• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 12.8 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 75.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 70.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Panasonic LX100 advantages over Sony RX100 IV

  • Larger sensor
    4/3 vs 1 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Less expensive
    $648 vs $848
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 3.77 vs 2.41 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.70x vs 0.59x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    130 vs 40 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    11.3 fps vs 8.6 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode

Sony RX100 IV advantages over Panasonic LX100

  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Thinner
    41 mm vs 55 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    295g vs 405g
    Lighter weight
  • More pixels
    20.1 vs 12.8 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    16.0 fps vs 11.6 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/32000 vs 1/16000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Shoot 4K video
    Both provide
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Both provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • 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
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in 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

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Very good image quality; Great performance in most respects; Bright zoom lens with good macro performance; Photographer-friendly body easily fits in a coat pocket or small bag; Roomy, high-res built-in viewfinder; Decent battery life

  • Won't fit in a pants pocket; Relatively low resolution by modern standards; Zoom lens has only a modest telephoto; Soft corners at wide or tele positions; Aperture dial is too easily bumped; Bundled flash is fairly weak

  • Vastly improved burst speeds with deep buffer; Great performance with very fast autofocus; Very high resolution gives lots of detail in good light; High ISO noise levels much better than most pocket camera rivals; High-quality 4K video with uncompressed HDMI out; Super-fast High Frame Rate video; Same great pocket-friendly design.

  • Pricey for a compact camera; JPEGs can look over-processed at higher ISOs; Lens doesn't offer as much telephoto reach; Battery life not as good as predecessor; 24-70mm-equivalent lens can feel limiting.

The Competition

Compared to Sony RX100 III

Panasonic LX100
Sony RX100 III
  • $648
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $715
  • 1 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Internal flash
Sony RX100 IV
Sony RX100 III
  • $848
  • 1 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $715
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive

Compared to Canon G7X

Panasonic LX100
Canon G7X
  • $648
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $632
  • 1 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Tiltable Screen
Sony RX100 IV
Canon G7X
  • $848
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $632
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Pentax MX-1

Panasonic LX100
Pentax MX-1
  • $648
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $400
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • More telephoto lens reach
Sony RX100 IV
Pentax MX-1
  • $848
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $400
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Leica D-LUX (Typ 109)

Panasonic LX100
Leica D-LUX (Typ 109)
  • $648
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • $1095
  • 4/3
Sony RX100 IV
Leica D-LUX (Typ 109)
  • $848
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $1095
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon G5X

Panasonic LX100
Canon G5X
  • $648
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $763
  • 1 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
Sony RX100 IV
Canon G5X
  • $848
  • 1 inch
  • Shoot 4K video
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $763
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
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