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Sony H70 vs Sony RX100

Portability
93
Imaging
39
Features
31
Overall
35
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H70 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 front
Portability
91
Imaging
50
Features
68
Overall
57

Sony H70 vs Sony RX100 Key Specs

Sony H70
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.5-5.5) lens
  • 194g - 102 x 58 x 29mm
  • Launched January 2011
Sony RX100
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-100mm (F1.8-4.9) lens
  • 240g - 102 x 58 x 36mm
  • Introduced August 2012
  • Replacement is Sony RX100 II
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Sony H70 vs Sony RX100 Overview

In this write-up, we will be matching up the Sony H70 and Sony RX100, one being a Small Sensor Compact and the latter is a Large Sensor Compact and they are both manufactured by Sony. The resolution of the H70 (16MP) and the RX100 (20MP) is relatively well matched but the H70 (1/2.3") and RX100 (1") come with totally different sensor dimensions.

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The H70 was introduced 20 months earlier than the RX100 which makes the cameras a generation apart from one another. The two cameras offer different body type with the Sony H70 being a Compact camera and the Sony RX100 being a Large Sensor Compact camera.

Before delving in to a complete comparison, below is a concise synopsis of how the H70 scores vs the RX100 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Sony H70 over the Sony RX100

 H70 RX100 

Reasons to pick Sony RX100 over the Sony H70

 RX100 H70 
IntroducedAugust 2012January 2011More recent by 20 months
Manual focus Very accurate focus
Screen resolution1229k230kCrisper screen (+999k dot)

Common features in the Sony H70 and Sony RX100

 H70 RX100 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen sizing
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Lacking Touch friendly screen

Sony H70 vs Sony RX100 Physical Comparison

If you're intending to lug around your camera regularly, you need to consider its weight and size. The Sony H70 enjoys physical dimensions of 102mm x 58mm x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1") having a weight of 194 grams (0.43 lbs) whilst the Sony RX100 has specifications of 102mm x 58mm x 36mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.4") accompanied by a weight of 240 grams (0.53 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you are utilising at the time. The following is the front view measurements comparison of the H70 and the RX100.

Sony H70 vs Sony RX100 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the H70 and RX100 is 93 and 91 respectively.

Sony H70 vs Sony RX100 top view buttons comparison

Sony H70 vs Sony RX100 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it can be tough to envision the difference between sensor measurements just by reading through specs. The visual below should provide you a better sense of the sensor dimensions in the H70 and RX100.

All in all, the two cameras offer different resolutions and different sensor measurements. The H70 using its tinier sensor will make getting bokeh harder and the Sony RX100 will give you more detail using its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also make it easier to crop pictures a little more aggressively. The older H70 is going to be behind with regard to sensor innovation.

Sony H70 vs Sony RX100 sensor size comparison

Sony H70 vs Sony RX100 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony H70 vs Sony RX100 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony H70 Portrait photography features
Sony RX100 Portrait photography features
30
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
manual focus not available
no manual control
no external flash support
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
64
has manual focus
flash sync is higher than normal (1/2,000 seconds)
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (1")
offers face detect focus
supports RAW formats
no external flash support
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Sony H70
Street photography with Sony RX100
57
built in image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
79
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor size (1")
supports RAW formats
lighter than others in class (240 grams)
good high ISO (25,600)
screen does not articulate
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Sports Comparison

Sony H70 Sports photography details
Sony RX100 Sports photography details
36
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16MP)
low fps (1.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
65
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (1")
offers tracking focus
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Sony H70
Travel photography with Sony RX100
67
resolution is good (16MP)
has built in flash
relatively wide (25mm)
very long zoom (250mm)
missing Time Lapse mode
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
79
lighter than others in class (240g)
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
has built in flash
decently wide (28mm)
good maximum aperture (f1.8)
does not contain selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Sony H70 Landscape photography info
Sony RX100 Landscape photography info
43
relatively wide (25mm)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
manual focus not available
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
no manual control
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
missing Time Lapse mode
74
has manual focus
decently wide (28mm)
good maximum aperture (f1.8)
good sized screen (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (1")
good high ISO (25,600)
supports RAW formats
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony H70 Vlogging advice
Sony RX100 Vlogging advice
29
relatively wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
video resolution low (1280 x 720 resolution)
missing mic support
38
decently wide (28mm)
good maximum aperture (f1.8)
has image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than others in class (240g)
does not contain selfie friendly display
missing microphone jack
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Sony H70 vs Sony RX100 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony H70 and Sony RX100
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H70Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100
General Information
Brand Name Sony Sony
Model type Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H70 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100
Class Small Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Launched 2011-01-06 2012-08-28
Body design Compact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Processor BIONZ -
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 116.2mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 20MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4608 x 3456 5472 x 3648
Maximum native ISO 3200 25600
Minimum native ISO 80 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points 9 25
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-250mm (10.0x) 28-100mm (3.6x)
Maximum aperture f/3.5-5.5 f/1.8-4.9
Macro focusing distance 5cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.8 2.7
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 230 thousand dot 1,229 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Display tech Clear Photo LCD WhiteMagic TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Min shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/1600 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 1.0 frames per second 10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 3.60 m -
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash sync - 1/2000 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 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)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 194 gr (0.43 lbs) 240 gr (0.53 lbs)
Dimensions 102 x 58 x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1") 102 x 58 x 36mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.4")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested 66
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 22.6
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 12.4
DXO Low light rating not tested 390
Other
Battery life - 330 photos
Style of battery - Battery Pack
Battery ID NP-BG1 NP-BX1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse feature With downloadable app
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots Single Single
Cost at release $199 $448