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

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Differences

Sony RX100 III advantages over Leica D-LUX (Typ 109)

  • Less expensive
    $698 vs $1095
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • 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
    287g vs 405g
    Lighter weight
  • More pixels
    20.2 vs 12.8 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Leica D-LUX (Typ 109) advantages over Sony RX100 III

  • Larger sensor
    4/3 vs 1 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 3.86 vs 2.41 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • 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
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/2000 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
  • 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
  • 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

  • Pocket-friendly design; Popup electronic viewfinder; Bright lens across the zoom range; 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; Wi-Fi wireless networking

  • Feels a little unbalanced without an accessory grip; Not as much telephoto reach as its siblings; Noise processing is heavier-handed than in earlier models; Quite pricey for a fixed-lens camera

The Competition

Compared to Sony RX100

Sony RX100 III
Sony RX100
  • $698
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $448
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
Leica D-LUX (Typ 109)
Sony RX100
  • $1095
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $448
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Sony RX100 II

Sony RX100 III
Sony RX100 II
  • $698
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Fast startup
  • $629
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
Leica D-LUX (Typ 109)
Sony RX100 II
  • $1095
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $629
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Canon G7X

Sony RX100 III
Canon G7X
  • $698
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $623
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
Leica D-LUX (Typ 109)
Canon G7X
  • $1095
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $623
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Panasonic LX100

Sony RX100 III
Panasonic LX100
  • $698
  • 1 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Internal flash
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
Leica D-LUX (Typ 109)
Panasonic LX100
  • $1095
  • 4/3
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive

Compared to Sony RX100 IV

Sony RX100 III
Sony RX100 IV
  • $698
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $848
  • 1 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Shoot 4K video
Leica D-LUX (Typ 109)
Sony RX100 IV
  • $1095
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $848
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
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