DPReview Awards 2017: Sony RX10 IV won the Best Compact Camera

DPReview announced the winners of DPReview Awards 2017 – the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV won the best compact camera of 2017.

Best Compact Camera

Shortlist:

  • Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III
  • Fujifilm X100F
  • Olympus Tough TG-5
  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV

Winner: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV

Our expectations of compact cameras have shifted a lot in recent years, thanks in no small part to Sony. The Cyber-shot RX100 and RX10-series have shaken up the compact market by offering better image quality, faster shooting, and much more advanced video capabilities than most competitors, amid a product refresh cycle that is, frankly, exhausting.

Although it might look like a relatively minor update to last year’s RX10 III, the Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV is a considerably more attractive camera thanks to the addition of phase-detection autofocus. It rarely hunts for focus even at 600mm. While it can’t manage DSLR-level subject tracking, it’s impressively capable for both stills and video, and this combined with the razor-sharp 24-600mm stabilized zoom lens makes for an unbeatable combination. As such, the Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV earns our award for the best compact camera of 2017.

In addition, the Sony a7R III won the product of the year (beat Nikon D850 and Sony a9) while Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM lens won the best zoom lens of the year.

Sony RX10 IV: $1,698 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama.

Sony a7R III: $3,198 at AmazonB&HAdorama.

Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM Lens: $2,198 at AmazonB&HAdorama.

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