Sony's expanding its line of snazzy high-end point-and-shoot cameras with yet another formula we haven't seen before. The new RX10 takes the design of the superzoom "bridge" cameras popular with amateurs and juices it with an enthusiast-quality image sensor and dope optics. Like the entire RX-line, the new shooter promises impressive image quality for a hefty price.
The RX10 features the same excellent image sensor that's inside the RX100 II and QX100. The one-inch Exmor R imager is the largest backside-illuminated sensor on the market. The BSI architecture allows Sony to squeeze larger photodiodes onto the chip, which in turn perform better, especially in low-light. In practice, this lets the camera get the image quality of camera with a larger chip—and a larger build.