Sony has unveiled the latest in its line of RX camera, in the shape of the RX10. Due to hit shelves in December, the powerful bridge camera is set to remedy many of the problems that such cameras face.
Bridge cameras are supposed to be the bridge between professional level DSLR cameras and point and click digital compacts. They should offer really good quality images but without the need to have to fiddle with manual settings or change lenses. Unfortunately, this does mean some degree of compromise and while bridge cameras almost certainly offer better quality than a £50 digital from Tesco, they also have their shortcomings.
Poor low light performance and slow focusing are some of the problems that bridges tend to have. Sony has put a large 24-200mm lens, akin to a DSLR camera lens, and a 1” backside illuminated sensor in the upcoming SX10. This should combat both potential problems although because the camera won’t be released until December, we will have to see just how successful these moves have proven.
The rest of the RX10 specs hold up well under closer scrutiny too. The sensor is a 20.2mp 1” backlit sensor and the fairly huge lens is optically stabilised with an aperture of f/2.8. Beyond the sensor and lens you’re looking at an impressive array of new or upgraded features as well.
The Bionz X image processor is the latest version of the processing software while the Eye AF system specifically tracks eyes rather than full faces. It has a high speed focusing system which should further alleviate some of the bridge camera related problems. Sony claims that the camera, which can shoot 1080p video at 60fps, is better than other cameras with similar video specifications because it processes data from every single pixel whereas other cameras ignore or miss some of the pixels.