Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
In this review, we are going to provide a detailed evaluation and comparison of two different camera models that fall into the same category - Large Sensor Compact. Although these cameras are from the same category, they were introduced by different brands - Canon and Sony. Models we are reviewing in this article have different types of sensors, Thus, Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III is equipped with a 24.0 MP CMOS sensor. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV, on the contrary, features BSI-CMOS sensor with a resolution of 20.0 MP.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III Key Features:
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV Key Features:
Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III substituted Canon G1 X II.
|Bluetooth||Yes vs No||Connect your camera to other devices via Bluetooth|
|Sensor Resolution||24.0 MP vs 20.0 MP||16.7% more pixels|
|Sensor Area||332.27 mm2 vs 116.16 mm2||65% larger pixel area|
|Flash Range||9 vs No||9 better flash range|
|External Flash||Yes vs No||Connect off-camera flash|
|Number Of Focus Points||49 vs 25||24 more focus points|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated vs Tilting||Flexible shooting positions|
|Touch Screen||Yes vs No||Easy control of camera functions|
|Environmental Sealing||Yes vs No||Shoot at tough conditions|
|Viewfinder Resolution||2,360k dots vs 2,359k dots||0% higher resolution|
|Continuous Shooting||16 fps vs 9 fps||7 fps faster|
|Screen Resolution||1,229k dots vs 1,040k dots||15.4% higher resolution screen|
|Battery Life||280 shots vs 200 shots||80 more frames with a single charge|
|Weight||298 g vs 399 g||101 g lighter|
|Max Video Resolution||3840 x 2160 vs 1920 x 1080||Higher Resolution Video|
|Viewfinder Magnification||0.59 vs No||0.59 better magnification|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||Large display|
|Screen Resolution||1,040k dots | 1,229k dots||High resolution screen|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated | Tilting||Help viewing and changing settings easily|
|Viewfinder||Electronic | Electronic||Better framing and control|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes | Yes||Very handy for portraits|
|Bracketing||Yes | Yes||Useful for tough lighting conditions and HDR|
|Continuous Shooting||9.0 fps | 16.0 fps||Nice continuous shooting|
|Built-In Flash||Yes | Yes||External flash available|
|Image Stabilization||Yes | Yes||Built-in stabilization|
|Microphone Port||No | No||No microphone port|
|Headphone Port||No | No||No headphone port|
|Battery Life||200 shots | 280 shots||Low battery life|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 101g less than the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV any different in terms of sensor type?
In fact, that's exactly what makes these two models really different. Thus, it is a good point to consider if your are choosing between these two cameras. Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III features a 24.0 MP APS-C sized CMOS sensor . Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV, in its turn, comes with a 20.0 MP 1" sized BSI-CMOS sensor and Bionz X processor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III has a sensor area 0.3x bigger compared to Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV. What does it mean? This basically means that if you these cameras them with the same aperture and focal length, the first model will give you more control in terms of the blurry background and depth of field.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III||Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV|
Disadvantages:No Significant Disadvantages
Disadvantages:No Significant Disadvantages
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III or Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV deserves a higher Total Score than the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III||Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV|
|Model||PowerShot G1 X Mark III||Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV|
|Announced||Oct 25, 2017||Jun 10, 2015|
|Body Type||Large sensor compact||Large sensor compact|
|Sensor Dimensions||22.3 x 14.9 mm||13.2 x 8.8 mm|
|Sensor Area||332.27 mm2||116.16 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||24.0 MP||20.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||6000 x 4000||5472 x 3648|
|Max Native ISO||25,600||12,800|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||25,600|
|Min Native ISO||100||125|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||10||5|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||49||25|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated||Tilting|
|Screen Resolution||1,040k dots||1,229k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||2,360k dots||2,359k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 s||1/2000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||9.0 fps||16.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, sl0w synchro|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 35 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC||3840 x 2160 (30p, 25p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p/60i/24p), 1280 x 720 (60p/30p/24p/120p), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080||3840 x 2160|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, H.264||MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S|
|USB||USB 1||USB 2.0|
|Weight||399 g||298 g|
|Physical Dimensions||115 x 78 x 51 mm||102 x 58 x 41 mm|
|Battery Life||200 shots||280 shots|
|Battery Type||Built-in||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I supported)||SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo|