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!
The goal of this overview is to provide a detailed comparison of two popular camera models introduced by the same brand - Sony. Although both products are offered by the same brand, they come from different categories. Thus, Sony, is a camera from Large Sensor Compact category, while Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V is a Small Sensor Superzoom camera. Both products that we are going to review are equipped with the same type of sensor - BSI-CMOS. However, they have different resolution. The first compared model, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI, features has a resolution of 20.0 MP. Another model that we are reviewing, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V, features a sensor with a resolution of 18.0 MP.
Without a doubt, these two categories have a few considerable distinctive features. However, it is worth saying that cameras from Compact category create serious competition to models that fall into SuperZoom category. Such an intense competition between these two categories is explained by the significant advantages of cameras from the first category in terms of size and weight. In addition, thanks to the latest enhancement, this type of cameras come with increased focus speeds. This fact makes our comparison overview even more exciting.
Now, before we can move on to our comparison, let's take a moment to look at the key characteristics of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI Key Features:
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V Key Features:
Being a newer model, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI substituted Sony RX100 V.
|Timelapse Recording||No vs No||Creative shooting|
|Sensor Resolution||20.0 MP vs 18.0 MP||10% more pixels|
|Sensor Area||116.16 mm2 vs 28.07 mm2||75.8% larger pixel area|
|Raw Support||Yes vs No||Better image quality|
|Continuous Shooting||24 fps vs 10 fps||14 fps faster|
|Flash Range||5.9 vs 5.4||0.5 better flash range|
|Screen Resolution||1,229k dots vs 921k dots||25.1% higher resolution screen|
|Touch Screen||Yes vs No||Easy control of camera functions|
|Max Video Resolution||3840 x 2160 vs 1920 x 1080||Higher Resolution Video|
|Viewfinder Resolution||2,359k dots vs 638k dots||73% higher resolution|
|Viewfinder Magnification||0.59 vs 0.5||0.09 better magnification|
|Gps||Built-in vs No||Has GPS|
|Battery Life||360 shots vs 240 shots||120 more frames with a single charge|
|Weight||245 g vs 301 g||56 g lighter|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||Large display|
|Screen Type||Tilting | Tilting||Help viewing and changing settings easily|
|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||24.0 fps | 10.0 fps||Nice continuous shooting|
|Built-In Flash||Yes | Yes||External flash available|
|Image Stabilization||Yes | Yes||Built-in stabilization|
|Sensor Resolution||20.0 MP | 18.0 MP||Small sensor resolution|
|Microphone Port||No | No||No microphone port|
|Headphone Port||No | No||No headphone port|
|Timelapse Recording||Yes | No||No timelapse recording|
|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 VI 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 56g less than the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI. 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 VI 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. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI features a 20.0 MP 1" sized BSI-CMOS sensor and boasts of a Bionz X 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 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI has a sensor area 0.2x 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 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI 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||Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI||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, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI 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 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI 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, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI 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:
|Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI||Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V|
|Model||Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI||Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V|
|Announced||Jun 05, 2018||Apr 14, 2015|
|Body Type||Large sensor compact||Compact|
|Sensor Dimensions||13.2 x 8.8 mm||6.17 x 4.55 mm|
|Sensor Area||116.16 mm2||28.07 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||20.0 MP||18.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||5472 x 3648||4896 x 3672|
|Max Native ISO||12,800||12,800|
|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||8||5|
|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 Resolution||1,229k dots||921k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||2,359k dots||638k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 s||1/2000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||24.0 fps||10.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, flash on, slow sync, flash off, rear sync|
|Video Resolutions||3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM||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, XAVC S||AVCHD, XAVC S|
|USB||USB NP-BX1 lithium-ion battery & USB charger||USB 2.0|
|Weight||301 g||245 g|
|Physical Dimensions||102 x 58 x 43 mm||102 x 58 x 36 mm|
|Battery Life||240 shots||360 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo||SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo|