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    Sony RX10 review: is this powerful bridge camera the next big game-changer?

    | Compact Cameras | Reviews | 19/03/2014 00:01am
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    Sony RX10 Review: Key features

    Sony RX10 Review: Key features

    Although the 8.3x zoom (24-200mm equivalent) lens doesn’t have the mammoth zoom range of some bridge cameras, it does offer something most don’t: a constant maximum aperture of f/2.8.

    The only other bridge camera to currently offer that is the Panasonic Lumix FZ200, which includes a 24x optical zoom, but a much smaller sensor.

    On the back of the camera is a tiltable screen and a 1.4-million-dot electronic viewfinder. Some may groan at the thought, but Sony’s EVFs are generally very good.

    Sony’s latest processor, the Bionz X, is used in the RX10. This processor is claimed to be three times faster than its predecessor, and is also found in the ultra-high-end Alpha 7 and Alpha 7R, the company’s full-frame compact system cameras.

    As is starting to become standard with cameras, the RX10 features built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity.

    This means you can quickly share shots you’ve taken with your smartphone or tablet, or use one of those devices to control the camera remotely.

    As well as an integrated flash, there’s a hotshoe for attaching other accessories you may want to use, such as a flashgun.

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    What’s behind the Sony RX10 8.3x zoom lens?

    What's behind the Sony RX10 8.3x zoom lens?

    A chieving a constant f/2.8 aperture in a zoom lens isn’t easy, so prices of lenses with this capability tend to be pretty steep.

    For instance, the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM lens alone costs over £1,500.

    Bear in mind that even mounted on a cropped (APS-C) size sensor, Canon’s lens doesn’t give you the reach of the RX10’s 24-200mm equivalent Zeiss optic, and the high asking price of the Sony starts to sound reasonable.

    A close competitor is the Panasonic FZ200, which offers an f/2.8 maximum aperture throughout its 24x range.

    While that is also impressive, the size of the camera’s sensor is much smaller than that in the Sony RX10.

    What that means is that you get the killer combo of a large sensor and f/2.8 aperture, boosting the Sony RX10’s capability in low light and helping with those shallow depth-of-field effects that we all love.

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