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

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 Leica D-LUX 4

Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm
Size
Really small
Compact 109x56x27 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
109x56x27 mm vs 101x58x35 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" 7.9x5.8mm
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More than 2.5x larger sensor
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
20 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture 2x more detail in your photos
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
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$369.99 vs $2,299.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,929 cheaper (6.2x less)
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 2.5 fps
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4x faster continuous shooting
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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/2.0
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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 1 f-stop better
Weight
Lighter
213 g vs 248 g
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More than 10% lighter
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recommendations

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similarities

Compared to recent compacts

Common Strengths
Aperture Very wide aperture Help
D-LUX 4f/2.0
DSC-RX100f/1.8
Supports RAW RAW support Help
Better editing
Sensor size Large sensors Help
D-LUX 41/1.7" 7.9x5.8mm
DSC-RX1001" 13.2x8.8mm
Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
Lens
Longest exposure Long exposures Help
D-LUX 460s
DSC-RX10030s
Common Weaknesses
Lowest price Very expensive Help
D-LUX 4$2,299.00
DSC-RX100$369.99
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 4109x56x27 mm
DSC-RX100101x58x35 mm
Common Weaknesses
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

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 G16

Canon PowerShot G16

Pro digicam

$399

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is much 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
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

Boutique

$739 - $798

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

Leica D-LUX 4 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Leica D-LUX 3

Leica D-Lux 3

Pro digicam

$1,499

Lowest price Much cheaper
Size Slightly smaller
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Wide angle Much worse wide angle
Leica D-Lux 6

Leica D-Lux 6

Pro digicam

$640

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

Leica D-LUX 5

Pro digicam

$1,832

Sensor size Larger sensor
Lowest price Much cheaper
Supports 24p No 24p support
Size Slightly larger
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Pro digicam

$589

Lowest price Much cheaper
Sensor size Larger sensor
Size Much larger
Supports 24p No 24p support
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Pro digicam

$290

Lowest price Much cheaper
Sensor size Larger sensor
Size Slightly larger
Weight Heavier

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120

Pro digicam

$349

Wide angle Much better wide angle
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Sensor size Much smaller sensor
True resolution Much lower true resolution
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 Larger
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
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Travel zoom

$247 - $348

Zoom Much more zoom
Wide angle Much better wide angle
Sensor size Much smaller sensor
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$548 body only

$698 with 16-50mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Size Much larger
Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

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