• 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 100.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 12,800

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Differences

Sony RX100 advantages over Olympus AIR

  • Rear display
    Yes vs No
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • 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
  • 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
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Olympus AIR advantages over Sony RX100

  • Larger sensor
    4/3 vs 1 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Less expensive
    $300 vs $448
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 3.75 vs 2.41 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Newer
    2 years vs 5 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    23 vs 13 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • 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
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.

Common Weaknesses

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • 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

  • Excellent high-ISO performance for such a compact model; Smart controls; Small body; Bright lens; 10fps full-res burst mode; Very fast shutter response; Excellent LCD.

  • Lens flare at night; Poor rendering of yellows; Slow flash recycling; Soft corners wide open; Continuous AF mode slow to lock.

The Competition

Compared to Sony RX100 II

Sony RX100
Sony RX100 II
  • $448
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Faster RAW shooting
  • $629
  • 1 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Olympus AIR
Sony RX100 II
  • $300
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $629
  • 1 inch
  • Rear display
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Sony RX100 III

Sony RX100
Sony RX100 III
  • $448
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $698
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Tiltable Screen
Olympus AIR
Sony RX100 III
  • $300
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Less expensive
  • $698
  • 1 inch
  • Rear display
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Panasonic GM1

Sony RX100
Panasonic GM1
  • $448
  • 1 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $479
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Olympus AIR
Panasonic GM1
  • $300
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $479
  • 4/3
  • Rear display
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Canon G7X

Sony RX100
Canon G7X
  • $448
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $623
  • 1 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Tiltable Screen
Olympus AIR
Canon G7X
  • $300
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $623
  • 1 inch
  • Rear display
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Panasonic GF7

Sony RX100
Panasonic GF7
  • $448
  • 1 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $449
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Olympus AIR
Panasonic GF7
  • $300
  • 4/3
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $449
  • 4/3
  • Rear display
  • Touchscreen
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