• 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 28mm - 140mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • 28mm - 100mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon G15 advantages over Sony RX100 II

  • Less expensive
    $420 vs $598
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • More lens zoom
    5.0x vs 3.6x
    Zooming is easier than walking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Longer battery life
    More info 770 vs 350 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    20 vs 13 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Sony RX100 II advantages over Canon G15

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    1 inch vs 1/1.7 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 2.41 vs 1.90 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Better color depth
    22.5 vs 19.9 bits
    Capture richer, more accurate colors
  • Higher effective ISO
    483 vs 165 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Less shutter lag
    0.15 vs 0.46 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More pixels
    20.2 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 15 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster RAW shooting
    4.9 fps vs 1.1 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Solid built and ergonomic, comfortable feel; Excellent f/1.8-2.8 5x optical zoom lens; Improved AF speed; Advanced photographic features, including PASM dial and RAW capture.

  • LCD screen no longer articulated; Optical viewfinder not very accurate and exhibits parallax; No WiFi or GPS.

  • New, 20.2MP, 1-inch type, backside illuminated (BSI) image sensor produces superb image quality, with particular improvements in low light and high ISO; 3-inch tilting rear LCD screen handy for composing shots from difficult angles; Fast all-around performer with quick autofocus and virtually no shutter lag; New, multi-interface hotshoe for adding a strobe or optional electronic viewfinder; Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC.

  • Bigger and heavier than previous model; More expensive than previous model; Reduced burst performance when shooting RAW files; Somewhat confusing menu structure and control layout; Wi-Fi features can be difficult to set up.

The Competition

Compared to Sony RX100

Canon G15
Sony RX100
  • $437
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $439
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Sony RX100 II
Sony RX100
  • $586
  • 1 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • NFC
  • $439
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Faster RAW shooting

Compared to Sony RX100 III

Canon G15
Sony RX100 III
  • $437
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More lens zoom
  • $782
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Sony RX100 II
Sony RX100 III
  • $586
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More lens zoom
  • $782
  • 1 inch
  • Fast startup
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Olympus XZ-2

Canon G15
Olympus XZ-2
  • $437
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $262
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
Sony RX100 II
Olympus XZ-2
  • $586
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $262
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup

Compared to Pentax MX-1

Canon G15
Pentax MX-1
  • $437
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $448
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • In-camera panoramas
Sony RX100 II
Pentax MX-1
  • $586
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $448
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Integrated ND filter
  • Slow-motion videos

Compared to Canon G16

Canon G15
Canon G16
  • $437
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Shoots 24p video
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $391
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Wi-Fi
Sony RX100 II
Canon G16
  • $586
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $391
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More lens zoom
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