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

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Winner
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

100

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Canon PowerShot G15

55

Canon PowerShot G15

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/1.8
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,229k dots
Great color depth
Color depth
22.6 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
12.4 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G15

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/1.8
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

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
Significantly better macro capability
1 cm vs 5 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 1 f-stop 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
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-RX100

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Sensor size
Much larger sensor
Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/1.8" 7.4x5.6mm
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Around 3x larger sensor
Overall image quality
Much better image quality
66.0 vs 46.0
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More than 40% better image quality
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
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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0.9 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
101x58x35 mm vs 106x75x40 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Weight
Lighter
213 g vs 352 g
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Around 40% lighter
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.4" vs 1.6"
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More than 10% thinner
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$399.95 vs $449.00
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The best price we've seen is $49 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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 G15:922k dots
              DSC-RX100:1,229k dots
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              PowerShot G15:12 MP
              DSC-RX100:20 MP
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              PowerShot G15:5x
              DSC-RX100:3.6x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              PowerShot G15:15s
              DSC-RX100:30s
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              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

              $449 - $507

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

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $391 - $399

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $345 - $348

              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 Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $348 - $368

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Light sensitivity (boost) Significantly lower boost light sensitivity
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $549 - $1,227

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $179 - $249

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $699

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon PowerShot G15 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $829

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Color depth Better color depth
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

              Pro digicam

              $619 - $648

              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
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Weight Heavier
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $298 - $400 with 16-50mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

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              Canon PowerShot G15 Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
              Canon PowerShot G15 Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

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              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.