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

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 vs Nikon 1 V1

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100


Nikon 1 V1



Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Wide aperture
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


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.


Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 Competitors

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

Travel zoom


Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
Zoom More zoom
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot G9 X

Canon PowerShot G9 X

Pro digicam


Startup delay Much less startup delay
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Color depth Worse color depth
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

Pro digicam


Supports 24p Supports 24p
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Weight Slightly heavier

Nikon 1 V1 Competitors

Nikon 1 J1

Nikon 1 J1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$349 with 10-30mm lens

Autofocus Faster autofocus
Size Smaller
Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
Nikon 1 V3

Nikon 1 V3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$1,197 with 10-30mm lens

HDR Has in-camera HDR
Touch screen Has a touch screen
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
Nikon 1 J5

Nikon 1 J5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$380 - $497 with 10-30mm lens

Overall image quality Better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range
High-speed framerate Lower speed movies


Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
Cybershot DSC-RX100

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Nikon 1 V1
1 V1

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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.