Sony Cyber-shot® DSC-RX10
Large-sensor 20.2-megapixel camera with Wi-Fi® and 24-200mm Zeiss® lens
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Our take on the Sony Cyber-shot® DSC-RX10 by Crutchfield's James Ralston
The RX10 brings a powerful 24-200mm zoom lens to Sony's acclaimed "Cyber-shot R" series of cameras.
Shoot like a pro with this convenient all-in-one camera
Sony's high-performance "Cyber-shot R" cameras have made a splash in the digital imaging world, featuring large, SLR-class image sensors engineered into compact cameras with built-in lenses. With the DSC-RX10, Sony introduces a far-reaching 24-200mm Zeiss® zoom lens into the mix, along with a few other substantial feature upgrades. The end result? This camera can give larger SLR cameras a run for their money, delivering vivid, detailed photos in a wide range of lighting conditions, as well as pro-quality high-definition video.
Making the most of your available light
The RX10's built-in 24-200mm lens offers much more than just powerful zoom. This fast, bright lens features a constant maximum aperture of f/2.8 throughout its zoom range. There are two big advantages right there. First, that wide aperture gives you flexibility when you're composing shots: you can use fast shutter speeds to freeze motion, take crisply focused portraits of your subject against a softly blurred background, or capture flash-free images in dim settings. Second, when shooting in manual mode with this camera, you can dial in the exposure for a particular aperture, and you won't need to change all your settings when zooming in and out. This impressive lens also features a newly designed Direct Drive SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor) for improved focusing speed and precision.
This camera's lock-on autofocus makes it a snap to track those subjects that just won't sit still — like kids or family pets at play. Just press the shutter button down halfway, and the camera recognizes your subject and helps you stay on target, even when that subject leaves the frame temporarily. This tracking feature helps optimize autofocus timing, so you'll snap more keepers and fewer throwaways. An innovative "Eye AF" mode detects and focuses on a subject's eye, even if he or she is slightly turned away from the camera. A blinking green frame keeps you informed about the point of focus for the upcoming shot.
Stunning HD video
Sony didn't forget about all the videographers out there, from practitioners of home videos to budding filmmakers. The RX10 records moving images internally in a range of formats, up to high-quality AVCHD video at 1080/60p. If you're looking to capture the best possible footage for your next documentary or art house film, you can send uncompressed video signals to an external third-party solid-state recorder via the camera's HDMI output. While you're shooting video, you'll have full use of the camera's optical zoom range, and you can engage optical image stabilization to reduce the jittery effects of camera shake during handheld shots.
The RX10 features a tilting LCD screen for improved shooting versatility from high or low angles.
With a camera this good, you're going to want to share lots of your photos. To make it easier, Sony added wireless photo-sharing capability to the RX10. With built-in Wi-Fi, it's easy to transfer photos from the camera wirelessly to your compatible smartphone using Sony's free PlayMemories app for Apple® and Android™ devices. The app also offers remote control of the camera's shutter, so you can snap a shot using your smartphone — great for shooting group shots using a tripod. If you have an NFC-compatible Android smartphone, simply touch it to the RX10 for instant pairing and transfer of photos.
Shoot from up high or down low
The tilting LCD screen allows you to shoot from the hip or above your head while viewing the high-resolution display. Want better audio quality from your home movies? Attach an optional microphone to the multi-interface shoe, which can also accommodate compatible viewfinders or flashes. There's also a multi-terminal for connecting a remote shutter release.
- 20.2-megapixel effective recording
- large 1" (13.2 x 8.8mm) back-illuminated CMOS sensor makes for low noise and exceptional sensitivity
- light-sensitive f/2.8 Zeiss® 24-200mm zoom lens
- 8.3X optical zoom (16.6X with Clear Image interpolation)
- BIONZ X image processor for high-resolution, low-noise photos and fast autofocus performance
- newly designed Direct Drive SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor) for focusing speed and precision
- magnesium alloy top and front
- records photos and video onto optional SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards, and Memory Stick® PRO Duo media
- 10 frames-per-second continuous image capture at full 20.2-megapixel resolution
- tilting high-resolution 3" LCD screen (1,228,000 dots) allows for more shooting angle versatility
- high-quality AVCHD high-definition video at resolutions up to 1080/60p
- HDMI output passes uncompressed video to an optional external monitor or recorder
- variable ISO settings up to ISO 12,800
- wirelessly transfer or back up images to your smartphone via Wi-Fi with Sony's PlayMemories app for Apple® and Android™ devices
- compatible with Near Field Communication (NFC) devices for "touch-to-pair" wireless connectivity
- manual control ring can be assigned to control different functions, including zoom and aperture value
- seven aperture blades allow smooth background defocusing for superior macro shots
- Superior Auto and P/A/S/M modes for both video and stills accommodate any skill level
- Optical SteadyShot® image stabilization for shake-free videos even while walking
- records in RAW and JPEG formats for greater creative flexibility during editing
- advanced Exmor® R 1" CMOS sensor for sharp photos even in low light
- face detection and subject tracking improve portraits and keep moving subjects in focus for sharper photos
- high-speed autofocus
- Picture Effect modes like Soft Focus and Retro Photo let you add creative effects to photos
- multi-interface shoe for adding optional accessories such as a flash, viewfinder, and microphone
- digital level gauge to allow easier leveling of the camera
- built-in flash
Connections and Dimensions:
- micro HDMI output (cable not included)
- high-speed micro USB interface
- 5-1/2"W x 3-9/16"H x 4-3/4"D
- weight (with battery and memory card): 28.7 oz.
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- rechargeable lithium ion battery (NP-FW50)
- AC adapter
- micro USB cable
- neck strap
- lens and shoe caps
- lens hood
What's in the Box:
- Digital camera (black)
- 62mm Lens cap (installed)
- Accessory shoe cap (installed)
- Lens hood
- NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (7.2V / 7.7Wh / 1080mAh)
- AC-UB10D AC Adapter (DC output: 5V / 0.5A)
- 27" USB cable (Type A USB on one end and micro USB on the other end)
- Neck strap
- Instruction Manual (Eng/Span/Fren)
- Wi-Fi Connection/One-touch (NFC) Guide (Eng)
- Wi-Fi Connection/One-touch (NFC) Guide (Span/Fren)
- Warranty Sheet
- Online Product Registration sheet (US)
- Online Product Registration sheet (Canada)
- Accessories brochure
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Features and Specs
|LCD Screen Size||3"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||24-200mm|
Memory Stick PRO Duo + PRO-HG Duo |
|Highest Resolution||5472 x 3648|
|Video Resolution||1920 x 1080/60p|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||28.7|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
Tiltable 3" LCD Screen: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 digital camera has a 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD screen with 1,228,800 dots. The LCD brightness control can be set to Auto, Manual (-2 to +2), or Sunny Weather (appropriate for shooting outdoors). You can tilt the LCD upward approximately 84° for shooting low angles, and downward approximately 43° for high angles.
Electronic Viewfinder (EVF): In addition to the LCD screen, the camera has a high-resolution OLED Tru-Finder electronic viewfinder with 1,440,000 dots. A sensor next to the viewfinder automatically switches from the LCD to the viewfinder as you bring the camera to your eye. You can also independently set the viewfinder brightness automatically or manually (-2 to +2).
Recording Media: The camera is compatible with the following recording media: Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo (for movie recording, use Mark2 PRO Duo cards), Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo, SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards (Class 4 or higher for movies).
Image Recording Formats: The camera records still images in JPEG (with Extra Fine, Fine and Standard compression), RAW (unprocessed), and JPEG+RAW formats (images from both formats created at the same time). Moving images can be recorded in AVCHD Ver. 2.0 format (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) with Dolby Digital 2ch audio or MPEG-4 with AAC stereo audio.
Image Sensor: For optimal image quality, the camera uses a large 13.2 x 8.8mm (1") color Exmor R CMOS image sensor with approximately 20.9-million total pixels and 20.2-million effective pixels. The camera is also equipped with a new-generation BIONZ X image processing engine for maximum picture quality.
Lens: The camera is equipped with a bright Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* (T-star) 8.3x zoom lens. The lens has 14 elements in 11 groups, including 7 aspheric elements. It has a focal length of 24-200mm (35mm equivalent) for recording 3:2 still images, 26-212mm for recording 16:9 movies, and 31-259mm for 4:3 movies (when SteadyShot is set to Standard). The aperture range is F2.8 to F11.0 (W-T). A lens hood is included to block unwanted light from entering the lens.
Clear Image/Digital Zoom: In addition to the 8.3x optical zoom, you can reach higher zoom scales by engaging the Clear Image Zoom or the Digital Zoom, or both. The amount of zoom depends upon the image size as follows:
|Image Size||Optical Zoom||Clear Image Zoom||Maximum Zoom Scale|
Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode: Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode can provide blur-free movies, even while walking. Camera-shake compensation using Optical SteadyShot/Active Mode has been improved with the addition of new electronic image stabilization. This makes it easier to obtain sharp movies, even when zooming in unsteady situations.
Still Image Sizes: When recording digital still images, the DSC-RX10 allows you to choose from multiple image sizes in four aspect ratios: 3:2 (best for printing), 16:9 (best for viewing on an HDTV), 4:3 (best for viewing on a computer), and 1:1 (best for shooting as a medium format camera). The following image sizes are available:
|20M 5472 x 3648||17M 5472 x 3080||18M 2864 x 3648||13M 3648 x 3648|
|10M 3888 x 2592||7.5M 3648 x 2056||10M 3648 x 2736||6.5M 2544 x 2544|
|5M 2736 x 1824||4.2M 2720 x 1528||5M 2592 x 1944 |
VGA 640 x 480
|3.7M 1920 x 1920|
Sweep Panorama: You can record multiple images while moving the camera in an arc, either horizontally or vertically. You can choose the direction to pan the camera while taking the images. These images can be compiled into a single panoramic image, and played back on your TV. The available image sizes include:
- Vertical: 3872 x 2160
- Horizontal: 8192 x 1856
- Vertical: 5536 x 2160
- Horizontal: 12416 x 1856
Recording Movies: Besides recording still images, you can also record movies in AVCHD or MPEG-4 formats. Available image sizes and movie quality include:
|Movie Format/Quality||Average Bit-rate||Image Size|
|60i AVC HD FX||24 Mbps||1920 x 1080|
|60i AVC HD FH||17 Mbps||1920 x 1080|
|60p AVC HD PS||28 Mbps||1920 x 1080|
|24p AVC HD FX||24 Mbps||1920 x 1080|
|24p AVC HD FH||17 Mbps||1920 x 1080|
|MP4 12M, 30fps||12 Mbps||1440 x 1080|
|MP4 VGA 3M, 30fps||3 Mbps||640 x 480|
Note: You can shoot continuously for approximately 29 minutes. Maximum MPEG-4 movie file size is approximately 2 GB.
Built-in Wi-Fi/NFC: The RX10 lets you connect wirelessly with smartphones and tablets via Wi-Fi and NFC (near field communication). Using the PlayMemories Mobile app, (available for Android 2.3 and up) from Google Play and for iOS 4.3 and up from the App Store, you can send images to, or control your camera from your smartphone or tablet. When connected to a Wi-Fi network, you can send images to your computer or view on a Wi-Fi-enabled TV.
Customizable Buttons: The camera allows you to assign up to 40 functions among seven buttons to give you faster, more intuitive camera control. This will give you quicker and convenient access to frequently used functions.
Drive Modes: The camera offers multiple Drive Modes. In addition to single image shooting, you can choose from the following:
- Continuous Shooting: The camera shoots continuous images while you press and hold down the shutter release.
- Speed Priority Continuous: Shoots full 20.2 megapixel images continuously at up to 10 frames per second while you press and hold the shutter release button.
- Self-Timer: You can set the Self-Timer mode to a 10-second or 2-second delay so you can be in the picture.
- Self-Portrait: A Self-Portrait Timer mode will capture the image 2 seconds after the face of one or two persons is detected.
- Self-Timer Continuous: The Self-Timer Continuous shooting mode takes continuous frames after a 10 second delay. You can choose the number of frames from 3 or 5.
- Bracketing: You can shoot a series of photos, each with a different aspect of the exposure. You can select from Exposure Bracketing (3 or 5 images, 0.3/0.7/1.0/2.0/3.0 EV, Continuous or Single Bracket), White Balance (Lo/Hi), and D-Range Optimizer (Lo/Hi).
Auto Focus Areas: You can select from the following auto focusing areas: Multi-point AF (25 points), Center-weighted AF, Flexible Spot, Flexible Spot (Tracking Focus), and Flexible Spot (Face Tracking).
Face Detection: Face Detection technology detects up to eight individual faces and controls flash, focus, exposure, and white balance to deliver accurate, natural skin tones with reduced red-eye. It can also give priority to children or adults. You can also select and register an individual's face to be given priority.
Smile Shutter Mode: The Smile Shutter technology automatically detects and captures a smiling face. Simply activate by pressing the Smile Shutter button and the camera will capture a smile the moment it happens. You can adjust the degree of Smile Detection Sensitivity as desired.
Scene Recognition: Scene Recognition mode automatically detects eight different types of scenes and selects the appropriate camera settings: Portrait, Baby, Night Portrait, Night Scene, Backlight Portrait, Backlight, Landscape, Spotlight, Low Brightness, and Macro. You can select from Auto or Advanced Scene Recognition modes.
Shooting Modes: Using the top-mounted Mode Dial, you can select from the following shooting modes: Auto (Intelligent Auto/Superior Auto), Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Speed Priority, Manual Exposure, Memory Recall (1 and 2), Movie Mode, Panorama, and Scene Selection (Portrait, Anti-motion Blur, Sports Action, Macro, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Hand-held Twilight, and Night Portrait).
Exposure Compensation: You can adjust the exposure from +5.0EV to -5.0EV in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments. In addition, there is a convenient Exposure Compensation dial on the top of the camera that allows you to adjust exposure from +3.0EV to -3.0EV in 1/3-stop increments.
Built-In Flash: The camera's built-in flash features a range of 3.28' to 33.46'. The flash settings include:
- Auto: the flash automatically strobes when the surroundings are dark or when there is backlight
- Fill Flash: the flash strobes with every shot
- Slow Sync: the flash is used regardless of the amount of ambient light, but the shutter speed is slower under dark conditions, allowing you to clearly shoot a background that is out of the flash-lit area
- Rear Sync: the flash operates before exposure is completed every time your trigger the shutter
- Off: the flash does not operate
Metering Modes: You can select Spot, Center-weighted, or Multi-pattern Metering. Spot metering lets you adjust the exposure to the subject, even when the subject is a backlit or when there is strong contrast between the subject and the background. Center-weighted metering measures the center of the image and determines the exposure based on the brightness of the subject. When multi-pattern metering is used, the image is divided into multiple regions and metering is performed in each region. The camera judges the subject position and background brightness, and determines a well-balanced exposure.
White Balance: When the white balance is set to auto, the white balance is set automatically in response to the condition of the subject, and the overall color balance is adjusted. When shooting under special lighting conditions, you can select the settings manually. When using flash, you can select the flash white balance mode. The white balance can also be set to Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (warm white), Fluorescent (cool white), Fluorescent (day white), Fluorescent (daylight), Color Temperature/Filter, Custom (adjust white balance depending on the light source) or Custom Set (memorizes the basic white color which will be used).
Multi Interface Shoe: The RX10 is equipped with a Multi Interface Shoe, a proprietary hot shoe for attaching specific accessories to the camera. The hot shoe is also compatible with some attachments designed for the Sony Accessory Shoe. Optional attachments include:
- Multi Interface Shoe:
- ECM-XYST1M stereo microphone
- HVL-LEIR1 Battery Video IR Light
- HVL-F60M/F43M/F20M Flashes
- FDA-EV1MK Electronic Viewfinder
- Accessory Shoe:
- HVL-LE1 Battery Video Light
- CLM-V55 Clip-on LCD Monitor
Grid Lines: The cameras on-screen grid lines make it easy to set a subject's horizontal and vertical position. You can choose from three grid line overlays: Rule of 3rds, Square, and Diagonal + Square.
Histogram: A histogram is a graph showing the brightness of an image. The graph display indicates a bright image when skewed to the right side, and a dark image when skewed to the left side.
Folder View Modes: The Sony DSC-RX10's View Mode allows you to select your recorded images and movies by sorting them into three folders: Still, MP4, and AVCHD.
Auto Review: When Auto Review is selected, the camera will automatically display each image after it is recorded. You can vary the length of time the image is displayed from 10, 5, or 2 seconds.
Index View: In addition to viewing images one-by-one in full screen, you can view multiple images at once in the index view mode. The index feature lets you to display a total of 9 (3 x 3) or 25 (5 x 5) images at once.
Slide Show: The Slide Show function lets you play back images one after the other. The interval between the pictures can be adjusted, allowing you to choose 1, 3, 5, 10, and 30 seconds. When repeat is selected, the images are replayed in a continuous loop.
Playback Zoom: You can enlarge a recorded still image by moving the zoom lever toward the Telephoto selection. The amount of enlargement depends upon the size of the image: Large images up to 13.6x, Medium up to 9.9x, and Small up to 6.8x the original size. Once the image is zoomed, you can pan left to right and up or down through the image.
Rotating Images: Recorded images can be rotated 360-degrees in 90-degree increments on the camera's LCD screen.
Deleting/Protecting Images: You can delete a selected image, or you can delete all the unprotected images at once. In order to avoid accidentally deleting of an image, it can be protected.
Print Mark: You can place a print mark on still images recorded with this camera. This mark is convenient when you have images printed at a shop that conforms to the DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) standard.
Battery Information: The DSC-RX10 is powered by the supplied NP-FW50 Lithium-ion rechargeable battery. Using the supplied AC-UB10D AC adapter, the battery can be fully charged in the camera in approximately 5 hours 10 minutes. Under normal operating conditions, the battery has the following capacity:
|Function||Battery Life||Number of Images|
|Recording Still Images||LCD Screen||Approx. 210 min||Approx. 420 images|
|Viewfinder||Approx. 170 min||Approx. 340 images|
| Recording Movies |
|LCD Screen||Approx. 70 min||---|
|Viewfinder||Approx. 70 min||---|
| Recording Movies |
|LCD Screen||Approx. 145 min||---|
|Viewfinder||Approx. 145 min||---|
|Viewing Still Images||Approx. 315 min||Approx. 6300 images|
HDMI: The RX10 has a micro-HDMI (Type D) output on the side of the camera for connecting the camera to an HDTV. A micro-HDMI-to-HDMI cable is required to make the connection. If you are connecting to a Sony Bravia TV with Bravia Sync, you can control the camera using the TV's remote control.
micro USB : The camera features a single micro USB jack on the side of the camera for connecting the supplied USB cable for downloading your photos to your computer or printer, or charging the battery in the camera. The interface is USB 2.0 High Speed compatible.
Microphone Input: You can connect an external microphone to the camera via a 3.5mm minijack input on the side of the camera.
Headphone Jack: A 3.5mm minijack is provided for headphones to let you monitor the audio while you record movies, or to listen in private to movie playback.
PlayMemories Home: The DSC-RX10 can be used with PlayMemories Home software, which needs to be installed on your computer. With the PlayMemories Home software you can:
- Import and display images recorded on the camera.
- View images in your computer by organizing them by shooting date on a calendar.
- Correct still images (red-eye correction, etc.) print, send images by email, and change shooting date/time.
- Save and print images with the shooting date inserted.
- Create a disc from AVCHD movies imported to a computer.
- Upload images to a network service (internet connection required)
- Import photos and movies recorded with location information to a computer and view them with a map showing the shooting location
Note: The "PlayMemories Home" software is downloadable from the Sony Imaging website (The URL is printed in the Instruction Manual). It is compatible with Windows 8, Windows 7 (SP1), and Windows Vista (SP2), plus Mac OS X ver.10.6-10.8.
Image Data Converter: Image Data Converter software is required to process images recorded in RAW format. It is not included with the camera, but can be downloaded to your computer, using a URL printed in the manual. Image Data Converter is compatible with Windows (Vista, 7, and 8) and Mac (OS X 10.6-10.8). Functions available when using Image Data Converter include:
- Edit RAW images using multiple correction functions, such as tone curve or sharpness.
- Adjust images using white balance, aperture, and Creative Style, etc.
- Save displayed and edited still images to your computer.
- Display and compare the RAW/JPEG images shot with the camera.
- Rank images in five levels.
- Set the color label.
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Why did you buy this?
The right form between My A99 and A77, Need a light camera, with all the functions of the bigger sibling and more. This fits that bill so perfectly well [ Obinna Nov 20, 2017 ]
Recommendation [ Robert Apr 15, 2017 ]
My friend, a photographer, suggested this would be an excellent choice. A good balance to meet our needs for high quality photos, low light performance, and portability. Not the highest performer in some areas, but for our needs best overall, excepting of cost. And for cost, thanks to Open Box and gift cards to make this an exceptional buy! [ Stephen Jul 15, 2016 ]
I wanted an all in one camera good for traveling that would produce high quality results. The DSC-RX10 provided a great balance of features, performance and price for traveling and got great reviews for high quality pictures from multiple sources. [ John Jul 13, 2016 ]
after reading many many reviews, it best fit my needs in my price range [ Denis Feb 29, 2016 ]
1 question already asked
I use my left hand to hold the camera and my right hand to push it down. My thumb and my middle fingers will be on the left and the right of the flash respectively and I place my index finger on the top and push down gently, with my thumb and middle finger pulling back. The flash will start to rotate into position. When it is down about 45 degree, let go of the thumb and middle finger and just use the index finger to push down. The action should be smooth and and I do not need to force it. Hope this will help. [ PATRICK Sep 08, 2014 ]
You simply physically close the flash head. Then go to the function button and select flash off in the flash menu. To be honest the low light performance of this camera is so good that that I only used the flash once to make sure it was working. [ PETER Sep 08, 2014 ]
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