Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 vs Nikon D7100

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1

93

Nikon D7100

87

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1

Great image quality
Overall image quality
93.0
Really small
Size
Standard size 113x65x70 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%
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Badge
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses

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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 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Startup delay
Less startup delay
300 ms vs 1100 ms
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3.7x less delay when turning on
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
$896.95 vs $2,798.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,901 cheaper (3.1x less)
Shutter lag
Slightly less shutter lag
251 ms vs 271 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
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
113x65x70 mm vs 136x107x76 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-stop 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 2 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 Very 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
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              24 MP
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              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
              Weight Heavy Help
              D7100675 g
              DSC-RX1498 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              D71003"
              DSC-RX12.8"
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              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 D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $570 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,315 - $1,497 body only

              $1,699 - $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Lens availability Slightly fewer lenses available
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,997 body only

              $2,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 body only

              $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

              Light sensitivity (boost) Significantly higher boost light sensitivity
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              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
              Lens availability Much fewer lenses available
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,499 body only

              $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Cross type focus points Has slightly more cross-type focus points
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,997 body only

              $3,300 - $3,697 with 24-120mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Nikon D7100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $940 - $1,197 body only

              $1,240 - $1,497 with 18-140mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $949 body only

              $1,249 with 18-135mm 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

              $685 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
              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $790 - $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 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $749 - $778 body only

              $849 - $1,448 with 28-135mm lens

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R

              Boutique

              $2,798 - $2,800

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $998 - $1,698 body only

              $1,298 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 Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $370 - $448

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Sensor size Much smaller sensor
              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
              Fujifilm FinePix X100T

              Fujifilm FinePix X100T

              Boutique

              $1,029 - $1,299

              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Focus points More focus points
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Sensor size Much smaller sensor

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