Updated (June, 2013): Compare the Leica D-LUX 4 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 vs Leica D-LUX 4

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
Leica D-LUX 4

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
High true resolution
True resolution
20 MP
 

Reasons to buy the Leica D-LUX 4

Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm
Size
Really small
Compact (109×56×27 mm)
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Thickness
Thin
1.1"

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differences

Advantages of the Leica D-LUX 4

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Wide angle
Much better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Size
Smaller
109×56×27 mm vs 102×58×36 mm
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More than 20% smaller
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.1" vs 1.4"
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More than 20% thinner
Longest exposure
Much 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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Sensor size
Much larger sensor
1" 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/1.7" 7.89x5.81mm
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More than 2.5x larger sensor
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
1,229k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2.5x higher resolution screen
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
20 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture 2x more detail in your photos
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 2.5 fps
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4x faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/1.8 vs f/2
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At its widest zoom, the DSC-RX100's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The DSC-RX100's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Weight
Lighter
213 g vs 248 g
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More than 10% lighter
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similarities

Compared to recent compacts

Common Strengths
Aperture Very wide aperture Help
D-LUX 4f/2
DSC-RX100f/1.8
Supports RAW RAW support Help
Better editing
Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
  1. Lens
Sensor size Large sensors Help
D-LUX 41/1.7" 7.89x5.81mm
DSC-RX1001" 13.2x8.8mm
Longest exposure Long exposures Help
D-LUX 460s
DSC-RX10030s
Common Weaknesses
Waterproof Not waterproof Help
Stay on land
Weight Heavy Help
D-LUX 4248 g
DSC-RX100213 g
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Zoom Poor zoom Help
D-LUX 42.5x
DSC-RX1003.6x

Compared to recent pro digicams

Common Strengths
Size Fairly small Help
D-LUX 4109×56×27 mm
DSC-RX100102×58×36 mm
Common Weaknesses
Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
1/2000 of a second
Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
Can only preview photos on the screen
Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
slower focusing
High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
Not supported
Touch screen No touchscreens Help
More buttons
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
D-LUX 43,200 ISO
DSC-RX1006,400 ISO
External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
Limited to the in-camera mic

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competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120

Pro digicam

$349

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Pro digicam

$328 - $398

Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is significantly heavier
Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110

Pro digicam

$250

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
Battery life Has a much shorter battery life
Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100

Pro digicam

$325

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
Battery life Has a much shorter battery life
Fujifilm FinePix x20

Fujifilm FinePix x20

Pro digicam

$57

Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is much heavier

Leica D-LUX 4 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Leica D-Lux 6

Leica D-Lux 6

Pro digicam

$782

Aperture Wider aperture
3D Takes 3D photos
Size Much larger
Thickness Much thicker
Leica D-LUX 5

Leica D-LUX 5

Pro digicam

$1,816

Sensor size Slightly larger sensor
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO
Supports 24p No 24p support
Size Slightly larger
Leica D-LUX 3

Leica D-Lux 3

Pro digicam

Size Slightly smaller
Weight Lighter
Wide angle Much worse wide angle
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Leica X1

Leica X1

Boutique

Sensor size Much larger sensor
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Leica D-Lux (Typ 109)

Leica D-Lux (Typ 109)

Boutique

$970 - $1,052

Sensor size Much larger sensor
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Built-in flash No built-in flash
Size Much larger

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
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Weight Significantly heavier
Size Slightly larger
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Travel zoom

$293 - $348

Zoom Much more zoom
Wide angle Much better wide angle
Sensor size Much smaller sensor
Supports RAW No RAW support
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

Pro digicam

$798

Wide angle Much better wide angle
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Size Larger
Weight Significantly heavier
Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16

Pro digicam

$399

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Sensor size Much smaller sensor
Size Much larger
Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$289 body only

$398 with 16-50mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

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