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Sony TX20 vs YI M1

Portability
96
Imaging
39
Features
50
Overall
43
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 front
 
YI M1 front
Portability
87
Imaging
60
Features
66
Overall
62

Sony TX20 vs YI M1 Key Specs

Sony TX20
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-100mm (F3.5-4.6) lens
  • 133g - 96 x 56 x 18mm
  • Introduced February 2012
YI M1
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 350g - 114 x 64 x 34mm
  • Revealed September 2016
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Sony TX20 vs YI M1 Overview

Here, we are matching up the Sony TX20 versus YI M1, former is a Ultracompact while the other is a Entry-Level Mirrorless by rivals Sony and YI. The image resolution of the TX20 (16MP) and the M1 (20MP) is very well matched but the TX20 (1/2.3") and M1 (Four Thirds) provide totally different sensor sizes.

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The TX20 was unveiled 5 years earlier than the M1 which is quite a sizable difference as far as tech is concerned. Both cameras feature different body design with the Sony TX20 being a Ultracompact camera and the YI M1 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before diving straight to a in-depth comparison, here is a brief summation of how the TX20 scores vs the M1 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Sony TX20 over the YI M1

 TX20 M1 

Reasons to pick YI M1 over the Sony TX20

 M1 TX20 
RevealedSeptember 2016February 2012Newer by 55 months
Display resolution1040k922kSharper display (+118k dot)

Common features in the Sony TX20 and YI M1

 TX20 M1 
Focus manually Dial precise focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display size3"3"Same display dimensions
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen
Touch display Easily navigate

Sony TX20 vs YI M1 Physical Comparison

When you are looking to travel with your camera often, you need to consider its weight and volume. The Sony TX20 has physical dimensions of 96mm x 56mm x 18mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7") having a weight of 133 grams (0.29 lbs) and the YI M1 has sizing of 114mm x 64mm x 34mm (4.5" x 2.5" x 1.3") along with a weight of 350 grams (0.77 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you are utilising at the time. Here is a front view measurement comparison of the TX20 compared to the M1.

Sony TX20 vs YI M1 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability grade of the TX20 and M1 is 96 and 87 respectively.

Sony TX20 vs YI M1 top view buttons comparison

Sony TX20 vs YI M1 Sensor Comparison

Often, its difficult to envision the gap between sensor dimensions purely by looking at technical specs. The image here will provide you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the TX20 and M1.

As you can tell, the 2 cameras come with different megapixel count and different sensor dimensions. The TX20 with its tinier sensor will make shooting shallow DOF harder and the YI M1 will give you extra detail having an extra 4MP. Greater resolution will also let you crop pics a good deal more aggressively. The more aged TX20 is going to be behind with regard to sensor technology.

Sony TX20 vs YI M1 sensor size comparison

Sony TX20 vs YI M1 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony TX20 vs YI M1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony TX20 as a Portrait photography camera
YI M1 as a Portrait photography camera
40
manual focus
good MP (16MP)
provides face detect autofocus
no manual mode
external flash not possible
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
76
manual focus
resolution is good (20MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
includes face detect focusing
supports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Sony TX20 as a Street photography camera
YI M1 as a Street photography camera
67
has image stabilization (Optical)
offers focus via touch
environment sealing
screen does not articulate
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
74
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
provides focus via touch
great high ISO (25,600)
no articulating screen
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Sony TX20 as a Sports photography camera
YI M1 as a Sports photography camera
50
has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16 megapixels)
provides tracking focus
environment sealing
better than average battery power (250 per charge)
no shutter priority
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
55
resolution is good (20MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
good battery pack (450 per charge)
continuous shooting slow (5.0 frames per second)
does not have image stabilization
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Sony TX20 as a Travel photography camera
YI M1 as a Travel photography camera
72
better than average battery power (250 CIPA)
environment sealing
offers focus via touch
good MP (16MP)
flash built-in
relatively wide (25mm)
does not have Time Lapse mode
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
slow max aperture (f3.5)
78
good battery pack (450 per charge)
has bluetooth
provides focus via touch
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Sony TX20 Landscape photography advice
YI M1 Landscape photography advice
52
manual focus
relatively wide (25mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16MP)
environment sealing
better than average battery power (250 CIPA)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
no manual mode
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
does not have Time Lapse mode
77
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3")
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
great high ISO (25,600)
supports RAW formats
good battery pack (450 shots)
does not have image stabilization
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony TX20 Vlogging factors
YI M1 Vlogging factors
35
relatively wide (25mm)
touchscreen
has image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect autofocus
good video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
does not have mic support
33
screen is touchscreen
includes face detect focusing
high quality video (4096 x 2160 resolution)
display is not selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
lack of microphone support
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Sony TX20 vs YI M1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony TX20 and YI M1
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20YI M1
General Information
Company Sony YI
Model type Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 YI M1
Category Ultracompact Entry-Level Mirrorless
Introduced 2012-02-28 2016-09-19
Physical type Ultracompact Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor BIONZ -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 20 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4608 x 3456 5184 x 3888
Maximum native ISO 3200 25600
Min native ISO 125 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points - 81
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens Micro Four Thirds
Lens zoom range 25-100mm (4.0x) -
Largest aperture f/3.5-4.6 -
Macro focusing distance 1cm -
Available lenses - 107
Crop factor 5.8 2.1
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 922 thousand dots 1,040 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Display tech XtraFine TruBlack TFT LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Min shutter speed 4s 60s
Max shutter speed 1/1600s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter rate 10.0fps 5.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 3.70 m no built-in flash
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync, Red-Eye Slow
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 4096 x 2160 @ 30p / 75 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 4096x2160
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Built-In
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 133 gr (0.29 lb) 350 gr (0.77 lb)
Physical dimensions 96 x 56 x 18mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7") 114 x 64 x 34mm (4.5" x 2.5" x 1.3")
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 250 photographs 450 photographs
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NP-BN -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2) Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Card slots 1 1
Price at release $330 $320