With the latest firmware upgrade Sony RX10 allows you to record videos in XAVC S codec with at a bit rate of 50Mbps, so finally you have to get a SDXC card to record super high quality videos from Sony RX10.
After the announcement of Panasonic FZ1000 we have started the analysis of core specification of both the camera, take a look at the specification comparison table below and High ISO test images…
The Panasonic FZ1000 look too good on specification sheet, now let’s talk in details.
Sensor: The sensor size and megapixel of both the camera is same, but the ISO range of Panasonic FZ1000 is more compared to Sony RX10, according to theoretical rules more ISO range do help to get cleaner low-light images.
Lens: The RX10 features a constant aperture F2.8 zoom lens, the RX10 lens is composed of 14 elements in 11 groups 7 Aspherical elements on the other hand the Panasonic FZ1000 comes with a variable aperture zoom lens F2.8-F4.0 that covers more range (16X compared to 8.3X optical zoom of Sony RX10), the lens is composed of 5 elements in 11 groups 5 Aspherical, 4 ED. At the end the Panasonic offers more optical zoom than Sony with bit loss of light, the High ISO test added at the end will clear all your doubts.
AF System: The AF system of Panasonic is bit advance compared to Sony RX10, the FZ1000 uses DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology, high speed focusing system shortens focusing time and the FZ1000 lock its AF in 0.09 sec and 0.17 sec at the telephoto-end. on the other hand Sony RX10 takes 0.22sec AF time at wide and tele-end.
Shutter: The Panasonic uses HYBRID shutter system, the mechanical shutter range is 60 – 1/4000 sec and electronic shutter range is 1 – 16,000 sec, the RX10 uses mechanical shutter system only, range 30-1/3200.
Video: Panasonic FZ1000 can record 4K QFHD (3840 x 2160) video at 30p mode @ 100Mbps in the MP4 file format. Full HD 1080 video can be recorded at 60p, 30p, 24p, or 60i-in the AVCHD format, as well in the MP4 format. Sony RX10 is limited to Full HD 1920 x 1080 video recording @ 60p, 60i, and 24p. Full HD video can be recorded on AVCHD and MP4 format.
Weather-sealed construction – The Sony RX10 features Magnesium alloy top and front casings and weather sealed design helps you to shoot in any condition, no such weather sealed available in FZ1000.
High ISO Test
Image captured at base ISO, the Sony RX10 is showing bit more details in both the images (red leaf pattern is bit cearly visible in RX10).
At ISO 3200 both image look similar.
Verdict: Panasonic FZ1000 does have excellent core specification at a lower price tag you get advance AF system, 4K recording option, 5 axis based IS system and 3cm macro mode… Sony offers a fast lens with limited zoom and rugged body.
We have already done a specification comparison review between these camera, now its time for HIGH ISO TEST, take a look below
Both camera showing almost same Image quality but if we look closely the image quality of RX100 M2 is bit better since the M2 since it have bit (F1.8 vs F2.8) better aperture at wide end. Hence the RX100 M2 sensor get more light compared to RX10.
Also see specification comparison review here
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Take a look at the comparison bewteen Sony RX10 and RX100M2, we all know that the RX10 and RX100 M2 features same type of sensor, take a look at the specification comparison below find out some difference.
Optical Zoom: Sony RX10 have 8.3X optical zoom with fixed F2.8 aprture throughout the zoom range, Sony RX100 M2 limited to 3.6X optical zoom only.
Aperture: As I have already said that RX10 features high quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 8.3x Optical Zoom Lens, it offers you fixed F2.8 aperture throughout the zoom range, the f/2.8 maximum aperture enables enhanced low-light capabilities as well as greater control over focus.
ISO Range: Sony RX100 M2 features bit better base ISO range, it doesn’t mean it will give you superior quality image.
Display and Viewfinder: Both camera features same type of display system but the Sony RX 10 comes with eye tracking hybrid viewfinder system.
Light-Wight: Sony RX100 M2 can easily fits in your Jeans pocket and lighter compared to RX10, Sony RX10 is BIG and Bulky.
#1 Big difference between the Zoom Lens – The Panasonic FZ70 features Lumix DC Vario 60x optical zoom lens, the RX10 is limited to 8.3X only. So if you are a megazoon camera lover don’t read more and Buy Panasonic FZ70 from Amazon.
# 2 Big difference between the Sensor Size: Sony RX10 features a 20.2MP 1″ Exmor R CMOS Sensor and Panasonic FZ70 comes with 16.1 megapixel 1/2.3″ High Sensitivity MOS sensor, frankly speaking Sony RX10 comes with monster size sensor when compared Panasonic FZ70.
#3 Fixed Aperture Zoom Lens – Sony RX10 features fixed F2.8 aperture throughout the zoom range, Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens is composed of 7 aspheric elements and delivers super sharp images.
# 4 You get better ISO range with RX10 – Rx10 offers better ISO range than FZ70, the 1″ inch sensor of RX10 comes with newly developed Bionz X processor to deliver ultimate image quality.
#5 Rugged design – compact magnesium alloy body of the RX-10 is moisture and dust resistant.
#6 Other features: You get bit more shutter range and top shooting continuous , WiFi – sharing with social networking sites, via email, and to cloud storage sites. NFC (Near Field Communication) is also supported with RX10.
Sony RX10 Sample images and videos are now available all over the web, the RX10 features Sony RX100 M2 one inch sensor and newly developed Bionz X image processor and Carl Zeiss 24-200mm f/2.8 Lens (35mm Eq).
From the image above we can clearly see that Sony RX10 giving excellent image quality, even at 100% every details are very clear, Now take a look at the sample images + video link below,
Sony RX10 Sample Images Sony USA Sample Images
Sony RX10 Sample Videos
With the announcement of Sony A7 and Sony A7r Sony also announced its RX series zoom camera EX10, the RX10 features same sensor as RX100 M2 camera, Carl Zeiss 8.3X Optical Zoom (24-200mm eq) Lens with constant F2.8 Aperture and Bionz X image processor advance algorithm to control more noise at high ISO range, other features include tilting 3-inch LCD, OLED electronic viewfinder, take a look at the Major features below
Sony RX10 Major Features
The RX10 comes with a A new Direct Drive, Supersonic Wave Motor (SSM) provides fast and smooth autofocus action + Eye AF enables precise eye-detection focusing with confirmation that a subject’s eye is in focus even if their head is partially turned. Full HD 1080 video is supported in both 60i/p and 24p frame rates and in both AVCHD format and MP4.
New RX10 Model Combines Versatile 24-200mm (35mm equivalent) F2.8 Lens with Legendary RX Series Image Quality
SAN DIEGO, October 15, 2013 – Sony’s new Cyber-shot RX10 camera adds a high-zoom model to its premium line of Cyber-shot RX series cameras.
The new camera features a 1.0-type, 20.2 effective megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor combined with an impressive 24-200mm (35mm equivalent) F2.8 Carl Zeiss® Vario Sonnar T* zoom lens to deliver the ultimate combination of performance and versatility in a high-zoom camera, giving photographers the ability to shoot impressive high-resolution still images and crisp, clear full HD videos with ease.
This unique pairing of large, high-resolution sensor and premium zoom lens is complemented by an advanced BIONZ™ X processing engine and AF system, ensuring that all content shot with the new RX10 camera – still images and full HD videos alike – is richly detailed, crisp, and continually in focus.
“The innovative new RX10 high-zoom camera is a natural extension to our popular RX family of products, carrying on its legacy of balancing compact size and high-performance imaging in the ultimate package,” said Patrick Huang, director of the Cyber-shot camera business at Sony Electronics. “It’s an unparalleled all-around performer that will leave enthusiasts, hobbyists and even professionals reaching for their DSLRs less and less.”
Sensor and Lens
The new RX10 camera shares the same high-resolution, 1.0-type 20.2 megapixel Exmor ® R CMOS sensor used in Sony’s popular RX100 II compact camera. About 4x the size of a standard compact camera sensor, it excels in producing high quality images in all types of lighting conditions. The BIONZ X processor is about 3x faster in processing speed compared to previous BIONZ predecessors, and reinforces the impressive image quality of the sensor by applying new detail reproduction technology and area-specific noise reduction. It also utilizes diffraction-reducing technologies, which compensates for the lens diffraction at smaller apertures.
The fixed Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* 24-200mm lens offers superb clarity and resolving power, with a wide F2.8 maximum aperture across the entire zoom range that delivers extra brightness and bolsters low-light capabilities. The wide aperture combined with a seven-bladed iris diaphragm allows for easy creation of professional-looking photos with smooth, defocused backgrounds.
AF System, EVF Viewfinder and LCD
The new Cyber-shot RX10 camera features an extremely speedy and responsive new contrast-detection autofocus system thanks to a new-generation Direct Drive SSM (Super Sonicwave Motor) mechanism that works with the Exmor R CMOS sensor and powerful BIONZ X processor.
Additionally, the camera has lock-on AF that accurately tracks moving subjects, even if they disappear momentarily from the frame. Users also have a choice of three selectable sizes for the spot AF frame, cutting the risk of accidental focus errors with very small subjects. It also has an upgraded ‘Eye AF’ that ensures crisp portraits focused accurately on the subject’s eyes.
The new RX10 high-zoom camera can shoot at up to 10 frames per second with continuous autofocus. This capability combined with the advanced AF and versatile 200mm, constant aperture F2.8 lens makes it an outstanding choice for shooting fast action and sports.
The camera also features a high-contrast OLED Tru-Finder™ that provides crisp edge-to-edge visibility and a wide viewing angle of about 33°, as well as a clear, bright 3.0-type White Magic™ LCD tilts up or down for easy framing for even more compositional freedom.
Impressive Full HD Video Shooting
The Cyber-shot RX10 camera has a host of advanced HD video shooting capabilities, including the ability to capture full HD video either 60p (AVCHD progressive) or a cinematic 24p frame rate, with full control over P/A/S/M exposure modes. Additionally, the camera can read and process data from every one of the large sensor’s pixels to create extremely smooth, highly-detailed Full HD videos. It also has a ‘clear’ HDMI® output which allows footage to be reviewed on an external monitor or recorded to a separate storage device.
The RX10 has an audio level meter with adjustable levels to ensure that movies sound as good as they look and there’s a microphone jack and headphone output for accurate level monitoring. Further, the RX10 model is compatible with the XLR-K1M adapter, which takes users into the world of pro-quality sound recording and allows for the addition of an external microphone via a balanced XLR terminal.
Design and Control
Aesthetically, the new Cyber-shot RX10 features a variety of fully customizable controls and settings that offer DSLR-like flexibility for advanced users. The lens itself has a manual control ring that can be used for zoom or focus control, as well as a dedicated aperture ring that can be set to ‘stepped’ (clicking) or smooth and silent (very useful for movies) when making adjustments.
The camera has six different customizable buttons plus a top-mounted LCD for instant confirmation of exposure and other key settings. The camera has a premium feel thanks to its light, rigid magnesium alloy build, and is also dust- and moisture-resistant for use in outdoor situations.
Wi-Fi and Other Convenient Features
The RX10 model has on-board Wi-Fi for easy connection with any iOS or Android™ smartphone, and features NFC (Near Field Communication) one-touch for simple connection to NFC-enabled Android devices. Consumers can share photos wirelessly on a connected mobile device, HD TV or home networked devices. Additionally, a connected phone can be used as a smart remote control to fire the camera’s shutter.
The new camera plays back high-resolution still images directly on a connected 4K television, offering four times the detail of Full HD. It also features support for TRILUMINOS™ Color, delivering an impressive variety of rich, natural colors when content shot with the camera is played back on a compatible BRAVIA™ television with TRILUMINOS Display.
There’s a range of compatible accessories for the RX10 camera including the new LCJ-RXE premium jacket case that protects the camera from dust and knocks. Additionally, the ECM-XYST1M Stereo Microphone can be attached via the camera’s Multi Interface Shoe™ for crisp dialogue and ambient sounds while shooting HD video, and the HVL-F43M flash and HVL-LEIR1 Video IR light ideal for capturing subjects and taking creative shots in low light.
Pricing and Availability
The Sony Cyber-shot RX10 high-zoom camera will be available for purchase this November for about $1300. The new camera and all compatible accessories will be available at Sony retail stores (www.store.sony.com) and other authorized dealers nationwide.
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