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 make a detailed comparison of two cameras that fall into different categories. While the first model we are looking at, Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II belongs to a Pro Mirrorless category, the other model, Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II is a Large Sensor Compact camera. One of the key common traits of both cameras we are looking at is sensor. Both Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II, are equipped with the same 20.0 MP CMOS sensors.
Both cameras we are going to look at in our overview fall into two different categories - MirrorLess and Compact. Keeping in mind all the distinctive features of each category, it will be hard to make a detailed comparison of these two models. However, we will do our best to make this review as unbiased and detailed as possible.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Key Features:
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II Key Features:
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II substituted Olympus E-M1.
|Storage Slots||2 vs 1||Extra storage slot|
|Sensor Area||226.2 mm2 vs 116.16 mm2||48.6% larger pixel area|
|Continuous Shooting||15 fps vs 10 fps||5 fps faster|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 vs 1/2000||Faster shutter speed|
|Number Of Focus Points||121 vs 25||96 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|
|Max Video Resolution||4096 x 2160 vs 1920 x 1080||Higher Resolution Video|
|Microphone Port||Yes vs No||High quality audio recording option|
|Headphone Port||Yes vs No||Has headphone port|
|Dxo Color Depth||23.7 vs 22.5||Better color depth|
|Dxo Dynamic Range||12.8 vs 12.4||Better dynamic range|
|Dxo Low Light Iso||1312 vs 483||Better High ISO performance|
|NFC||Yes vs No||Easy wireless connectivity with compatible devices|
|Built-In Flash||Yes vs No||All the lenses are stabilized|
|Flash Range||15 vs 9.1||5.9 better flash range|
|Screen Resolution||1,229k dots vs 1,037k dots||15.6% higher resolution screen|
|Weight||281 g vs 574 g||293 g lighter|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||Large display|
|Screen Resolution||1,037k dots | 1,229k dots||High resolution screen|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated | Tilting||Help viewing and changing settings easily|
|Viewfinder||Electronic | Electronic (optional)||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||15.0 fps | 10.0 fps||Nice continuous shooting|
|Image Stabilization||Yes | Yes||Built-in stabilization|
|Sensor Resolution||20.0 MP | 20.0 MP||Small sensor resolution|
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 Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 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, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 293g less than the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark 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 Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II any different in terms of sensor type?
In terms of sensor type and resolution, these models are identical. Both Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II come equipped with the same CMOS that has a resolution of 20.0 MP. Thus, if you are wondering, which option to choose, this is not a factor you should be looking at.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II has a sensor area 0.5x bigger compared to Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II. 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 Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 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||Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II||Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 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, Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II or Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 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 Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 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-RX100 II deserves a higher Total Score than the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II. 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:
|Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II||Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II|
|Model||OM-D E-M1 Mark II||Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II|
|Announced||Sep 19, 2016||Jun 27, 2013|
|Body Type||SLR-style mirrorless||Large sensor compact|
|Sensor Size||Four Thirds||1"|
|Sensor Dimensions||17.4 x 13 mm||13.2 x 8.8 mm|
|Sensor Area||226.20 mm2||116.16 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||20.0 MP||20.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||5184 x 3888||5472 x 3648|
|Max Native ISO||25,600||12,800|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||25,600|
|Min Native ISO||200||160|
|Lens Mount||Micro Four Thirds||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||94||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||2x||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||5|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||121||25|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated||Tilting|
|Screen Resolution||1,037k dots||1,229k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||2,360k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||60 s||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 s||1/2000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||15.0 fps||10.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Redeye, Fill-in, Flash Off, Red-eye Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(2nd curtain), Manual||Auto, Slow Sync|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Score||80||67|
|DxO Color Depth||23.7||22.5|
|DxO Dynamic Range||12.8||12.4|
|DxO Low Light ISO||1312||483|
|Video Resolutions||4096 x 2160 @ 24p / 237 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM, 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM||1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||4096 x 2160||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MOV, H.264||MPEG-4, AVCHD|
|USB||USB 3.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||574 g||281 g|
|Physical Dimensions||134 x 91 x 67 mm||102 x 58 x 38 mm|
|Battery Life||350 shots||350 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots||SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo|