DSC-RX10 Digital Still Camera
A Very Powerful Point & Shoot Camera
Being an enthusiast-level hobby photographer, not a pro, owning and using more than (16) models of products by Sony, Canon, and Nikon, I have got to be classified as a Camera "junkie". Yep who in their right mind needs that many Cameras, plus their Accessories, Lenses, Camera Bags, etc.
Point herein, this new DSC-RX10 Camera is a true kick butt, powerful, fixed lens Point & Shoot Camera. I own six Sony higher-end Cameras in my personal lot, and have found myself gravitating more to Sony products. I like their MENU systems and the way they are laid out, their ability to capture images in low light, outstanding Live Action video and audio capturing. Sony's Lenses utilized for their DSC-HX, RX, and Alpha products are excellent. This RX10 is Fast, it sheds new meaning in being able to capture quality images of Wildlife in action, or that very dim light of pre-dawn or terrific colors of twilight at dusk.
Having the ability to select "what" you want your "Control Wheel " to manage at the 3, 6, 9, o'clock positions is unique. You can also choose what you want the Top LCD to display via the "Custom Button". The Super Sonic drive motor for the Lens Zoom is smoother than warm butter. The Rear LCD is clear and bright - adjustable of course. The Cameras inner frame construction is metal, covered by easy non-slip textured plastic and urethane in the right places. Detailed Functional features can be read in Sony's -or other- publications, so this review will not go further into that aspect. This new Camera offering is the King of the Hill of its class, and has features that closely resemble Sony SLT Alpha products.
Now with all this positive being said, there is still one aspect to Sony's higher end products that must be noted: It is Sony's detailed "User Help Guides" - or call them Manuals. You know the 250pg+ type Operating Manuals. The RX10 is 417 Pages, is downloaded in a PDF type format, BUT access to detailed Operational Functionality and information is "only" accessible via electronic means. There is NO Table Of Contents, with corresponding Page Numbering, or an Index in the back to Reference a subject/topic/instruction. You click on a subject, and the Sony software takes you to that section or sentence - there is a page number shown at the bottom of each page, but there is NO accessibility by Page. Example: Your question: Focusing the RX10? You click on the topic/subject, now electronically displayed is a sub section containing the WORD Focusing that may have a 1-2 Sentence only procedure. The RX10 internal Camera Guide does the same thing. You can not duplicate this type of access via hardcopy print. I and so many others want to have the ability to PRINT a detailed users Guide/Manual with a traditional: Table Of Contents, referencing a Page Number, Illustrations & Photos, and Index Table at the end, to enable the Owner/User to print a hard copy, place the document into a binder, and use it via non-electronic means wherever, and whenever. These electronic version detailed User Guides are very poor on functional operational usage.
Sony also DOES NOT provide a CD/Disc with this product. The small 30pg. Printed User Manual is basically useless, and nearly half is comprised of Terms & Conditions, product Safety Standards, DO's & DONT's, built NO real functional/operational instructions for this very powerful top-shelf Camera product.
Considering the high cost for this Point and Shoot Camera, Sony needs to better understand what their customers want and actually NEED. Other than this drawback, Sony's DSC-RX10 Camera is a "major" accomplishment in camera products in this class. WMB.
March 28, 2014
Great camera with great lens!
This camera rocks! It has the Sony's popular 1" sensor along with new processor which is also installed in a7 and a7R!
But the real treat is the lens! Sure this camera costs$1300.00 but if you consider that many people who buy DSLRs don't ever upgrade their lens and to get similar lens like those found on RX-10, would cost at least $1000.00 it is a great deal!
Real treat would be if the sensor in RX-10 was APS-C but the cost would be little higher a suppose.
Great travel/family camera with awesome still and video quality!
March 10, 2014
great addition to my shooting gears
I produce a video travel show for China YOUKU web site. Have been shooting with the NEX5N/VG20+various E-mount lens. Testing the RX10 for couple of weeks and are impressed by its all-in-one, IQ, swiss-army-knife features. The zoom range, zeiss IQ, mic in, audio monitor, ND filter, silent power zoom, macro, etc., everything that we need is there.
Complaints? the power zoom is a little bit slow, battery can last longer, AVCHD codec can be better. But for this price, I am happy with what I got. Was considering a FS700 (much more expensive), but still prefer the more compact & light weight gears.
Starting to use RX10 as the main A-cam for most occasions, while using the NEX5N or VG20 as B-cam, for more structured shots with various lens.
Did some video test between RX10 & NEX5N, was very impressed with the result. The video link is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcczqyStirw
btw, just received a7R+FE2.8/35 this week. The full frame sensor definitely create a whole new real estate for expression. Took both cameras to shoot a concert gig last night; I must say the RX10 is simply much more handy & practical, especially for situations where you don't have the time nor energy to keep switching lens.
November 30, 2013