BEST: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV
There was a time when people said an all-in-one camera could never match the image quality of an interchangeable lens camera. That changed with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV ($1698), which is the best superzoom camera you can buy and better than many DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. Plus, with the Sony RX10 IV, you get the versatility of having a 25x (24-600mm equivalent) Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* zoom lens with an impressive f/2.4-4 aperture. Add in Sony’s excellent Optical SteadyShot image stabilizer that gives you 4.5 stops of shake correction and the ability to focus down to 1.2 inches for macro shooting, and you have the best superzoom lens on the market. Image quality, overall, is outstanding thanks to the Sony RX10 IV’s 20.1MP, 1-inch stacked CMOS sensor. Meanwhile, the camera’s Bionz X image processor enables 24 fps continuous shooting at ISO 12800, 4K video recording at 30p, and 1080p HD video at up to 120 fps for slow-motion footage. The Sony RX10 IV’s hybrid 315-point focal plane phase-and-contrast detection autofocus system provides 65% frame coverage and can lock in focus in as little as 0.03-second. All these bells and whistles do come at a price. The Sony RX10 IV will set you back nearly $1700.