Updated (August 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot G16 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 vs Canon PowerShot G15

Winner
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

97

Canon PowerShot G15

51

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,229k dots
Great color depth
Color depth
22.6 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
12.4 EV
High true resolution
True resolution
20 MP
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G15

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Tunnel

galleries

Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot G15.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100.

differences

Advantages of the Canon PowerShot G15

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Macro focus
Much better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The PowerShot G15's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
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
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
350 shots vs 330 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-RX100

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Sensor size
Much larger sensor
1" 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/1.8" 7.44x5.58mm
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Around 3x larger sensor
Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
390 ISO vs 165 ISO
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The DSC-RX100 has excellent image quality: 1.2 f-stops higher ISO than the PowerShot G15
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
66.0 vs 46.0
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More than 40% better image quality
Color depth
Better color depth
22.6 bits vs 19.9 bits
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Distinguishes 2.7 more bits of color
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
20 MP vs 12 MP
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Capture around 70% more detail in your photos
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.4 EV vs 11.5 EV
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1.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,229k dots vs 922k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Focus points
More focus points
25 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Size
Slightly smaller
102×58×36 mm vs 107×76×40 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Weight
Lighter
213 g vs 352 g
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Around 40% lighter
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$389.99 vs $781.08
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The best price we've seen is $391 cheaper (2x less)
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.4" vs 1.6"
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More than 10% thinner
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent pro digicams, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Very wide aperture Help
              f/1.8
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              PowerShot G15922k dots
              DSC-RX1001,229k dots
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              10 fps
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              PowerShot G1512 MP
              DSC-RX10020 MP
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              PowerShot G15350 shots
              DSC-RX100330 shots
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              PowerShot G155x
              DSC-RX1003.6x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Startup delay Has much less startup delay
              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $314 - $349

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $328

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Light sensitivity (boost) Significantly lower boost light sensitivity
              True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $274 body only

              $440 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $469 - $649

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $404

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $264

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas

              Canon PowerShot G15 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $976

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Color depth Better color depth
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Canon PowerShot G10

              Canon PowerShot G10

              Pro digicam

              $834

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot G11

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Pro digicam

              $299

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $240 body only

              $315 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

              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 More expensive
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Pro digicam

              $798

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Lowest price More expensive
              Weight Heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $278 - $298

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Sensor size Much smaller sensor
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Travel zoom

              $428

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Sensor size Much smaller sensor
              Aperture Much narrower aperture

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              Canon PowerShot G15 Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              discussion

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              Showing 4 comments

              AmyZ (9:52 AM, February 26, 2013)
              Fantastic Website! Super helpful. Thanks!
               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (7:13 PM, January 22, 2013)
              Thanks for letting us know, we will try to have that fixed up soon.
               
              Observant PC Guy (7:36 PM, January 21, 2013)
              Sorry. Meant to say G15, but put in RX100 I have used the panoramic modes on both the G15 as well as on the RX100.
               
              Observant PC Guy (7:34 PM, January 21, 2013)
              It is indicated above that the RX100 does not have a panoramic mode in-camera. That is not correct. I have used the panoramic mode on my RX100.