Is the Sony RX10 an SLR killer? Check its images and see for yourself!

by Dave Etchells

posted Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 9:48 AM EDT


The Sony RX10 an SLR-killer? Seriously? Check out the side-by-side image quality comparisons we just posted, and decide for yourself.

Before you make the call, though, consider these points:

  • The RX10 is pricey, at nearly $1,300, but what would you have to pay for lenses to cover a 24-200mm equivalent range at a constant max aperture of f/2.8?
  • The RX10 is certainly not a pocket camera. However, when you compare it to an SLR with two big, honkin' f/2.8 zoom lenses, it's a heckuva lot smaller than that.
  • The RX10 won't match SLRs at really high ISOs, but back off from pixel-peeping for a minute and consider just how much resolution you need for your typical ISO 6400 shots. Family pics that'll never be shown bigger than an 8x10 print? Grab one of our high-ISO test images and try printing it; you might be surprised by how good it looks.
  • Finally, there's the sheer fun factor of a camera that'll take you from 24-200mm at f/2.8 -- from pretty dang good macro to infinity, all in one fell swoop -- and in a package that won't give you a hernia or require a chiropractor visit after using it.
  • Don't forget video: We haven't posted much in the way of video from the RX10, but it's a fantastic video shooter, arguably better than most SLRs.

OK, you're ready now -- go check out our Sony RX10 image quality comparison crops and analysis, and let us know what you think! And don't forget to look at our test images and real-world gallery photos taken with this "ultimate" bridge camera.

Like what you see? Pre-order the RX10 with trusted Imaging Resource affiliates Adorama or B&H Photo now: