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Sony RX1R II vs Sony S2100

Portability
78
Imaging
78
Features
65
Overall
72
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S2100 front
Portability
93
Imaging
36
Features
17
Overall
28

Sony RX1R II vs Sony S2100 Key Specs

Sony RX1R II
(Full Review)
  • 42MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 50 - 25600 (Boost to 102400)
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 35mm (F2.0) lens
  • 507g - 113 x 65 x 72mm
  • Introduced October 2015
  • Succeeded the Sony RX1R
Sony S2100
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 33-105mm (F3.1-5.6) lens
  • 167g - 98 x 61 x 27mm
  • Announced January 2010
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Sony RX1R II vs Sony S2100 Overview

Following is a complete comparison of the Sony RX1R II versus Sony S2100, one is a Large Sensor Compact and the latter is a Small Sensor Compact and both of them are offered by Sony. There is a big difference among the image resolutions of the RX1R II (42MP) and S2100 (12MP) and the RX1R II (Full frame) and S2100 (1/2.3") come with different sensor sizing.

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The RX1R II was announced 5 years after the S2100 which is a fairly big gap as far as camera tech is concerned. The two cameras come with different body type with the Sony RX1R II being a Large Sensor Compact camera and the Sony S2100 being a Compact camera.

Before getting in to a step-by-step comparison, below is a concise highlight of how the RX1R II matches up against the S2100 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Sony RX1R II over the Sony S2100

 RX1R II S2100 
AnnouncedOctober 2015January 2010More modern by 71 months
Focus manually Dial exact focus
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution1229k230kCrisper screen (+999k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony S2100 over the Sony RX1R II

 S2100 RX1R II 

Common features in the Sony RX1R II and Sony S2100

 RX1R II S2100 
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen measurement
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch screen Lack of Touch screen

Sony RX1R II vs Sony S2100 Physical Comparison

In case you're going to carry around your camera regularly, you will have to factor its weight and volume. The Sony RX1R II has got physical dimensions of 113mm x 65mm x 72mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 2.8") accompanied by a weight of 507 grams (1.12 lbs) whilst the Sony S2100 has sizing of 98mm x 61mm x 27mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 1.1") and a weight of 167 grams (0.37 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you have during that time. Underneath is the front view scale comparison of the RX1R II vs the S2100.

Sony RX1R II vs Sony S2100 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability rating of the RX1R II and S2100 is 78 and 93 respectively.

Sony RX1R II vs Sony S2100 top view buttons comparison

Sony RX1R II vs Sony S2100 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it is very tough to picture the difference in sensor sizes purely by viewing technical specs. The image underneath may give you a greater sense of the sensor sizes in the RX1R II and S2100.

As you can tell, both the cameras have got different resolutions and different sensor sizes. The RX1R II with its bigger sensor is going to make getting shallower DOF easier and the Sony RX1R II will render extra detail with its extra 30MP. Higher resolution can also allow you to crop pictures much more aggressively. The fresher RX1R II should have an advantage in sensor tech.

Sony RX1R II vs Sony S2100 sensor size comparison

Sony RX1R II vs Sony S2100 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony RX1R II vs Sony S2100 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Sony RX1R II
Portrait photography with Sony S2100
86
focusing manually
great flash sync speed (1/4,000 seconds)
MP count amazing (42 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
features face detect focus
supports RAW formats
21
focusing manually not possible
manual mode not available
external flash not possible
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Sony RX1R II Street photography factors
Sony S2100 Street photography factors
73
screen tilts up and down
big sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW formats
great ISO range (25,600)
no image stabilization
heavier than competition in class (507g)
47
no moving screen
no image stabilization
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Sony RX1R II Sports photography information
Sony S2100 Sports photography information
64
MP count amazing (42MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
features tracking focus
supports phase detect auto focus
focal length is fixed (35mm)
slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames per second)
no image stabilization
terrible battery pack (220 shots)
18
low max shutter speed (1/1,200 seconds)
slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
no image stabilization
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Sony RX1R II Travel photography details
Sony S2100 Travel photography details
60
MP count amazing (42 megapixels)
great max aperture (f2.0)
lack of Time Lapse mode
terrible battery pack (220 shots)
heavier than competition in class (507 grams)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
51
has built in flash
does not have Time Lapse mode
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
wide angle not fantastic (33mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony RX1R II Landscape photography highlights
Sony S2100 Landscape photography highlights
69
focusing manually
great max aperture (f2.0)
pretty good screen size (3")
MP count amazing (42 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
does not have anti aliasing filter
great ISO range (25,600)
supports RAW formats
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
focal length is fixed (35mm)
no image stabilization
terrible battery pack (220 shots)
lack of Time Lapse mode
28
decent sized screen (3 inch)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (33mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
manual mode not available
no image stabilization
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
does not have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony RX1R II Vlogging highlights
Sony S2100 Vlogging highlights
34
great max aperture (f2.0)
features face detect focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
comes with mic support
does not have a selfie friendly screen
no image stabilization
heavier than competition in class (507g)
22
wide angle not fantastic (33mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
screen is not selfie friendly
no image stabilization
low video resolution (640 x 480 pixels)
does not have external mic port
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Sony RX1R II vs Sony S2100 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony RX1R II and Sony S2100
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R IISony Cyber-shot DSC-S2100
General Information
Brand Sony Sony
Model type Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S2100
Type Large Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2015-10-13 2010-01-07
Body design Large Sensor Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip BIONZ X Bionz
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size Full frame 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 35.9 x 24mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 861.6mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 42 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 7952 x 5304 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 25600 3200
Maximum boosted ISO 102400 -
Lowest native ISO 50 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points 25 9
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 35mm (1x) 33-105mm (3.2x)
Highest aperture f/2.0 f/3.1-5.6
Macro focusing range 14cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 1 5.8
Screen
Screen type Tilting Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 1,229k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 2,359k dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.74x -
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30s 1s
Highest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/1200s
Continuous shooting speed 5.0 frames/s 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance no built-in flash 3.30 m
Flash modes Off, auto, fill flash, slow sync, rear sync, wireless Auto, On, Off, Slow syncro
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/4000s -
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (120p, 30p) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 640x480
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S, H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic jack
Headphone jack
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
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 507 gr (1.12 lbs) 167 gr (0.37 lbs)
Dimensions 113 x 65 x 72mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 2.8") 98 x 61 x 27mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 97 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 25.8 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 13.9 not tested
DXO Low light rating 3204 not tested
Other
Battery life 220 pictures -
Battery form Battery Pack -
Battery ID NP-BX1 2 x AA
Self timer Yes (2,5, 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo, optional SD, Internal
Storage slots One One
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