Hands on: Sony QX10 review

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Vibrant colours are captured well by the QX10, being natural and punchy without being over the top.

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Shooting in Twilight Mode (which the camera chooses automatically) means that the camera will fire off three sequential shots to be combined automatically to reduce noise.

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One of the most fun aspects of the QX10 is being able to control it remotely, allowing you to leave it on a table and fire the shutter from a smart phone or tablet up to 10 metres away.

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At last, a solution for taking photos of cocktails in dimly lit bars so you can share them on Instagram has been found.

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The QX10 has coped well with the mixed and dark lighting here, but some highlights have been blown out on the illuminated lettering.

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Examining images taken with the full telephoto zoom at 100% reveals some image smoothing and loss of detail, but they are fine for sharing online or small printing sizes.

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What is a hands on review?

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