Sony has announced its latest bridge camera today, the Cyber-Shot RX10, which offers a powerful zoom lens and numerous DSLR-style options, minus the need for a bag of lenses.
The RX10 is the latest member of Sony’s RX line of cameras (which now includes the RX1, RX1r, RX100, and RX100 Mark II) and it features a 20.2-megapixel, 1-inch, backside illuminated sensor behind a massive 24-200mm (in 35mm equivalent) constant aperture f/2.8 optically stabilized lens.
The sensor is the same impressive chip found in the RX100 Mark II, which we’ve seen to provide stellar image quality, even in low light conditions. The lens is branded as a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T*, and Sony says it is the first constant f/2.8 aperture lens with that kind of zoom range. It also boasts a very short 3cm working distance for macro shots.
Aside from low-light image quality, superzoom cameras also typically struggle with autofocus speed. Sony claims to have solved that issue on the RX10 with the latest generation of its in-camera processor (now known as Bionz X) and a new, high speed ultrasonic focusing system. The new system makes the RX10 capable of firing off 10 frames per second with continuous autofocus, which is no small feat.
The RX10 also has a new Eye AF system, which tracks focusing based on the subject’s eye, not just their face. For video, the RX10 can shoot 1080p HD video at 60fps, and it is capable of processing data from each one of the sensor’s pixels, as opposed to many DSLR cameras that drop pixels when they shoot video. The camera is also able to output native 4K images to compatible TVs over standard HDMI cables, providing four times the detail for stills over 1080p.
The RX10 employs a 3-inch, tiltable LCD screen and comes with an eye-watering 1,228,000-dot resolution, while the OLED viewfinder up top pushes out an even more impressive 1,444,000 dots.
Wi-Fi and NFC are built-in, so your mobile can be used as a screen or to shoot remotely.
An aperture ring, which can be switched between clicking or free-moving feedback options, can also be used to adjust settings. There are also seven customisable buttons and a top-mounted LCD for instant confirmation of exposure and other settings.
The Sony Cyber-Shot RX10 will be on sale in the UK from mid-November. Pricing has not yet been announced.