• 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 100.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 12.8 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 75.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Sony RX100 advantages over Panasonic LX100

  • Less expensive
    $448 vs $648
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • More telephoto lens reach
    100 mm vs 75 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Thinner
    35 mm vs 55 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    240g vs 405g
    Lighter weight
  • More pixels
    20.2 vs 12.8 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos

Panasonic LX100 advantages over Sony RX100

  • Larger sensor
    4/3 vs 1 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
    ~ 3.77 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
  • Fast startup
    ~2.00 vs 2.8 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Higher effective ISO
    553 vs 390 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Newer
    3 years vs 5 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • 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
  • Wider angle lens
    24 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    11.6 fps vs 10.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    130 vs 13 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    11.3 fps vs 10.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    22 vs 13 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

  • 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

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
Panasonic LX100
Sony RX100 II
  • $648
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $629
  • 1 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • More telephoto lens reach

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
Panasonic LX100
Sony RX100 III
  • $648
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $698
  • 1 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Internal flash

Compared to Canon G7X

Sony RX100
Canon G7X
  • $448
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $632
  • 1 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Tiltable Screen
Panasonic LX100
Canon G7X
  • $648
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $632
  • 1 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Pentax MX-1

Sony RX100
Pentax MX-1
  • $448
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $400
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Integrated ND filter
Panasonic LX100
Pentax MX-1
  • $648
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $400
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Leica D-LUX (Typ 109)

Sony RX100
Leica D-LUX (Typ 109)
  • $448
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $1095
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Panasonic LX100
Leica D-LUX (Typ 109)
  • $648
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • $1095
  • 4/3
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