Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 vs Olympus XZ-1

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Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

81

Olympus XZ-1

40

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Large sensor
Sensor size
1" 13.2x8.8mm
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,229k dots
Great color depth
Color depth
22.6 bits
High true resolution
True resolution
20 MP
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus XZ-1

Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid
Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama

Items often bought with the Sony DSC-RX100 or Olympus XZ-1

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differences

Advantages of the Olympus XZ-1

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Screen type
Has an OLED screen
OLED vs LCD
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OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
Macro focus
Much better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Longest exposure
Significantly longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
Lowest price
Cheaper
$206.00 vs $389.99
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The best price we've seen is $184 cheaper (around 50% less)
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-RX100

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Sensor size
Much larger sensor
1" 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
Overall image quality
Much better image quality
66.0 vs 34.0
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More than 90% better image quality
Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
390 ISO vs 117 ISO
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The DSC-RX100 has excellent image quality: 1.7 f-stops higher ISO than the XZ-1
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.4 EV vs 10.4 EV
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3.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
22.6 bits vs 18.8 bits
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Distinguishes 3.8 more bits of color
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
20 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture 2x more detail in your photos
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
1,229k dots vs 614k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs
  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
Size
Slightly smaller
102×58×36 mm vs 111×65×42 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Weight
Slightly lighter
213 g vs 275 g
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More than 20% lighter
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
330 shots vs 320 shots
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Almost the same
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.4" vs 1.7"
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Around 20% thinner
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent pro digicams, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Very wide aperture Help
              f/1.8
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              XZ-160s
              DSC-RX10030s
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              XZ-14x
              DSC-RX1003.6x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/2000 of a second
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Travel zoom

              $428

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sensor size Has a marginally smaller sensor
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $314 - $349

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $483 - $649

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $328

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Placeholder

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (DMC-TZ70)

              Travel zoom

              $479

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Pro digicam

              $426

              3D Captures 3D images
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $259

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas

              Olympus XZ-1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Pro digicam

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Canon PowerShot N100

              Canon PowerShot N100

              Pro digicam

              $349

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Pro digicam

              $192

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $589

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

              Pro digicam

              $598

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Weight Heavier
              Lowest price More expensive
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Pro digicam

              $798

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Lowest price More expensive
              Weight Heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500

              Travel zoom

              $328 - $394

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Sensor size Much smaller sensor
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Sensor size Much smaller sensor
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO

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              JJ (7:46 PM, June 29, 2012)
              Note that the XZ-1 supports in-camera panorama.
              Also the lens of the XZ-1 is much faster at the long end.

              Lens ring on RX100 can be used for focus or zoom.