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Sony A100 vs Sony RX1

Portability
64
Imaging
48
Features
38
Overall
44
Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 front
Portability
79
Imaging
70
Features
57
Overall
64

Sony A100 vs Sony RX1 Key Specs

Sony A100
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 638g - 133 x 95 x 71mm
  • Revealed July 2006
  • Superseded the Konica Minolta 5D
  • New Model is Sony A550
Sony RX1
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 35mm (F2.0-22.0) lens
  • 482g - 113 x 65 x 70mm
  • Released February 2013
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Sony A100 vs Sony RX1 Overview

Below is a in-depth comparison of the Sony A100 and Sony RX1, former being a Entry-Level DSLR while the other is a Large Sensor Compact and they are both sold by Sony. There is a large difference between the sensor resolutions of the A100 (10MP) and RX1 (24MP) and the A100 (APS-C) and RX1 (Full frame) offer totally different sensor size.

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The A100 was brought out 7 years before the RX1 and that is quite a serious difference as far as tech is concerned. Each of these cameras have different body design with the Sony A100 being a Compact SLR camera and the Sony RX1 being a Large Sensor Compact camera.

Before delving right into a more detailed comparison, here is a simple summation of how the A100 grades versus the RX1 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Sony A100 over the Sony RX1

 A100 RX1 

Reasons to pick Sony RX1 over the Sony A100

 RX1 A100 
ReleasedFebruary 2013July 2006More recent by 79 months
Display dimensions3"2.5"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution1229k230kSharper display (+999k dot)

Common features in the Sony A100 and Sony RX1

 A100 RX1 
Manual focus Very precise focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither includes Touch friendly display

Sony A100 vs Sony RX1 Physical Comparison

If you are aiming to lug around your camera often, you'll need to consider its weight and measurements. The Sony A100 features external dimensions of 133mm x 95mm x 71mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 2.8") accompanied by a weight of 638 grams (1.41 lbs) whilst the Sony RX1 has proportions of 113mm x 65mm x 70mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 2.8") along with a weight of 482 grams (1.06 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you select at that time. Underneath is a front view size comparison of the A100 and the RX1.

Sony A100 vs Sony RX1 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability rating of the A100 and RX1 is 64 and 79 respectively.

Sony A100 vs Sony RX1 top view buttons comparison

Sony A100 vs Sony RX1 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it is hard to see the gap between sensor measurements only by reading a spec sheet. The graphic below might offer you a more clear sense of the sensor dimensions in the A100 and RX1.

As you can see, the two cameras have different megapixel count and different sensor measurements. The A100 due to its tinier sensor will make getting bokeh tougher and the Sony RX1 will offer you more detail having its extra 14MP. Greater resolution will also enable you to crop pics a bit more aggressively. The older A100 is going to be behind with regard to sensor technology.

Sony A100 vs Sony RX1 sensor size comparison

Sony A100 vs Sony RX1 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony A100 vs Sony RX1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony A100 Portrait photography features
Sony RX1 Portrait photography features
52
you can focus manually
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
doesn't have liveview
low resolution (10MP)
82
focusing manually
above average flash sync (1/4,000s)
megapixel count decent (24MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
features face detection focus
supports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Sony A100 as a Street photography camera
Sony RX1 as a Street photography camera
64
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
no moving screen
66
sensor size is big (Full frame)
supports RAW formats
above average ISO range (25,600)
no articulating screen
no image stabilization
heavier than competition (482g)
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Sports Comparison

Sony A100 as a Sports photography camera
Sony RX1 as a Sports photography camera
49
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
has phase detect auto focus
doesn't have liveview
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames/s)
low resolution (10 megapixels)
53
megapixel count decent (24 megapixels)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
features tracking autofocus
focal length is fixed (35mm)
max fps low (5.0 frames per second)
no image stabilization
bad battery pack (270 shots)
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Sony A100
Travel photography with Sony RX1
45
flash built-in
no Time Lapse mode
low resolution (10 megapixels)
does not offer selfie friendly display
62
megapixel count decent (24MP)
built-in flash
fast maximum aperture (f2.0)
does not have Time Lapse recording
bad battery pack (270 shots)
heavier than competition (482 grams)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Sony A100 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony RX1 as a Landscape photography camera
53
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
tiny screen (2.5 inch)
doesn't have liveview
low resolution (10 megapixels)
no Time Lapse mode
65
focusing manually
fast maximum aperture (f2.0)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
megapixel count decent (24 megapixels)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
above average ISO range (25,600)
supports RAW formats
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
focal length is fixed (35mm)
no image stabilization
bad battery pack (270 shots)
does not have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony A100 Vlogging features
Sony RX1 Vlogging features
9
can't shoot video
34
fast maximum aperture (f2.0)
features face detection focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does have external mic socket
does not posses selfie friendly screen
no image stabilization
heavier than competition (482 grams)
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Sony A100 vs Sony RX1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony A100 and Sony RX1
 Sony Alpha DSLR-A100Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1
General Information
Brand Name Sony Sony
Model type Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1
Category Entry-Level DSLR Large Sensor Compact
Revealed 2006-07-31 2013-02-19
Physical type Compact SLR Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size APS-C Full frame
Sensor dimensions 23.6 x 15.8mm 35.8 x 23.8mm
Sensor area 372.9mm² 852.0mm²
Sensor resolution 10MP 24MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 3872 x 2592 6000 x 4000
Max native ISO 1600 25600
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points 9 25
Lens
Lens mount type Sony/Minolta Alpha fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 35mm (1x)
Highest aperture - f/2.0-22.0
Number of lenses 143 -
Focal length multiplier 1.5 1
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 2.5" 3"
Screen resolution 230k dots 1,229k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen technology - Xtra FineTFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentamirror) Electronic and Optical (optional)
Viewfinder coverage 95 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.55x -
Features
Min shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Max shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 3.0 frames/s 5.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance - 6.00 m
Flash settings Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Off Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Max flash synchronize 1/160 secs 1/4000 secs
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions - 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 25, 24 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)
Max video resolution None 1920x1080
Video data format - 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 proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 638 grams (1.41 lb) 482 grams (1.06 lb)
Physical dimensions 133 x 95 x 71mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 2.8") 113 x 65 x 70mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 2.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 61 93
DXO Color Depth rating 22.0 25.1
DXO Dynamic range rating 11.2 14.3
DXO Low light rating 476 2534
Other
Battery life - 270 photos
Form of battery - Battery Pack
Battery ID NP-FM55H NP-BX1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage type Compact Flash (Type I or II) SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Card slots One One
Launch cost $1,000 $2,798