Sony RX10 IV

 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV front
 
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Bump to 25600)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-600mm (F2.4-4.0) lens
  • 1095g - 133 x 94 x 145mm
  • Announced September 2017
  • Succeeded the Sony RX10 III
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
Portability
52
Imaging
55
Features
82
Overall
65

Sony RX10 IV summary

Sony RX10 IV is Sony's Large Sensor Superzoom digital camera originally launched on September of 2017. The camera includes a 20MP, BSI-CMOS 1" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 5472 x 3648.

Sony brought out this model in order to replace the previous Sony RX10 III (Read Full Comparison)

The RX10 IV comes in at #3 out of 9 in Large Sensor Superzoom cameras and over-all #214 out of 1428 for digital cameras in our list. Please check our Advanced camera search to get camera results based on your custom criteria.

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Sony RX10 IV history

The Sony RX10 IV is part of a family of digital cameras. You can read the detailed range underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-RX10-IV front thumbnailSony RX10 IV24-600mm
F2.4-4.0
20MP1"2017
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-RX10-III front thumbnailSony RX10 III
RX10 IV vs RX10 III
24-600mm
F2.4-4.0
20MP1"2016
Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-RX10-II front thumbnailSony RX10 II
RX10 IV vs RX10 II
24-200mm
F2.8
20MP1"2015
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-RX10 front thumbnailSony RX10
RX10 IV vs RX10
24-200mm
F2.8
20MP1"2014

Sony RX10 IV Pros and Cons

Below is a checklist of good and bad points of the Sony RX10 IV based on things which are generally regarded as necessary in a digital camera.

comes with HDMI socket
comes with headphone socket
comes with mic socket
connects via bluetooth
decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
delivers RAW files
does have Top LCD screen
excellent zoom range (24-600mm 25.0 x zoom)
fast shooting (24.0 frames/s)
flash built-in
great aperture at full zoom (f4.0)
great zoom (600mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
high flash sync speed (1/2,000s)
manual focus
NFC support
pretty wide (24mm)
screen has good resolution (1,440 k dots)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
screen tilts
sensor size is decent (1")
silent shooting (1/32,000s)
supports face detect focusing
supports focus via touch
supports phase detect AF
supports tracking focus
touchscreen capability
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 pxls)
weather proofing
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
heavier than competitors (1,095 grams)
missing Time Lapse recording
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.4)
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

Sony RX10 IV Sensor info

The Sony RX10 IV features the Bionz X processor chip. The dimension of the sensor in the Sony RX10 IV is 13.2mm x 8.8mm (1"). The 116 mm² sensor can capture 5472 x 3648 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is better than digital stabilization as the latter can easily cause cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 20 megapixels and features a standard ISO range of 125 - 12800. This ISO can also be expanded electronically to 64 - 25600. RAW format is saved therefore the user has wider margin for error.

The image underneath illustrates the RX10 IV's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The RX10 IV sensor comes with a crop factor of 2.7 and is presented in green.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV sensor size World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records

To get an understanding of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sony RX10 IV dimensions

Sony RX10 IV weighs 2.41 lb (1,095 gr or 38.63 ounces) and features outside proportions of 133mm x 94mm x 145mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 5.7"). The weight of average Large Sensor Superzoom camera is 874 gr so the Sony RX10 IV is heavier in comparison with other rivals.

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Here is a image of the Sony RX10 IV next to a soft drink to help you to have a sense of its scale.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV dimensions scale

The top view just below will illustrate the button design on the RX10 IV.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV topview buttons dials

Sony RX10 IV Lens info

The RX10 IV has got an inbuilt lens and it has a focal range of 24-600mm giving it a 25.0 x zoom which is outstanding and does make it easier to zoom all the way in.

At the widest 24mm, the lens will have an aperture of f2.4 and that is somewhat slow and not good in low light events and you may find it difficult to capture a shallow depth of field. You would also need to boost the ISO leading to noisy shots. On the tele end, 600mm is great zoom and comes to f4.0 which is quite decent and helps you keep high shutter speeds.

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Sony RX10 IV Connectivity

The RX10 IV has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • NFC Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that feature NFC or Bluetooth support are able to be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You can transfer images and at times alter settings without connecting directly to the camera.

Certain applications even stream a Liveview and release the shutter whenever you are not near the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI out, it can easily be attached to an external screen. Most cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack using the USB port.

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Sony RX10 IV Video info

The highest possible video quality in the Sony RX10 IV is 3840 x 2160 and it can shoot in MPEG-4, AVCHD and XAVC S file format. 2160p gives you an excellent quality for video recording. You can easily crop to 1080p in order to get improved results. Be wary of the considerable file sizes and ensure you have got good SD cards that have fast write speeds. The body does have both headphone and mic socket making it very valuable while capturing audio.

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Sony RX10 IV Weather Sealing

Sony RX10 IV comes with weather proofing making it a excellent pick to use during rough environments. This is especially useful in case you are not sure about the conditions you might face during outdoor photography.

Sony RX10 IV Screen and Viewfinder

The Sony RX10 IV includes a 3" tilting screen supporting a resolution of 1,440k dots.

Additionally the screen is touch friendly which means you can easily switch focus points plus change settings by using your finger. The RX10 IV also has a builtin Top LCD screen so that you can instantly checkout your settings.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV screen and viewfinder Handle those 8K RED files like a boss

The ViewFinder specifications regarding Sony RX10 IV are below:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • ViewFinder Resolution 2,359k dots
  • ViewFinder Coverage 100 percent
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.7x

In those sunny outdoor conditions which make the camera displays washed out and challenging to view, viewfinders can be rather helpful.

Sony RX10 IV Shutter info

Sony RX10 IV can shoot continuously at 24.0 frames/s. The max shutter speed is 1/2000s. The camera also features silent electronic shutter of 1/32000s. Beware that the electronic shutter may result in "rolling shutter" in certain situations.

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Sony RX10 IV Flash and Hot shoe info

Sony RX10 IV boasts both integrated flash and also external flash support. The highest flash sync is 1/2000s.

Sony RX10 IV Autofocus info

Sony RX10 IV boasts both Phase Detect Autofocus along with Contrast Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot quicker and precise in comparison with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera includes Face detection which is helpful for portraits.

It includes 315 focus points to choose from. Sony RX10 IV has touch to focus. You are able to use your fingers in order to change focus. It also features Tracking Autofocus for moving things. Sony RX10 IV supports manual focus in case it is needed during low light conditions or you require more accurate control on focus.

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Sony RX10 IV Battery life

The battery life (NP-FW50) in the Sony RX10 IV is made to last for 400 photos according to the CIPA standards which is on par with its competition. The average Large Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 373. Sony RX10 III offers the best (420) battery life within this category of cameras.

Underneath is a listing of Large Sensor Superzoom cameras having the best battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-RX10-IV front thumbnailSony RX10 IV400 yesyesyes

Sony RX10 IV for different types of photography

The following bar chart gives a summary of the Sony RX10 IV for different types of photography. To look at more, check out the specific section underneath.

Sony RX10 IV as a Portrait photography camera

The Sony RX10 IV receives a points tally of 73 which is very good, and means the camera is a very decent pick for portraits. Photographing portraits favors greatly towards sensor resolution, RAW support in addition to the ability to use off-camera flash.

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you can focus manually
great flash sync speed (1/2,000s)
decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
nice sensor size (1")
provides face detect focusing
supports RAW formats

Sony RX10 IV as a Street photography camera

Coming in at a very good points tally of 65, the Sony RX10 IV is a very decent choice for street photography. A very good street photography camera has a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.

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tilting screen
image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor size (1")
delivers RAW formats
provides focus by touch
weather proofing
more heavy than competition (1,095g)

Sony RX10 IV Sports photography info

A superb sports photography rating of 77 suggests the Sony RX10 IV is a tremendous option for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs excellent autofocus and shutter speeds for sports photography.

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amazing zoom range (24-600mm 25.0 x zoom)
quiet shooting (1/32,000 seconds)
high max frames per second (24.0 fps)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (20 megapixels)
good sensor size (1")
comes with tracking focus
weather proofing
supports phase detect autofocus

Sony RX10 IV Travel photography features

Size is super critical when getting a travel camera. Overall, the Sony RX10 IV gets a reasonable 57 as a travel camera which is somewhat adequate to purchase for your journeys.

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weather proof
supports bluetooth
features focus via touch
decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
really wide (24mm)
great zoom (600mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
heavier than competition in class (1,095g)
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.4)

Sony RX10 IV as a Landscape photography camera

For anybody who is looking to purchase a camera for landscape photos, the most significant aspect is going to be image quality. The Sony RX10 IV and it's above average rating of 63 for a landscape camera is a fine option in the current market.

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you can focus manually
quite wide (24mm)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (20MP)
nice sensor size (1")
supports RAW files
environment proof
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.4)
no Timelapse function

Vlogging with Sony RX10 IV

A camera for vlogging should really posses a moving screen, mic input and preferably IBIS. Considering all the details, the Sony RX10 IV is not really appropriate for vlogging as it delivers a terrible rating of 29.

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pretty wide (24mm)
touchscreen enabled
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection focusing
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 resolution)
includes external microphone support
slow max aperture (f2.4)
screen isn't selfie friendly
more heavy than others (1,095 grams)

Sony RX10 IV Alternatives

If you are interested in alternatives to the RX10 IV, below is a collection of the top scored cameras which fall within the family of Large Sensor Superzoom.

The line chart listed below shows you a summary of the RX10 IV versus it's highest rated rivals suggested above.

Following are several cameras you might consider as alternative options. To read a comprehensive comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Make
Sony
Model
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV
Class
Large Sensor Superzoom
Announced
2017-09-12
Physical type
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type
BSI-CMOS
Processor
Bionz X
Sensor size
1"
Sensor dimensions
13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor surface area
116.2mm²
Sensor resolution
20 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
5472 x 3648
RAW pictures
Maximum native ISO
12800
Maximum enhanced ISO
25600
Min native ISO
125
Min enhanced ISO
64
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points
315
Lens
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
24-600mm (25.0x)
Largest aperture
f/2.4-4.0
Macro focus distance
3cm
Crop factor
2.7
Screen
Type of screen
Tilting
Screen sizing
3 inches
Resolution of screen
1,440k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
Electronic
Viewfinder resolution
2,359k dots
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
Viewfinder magnification
0.7x
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Features
Minimum shutter speed
30 secs
Fastest shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Fastest silent shutter speed
1/32000 secs
Continuous shutter rate
24.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
10.80 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash modes
Auto, fill-flash, slow sync, rear sync, off
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize
1/2000 secs
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
3840 x 2160 (30p, 25p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p) ,1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Maximum video resolution
3840x2160
Video data format
MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless
Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
1095 grams (2.41 lb)
Physical dimensions
133 x 94 x 145mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 5.7")
Other
Battery life
400 pictures
Battery type
Battery Pack
Battery model
NP-FW50
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, continuous)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Card slots
Single
Cost at release
$1,698