Sony QX100 vs Sony RX10 II

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX100 front
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II front

Sony QX100 vs Sony RX10 II Key Specs

Sony QX100
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • " Fixed Display
  • ISO 160 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-100mm (F1.8-4.9) lens
  • 179g - 63 x 63 x 56mm
  • Revealed September 2013
Sony RX10 II
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Raise to 25600)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-200mm (F2.8) lens
  • 813g - 129 x 88 x 102mm
  • Launched June 2015
  • Succeeded the Sony RX10
  • Replacement is Sony RX10 III
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Sony QX100 vs Sony RX10 II Overview

Lets look much closer at the Sony QX100 versus Sony RX10 II, former is a Lens-style while the latter is a Large Sensor Superzoom and both of them are created by Sony. The sensor resolution of the QX100 (20MP) and the RX10 II (20MP) is pretty close and they come with the same exact sensor sizes (1").

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The QX100 was revealed 21 months earlier than the RX10 II which makes the cameras a generation away from each other. Each of the cameras offer different body type with the Sony QX100 being a Lens-style camera and the Sony RX10 II being a SLR-like (bridge) camera.

Before we go straight into a step-by-step comparison, below is a short highlight of how the QX100 scores versus the RX10 II in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Sony QX100 over the Sony RX10 II

 QX100 RX10 II 
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Reasons to pick Sony RX10 II over the Sony QX100

 RX10 II QX100 
LaunchedJune 2015September 2013Newer by 21 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen sizing3""Bigger screen (+3")
Screen resolution1229k0kClearer screen (+1229k dot)

Common features in the Sony QX100 and Sony RX10 II

 QX100 RX10 II 
Manually focus More exact focus
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen

Sony QX100 vs Sony RX10 II Physical Comparison

If you are planning to travel with your camera frequently, you'll have to factor in its weight and size. The Sony QX100 has external dimensions of 63mm x 63mm x 56mm (2.5" x 2.5" x 2.2") with a weight of 179 grams (0.39 lbs) while the Sony RX10 II has specifications of 129mm x 88mm x 102mm (5.1" x 3.5" x 4.0") having a weight of 813 grams (1.79 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you have chosen during that time. Here is the front view over all size comparison of the QX100 against the RX10 II.

Sony QX100 vs Sony RX10 II size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability rating of the QX100 and RX10 II is 92 and 58 respectively.

Sony QX100 vs Sony RX10 II top view buttons comparison

Sony QX100 vs Sony RX10 II Sensor Comparison

Usually, its difficult to envision the difference in sensor dimensions simply by researching technical specs. The pic here will help offer you a greater sense of the sensor dimensions in the QX100 and RX10 II.

As you have seen, the 2 cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing and the same exact resolution so you can expect comparable quality of files although you will need to factor the launch date of the cameras into account. The more aged QX100 will be behind in sensor technology.

Sony QX100 vs Sony RX10 II sensor size comparison

Sony QX100 vs Sony RX10 II Screen and ViewFinder

Sony QX100 vs Sony RX10 II Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony QX100 Portrait photography info
Sony RX10 II Portrait photography info
has manual focus
good MP (20MP)
decent sensor size (1")
provides face detection autofocus
no manual control
cannot use external flash
doesn't have RAW format
has manual focus
resolution is good (20MP)
sensor size is decent (1")
includes face detect focusing
delivers RAW files
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Street Comparison

Sony QX100 Street photography factors
Sony RX10 II Street photography factors
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor size (1")
features touch focus
screen does not articulate
doesn't have RAW format
screen tilts
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is decent (1")
delivers RAW files
weather proofing
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Sony QX100
Sports photography with Sony RX10 II
has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (20MP)
decent sensor size (1")
low battery (200 CIPA)
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
quiet mode (1/32,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (1")
includes tracking focus
weather proofing
has no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Sony QX100
Travel photography with Sony RX10 II
features touch focus
good MP (20MP)
decently wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
lack of Time Lapse recording
low battery (200 shots)
display isn't selfie friendly
weather proofing
resolution is good (20MP)
flash built-in
fairly wide (24mm)
no Time Lapse mode
does not offer selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony QX100 Landscape photography details
Sony RX10 II Landscape photography details
has manual focus
decently wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (20MP)
decent sensor size (1")
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
screen is somewhat small ( inch)
no manual control
doesn't have RAW format
low battery (200 CIPA)
lack of Time Lapse recording
has manual focus
fairly wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (1")
delivers RAW files
weather proofing
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
no Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony QX100 Vlogging advice
Sony RX10 II Vlogging advice
decently wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
touchscreen functionality
has image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection autofocus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
lack of external mic port
fairly wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect focusing
high res video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
has mic support
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not offer selfie friendly display
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Sony QX100 vs Sony RX10 II Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony QX100 and Sony RX10 II
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX100Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II
General Information
Manufacturer Sony Sony
Model Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX100 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II
Category Lens-style Large Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2013-09-05 2015-06-10
Physical type Lens-style SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - Bionz X
Sensor size 1" 1"
Sensor dimensions 13.2 x 8.8mm 13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor surface area 116.2mm² 116.2mm²
Sensor resolution 20MP 20MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 5472 x 3648 5472 x 3648
Maximum native ISO 6400 12800
Maximum enhanced ISO - 25600
Lowest native ISO 160 125
RAW format
Lowest enhanced ISO - 64
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points - 25
Cross focus points - -
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-100mm (3.6x) 24-200mm (8.3x)
Max aperture f/1.8-4.9 f/2.8
Macro focus range 5cm 3cm
Crop factor 2.7 2.7
Display type Fixed Type Tilting
Display diagonal - 3 inch
Resolution of display 0k dots 1,229k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Display technology Depends on connected smartphone -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,359k dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.7x
Minimum shutter speed 4 seconds 30 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Fastest quiet shutter speed - 1/32000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate - 14.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range no built-in flash 10.20 m
Flash modes None Auto, fill-flash, slow sync, rear sync, off
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps) 3840 x 2160 (30p, 25p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p) ,1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 3840x2160
Video data format MPEG-4 MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Mic support
Headphone support
Wireless Built-In Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 179 grams (0.39 lbs) 813 grams (1.79 lbs)
Dimensions 63 x 63 x 56mm (2.5" x 2.5" x 2.2") 129 x 88 x 102mm (5.1" x 3.5" x 4.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested 70
DXO Color Depth score not tested 23.0
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 12.6
DXO Low light score not tested 531
Battery life 200 photos 400 photos
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NP-BN, NP-FW50
Self timer Yes (2, 10 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec, continuous)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC, Memory Stick Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Card slots One One
Pricing at release $268 $998