Updated (June, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot G1X vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 vs Canon PowerShot G1X

Winner
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

88

Canon PowerShot G1X

76

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/1.8
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,229k dots
High true resolution
True resolution
20 MP
Great color depth
Color depth
22.6 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G1X

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1900 ms startup delay
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Sensor size
Large sensor
Four thirds 18.7x14mm

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differences

Advantages of the Canon G1X

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
1900 ms vs 2800 ms
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More than 30% less delay when turning on
Sensor size
Larger sensor
Four thirds 18.7x14mm vs 1" 13.2x8.8mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Tunnel vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
644 ISO vs 390 ISO
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The G1X has a slight edge (0.7 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The G1X's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-RX100

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Aperture
Significantly wider aperture
f/1.8 vs f/2.8
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At its widest zoom, the DSC-RX100's lens captures much more light (1.3 f-stops)
Macro focus
Much better macro capability
5.0 cm vs 20.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 4x closer to the lens
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.4 EV vs 10.8 EV
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2.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Size
Smaller
102×58×36 mm vs 117×81×65 mm
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2.9x smaller
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,229k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Overall image quality
Better image quality
66.0 vs 60.0
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10% better image quality
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 1.9 fps
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Around 5.5x faster continuous shooting
Color depth
Better color depth
22.6 bits vs 21.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.9 more bits of color
True resolution
Higher true resolution
20 MP vs 14.2 MP
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Capture more than 40% more detail in your photos
Weight
Significantly lighter
213 g vs 492 g
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2.3x lighter
Thickness
Thinner
1.4" vs 2.6"
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More than 40% thinner
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
330 shots vs 250 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              G1X920k dots
              DSC-RX1001,229k dots
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Common Weaknesses
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lenses only Help
              One lens only
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              G1X1900 ms
              DSC-RX1002800 ms
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              G1X20.0 cm
              DSC-RX1005.0 cm
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              G1X644 ISO
              DSC-RX100390 ISO
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              G1X4x
              DSC-RX1003.6x

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $328 - $398

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $546 - $649

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $289 body only

              $330 - $398 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Screen resolution Has a significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Nikon Coolpix A

              Nikon Coolpix A

              Boutique

              $449 - $656

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing

              Canon PowerShot G1X Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Boutique

              $749

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $781

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Pro digicam

              $500 - $547

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $986

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

              Pro digicam

              $598

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Weight Heavier
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $293 - $348

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Zoom More zoom
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Pro digicam

              $798

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Weight Heavier
              Lowest price More expensive

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              Geo (4:50 PM, June 02, 2013)
              Larger Sensor???Four thirds 18.7x14.0mmvsNikon CX 13.2x8.8mm