Sony A100 vs Sony RX100 V

Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 front
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V front

Sony A100 vs Sony RX100 V 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
  • Released July 2006
  • Succeeded the Konica Minolta 5D
  • Replacement is Sony A550
Sony RX100 V
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • 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 October 2016
  • Earlier Model is Sony RX100 IV
  • Renewed by Sony RX100 VI
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Sony A100 vs Sony RX100 V Overview

On this page, we are contrasting the Sony A100 versus Sony RX100 V, one being a Entry-Level DSLR and the other is a Large Sensor Compact and they are both designed by Sony. There exists a huge gap between the resolutions of the A100 (10MP) and RX100 V (20MP) and the A100 (APS-C) and RX100 V (1") have different sensor sizing.

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The A100 was revealed 11 years earlier than the RX100 V and that is quite a significant gap as far as technology is concerned. The two cameras have different body design with the Sony A100 being a Compact SLR camera and the Sony RX100 V being a Large Sensor Compact camera.

Before going into a in depth comparison, here is a concise highlight of how the A100 scores vs the RX100 V with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

Photography Glossary

Reasons to pick Sony A100 over the Sony RX100 V

 A100 RX100 V 

Reasons to pick Sony RX100 V over the Sony A100

 RX100 V A100 
RevealedOctober 2016July 2006More recent by 124 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display dimensions3"2.5"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution1229k230kSharper display (+999k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies

Common features in the Sony A100 and Sony RX100 V

 A100 RX100 V 
Manual focus More accurate focus
Touch friendly display Neither features Touch friendly display

Sony A100 vs Sony RX100 V Physical Comparison

For anybody who is going to lug around your camera regularly, you should think about its weight and size. The Sony A100 enjoys outside dimensions of 133mm x 95mm x 71mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 2.8") along with a weight of 638 grams (1.41 lbs) and the Sony RX100 V has specifications of 102mm x 58mm x 41mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.6") with a weight of 299 grams (0.66 lbs).

Check out the Sony A100 versus Sony RX100 V in the all new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you are utilising during that time. Underneath is a front view measurement comparison of the A100 against the RX100 V.

Sony A100 vs Sony RX100 V size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the A100 and RX100 V is 64 and 89 respectively.

Sony A100 vs Sony RX100 V top view buttons comparison

Sony A100 vs Sony RX100 V Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it's hard to picture the gap between sensor measurements purely by looking at specs. The photograph underneath may give you a better sense of the sensor sizes in the A100 and RX100 V.

All in all, the 2 cameras provide different resolutions and different sensor measurements. The A100 with its larger sensor is going to make getting shallower DOF easier and the Sony RX100 V will give you extra detail because of its extra 10 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also enable you to crop images more aggressively. The older A100 is going to be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor technology.

Sony A100 vs Sony RX100 V sensor size comparison

Sony A100 vs Sony RX100 V Screen and ViewFinder

Sony A100 vs Sony RX100 V Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony A100 Portrait photography info
Sony RX100 V Portrait photography info
focusing manually
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
no liveview
MP count low (10 megapixels)
focusing manually
above average flash sync speed (1/2,000s)
decent megapixels (20MP)
good sensor size (1")
features face detection autofocus
exports RAW files
no external flash support
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Street Comparison

Sony A100 Street photography details
Sony RX100 V Street photography details
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
fixed screen
screen tilts up and down
image stabilization (Optical)
good sensor size (1")
exports RAW files
lighter than others (299g)
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Sports Comparison

Sony A100 Sports photography info
Sony RX100 V Sports photography info
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (APS-C)
sensor has phase detect auto focus
no liveview
slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames per second)
MP count low (10MP)
silent shutter (1/32,000s)
high frames per second (24.0 frames per second)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (20MP)
good sensor size (1")
features tracking autofocus
supports phase detect autofocus
low battery power (220 CIPA)
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Travel Comparison

Sony A100 Travel photography highlights
Sony RX100 V Travel photography highlights
flash built-in
no Timelapse mode
MP count low (10 megapixels)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
lighter than others (299 grams)
decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
flash built-in
selfie friendly display
really wide (24mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
low battery power (220 per charge)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony A100 Landscape photography information
Sony RX100 V Landscape photography information
focusing manually
swap lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
screen is somewhat small (2.5 inch)
no liveview
MP count low (10 megapixels)
no Timelapse mode
focusing manually
really wide (24mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
good sensor size (1")
exports RAW files
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
low battery power (220 CIPA)
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony A100 Vlogging factors
Sony RX100 V Vlogging factors
no video
really wide (24mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
selfie friendly display
image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection autofocus
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 resolution)
lighter than others (299 grams)
missing external microphone port
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Sony A100 vs Sony RX100 V Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony A100 and Sony RX100 V
 Sony Alpha DSLR-A100Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V
General Information
Brand Name Sony Sony
Model Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V
Class Entry-Level DSLR Large Sensor Compact
Released 2006-07-31 2016-10-06
Body design Compact SLR Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Chip - Bionz X
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size APS-C 1"
Sensor measurements 23.6 x 15.8mm 13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor area 372.9mm² 116.2mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixels 20 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 3872 x 2592 5472 x 3648
Maximum native ISO 1600 12800
Maximum boosted ISO - 25600
Minimum native ISO 100 125
RAW files
Minimum boosted ISO - 80
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 9 315
Lens mount Sony/Minolta Alpha fixed lens
Lens focal range - 24-70mm (2.9x)
Highest aperture - f/1.8-2.8
Macro focus range - 5cm
Amount of lenses 143 -
Focal length multiplier 1.5 2.7
Screen type Fixed Type Tilting
Screen size 2.5 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 230k dot 1,229k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentamirror) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,359k dot
Viewfinder coverage 95 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.55x 0.59x
Lowest shutter speed 30s 30s
Highest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/2000s
Highest silent shutter speed - 1/32000s
Continuous shooting speed 3.0 frames per sec 24.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range - 10.20 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash modes Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Off -
External flash
White balance bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/160s 1/2000s
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions - 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
Maximum video resolution None 3840x2160
Video data format - MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Wireless None Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 638g (1.41 lb) 299g (0.66 lb)
Physical dimensions 133 x 95 x 71mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 2.8") 102 x 58 x 41mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.6")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 61 70
DXO Color Depth score 22.0 22.8
DXO Dynamic range score 11.2 12.4
DXO Low light score 476 586
Battery life - 220 shots
Type of battery - Battery Pack
Battery model NP-FM55H NP-BX1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes
Time lapse shooting With downloadable app
Type of storage Compact Flash (Type I or II) SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots Single Single
Launch price $1,000 $998