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 - Fujifilm and Sony. Models we are reviewing in this article have different types of sensors, Thus, Fujifilm X100S is equipped with a 16.0 MP CMOS X-TRANS II sensor. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II, on the contrary, features BSI-CMOS sensor with a resolution of 42.0 MP.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Fujifilm X100S and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Fujifilm X100S Key Features:
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II Key Features:
Fujifilm X100S substituted Fujifilm X100.
|Continuous Shooting||6 fps vs 5 fps||1 fps faster|
|Built-In Flash||Yes vs No||All the lenses are stabilized|
|Flash Range||9 vs No||9 better flash range|
|Number Of Focus Points||49 vs 25||24 more focus points|
|Battery Life||330 shots vs 220 shots||110 more frames with a single charge|
|Weight||445 g vs 507 g||62 g lighter|
|NFC||Yes vs No||Easy wireless connectivity with compatible devices|
|Sensor Resolution||42.0 MP vs 16.0 MP||61.9% more pixels|
|Sensor Area||861.6 mm2 vs 372.88 mm2||56.7% larger pixel area|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes vs No||Very handy for portraits|
|Screen Size||3″ vs 2.8″||0.2" larger screen|
|Screen Resolution||1,229k dots vs 460k dots||62.6% higher resolution screen|
|Microphone Port||Yes vs No||High quality audio recording option|
|Viewfinder Resolution||2,359k dots vs 2,350k dots||0.4% higher resolution|
|Viewfinder Magnification||0.74 vs 0.5||0.24 better magnification|
|Viewfinder||Electronic and Optical (tunnel) | Electronic||Better framing and control|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|Bracketing||Yes | Yes||Useful for tough lighting conditions and HDR|
|Touch Screen||No | No||No touch screen|
|Headphone Port||No | No||No headphone port|
|Timelapse Recording||No | No||No timelapse recording|
|Continuous Shooting||6.0 fps | 5.0 fps||Low continuous shooting|
|Image Stabilization||No | No||No image stabilization|
|Environmental Sealing||No | No||No environmental sealing|
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 Fujifilm X100S and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II 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, Fujifilm X100S is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 62g less than the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II. 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 Fujifilm X100S and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II 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. Fujifilm X100S features a 16.0 MP APS-C sized CMOS X-TRANS II sensor and boasts of a EXR II processor . Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II, in its turn, comes with a 42.0 MP Full frame 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 Fujifilm X100S and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II is equipped with a sensor that is 0.4x larger than the one featured in Fujifilm X100S. Compared to the cameras with smaller sensor area, the ones with larger sensors ensure more control on the blurry background and depth of field if you shoot in the same aperture and focal length. Thus, the first model has a significant advantage here.
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 Fujifilm X100S and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II 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||Fujifilm X100S||Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II|
No Significant Advantages
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, Fujifilm X100S or Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II, 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 Fujifilm X100S and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II 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-RX1R II deserves a higher Total Score than the Fujifilm X100S. 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:
|Fujifilm X100S||Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II|
|Model||X100S||Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II|
|Announced||Jul 29, 2013||Oct 13, 2015|
|Body Type||Large sensor compact||Large sensor compact|
|Sensor Type||CMOS X-TRANS II||BSI-CMOS|
|Sensor Size||APS-C||Full frame|
|Sensor Dimensions||23.6 x 15.8 mm||35.9 x 24 mm|
|Sensor Area||372.88 mm2||861.60 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP||42.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4896 x 3264||7952 x 5304|
|Max Native ISO||12,800||25,600|
|Max Boosted ISO||25,600||102,400|
|Min Native ISO||100||50|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||10||14|
|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||Fixed Type||Tilting|
|Screen Resolution||460k dots||1,229k dots|
|ViewFinder||Electronic and Optical (tunnel)||Electronic|
|ViewFinder Resolution||2,350k dots||2,359k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||6.0 fps||5.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-Eye, Slow Sync||auto, fill flash, slow sync, rear sync, wireless|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60, 30fps)||1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (120p, 30p)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||H.264||MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S, H.264|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||445 g||507 g|
|Physical Dimensions||127 x 74 x 54 mm||113 x 65 x 72 mm|
|Battery Life||330 shots||220 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC||SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo|