Updated (July, 2013): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Winner
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

80

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

34

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/1.8
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,229k dots
High true resolution
True resolution
20 MP
Great color depth
Color depth
22.6 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1400 ms startup delay
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from

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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GX1

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
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
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
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
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
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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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
Color depth
Better color depth
22.6 bits vs 20.8 bits
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Distinguishes 1.8 more bits of color
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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
True resolution
Higher true resolution
20 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
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
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              DMC-GX1703 ISO
              DSC-RX100390 ISO
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              DMC-GX155.0
              DSC-RX10066.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $328 - $398

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $399

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $739 - $798

              Movie format Records very high quality movies
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Thickness Is thicker

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $518 - $549 body only

              $739 - $798 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $400 body only

              $489 - $500 with 12-32mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              External flash No external flash support
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $325 body only

              $429 - $518 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
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $488 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $342 body only

              $630 with 14-45mm lens

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Color depth Better color depth
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

              Pro digicam

              $598

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Weight Heavier
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Pro digicam

              $798

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Weight Heavier
              Lowest price More expensive
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $241 - $348

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Zoom More zoom
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Color depth Worse color depth

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