Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX10 Compact Camera

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80% Gold Award
While the 1" sensor isn't huge, it produces photos that are orders of magnitude better than those from your typical superzoom and, especially if you shoot Raw, isn't far behind mirrorless and DSLR cameras.”

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Key Features

  • 20.9 MP 1"-type Exmor R CMOS sensor
  • 24-200mm equivalent F2.8 lens with optical image stabilization
  • Up to 10 FPS continuous shooting
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (expandable ISO 80 and ISO 100)
  • 3" tiltable LCD with 1,228,000 dots
  • Built-in 1.44M dot electronic viewfinder
  • 1080 60p/24p HD video with full exposure control (MPEG-4/AVCHD)
  • Raw/JPEG/ Raw+JPEG
  • Built-in flash and expandable Smart Accessory Shoe for system accessories
  • Eye AF function detects and focuses on a subject’s eye
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC for sharing and remote camera control

Product Description

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 is an ultra zoom compact camera, featuring a 24-200mm equivalent (8.3x optical zoom) lens with a continuous F2.8 maximum aperture, and a 1-inch, 20 megapixel BSI-CMOS sensor. The RX10 uses the new Bionz X sensor (the same as the Alpha 7R/7 full-frame mirrorless cameras), which provides improved sharpness and noise reduction, reduced diffraction, and snappy performance.

Other features include a 3-inch tilting WhiteMagic LCD with 1.228 million dots, SVGA electronic viewfinder, a weather-resistent body, Wi-Fi, 1080/60p video with uncompressed HDMI output, and much more.


Body type
Body type SLR-like (bridge)
Max resolution 5472 x 3648
Other resolutions 4864 x 3648, 5472 x 3080, 3648 x 3648, 3648 x 2736, 3648 x 2592, 3648 x 2056, 2544 x 2544, 2736 x 1824, 2592 x 1944, 2720 x 1528, 1920 x 1920, 640 x 480
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 21 megapixels
Sensor size 1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm)
Sensor type BSI-CMOS
Processor Bionz X
ISO Auto (125 - 12800), manual (125- 12800)
White balance presets 9
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization Optical
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Standard, fine
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 24–200 mm
Optical zoom 8.3×
Maximum aperture F2.8
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (6.6x)
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 25
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,228,800
Touch screen No
Screen type WhiteMagic
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.7×
Viewfinder resolution 1,440,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/3200 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes
Flash range 10.20 m
External flash Yes (Multi-interface shoe)
Flash modes Auto, fill-flash, slow sync, rear sync, off
Continuous drive 10 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, continuous)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±3 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV steps)
WB Bracketing No
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p) ,1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Format MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (micro-HDMI with 4K still and uncompressed HDMI output)
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes with NFC and remote control using PlayMemories Mobile app
Remote control No
Environmentally sealed Yes
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description NP-FW50 lithium-ion battery and charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 420
Weight (inc. batteries) 813 g (1.79 lb / 28.68 oz)
Dimensions 129 x 88 x 102 mm (5.08 x 3.46 x 4.02)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording No
GPS None


DPReview Conclusion

Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.

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Gold Award
Gold Award
80 %
Overall Score

The Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 offers a great combination of still and video quality, thanks to its one-inch sensor and 24-200 F2.8 lens. Its focus is as much about video as stills, and the RX10 offers more controls in that respect than virtually any other camera. Its hefty price may put it out of reach for many enthusiasts, though.

Good For

Video and stills enthusiasts; travelers who want DSLR/mirrorless quality without having to carry one around

Not So Good For

Budget-conscious buyers; those expecting more zoom power or who want the flexibility of interchangeable lenses

User Reviews

4.27222 out of 5 stars
  • Free_man, Dec 24, 2013 GMT:
    My new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10

    So far so good, I've had my Sony DSC-RX10 for about four weeks now and I like just about everything about it, though my only big gripe is that the battery doesn't last very long. I also bought a Vivitar HD3-43 0.43x Wide Angle Conversion Lens with 62mm thread mount and it works well, though there is some slight vignetting, but nothing that can't be cropped out in post.

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  • cgarrard, Jan 4, 2014 GMT:
    After Some Time With a Trial RX10

    I'm a big fan of fixed lens cameras (especially so in the modern era), with my ultimate favorite thus far being the Digilux 2 and LC1 (same camera, different shell). And I use both currently quite often. I love a high quality fixed lens camera with awesome optics, manual controls, and build quality. I'm a sucker for them. Sony's R-1 was an excellent camera, but there were a couple of things that really bugged me about it. The build quality of the body (the plastic body of mine warped in ...

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  • cchen2, Jan 11, 2014 GMT:
    Wonderful compromise camera that does most things most people will ever need

    After I purchased this camera, I sold my DSLR and my superzoom lens. While giving up some in terms of image noise, it makes up for it in sharpness and focusing speed in poorly lit environments. I purchased it at a sale price, and to be honest, I don't know if it would have paid full price for it, but it was totally worth what I paid for it. Love this lens, love the handling of the camera. Can easily handle images up to 3200 iso without a significant drop in quality (to my non-professional ...

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  • SergeyMS, Feb 2, 2014 GMT:
    Outstanding camera

    Pro: excellent IQ (very close to Leica), very bright lenses with minimum distortion, low weight, perfect design and finishing, very reasonable price for this level of quality, in-camera charger. IS work very well at 1/30. Cons: auto zoom - slooow. This is only deficiency. I would prefer manual zoom. AF speed is average (1 sec), but not worse than majority of same class cameras. This is great camera "one-for-all-cases".

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