Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 vs Ricoh GR

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1

77

Ricoh GR

62

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1

Great image quality
Overall image quality
93.0
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,229k dots
High true resolution
True resolution
24 MP
Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,534 ISO
 

Reasons to buy the Ricoh GR

Size
Really small
Compact (117×61×35 mm)
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
160 ms startup delay
Thickness
Thin
1.4"
Weight
Light-weight
245 g

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differences

Advantages of the Ricoh GR

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Wide angle
Better wide angle
28 mm vs 35 mm
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20% better wide angle
Size
Smaller
117×61×35 mm vs 113×65×70 mm
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2.1x smaller
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
10.0 cm vs 14.0 cm
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Focus on subjects around 30% closer to the lens
Startup delay
Less startup delay
160 ms vs 1100 ms
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6.9x less delay when turning on
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.4" vs 2.8"
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2x thinner
Weight
Significantly lighter
245 g vs 498 g
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2x lighter
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$473.00 vs $2,798.00
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The best price we've seen is $2,325 cheaper (5.9x less)
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
300s vs 30s
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10x longer exposures
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-RX1

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Low light performance
Much lower noise at high ISO
2,534 ISO vs 972 ISO
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The DSC-RX1 has excellent image quality: 1.4 f-stops higher ISO than the GR
Overall image quality
Much better image quality
93.0 vs 78.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Aperture
Significantly wider aperture
f/2 vs f/2.8
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At its widest zoom, the DSC-RX1's lens captures slightly more light (1 f-stops)
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Sensor size
Much larger sensor
Full frame 35.8x23.8mm vs APS-C 23.7x15.6mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
24 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Color depth
Better color depth
25.1 bits vs 23.6 bits
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Distinguishes 1.5 more bits of color
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
Battery life
Longer battery life
330 shots vs 290 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14.3 EV vs 13.5 EV
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0.1 f-stops more dynamic range
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              similarities

              Compared to recent boutiques

              Common Strengths
              Low light performance Very low noise at high ISO Help
              GR972 ISO
              DSC-RX12,534 ISO
              Overall image quality Extremely good image quality Help
              GR78.0
              DSC-RX193.0
              Screen resolution Very high resolution screens Help
              GR1,228k dots
              DSC-RX11,229k dots
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              GR23.6 bits
              DSC-RX125.1 bits
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              GR13.5 EV
              DSC-RX114.3 EV
              Size Fairly small Help
              GR117×61×35 mm
              DSC-RX1113×65×70 mm
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              GR160 ms
              DSC-RX11100 ms
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              GR10.0 cm
              DSC-RX114.0 cm
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              GR4 fps
              DSC-RX15 fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Pro digicam

              $678 - $798

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Sensor size Has a significantly smaller sensor
              Fujifilm FinePix X100T

              Fujifilm FinePix X100T

              Boutique

              $1,019 - $1,299

              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Fujifilm FinePix X100s

              Fujifilm FinePix X100s

              Boutique

              $848

              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $648 - $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Screen resolution Has a much lower resolution screen
              Placeholder

              Leica Q (Typ 116)

              Boutique

              $4,250

              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $723 - $798

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $350 - $448

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash

              Ricoh GR Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix A

              Nikon Coolpix A

              Boutique

              $597 - $652

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Ricoh GR Digital IV

              Ricoh GR Digital IV

              Pro digicam

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Sensor size Much smaller sensor
              Supports 24p No 24p support

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R

              Boutique

              $2,798

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $990 - $1,698 body only

              $1,298 with 28-70mm lens

              Autofocus Faster video autofocus
              Focus points Many more focus points
              Low light performance Much more noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,249 - $2,499 body only

              $2,800 - $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Low light performance Much more noise at high ISO
              Size Much larger

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