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 - Sony and Panasonic. Models we are reviewing in this article have different types of sensors, Thus, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II is equipped with a 20.0 MP CMOS sensor. Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100, on the contrary, features MOS sensor with a resolution of 20.0 MP.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II and Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II Key Features:
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 Key Features:
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II was substituted by Sony RX100 III.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II substituted Sony RX100.
|NFC||Yes vs No||Easy wireless connectivity with compatible devices|
|Flash Range||15 vs 8||7 better flash range|
|External Flash||Yes vs No||Connect off-camera flash|
|Screen Resolution||1,229k dots vs 1,040k dots||15.4% higher resolution screen|
|Battery Life||350 shots vs 300 shots||50 more frames with a single charge|
|Weight||281 g vs 312 g||31 g lighter|
|Continuous Shooting||50 fps vs 10 fps||40 fps faster|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/16000 vs 1/2000||Faster shutter speed|
|Number Of Focus Points||49 vs 25||24 more focus points|
|Touch Screen||Yes vs No||Easy control of camera functions|
|Max Video Resolution||3840 x 2160 vs 1920 x 1080||Higher Resolution Video|
|Dxo Color Depth||22.8 vs 22.5||Better color depth|
|Dxo Dynamic Range||12.5 vs 12.4||Better dynamic range|
|Dxo Low Light Iso||559 vs 483||Better High ISO performance|
|Viewfinder Magnification||0.46 vs No||0.46 better magnification|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||Large display|
|Screen Resolution||1,229k dots | 1,040k dots||High resolution screen|
|Viewfinder||Electronic (optional) | 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||10.0 fps | 50.0 fps||Nice continuous shooting|
|Built-In Flash||Yes | Yes||External flash available|
|Image Stabilization||Yes | Yes||Built-in stabilization|
|Sensor Resolution||20.0 MP | 20.0 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 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II and Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 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 31g less than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100. 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 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II and Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 any different in terms of sensor type?
Take a look below to find the comparison of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II and Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 by the size of their sensors.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II and Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 are identical by this indicator, as each feature a sensor of the same size. Thus, both cameras will provide the same level of control in terms of the depth of field if you use them with the same focal length and aperture.
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 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II and Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 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||Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II||Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100|
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, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II or Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100, 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 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II and Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 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 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100. 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:
|Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II||Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100|
|Model||Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II||Lumix DMC-ZS100|
|Announced||Jun 27, 2013||Jan 05, 2016|
|Body Type||Large sensor compact||Large Sensor Compact|
|Sensor Dimensions||13.2 x 8.8 mm||13.2 x 8.8 mm|
|Sensor Area||116.16 mm2||116.16 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||20.0 MP||20.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||5472 x 3648||5472 x 3648|
|Max Native ISO||12,800||12,800|
|Max Boosted ISO||25,600||25,600|
|Min Native ISO||160||125|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||5||5|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||25||49|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Screen Type||Tilting||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||1,229k dots||1,040k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||1,166k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s||60 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 s||1/16000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||10.0 fps||50.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Slow Sync||Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Score||67||70|
|DxO Color Depth||22.5||22.8|
|DxO Dynamic Range||12.4||12.5|
|DxO Low Light ISO||483||559|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)||4K/UHD (3840 x 2160 @ 30p/24p), 1920 x 1080 @ 60p/60i/30p/24p, 640 x 480 (30p)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080||3840 x 2160|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, AVCHD||MPEG-4, AVCHD|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||281 g||312 g|
|Physical Dimensions||102 x 58 x 38 mm||111 x 65 x 44 mm|
|Battery Life||350 shots||300 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo||SD/SDHC/SDXC card|