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Sony HX100V vs Sony RX100 IV

Portability
66
Imaging
39
Features
50
Overall
43
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV front
Portability
89
Imaging
52
Features
79
Overall
62

Sony HX100V vs Sony RX100 IV Key Specs

Sony HX100V
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 27-810mm (F2.8-5.6) lens
  • 577g - 122 x 87 x 93mm
  • Introduced October 2011
  • Replacement is Sony HX200V
Sony RX100 IV
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Expand to 25600)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-70mm (F1.8-2.8) lens
  • 298g - 102 x 58 x 41mm
  • Introduced June 2015
  • Succeeded the Sony RX100 III
  • New Model is Sony RX100 V
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Sony HX100V vs Sony RX100 IV Overview

Below is a extensive analysis of the Sony HX100V versus Sony RX100 IV, former being a Small Sensor Superzoom while the other is a Large Sensor Compact and both of them are produced by Sony. The sensor resolution of the HX100V (16MP) and the RX100 IV (20MP) is fairly well matched but the HX100V (1/2.3") and RX100 IV (1") come with different sensor sizing.

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The HX100V was manufactured 4 years earlier than the RX100 IV and that is quite a serious difference as far as technology is concerned. Both of the cameras come with different body type with the Sony HX100V being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Sony RX100 IV being a Large Sensor Compact camera.

Before diving through a full comparison, below is a quick synopsis of how the HX100V scores versus the RX100 IV in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Sony HX100V over the Sony RX100 IV

 HX100V RX100 IV 

Reasons to pick Sony RX100 IV over the Sony HX100V

 RX100 IV HX100V 
IntroducedJune 2015October 2011More recent by 44 months
Display resolution1229k921kCrisper display (+308k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Common features in the Sony HX100V and Sony RX100 IV

 HX100V RX100 IV 
Manual focus Dial accurate focusing
Display typeTiltingTiltingTilting display
Display dimension3"3"Identical display measurement
Touch display Neither offers Touch display

Sony HX100V vs Sony RX100 IV Physical Comparison

In case you're aiming to lug around your camera regularly, you are going to need to think about its weight and dimensions. The Sony HX100V offers external dimensions of 122mm x 87mm x 93mm (4.8" x 3.4" x 3.7") accompanied by a weight of 577 grams (1.27 lbs) and the Sony RX100 IV has dimensions of 102mm x 58mm x 41mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.6") with a weight of 298 grams (0.66 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you are working with during that time. Below is the front view dimension comparison of the HX100V compared to the RX100 IV.

Sony HX100V vs Sony RX100 IV size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability score of the HX100V and RX100 IV is 66 and 89 respectively.

Sony HX100V vs Sony RX100 IV top view buttons comparison

Sony HX100V vs Sony RX100 IV Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is very difficult to picture the difference between sensor measurements just by checking technical specs. The visual below will provide you a more clear sense of the sensor sizes in the HX100V and RX100 IV.

As you can tell, the 2 cameras posses different resolutions and different sensor measurements. The HX100V due to its tinier sensor is going to make achieving shallower depth of field trickier and the Sony RX100 IV will give you extra detail due to its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also make it easier to crop photos somewhat more aggressively. The older HX100V is going to be behind when it comes to sensor technology.

Sony HX100V vs Sony RX100 IV sensor size comparison

Sony HX100V vs Sony RX100 IV Screen and ViewFinder

Sony HX100V vs Sony RX100 IV Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Sony HX100V
Portrait photography with Sony RX100 IV
39
you can focus manually
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
external flash not possible
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
65
you can focus manually
flash sync speed is above average (1/2,000s)
MP count good (20MP)
good sensor size (1")
has face detection autofocus
exports RAW files
no external flash support
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Street Comparison

Sony HX100V Street photography factors
Sony RX100 IV Street photography factors
50
screen tilts up and down
built in image stabilization (Optical)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
heavier than average in class (577 grams)
85
tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good sensor size (1")
exports RAW files
lighter than competitors in class (298 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Sony HX100V as a Sports photography camera
Sony RX100 IV as a Sports photography camera
49
amazing zoom range (27-810mm 30.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
68
quiet shutter (1/32,000 seconds)
fast shooting (16.0 frames/s)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (20MP)
good sensor size (1")
has tracking autofocus
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Sony HX100V Travel photography highlights
Sony RX100 IV Travel photography highlights
54
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
relatively wide (27mm)
long reach (810mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
heavier than average in class (577g)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
86
lighter than competitors in class (298 grams)
MP count good (20 megapixels)
flash built-in
selfie friendly display
quite wide (24mm)
very good maximum aperture (f1.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony HX100V as a Landscape photography camera
Sony RX100 IV as a Landscape photography camera
47
you can focus manually
relatively wide (27mm)
good sized screen (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
doesn't have Time Lapse function
74
you can focus manually
quite wide (24mm)
very good maximum aperture (f1.8)
nice screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (20 megapixels)
good sensor size (1")
exports RAW files
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony HX100V Vlogging features
Sony RX100 IV Vlogging features
25
relatively wide (27mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
doesn't have external mic socket
heavier than average in class (577 grams)
81
quite wide (24mm)
very good maximum aperture (f1.8)
selfie friendly display
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection autofocus
high quality video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
lighter than competitors in class (298 grams)
lack of external mic port
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Sony HX100V vs Sony RX100 IV Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony HX100V and Sony RX100 IV
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100VSony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
General Information
Company Sony Sony
Model Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Large Sensor Compact
Introduced 2011-10-21 2015-06-10
Body design SLR-like (bridge) Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by BIONZ Bionz X
Sensor type BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 116.2mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 20 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4608 x 3456 5472 x 3648
Highest native ISO 3200 12800
Highest boosted ISO - 25600
Min native ISO 100 125
RAW files
Min boosted ISO - 80
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points 9 25
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 27-810mm (30.0x) 24-70mm (2.9x)
Largest aperture f/2.8-5.6 f/1.8-2.8
Macro focus distance - 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 2.7
Screen
Range of display Tilting Tilting
Display size 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 921 thousand dot 1,229 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display technology XtraFine LCD display with TruBlack technology -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,359 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.59x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30s 30s
Highest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/2000s
Highest quiet shutter speed - 1/32000s
Continuous shooting speed 10.0 frames/s 16.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 12.70 m -
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync -
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Highest flash sync - 1/2000s
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30fps), 640 x 480 (30fps) 3840 x 2160 (30p, 25p, 24p), 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 1920x1080 3840x2160
Video file format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 577 gr (1.27 pounds) 298 gr (0.66 pounds)
Dimensions 122 x 87 x 93mm (4.8" x 3.4" x 3.7") 102 x 58 x 41mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.6")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 70
DXO Color Depth score not tested 22.9
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 12.6
DXO Low light score not tested 562
Other
Battery life - 280 images
Battery form - Battery Pack
Battery model NP-FH50 NP-BX1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2) Yes
Time lapse shooting 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 Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots Single Single
Retail cost $429 $898