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

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Differences

Sony RX1R advantages over Sony RX100 III

  • 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)
  • Better color depth
    25.0 vs 22.4 bits
    Capture richer, more accurate colors
  • Higher effective ISO
    2,537 vs 495 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    13.6 vs 12.3 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 20.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Sony RX100 III advantages over Sony RX1R

  • Less expensive
    $698 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
  • 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 320 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
  • Lighter weight
    287g vs 482g
    Lighter weight
  • Less shutter lag
    0.15 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
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 5.1 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    48 vs 15 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    6.7 fps vs 5.2 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    26 vs 15 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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

  • Significantly sharper, more detailed JPEG images than those from the RX1; JPEG processing appears to minimize moire and aliasing artifacts; Same price as the RX1; Full-frame, 24-megapixel compact camera with fast Carl Zeiss Sonnar 35mm f/2 T* lens; Blazing fast autofocus; Impressive image quality that rivals (and sometimes surpasses) full-frame DSLRs.

  • More prone to moire, aliasing and false color than the RX1; Only subtle improvement in sharpness in RAW files; Fixed-length lens limits shooting flexibility; Viewfinders (optical or electronic) only available as optional accessories; Extremely expensive for a compact camera.

  • 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 RX1R
Sony RX100
  • $2400
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $448
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony RX100 III
Sony RX100
  • $698
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $448
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Sony RX100 II

Sony RX1R
Sony RX100 II
  • $2400
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $629
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony RX100 III
Sony RX100 II
  • $698
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Fast startup
  • $629
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Canon G7X

Sony RX1R
Canon G7X
  • $2400
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $623
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony RX100 III
Canon G7X
  • $698
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $623
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Panasonic LX100

Sony RX1R
Panasonic LX100
  • $2400
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Sony RX100 III
Panasonic LX100
  • $698
  • 1 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Internal flash
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Sony RX1

Sony RX1R
Sony RX1
  • $2400
  • 35mm
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
  • $2400
  • 35mm
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
Sony RX100 III
Sony RX1
  • $698
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $2400
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
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