Introduction The RX10 is a very premium bridge camera that boasts some very impressive specs such as a 1" sensor, which may not be the biggest, however is certainly much larger than the typical bridge camera. It has an incredible 24-200mm lens with a constant max aperture of F/2.8, as well as hosting a whole bunch of advanced features, all of this in one package makes this camera a serious competitor in the photography market. What's In The Box? DSC-RX10 Camera | Lens Cap | Lens Hood | Shoulder Strap | Battery (NP-FW50) | AC Adaptor | Power Cable | Micro USB Cable | Instruction Manual. Recommended & Optional Purchases SDHC Memory Card: There's no flash memory, so getting one of these are a must! (You can go for any brand you want, however I would recommend a memory card with no less than 8GB memory capacity & of class 10). Carry Case: I actually purchased this to go with my NEX-5T, however it's done the job perfectly for the RX10 too. Spare Battery: Always handy for those long sessions of photography. 62mm Glass UV Filter: "Absorbs The Ultra Violet Rays", also great for protecting your lens. 62mm CPL Circular Polarizer Filter: These filters are good for controlling colour saturation & reflections. There are many other accessories available to use with it such as an external microphone or flashgun. RX10's Exterior The RX10 overall feels fantastic; it has a good shape, weight & grip, which just makes it very comfortable to handle. Then we have all the other buttons, dials & ports which I believe are decently placed around the camera. Some of the RX10's exterior highlights are the following: ♦ Exposure value dial: Adjusts the exposure. ♦ Function button: Greatly improved from the previous Sony cameras that had this feature, now you can now choose to have 11 different settings for quick accessibility. ♦ Headphone port: Useful for those who want to head what the microphone is picking up, so is extremely handy when recording video. ♦ Microphone port: I use this port with a lapel mic pretty much every time I record a video, this helps me get super clear dialogue and is probably one of my favourite features of this camera. ♦ Mode dial: This wheel allows you to switch through all the different modes such as 'Auto', 'Scene', 'Aperture', 'Shutter', 'Manual', 'Panoramic', 'Movie' etc... ♦ Multi-Interface Shoe: Expands the use of your camera with other accessories such as flash guns etc... ♦ NFC (Near Field Communication): One-Touch control & photo transfer with compatible devices. ♦ OLED Viewfinder: Something a lot of cameras lack these days, however this camera has one and it's very clear once adjusted to your eye-sight, I can even use it when wearing my glasses which pleases me. ♦ Pop-Up flash: Activated by pressing the little flash button, it's a decent little flash that ♦ Shoot Mode Switch, this is placed on the bottom-right corner at the front of the camera, you can toggle between 'S', 'C', 'DMF' & 'MF'. ♦ Tilt-screen: The screen is fairly adjustable which makes it useful when handling the camera in various angles, however those hoping to twist the screen around for selfies are going to be disappointed, that said this camera isn't really made for those kind of scenarios. #NOTE: To charge this camera, you will need to leave the battery inside and use the included USB cable & AC adaptor. Ease of Use & Navigation Like any new product it can take awhile to get used too, especially as this camera has a lot of functions and features available, but after a bit of persistence & playing around I found it quite easy to navigate. The modes are all controlled via the mode-dial, so it's pretty simple stuff as there's no need to sieve through menus to get to the right mode. Any sub-modes can be found by pressing the function button ('Fn') and is typically the last option available, but is quickly accessed by navigating left when on the first option. Sub-modes are available on the Scene setting and Auto mode. The function button will become one of the soul uses with this camera as it also gives you quick access to a whole variety of settings, which can be customised to your needs. The control wheel which surrounds the enter button can also be customised. Furthermore the menu system is well organised as they are all arranged via appropriate tabs. Photo Quality I can't really complain with the photo results, I've had some stunning photos which could be easily compared to my larger APS-C sensor camera and you wouldn't notice a difference. Of course sometimes you're going to get the odd duff photo if you rely on the auto mode all the time, this is because some situations really need the users input to get the most out of a photo, so if set correctly you can get some shots with great depth of field, clarity and sharpness. I'm not saying the the auto mode is bad because it really isn't, however the camera is never going to know exactly how you want a photo to look, it will just try to automatically get the best looking photo, but for those times it fails, you have a whole range of manual modes to choose from. The constant F/2.8 200mm zoom I find to be exceptional, it amazes me how you can keep the F/2.8 aperture all the way from 24mm to 200mm.  When zooming in with most zoom lenses, you will find the aperture will change, for instant a '55-210mm F4.5-6.3 lens' can achieve an F/4.5 aperture at the 55mm focal length, but zoom all the way up to 210mm and the aperture will decrease down to F/6.3, so as you're zooming in the image gets darker and you start to loose that extra depth of field.  With this lens you get none of that, instead you get a nice "bright" image with lots of DoF all the way to the max focal length. I also want to add that this camera can focus quickly most of the time, plus is able to focus to quite close ranges which is great for macro (though macro is best used in manual focus), and furthermore it's pretty good in low lighting conditions too. Video Quality Video quality is superb at it's highest setting (50p AVCHD format, or 60p when in NTSC), it's because of this quality I now use the RX10 as my prime camera for recording videos. The output is very clear and crisp with a lot of detail and the built-in microphone is pretty good too, though I prefer using my lapel microphone when I want to record my voice. One drawback that could be seen about the zoom is it's fairly slow, even manually turning the zoom doesn't make it go faster, this is of course to ensure the noise when zooming isn't picked up on the microphone, but there isn't an option to speed this up for people who don't care about the zoom noise. #NOTE: To find your video files on your SD card, you will need to go through the following directories: 'PRIVATE' > 'AVCHD' > 'BDMV' > 'STREAM'. NFC & Wireless Connectivity with Devices Like pretty much most every other Sony device these days, this camera supports wireless connectively to a smartphone or other compatible device such as a tablet, for which you will need to download and install the "Playmemories Mobile" app which is of course, completely free. You can then connect manually, or use them very simply NFC option if your device is NFC compatible, this allows you to connect the two devices automatically by touching them at their NFC points. This additional feature allows you to either limitedly control the camera via your device, or send photos directly to them, allowing you to quickly share them on social media platforms or other uses. The smart remote is a nice feature as you can see what your camera sees on your device and take a photo, but it could be greatly improved for more advanced settings. My favourite feature is the quick sharing to your smart device, I use this feature a lot with my smartphone so I can upload them straight onto my Instagram. Some may think this is a gimmicky feature, but I love it. Final Opinion This camera is undoubtedly one of the best I've owned to date, not only does it have a 1" sensor which is much larger than a typical bridge camera, it also has a quality zoom lens which can achieve a constant F/2.8 aperture, getting a lens which such specs isn't cheap. To give you an idea, I've recently invested in two different lenses for my NEX-5T which cost £400 in total (£850 equipment value including the camera) and I still haven't even purchased the 55-210mm lens which would cost another £200 bringing the total to £1050... This camera can pretty much cover everything all those lenses do together. The upside to my NEX-5T, is that it has a much larger sensor (APS-C), and if I wanted to or had the money, I could upgrade to a new lens that becomes available, with the RX10 I can't. That said I think the best way to describe this camera would be "extremely convenient", because rather than having to lug around multiple lenses or worry about dust getting onto the sensor, you now have a camera that covers a great range of focal lengths with a max aperture of F/2.8, and has a great amount of features to help you get the most out of your photos & video. All in all, would I recommend this camera? Absolutely, just do some research beforehand to see whether the RX10 or an interchangeable camera is best suited for your needs.
RX10: The "Super" Bridge Camera
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