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SonyCyber-shot DSC-RX10 Digital Camera
 
4.7

(based on 64 reviews)

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    (11)

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    (3)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (43)
  • Great resolution (43)
  • Good in low light (41)
  • Large clear LCD (37)
  • Zoom range/performance (33)

Cons

  • Short battery life (8)
  • Limited zoom (5)

Best Uses

  • Travel (43)
  • Video (38)
  • Family photos (33)
  • Low light (32)
  • Macro photography (23)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (22), Semi-pro photographer (20), Pro photographer (10), Casual photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Photographic and Video Tool

This camera strikes me as a quality tool. It is not a small pocket camera. It has a reassuring heft to it with excellent build quality. Still images and Video exceed my expectations....Read complete review

This camera strikes me as a quality tool. It is not a small pocket camera. It has a reassuring heft to it with excellent build quality. Still images and Video exceed my expectations. While I was at it I purchased the Carl Zeiss 62mm UV filter as well as the Tiffen Digital HT neutral density filter kit and Digital HT Circular Polarizer. These are of fantastic quality and work like a gem. The internal video mics are great for indoor use, but outdoor on a slightly windy day wind noise is present. I purchased the Sony ECM-XYST1M Stereo Microphone with dead cat wind screen, all is good now for outdoor video! I recommend using the Tamrac N-45 leather padded strap, very comfy and a good upgrade for the RX-10. I would also recommend purchasing a longer USB to micro USB cable as the one provided is only about 18 inches long. Also get yourself a HDMI to micro HDMI cable to playback video on your TV. Wow, looking at pics and watching video in full 1080/60p HD is just marvelous! Very satisfied with this Sony product, not to mention all of the additional support items available from B&H!

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I waited & should have waited some more

This camera does take good photos. It is just not what I need. The focal length was not long enough and did not catch enough light for shooting on a cloudy day. I...Read complete review

This camera does take good photos. It is just not what I need. The focal length was not long enough and did not catch enough light for shooting on a cloudy day. I found shooting at the full focal length objects were not sharp enough. Also, the zoom is slow to respond and the bohek is OK but not to my liking.

I owe a SONY RX1R and was looking for another SONY with similar controls to make shooting between the 2 cameras easy. I think through cropping photos shot with my RX1R I can shoot everything I could with the RX10 so I am returning it.

If you shoot video you might love this camera. I thought I might keep the camera for the video but in the end I rather spend my money on an excellent lens for one of the cameras I already own.

I also tried a SONY A6000 and did not like it because the viewfinder was located on the left side, instead of being centered. I think I would recommend the A6000 with a zoom lens if you do not shoot video.

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5.0

Great surprise camera

By Diego

from St. Croix US Virgin Islands

Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Digital Camera:

After been a Nikon man for over 40 years. Owning full frames Nikons I took a chance and ordered the Sony RX10. To make a long story short this will be my main camera from now own. Excellent is and understatement.

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5.0

Sony RX10 kit

By Cruiser

from Brooklyn

About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Good Battery Life
  • Great Resolution

Cons

  • Limited Zoom

Best Uses

  • Travel

Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Digital Camera:

A good deal. The case is all leather, old school. Great for traveling to protect the camera. Only thing is I wish it was 2 16 gig cards and not 1 32. I don't like to have so many pics on one card just in case something happens.

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4.0

A good camera

By Cruiser

from Brooklyn

About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Good in Low Light
  • Great Resolution

Cons

  • Limited Zoom

Best Uses

  • Travel

Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Digital Camera:

Great camera, fast at 2.8. Easy to learn, I shoot nikon but the switch to this was not hard. The only thing I wish it went to 300 not 200 for the zoom.The pics are clear. I bought this for a trip that requires less gear. I did not want to take my other camera and lens and wanted a camera that still would take good shots and that I had some room for adjustment.

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5.0

VERY GOOD PRODUCY COMPLIES MY EXPECTATIV

By PANCHO

from SAN ANTONIO, TX

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos

    Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Digital Camera:

    MY SON´S FOOTBALL GAMES

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    5.0

    The "Does Everything" Camera

    By FiveForm

    from Central CT

    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Battery Life
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Resolution
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Macro Photography
    • Travel
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Digital Camera:

    I now own the Sony RX100M3, a6000, A7, and now the RX10. I find myself naturally gravitating to the RX10, not matter whether it is for video, portraits, candids, street photography, travel, kids, or whatever, unless I need the extra resolution and tonal range of the A7, pocketability of the RX100M3, or focus speed of the a6000.The RX10 is just that good and the lens is amazing sharp. One of the reasons I got it was not only for video and all-in-one, but that the lens is just that good - razor sharp!Although it is not really very portable it is much lighter and smaller than a full size DSLR. I'm able to fit it in a small bridge camera holster case by Case Logic and it is perfect, with room for spare batteries, cleaning cloth, SD cards, etc.On top of this, you have manual control over aperture, the camera is weather sealed, it sync's with flash up to 1/1600, has a standard hot shoe, and the build is very high pro quality. I highly recommend the RX10, whether you are purchasing it for family, travel, or as an enthusiast or for pro work (check out Bob Krist's "Old Man in Motion" series or Patrick Racey-Murphy's blog where he uses it for pro shoots)

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    5.0

    More than I expected

    By TooOldtobePatientAnymore

    from Little Rock, AR

    Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Digital Camera:

    I bought a Panasonic GX1 a year or so ago, for occasions when I might happen upon a grab shot, but did not want to carry my Canon DSLRs. They Panasonic is a nice solid little camera, but has an annoyingly noisy shutter, somewhat clumsy ergonomics, and I've never been very pleased with the picture quality. I'm not much of a videographer, but if I were, the truly poor performance of the GX1 in capturing video would have been an instant deal breaker.I bought a Sony DCS-RX10 from B&H last week as the replacement for the Panasonic, and I am absolutely delighted! I anticipated an improvement in image quality, but it would be more appropriate to compare it to a DSLR than the Panasonic, especially in reasonably well lit images. (Its low light performance is still considerably better than I expected.) The Zeiss lens is spectacular (of course!), and a nearly perfect balance of size, range, constant f2.8 aperture, very nice bokah, and commendably sharp even in the corners.As I mentioned, I am not more than a casual videographer at most, but the very high quality of the video output is impressive enough to make me reconsider my priorities. In actuality, I will probably set it up on a tripod to passively record video during some of the times that I am taking still photos with a DSLR. That will be new for me. We'll see where it leads me.I considered the RX10's only current competitor, the FZ1000, but the constant aperture lens, dust and water sealing, and my consistently excellent experience with Sony cameras over the past couple of decades led me to buy the RX10...and I am pleased that I did.If you want a small, sturdy, and versatile camera for travel, or parties, a backup for your DSLR, or just those occasional unpredictable grab shots, I recommend the RX10 without hesitation.

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    3.0

    I waited & should have waited some more

    By mzelk

    from Elziabethtown, NY

    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Good Battery Life
    • Large Clear LCD

    Cons

    • Limited Zoom

    Best Uses

    • Travel
    • Video

    Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Digital Camera:

    This camera does take good photos. It is just not what I need. The focal length was not long enough and did not catch enough light for shooting on a cloudy day. I found shooting at the full focal length objects were not sharp enough. Also, the zoom is slow to respond and the bohek is OK but not to my liking.

    I owe a SONY RX1R and was looking for another SONY with similar controls to make shooting between the 2 cameras easy. I think through cropping photos shot with my RX1R I can shoot everything I could with the RX10 so I am returning it.

    If you shoot video you might love this camera. I thought I might keep the camera for the video but in the end I rather spend my money on an excellent lens for one of the cameras I already own.

    I also tried a SONY A6000 and did not like it because the viewfinder was located on the left side, instead of being centered. I think I would recommend the A6000 with a zoom lens if you do not shoot video.

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    5.0

    Very good

    By Paco

    from WASHINGTON,DC.

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Battery Life
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Resolution
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Macro Photography
      • Travel
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Digital Camera:

      excellent definition and color.HD. I'm happy

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      5.0

      Great camera

      By Rgo

      from Chile

      Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Digital Camera:

      Sharp image, great zoom but I would like to have at least 16x. Great for low light situation.

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      5.0

      versatile professional camera

      By butter

      from Hi Desert, CA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Resolution
      • Zeiss Lens

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Video

        Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Digital Camera:

        Best camera I've owned in 50 years. Possibly the most versatile video/still camera ever. Intuitive features like the auto switch when going from LCD to EVF viewfinder, programmable buttons, constant f2.8 aperture, (critical for video) great steady-shot quality, audio inputs, high dynamic range (Ansel Adams button) for high contrast subjects, wi-fi, smart phone remote control. Got a great used deal from B&H on a mint camera. Also own the RX 100 II which is the greatest pocket camera on the planet (with possible exception being RX 100 III) I use both in a 2-camera video setup. Amazing television studio in a hip pouch. Stills using HDR are like having Ansel Adams' Zone System at the push of a button--latitude unlimited.Overall the performance of the RX 10 is a thrill. Really enjoyed using it from day 1.

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        5.0

        EXCELLENT CAMERA

        By Al

        from West New York, NJ

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Battery Life
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Resolution
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Macro Photography
          • Travel
          • Video

          Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Digital Camera:

          I AM VERY HAPPY WITH THE CAMERA AND BH HELP SELECTING THE SONY CAMERA. I ALSO RECOMEND THE BOOK BY: ALEXANDER S. WHITE PHOTOGRAPHER'S GUIDE TO THE SONY DSC-RX10.

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          5.0

          An Excellent Camera

          By jwoody52

          from Boston

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Resolution
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Macro Photography
            • Travel
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Digital Camera:

            This camera has everything I was looking for in a camera. Very good image quality. Execellent Zoom. All kinds of features. Video is also incredible. I also have the RX100 M3 for times that I need a pocket camera.

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            5.0

            Sony RX10 is the best Camera for Travel

            By Classic Photo 38

            from Long Island, New York

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Battery Life
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Resolution
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Digital Camera:

                I love this Sony small (compare my Nikon D800E) DSC-RX10 Digital Camera. The Carl Zeiss 24-200 f2.8 fixed lens is the best for travel. The image quality is great! I also purchased two useful accessories - Sony STP-WS2B Wrist strap (B&H#sostpws2B) and Case Logic DCB-304 Camera case with belt loop (B&H#cadcb304). More details, check B&H and Sony Websites.

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                5.0

                Amazing Camera!

                By FILEMON

                from FT LAUDERDALE, FL

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Good Battery Life
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Resolution
                • Large Clear LCD

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Street Photography
                  • Travel
                  • Video

                  Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Digital Camera:

                  I use this camera as my daily carry-at-all-times camera! I have only had the camera for a few weeks but it already has traveled with me thousands of miles and have taken hundreds of images. Easy to use, quick to use, unobtrusive, great zoom range, and great image quality. I use it for travel, street photography, landscape

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                  5.0

                  Cinematic Look

                  By Hugo Guido

                  from Nogales, Arizona

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Superb lens
                  • Video-centric Sensor

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Video

                    Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Digital Camera:

                    From a videographer's point of view the Sony RX10 is a different product and as such must be consider.
                    The lens is top-notch and exceptionally flexible .. also the quality of the videos it delivers is great and well above the compact bridge cameras from its own segment (and better than many DSLR's sold with cheap lens as well).
                    Even if you are considering to buy a Canon or Nikon's DSLR body... you still have to spend another $1000 for a comparable lens.
                    This camera is for people who enjoy exploring manual settings and its creative possibilities... and its also too expensive and capable to use it mostly on auto-mode by very-casual photographers.

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                    4.0

                    Works for ENG / documentary Filmmaking

                    By Crandon Steve

                    from Crandon, WI

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • 1080 60p
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Lightweight
                    • Small / Compact
                    • Zebras

                    Cons

                    • Zoom

                    Best Uses

                    • Documentary Filmmaking
                    • Eng
                    • Interviews
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Video

                    Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Digital Camera:

                    The RX10 works great for me for handheld ENG, documentary filmmaking as well as filming action sports on a tripod (I've only used this camera in video mode.) For handheld I use a cheap flash mount bracket with a Manfrotto quick release adapter (so that I can quickly move from hand held bracket to tripod). I have the Sony XLR-K1M adapter attached to one of the cold shoe ports on the bracket. I also have a Sennheiser G3 receiver attached for use with wireless microphone transmitter. This set up works great for run-n-gun interviews. The zoom function is very slow but I typically don't do much fast zooming. Also, because of the way the electronic focus ring works, I am unable to use a follow focus. Having Zebras and built in ND really help. The focus peaking doesn't seem to work very well and so I just leave it off and use the magnification function to focus. So far I've only used the internal avchd which works fine for me. The LCD is a bit small but works, and the EVF seems unusable for video. What I like most is how small my whole kit is now. I'm able to do almost everything I could do with a Sony EX1 but in a much smaller kit.

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                    5.0

                    Excellent camera!

                    By John

                    from Argo, AL

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fantastic Lens
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Resolution
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Travel
                      • Video

                      Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Digital Camera:

                      Used this camera on a Washington DC trip with my 5th grade son. Pictures for his scrapbook project for school were excellent. Many other dads on the trip were begging to borrow my pictures because they saw that I was getting pictures in low light that they just couldn't get with their DSLRs and kit lenses. The lens on this camera is the #1 feature of it. Love the videos that it delivers. Image stabilization allowed me to get pictures from a moving bus that would have been a blurry mess on my Nikon D7000.

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                      5.0

                      Best travel camera ever built

                      By Dave

                      from Fort Collins Co

                      About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Great lens
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Video
                      • Weather Sealed

                      Cons

                      • Raw Not Well Supported

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Video

                      Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Digital Camera:

                      I traveled to Peru with this camera and loved it. I only had it a couple of days before the trip but the controls are so stright forward I had no issues. I even gave it to a couple of locals to use while I was unable to shoot. They loved it and both had very little photography experiance. They too had no issues with using the RX10.While hiking in a down pour near the sun gate the camera handled the rain like a pro. The videos off this camera make me look like I have years of experianced, Silky smooth zooms and pans.I had so much fun using this camera I made it a point to test all the features and modes it has to offer. I mean all of them. From the built in ND filter to the 10 FPS. I even customized the controls 4 or five different times to find my best liked layout.After thousands of shots and dozens of videos this is by far the funest and best overall experiance I have had with a camera. Sincerly,40 years of being a photo and photo equipment nut.

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                      5.0

                      Worth every penny

                      By TH

                      from Omaha

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Digital Camera:

                            I recently bought the Sony HX300 thinking/hoping it would be the answer to my photographic prayers, but it turned out to be somewhat of a letdown, not because of how it worked but rather because I didn't have my expectations in line.Like the other bridge cameras I have owned - Nikon P500, Canon Powershot S3 IS - I was simply expecting too much from the HX300. Long lenses + small sensors = mediocre images. I had been fixated on zoom power so long that I kept missing the point, so I learned something new: larger sensors + quality lenses = MUCH better pictures.I already knew that I liked the output of my Nikon D5200 with its 18-200mm lens, so when I quit making zoom power a priority it opened me up to other options, and I stumbled onto the Sony RX10.I read/watched every review on the web and ordered mine with very high expectations, and I am delighted to report that it did not disappoint in any way whatsoever.The RX10 focuses as quickly and accurately as my Nikon rig, and it handles super-close macro to full zoom and everything in between with ease. The images are just as good as any I have seen from ANY camera (and this is my 25th digital camera since 2000, so I've used a lot of them!), at least as good as my D5200 produces and I think probably better.On top of that is the great build quality. The RX10 is so much more than any other bridge camera past or present that it defies comparison. If that kind of thing matters to you, don't wait another day to buy this camera. It's got some weight to it and the narrow strap that comes with it will irritate your neck - my Tamrac Boomerang neoprene strap is perfect on it.Comparing the RX10 to any other bridge camera currently on the market is the apples/oranges thing. It has no equal. If you want the perfect blend of P&S convenience and SLR quality then look no further. What's more, nobody cam compete with Sony when it comes to video, so it's a great videocam as well, making it an even better bargain.

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                            5.0

                            Amazing Camera!

                            By USMC Sergeant

                            from Cleveland, OH

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use
                            • Good in Low Light
                            • Great Resolution
                            • Great Zoom
                            • Large Clear LCD

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Travel
                              • Video
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Digital Camera:

                              I owned a NEX-6 but got tired of carrying extra lenses and equipment. I traded the NEX for the RX10 and cannot be happier with the decision! The all-in-one package works much better for my needs and this camera takes excellent photos and videos.

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