• 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 200.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • 23.00mm - 900.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Sony RX10 advantages over Nikon B500

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    1 inch vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 2.41 vs 1.34 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • More pixels
    20.2 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 7.4 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    21 vs 7 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/3200 vs 1/1500 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Nikon B500 advantages over Sony RX10

  • Less expensive
    $257 vs $798
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • More telephoto lens reach
    900 mm vs 200 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Newer
    19 months vs 4 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lighter weight
    541g vs 832g
    Lighter weight
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Both provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video

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 GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Smaller than SLR/CSC with comparable lenses; Larger sensor than other bridge cameras; SLR-like body without the hassle of changing lenses; Weather-sealed; Constant f/2.8 maximum aperture; Generous zoom range; Great viewfinder; Swift performance; Plenty of enthusiast-friendly features including raw shooting; Wi-Fi and NFC wireless sharing.

  • Expensive compared to other bridge cameras; Menus respond slowly after burst shooting; Lens doesn't zoom very quickly; High ISO performance doesn't quite match RX100 II.

The Competition

Compared to Panasonic FZ1000

Sony RX10
Panasonic FZ1000
  • $798
  • 1 inch
  • Top deck display
  • Integrated ND filter
  • $755
  • 1 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Shoot 4K video
Nikon B500
Panasonic FZ1000
  • $257
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $755
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Samsung WB1100F

Sony RX10
Samsung WB1100F
  • $798
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $322
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Lighter weight
Nikon B500
Samsung WB1100F
  • $257
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $322
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Manual focus

Compared to Leica V-LUX (Typ 114)

Sony RX10
Leica V-LUX (Typ 114)
  • $798
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Integrated ND filter
  • $1195
  • 1 inch
  • Shoot 4K video
  • More telephoto lens reach
Nikon B500
Leica V-LUX (Typ 114)
  • $257
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $1195
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Nikon L840

Sony RX10
Nikon L840
  • $798
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $229
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
Nikon B500
Nikon L840
  • $257
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Newer
  • $229
  • 1/2.3 inch

Compared to Sony RX10 II

Sony RX10
Sony RX10 II
  • $798
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $1098
  • 1 inch
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Higher effective ISO
Nikon B500
Sony RX10 II
  • $257
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $1098
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
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