Sony RX10 - The super superzoom - Review - Part 1

The review of the RX10 that I initially intended to write was:-
  • Great Camera
  • Great images
  • Wish I'd bought one sooner
However I'm sure you would like a little more detail than that.

Using the RX10 has made me think about why I have all those camera and lenses sitting on my shelf. It really is that good. The images the camera produces from ISO 125 to 400 have comparable, if not better, quality than I can get from any m4/3 camera I've used. I would also say that it produces  sharper files than I can get from my Fuji X cameras also, if I run them through Photoshop. The lens is superb and gives great results at all apertures and all focal lengths and the camera as a whole receives my highest accolade, in that I completely forget about it when I'm out shooting and concentrate on creating pictures.

I've had a couple of 1" sensor cameras, the Sony RX100 and the Nikon V1, but the RX10 produces better results than either of those. There is talk that the Panasonic FX1000 is an even better camera and if that's the case then it should be pretty special, because the RX10 is impressive in pretty much everything it does. And it just makes picture taking so simple and easy. 

It does of course have that small sensor depth of field bonus that is so useful for what I do. 

However, as you can see, should you want it, it is perfectly possible to achieve more selective focus.

Just to get the high ISO performance out of the way, here's a shot at ISO 3200. OK, but that's about it. But then if you shoot a lot of low light images the RX10 is hardly the best camera you can buy for that.

It's really outdoors in decent where the RX10 shines. Travel, landscape and location photography are handled very well and looking at the images I've taken on my screen, there is no indication of any 1" sensor limitations other than the occasional difficulty with extreme dynamic range and that's easily fixed by processing the raw file.

In part 2 I'll be writing about what the RX10 is like to use.

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