Sony RX10 Mark IV First Shots: How’s the IQ from this bridge camera beast? [Updated]


posted Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 12:40 PM EDT


Sporting a similar lens and sensor as housed in the popular RX10 Mark III, this new Sony RX10 Mark IV aims to please instead with several key performance enhancements found under the hood. We'll be taking a much closer look at these out in the field for you, and in the meantime, we offer you our signature test lab First Shots!

With these images you can, of course, pixel-peep our Still Life test target images across the available ISO range from our RX10 IV Samples Page. Equally interesting is the ability to compare the images at various ISOs to those from the predecessor as well as the competition, from both the bridge camera world and also the more traditional ILC world, in our world-renowned Comparometer.

To you get you started down the comparison road, below are side-by-side 1:1 crops from our Comparometer against the Panasonic FZ2500 at base ISO and ISO 3200.

Sony RX10 IV vs Panasonic FZ2500

Sony RX10 Mark IV                   base ISO                    Panasonic FZ2500

Sony RX10 Mark IV                   ISO 3200                    Panasonic FZ2500

Dive in for much more pixel peeping and image quality comparisons below!

Sony RX10 IV Lab SamplesComparometerOverview

Update 10/12:

RX10 IV Performance Page now live!

"Bottom line, the Sony RX10 IV's performance was outstanding in most respects with very fast AF, extremely low shutter lag, fast cycle times and an incredible ~24 fps full-res burst rate with deep buffers (and continuous autofocus is supported!). Buffer clearing was however quite slow and the camera locks you out of the menu during clearing, our only real complaints in terms of performance."