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Sony RX100 V vs Zeiss ZX1

Portability
89
Imaging
54
Features
80
Overall
64
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V front
 
Zeiss ZX1 front
Portability
67
Imaging
80
Features
62
Overall
72

Sony RX100 V vs Zeiss ZX1 Key Specs

Sony RX100 V
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • 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
  • Released October 2016
  • Superseded the Sony RX100 IV
  • Replacement is Sony RX100 VI
Zeiss ZX1
(Full Review)
  • 37MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 4.34" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 80 - 51200
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 35mm (F2-22) lens
  • 800g - 142 x 93 x 46mm
  • Released September 2018
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Sony RX100 V vs Zeiss ZX1 Overview

Here is a thorough assessment of the Sony RX100 V and Zeiss ZX1, both Large Sensor Compact digital cameras by rivals Sony and Zeiss. There is a considerable difference between the sensor resolutions of the RX100 V (20MP) and ZX1 (37MP) and the RX100 V (1") and ZX1 (Full frame) offer totally different sensor measurements.

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The RX100 V was revealed 24 months before the ZX1 making them a generation apart from each other. The two cameras feature the same body design (Large Sensor Compact).

Before we go into a in-depth comparison, here is a short summary of how the RX100 V grades vs the ZX1 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Sony RX100 V over the Zeiss ZX1

 RX100 V ZX1 
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Reasons to pick Zeiss ZX1 over the Sony RX100 V

 ZX1 RX100 V 
ReleasedSeptember 2018October 2016Fresher by 24 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating display
Display size4.34"3"Larger display (+1.34")
Display resolution2765k1229kSharper display (+1536k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Sony RX100 V and Zeiss ZX1

 RX100 V ZX1 
Manual focus Very exact focus

Sony RX100 V vs Zeiss ZX1 Physical Comparison

When you are intending to carry your camera, you will have to take into account its weight and proportions. The Sony RX100 V has got physical dimensions of 102mm x 58mm x 41mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.6") with a weight of 299 grams (0.66 lbs) whilst the Zeiss ZX1 has measurements of 142mm x 93mm x 46mm (5.6" x 3.7" x 1.8") accompanied by a weight of 800 grams (1.76 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you select at that moment. Following is a front view measurement comparison of the RX100 V vs the ZX1.

Sony RX100 V vs Zeiss ZX1 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability grade of the RX100 V and ZX1 is 89 and 67 respectively.

Sony RX100 V vs Zeiss ZX1 top view buttons comparison

Sony RX100 V vs Zeiss ZX1 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it's hard to see the difference between sensor sizing simply by reading through a spec sheet. The visual here will provide you a more clear sense of the sensor dimensions in the RX100 V and ZX1.

Clearly, each of these cameras come with different megapixels and different sensor sizing. The RX100 V with its tinier sensor will make achieving shallow DOF tougher and the Zeiss ZX1 will resolve more detail because of its extra 17 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also help you crop images a good deal more aggressively. The older RX100 V is going to be behind with regard to sensor tech.

Sony RX100 V vs Zeiss ZX1 sensor size comparison

Sony RX100 V vs Zeiss ZX1 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony RX100 V vs Zeiss ZX1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony RX100 V Portrait photography highlights
Zeiss ZX1 Portrait photography highlights
66
focusing manually
high flash sync speed (1/2,000 seconds)
good resolution (20MP)
decent sensor size (1")
includes face detect focusing
exports RAW files
external flash not possible
88
you can focus manually
great MP (37 megapixels)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
offers face detection focusing
saves RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Sony RX100 V Street photography features
Zeiss ZX1 Street photography features
86
tilting screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor size (1")
exports RAW files
lighter than others in class (299g)
71
screen articulates fully
sensor size is large (Full frame)
saves RAW formats
features touch to focus
great ISO range (51,200)
no image stabilization
more heavy than competitors in class (800 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Sony RX100 V Sports photography advice
Zeiss ZX1 Sports photography advice
70
quiet shooting (1/32,000s)
fast shooting (24.0 fps)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (1")
includes tracking focus
comes with phase detect AF
terrible battery power (220 CIPA)
65
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000s)
great MP (37MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
offers tracking autofocus
can't change focal length (35mm)
max frames per second very slow (3.0 frames per second)
no image stabilization
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Sony RX100 V Travel photography factors
Zeiss ZX1 Travel photography factors
80
lighter than others in class (299g)
good resolution (20MP)
flash built-in
selfie friendly screen
relatively wide (24mm)
good maximum aperture (f1.8)
terrible battery power (220 per charge)
65
has bluetooth
features touch to focus
great MP (37 megapixels)
great max aperture (f2)
lack of Timelapse mode
more heavy than competitors in class (800g)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Sony RX100 V Landscape photography information
Zeiss ZX1 Landscape photography information
70
focusing manually
relatively wide (24mm)
good maximum aperture (f1.8)
pretty good screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (20MP)
decent sensor size (1")
exports RAW files
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
terrible battery power (220 shots)
70
you can focus manually
great max aperture (f2)
screen larger than average (4.34")
great MP (37MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
great ISO range (51,200)
saves RAW formats
can't switch lens (fixed lens mount)
can't change focal length (35mm)
no image stabilization
lack of Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony RX100 V as a Vlogging camera
Zeiss ZX1 as a Vlogging camera
81
relatively wide (24mm)
good maximum aperture (f1.8)
selfie friendly screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect focusing
high res video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
lighter than others in class (299 grams)
does not have microphone jack
31
great max aperture (f2)
built-in touchscreen
offers face detection focusing
great video quality (3840 x 2160 resolution)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
no image stabilization
lack of external microphone support
more heavy than competitors in class (800 grams)
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Sony RX100 V vs Zeiss ZX1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony RX100 V and Zeiss ZX1
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VZeiss ZX1
General Information
Company Sony Zeiss
Model type Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V Zeiss ZX1
Type Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Released 2016-10-06 2018-09-27
Physical type Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Bionz X -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1" Full frame
Sensor measurements 13.2 x 8.8mm 36 x 24mm
Sensor area 116.2mm² 864.0mm²
Sensor resolution 20MP 37MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Full resolution 5472 x 3648 7488 x 4992
Max native ISO 12800 51200
Max boosted ISO 25600 -
Lowest native ISO 125 80
RAW photos
Lowest boosted ISO 80 -
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points 315 255
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-70mm (2.9x) 35mm (1x)
Largest aperture f/1.8-2.8 f/2-22
Macro focusing range 5cm -
Crop factor 2.7 1
Screen
Type of display Tilting Fully Articulated
Display diagonal 3 inches 4.34 inches
Resolution of display 1,229k dots 2,765k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 2,359k dots 6,221k dots
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.59x -
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30s 30s
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000s 1/8000s
Maximum quiet shutter speed 1/32000s -
Continuous shooting rate 24.0fps 3.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 10.20 m (at Auto ISO) no built-in flash
Flash settings - no built-in flash
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 1/2000s -
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Max video resolution 3840x2160 3840x2160
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 299 grams (0.66 lb) 800 grams (1.76 lb)
Physical dimensions 102 x 58 x 41mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.6") 142 x 93 x 46mm (5.6" x 3.7" x 1.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 70 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 22.8 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.4 not tested
DXO Low light rating 586 not tested
Other
Battery life 220 photos -
Battery style Battery Pack -
Battery ID NP-BX1 -
Self timer Yes Yes
Time lapse feature With downloadable app
Storage type SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo 512GB internal
Card slots One One
Retail price $998 -