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Sony RX10 vs Sony WX1

Portability
58
Imaging
51
Features
76
Overall
61
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1 front
Portability
96
Imaging
33
Features
18
Overall
27

Sony RX10 vs Sony WX1 Key Specs

Sony RX10
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Boost to 25600)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-200mm (F2.8) lens
  • 813g - 129 x 88 x 102mm
  • Released March 2014
  • New Model is Sony RX10 II
Sony WX1
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.4" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 160 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-120mm (F2.4-5.9) lens
  • 149g - 91 x 52 x 20mm
  • Revealed August 2009
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Sony RX10 vs Sony WX1 Overview

Here is a in depth review of the Sony RX10 vs Sony WX1, one being a Large Sensor Superzoom and the latter is a Ultracompact and both are manufactured by Sony. There exists a significant gap between the resolutions of the RX10 (20MP) and WX1 (10MP) and the RX10 (1") and WX1 (1/2.4") come with totally different sensor size.

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The RX10 was revealed 4 years later than the WX1 and that is quite a sizable gap as far as technology is concerned. Both the cameras come with different body type with the Sony RX10 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Sony WX1 being a Ultracompact camera.

Before diving straight into a full comparison, below is a quick view of how the RX10 scores vs the WX1 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Sony RX10 over the Sony WX1

 RX10 WX1 
RevealedMarch 2014August 2009Fresher by 57 months
Manual focus More accurate focus
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen dimension3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution1290k230kCrisper screen (+1060k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony WX1 over the Sony RX10

 WX1 RX10 

Common features in the Sony RX10 and Sony WX1

 RX10 WX1 
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch friendly screen No Touch friendly screen

Sony RX10 vs Sony WX1 Physical Comparison

When you are looking to carry your camera frequently, you will need to factor in its weight and size. The Sony RX10 enjoys outside dimensions of 129mm x 88mm x 102mm (5.1" x 3.5" x 4.0") and a weight of 813 grams (1.79 lbs) and the Sony WX1 has specifications of 91mm x 52mm x 20mm (3.6" x 2.0" x 0.8") accompanied by a weight of 149 grams (0.33 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you are using at that moment. The following is the front view size comparison of the RX10 against the WX1.

Sony RX10 vs Sony WX1 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability score of the RX10 and WX1 is 58 and 96 respectively.

Sony RX10 vs Sony WX1 top view buttons comparison

Sony RX10 vs Sony WX1 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it can be hard to see the difference between sensor sizing just by reading a spec sheet. The graphic below might offer you a better sense of the sensor sizes in the RX10 and WX1.

As you can see, the 2 cameras posses different resolutions and different sensor sizing. The RX10 with its bigger sensor will make shooting shallower DOF simpler and the Sony RX10 will deliver greater detail because of its extra 10 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also enable you to crop photographs somewhat more aggressively. The fresher RX10 will have an advantage when it comes to sensor innovation.

Sony RX10 vs Sony WX1 sensor size comparison

Sony RX10 vs Sony WX1 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony RX10 vs Sony WX1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony RX10 Portrait photography factors
Sony WX1 Portrait photography factors
70
you can focus manually
MP count good (20MP)
decent sensor size (1")
offers face detect focus
saves RAW formats
19
lack of manual focus
no manual control
can't use external flash
MP count low (10 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.4")
does not have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Sony RX10 as a Street photography camera
Sony WX1 as a Street photography camera
72
has a tilting screen
image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor size (1")
saves RAW formats
environment proof
55
image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
sensor is small (1/2.4")
does not have RAW format
more heavy than others in class (149g)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Sony RX10
Sports photography with Sony WX1
67
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (1")
environment proof
better than average battery (420 shots)
does not have phase detect auto focus
26
image stabilization (Optical)
no shutter priority mode
MP count low (10MP)
sensor is small (1/2.4")
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Sony RX10
Travel photography with Sony WX1
58
better than average battery (420 shots)
environment proof
MP count good (20 megapixels)
flash built-in
relatively wide (24mm)
no Time Lapse mode
display is not selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f2.8)
56
has built in flash
decently wide (24mm)
missing Timelapse function
more heavy than others in class (149 grams)
MP count low (10MP)
display is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.4)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony RX10 Landscape photography features
Sony WX1 Landscape photography features
63
you can focus manually
relatively wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (1")
saves RAW formats
environment proof
better than average battery (420 per charge)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
no Time Lapse mode
31
decently wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
lack of manual focus
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.4)
screen is small (2.7 inch)
no manual control
MP count low (10 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.4")
does not have RAW format
missing Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony RX10 Vlogging info
Sony WX1 Vlogging info
30
relatively wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
includes mic jack
slow max aperture (f2.8)
display is not selfie friendly
28
decently wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.4)
display is not selfie friendly
video resolution low (1280 x 720 resolution)
missing external microphone support
more heavy than others in class (149 grams)
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Sony RX10 vs Sony WX1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony RX10 and Sony WX1
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1
General Information
Company Sony Sony
Model type Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1
Type Large Sensor Superzoom Ultracompact
Released 2014-03-20 2009-08-06
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Powered by Bionz X Bionz
Sensor type BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1" 1/2.4"
Sensor measurements 13.2 x 8.8mm 6.104 x 4.578mm
Sensor area 116.2mm² 27.9mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixels 10 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 5472 x 3648 3648 x 2736
Max native ISO 12800 3200
Max enhanced ISO 25600 -
Min native ISO 125 160
RAW data
Min enhanced ISO 80 -
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points 25 9
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-200mm (8.3x) 24-120mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture f/2.8 f/2.4-5.9
Macro focusing distance - 5cm
Crop factor 2.7 5.9
Screen
Display type Tilting Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3" 2.7"
Display resolution 1,290 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Display tech WhiteMagic -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 1,440 thousand dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.7x -
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30s 2s
Fastest shutter speed 1/3200s 1/1600s
Continuous shutter rate 10.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 10.20 m 5.00 m
Flash settings Auto, fill-flash, slow sync, rear sync, off Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p) ,1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD -
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 813g (1.79 lb) 149g (0.33 lb)
Dimensions 129 x 88 x 102mm (5.1" x 3.5" x 4.0") 91 x 52 x 20mm (3.6" x 2.0" x 0.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 69 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 22.9 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.6 not tested
DXO Low light rating 474 not tested
Other
Battery life 420 pictures -
Type of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID NP-FW50 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, continuous) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Pricing at release $698 $149