Updated (June 2012): Compare the Nikon 1 V1 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 vs Nikon 1 V1

Winner
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

81

Nikon 1 V1

33

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/1.8
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,229k dots
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Great color depth
Color depth
22.6 bits
 

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

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon 1 V1.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100.

competitors

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 Competitors

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

Travel zoom

$448

Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
Zoom More zoom
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$367 - $379 with 16-50mm lens

Overall image quality Much better image quality
Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

Pro digicam

$698

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
Color depth Worse color depth

Nikon 1 V1 Competitors

Nikon 1 J1

Nikon 1 J1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

Overall image quality Better image quality
Autofocus Faster autofocus
Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
Nikon 1 J5

Nikon 1 J5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$361 - $497 with 10-30mm lens

Overall image quality Much better image quality
Color depth Better color depth
High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
Canon EOS M

Canon EOS M

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$350 - $779 body only

$599 with 15-45mm lens

Overall image quality Much better image quality
Color depth Better color depth
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

discussion

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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.