I have been a Sony camera fan for about 15 years starting with the Sony Cybershot and moving up to the Sony NEX model. When I was ready to upgrade I went to my local camera shop, Milford Camera, to meet with a Sony rep and find out the best model for my personal use. I love taking photos and on Connecticut Lifestyles Magazine, we take a lot of photos of food in dark restaurants so I knew I need something that would meet those specific needs. I am not a professional photographer nor do I ever have any plans to become one. I know how to use manual settings but don’t really understand everything about the mechanics of taking the best photo. That being said, I do want my photos to look professional.
After testing out all of the current Sony digital cameras both point and shoot, bridge, and DLSR, I decided upon the Sony RX-10. The Sony Cybershot RX-10 is a bridge camera. That means it is somewhere in between a point and shoot camera and a DLSR camera. Point and shoot cameras don’t always give you every option you need to work in manual mode and DLSR cameras often require the purchase of additional lenses to get the perfect shot. The Sony Cybershot RX-10 not only has great low light capabilities, it allows me to zoom into take closeups and also long-range photos for travel articles. I don’t have to worry about changing lenses and so far, the photos are great. I am also able to use custom settings in manual mode.
Two of the neatest things I have found with the Sony RX-10 is the ability to use the viewfinder while taking photos and afterwards to view the final photo. I also like how the Sony RX10 gives me the ability to send photos from the camera to my computer, tablet or smartphone via a WiFi connection. You can also control the camera using your smartphone and can view photos from the camera on a TV.
The viewfinder on the Sony RX10 is great because it seems a bit brighter than the light in the room, especially when taking photos in dark places like restaurants. You can lighten or darken the viewing screen and you can use the wheel on the side to sharpen it as well. It shows the aperture, shutter speed, ISO and other details about the photo before and after it.
Once you learn how to use the WiFi setup on the Sony RX-10 you will find it very useful. I struggled to set this up and didn’t find any information to help me. The manual they include in the box is limited and there was nothing about it on their website that I could find. Maybe you are having the same issue so follow these instructions to get it setup. It’s pretty quick and easy once you know how.
To send photos from your Sony RX-10 camera through a WiFi connection, first you need to hook into the network you want to use. Second, you need install software or an app called Sony PlayMemories on any device you plan on using – tablet, smartphone, computer
Sony PlayMemories let’s you easily organize your photos and videos with this versatile app that lets you share memories with just one click. Visit the Sony website to download the Sony PlayMemories software for your computer (Windows or Mac) or access your app store on your smartphone or tablet and search for Sony PlayMemories to install it (iTunes, Google app store)
Once you install Sony PlayMemories on your computer you can either create a new account for free or skip account creation to open the software. If you do decide to create an account you can decide whether you want to Sync all of your photos to your account so you can access from any computer or device. You don’t need to create an account to use Sony PlayMemories on your smartphone or tablet.
How to Setup a WiFi Connection with the Sony RX10
Make sure you have the Sony PlayMemories app already installed.
How to send all images to your phone:
1. Turn the Sony RX10 on and press the menu button at the top left of the View Finder.
2. Using the wheel on the far right, press it to the left or right – depending on what menu option is active – until you land on the WiFi menu.
3. Press the wheel up or down – depending on what menu option is active – until you land on Send to Smartphone. Press the center button on the wheel to select this option.
4. Press down on the wheel to select Select on Smartphone and then press the center button again.
You will notice that the camera will give you the network name (SSID), a password and the Device name. This is going to be different for each person using it. You can also reset the network information under another menu and get a new password.
5. Switch over to your smartphone or tablet, access the Wi-Fi section and turn it ON.
6. Once the camera is in range you will see the SSID number appear as a network. Select it and then type the password that is shown on the camera and press Join.
7. Open the Sony PlayMemories app on your smartphone or tablet.
8. If the connection is working properly, all of the images from your Sony RX10 camera will be sent to your smartphone or tablet to the app. Once they have copied over you should see them in the Sony PlayMemories app. Now you can select which images you want to copy to your phone’s Camera Roll.
How to send a single or select group of images to your smartphone:
1. Follow steps 1 through 3 above.
2. Select the option, Select on This Device. Select This Image (to choose the last image taken) or Multiple Images.
If you choose multiple images, the last image you took will show up first. Press the button in the center of the wheel to select it or use the wheel to go left or right to choose the images you want to transfer. You will notice a checkmark appear on the left indicating that this image is selected. Press the wheel to the left or right and continue selecting images to transfer. When you are done, press the Menu button at the top left.
3. Select Execute to begin transferring images to your smartphone or tablet.
4. Access the WiFi setting on your smartphone and select the Sony RX10 network. Type the password given on the camera into the phone/tablet if necessary. Images will now be transferred to your smartphone/tablet.
5. To view the images you transferred, open the Sony PlayMemories app on your smartphone or tablet.
I hope this helps you understand how to transfer images wireless from the Sony RX10 camera to your smartphone or tablet. There are other options through the camera to allow you to send them to your computer using the Sony PlayMemories software. You must install the software on your computer first. The Sony RX10 also has an option to allow you to control it directly through the Sony PlayMemories app on your smartphone.
Here are some of the images I took using the Sony RX10 camera. I am sure they could be even better if I really knew what I was doing but the camera helps me out a lot and changing Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO, white balance, and sometimes using the Scene Selection option can work wonders as well. The more I use the camera, the better I get. I may never be a professional but the Sony RX10 goes a long way to make me look like one.
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Sample Food Photos:
These were taken in a dark restaurant.
Settings: 1/20, f2.8, ISO 1600
Settings: 1/25, f2.8, ISO 3200
This lobster image was taken in a Whole Foods under store lights.
Settings: 1/50, f2.8, ISO 2000
Sample Outside Photos:
This sunset was taken standing outside of the car on a highway near Orlando, Florida. I zoomed in to make sure not to get much of the traffic.
Settings: 1/800, f5.0, ISO 125, using the Sunset mode under Scene Selection
This palm tree was taken looking up into the sun. That is probably why the palm tree ended up looking black. I think this was taken just on the Auto setting.
Settings: 1/1000, f5.6, ISO 125
Sample Inside Photo:
Taking photos inside of hotel rooms is often hard, especially if it is at night. You get glare from the lamps. I had to play around with the settings a few times to get this one to come out right.
Settings: 1/15, f2.8, ISO 800
This is a shot of our woodstove in our living room with the light dimmed.
Settings: 1/13, f2.8, ISO 3200
Sample Macro Photo:
This is a photo of my Paperwhites as they just started blooming.
Sample Flower Photos:
These flowers were taken in bright outside light.
Settings: 1/200, f2.8, ISO 125
I am happy with the purchase of the Sony RX10 and hope it will be a camera I can use for a long time without having to worry about upgrading or buying lenses.
UPDATE: After using the Sony RX10 for about 3 months I sold it to buy a Canon. I liked the Sony RX10 for several reasons. It was made well, felt like a DLSR, did well in low-light situations, allowed manually aperture settings down to 2.8, had a great live view and viewfinder mode, and didn’t require any lens change. However, there were two issues I didn’t like and for the high cost of this camera I couldn’t live with. At any length of zoom the lens would have a hard time focusing. Sometimes it would never focus. Sometimes when I zoomed, the image in the viewfinder would appear to shimmer, kind of like what it looks like when its very hot in the summer and you are at eye level of the road. You see the heat shimmering on the surface. I did find a solution for this though. If the camera was set to continue shooting mode you would get this shimmer. If you set it to single it stopped. Both of these things were a big problem for me. The point of getting the Sony RX10 was to have a good zoom but the zoom never did work as well as I thought, especially for the high price tag.