• 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 100.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 4/3 226.2mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Differences

Sony RX100 advantages over Olympus PEN-F

  • Less expensive
    $368 vs $999
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/2000 vs 1/250 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Lighter weight
    240g vs 434g
    Lighter weight
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos

Olympus PEN-F advantages over Sony RX100

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • 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
    ~ 3.36 vs 2.41 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • High resolution composite
    Yes vs No
    Combine multiple shots to form a super hi-res version
  • Fast startup
    ~1.80 vs 2.8 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Higher effective ISO
    894 vs 390 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Newer
    3 years vs 6 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
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    43 vs 13 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    39 vs 13 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • 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 HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • 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
  • 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
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

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.

  • Highest resolution Olympus 4/3" camera yet; Excellent image quality for its class; Very good dynamic range; Fast autofocus; Fast burst speeds; Lots of fun creative filter options; Built-in EVF, Wi-Fi.

  • Expensive; No weather sealing; Mediocre battery life; No 4K video; No mic or headphone jacks.

The Competition

Compared to Sony RX100 II

Sony RX100
Sony RX100 II
  • $391
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Faster RAW shooting
  • $584
  • 1 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Olympus PEN-F
Sony RX100 II
  • $999
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Larger sensor
  • $584
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • NFC

Compared to Sony RX100 III

Sony RX100
Sony RX100 III
  • $391
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $648
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Tiltable Screen
Olympus PEN-F
Sony RX100 III
  • $999
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Larger sensor
  • $648
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • NFC

Compared to Canon G7X

Sony RX100
Canon G7X
  • $391
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $579
  • 1 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Tiltable Screen
Olympus PEN-F
Canon G7X
  • $999
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $579
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • NFC

Compared to Olympus E-M5 II

Sony RX100
Olympus E-M5 II
  • $391
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $799
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Larger sensor
Olympus PEN-F
Olympus E-M5 II
  • $999
  • 4/3
  • In-camera panoramas
  • More pixels
  • $799
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup

Compared to Panasonic GX85

Sony RX100
Panasonic GX85
  • $391
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Higher max flash sync
  • $565
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Olympus PEN-F
Panasonic GX85
  • $999
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • High resolution composite
  • $565
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
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