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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV Digital Camera

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV Digital Camera
Key Features
  • 20.1MP 1" Exmor RS BSI CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor & Front-End LSI
  • ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* f/2.4-4 Zoom Lens
  • 24-600mm (35mm Equivalent)
Providing speed, reach, and versatile recording features, the Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV from Sony is a compact solution for the multimedia image-makers. Featuring an updated 20.1MP 1" Exmor RS BSI CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor, the RX10 IV is capable of up to 24 fps shooting at ISO 12800, as well as recording UHD 4K/30p or Full HD 1080/120p video. The sensor's back-illuminated and stacked technologies afford a high degree of image quality with notable clarity and reduced noise to suit working in challenging lighting conditions. Complementing the shooting speed of the sensor and processor combination, this camera also offers a quickened 315-point focal plane phase-detection autofocus system for focus speeds as fast as 0.03 seconds.
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Sony DSC-RX10 IV Overview

  • 1Description
  • 220.1MP 1" Exmor RS CMOS Sensor & BIONZ X Image Processor
  • 3Fast Hybrid AF System with 315 Phase-Detection Points
  • 4ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* 25x Zoom Lens
  • 5UHD 4K Video Recording
  • 6High Frame Rate and Slow Motion Shooting
  • 7Body Design and Wireless Connectivity
  • 8Other Camera Features

Providing speed, reach, and versatile recording features, the Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV from Sony is a compact solution for the multimedia image-makers. Featuring an updated 20.1MP 1" Exmor RS BSI CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor, the RX10 IV is capable of up to 24 fps shooting at ISO 12800, as well as recording UHD 4K/30p or Full HD 1080/120p video. The sensor's back-illuminated and stacked technologies afford a high degree of image quality with notable clarity and reduced noise to suit working in challenging lighting conditions. Complementing the shooting speed of the sensor and processor combination, this camera also offers a quickened 315-point focal plane phase-detection autofocus system for focus speeds as fast as 0.03 seconds.

Balancing the imaging capabilities, the RX10 IV is also characterized by its 25x ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* zoom lens, which spans an impressive 24-600mm equivalent focal length range and uses Optical SteadyShot image stabilization to minimize the effects of camera shake by up to 4.5 stops. Its optical design incorporates eight extra-low dispersion elements and six aspherical elements to control a variety of aberrations throughout the zoom range, and its f/2.4-4 maximum aperture range benefits working in low-light conditions.

Rounding out the RX10 IV is its characteristic robust form factor, which includes both a 2.36m-dot OLED electronic viewfinder along with a tilting 3.0" 1.44m-dot touchscreen LCD. The intuitive design also features three dedicated control rings on the lens-a zoom ring, a manual focus ring, and an aperture ring-and the aperture ring can be de-clicked for smooth, silent aperture adjustments. The magnesium-alloy body is also weather-sealed to permit working in trying environments. Additionally, for sharing and control flexibility, built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are also available for wireless image sharing and remote camera control from a linked smartphone or tablet.

20.1MP 1" Exmor RS CMOS Sensor & BIONZ X Image Processor
Utilizing an advanced stacked structure with an integrated DRAM chip, the 20.1MP 1" Exmor RS CMOS sensor of the RX10 IV is able to deliver outstanding image quality at up to ISO 12800 with incredibly fast performance. This sensor stacks the pixel area, a high-speed signal processing circuit, and memory in order to increase data throughput by over five times and deliver features such as 40x super slow motion, an Anti-Distortion shutter, UHD 4K video, and has focal-plane phase-detection AF points for faster, more precise focusing.

This sensor is paired with the BIONZ X image processor and a newly developed front-end LSI that dramatically improves the speed and throughput of the entire imaging system, enabling continuous shooting with AF/AE at up to 24 fps. An expanded buffer makes continuous shooting possible for longer bursts, up to 249 JPEGs, and for convenience, bursts can be seen in groups during playback, rather than single images, for faster review. The front-end LSI is also able to improve overall quality of the images, especially at higher sensitivities. Additionally, another advantage of this setup is raw output, which provides outstanding color fidelity and image quality.
Fast Hybrid AF System with 315 Phase-Detection Points
The RX10 IV is equipped with an on-sensor phase-detection AF system that will dramatically improve autofocus speed for both stills and video. The camera uses a hybrid system with 315 phase-detection points that provide about 65% frame coverage along with a 25-area contrast-detection system to provide fast, accurate focusing in a range of situations. The RX10 IV is able to lock onto subjects quickly, in just 0.03 seconds, and it can use AF tracking when shooting at 24 fps.

In order to make operation seamless, the RX10 IV benefits from reduced blackout for easier tracking when using the EVF or LCD. Furthermore, an AF-A mode is now available, which will allow the camera to automatically switch from AF-S and AF-C mode as the situation needs. Users can also display the phase-detection area to help users focus on their subject.
ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* 25x Zoom Lens
Pairing with the imaging assets, the RX10 IV is distinctly characterized by its expansive 25x zoom lens. This ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* lens spans a 24-600mm equivalent focal length range, and has a variable maximum aperture of f/2.4-4 for adept performance from wide-angle to super telephoto. The optical design incorporates eight extra-low dispersion elements to control a color fringing and chromatic aberrations throughout the zoom range for increased clarity and color accuracy. Five aspherical elements and an advanced aspherical (AA) element are also featured to reduce spherical aberrations for improved sharpness and resolution. Additionally, the esteemed ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating has been applied to individual elements to reduce flare and ghosting for increased contrast when working in strong lighting conditions.

Complementing the lens' reach, Optical SteadyShot image stabilization also helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake by up to 4.5 stops for sharper handheld shooting. The lens also sports a rounded nine-blade diaphragm to produce smooth bokeh, and, despite its long reach, can also focus as closely as 1.2" with a 0.42x maximum magnification for working with close-up subjects.
UHD 4K Video Recording
Able to record UHD 4K video at 30/24 fps, the RX10 IV, is capable of producing movies with exceptional clarity. By using a full pixel readout without binning, the camera collects about 1.7x the information needed for 4K output. This oversampling helps to increase clarity while reducing the impact of moiré and jaggies. Fast Hybrid AF is available during movie shooting for ensuring accurate, fast tracking using phase-detection AF points. The camera also offers Sony's advanced XAVC S format for recording a high bit rates up to 100 Mbps.

For advanced users, picture profiles and image controls are available, including the S-Log2 and S-Log3 gammas, which are able to help expand the dynamic range by recording a flat image. Gamma Display Assist helps users view a more natural image when shooting with S-Log2/3. Other options such as timecode, zebras, peaking, and more are present for making shooting and editing easier. When recording internally, users will record video with a 4:2:0 sampling at 8-bit, however, to even further improve image quality the RX10 IV has clean HDMI output for use with an external recorder. This allows users to capture 4:2:2 uncompressed video and save in an edit-ready format.

A Photo Capture function is built directly into the camera, allowing shooters to quickly save an 8.29MP still from their UHD 4K movies. Full HD can also benefit from this feature, where users will be able to pull a 2MP still. Additionally, the camera is NTSC/PAL switchable, making it usable around the world.
High Frame Rate and Slow Motion Shooting
Speed is a huge advantage of the RX10 IV, and in video users will benefit from advanced High Frame Rate shooting and super slow motion. In Full HD, shooters will have access to a standard 120 fps setting that will enable outstanding slow motion when placed in editing software. In addition to this, the camera also offers a dedicated HFR mode, which will boost the cameras frame rate to up to 960 fps. Videographers will have the option of recording in Quality Priority and Shoot Time Priority modes for approximately twice as long with the RX10 IV compared to its predecessor. This results in about 7 seconds of recording in Shoot Time Priority at the 240 fps setting. The camera will output a Full HD file from slightly lower resolutions in order to produce high quality images at all frame rates. Additionally, an end trigger mode enables users to record 4 or 6 seconds before the record button is pressed.
Body Design and Wireless Connectivity
  • A bright, high-resolution XGA OLED Tru-Finder sports a 2.36m-dot resolution for clear eye-level monitoring of the scene, as well as the ability to preview exposure adjustments prior to shooting.
  • Alternatively, a rear 3.0" 1.44m-dot Xtra Fine TFT LCD is available for monitoring and review, and features a 109° upward, 41° downward tilting design to benefit working from high and low angles. The screen is also a touch-panel, which affords more intuitive control over focus point selection, playback, and menu navigation.
  • A robust magnesium-alloy body design is both dust- and moisture-resistant to support use in harsh environments.
  • The manually-operated aperture ring permits intuitive tactile control over exposure settings, and the ring can be de-clicked for smooth, silent performance to suit video applications. Manual focus and zoom rings are also incorporated in the lens' design.
  • A top LCD panel can be used to quickly check key exposure and other settings.
  • A range of customizable function buttons can be assigned to any one of 58 different custom functions.
  • The included NP-FW50 rechargeable lithium-ion battery offers approximately 400 shots per charge when working with the LCD monitor, or 370 shots per charge when working with the EVF.
  • Both an external microphone jack and a headphone jack are available for using optional external mics and monitoring your audio in real time.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth permit wirelessly sharing imagery to a linked mobile device for instant sharing online, and also allows a smartphone or tablet to remotely control the camera or display a live view image. Mobile devices can be paired via NFC or via a QR code displayed on the camera for non NFC-enabled phones or tablets.
Other Camera Features
  • Zoom Assist can be assigned to a custom function button and used to automatically zoom out from the scene in order to re-locate a subject, and then released to quickly return to the zoomed-in position.
  • Step Zoom lets you configure the zoom ring to only cycle through fixed popular focal lengths as the ring is rotated, including 24, 28, 35, 50, 70, 85, 100, 135, 200, 300, 400, 500, and 600mm. Quick Zoom, on the other hand, can be assigned to a custom function button and lets you move throughout the zoom range in a fluid, seamless manner by rotating the zoom ring.
  • A Silent Shooting mode makes use of an electronic shutter function for completely silent performance that is ideal for photographing in noise-sensitive areas. This electronic shutter also permits working with shutter speeds up to 1/32,000 sec for photographing in bright conditions.
  • Clear Image Zoom can be used to magnify the center of scenes by 2x to effectively extend the reach of the lens. This digital zoom technology uses an intelligent interpolation process to minimize the amount of image degradation in order to produce realistic, high-quality images.
  • Eye AF is a dedicated autofocus mode that bases focus on recognized subjects' eye for portraits, and can be configured to prioritize either the subject's right or left eye. It is also compatible with animals' eyes to benefit pet and wildlife photographers.
  • White balance adjustment can be finely controlled using detailed sliders that span the amber-blue and magenta-green axes for more precise control over how color tones appear in various lighting conditions.
  • Benefitting manual focus operation, Manual Focus Assist can be used to magnify a portion of the scene for making more precise, detailed adjustments. Peaking is also available to highlight strong edges of contrast for more objective determining over sharp focus.
  • A Dual Rec mode allows you to record 17MP stills, without pixel binning, while simultaneously recording video. Auto Dual Rec takes this process further by automatically recording stills at a chosen frequency or when a new composition or subject is recognized.
  • When recording in UHD 4K, 8MP still frame grabs can be saved during playback for use as a still image. If working in Full HD, 2MP stills can be taken from video files.
  • Scene Selection: Portrait, Sports Action, Macro, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Handheld Twilight, Night Portrait, and Anti Motion Blur.
  • Picture Effect: Toy Camera, Pop Color, Posterization, Retro Photo, Soft High-Key, Partial Color, High Contrast Mono, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Richtone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolor, and Illustration.
  • Creative Style: Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn Leaves, Black & White, Sepia, and Style Box.
UPC: 027242909595

Sony DSC-RX10 IV Specs

Sensor ResolutionActual: 20.9 Megapixel
Effective: 20.1 Megapixel (5472 x 3648)
Aspect Ratio1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Sensor Type1"-Type CMOS
Image File FormatJPEG, Raw
Image StabilizationOptical
Focal Length8.8 to 220mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 24 to 600mm)
Optical Zoom25x
Digital Zoom4x Maximum (100x Combined Zoom)
2x Optimized (50x Combined Zoom)
Maximum Aperturef/2.4 to 4
Minimum Aperturef/16
Focus Range1.97" to Infinity / 3 cm to Infinity (Wide)
11.81" to Infinity / 72 cm to Infinity (Telephoto)
Optical Design18 Elements in 13 Groups
Filter Size72 mm
Exposure Control
ISO SensitivityAuto, 100 to 12800 (Extended: 64 to 12800)
Shutter SpeedMechanical Shutter
1/2000 to 4 Seconds in Auto Mode
1/2000 30 Seconds in Program Mode
1/2000 30 Seconds in Manual Mode
1/2000 30 Seconds in Aperture Priority Mode
1/2000 30 Seconds in Shutter Priority Mode
Electronic Shutter
1/32000 to 4 Seconds in Auto Mode
1/32000 30 Seconds in Program Mode
1/32000 30 Seconds in Manual Mode
1/32000 30 Seconds in Aperture Priority Mode
1/32000 30 Seconds in Shutter Priority Mode
Metering MethodCenter-Weighted Average, Multi, Spot
Exposure ModesAperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation-3 to +3 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
White BalanceAuto, Cloudy, Color Temperature Filter, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Incandescent, Shade
Continuous ShootingUp to 24 fps at 20.1 MP for up to 249 Frames (JPEG)
Self-Timer2/5/10-Second Delay
Special OptionsFireworks, Food, Handheld Night, Landscape, Night Landscape, Night Portrait, Portrait, Sports, Sunset
Internal Recording ModesAVCHD/MP4/XAVC S
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98/25/29.97 fps
1920 x 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94/239.76/250/480/500/959.94/1000 fps
1920 x 1080i at 50/59.94 fps
1280 x 720 at 25/29.97 fps
Recording LimitUp to 30 Minutes
Broadcast OutputNTSC/PAL
Audio RecordingBuilt-In Microphone (Stereo)
External Microphone Input
Audio File FormatAAC LC, AC3, Dolby Digital 2ch, Linear PCM (Stereo)
TypeBuilt-In Electronic
Resolution2,359,296 Dot
Diopter Adjustment-4 to +3
Resolution1,440,000 Dot
Display TypeTilting Touchscreen LCD
Built-In FlashYes
Flash ModesAuto, Flash On, Off, Rear Sync, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Sync
Effective Flash RangeISO Auto
3.3 to 35.4' / 1 to 10.8 m (Wide)
3.3 to 21.3' / 1 to 6.5 m (Telephoto)
ISO 12800
Up to 68.2' / 20.8 m (Wide)
Up to 42' / 12.8 m (Telephoto)
External Flash ConnectionHot Shoe
Media/Memory Card SlotSingle Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo Hybrid
Connectivity1/8" / 3.5 mm Microphone, HDMI D (Micro), Micro-USB (USB 2.0)
Battery Type1 x NP-FW50 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.2 VDC, 1020 mAh (Approx. 370 Shots)
Dimensions (W x H x D)5.2 x 3.7 x 5.7" / 132.5 x 94 x 145 mm
Weight2.41 lb / 1095 g (With Battery, Recording Media)
Packaging Info
Package Weight3.485 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.4 x 7.1 x 6.4"

Sony DSC-RX10 IV Reviews

Great camera, but not so sure about B&H

By Bill
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-12-02

I bought this camera in May 2022. I have been wanting to get back into photography and this camera meets all of my needs, plus it has a lot of capability to grow into. As many people have said, it is a challenge to learn, but I think that comes with a device that is so capable. The only negative I have is with B&H Photo. I did not realize that the camera they sold to me (a resident of the U.S.) is based on the PAL standard. When I noticed that the video was not set up to be NTSC (the U.S. standard) I changed that setting. Now, every time I turn the camera on it displays a message saying Running on NTSC and I have to gently press the shutter release to clear it... EVERY TIME. Apparently, Sony has hard-coded this into the camera and it cannot be bypassed. Maybe it was done to ensure cameras made for the U.S. (and defaulting to the NTSC standard) were sold here and the rest of the world would be on the PAL standard. Technically, if I switch back to the PAL standard it may not make a huge difference in my videos. The B&H Photo camera description does say it is switchable between the two standards, but not that it defaults to the PAL standard. Just be aware of this if you are a U.S. resident and plan to buy the camera from B&H.

not user friendly

By Yael
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-10-18

i have owned both a Nikon (D80) and a Canon (7D) reflex camera and actually switched to the point and shoot for easiness of not carrying the lens, but getting it to focus on what you want and getting the clear images that are published online are far more complicated than the reflxes cameras. a bit sorry i purchased it. hope it will get better with time but it's been several months now

Beautiful pictures!

By Thomas
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-10-12

I just took this camera to Maine for a shoot and I am especially pleased with the results. It's basically all anyone needs without having to carry a lot of lenses around. The pictures are snappy sharp and can be enlarged to quite a big size. I've owned other bridge cameras and have been disappointed with picture quality but not with this guy. It performs like a champion. I think I've got a friend for life.


By Bruce
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-10-06

So far so good. Very usable camera and definite upgrade from my previous Nikon, although it still has its strengths. In the end, cameras are tools that allow the artist to compose, and this one seems to be doing the job quite nicely.

Great Sony Camera

By William J.
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-26

A very fine Camera... Works perfectly... Advise buying instruction book ...

Great value

By Eric
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-20

This camera does almost everything. I am learning more and more about it, and using it for sports and wildlife. I am getting great results and am so happy my wife bought it for me. It takes great action photos!


By Robert
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2022-12-02


Great Camera

By Kent
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-05

As a lover of nature photography this camera has been great. The ability to shoot multiple frames at high speed usually gives you good opportunity to a nice photo. I have also found it's low light ability awesome! I purchased this camera to shoot photos of my new grandbaby. But the best thing for me about this camera is how small this package is. 20-640 zoom, vs my old camera with 3 lenses in a heavy bag. No Contest. Traveling just became easy! Thank you B&H for such an easy purchase. Your salesperson was great to work with. Your shipping department was great. A top notch process!

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What is the difference between optical shutter ...

What is the difference between optical shutter and electronic shutter ?
Asked by: maria isabel
There isn't an optical shutter. I believe you are referring to mechanical shutter. The mechanical shutter goes up and down physically to set the exposure, while the electronic shutter moves electronically. The electronic shutter is silent, it makes no noise, while the mechanical shutter does make noise. The downside of the electronic shutter is that you get banding when taking photos under fluorescent lights and also with fast moving subjects you get distortions. With the mechanical shutter there are no distortions in fast moving subjects and no banding. Also when panning you get a jello effect called rolling shutter with electronic shutter.
Answered by: Daniel
Date published: 2022-01-12

Is sd slot uhs-II?

Is sd slot uhs-II?
Asked by: Jeffrey E.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV Digital Camera SD slot is UHS-II.
Answered by: Daniel
Date published: 2022-04-12

What is the best hand/wrist strap for this ...

What is the best hand/wrist strap for this camera? I love my spider gear for my dslr but whilst it might work it's not ideal. TIA
Asked by: Lynn
This Vello hand strap would be the best in my opinion:
Answered by: Dan
Date published: 2022-11-24

How is this as a bridge camera? I need something ...

How is this as a bridge camera? I need something that can do wide open shots shots of large bridges, close up shots of small bridges, time lapses of bridges, and livestream my shows about bridges. In short I need a bridge camera.
Asked by: Matthew
RX10IV certainly is a "bridge camera", whether is one for you depends. If 24 mm, 35 mm equivalent is wide enough for you is yours to decide, the 600 mm F4 tele should be good enough for long distance shots for sure. I am not video guy so that's up to you, it has 4K capacity though.
Answered by: Ilkka
Date published: 2021-08-19

can you transfer image to smartphone?

can you transfer image to smartphone?
Asked by: Gloria
Yes. An end-user can with imaging edge mobile, you can also transfer images from the camera to a smartphone or remotely operate your camera from a smartphone (remote shooting).
Answered by: hectorm
Date published: 2022-05-29

does flash pop up automatically when flash is ...

does flash pop up automatically when flash is chosen, either automatically or manually set. The old 400x series did not pop up automatically. Sometimes a new user would not notice lack of flash until it was too late?
Asked by: Ron
The flash does not pop up automatically on the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV Digital Camera; you must press the button with the flash icon on it.
Answered by: Boyd
Date published: 2022-09-28

Does the RX10 IV have a manual focus mode?

Does the RX10 IV have a manual focus mode?
Asked by: Bill
Yes. Turn focus selector switch on bottom left front of camera to MF and focus with front ring on lens barrel.
Answered by: William
Date published: 2021-04-14

Can this Sony RX10 IV be charged directly through ...

Can this Sony RX10 IV be charged directly through its USB-C port to a Power Bank? Thanks!
Asked by: Johannes
Yes, it works fine to charge the Sony RX10 IV with a powerbank. I have a MyCharge Adventure with 2.4 A output. After I bought this camera about 18 months ago, I soon discovered that it uses a lot of battery power compared to my other cameras. I have 3 batteries, which always allows me a spare when one needs charging. I also bought a Watson Compact Charger to be able to use the camera while a battery needs charging. I hope this was helpful.
Answered by: Oyvind
Date published: 2020-11-21
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