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Sony Cyber-Shot RX10 Bridge Camera Announced

Sony has launched the Cyber-shot RX10 bridge camera, which has a 20.2 megapixel sensor, full HD video and a bright f/2.8 zoom lens.

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Cyber-shot RX10

Sony has launched the Sony Cyber-shot RX10 bridge camera, which it says offers premium performance and portability without the need to carry interchangable lenses. 

Sony Cyber-shot RX10 Key Features:

  • 20.2 megapixel 1.0-type back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor
  • Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* f/2.8 24-200mm (35mm equivalent) zoom
  • 8.3x optical zoom lens with Optical SteadyShot
  • 1440k dot OLED Tru-Finder electronic viewfinder
  • 3inch tilting LCD screen
  • New BIONZ X processor with 3x faster processing speed
  • Eye-AF focuses on subjects eyes
  • Top mounted LCD
  • Multi-interface hot-shoe
  • Manual controls
  • Full HD video, 60p, 25p
  • Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity
The Sony Cyber-shot RX10 will be priced at £999 and will be available in store from the beginning of December.

From Sony: Offering true portability, the new Sony Cyber-shot RX10 delivers superb picture quality, handling and creative features that you would expect from a bigger, bulkier camera system all in one convenient ‘bridge style’ camera body.

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The appealing camera, ideal for DSLR enthusiasts, doesn’t compromise on image quality and with  its fixed Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 24-200mm (35mm equivalent) f/2.8 lens, it offers superb levels of clarity and resolving power you’d expect from your interchangeable lens collection. 

A bright f/2.8 maximum aperture across the full zoom range gives extra brightness you’d expect from your collection of interchangeable prime lenses. As well as letting you shoot in low light without increasing ISO settings, it also allows easy creation of smooth, circular background defocus (‘bokeh’) effects, enhanced by the 7-blade iris diaphragm. Optical SteadyShot assists clearer, blur-free images when you’re shooting handheld – even at longer focal lengths when hand-shake is a challenge for non-stabilised optics.

Comfortable to hold and generously equipped with manual controls, the Cyber-shot RX10 feels instantly familiar to anyone who’s handled a DSLR camera. As featured on the acclaimed DSC-RX100 II, the 20.2 effective megapixels (approx.) 1.0-type back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor is around four times bigger than your standard compact camera imager.

Autofocus is speedy and responsive, thanks to the new Direct Drive SSM mechanism that works in conjunction with the Exmor R CMOS sensor and powerful BIONZ X processor. Lock-on AF accurately tracks moving subjects, keeping your target accurately focused even if it disappears momentarily from the frame and then reappears. Newly developed Eye AF ensures crisp portraits with the sitter’s eye always in sharp focus, even if they’re not looking directly at you. In addition, there’s now a choice of three selectable sizes for the spot AF frame. This cuts the risk of accidental focus errors with very small subjects, such as macro close-ups of insects. 

Intuitive, ergonomic operation is enhanced by plentiful controls which offer DSLR-style flexibility for advanced users. The aperture ring can be freely switched between two operating modes – click the aperture into place with the ring. Or switch modes for smooth, continuous adjustment without clicks – ideal if you’re shooting movies or don’t want to disturb your subject.

There’s also a total of seven customisable buttons, plus a top-mounted LCD for instant confirmation of exposure and other key settings. 

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In-built Wi-Fi allows easy one-touch connection with your Xperia™ or NFC-compatible Android smartphone or tablet. Share photos wirelessly on your mobile device, or view them on your HD TV and other home networked devices. Installing PlayMemories Mobile Version 3.0 even lets you use your phone as a handy remote to fire the camera’s shutter.

There’s a range of compatible accessories from Sony to expand your creative options even further. The LCJ-RXE is a premium jacket case that protects the camera from dust and knocks. Attach the ECM-XYST1M Stereo Microphone via the camera’s Multi Interface Shoe™ for crisp dialogue and ambient sounds while you’re shooting HD video. Or illuminate your subject with the powerful HVL-F43M flash or battery-powered HVL-LEIR1 Video IR light.

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The compact, all-in-one Cyber-shot RX10 digital camera from Sony is available from pre-order now from the Sony UK website and goes on general sale in UK from mid-November.

Sony Cyber-shot RX10 Specifications

Max Aperturef/2.8
35mm equivalent24mm - 200mm
Optical Zoom8.3x
Image Sensor
Pixels20.2Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)5472
Pixels (H)3468
Sensor TypeBack-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)
Sensor Size1inch
Sensor Size (width)13.2mm
Sensor Size (height)8.8mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
  • 4:3
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution1,228,800 dots
Touch ScreenNo
Min Focus3cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Multi
  • Centre
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/3200sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Bulb modeYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program Variable
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity80 - 25600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
Exposure Comp+/-3
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting10fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 640x480 VGA
  • 1440x1080
Video FPS60p, 50p, 25p
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • Memory Stick (Sony)
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeNP-FW50 Lithium Ion
Battery Life (CIPA rating)420shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsRechargeable Battery Pack NP-FW50, AC Adaptor AC-UB10 / UB10B / UB10C / UB10D, Micro USB cable, Shoulder strap, Lens cap, Shoe cap, Lens hood, Eyepiece Cup, Instruction Manual

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