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New Firmware Update Brings XAVC-S Codec To Sony RX10

By Anthony Thurston on August 29th 2014

One of the biggest downsides to the otherwise stellar video performance on the Sony RX10 was its codecs. Simply put, they were not up to par with what other cameras are utilizing these days. Luckily, it appears Sony has heard cries for a better codec, and in a new firmware update, has added their high quality XAVC-S codec to the RX10.


Enables shooting 60p/30p/24p/120p movies in the XAVC S format that supports high bit rates  (1920×1080) 50p/25,(1280×720) 100p, (1920×1080) 60p/30p/24p,(1280×720) 120p

The above excerpt explains the improvements and Codec update in the firmware for the RX10. If you own an RX10 and would like to update to gain access to the nicer codec, you can find the download here.

To me, this is a great move on the part of Sony. Panasonic released their FZ1000, which matched the RX10 in many respects, and bested it with a 4K video recording resolution, while undercutting it on price. The first thing Sony did was lower the RX10 price, and now they are upgrading its video codec.

Great moves to try and limit the bleeding caused by the direct competition from the FZ1000. It will be interesting to see how else, if at all, Sony can improve on the RX10 through further firmware updates…


What are your thoughts on this new firmware update? Do you agree that this is a smart move by Sony to strengthen their hold with the RX10? Leave a comment below!

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. mugur ic

    Interesting camera and very useful update

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  2. fotosiamo

    I use the Sony RX-10 exclusively to record my friend’s Youtube tech channel, and it really does record very sharp, amazing video since it records without pixel binning unlike many cameras.

    Plus, its features from the 24-200mm equiv. range and built-in ND filter makes it a super versatile camera.

    Can’t wait to install this new firmware!

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  3. Rafael Steffen

    This is a key point for having better choices for video shooting!

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  4. Pete McWade

    So when is Sony going to offer this XAVC-S codec for the A7/A7R? Anyone hear any rumors yet on this?

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    • Anthony Thurston

      No rumors on that at this point. But Sony showed that it is as simple as a firmware update, so who knows when/if they decide to bring the XAVC-S to the A7 series.

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    • Austin Swenson

      YES. THIS. Firmware update please =)

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    • Austin Swenson

      If a bridge camera were in my budget just for funnies, I would really like to get this bad boy. Looking forward to the firmware updates for my A7!

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