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

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

Sony RX10 Review: Build and handling

Sony RX10 Review: Build and handling

In terms of size, the Sony RX10 is reminiscent of an entry-level DSLR. It’s heavier than many of these cameras, which along with the RX10’s textured grip gives the camera a real feeling of quality.

On top of the Sony RX10 body are a number of dials and buttons that enthusiast photographers should appreciate, including a mode dial for switching between exposure modes, such as Aperture Priority, and an exposure compensation dial.

Most of the RX10’s buttons can be customised, including all of the directional keys on the back of the camera, which is great if you have a particular way you like to work. What amounts to a quick menu is accessed via the function (Fn) button.

Happily, this menu can also be completely customised – useful if you find you’re not using one of the default settings often.

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The fixed lens is fairly chunky, which makes it satisfying to hold. An aperture ring for quickly changing apertures is located towards the base of the lens.

A small but appreciated touch is the ability to switch on and off the clicking noise made as you turn the dial, which is especially useful during video recording.

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Unfortunately, it can be a little too easy to knock the switch on and off when you’re trying to change the aperture; the switch could do with being moved or featuring a lock.

If you rotate the aperture ring when not in Manual or Aperture Priority mode, it does nothing. It would be better if you could customise it for another purpose.

Altering shutter speed can be achieved via a scrolling dial on the back of the camera.

The lens can be zoomed in one of two ways. You can use the lens itself or, if you prefer, you can use a switch around the shutter release button.

The latter is likely to appeal to compact camera users, and is helpful if you’re shooting one-handed.

Either way, zooming is a fluid and quick motion. Changing the autofocus point is a little frustrating, however.

First, you’ll need to have the AF mode set to Flexible Spot, which you can do via the main menu or by assigning one of the custom buttons to this function.

From there, you can then use the arrow keys to move around the screen to the desired location.

Unfortunately, once you’ve done this, there’s no quick way to change the point – you’ll have to go through the AF mode process all over again.

We’d therefore recommend leaving it in the centre and focusing and recomposing if you’re in a rush.

A touchscreen on this camera would have speeded up the process, so it’s disappointing that Sony has chosen not to include this on one of its flagship products.

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The rear LCD screen can be tilted down or up. While it’s a shame the device isn’t fully articulated, this may have added more bulk, and perhaps even more expense.

Electronic viewfinders tend to have a bad reputation, but the RX10 uses one of the best we’ve seen on a camera of its kind.

The same that’s found on the Sony NEX-6, it’s a large and clear device that is genuinely handy and easy to use.

The displays on both the screen and the EVF are customisable, giving you the ability to turn off certain options in the main menu.

For instance, if you’d like the option to display an electronic level on the rear LCD, but never in the EVF, you can.

One further nice touch on top of the camera is an LED screen for displaying key settings. This can be illuminated when it’s dark, which is handy in low-light conditions.

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Sony RX10 Review: Key features
Sony RX10 Review: Build and handling
Sony RX10 Review: Performance
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Sony RX10 Review: Verdict

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