Updated (February 2013): Compare the Nikon D7100 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 vs Nikon D7100

Winner
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1

90

Nikon D7100

74

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1

Great image quality
Overall image quality
93.0
Really small
Size
Standard size (113×65×70 mm)
Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,534 ISO
Large sensor
Sensor size
Full frame 35.8x23.8mm
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7100

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
Battery life
Great battery life
950 shots

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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D7100

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Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Battery life
Much longer battery life
950 shots vs 330 shots
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Around 3x more shots per battery charge
Screen size
Larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
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Around 10% larger screen
Startup delay
Less startup delay
300 ms vs 1100 ms
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3.7x less delay when turning on
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Pentaprism vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Focus points
More focus points
51 vs 25
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$713.00 vs $2,798.00
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The best price we've seen is $2,085 cheaper (3.9x less)
Shutter lag
Slightly less shutter lag
251 ms vs 271 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/2000s
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4x faster max shutter speed
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
6 fps vs 5 fps
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20% faster continuous shooting
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-RX1

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Size
Significantly smaller
113×65×70 mm vs 136×107×76 mm
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2.2x smaller
Overall image quality
Better image quality
93.0 vs 83.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
2,534 ISO vs 1,256 ISO
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The DSC-RX1 has excellent image quality: 1 f-stops higher ISO than the D7100
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The DSC-RX1's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Weight
Lighter
498 g vs 675 g
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Around 30% lighter
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14.3 EV vs 13.7 EV
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Almost the same
Color depth
Better color depth
25.1 bits vs 24.2 bits
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Almost the same
Thickness
Slightly thinner
2.8" vs 3"
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Around 10% thinner
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              1,229k dots
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              D710083.0
              DSC-RX193.0
              External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              24 MP
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              D710013.7 EV
              DSC-RX114.3 EV
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              D710024.2 bits
              DSC-RX125.1 bits
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Common Weaknesses
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weight Heavy Help
              D7100675 g
              DSC-RX1498 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              D71003"
              DSC-RX12.8"
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $979 - $1,097 body only

              $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously while recording movies
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $465 - $647 body only

              $549 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,585 - $1,997 body only

              $2,125 - $2,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,174 - $1,497 body only

              $1,649 - $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lens availability Much fewer lenses available
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,230 - $1,399 body only

              $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

              Light sensitivity (boost) Significantly higher boost light sensitivity
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Nikon D7100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $559 - $747 body only

              $689 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $919 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster video autofocus
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $720 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Leica Q (Typ 116)

              Leica Q (Typ 116)

              Boutique

              $4,250 - $6,000

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R

              Boutique

              $2,798

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

              Pro digicam

              $948

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Sensor size Much smaller sensor
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,098 - $1,698 body only

              $1,398 with 28-70mm lens

              Autofocus Faster video autofocus
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Pro digicam

              $798

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Sensor size Much smaller sensor

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