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Sony HX1 vs Sony RX100 III

Portability
67
Imaging
33
Features
36
Overall
34
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III front
Portability
89
Imaging
52
Features
77
Overall
62

Sony HX1 vs Sony RX100 III Key Specs

Sony HX1
(Full Review)
  • 9MP - 1/2.4" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1440 x 1080 video
  • 28-560mm (F2.8-5.2) lens
  • 544g - 115 x 83 x 92mm
  • Introduced April 2009
Sony RX100 III
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 125 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-70mm (F1.8-2.8) lens
  • 290g - 102 x 58 x 41mm
  • Announced May 2014
  • Old Model is Sony RX100 II
  • New Model is Sony RX100 IV
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Sony HX1 vs Sony RX100 III Overview

Its time to look more closely at the Sony HX1 vs Sony RX100 III, former is a Small Sensor Superzoom while the latter is a Large Sensor Compact and they are both produced by Sony. There exists a sizable gap among the resolutions of the HX1 (9MP) and RX100 III (20MP) and the HX1 (1/2.4") and RX100 III (1") come with totally different sensor size.

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The HX1 was revealed 6 years earlier than the RX100 III which is a fairly significant difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Both the cameras offer different body type with the Sony HX1 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Sony RX100 III being a Large Sensor Compact camera.

Before delving in to a in-depth comparison, below is a short overview of how the HX1 matches up versus the RX100 III when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Sony HX1 over the Sony RX100 III

 HX1 RX100 III 

Reasons to pick Sony RX100 III over the Sony HX1

 RX100 III HX1 
AnnouncedMay 2014April 2009More modern by 61 months
Screen resolution1229k230kClearer screen (+999k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Common features in the Sony HX1 and Sony RX100 III

 HX1 RX100 III 
Focus manually Very precise focus
Screen typeTiltingTiltingTilting screen
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen size
Touch screen Lack of Touch screen

Sony HX1 vs Sony RX100 III Physical Comparison

For those who are aiming to carry around your camera regularly, you're going to have to consider its weight and dimensions. The Sony HX1 has got external dimensions of 115mm x 83mm x 92mm (4.5" x 3.3" x 3.6") having a weight of 544 grams (1.20 lbs) while the Sony RX100 III has dimensions of 102mm x 58mm x 41mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.6") accompanied by a weight of 290 grams (0.64 lbs).

Contrast the Sony HX1 vs Sony RX100 III in our completely new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember that, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you have attached at the time. The following is the front view size comparison of the HX1 versus the RX100 III.

Sony HX1 vs Sony RX100 III size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the HX1 and RX100 III is 67 and 89 respectively.

Sony HX1 vs Sony RX100 III top view buttons comparison

Sony HX1 vs Sony RX100 III Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it is hard to envision the gap in sensor sizes only by going through technical specs. The pic underneath might give you a much better sense of the sensor dimensions in the HX1 and RX100 III.

As you have seen, each of these cameras offer different megapixel count and different sensor sizes. The HX1 using its smaller sensor will make getting shallower DOF more challenging and the Sony RX100 III will provide extra detail because of its extra 11MP. Higher resolution can also allow you to crop pictures a little more aggressively. The more aged HX1 will be disadvantaged with regard to sensor innovation.

Sony HX1 vs Sony RX100 III sensor size comparison

Sony HX1 vs Sony RX100 III Screen and ViewFinder

Sony HX1 vs Sony RX100 III Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony HX1 Portrait photography details
Sony RX100 III Portrait photography details
27
you can focus manually
cannot use external flash
sensor resolution low (9MP)
very small sensor (1/2.4")
doesn't have RAW files
65
you can focus manually
flash sync speed is above average (1/2,000 seconds)
megapixel count decent (20MP)
good sensor size (1")
comes with face detection focusing
delivers RAW formats
no external flash support
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Sony HX1
Street photography with Sony RX100 III
50
has a tilting screen
image stabilization (Optical)
very small sensor (1/2.4")
doesn't have RAW files
more heavy than competition (544 grams)
85
has a tilting screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
good sensor size (1")
delivers RAW formats
lighter than competitors (290 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Sony HX1 Sports photography information
Sony RX100 III Sports photography information
36
amazing zoom range (28-560mm 20.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution low (9MP)
very small sensor (1/2.4")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
66
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (20 megapixels)
good sensor size (1")
comes with tracking autofocus
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Sony HX1 as a Travel photography camera
Sony RX100 III as a Travel photography camera
48
built-in flash
reasonably wide (28mm)
very long reach (560mm)
missing Timelapse function
more heavy than competition (544g)
sensor resolution low (9MP)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
86
lighter than competitors (290 grams)
megapixel count decent (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
screen is selfie friendly
reasonably wide (24mm)
great max aperture (f1.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony HX1 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony RX100 III as a Landscape photography camera
39
you can focus manually
reasonably wide (28mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
sensor resolution low (9MP)
very small sensor (1/2.4")
doesn't have RAW files
missing Timelapse function
74
you can focus manually
reasonably wide (24mm)
great max aperture (f1.8)
screen size is good (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (20MP)
good sensor size (1")
delivers RAW formats
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony HX1 Vlogging information
Sony RX100 III Vlogging information
22
reasonably wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
video res low (1440 x 1080 pixels)
missing microphone socket
more heavy than competition (544g)
81
reasonably wide (24mm)
great max aperture (f1.8)
screen is selfie friendly
has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competitors (290g)
doesn't have external microphone support
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Sony HX1 vs Sony RX100 III Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony HX1 and Sony RX100 III
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
General Information
Company Sony Sony
Model type Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Large Sensor Compact
Introduced 2009-04-22 2014-05-15
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by Bionz Bionz X
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.4" 1"
Sensor measurements 6.104 x 4.578mm 13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor area 27.9mm² 116.2mm²
Sensor resolution 9 megapixels 20 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 3456 x 2592 5472 x 3648
Highest native ISO 3200 12800
Minimum native ISO 125 125
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points 9 25
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-560mm (20.0x) 24-70mm (2.9x)
Largest aperture f/2.8-5.2 f/1.8-2.8
Macro focusing distance 1cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 2.7
Screen
Type of screen Tilting Tilting
Screen sizing 3" 3"
Screen resolution 230 thousand dots 1,229 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 1,440 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.59x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30s 30s
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/2000s
Continuous shutter rate 10.0 frames per sec 10.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 9.20 m -
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Front Curtain, Rear Curtain -
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize - 1/2000s
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60p/60i/24p), 1280 x 720 (60p/30p/24p/120p), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1440x1080 1920x1080
Video file format H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
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 544 grams (1.20 lbs) 290 grams (0.64 lbs)
Dimensions 115 x 83 x 92mm (4.5" x 3.3" x 3.6") 102 x 58 x 41mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.6")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested 67
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 22.4
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 12.3
DXO Low light rating not tested 495
Other
Battery life - 320 photographs
Battery style - Battery Pack
Battery ID NP-FH50 NP-BX1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, self-portrait, continuous)
Time lapse shooting With downloadable app
Type of storage Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Card slots 1 1
Launch cost $47,999 $748