Sony Cyber-shot RX10 Detailed Review

Sony Cyber-shot RX10

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The Cyber-shot RX10 was presented by Sony in October 2013. It is a Superzoom Digital Camera.
Sensor Properties

In additional Cyber-shot RX10 has a 1" CMOS sensor with size of 13 x 9 mm² (0.52" x 0.35").

Picture of Cyber-shot RX10's sensor compared to popular format.

Infographic: Cyber-shot RX10 comparing sensor sizes

Also 1-Euro coin has a diameter of 23.25mm.

The Cyber-shot RX10's sensor has resolution of 20 megapixel.

The Sony supports taking images in RAW. RAW images are stored as they come from the sensor, without any in-camera processing or sharpening. Converting to JPEG or other formats takes place on the computer, using software like Adobe Lightroom or Sony's RAW converter. This involves one extra processing step but almost always results in superior image quality. Some filters, like converting to monochrome (black and white) will only yield decent results when used with RAW images.

Sensor area13.20 x 8.80mm²
(0.52" x 0.35")
Resolution (physical)20.10 megapixel
Resolution (effective)20.10 megapixel
Pixel size18.40 µm²
Sensor cleaning
RAW support
Continuous 10 frames/second
Focal length (min)24mm
Focal length (max)200mm
Aperture (max)2.8
Aperture (min)2.8
Viewfinder Properties

The Cyber-shot RX10 uses an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 2.36 megapixel, an excellent value for a viewfinder like this which makes the camera a joy to use.

The magnifcation is c. 0.70x, an above average value for an electronic viewfinder.

Resolution2.36 megapixel
Dioptric correction

The Cyber-shot RX10's shutter speed varies from 1/3200s to 30s.

The highest shutter speed of the Sony is just 1/3200s. That's no longer state of the art and may cause problems in challenging light conditions.

Max. shutter speed1/3200s
Min. shutter speed30s
Sensitivity Properties

The Cyber-shot RX10's sensitivity goes from 125 ISO und 25600 ISO, a very useful and practical range.

Min. sensitivity125 ISO
Max. sensitivity25600 ISO
Exposure Modes

The Cyber-shot RX10 supports all general exposure modes.

The Sony allows spot exposure for the difficult occasion.

Center weight
Auto Focus Properties

The Cyber-shot RX10's auto focus processor uses 25 AF points (or sensors). A basic rule of thumb says that the more AF points you have, the better. More AF points mean a better chance to have a point at the location of interest in a scene, a big plus in challenging situations (e.g. in low light).

Manual focus is also possible with the Sony, a plus in tricky situations or for some creative freedom.

TypeContrast Detection
AF points25
Manual focusing
Flash Specs

The Cyber-shot RX10 has a built-in flash with a diapason of up to 10m (34 ft.). That range will fit for almost all occasion.

(34 ft.)
Hot shoe
Display Specs
Cyber-shot RX10 display

The Cyber-shot RX10 features a monitor with a diagonal of 75.00mm (3.0 in.) and a resolution of c. 1.44 megapixel. A resonable value that will make it easy to evaluate images directly in-camera.

The camera's display is articulated, a plus for selfies and other challenging situations.

The Cyber-shot RX10 does not feature a touch screen.

Display characteristics at a glance:

Size75.00mm (diagonal)
(3.0 in.)
Resolution1.44 megapixel
Touch screen
Video Specs

Cyber-shot RX10 video supported the resolution with 1920 x 1080 pixel.

Also the camera is equipped with an external microphone.

Sony Cyber-shot RX10 Video parameters:

Max. resolution1920 x 1080 pixel
...with frame rates25 frames/second
30 frames/second
50 frames/second
60 frames/second
External microphone
Connectivity & Wireless Specs

The Cyber-shot RX10 has Wifi connectivity already built-in. Use Wifi to transfer images to a smartphone or computer and to remote control the camera. With NFC, camera and smartphone can be paired without the need for passwords.

Typical for Sony, the camera supports device specific apps that can enhance the functionality of the camera and that can be downloaded from the internet..

Connect the Sony to a monitor or TV set over HDMI.

The Sony supports USB 2.0.

Connection parameters:

Remote (wired)
Remote (infrared)
HDMI (standard)
HDMI (mini)
HDMI (micro)
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
USB Micro
USB Mini

The camera will accept all common SD HC and SD XC cards. Sony MemorySticks can be used, too.

Memory cards characteristics:

Memory cardsSD
Memory Stick Pro Duo
Memory Stick Micro

The Sony Cyber-shot RX10 has a NP-FW50 LiIon battery. The battery provides a shooting life of 340 shots. It`s enough for one day or more.

The battery can be charged over USB while in camera. Very useful, especially on vacation when most people bring a USB charger for their smartphone anyway.

The Cyber-shot RX10's battery battery parameters:

TypeNP-FW50 LiIon
In-camera charging
Battery life340 photos

The Sony Cyber-shot RX10's dimensions are 129 x 88.1 x 102.2mm³. (5.1" x 3.5" x 4.0"). This includes the lens. The camera's weight is a rather considerable 813 grams (26.2 oz.), lens included.

Here is front and top view of the Cyber-shot RX10:

Sony Cyber-shot RX10 Dimensions (Width / Height)
Sony Cyber-shot RX10 Dimensions (Width / Depth)
Dimensions Comparison

For a better idea of the size of the camera, takes a look off camera and ID card comparison image.

Sony Cyber-shot RX10 size comparison

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