Sony is announcing new camera models in all ranges and is winning hands with the two giants Canon and Nikon in quantity and innovation. Although new cameras appear almost every day, there are very few occasions when a manufacturer launches something new and different. Barring some very particular product of two large, being Sony, Olympus and Pentax the only show fresher and different in their products ideas.
This time it is Sony who has detected a gap in the market for a very special camera. Imagine that we put together in a shaker the following: an excellent 20 megapixel sensor a Carl Zeiss 24-200mm with stabilization to cover 95% of the needs and very bright (f2.8), an improved autofocus system allows 10 photos per second, also recording FullHD video, numerous dials to control everything comfortably and as icing on the ability to connect to 4K TVs to view photos with great quality. The result must necessarily be a camera that has pretty much everything you might want the most demanding users, though, not interested in a system that grows as the SLR you can change lenses and even add all types of accessories to the camera.
It has not been too long since you the anticipated and is here officially. The Sony RX10 gets to become compact for all, without getting into the professional market, but is not affordable – or has interchangeable lenses. The reason we have that this bridge has a remarkable size sensor and a zoom that moves between 24 and 200 millimeters. Not the first time that we find a compact camera with an optical zoom of generous dimensions, but the new Sony intends us to forget their historical limitations – slow autofocus or poor performance in low light, including the latest Japanese house technology.
The camera Sony RX10 is designed for even casual amateur photographer or casting it back the idea of buying an SLR and equip it with two lenses, a 24-70 and 70-200, both very bright so you do not resist nothing. The “reluctance” of this theoretical buyer is understandable, since a short zoom with this luminosity cost more than 1,000 € and 2,000 € surely the 70-200. Plus it will be quite bulky and heavy. That kind of photographic equipment has its audience, but is necessarily small and I would say mainly professional or wanting to be.
Sony has put together all these ingredients in a bridge camera that is, to understand, a DSLR with a very good zoom lens fixed. The Exmor R sensor of 20.2 megapixels is the same riding RX100 Mark II which has been very successful. It measures 13.2 by 8.8 mm, about four times larger than the classic sensors of the compact cameras, something more than 3 times smaller than a APS-C. This sensor is located in a middle ground, but as the lens is designed specifically for that sensor, the sensor somewhat larger difference will not be significant except in very low light situations.
The Exmor R sensor can work with sensitivities from ISO 125 to ISO 12800 for pictures or videos with the possibility of extending under or jump over to ISO 80 or ISO 25600 to take pictures with special modes. It also includes a neutral density filter to record video in high light conditions or for specific purposes in photography. The body has an LCD screen on top to control aspects of decision as in an SLR medium to high range.
The Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T * 24-200mm f2.8 has a constant brightness throughout the travel zoom. Sony says this is a first, as no one had made this journey with zoom and bright and is one of the strongest points of this camera. The zoom is not mechanical zoom ring sends commands to the camera that moves electronically, the goal towards another end of the zoom. The mechanisms and usually give a nice little zoom by moving the delay to act, which will be confirmed only when we have a unit to test sensation. The aperture is controlled with a lens ring that “clicks” at photography mode and has a smooth movement when recording video, something I do appreciate most of its users. The autofocus system features a new Eye AF mode to keep focused the eyes of the person being photographed, not the face in general. The Tru-Finder viewfinder type is OLED and has 1.44 million points and hinged rear display is 3 inches.
Capturing video promises to be of sufficient quality because it uses all the pixels of the sensor and not just part of them, like many other cameras. It also shows the level of sound recording and allows moderate the level of incoming sound if an external microphone is connected. The camera body is made of a magnesium alloy and is protected against weather. Finally, it has WiFi and NFC connectivity and a wide range of accessories. The Sony RX10 will be released in November for € 1,199.