided by the constant f/2.8 maximum aperture that allows selective focus control and suitable light-gathering abilities at any focal length position.
Additionally, diffraction-reducing technology benefits working with smaller apertures by applying aperture-specific filter processing to images to suppress and compensate for optical diffraction that typically degrades resolution, clarity, and sharpness. Also contributing to high optical performance is the inclusion of seven aspherical elements within the lens design, including one advanced aspherical element, which help to minimize chromatic aberrations and distortion through the zoom range and enhance overall image resolution. The aspherical elements also help to keep the overall size of the lens to a minimum in order to pair well with the overall compact form factor of the camera. Seamless close-up shooting is also supported, which no longer requires the need to switch to a dedicated macro mode, for focusing on subjects as close as 11.8" away. Also benefitting full use of the lens and its broad coverage is the integration of Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, which works to minimize the appearance of camera shake to avail the use of slower shutter speeds and longer focal length settings.
A newly designed Direct Drive SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor) is used to drive the autofocusing mechanism in a quick, smooth, and highly precise manner. Due to the smaller design of the lens itself, the focusing motor can function in a more productive and precise way, even at the telephoto end of the zoom range. Extending the focusing performance, too, is the option to decide upon three concentric Flexible Spot frames for greater versatility and accuracy in how focus is determined when compared to more traditional fixed-position focusing frames.
When working with moving subjects, Lock-on AF can quickly determine focus on a recognized subject, alter the target size depending on subject-specific characteristics, and then maintain continuous focus while the subject moves; even if it briefly moves outside of the frame. In regard to portraiture, a newly developed detail-oriented focusing method, Eye AF, is available and can prioritize a subject's pupil and dedicate focusing performance on that for sharply rendered portraits. When working with Eye AF, a green confirmation frame will be displayed over the selected eye when focus has been acquired, ensuring critical focus on the most important subject within the frame.
High-Definition Movie Recording with Advanced Controls
Full HD 1920 x 1080 video recording is supported in both 60i/p and 24p frame rates using the high-quality AVCHD Progressive format with bit rates as high as 28Mbps. Recording in the Internet-friendly MP4 format is also supported for a more streamlined workflow if recording simply for web playback. For even higher-quality video recording, an optional external recorder can be used to record clear, uncompressed full HD video via an HDMI connection. Full manual control over exposure settings is possible during movie recording, as well as use of the optical zoom lens, and advanced audio control options are also available. External microphones can be utilized for higher-quality sound and a dedicated headphone jack is integrated into the design for real-time audio monitoring over controllable sound levels.
Rugged and Intuitive Body Design
Incorporated within the body design of the RX10 are both a high-resolution electronic viewfinder as well as a large tilting LCD screen. The XGA OLED Tru-Finder integrates four dual-sided aspherical elements into its optical design to promote greater visibility from edge to edge with a large 33-degree viewing angle. As an alternate viewing means, a 3.0" 1,228k-dot Xtra Fine LCD monitor is available and features a +84°/-43° tilting design for easier viewing from both high and low angles. The LCD also utilizes White Magic technology to improve the effective monitor brightness to better support working in sunny conditions.
Surrounding the two viewing options, a range of seven customizable buttons can be independently programmed to control up to 40 different camera settings depending on personal needs, and an intuitive Fn button allows you to pull up a list of the most frequently used settings for easier access. A manual control ring is also employed, surrounding the lens, for direct control over zoom or focusing, depending on the focusing mode in use. Aperture control can be handled on the control ring, too, and can be set to give a physical click-stop design for assurance or a silent, seamless design for quiet changing of f/stop settings. Exposure settings can all be viewed via a display panel on top of the camera for an expedited method of confirmation. A Multi Interface Shoe enables the attachment of external flashes or other accessories, including the XLR Adapter Kit or LED video lights, to facilitate an all-around workflow in a highly intelligent and controllable manner.
Aside from handling, the top and front casings of the body itself are constructed from magnesium alloy to lend a solid, robust feeling with enhanced durability. The RX10 is also design to be dust and moisture resistant to support its use in inclement conditions with assured performance.
Enhanced Connectivity and Accessories
Built-in Wi-Fi support with NFC (Near Field Connectivity) provides a seamless method for linking mobile devices to the RX10 for direct image transferring for instant uploading and sharing online. The Wi-Fi support also permits linked mobile devices to release the shutter from a distance, serving as a convenient remote control.
Ultra HD slide shows can be generated in-camera, too, for fluid playback on 4K TVs when connected via Wi-Fi or HDMI and support for TRILUMINOS Color Technology produces rich, vibrant, and naturally appearing colors when images are seen on a TRILUMINOS Display.
Further complementing the overall aesthetic and utility of the RX10 is the optional Premium Jacket Case; a contemporarily designed, yet retro-looking, slim-fit case that serves to protect the camera from dust, scratches, and dings. The camera remains fully functional, with support for using a tripod, while the case is in place.
To learn more about the Cyber-shot DSC-RX10, stop by the B&H SuperStore in New York, speak with a sales professional on the telephone at 1-800-606-6969 or contact us online via Live Chat.
|Imaging Sensor||Exmor R CMOS Sensor|
|Sensor Size||1" (13.2 x 8.8mm)|
|Image Processor||BIONZ X|
|Color Filter System||RGB primary color filters|
|Recording Media Type||Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, Memory Stick Micro, Memory Stick Micro Mark 2, SD, SDHC, SDXC, microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC|
|Memory Card Slot||Multi-compatibility slot|
|Color Space||sRGB, Adobe RGB, xvYcc standard (x.v.Color when connected via HDMI cable) compatible with TRILUMINOS color|
|Still Image File Format||JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)|
|Still Image Mode||RAW, RAW+JPEG, JPEG Fine, JPEG Standard|
|Still Image Size||3:2
L: 5472 x 3648 (20M)
M: 3888 x 2592 (10M)
S: 2736 x 1824 (5M)
L: 4864 x 3648 (18M)
M: 3648 x 2736 (10M)
S: 2592 x 1944 (5M)
VGA: 640 x 480 (0.31M)
L: 5472 x 3080 (17M)
M: 3648 x 2056 (7.5M)
S: 2720 x 1528 (4.2M)
L: 3648 x 3648 (13M)
M: 2544 x 2544 (6.5M)
S: 1920 x 1920 (3.7M)
Horizontal Wide: 12,416 x 1856 (23M)
Horizontal Std.: 8192 x 1856 (15M)
Vertical Wide: 2160 x 5536 (12M)
Vertical Std.: 2160 x 3872 (8.4M)
|Video Mode||AVCHD format Ver. 2.0 compliant, MP4 (MPEG-4 AVC (H.264))|
PS: 1920 x 1080/60p (28Mbps)
FX: 1920 x 1080/60i or 24p (24Mbps)
FH: 1920 x 1080/60i or 24p (17Mbps)
HD: 1440 x 1080/30p (12Mbps)
VGA: 640 x 480/30p (3Mbps)
|Video Signal||NTSC color, EIA standards|
|Audio Format||Dolby Digital (AC-3), MPEG-4 AAC-LC|
|Microphone/Speaker||Built-in stereo microphone and monaural speaker|
|Continuous Video Recording Time||Records in up to 29-min. segments|
|Lens Type||Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T*|
|Lens Construction||14 elements in 11 groups (including 7 aspherical elements)|
|Optical Zoom||8.3x (supported during movie recording)|
|35mm-Equivalent Focal Length||Still Image 3:2: 24-200mm
Still Image 4:3: 26-220mm
Still Image 16:9: 25-213mm
Still Image 1:1: 31-259mm
Movie 16:9 (SteadyShot Standard): 26-212mm
Movie 16:9 (SteadyShot Active Mode): 29-315mm
Movie 4:3 (SteadyShot Standard): 31-259mm
Movie 4:3 (SteadyShot Active Mode): 35-386mm
|Aperture Blades||7 blades (iris diaphragm)|
|Minimum Focusing Distance||11.8" / 30cm|
|Digital Zoom||20M: Approx. 66x
10M: Approx. 93x
5M: Approx. 133x
VGA: Approx. 249x
|Clear Image Zoom||16.6x (including optical zoom)|
|Image Stabilization||Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active mode|
|Viewfinder Type||High-resolution XGA OLED Tru-Finder|
|Viewing Angle||Approx. 33°|
|LCD Monitor Type||3.0" / 7.5cm 1,228k-dot tilting Xtra Fine TFT LCD|
|Monitor Positioning||84° upward, 43° downward|
|Focus System||Contrast-detection AF|
|Focus Points||25 points (contrast-detection AF)|
|AF Modes||Single-shot AF (AF-S), Continuous AF (AF-C), Direct Manual Focus (DMF), Manual Focus|
|Focus Area||Multi Point (25 points), Center-weighted, Flexible Spot, Flexible Spot (tracking focus), Flexible Spot (face tracking)|
|Exposure Metering Modes||Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Exposure Compensation||+/- 3 EV in 1/3 steps|
Program Auto (Program shift available), Aperture Priority, Shutter Speed Priority, Manual, MR (Memory Recall)1, MR2
Movie Mode (Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Speed Priority, Manual)
Scene Selection, AUTO (Intelligent Auto/Superior Auto)
|Scene Modes||Portrait, Anti-Motion Blur, Sports Action, Macro, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Hand-held Twilight, Night Portrait|
|Sensitivity||Still: Auto, ISO 125-12800 (expandable to ISO 80, 100)
Multi Frame NR: Auto, ISO 125-25600
Movie: Auto, ISO 125-6400 equivalent
|Creative Style||Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn Leaves, Black White, Sepia, Style Box (Contrast, Saturation, and Sharpness: +/- 3 steps)|
|White Balance Modes||Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (Warm White, Cool White, Day White, or Daylight), Flash, C. Temp. Filter, Custom|
|Color Temperature||2500–9900K with 15-step each Magenta/Green compensation (G7 to M7), Amber/Blue (A7 to B7), Custom|
|Exposure Bracketing||3 continuous or single shots in 1/3 or 2/3 EV steps|
|Picture Effects||Still Image:
Toy Camera, Pop Color, Posterization, Retro Photo, Soft High- key, Partial Color, High Contrast Monochrome, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolor, Illustration
Toy Camera, Pop Color, Posterization, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Color, High Contrast Monochrome
|Drive Mode||Single-shot, Continuous, Speed Priority Continuous, Self-timer (10/2 sec. delay), Self-timer (Cont.), Self-portrait One-person, Self-portrait Two-person, Bracketing|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||Approx. 10 fps|
|Self-Timer||10 or 2 sec. delay, Self-portrait One-person, Self-portrait Two-person, Self timer Continuous (3 or 5 shots)|
|Shutter Speeds||Program Auto: 8 to 1/3200 sec.
Aperture Priority: 8 to 1/3200 sec.
Shutter Priority: 30 to 1/3200 sec.
Manual: Bulb, 30 to 1/3200 sec.
iAuto: 4 to 1/3200 sec.
|Flash Type||Built-in, Pop-up Auto|
|Flash Metering System||Pre-flash TTL|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Fill-flash, Slow Sync, Rear Sync, Off|
|Flash Compensation||+/- 2 EV in 1/3 steps|
|Flash Recycle Time||Approx. 3 sec.|
|Flash Coverage||ISO Auto: 3.3-33.5' / 1-10.2m
ISO 12800: Up to 66.9' / 20.4m
|Flash Bracketing||+/- 2 EV|
|Interface||HDMI Micro (Type D), USB 2.0, Multi Interface Shoe|
|Wireless Connectivity||Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC connection support|
|Power Source||InfoLITHIUM NP-FW50 (7.7V, 1080mAh)|
|Battery Life||Approx. 420 images with LCD monitor (CIPA standard)|
|Dimensions||5.1 x 3.5 x 4" / 129 x 88.1 x 102.2mm (excluding protrusions)|
|Weight||1.8 lb / 813 g (with battery and memory card)|