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, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V belongs to a Large Sensor Compact category, the other model, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V is a Small Sensor Compact camera. Both models feature different types of sensors. Thus, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V comes with BSI-CMOS sensor that has a resolution of 20.0 MP resolution, while our second compared model Ricoh GR Digital IV features a 10.0 MP CCD sensor.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V and Ricoh GR Digital IV and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V Key Features:
Ricoh GR Digital IV Key Features:
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V was substituted by Sony RX100 VI.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V substituted Sony RX100 IV.
|Wireless Connectivity||Built-In vs No||Better connectivity|
|NFC||Yes vs No||Easy wireless connectivity with compatible devices|
|Sensor Resolution||20.0 MP vs 10.0 MP||50% more pixels|
|Sensor Area||116.16 mm2 vs 41.52 mm2||64.3% larger pixel area|
|Continuous Shooting||24 fps vs No fps||24 fps faster|
|Flash Range||10.2 vs 3||7.2 better flash range|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes vs No||Very handy for portraits|
|Max Video Resolution||3840 x 2160 vs 640 x 480||Higher Resolution Video|
|Viewfinder Magnification||0.59 vs No||0.59 better magnification|
|External Flash||Yes vs No||Connect off-camera flash|
|Screen Resolution||1,230k dots vs 1,229k dots||0.1% higher resolution screen|
|Battery Life||390 shots vs 220 shots||170 more frames with a single charge|
|Weight||190 g vs 299 g||109 g lighter|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||Large display|
|Screen Resolution||1,229k dots | 1,230k dots||High resolution screen|
|Viewfinder||Electronic | Optical (optional)||Better framing and control|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|Built-In Flash||Yes | Yes||External flash available|
|Image Stabilization||Yes | Yes||Built-in stabilization|
|Touch Screen||No | No||No touch screen|
|Sensor Resolution||20.0 MP | 10.0 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 V and Ricoh GR Digital 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, Ricoh GR Digital IV is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 109g less than the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V. 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 V and Ricoh GR Digital 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. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V features a 20.0 MP 1" sized BSI-CMOS sensor and boasts of a Bionz X processor . Ricoh GR Digital IV, in its turn, comes with a 10.0 MP 1/1.7" sized CCD sensor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V and Ricoh GR Digital IV by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V has a sensor area 0.4x bigger compared to Ricoh GR Digital 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 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V and Ricoh GR Digital 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||Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V||Ricoh GR Digital IV|
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 V or Ricoh GR Digital 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 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V and Ricoh GR Digital 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 V deserves a higher Total Score than the Ricoh GR Digital IV. 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 V||Ricoh GR Digital IV|
|Model||Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V||GR Digital IV|
|Announced||Oct 06, 2016||Sep 15, 2011|
|Body Type||Large sensor compact||Compact|
|Sensor Dimensions||13.2 x 8.8 mm||7.44 x 5.58 mm|
|Sensor Area||116.16 mm2||41.52 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||20.0 MP||10.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||5472 x 3648||3648 x 2736|
|Max Native ISO||12,800||3,200|
|Max Boosted ISO||25,600||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||125||80|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||5||1|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||315||n/a|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Screen Type||Tilting||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||1,229k dots||1,230k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||2,359k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s||1 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 s||1/2000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||24.0 fps||fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Manual|
|Video Resolutions||3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM||640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||3840 x 2160||640 x 480|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S||Motion JPEG|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||299 g||190 g|
|Physical Dimensions||102 x 58 x 41 mm||109 x 59 x 33 mm|
|Battery Life||220 shots||390 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo||SD/SDHC, Internal|