On Monday I managed to get an outing with the new RX10. It was a day of two halves. The first half was gales and driving rain during which I couldn’t use the Sony. Instead I resorted to trying to shoot with the LX7 but ended up switching that for my Infrared camera. This was because the Infrared GX1 doesn’t need a filter to shoot landscape where the LX7 does and the filters were getting covered in rain.
The second half of the day (about an hour) cleared up but the winds got even stronger. I was blown over several times and my camera bag (full of lenses) actually blew away. I’m not sure it was therefore great weather to judge the performance of the RX10.
Despite this I was able to identify a fairly major failing in the design of the RX10 and it’s one that I can’t believe Sony missed. As I was shooting I started to notice white marks appearing on my images. You can see an example below which I have ringed in red.
Sometimes these marks weren’t very noticeable but other times they were. In the end I was able to focus the white marks and realised it read “Carl Ziess”. Information about the lens is printed quite boldly in white around the edge. This is quite normal but the RX10 lens edge is angled where this writing appears. When you place a square grad filter over the front of the lens you find the writing around the edge of the lens reflects onto the inside of the grad and you get this strange circular blob.
The easy fix (which I am now adopting) is to place black tape over the writing so that it’s not reflected. This however is ridiculous for a camera of this cost. Do they not field test these before they rush them out to us poor consumers.