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Panasonic LX10 vs Sony RX100 VA

Portability
88
Imaging
53
Features
72
Overall
60
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V(A) front
Portability
89
Imaging
54
Features
77
Overall
63

Panasonic LX10 vs Sony RX100 VA Key Specs

Panasonic LX10
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Bump to 25600)
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-72mm (F1.4-2.8) lens
  • 310g - 106 x 60 x 42mm
  • Launched September 2016
  • Additionally referred to as Lumix DMC-LX15
  • Old Model is Panasonic LX7
Sony RX100 VA
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Boost to 25600)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-70mm (F1.8-2.8) lens
  • 299g - 102 x 58 x 41mm
  • Revealed July 2018
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Panasonic LX10 vs Sony RX100 VA Overview

Here, we will be reviewing the Panasonic LX10 versus Sony RX100 VA, both Large Sensor Compact cameras by rivals Panasonic and Sony. The resolution of the LX10 (20MP) and the RX100 VA (20MP) is pretty comparable and both cameras posses the identical sensor sizes (1").

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The LX10 was unveiled 22 months prior to the RX100 VA which makes them a generation apart from each other. The two cameras feature the same body design (Large Sensor Compact).

Before we go right into a complete comparison, here is a quick summation of how the LX10 matches up versus the RX100 VA in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic LX10 over the Sony RX100 VA

 LX10 RX100 VA 
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Sony RX100 VA over the Panasonic LX10

 RX100 VA LX10 
RevealedJuly 2018September 2016Fresher by 22 months
Screen resolution1229k1040kClearer screen (+189k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies

Common features in the Panasonic LX10 and Sony RX100 VA

 LX10 RX100 VA 
Manual focus Dial precise focus
Screen typeTiltingTiltingTilting screen
Screen size3"3"Same screen dimensions

Panasonic LX10 vs Sony RX100 VA Physical Comparison

In case you're aiming to carry your camera, you need to think about its weight and volume. The Panasonic LX10 offers external dimensions of 106mm x 60mm x 42mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.7") and a weight of 310 grams (0.68 lbs) whilst the Sony RX100 VA has sizing of 102mm x 58mm x 41mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.6") along with a weight of 299 grams (0.66 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you are working with at that moment. The following is a front view scale comparison of the LX10 and the RX100 VA.

Panasonic LX10 vs Sony RX100 VA size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability grade of the LX10 and RX100 VA is 88 and 89 respectively.

Panasonic LX10 vs Sony RX100 VA top view buttons comparison

Panasonic LX10 vs Sony RX100 VA Sensor Comparison

Generally, it's hard to visualize the gap in sensor sizing only by checking out technical specs. The visual below should provide you a better sense of the sensor dimensions in the LX10 and RX100 VA.

As you can tell, both cameras come with the identical sensor size and the exact same MP so you should expect comparable quality of photographs although you would want to take the release date of the cameras into account. The older LX10 will be behind when it comes to sensor innovation.

Panasonic LX10 vs Sony RX100 VA sensor size comparison

Panasonic LX10 vs Sony RX100 VA Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic LX10 vs Sony RX100 VA Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic LX10
Portrait photography with Sony RX100 VA
65
has manual focus
decent sensor resolution (20MP)
sensor size is good (1")
comes with face detect focusing
supports RAW formats
can't use external flash
66
you can focus manually
great flash sync speed (1/2,000 seconds)
MP count good (20MP)
nice sensor size (1")
comes with face detect focusing
exports RAW files
external flash not possible
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Street Comparison

Panasonic LX10 Street photography factors
Sony RX100 VA Street photography factors
85
screen tilts up and down
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
sensor size is good (1")
supports RAW formats
comes with touch to focus
lighter than average in class (310 grams)
86
has a tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
nice sensor size (1")
exports RAW files
lighter than average (299 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic LX10 Sports photography advice
Sony RX100 VA Sports photography advice
62
silent shooting (1/16,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent sensor resolution (20MP)
sensor size is good (1")
comes with tracking focus
bad battery pack (260 shots)
lacks phase detect AF
70
quiet shutter (1/32,000 seconds)
fast shooting (24.0 frames per second)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (20 megapixels)
nice sensor size (1")
comes with tracking focus
sensor has phase detect AF
bad battery power (220 shots)
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic LX10
Travel photography with Sony RX100 VA
75
lighter than average in class (310g)
comes with touch to focus
decent sensor resolution (20MP)
built-in flash
rather wide (24mm)
very good maximum aperture (f1.4)
bad battery pack (260 shots)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
76
lighter than average (299g)
MP count good (20MP)
built-in flash
screen is selfie friendly
quite wide (24mm)
great max aperture (f1.8)
lack of Timelapse recording
bad battery power (220 shots)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic LX10 Landscape photography advice
Sony RX100 VA Landscape photography advice
70
has manual focus
rather wide (24mm)
very good maximum aperture (f1.4)
screen size is good (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent sensor resolution (20MP)
sensor size is good (1")
supports RAW formats
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
bad battery pack (260 per charge)
66
you can focus manually
quite wide (24mm)
great max aperture (f1.8)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (20 megapixels)
nice sensor size (1")
exports RAW files
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
bad battery power (220 per charge)
lack of Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Panasonic LX10
Vlogging with Sony RX100 VA
38
rather wide (24mm)
very good maximum aperture (f1.4)
has touchscreen
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with face detect focusing
high quality video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
lighter than average in class (310g)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
lack of microphone port
81
quite wide (24mm)
great max aperture (f1.8)
screen is selfie friendly
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detect focusing
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
lighter than average (299g)
lack of microphone support
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Panasonic LX10 vs Sony RX100 VA Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic LX10 and Sony RX100 VA
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V(A)
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Sony
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V(A)
Also called Lumix DMC-LX15 -
Category Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Launched 2016-09-19 2018-07-13
Physical type Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - Bionz X
Sensor type BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1" 1"
Sensor measurements 13.2 x 8.8mm 13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor area 116.2mm² 116.2mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixel 20 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 5472 x 3648 5472 x 3648
Max native ISO 12800 12800
Max boosted ISO 25600 25600
Lowest native ISO 125 125
RAW data
Lowest boosted ISO 80 80
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 49 315
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-72mm (3.0x) 24-70mm (2.9x)
Maximal aperture f/1.4-2.8 f/1.8-2.8
Macro focus range 3cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 2.7 2.7
Screen
Type of display Tilting Tilting
Display sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 1,040k dots 1,229k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,359k dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.59x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 secs 30 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/2000 secs
Highest quiet shutter speed 1/16000 secs 1/32000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 10.0fps 24.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 12.10 m (at Auto ISO) 10.20 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash modes Auto, Auto w/ red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On w/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync w/Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Rear Sync, Flash Off
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash synchronize - 1/2000 secs
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
Max video resolution 3840x2160 3840x2160
Video file format MP4, H.264, AAC MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) NP-BX1 lithium-ion battery & USB charger
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 310g (0.68 lb) 299g (0.66 lb)
Physical dimensions 106 x 60 x 42mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.7") 102 x 58 x 41mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.6")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 20 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 22.8 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 12.5 not tested
DXO Low light score 581 not tested
Other
Battery life 260 shots 220 shots
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model - NP-BX1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, 10 sec (3 shots)) Yes
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Card slots Single Single
Cost at launch $700 $998