The 24-600mm f2.4-4 lens is amazing. But that is not all the Sony RX10 IV offers. Sony announced the camera back in 2017 and it is still considered one of the best bridge cameras on the market today. With winter having arrived and the lockdown slowly coming to an end it will soon be time to hit the bush again. We decided it is time to have a look at this super zoom again.
Although the camera’s 25x zoom is not the most zoom in the bridge camera category it definitely has the best quality lens. The Sony RX10 IV has a Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens with 18 elements in 13 groups. It’s sharp and focuses fast at all focal lengths.
The Sony 20.1-megapixel Exmor RS sensor is another feature that puts the Sony ahead of it competitors. The 1-inch sensor uses Sony’s “stacked” technology that’s designed to deliver faster performance than a typical sensor.
Although its sensor is much smaller than a DSLR’s, it is larger than its competitor’s sensors and it performs better, especially in low light.
The Sony RX10 IV has an auto focus system that uses 315 phase detection AF points and 25 contrast detect points that cover almost the entire sensor. That is better than a lot of focus systems we see a lot of DSLRs.
While the autofocus system does a great job at tracking subjects it is disappointing that you can not change the zoom while in continuous shooting mode.
The camera has a tilting 3-inch LCD that is rated 1.44-million pixels. The LCD screen has only limited touch screen capability. You can basically only select an AF point. We hope to see much improvement in future models.
The Sony RX10 IV has a mechanical shutter speed of 1/2000th of a second. However, the electronic shutter speed is 1/32,000th of a second. The camera can shoot continuously at 24 frames per second. There isn’t much in the bush that will escape your frame with that kind of performance.
The macro mode might very well be the camera’s most impressive feature. There’s no need for any macro buttons; it simply focuses right up to the front of the lens at the wide setting. It focuses is so close that our test object nearly touched the lens and the camera still focused perfectly.
The Sony RX10 IV shoots 4k video and can shoot slow motion at 1000 frames per second.
The camera also has other impressive video features not usually found in bridge cameras like S-Gamut/S-Log2, S-Gamut/S-Log3, Time Code / user bit, and Gamma display assist.
The RX10 IV has an ISO range of 100-12,800 in auto mode but can be extended to 64 and 25,600. The ISO is usable at 12800 but for ultimate performs we suggest that you do not exceed 2000 ISO.
Although it has been almost 3 years since its release and the fact that other bridge cameras, especially from Nikon, has a lot more zoom the Sony RX10 IV is still a great option if you are considering a bridge camera.
The amazing quality of the lens combined with the 1-inch sensor ensures that the Sony RX10 IV image results surpasses the quality of all it’s competitors.
The camera’s macro mode is as good as any macro lens and DSLR combo you can find.
If you are looking to purchase a Bridge camera for this Safari season you should seriously consider this camera.
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