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Sony QX30 vs Sony RX100 VI

Portability
91
Imaging
46
Features
37
Overall
42
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX30 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI front
Portability
88
Imaging
55
Features
75
Overall
63

Sony QX30 vs Sony RX100 VI Key Specs

Sony QX30
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • " Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.5-6.3) lens
  • 193g - 68 x 65 x 58mm
  • Revealed September 2014
Sony RX100 VI
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Boost to 25600)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-200mm (F2.8-4.5) lens
  • 301g - 102 x 58 x 43mm
  • Announced June 2018
  • Succeeded the Sony RX100 V
  • Newer Model is Sony RX100 VII
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Sony QX30 vs Sony RX100 VI Overview

Here, we are reviewing the Sony QX30 vs Sony RX100 VI, one being a Lens-style and the other is a Large Sensor Compact and they are both created by Sony. The sensor resolution of the QX30 (20MP) and the RX100 VI (20MP) is very close but the QX30 (1/2.3") and RX100 VI (1") posses totally different sensor measurements.

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The QX30 was manufactured 4 years before the RX100 VI and that is a fairly serious gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Both the cameras feature different body design with the Sony QX30 being a Lens-style camera and the Sony RX100 VI being a Large Sensor Compact camera.

Before diving right into a in depth comparison, here is a simple overview of how the QX30 matches up versus the RX100 VI when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Sony QX30 over the Sony RX100 VI

 QX30 RX100 VI 

Reasons to pick Sony RX100 VI over the Sony QX30

 RX100 VI QX30 
AnnouncedJune 2018September 2014Fresher by 45 months
Focus manually Dial exact focusing
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display size3""Larger display (+3")
Display resolution1229k0kSharper display (+1229k dot)
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Common features in the Sony QX30 and Sony RX100 VI

 QX30 RX100 VI 
Touch display Easily navigate

Sony QX30 vs Sony RX100 VI Physical Comparison

In case you're aiming to carry your camera regularly, you're going to have to consider its weight and volume. The Sony QX30 features outer measurements of 68mm x 65mm x 58mm (2.7" x 2.6" x 2.3") having a weight of 193 grams (0.43 lbs) and the Sony RX100 VI has sizing of 102mm x 58mm x 43mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.7") along with a weight of 301 grams (0.66 lbs).

Take a look at the Sony QX30 vs Sony RX100 VI in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you select at the time. Underneath is a front view proportions comparison of the QX30 vs the RX100 VI.

Sony QX30 vs Sony RX100 VI size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability rating of the QX30 and RX100 VI is 91 and 88 respectively.

Sony QX30 vs Sony RX100 VI top view buttons comparison

Sony QX30 vs Sony RX100 VI Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it's tough to see the gap in sensor sizing merely by researching specifications. The graphic here may provide you a clearer sense of the sensor measurements in the QX30 and RX100 VI.

To sum up, each of the cameras come with the identical MP but not the same sensor sizing. The QX30 has got the smaller sensor which is going to make achieving shallow DOF harder. The older QX30 will be behind in sensor innovation.

Sony QX30 vs Sony RX100 VI sensor size comparison

Sony QX30 vs Sony RX100 VI Screen and ViewFinder

Sony QX30 vs Sony RX100 VI Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony QX30 Portrait photography information
Sony RX100 VI Portrait photography information
39
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
has face detect focusing
manual focus not available
lack of manual mode
no external flash support
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
67
manual focus
flash sync speed is above average (1/2,000 seconds)
good MP (20MP)
decent sensor size (1")
includes face detect focusing
delivers RAW formats
cannot use external flash
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Street Comparison

Sony QX30 as a Street photography camera
Sony RX100 VI as a Street photography camera
63
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with touch focus
screen is fixed
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
85
screen tilts up and down
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor size (1")
delivers RAW formats
includes touch to focus
lighter than competition (301 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Sony QX30 Sports photography information
Sony RX100 VI Sports photography information
48
great zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
not so great battery pack (200 CIPA)
has no phase detect AF
71
quiet shooting (1/32,000s)
fast continuous shooting (24.0 fps)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (20MP)
decent sensor size (1")
includes tracking focus
has phase detect AF
low battery life (240 CIPA)
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Travel Comparison

Sony QX30 Travel photography information
Sony RX100 VI Travel photography information
65
comes with touch focus
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
relatively wide (24mm)
great zoom (720mm)
does not have Time Lapse function
not so great battery pack (200 shots)
display isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
77
lighter than competition (301g)
connects via bluetooth
includes touch to focus
good MP (20MP)
has built in flash
selfie friendly screen
decently wide (24mm)
low battery life (240 CIPA)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony QX30 Landscape photography details
Sony RX100 VI Landscape photography details
40
relatively wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
small screen (")
lack of manual mode
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
not so great battery pack (200 per charge)
does not have Time Lapse function
65
manual focus
decently wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (20MP)
decent sensor size (1")
delivers RAW formats
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
low battery life (240 shots)
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony QX30 Vlogging info
Sony RX100 VI Vlogging info
35
relatively wide (24mm)
touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have mic support
77
decently wide (24mm)
selfie friendly screen
has touchscreen
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect focusing
great video quality (3840 x 2160 pixels)
lighter than competition (301 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
lack of microphone socket
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Sony QX30 vs Sony RX100 VI Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony QX30 and Sony RX100 VI
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX30Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI
General Information
Company Sony Sony
Model type Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX30 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI
Type Lens-style Large Sensor Compact
Revealed 2014-09-03 2018-06-05
Physical type Lens-style Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Bionz X Bionz X
Sensor type BSI-CMOS BSI-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 20 megapixel 20 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 5184 x 3888 5472 x 3648
Maximum native ISO 3200 12800
Maximum enhanced ISO - 25600
Lowest native ISO 80 125
RAW format
Lowest enhanced ISO - 80
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points - 315
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-720mm (30.0x) 24-200mm (8.3x)
Maximum aperture f/3.5-6.3 f/2.8-4.5
Macro focusing distance - 8cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 2.7
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Tilting
Display diagonal - 3"
Display resolution 0 thousand dots 1,229 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,359 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.59x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 4 secs 30 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/1600 secs 1/2000 secs
Fastest quiet shutter speed - 1/32000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 10.0 frames/s 24.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance no built-in flash 5.90 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash settings None -
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest 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 (60p, 30p) 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 3840x2160
Video data format MPEG-4 MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) NP-BX1 lithium-ion battery & USB charger
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 193g (0.43 lbs) 301g (0.66 lbs)
Physical dimensions 68 x 65 x 58mm (2.7" x 2.6" x 2.3") 102 x 58 x 43mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 200 shots 240 shots
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NP-BN, NP-BX1
Self timer Yes (2, 10 secs) Yes
Time lapse feature With downloadable app
Type of storage microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC, Memory Stick Micro SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Card slots One One
Retail cost $348 $1,198