Updated (August, 2013): Compare the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II vs Sony NEX-5T

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 vs Sony NEX-5R

Winner
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

80

Sony NEX-5R

50

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,229k dots
High true resolution
True resolution
20 MP
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5R

Overall image quality
Great image quality
78.0
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Color depth
Great color depth
23.7 bits

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Advantages of the Sony DSC-RX100

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,229k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
True resolution
Higher true resolution
20 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Weight
Slightly lighter
213 g vs 276 g
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More than 20% lighter
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.4" vs 1.5"
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Around 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5R

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Overall image quality
Better image quality
78.0 vs 66.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
99 vs 25
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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
25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The NEX-5R's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
910 ISO vs 390 ISO
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The NEX-5R has excellent image quality 1.2 f-stops higher ISO than the DSC-RX100
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Color depth
Better color depth
23.7 bits vs 22.6 bits
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Distinguishes 1.1 more bits of color
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.1 EV vs 12.4 EV
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0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digital cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              DSC-RX1001,229k dots
              NEX-5R921k dots
              Size Fairly small Help
              DSC-RX100101x58x35 mm
              NEX-5R110x58x38 mm
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Common Weaknesses
              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

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Pro digicam

              $798

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $291 body only

              $398 with 16-50mm lens

              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Screen resolution Has a significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $649

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Sony Alpha A5100

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $348 body only

              $492 - $498 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Autofocus Focuses automatically
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $279 - $547 body only

              $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Startup delay Has much less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              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
              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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $328 - $398

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $247 - $348

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

              Sony NEX-5R Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $689 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Focus points Significantly fewer focus points
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $349 body only

              $640 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $659 body only

              $887 with 16-50mm lens

              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $549 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality

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