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Sony RX100 VA vs Sony RX1R

Portability
89
Imaging
54
Features
77
Overall
63
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V(A) front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R front
Portability
79
Imaging
70
Features
58
Overall
65

Sony RX100 VA vs Sony RX1R Key Specs

Sony RX100 VA
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Expand to 25600)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-70mm (F1.8-2.8) lens
  • 299g - 102 x 58 x 41mm
  • Launched July 2018
Sony RX1R
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 35mm (F2.0) lens
  • 482g - 113 x 65 x 70mm
  • Announced June 2013
  • Newer Model is Sony RX1R II
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Sony RX100 VA vs Sony RX1R Overview

The following is a detailed comparison of the Sony RX100 VA vs Sony RX1R, both Large Sensor Compact cameras and both of them are sold by Sony. The sensor resolution of the RX100 VA (20MP) and the RX1R (24MP) is fairly comparable but the RX100 VA (1") and RX1R (Full frame) feature different sensor sizes.

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The RX100 VA was announced 5 years after the RX1R which is a fairly sizable gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of these cameras offer the identical body type (Large Sensor Compact).

Before getting in to a detailed comparison, below is a quick highlight of how the RX100 VA grades vs the RX1R with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Sony RX100 VA over the Sony RX1R

 RX100 VA RX1R 
AnnouncedJuly 2018June 2013Newer by 62 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Sony RX1R over the Sony RX100 VA

 RX1R RX100 VA 

Common features in the Sony RX100 VA and Sony RX1R

 RX100 VA RX1R 
Manual focus Dial accurate focus
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display dimensions
Display resolution1229k1229kEqual display resolution
Touch friendly display Absent Touch friendly display

Sony RX100 VA vs Sony RX1R Physical Comparison

For those who are going to travel with your camera frequently, you're going to have to take into account its weight and volume. The Sony RX100 VA has got external dimensions of 102mm x 58mm x 41mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.6") having a weight of 299 grams (0.66 lbs) whilst the Sony RX1R has sizing of 113mm x 65mm x 70mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 2.8") along with a weight of 482 grams (1.06 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you are employing at that moment. Underneath is the front view over all size comparison of the RX100 VA and the RX1R.

Sony RX100 VA vs Sony RX1R size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability score of the RX100 VA and RX1R is 89 and 79 respectively.

Sony RX100 VA vs Sony RX1R top view buttons comparison

Sony RX100 VA vs Sony RX1R Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it's hard to picture the gap in sensor dimensions purely by checking out a spec sheet. The image below might give you a clearer sense of the sensor dimensions in the RX100 VA and RX1R.

Clearly, both of those cameras enjoy different resolutions and different sensor dimensions. The RX100 VA with its smaller sensor is going to make getting shallower depth of field tougher and the Sony RX1R will produce extra detail with its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will make it easier to crop photos far more aggressively. The fresher RX100 VA provides an edge when it comes to sensor technology.

Sony RX100 VA vs Sony RX1R sensor size comparison

Sony RX100 VA vs Sony RX1R Screen and ViewFinder

Sony RX100 VA vs Sony RX1R Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony RX100 VA Portrait photography factors
Sony RX1R Portrait photography factors
66
has manual focus
flash sync is higher than normal (1/2,000 seconds)
sensor resolution is decent (20 megapixels)
sensor size is good (1")
offers face detect focus
supports RAW formats
can't use external flash
82
has manual focus
flash sync is higher than normal (1/4,000s)
decent megapixels (24 megapixels)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
provides face detect focusing
delivers RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Sony RX100 VA Street photography features
Sony RX1R Street photography features
86
has a tilting screen
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is good (1")
supports RAW formats
lighter than competition in class (299g)
66
sensor size is great (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats
great ISO range (25,600)
screen does not articulate
no image stabilization
more heavy than competitors (482g)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Sony RX100 VA
Sports photography with Sony RX1R
70
silent mode (1/32,000 seconds)
fast shooting (24.0 frames per second)
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (20 megapixels)
sensor size is good (1")
offers tracking focus
sensor has phase detect auto focus
not so great battery pack (220 per charge)
53
decent megapixels (24MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
provides tracking focus
can't change focal length (35mm)
max fps low (5.0 fps)
no image stabilization
terrible battery life (270 shots)
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Sony RX100 VA Travel photography details
Sony RX1R Travel photography details
76
lighter than competition in class (299 grams)
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
has built in flash
selfie friendly display
reasonably wide (24mm)
fast max aperture (f1.8)
does not have Time Lapse function
not so great battery pack (220 per charge)
62
decent megapixels (24 megapixels)
has built in flash
great maximum aperture (f2.0)
lack of Timelapse function
terrible battery life (270 per charge)
more heavy than competitors (482 grams)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Sony RX100 VA Landscape photography info
Sony RX1R Landscape photography info
66
has manual focus
reasonably wide (24mm)
fast max aperture (f1.8)
pretty good screen size (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
sensor size is good (1")
supports RAW formats
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
not so great battery pack (220 per charge)
does not have Time Lapse function
66
has manual focus
great maximum aperture (f2.0)
screen size is good (3")
decent megapixels (24MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
no low pass filter
great ISO range (25,600)
delivers RAW formats
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
can't change focal length (35mm)
no image stabilization
terrible battery life (270 per charge)
lack of Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Sony RX100 VA
Vlogging with Sony RX1R
81
reasonably wide (24mm)
fast max aperture (f1.8)
selfie friendly display
image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect focus
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 pxls)
lighter than competition in class (299 grams)
does not have mic socket
34
great maximum aperture (f2.0)
provides face detect focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
has microphone support
does not have a selfie friendly screen
no image stabilization
more heavy than competitors (482 grams)
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Sony RX100 VA vs Sony RX1R Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony RX100 VA and Sony RX1R
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V(A)Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R
General Information
Manufacturer Sony Sony
Model type Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V(A) Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R
Type Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Launched 2018-07-13 2013-06-26
Physical type Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Bionz X -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1" Full frame
Sensor measurements 13.2 x 8.8mm 35.8 x 23.9mm
Sensor surface area 116.2mm² 855.6mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixel 24 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 5472 x 3648 6000 x 4000
Maximum native ISO 12800 25600
Maximum enhanced ISO 25600 -
Lowest native ISO 125 100
RAW images
Lowest enhanced ISO 80 -
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points 315 25
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-70mm (2.9x) 35mm (1x)
Largest aperture f/1.8-2.8 f/2.0
Macro focusing distance 5cm -
Focal length multiplier 2.7 1
Screen
Screen type Tilting Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3" 3"
Resolution of screen 1,229 thousand dots 1,229 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen tech - Xtra FineTFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic and Optical (optional)
Viewfinder resolution 2,359 thousand dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.59x -
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Fastest silent shutter speed 1/32000 seconds -
Continuous shutter rate 24.0 frames/s 5.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 10.20 m (at Auto ISO) 6.00 m
Flash modes Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Rear Sync, Flash Off Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync, Rear Sync, Wireless
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize 1/2000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 25, 24 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)
Maximum video resolution 3840x2160 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB NP-BX1 lithium-ion battery & USB charger USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 299g (0.66 pounds) 482g (1.06 pounds)
Dimensions 102 x 58 x 41mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.6") 113 x 65 x 70mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 2.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested 91
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 25.0
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 13.6
DXO Low light rating not tested 2537
Other
Battery life 220 shots 270 shots
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NP-BX1 NP-BX1
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Card slots One One
Launch pricing $998 $2,798