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Canon G1 X vs Sony RX100

Portability
75
Imaging
52
Features
60
Overall
55
Canon PowerShot G1 X front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 front
Portability
91
Imaging
50
Features
68
Overall
57

Canon G1 X vs Sony RX100 Key Specs

Canon G1 X
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1.5" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-112mm (F2.8-5.8) lens
  • 534g - 117 x 81 x 65mm
  • Introduced March 2012
  • Later Model is Canon G1 X II
Sony RX100
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-100mm (F1.8-4.9) lens
  • 240g - 102 x 58 x 36mm
  • Launched August 2012
  • Refreshed by Sony RX100 II
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Canon G1 X vs Sony RX100 Overview

Here is a complete review of the Canon G1 X vs Sony RX100, both Large Sensor Compact cameras by manufacturers Canon and Sony. There exists a sizable gap among the image resolutions of the G1 X (14MP) and RX100 (20MP) and the G1 X (1.5") and RX100 (1") possess different sensor dimensions.

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The G1 X was revealed 5 months earlier than the RX100 which means that they are both of a similar age. Both cameras come with the identical body type (Large Sensor Compact).

Before getting through a in-depth comparison, below is a concise summation of how the G1 X scores against the RX100 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Canon G1 X over the Sony RX100

 G1 X RX100 
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Sony RX100 over the Canon G1 X

 RX100 G1 X 
Display resolution1229k920kClearer display (+309k dot)

Common features in the Canon G1 X and Sony RX100

 G1 X RX100 
LaunchedMarch 2012August 2012Same age
Manually focus Very precise focus
Display dimension3"3"Identical display sizing
Touch friendly display Lack of Touch friendly display

Canon G1 X vs Sony RX100 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is aiming to carry your camera, you will want to think about its weight and size. The Canon G1 X offers physical measurements of 117mm x 81mm x 65mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 2.6") with a weight of 534 grams (1.18 lbs) whilst the Sony RX100 has specifications of 102mm x 58mm x 36mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.4") along with a weight of 240 grams (0.53 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you use at the time. Underneath is the front view physical size comparison of the G1 X compared to the RX100.

Canon G1 X vs Sony RX100 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability score of the G1 X and RX100 is 75 and 91 respectively.

Canon G1 X vs Sony RX100 top view buttons comparison

Canon G1 X vs Sony RX100 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, its difficult to imagine the gap in sensor sizing merely by seeing a spec sheet. The visual below should provide you a clearer sense of the sensor sizing in the G1 X and RX100.

As you can see, each of the cameras have got different megapixel count and different sensor sizing. The G1 X with its larger sensor is going to make getting shallow DOF simpler and the Sony RX100 will show more detail because of its extra 6MP. Greater resolution will make it easier to crop pics much more aggressively.

Canon G1 X vs Sony RX100 sensor size comparison

Canon G1 X vs Sony RX100 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon G1 X vs Sony RX100 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon G1 X Portrait photography factors
Sony RX100 Portrait photography factors
71
focusing manually
decent sensor resolution (14 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (1.5")
supports face detection focusing
saves RAW files
64
focusing manually
high flash sync speed (1/2,000s)
MP count decent (20 megapixels)
good sensor size (1")
offers face detection focusing
saves RAW files
no external flash support
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Street Comparison

Canon G1 X Street photography highlights
Sony RX100 Street photography highlights
72
screen articulates
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is decent (1.5")
saves RAW files
more heavy than competition (534 grams)
79
image stabilization (Optical)
good sensor size (1")
saves RAW files
lighter than competition in class (240g)
above average high ISO (25,600)
no moving screen
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Sports Comparison

Canon G1 X Sports photography factors
Sony RX100 Sports photography factors
54
image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
sensor size is decent (1.5")
supports tracking autofocus
max fps very slow (2.0 frames per second)
low battery (250 per charge)
no phase detect AF
65
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (20MP)
good sensor size (1")
offers tracking autofocus
doesn't have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Canon G1 X
Travel photography with Sony RX100
60
decent sensor resolution (14 megapixels)
built-in flash
selfie friendly screen
rather wide (28mm)
no Timelapse recording
low battery (250 shots)
more heavy than competition (534 grams)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
79
lighter than competition in class (240g)
MP count decent (20 megapixels)
flash built-in
reasonably wide (28mm)
fast max aperture (f1.8)
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Canon G1 X Landscape photography highlights
Sony RX100 Landscape photography highlights
60
focusing manually
rather wide (28mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (14 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (1.5")
saves RAW files
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
low battery (250 CIPA)
no Timelapse recording
74
focusing manually
reasonably wide (28mm)
fast max aperture (f1.8)
decent sized screen (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (20 megapixels)
good sensor size (1")
above average high ISO (25,600)
saves RAW files
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon G1 X as a Vlogging camera
Sony RX100 as a Vlogging camera
65
rather wide (28mm)
selfie friendly screen
image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection focusing
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
no external microphone port
more heavy than competition (534g)
38
reasonably wide (28mm)
fast max aperture (f1.8)
image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competition in class (240g)
screen isn't selfie friendly
does not have external mic socket
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Canon G1 X vs Sony RX100 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon G1 X and Sony RX100
 Canon PowerShot G1 XSony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100
General Information
Brand Canon Sony
Model Canon PowerShot G1 X Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100
Category Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Introduced 2012-03-29 2012-08-28
Physical type Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Digic 5 -
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1.5" 1"
Sensor dimensions 18.7 x 14mm 13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor area 261.8mm² 116.2mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixel 20 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4352 x 3264 5472 x 3648
Max native ISO 12800 25600
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points 9 25
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-112mm (4.0x) 28-100mm (3.6x)
Max aperture f/2.8-5.8 f/1.8-4.9
Macro focus distance 20cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 1.9 2.7
Screen
Screen type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 920 thousand dots 1,229 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen technology TFT PureColor II LCD WhiteMagic TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (tunnel) None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60s 30s
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting rate 2.0 frames per sec 10.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 7.00 m (via hot shoe EX series Speedlites, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX) -
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize - 1/2000s
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 534 gr (1.18 lbs) 240 gr (0.53 lbs)
Dimensions 117 x 81 x 65mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 2.6") 102 x 58 x 36mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.4")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 60 66
DXO Color Depth score 21.7 22.6
DXO Dynamic range score 10.8 12.4
DXO Low light score 644 390
Other
Battery life 250 shots 330 shots
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NB-10L NP-BX1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse recording With downloadable app
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Card slots Single Single
Launch price $649 $448