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Samsung ST100 vs Sony RX100 VA

Portability
95
Imaging
37
Features
34
Overall
35
Samsung ST100 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V(A) front
Portability
89
Imaging
54
Features
77
Overall
63

Samsung ST100 vs Sony RX100 VA Key Specs

Samsung ST100
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 35-175mm (F3.6-4.8) lens
  • 155g - 100 x 60 x 20mm
  • Launched January 2010
Sony RX100 VA
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Bump to 25600)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-70mm (F1.8-2.8) lens
  • 299g - 102 x 58 x 41mm
  • Launched July 2018
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Samsung ST100 vs Sony RX100 VA Overview

The following is a extended analysis of the Samsung ST100 versus Sony RX100 VA, one is a Ultracompact and the latter is a Large Sensor Compact by rivals Samsung and Sony. There is a sizeable difference between the resolutions of the ST100 (14MP) and RX100 VA (20MP) and the ST100 (1/2.3") and RX100 VA (1") offer totally different sensor size.

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The ST100 was brought out 9 years earlier than the RX100 VA which is quite a large gap as far as tech is concerned. Both of the cameras have different body design with the Samsung ST100 being a Ultracompact camera and the Sony RX100 VA being a Large Sensor Compact camera.

Before getting right into a detailed comparison, here is a simple summary of how the ST100 matches up against the RX100 VA for portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Samsung ST100 over the Sony RX100 VA

 ST100 RX100 VA 
Screen dimensions3.5"3"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Sony RX100 VA over the Samsung ST100

 RX100 VA ST100 
LaunchedJuly 2018January 2010Newer by 103 months
Manual focus More accurate focusing
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution1229k1152kClearer screen (+77k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies

Common features in the Samsung ST100 and Sony RX100 VA

 ST100 RX100 VA 

Samsung ST100 vs Sony RX100 VA Physical Comparison

When you are aiming to travel with your camera frequently, you should factor its weight and dimensions. The Samsung ST100 has got physical dimensions of 100mm x 60mm x 20mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 0.8") accompanied by a weight of 155 grams (0.34 lbs) while the Sony RX100 VA has dimensions of 102mm x 58mm x 41mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.6") having a weight of 299 grams (0.66 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you select at that moment. Below is a front view proportions comparison of the ST100 versus the RX100 VA.

Samsung ST100 vs Sony RX100 VA size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability rating of the ST100 and RX100 VA is 95 and 89 respectively.

Samsung ST100 vs Sony RX100 VA top view buttons comparison

Samsung ST100 vs Sony RX100 VA Sensor Comparison

Usually, its hard to see the contrast between sensor dimensions merely by reading specifications. The pic here might offer you a greater sense of the sensor sizes in the ST100 and RX100 VA.

To sum up, both cameras have different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The ST100 due to its tinier sensor will make getting shallow depth of field more challenging and the Sony RX100 VA will offer greater detail having its extra 6 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also help you crop pictures a bit more aggressively. The more aged ST100 is going to be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor innovation.

Samsung ST100 vs Sony RX100 VA sensor size comparison

Samsung ST100 vs Sony RX100 VA Screen and ViewFinder

Samsung ST100 vs Sony RX100 VA Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Samsung ST100 Portrait photography details
Sony RX100 VA Portrait photography details
33
good megapixels (14MP)
provides face detection autofocus
focusing manually not possible
no manual control
no external flash support
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
66
has manual focus
high flash sync (1/2,000 seconds)
megapixel count good (20MP)
sensor size is good (1")
provides face detection focusing
saves RAW files
cannot use external flash
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Street Comparison

Samsung ST100 Street photography highlights
Sony RX100 VA Street photography highlights
60
image stabilization (Optical)
provides focus by touch
no articulating screen
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
heavier than competitors (155 grams)
86
tilting screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is good (1")
saves RAW files
lighter than competition (299g)
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Sports Comparison

Samsung ST100 as a Sports photography camera
Sony RX100 VA as a Sports photography camera
35
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (14MP)
max shutter speed is low (1/1,000 seconds)
no shutter priority mode
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
70
quiet mode (1/32,000 seconds)
high max fps (24.0 frames/s)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
sensor size is good (1")
provides tracking autofocus
has phase detect AF
not so great battery (220 per charge)
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Travel Comparison

Samsung ST100 Travel photography info
Sony RX100 VA Travel photography info
60
provides focus by touch
good megapixels (14MP)
has built in flash
no Time Lapse function
heavier than competitors (155g)
does not contain selfie friendly display
wide angle not good (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.6)
76
lighter than competition (299g)
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
display is selfie friendly
quite wide (24mm)
fast maximum aperture (f1.8)
no Timelapse recording
not so great battery (220 per charge)
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Landscape Comparison

Samsung ST100 Landscape photography info
Sony RX100 VA Landscape photography info
37
bigger than average screen (3.5 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.6)
no manual control
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
no Time Lapse function
66
has manual focus
quite wide (24mm)
fast maximum aperture (f1.8)
good sized screen (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
sensor size is good (1")
saves RAW files
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
not so great battery (220 shots)
no Timelapse recording
Photography Glossary

Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Samsung ST100
Vlogging with Sony RX100 VA
29
has touchscreen
image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection autofocus
wide angle not good (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.6)
does not contain selfie friendly display
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
no external mic port
heavier than competitors (155 grams)
81
quite wide (24mm)
fast maximum aperture (f1.8)
display is selfie friendly
has image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection focusing
good video quality (3840 x 2160 pxls)
lighter than competition (299g)
no external microphone socket
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Samsung ST100 vs Sony RX100 VA Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Samsung ST100 and Sony RX100 VA
 Samsung ST100Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V(A)
General Information
Make Samsung Sony
Model Samsung ST100 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V(A)
Class Ultracompact Large Sensor Compact
Launched 2010-01-06 2018-07-13
Physical type Ultracompact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by - Bionz X
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 116.2mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixel 20 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4320 x 3240 5472 x 3648
Highest native ISO 3200 12800
Highest boosted ISO - 25600
Minimum native ISO 80 125
RAW format
Minimum boosted ISO - 80
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points - 315
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 35-175mm (5.0x) 24-70mm (2.9x)
Maximal aperture f/3.6-4.8 f/1.8-2.8
Macro focus range 5cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.8 2.7
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Tilting
Display sizing 3.5" 3"
Display resolution 1,152 thousand dots 1,229 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,359 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.59x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 8s 30s
Maximum shutter speed 1/1000s 1/2000s
Maximum quiet shutter speed - 1/32000s
Continuous shooting rate - 24.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 3.10 m 10.20 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Rear Sync, Flash Off
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize - 1/2000s
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps) 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
Highest video resolution 1280x720 3840x2160
Video format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) NP-BX1 lithium-ion battery & USB charger
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 155g (0.34 pounds) 299g (0.66 pounds)
Physical dimensions 100 x 60 x 20mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 0.8") 102 x 58 x 41mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.6")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life - 220 pictures
Type of battery - Battery Pack
Battery model - NP-BX1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double) Yes
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage MicroSD/ MicroSDHC, Internal SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Card slots Single Single
Price at launch $250 $998