Sony is expanding its RX series of large-sensor fixed-lens cameras with the addition of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX10, which features a one-inch (13.2 x 8.8 mm) Exmor R CMOS sensor with 20.2 megapixels (effective) plus a non-interchangeable 8.3x optical zoom lens.


 Sony’s new DSC-RX10 features SLR-like styling, as shown in this angled view of the front of the camera.


 Angled rear view of the DSC-RX10, showing the adjustable monitor and top panel controls.

The RX10 features ‘bridge camera’ styling and sports a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 8.8-73.3mm f/2.8 lens, which covers the equivalent of 24-200mm in 35mm format for 3:2 aspect ratio or 29-315mm for HD movies (16:9 aspect ratio) with SteadyShot Active Mode. Its f/2.8 maximum aperture remains constant throughout the zoom range and Optical Steady Shot stabilisation is provided to allow users to take advantage of up to 2x Clear Image Zoom in addition or a total of 66x digital zooming. The optical construction of the lens includes 14 elements in 112 groups, with seven aspherical elements, including an AA lens).

A new BIONZ X image processing engine provides high image quality with faithful reproduction of textures and details and support for high-speed shooting. It features detail reproduction technology and diffraction-reducing technology, which ensure image details are recorded faithfully. New noise-reduction processing adjusts images based upon imaging pattern variations to provide greater clarity, particularly at high ISO settings.

The new camera offers up to 10 frames/second continuous shooting as well as Sweep Panorama capture in Standard and Wide formats. Movie modes are in line with other Sony cameras, with AVCHD   and MP4 formats supported, the first with five quality settings. MP4 movies can be recorded at 1440×1080 pixels (12M) or 640×480 pixels. Soundtracks are recorded in stereo and the camera has interface terminals for an external microphone and headphones to monitor audio quality.

Autofocusing is driven by a Direct Drive Super Sonic wave Motor (SSM) which is fast and very quiet. Precise focus stop positions have been set up to minimise focusing time while zooming. Users can choose from three concentric Flexible Spot focusing frames for greater flexibility and precision. A new Eye AF setting locks focus onto subjects’ eyes for more attractive portraits.

A range of compatible accessories will be released with the RX10,   including the LCJ-RXE premium jacket case, ECM-XYST1M Stereo Microphone, which clips onto the camera’s Multi Interface Shoe, the HVL-F43M flash and the battery-powered HVL-LEIR1 Video IR light. Sony’s Cyber-shot RX10 digital camera is available for pre-order from October 17 via and will be available in-store from November 2013 at SRP AU$1,499.

We hope to be able to publish a preliminary review of this camera next week.




Image sensor


1.0-type (13.2mm x 8.8mm), Exmor R CMOS sensor

Number of pixels (effective)

Approx. 20.2 megapixels



Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T*


(Maximum Aperture)

F2.8 constant

Focal Length

(35mm format equivalent)



Optical Zoom


Record system (still image)

Recording format

JPEG, RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)

Record system (movie)

Recording format

AVCHD format Ver.2.0 compliant/MP4


Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, SD memory card, SDHC memory card (UHS-I compliant), SDXC memory card (UHS-I compliant)

ISO sensitivity

Still images:

Auto(ISO125-12800, selectable with upper / lower limit), 125/160/200/250/320/400/500/640/800/1000/1250/1600/2000/2500/3200/4000/5000/6400/8000/10000/12800 (Extendable to ISO80/100), Multi-Frame NR: Auto (ISO125-25600), 200/400/800/1600/3200/6400/12800/25600


Auto:(ISO125Level-ISO6400Level, selectable with upper / lower limit), 125/160/200/250/320/400/500/640/800/1000/1250/1600/2000/2500/3200/4000/5000/6400/8000/10000/12800

ND Filter

Auto / On (3 steps) / Off



0.39-type electronic viewfinder (OLED)

Number of dots


Field coverage



Approx. 0.70x (with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1) diopter

LCD screen


7.5cm (3.0-type) type TFT / Xtra Fine

No. of dots

1,228,800 dots

Adjustable angle

Up by approx. 84 degrees, Down by approx. 43 degrees


View on smart-phone


Send to computer


View on TV



Yes (NFC Forum Type 3 Tag compatible,

One-touch remote,   One-touch sharing)



Yes (3.5mm Stereo minijack)





Dimensions (excluding protrusions)

129.0 x 88.1 x 102.2mm


Approx. 755g (body only)

Approx. 813g (with battery and Memory Stick PRO Duo included)