My wife, Giuliana (or Giuli – pronounced Julie), began using her Sony RX10iv about 2 years ago. She captured all of the images below with it, since then. She used the information in my article on bird photography, which outlines my system and settings for songbirds:

I also gave her advice on settings for birds in flight, animals, scenery, and small scenes such as flowers and insects.

The RX10iv zooms from 24mm – 600mm. At the low end of the zoom range (24-300) it generally produces very good quality images at ISO 1250 or below, with the help of noise reduction software. At the higher end (300-600) it can produce very good quality images with ISO 800 or less (and sometimes up to ISO 1250), but under certain lighting conditions there is a considerable loss of image quality. That can often be mitigated by very good noise reduction software such as DxO PhotoLab.

Giuli likes to walk in the morning and almost always brings the easy-to-carry RX10iv, hanging on her shoulder. And all of her images (so far) are hand held. This is a tremendous advantage for stalking birds or animals. There is no tripod to deal with, so she can get close with minimal disturbance and more easily gain the trust of subjects. There was no way she could have gotten close enough for the image of the fawn in the moss (pictured below) if she had to get into position with a tripod. Too much movement would have been required, and fawn would have bolted.

The Rx10iv is mirrorless, with no shutter sound. So subjects often remain unafraid, and sometimes even become curious of her silence. She is often shooting at 24 frames per second, another tremendous advantage. That rate of capture often produces perfectly sharp images at very low shutter speeds that would not otherwise be possible – such as the Brown Creeper at 1/30 sec, which briefly stopped while creeping up a tree (pictured in the gallery below). That image was handheld at full zoom (600mm), so the image stabilization is impressive. The camera also catches ideal wing positions on well-tracked birds in flight, such as the American Bittern that very briefly revealed its back (pictured below) and the female American Wigeon that flew low over the marsh grasses (pictured below). Those 2 images are also examples of how the RX10iv stays focused on birds in flight that are photographed against non-sky backgrounds (such as forests or marsh grasses), instead of locking on the background.

The advantages and versatility of the RX10iv are well demonstrated below. You’ll also notice that Giuli has a great eye for composition. Enjoy and be inspired.

75% of the images below were taken on Beavertail Peninsula (a private peninsula in Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula), and a few just off the peninsula.

Female Northern Parula in Usnea Moss – gathering nesting material

Swimming Mink

Male Pileated Woodpecker

Black Rocks

Barred Owl Reflection

American Bittern Marsh Flight

Fox Pups

Male Black and White Warbler with Earwig – late summer

Philadelphia Vireo – late summer

Fall Snow Road

Pied-billed Grebes

Tennessee Warbler – late summer



Frosty Forest Floor

Female Common Yellowthroat

Magnolia Warbler – late summer

Peace after the Storm

Female Common Goldeneye at Cavity

Fawn in Moss


Male Black-backed Woodpecker

Garter Snake

Male White-breasted Nuthatch

Confrontation – male Pileated Woodpecker and Red Squirrel

Bald Eagle Takeoff

Black-throated Green Warbler – late summer

Female Moose

Mallard Family

Blue-headed Vireo – late summer

Hadley’s Island Sunset

Barred Owl at Nest Cavity

Brown Creeper

Lake Huron November Shoreline

Chestnut-side Warbler- late summer

Common Loon Pair

Female Blackburnian Warbler – spring

Wood Lily Spider

Common Merganser Pair

Female American Redstart – spring nest building

Sedge Wren

Wind and Waves

Female American Wigeon

Female Bay-breasted Warbler – late summer

Female Magnolia Warbler – spring

Female Pileated Woodpecker

American Bittern Marsh Flight 2

Fall Forest First Snow

Female Wilson’s Warbler – late summer

Male Wilson’s Warbler – late summer

Fall Fishing Boat

Female American Redstart – spring

Fox with Deer Mouse

Great Blue Heron Landing

Eastern Kingbird with Grasshopper

Magnolia Warbler – late summer 2

Frosted Poplars

Male Bay-breasted Warbler – spring

Female Black-throated Green Warbler – spring

Autumn Morning – Lake Huron North Shore

Male Black and White Warbler – late summer

Northern Parula – late summer

Male Cape May Warbler – spring

Cape May Warbler – Late summer

Lake Huron Calm Morning

Pied-billed Grebe Running

Male Black-throated Blue Warbler – late summer

Pileated Woodpecker Pair

Red Squirrel – gathering bedding material

Red-breasted Nuthatch Nest

Stormy Evening

Male Bay-breasted Warbler – late summer

Canada Warbler – late summer

Raspberry Maple

Red-eyed Vireos – late summer, adult feeding young

Redpoll on Goldenrod

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2

Ruffed Grouse

Wind and Waves

Winter Wren

Female Hooded Merganser

Female Downy Woodpecker


Male Red-breasted Nuthatch

Beavertail Bay

Fox Pup – learning to walk

Brown Creeper 2

Brown Creeper Camo

Sunset Shower

Magnolia Warbler – late summer

Beavertail Buck

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Bell Flowers

Northern Parula – late summer 2

Female Common Yellowthroat – summer

Lake Huron Distant Warning

Male Black and White Warbler – spring