Sony RX10 review

A premium bridge camera with the RX100 II one-inch sensor and f/2.8 constant aperture lens.

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We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

We have compared the RX10 with the RX100 II, with which it shares the same sensor, as well as some other traditional bridge cameras currently available on the market - the Sony HX300, the Panasonic FX200 and the Fujifilm X-S1.

JPEG Signal to noise ratio

JPEG Signal to Noise

Here we can see that the RX10 clearly beats the other cameras on test, with the exception being the RX100 II with which, as we would expect, it is very closely matched. At the very top end of the sensitivity run, the Sony HX300 just pips it, but it sits comfortably above the Fuji and the Panasonic throughout the sensitivity run.

Raw (after conversion to TIFF) signal to noise ratio

Signal to noise ratio TIFF

It's a little harder to compare raw format files, since so few bridge cameras offer this facility. However, we can that again it is reasonably closely matched with the RX100 II and shows a consistent performance across the range. The Panasonic FZ200 beats it at the lower end of its sensitivity scale (ISO 200), but the Sony overtakes it from the mid-range of ISO 400 and above.

JPEG dynamic range

Dynamic Range JPEG

The RX10 puts in a consistent performance across the sensitivity range, producing an almost flat graph. It is beaten at the very lower end of the sensitivity range (ISO 50-100) by the Panasonic FZ200, Fujifilm X-S1 and Sony HX300, but from ISO 200-400 upwards it either matches or beats the other cameras on test. The RX100 II, with which it shares the same sensor puts in similar scores, if a less consistent overall performance.

Raw (after conversion to TIFF) dynamic range


As we might expect, the RX10 puts in a reasonably similar performance to the RX100 II for raw format files (after conversion to TIFF) here. It beats the Panasonic FZ200 at every sensitivity too.

Tech Specs

Product TypeBridge Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Wireless LANYes
Effective Camera Resolution20.2 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyCyber-shot R
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedMemory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO High Speed Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick Micro, Memory Stick Micro (M2), Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, microSD Card, microSDHC Card, microSD Extended Capacity (microSDXC), Eye-Fi Card
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom8.3x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameSony
FeaturesContinuous Shooting Mode, Live View, Orientation Sensor, Near Field Communication (NFC), Face Detection, External Flash Shoe, Smile Detection
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsAVCHD, MP4
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)755 g
Image Sensor Size1" (13.20 mm x 8.80 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution5472 x 3648
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height88.1 mm
Width129 mm
Depth102.2 mm
Product SeriesR
Focal Length8.80 mm to 73.30 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
External FlashOptional
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelDSC-RX10
Product NameRX10 Digital Compact Camera
Product LineCyber-shot
Exposure Control
  • Program Auto
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDSCRX10.CEH
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing InformationPerforms in any situation

Leave the DSLR at home. The compact RX10 delivers every time. It has a large 20.2MP 1.0 type back-illuminated Exmor R® CMOS sensor and class-leading Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens with a constant f/2.8 aperture and 24-200mm zoom range. Each click ensures clarity, detail and beauty.

Package Contents
  • RX10 Digital Compact Camera
  • Rechargeable 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
  • Software Media
Limited Warranty1 Year