Updated (June, 2013): Compare the Olympus XZ-1 vs Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

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Olympus XZ-1

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sensor size
Large sensor
Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
390 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
66.0
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,229k dots
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus XZ-1

Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 
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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 Significantly better macro capability 1 cm vs 5 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
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $229.99 vs $535.79
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The best price we've seen is $306 cheaper (2.3x less)
Longest exposure Longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-RX100

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Sensor size Much larger sensor Nikon CX 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
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
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.4 EV vs 10.4 EV
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2 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 1,229k dots vs 614k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
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
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
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
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs 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 101x58x35 mm vs 110x64x42 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Weight Lighter 213 g vs 275 g
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More than 20% lighter
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 Common Weaknesses
              Aperture Very wide aperture Help
              f/1.8
              Sensor size Very large sensors Help
              XZ-1:1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm
              DSC-RX100:Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              XZ-1:4x
              DSC-RX100:3.6x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $398

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $449 - $450

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $235 - $250

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $280 - $350

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $390 - $420

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $493 - $748 body only

              $665 - $898 with 16-50mm lens

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization

              Olympus XZ-1 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Pro digicam

              $199

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Sensor size Significantly smaller sensor
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $355

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $324 - $425

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Screen size Smaller screen

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

              Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

              Pro digicam

              $698

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Weight Heavier
              Lowest price More expensive
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $389 - $398

              Zoom More zoom
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Sensor size Much smaller sensor
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $549 - $610

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Pro digicam

              $499 - $598

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Sensor size Much smaller sensor
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

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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.