The Sony DSCRX10M2 is tagged as an advanced compact bridge camera. We need to first have an understanding of what bridge cameras are. The term bridge camera is assigned to cameras that have the same basic form factor as DSLRs, are much more compact in form and belie the fact that they have a small sensor encased inside the shell. Bridge cameras have a fixed lens that usually has a tele-zoom range. The Sony DSCRX10M2 fits the bill perfectly. But it goes a step further. Let’s take a look at its main features.
- Large 1” EXMOR RS CMOS sensor with 21 MP resolution
- Internal 4K video capability
- Built-in Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens with a focal length range of 24-240mm f/2.8
- 40x super slow-motion video recording at 1000 fps
The sensor of the Sony DSCRX10M2 is one of the largest in the bridge camera segment. It is a 1” EXMOR RS CMOS sensor with an effective resolution of 21 MP. Larger sensor sizes tend to have a better signal to noise ratio. On top of that EXMOR RS sensors are known for their superior low light capabilities.
The built-in Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens has a focal length range of consists of 14 elements arranged in 11 groups. The design has 7 aspherical elements including AA lens. It has a fast constant aperture of f/2.8 across the focal length.
The rear LCD screen is a 3” display with a resolution of 1,228,800 dots. It is on the higher side. Brightness control is adjustable manually and three levels of brightness adjustment.
The tiny 0.39” electronic viewfinder isn’t going to excite to many, and certainly not photographers who are used to shooting with a DSLR and a large pentaprism viewfinder. But this is a small sensor bridge camera ND treat it as such. Electronic viewfinders are often scorned at because they do have some lag. Technology has improved manifold in the last 5 years. EVF’s have improved immensely. Lag has reduced. But even then the general nature of the technology means there is always going to be some. If it helps in any way the frame coverage offered by the viewfinder is 100%.
The Sony DSCRX10M2 has an Auto ISO range of 100-12800.
There is a built-in flash on the camera.
If you are an avid video shooter you would love the fact that the Sony DSCRX10M2 is capable of shooting native 4K video footages and record that straight onto a memory card. The camera has a built-in mechanism to counter moiré which is handy considering the higher resolution recording. You can however, choose to record at a lower resolution of 1920 x 1080 (full-HD) at 60p for a slow motion effect when playing back the footage at normal 24p. Audio is recorded with the video footages, thanks to the built-in stereo mic. You could also plug in a stereo mic via the mini-jack interface on the camera.
Priced at £ 1030, the Sony DSCRX10M2 is certainly not cheap. At that price you can easily get a entry level DSLR complete with a kit lens or an upper-entry level camera with a 50mm prime, remember with a DSLR you get a much larger sensor and that means a much larger light gathering area. Should you buy this over a DSLR? No. would you buy this over any other bridge camera? The answer really depends on whether you are planning to buy a DSLR very soon. If you are not and the bulk of a DSLR does not suit your style of shooting, then go for the Sony DSCRX10M2. It has everything that you need to make excellent imagery.Check Current Price