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 G16

71

Canon PowerShot G16

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Great image quality
Overall image quality
66.0
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 G16

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1800 ms startup delay
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Tunnel
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon G16

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Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
1800 ms vs 2800 ms
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Around 40% less delay when turning on
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 G16'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
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
250s vs 30s
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Around 8.5x longer exposures
Battery life
Longer battery life
360 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
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
390 ISO vs 230 ISO
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The DSC-RX100 has a slight edge (0.8 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
66.0 vs 54.0
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More than 20% better image quality
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
20 MP vs 12 MP
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Capture around 70% more detail in your photos
Color depth
Better color depth
22.6 bits vs 21 bits
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Distinguishes 1.6 more bits of color
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.4 EV vs 11.7 EV
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0.7 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
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,229k dots vs 922k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Size
Slightly smaller
101x58x35 mm vs 109x76x40 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Focus points
More focus points
25 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Weight
Lighter
213 g vs 356 g
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More than 40% lighter
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.4" vs 1.6"
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More than 10% thinner
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$389.99 vs $439.95
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The best price we've seen is $50 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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recommendations

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
              G16:922k dots
              DSC-RX100:1,229k dots
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              G16:12 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
              G16:5x
              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
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Macro focus Slightly 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
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              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

              Pro digicam

              $619 - $648

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $340 - $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-RX100 III

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Pro digicam

              $798

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Boutique

              $749

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              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 G16 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Pro digicam

              $547

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Aperture Narrower aperture

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100.

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