Sony has added another brilliant compact camera with fixed lens to its premium RX-series. The newly announced RX10 camera boasts some really impressive specifications that’ll get even the more serious shutterbugs massively intrigued. It has the same massive 1-inch back-illuminated CMOS sensor from the RX100 II camera, which is almost four times the size of sensors found on other fixed lens compact cameras. The camera is fitted with Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* 24-200mm zoom lens offering 8x optical zoom with a fixed large aperture of f2.8.
The big 20.2 MP CMOS sensor and 24-200mm fixed lens with f2.8 wide aperture combined with a seven-bladed iris diaphragm should be good enough to capture high quality images in all types of lighting conditions. The design of the camera is similar to that of crop-sensor DSLRs with similar grip and ergonomics but packaged in a compact shell. With this camera, Sony is extending its attempt to capture the market of photography enthusiasts looking for entry level DSLR quality photos in smaller bodied cameras.
The auto-focus speed has been improved, thanks to a new motor driven by data feedback from the BIONZ X image processor, which Sony claims to be 3X faster than its predecessor, and the EXMOR image sensor. The camera can capture 1080p videos at 60fps which is very impressive and should help the videos from getting distorted while panning the camera swiftly. Finally the price, it won’t come cheap at $1300 and is costlier than most of the entry level DSLRs but a lot of its nifty features compensate for it. It is expected to hit the markets by mid or late November.
[Via – Dpreview]