When Sony announced the RX10 last year, it raised some eyebrows with its 1″ sensor format, 24-200mm f/2.8 equivalent zoom lens and rather compact form factor for such serious specs. The video from the RX10 really impressed and it looked like it could be yet another market segment in which Sony moves way out in front.
Then, Panasonic launched the FZ1000 back in June for $900 and offered serious competition with a longer zoom range (25-400mm) and, more impressive, 4K video capability. Shortly thereafter, Sony dropped the price on the RX10 from $1300 to $1000.
Panasonic is eating everyone’s lunch right now in the consumer 4K market thanks to cameras like the FZ1000 and the new LX100. It’s no surprise then that we are now hearing rumors of a 4K-capable successor to the RX10.
In fact, the rumors suggest that Sony will launch the RX20 next month, just prior to PhotoPlus 2014 in New York. The Sony RX20 is rumored to feature virtually the same hardware specifications as the RX10; however, the RX20 will feature 4K video using Sony’s powerful new XAVC-S codec. Additional new video specs include 720p video capture at 120fps.
Pricing for the Sony RX10 is rumored to be about $1300 and the Sony RX10 should remain in the product lineup but at a lower price point.