The first time I picked up the original RX-10 was in a Sony store (that should give you an idea of just how long ago that was). I knew that it was just an RX-100 (the world's best point-and-shoot) with a bigger 24-200mm f/2.8 lens, but after 10 seconds I dismissed it. "Takes too long to turn on. Takes too long to zoom", I said. I put it down.
Time passed. When it came time to write a book on the RX-100 IV, the RX-10 II was available also, and I decided to write the book about both cameras since the two were basically the same: Same sensor, same CPU and compute engine, extremely similar menu structure… it would only be 20% more work. I took both cameras with me on a family vacation to Hawaii, which stressed me out a little.
|If your light is good, pictures are indistinguishable|
from higher-end cameras when printed poster-sized.
|One wireless flash made for the most portable|
studio ever. And it’s insanely sharp!
Six weeks later, I hung some giant enlargements from that trip on the wall. I discovered that even when scrutinized, it was impossible to tell that the enlargement was made with a small-sensor camera. Not only that, but both the first AND the last row in my group shots were in focus. :-) The cameras performed everything I asked of them stellarly, even my first attempts ever at shooting star trails. And, I had experienced the joy of traveling light without the burden of schlepping extra lenses.
Although I hadn't expected it, I was falling in love with the RX-10 II.
I took it to concerts, where the fast constant f/2.8 lens and completely silent operation allowed me to be unobtrusive and still get in close. I used it to cover political rallys where the images were submitted to stock sites with exacting standards of quality. No matter what I asked of the camera, it delivered.
|Indoor concerts? No problem!|
|One of these images was taken with the 42 megapixel Sony A99 II with 135mm f/1.8 Zeiss prime. The other was the RX-10 II with equivalent settings. When enlarged and displayed people couldn't tell which camera took which picture. (The giveaway is that one picture had the chest hairs in focus also.) There's much more to the story, and you can read all the detail on my blog post at http://bit.ly/2o7r1Ck .|
|The RX-10 IV can tackle Birds in Flight without even breathing hard. Click on this or any other images to view larger.|
- The short rant: http://bit.ly/2hnln0W
- A gallery of one inch sensor portraits: http://bit.ly/2zGD8jt
- Nikon vs. Sony (way too much truth here): http://bit.ly/2zFKELk
|Another 600mm shot. Before now it was |
too inconvenient a focal length for me
to deal with. Now I'll be taking advantage
of its ability to make high-impact
compositions with ease.
(Tell us what you really think, Kirk!)
When the RX-10 III came out, with its massively impressive 24-600mm lens, I dismissed it without even looking at it. "Contrast detect AF won't cut it at 600mm unless your light is really good. This camera is inherently flawed. I'm not going to bother." And I didn't.
Fast forward to today. Apparently Sony heard me, for they developed a new 1"-type sensor that had the same kind of baked-in autofocus points that have rocketed their mirrorless cameras to worldwide accolades. When it first appeared in the RX-100 V, I blogged that this was overkill and that sensor must have been designed for the RX-10 III's successor. I was right.
|And if you're not pleased with what it delivers, there's always the lens blur function in Photoshop. :-)|
|Behind-the-Scenes shot. 1 flash with one diffuser.|
But the day the camera arrived, I discovered one hugely disappointing thing. (Continued after some announcements below)
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When the RX-10 IV arrived, I was hugely disappointed by one missing capability. It doesn't allow you to zoom in or out while you're shooting continuously – an essential feature when you're photographing runners or skiers coming toward the camera. (None of the other RX cameras can either, but none of them were born for shooting sports like the Mark IV otherwise was.)
|This is me pushing the RX-10 IV to its |
limits in terms of image quality in
extreme circumstances: low light,
600mm, handheld (and I was breathing
hard after running to get the shot!).
(Interestingly, the camera CAN zoom while shooting and autofocusing when shooting 4K video. Freeze frames from 4K are perfectly publishable at 12.8" x 7.2" @ 300 dpi. So that's a possible work-around.)
In all other respects, the RX-10 IV is like a Swiss-army-knife – small and light enough to always be with you, versatile enough to do just about anything you require of it, with image quality that's visibly indistinguishable from higher-end cameras when printed. It is probably the best travel camera ever made, and no longer will I lament leaving my larger cameras (and backpack full of lenses) at home when I'm traveling.
This modern era has brought us incredible feats of engineering – the internet, the smartphone, Saran wrap, and now a camera that can do everything and yet doesn't weigh you down.
|The sensor is so good it happily tackles subjects that previously were relegated to my larger-sensor cameras.|
So, if you are or are about to be a member of the amazing RX-10 IV club, then you’ll be delighted to know that my ebook on said camera is now out. Order yours now!
Yours Truly, Gary Friedman