Updated (June, 2013): Compare the Nikon 1 V2 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

vs

Nikon 1 V1

36

Nikon 1 V1

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/1.8
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,229k dots
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
True resolution
High true resolution
20 MP
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 V1

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
1,200 fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
60 fps
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1300 ms startup delay
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 
Differences | Recommendations | Similarities | Competitors | Appearance | Discussion

differences

Advantages of the Nikon V1

Report a correction
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies 1,200 fps vs None
Help
Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 60 fps vs 10 fps
Help
6x faster continuous shooting
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
Help
Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Startup delay Much less startup delay 1300 ms vs 2800 ms
Help
2.2x less delay when turning on
Focus points Many more focus points 135 vs 25
Help
Set focus accurately within the frame
Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses Yes vs No
Help
Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
Help
An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
Help
A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Nikon 1 V1 Learn more about
the Nikon V1

Advantages of the Sony DSC-RX100

Report a correction
Image stabilization Image stabilization Lens vs None
Help
Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Overall image quality Better image quality 66.0 vs 54.0
Help
More than 20% better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.4 EV vs 11 EV
Help
1.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
Help
Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 20 MP vs 10 MP
Help
Capture around 2x more detail in your photos
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
Help
Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,229k dots vs 921k dots
Help
More than 30% higher resolution screen
Color depth Better color depth 22.6 bits vs 21.3 bits
Help
Distinguishes 1.3 more bits of color
Built-in flash Built-in flash Yes vs No
Help
A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Size Smaller 101x58x35 mm vs 113x76x43 mm
Help
More than 40% smaller
Weight Lighter 213 g vs 294 g
Help
Around 30% lighter
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
Help
The DSC-RX100's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
Help
The DSC-RX100's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Thickness Slightly thinner 1.4" vs 1.7"
Help
Around 20% thinner
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 Learn more about
the Sony DSC-RX100
vs

recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digital cameras, and ignoring price

Snapsort Recommends
Nikon 1 V1 Nikon 1 V1 36
Retailer
    Style
      Color
        You save

        vs

        83 Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
        Retailer
          Style
            Color
              You save

              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              V1:921k dots
              DSC-RX100:1,229k dots
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              V1:346 ISO
              DSC-RX100:390 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

              dxomark

              DXOMark

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $298 - $410 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $598 - $700 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $549

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $517 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Pro digicam

              $599 - $620

              Autofocus Focuses automatically
              Macro focus Significantly closer macro focusing
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Nikon 1 V1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $189 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Size Smaller
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Nikon 1 V2

              Nikon 1 V2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $749 - $797 body only

              $789 - $799 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Focus points Significantly fewer focus points
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon 1 V3

              Nikon 1 V3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,197 with 10-30mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $236 body only

              $315 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Nikon 1 S1

              Nikon 1 S1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $149 - $240 with 11-2mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Size Smaller
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Placeholder

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

              Pro digicam

              $619 - $648

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Weight Heavier
              Lowest price More expensive
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $396 - $399

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $298

              Zoom More zoom
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Pro digicam

              $798

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Weight Heavier
              Lowest price More expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $300 - $398

              Aperture Wider aperture
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Color depth Worse color depth

              appearance

              Nikon 1 V1 Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
              Nikon 1 V1 Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
              Nikon 1 V1 Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              discussion

              Nikon 1 V1
              1 V1
              Nikon

              Report a correction
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
              Cybershot DSC-RX100
              Sony

              Report a correction

              Showing 1 comments

              James (9:48 AM, January 04, 2013)
              I returned the RX100 and bought the Nikon V1 to replace it, as the Sony is too small and light for proper handling, lacks a viewfinder, and has troublesome, tiny controls, and clearly inferior build quality. It also frequently blows highlights outdoors and has poor auto white balance indoors, producing missed shots. I strongly recommend comparing these two in person, in the store, as you will be amazed.

              The RX100 is also more than twice as expensive as the V1 at late 2012 discount prices. But even at the same price, I would choose the V1 over the RX100 as the V1 is truly fun to use and is higher quality construction with many technological advantages over the RX100.

              Don't be fooled by the RX100's MP advantage, its files frequently are disappointing, while the V1 just doesn't miss. But to get the most from the V1, you must use one of its fast, sharp lenses such as the 18.5mm f1.8 - not the slow and somewhat soft 10-30mm kit lens!

              Buy the RX100 instead ONLY if you need it's tiny size and light weight for some reason. The V1 is the better camera overall, hands down.