• 35mm 855.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • 35.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 70.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Sony RX1 advantages over Sony RX100 IV

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs 1 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.97 vs 2.41 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Higher effective ISO
    2,534 vs 562 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    14.3 vs 12.6 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • 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 pixels
    24.3 vs 20.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos

Sony RX100 IV advantages over Sony RX1

  • Less expensive
    $848 vs $2400
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • More telephoto lens reach
    70 mm vs 35 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 280 vs 220 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Thinner
    41 mm vs 69 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    2 years vs 5 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lighter weight
    295g vs 498g
    Lighter weight
  • Less shutter lag
    0.16 vs 0.27 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Wider angle lens
    24 mm vs 35 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    16.0 fps vs 5.1 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    40 vs 15 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    8.6 fps vs 5.2 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    28 vs 15 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/32000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • 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
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • 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
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Full-frame, 24-megapixel sensor in a compact body; Carl Zeiss Sonnar 35mm f/2 T* lens; Blazing fast autofocus; Impressive image quality that rivals (and sometimes surpasses) full-frame DSLRs; Customizable function buttons make it a breeze to use.

  • Fixed-length lens limits shooting flexibility; Some exposure bias, color shift, moire and video AF issues; Viewfinders (optical or electronic) only available as optional accessories; Extremely expensive for a compact camera.

  • 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 RX1R

Sony RX1
Sony RX1R
  • $2400
  • 35mm
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • $2400
  • 35mm
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
Sony RX100 IV
Sony RX1R
  • $848
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $2400
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony RX100 III

Sony RX1
Sony RX100 III
  • $2400
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $698
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Sony RX100 IV
Sony RX100 III
  • $848
  • 1 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $698
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive

Compared to Leica Q

Sony RX1
Leica Q
  • $2400
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $4250
  • 35mm
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony RX100 IV
Leica Q
  • $848
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $4250
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony RX1R II

Sony RX1
Sony RX1R II
  • $2400
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $3298
  • 35mm
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Tiltable Screen
Sony RX100 IV
Sony RX1R II
  • $848
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Slower slow-motion
  • $3298
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony RX100 V

Sony RX1
Sony RX100 V
  • $2400
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $948
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Sony RX100 IV
Sony RX100 V
  • $848
  • 1 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $948
  • 1 inch
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • Newer
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