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, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 belongs to a Large Sensor Compact category, the other model, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 is a Small Sensor Superzoom camera. Both models feature different types of sensors. Thus, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 comes with CMOS sensor that has a resolution of 13.0 MP resolution, while our second compared model Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V features a 18.0 MP BSI-CMOS sensor.
Both cameras we are going to look at in our overview fall into two different categories - Compact and SuperZoom. 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 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Key Features:
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V Key Features:
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 was substituted by Panasonic LX100 II.
|Timelapse Recording||Yes vs No||Creative shooting|
|Sensor Area||224.9 mm2 vs 28.07 mm2||87.5% larger pixel area|
|Raw Support||Yes vs No||Better image quality|
|Continuous Shooting||11 fps vs 10 fps||1 fps faster|
|Flash Range||7 vs 5.4||1.6 better flash range|
|External Flash||Yes vs No||Connect off-camera flash|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/16000 vs 1/2000||Faster shutter speed|
|Max Video Resolution||3840 x 2160 vs 1920 x 1080||Higher Resolution Video|
|Viewfinder Resolution||2,764k dots vs 638k dots||76.9% higher resolution|
|Viewfinder Magnification||0.7 vs 0.5||0.2 better magnification|
|Gps||Built-in vs No||Has GPS|
|Sensor Resolution||18.0 MP vs 13.0 MP||27.8% more pixels|
|Built-In Flash||Yes vs No||All the lenses are stabilized|
|Battery Life||360 shots vs 300 shots||60 more frames with a single charge|
|Weight||245 g vs 393 g||148 g lighter|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||Large display|
|Viewfinder||Electronic | Electronic||Better framing and control|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes | Yes||Very handy for portraits|
|Bracketing||Yes | Yes||Useful for tough lighting conditions and HDR|
|Continuous Shooting||11.0 fps | 10.0 fps||Nice continuous shooting|
|Image Stabilization||Yes | Yes||Built-in stabilization|
|Touch Screen||No | No||No touch screen|
|Screen Resolution||921k dots | 921k dots||Small screen resolution|
|Sensor Resolution||13.0 MP | 18.0 MP||Small sensor resolution|
|Microphone Port||No | No||No microphone port|
|Headphone Port||No | No||No headphone port|
|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 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V 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-HX90V is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 148g less than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100. 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 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V 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. Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 features a 13.0 MP Four Thirds sized CMOS sensor and boasts of a Venus Engine processor . Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V, in its turn, comes with a 18.0 MP 1/2.3" 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 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 has a sensor area 0.1x bigger compared to Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V. 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 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V 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||Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100||Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V|
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, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 or Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V, 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 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 deserves a higher Total Score than the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V. 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:
|Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100||Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V|
|Model||Lumix DMC-LX100||Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V|
|Announced||Sep 15, 2014||Apr 14, 2015|
|Body Type||Large sensor compact||Compact|
|Sensor Size||Four Thirds||1/2.3"|
|Sensor Dimensions||17.3 x 13 mm||6.17 x 4.55 mm|
|Sensor Area||224.90 mm2||28.07 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||13.0 MP||18.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4112 x 3088||4896 x 3672|
|Max Native ISO||25,600||12,800|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||200||80|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||3||5|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||49||n/a|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type||Tilting|
|Screen Resolution||921k dots||921k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||2,764k dots||638k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||60 s||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/16000 s||1/2000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||11.0 fps||10.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction||Auto, flash on, slow sync, flash off, rear sync|
|Video Resolutions||3840 x 2160 (30p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480||1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p)|
|Max Video Resolution||3840 x 2160||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, AVCHD||AVCHD, XAVC S|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||393 g||245 g|
|Physical Dimensions||115 x 66 x 55 mm||102 x 58 x 36 mm|
|Battery Life||300 shots||360 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I)||SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo|