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Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Overall image quality
Great image quality
66.0
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,229k dots
True resolution
High true resolution
20 MP
Color depth
Great color depth
22.6 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

True resolution
High true resolution
16 MP
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1400 ms startup delay
Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
703 ISO
 
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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GX1

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Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 1400 ms vs 2800 ms
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2x less delay when turning on
Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The DMC-GX1's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Sensor size Larger sensor Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm vs Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
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More than 90% larger sensor
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 703 ISO vs 390 ISO
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The DMC-GX1 has a slight edge (0.9 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Longest exposure Longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $429.99 vs $535.79
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The best price we've seen is $106 cheaper (around 20% less)
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-RX100

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Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 1,229k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2.5x higher resolution screen
Image stabilization Image stabilization Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.4 EV vs 10.6 EV
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1.8 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality Better image quality 66.0 vs 55.0
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20% better image quality
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Color depth Better color depth 22.6 bits vs 20.8 bits
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Distinguishes 1.8 more bits of color
True resolution Higher true resolution 20 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 4.2 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs LIVEMOS
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Size Slightly smaller 101x58x35 mm vs 116x68x39 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Weight Lighter 213 g vs 318 g
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More than 30% lighter
Thickness Slightly thinner 1.4" vs 1.5"
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Around 10% thinner
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              DMC-GX1:16 MP
              DSC-RX100:20 MP
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

              Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

              Pro digicam

              $698

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              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
              True resolution Takes significantly lower resolution photos
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $549 - $610

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $493 - $748 body only

              $665 - $898 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $784 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic GX7

              Panasonic GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $745 - $809 body only

              $925 - $1,098 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $431 body only

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Panasonic Lumix GF6

              Panasonic Lumix GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $489 - $550 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              External flash No external flash support
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $650 - $748 with 12-32mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              External flash No external flash support
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $699 with 20mm lens

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Color depth Better color depth
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Touch screen No touch screen

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $389 - $398

              Zoom More zoom
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $449 - $450

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Pro digicam

              $499 - $598

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $235 - $250

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

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