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Sony Unveils RX10 With F2.8 Constant Aperture Zoom Lens
by Laura Hicks -  10/15/2013

Sony's new Cyber-shot RX10 camera bolts onto the scene featuring a 20.2 MP back-illuminated 1.0" CMOS sensor plus a dedicated 24-200mm (35mm equivalent) constant aperture F2.8 zoom lens. The camera also offers users a brand new Bionz X image processor that promises the sharpest, richest images we've seen out of a Sony camera.Sony RX10

Interested? I sure am. My only reservation is the price.

The Sony RX10 has the same sensor used in Sony's RX100 II. The affixed 24-200mm lens offers users a fast F2.8 maximum aperture throughout the entire zoom range. And the new Bionz X processor claims to be about 3x faster than the previous Bionz processor. The new sensor boasts detail reproduction technology and area-specific noise reduction. It also utilizes diffraction-reducing technologies. Combined, all of these improvements should lead to even better image quality than we have already seen from Sony.

The RX10 features an all new contrast-detection autofocus system. A Direct Drive SSM (Super Sonicwave Motor) has been used to ensure a faster auto focusing experience. The camera has lock-on AF that can track subject even if they have disappeared briefly from the frame. In addition, users can now select the size of the AF frame. The RX10 also features an upgraded "Eye AF" that focuses accurately on the subject's eyes. The new RX10 can shoot at up to 10 frames per second with continuous autofocus. The camera also features a 1440K OLED Tru-Finder and a 3.0-inch tiltable LCD.

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The RX10 has been designed with the experienced photographer/videographer in mind. The camera has HD video shooting capabilities. The RX10 can capture full HD video at 60p (AVCHD progressive) or 24p and allows users full control over P/A/S/M exposure modes while shooting video. The RX10 has an audio level meter with adjustable levels and it features a microphone jack and headphone output for accurate level monitoring. The RX10 model is also compatible with the XLR-K1M adapter, allowing for the addition of an external microphone via a balanced XLR terminal. 

The RX10 also features a ton of fully customizable controls and settings for that DSLR-feel. The lens itself has a manual control ring that can be used for zoom or focus control. It also has 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 customizable buttons plus a top-mounted LCD. The camera is dust and moisture resistant. In addition, the RX10 has a solid build quality due to its magnesium alloy body.

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The RX10 features Wi-Fi and NFC (Near Field Communication). 

The Sony Cyber-shot RX10 high-zoom camera will be available for purchase this November for about $1300.