Sony Cyber-shot RX10 review: impeccable performance and versatility make this cam an industry leader
Sony's RX10 may be expensive, but this camera's a no-brainer if you have the $1,300 to spare.
- Constant f/2.8-aperture 24-200mm lens
- Phenomenal image and videoquality
- Excellent performance and battery life
- Dedicated exposure-compensation dial
- WiFi with NFC
To many photographers -- amateurs and professionals alike -- digital SLRs represent quality. The fact that you can remove the lens and swap it for another is inconsequential to those who never buy a second optic, and it's that segment of the market that Sony's targeting with its Cyber-shot RX10. Everything about the RX10 is DSLR-like -- its form factor, built-in EVF, focusing performance and image quality are all on par with many higher-end SLRs -- but its mighty 24-200mm lens is permanently attached. By opting for this comparatively inflexible design, Sony's able to deliver a constant f/2.8 aperture and very high-quality optics in a comfortable package, with a price tag far below what a similar removable lens would command, were it to exist in the first place. The result, put simply, is spectacular, but as $1,300 is at the high end of even deep-pocketed consumers' budgets, you'll want to catch our full review before making a purchase.