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Sony QX100 vs Sony RX100

Portability
92
Imaging
51
Features
44
Overall
48
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX100 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 front
Portability
91
Imaging
50
Features
68
Overall
57

Sony QX100 vs Sony RX100 Key Specs

Sony QX100
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • " Fixed Screen
  • ISO 160 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-100mm (F1.8-4.9) lens
  • 179g - 63 x 63 x 56mm
  • Announced September 2013
Sony RX100
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • 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
  • New Model is Sony RX100 II
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Sony QX100 vs Sony RX100 Overview

Below, we are contrasting the Sony QX100 and Sony RX100, former is a Lens-style while the other is a Large Sensor Compact and they are both built by Sony. The resolution of the QX100 (20MP) and the RX100 (20MP) is very close and they feature the exact same sensor sizes (1").

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The QX100 was revealed 13 months after the RX100 making the cameras a generation away from each other. Both of the cameras come with different body type with the Sony QX100 being a Lens-style camera and the Sony RX100 being a Large Sensor Compact camera.

Before going in to a step-by-step comparison, below is a simple introduction of how the QX100 scores versus the RX100 for portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Sony QX100 over the Sony RX100

 QX100 RX100 
IntroducedSeptember 2013August 2012More modern by 13 months
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Sony RX100 over the Sony QX100

 RX100 QX100 
Display dimension3""Larger display (+3")
Display resolution1229k0kClearer display (+1229k dot)

Common features in the Sony QX100 and Sony RX100

 QX100 RX100 
Focus manually Dial exact focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen

Sony QX100 vs Sony RX100 Physical Comparison

For those who are looking to carry around your camera frequently, you will want to think about its weight and size. The Sony QX100 has got physical dimensions of 63mm x 63mm x 56mm (2.5" x 2.5" x 2.2") along with a weight of 179 grams (0.39 lbs) whilst the Sony RX100 has specifications of 102mm x 58mm x 36mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.4") having a weight of 240 grams (0.53 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you have at that moment. Here is the front view physical size comparison of the QX100 vs the RX100.

Sony QX100 vs Sony RX100 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability score of the QX100 and RX100 is 92 and 91 respectively.

Sony QX100 vs Sony RX100 top view buttons comparison

Sony QX100 vs Sony RX100 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it is very hard to visualize the contrast in sensor sizes purely by looking through specifications. The pic here will help give you a stronger sense of the sensor dimensions in the QX100 and RX100.

Plainly, both the cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements and the exact same resolution therefore you can expect comparable quality of photographs although you will want to take the age of the cameras into account. The newer QX100 provides a benefit in sensor innovation.

Sony QX100 vs Sony RX100 sensor size comparison

Sony QX100 vs Sony RX100 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony QX100 vs Sony RX100 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony QX100 Portrait photography information
Sony RX100 Portrait photography information
53
manual focus
good MP (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (1")
features face detection focus
no manual control
external flash not possible
has no RAW files
64
manual focus
flash sync speed is above average (1/2,000s)
decent sensor resolution (20MP)
sensor size is nice (1")
supports face detect autofocus
supports RAW formats
external flash not possible
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Street Comparison

Sony QX100 Street photography features
Sony RX100 Street photography features
71
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is nice (1")
supports focus via touch
no articulating screen
has no RAW files
79
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is nice (1")
supports RAW formats
lighter than competitors in class (240 grams)
great ISO range (25,600)
screen is fixed
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Sports Comparison

Sony QX100 as a Sports photography camera
Sony RX100 as a Sports photography camera
55
has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (1")
terrible battery power (200 CIPA)
has no phase detect auto focus
65
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (1")
supports tracking focus
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Sony QX100 Travel photography info
Sony RX100 Travel photography info
69
supports focus via touch
good MP (20 megapixels)
decently wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
terrible battery power (200 CIPA)
display is not selfie friendly
79
lighter than competitors in class (240 grams)
decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
has built in flash
pretty wide (28mm)
great max aperture (f1.8)
screen is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Sony QX100 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony RX100 as a Landscape photography camera
54
manual focus
decently wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (1")
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
tiny screen ( inches)
no manual control
has no RAW files
terrible battery power (200 CIPA)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
74
manual focus
pretty wide (28mm)
great max aperture (f1.8)
screen size is good (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (1")
great ISO range (25,600)
supports RAW formats
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony QX100 as a Vlogging camera
Sony RX100 as a Vlogging camera
38
decently wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
touchscreen capability
has image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection focus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
display is not selfie friendly
doesn't have external microphone port
38
pretty wide (28mm)
great max aperture (f1.8)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competitors in class (240g)
screen is not selfie friendly
does not have mic support
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Sony QX100 vs Sony RX100 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony QX100 and Sony RX100
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX100Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100
General Information
Brand Name Sony Sony
Model type Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX100 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100
Class Lens-style Large Sensor Compact
Announced 2013-09-05 2012-08-28
Physical type Lens-style Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1" 1"
Sensor dimensions 13.2 x 8.8mm 13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor area 116.2mm² 116.2mm²
Sensor resolution 20MP 20MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 5472 x 3648 5472 x 3648
Highest native ISO 6400 25600
Minimum native ISO 160 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points - 25
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-100mm (3.6x) 28-100mm (3.6x)
Maximum aperture f/1.8-4.9 f/1.8-4.9
Macro focusing range 5cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 2.7 2.7
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size - 3"
Screen resolution 0k dots 1,229k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen technology Depends on connected smartphone WhiteMagic TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Min shutter speed 4 secs 30 secs
Max shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter rate - 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance no built-in flash -
Flash options None Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash synchronize - 1/2000 secs
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Eye-Fi Connected
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 179 grams (0.39 lbs) 240 grams (0.53 lbs)
Dimensions 63 x 63 x 56mm (2.5" x 2.5" x 2.2") 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 200 shots 330 shots
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NP-BN, NP-BX1
Self timer Yes (2, 10 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse feature With downloadable app
Type of storage microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC, Memory Stick Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Card slots Single Single
Launch cost $268 $448