The new camera features a 1.0-inch, 20.2 effective megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor combined with a 24-200mm (equivalent) f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* zoom lens.
This unique pairing of a larger, high-resolution sensor and premium zoom lens is complemented by an advanced BIONZ X processing engine and AF system.
The new camera shares the same Exmor R CMOS sensor used in Sony’s RX100 II compact camera. About four times the size of a standard compact camera sensor, Sony says it excels in producing high quality images in all types of lighting conditions.
The BIONZ X processor is about three times faster compared to previous versions, and reinforces the image quality of the sensor by applying new detail reproduction technology and area-specific noise reduction. It also utilizes diffraction-reducing technologies, which compensates for the lens diffraction at smaller apertures.
The fixed lens is said to offer superb clarity and resolving power, with an f/2.8 maximum aperture across the entire zoom range. The wide aperture combined with a seven-bladed iris diaphragm allows for easy creation of professional-looking photos with smooth, defocused backgrounds.
The RX10 features an extremely speedy and responsive new contrast-detection autofocus system thanks to a new-generation Direct Drive SSM (Super Sonicwave Motor) mechanism that works with the Exmor R CMOS sensor and BIONZ X processor.
Additionally, the camera has lock-on AF that accurately tracks moving subjects, even if they disappear momentarily from the frame.
Users also have a choice of three selectable sizes for the spot AF frame, cutting the risk of accidental focus errors with very small subjects. It also has an upgraded ‘Eye AF’ that ensures portraits focused accurately on the subject’s eyes.
The new camera can shoot at up to 10 frames per second with continuous autofocus.
The camera also features a high-contrast OLED Tru-Finder that is said to provide crisp edge-to-edge visibility and a wide viewing angle of about 33°, as well as a clear, bright 3.0-inch LCD which tilts up or down.
The RX10 has a host of advanced HD video shooting capabilities, including the ability to capture full HD video either 60p (AVCHD progressive) or a cinematic 24p frame rate, with full control over P/A/S/M exposure modes.
Additionally, the camera can read and process data from every one of the large sensor’s pixels to create extremely smooth, highly-detailed Full HD videos.
It also has a ‘clear’ HDMI output which allows footage to be reviewed on an external monitor or recorded to a separate storage device.
The RX10 has an audio level meter with adjustable levels and there’s a microphone jack and headphone output for accurate level monitoring. Further, the RX10 is compatible with the XLR-K1M adapter, which allows for the addition of an external microphone via a balanced XLR terminal.
Aesthetically, the new model features a variety of fully customizable controls and settings that offer DSLR-like flexibility for advanced users. The lens itself has a manual control ring that can be used for zoom or focus control, as well as a dedicated aperture ring that can be set to ‘stepped’ (clicking) or smooth and silent.
The camera has six different customizable buttons plus a top-mounted LCD for instant confirmation of exposure and other key settings.
The camera chassis is magnesium alloy, and is also dust- and moisture-resistant.
The RX10 has on-board Wi-Fi for easy connection with any iOS or Android smartphone, and features NFC (Near Field Communication) one-touch for simple connection to NFC-enabled Android devices. Users can share photos wirelessly on a connected mobile device, HD TV or home networked devices.
Additionally, a connected phone can be used as a smart remote control to fire the camera’s shutter.
The new camera plays back high-resolution still images directly on a connected 4K television, offering four times the detail of Full HD. It also features support for Triluminos Colour, delivering rich, natural colours when content shot with the camera is played back on a compatible Bravia TV.
The Sony Cyber-shot RX10 will be available in November for about $1400.