Another snow storm in the city, another opportunity to test the Sony RX10 in bad weather conditions
more after the break
Rest assured guys, this camera is weather resistant. It was wet to the bone after about 10 min and kept on working. Once back home, I extended the zoom barrel, dried it thoroughly and found no issues.
The main problem was battery life and pressing buttons with gloves.
Shot neutral -3-1+1 at 1080/60p, then slowed to 50% in post. Minor level tweaks only, no post sharpening.
ISO setting: 125
Active image stabilization enabled.
Most shots where handheld, a few from a steady bag.
The constant aperture zoom was fantastic as it allowed me to follow the messenger as he tried to get going.
The RX10’s greatest asset is the lens, excellent image quality wide open at any focal length.
Aperture range 2.8 to 5.6. Shallow depth of field shots towards the long end of the zoom at 2.8.
Truly liberating to be able to shoot without a tripod, with a proper EVF and articulated screen, without fiddly attachments.
The RX10 is now my tool of choice for run&gun and city street video shooting, footage is very clean, it can hold its own against bigger sensors and looks like a tourist’s camera
Although I haven’t had time to properly test this camera shooting stills, to answer the question I get most, is it as good for photos as it is for video?
As of this writing I find the RX10 performs better in video mode.
Still image quality is very good up to ISO 800, some might say only up to ISO 400.
I have no problems using it up to ISO 1600 for general shooting and would set my upper limit at 3200, in the studio however, I wouldn’t go beyond ISO 640.
Another aspect I will talk about soon, the ability to shoot high speed flash sync up to 1/1600 without problems.
A rare feature and unique for a zoom, this might just be the edge when shooting stills against the fierce competition, stay tuned
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