Pentax XG-1 vs Sony DSC-RX100

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Pentax XG-1
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Reasons For

4 Reasons For
Bigger optical zoom Edit
The Pentax XG-1 is a 52x optical zoom digital camera. That's 48.4x bigger than the Sony DSC-RX100 (3.6x). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

13% smaller maximum aperture Edit
The Pentax XG-1 is a 5.6 maximum aperture digital camera. That's 0.7 smaller than the Sony DSC-RX100 (4.9).
1,102mm longer maximum focal length Edit
The Pentax XG-1 has a maximum focal length of 1,248mm, whereas the Sony DSC-RX100 is only a 146mm maximum focal length digital camera (1,102mm shorter).
Shorter minimum focal length Edit
The Pentax XG-1 is a 24mm minimum focal length digital camera. That's 4mm shorter than the Sony DSC-RX100 (28mm).
12 Reasons For
Higher megapixel count Edit
The Sony DSC-RX100 is a 20.2MP digital camera. That's 4.2MP higher than the Pentax XG-1 (20.2MP). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

20% more total megapixel count Edit
The Sony DSC-RX100 is a 20.9MP digital camera. That's 4.11MP more than the Pentax XG-1 (20.9MP).
Bigger digital zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-RX100 is a 54x digital zoom digital camera. That's 50x bigger than the Pentax XG-1 (54x). Read more

The digital zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in by cropping the image received by the camera's sensor. A digital zoom is not as good as an optical zoom as it will result in a reduction in image quality the further you zoom in. This is because fewer of the camera's pixels are being used to capture the image.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge the subject but this can result in the image becoming blurry. A digital zoom can be used if an optical zoom is not available.

1 smaller minimum aperture Edit
The Sony DSC-RX100 has a minimum aperture of 1.8, whereas the Pentax XG-1 is a 2.8 minimum aperture digital camera (1 larger).
63% higher display resolution Edit
The Sony DSC-RX100 is a 1,229,000 pixels display resolution digital camera. That's 769,000 pixels higher than the Pentax XG-1 (1,229,000 pixels).
Two times lighter Edit
The Sony DSC-RX100 has a weight of 240g, however the Pentax XG-1 is a 539g digital camera (299g heavier). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

Two times shorter Edit
The Sony DSC-RX100 has a height of 35.9mm. That's 53.1mm shorter than the Pentax XG-1 (35.9mm).
Thinner Edit
Sony DSC-RX100 is 58.1mm deep. That's 39.4mm thinner than the Pentax XG-1 (58.1mm).
Narrower Edit
Sony DSC-RX100 is 101.6mm wide. That's 17.4mm narrower than the Pentax XG-1 (101.6mm).
Cheaper by £1
The Sony DSC-RX100 is £0.01 cheaper than the Pentax XG-1.
25 shops are selling it
A greater number of sellers increases the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also increases the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock.
Better selling
The Sony DSC-RX100 ranks No. 7174 by number of sales, whereas the Pentax XG-1 ranks No. 97154.

Reasons Against

12 Reasons Against
Lower megapixel count Edit
The Pentax XG-1 is a 16MP digital camera. That's 4.2MP lower than the Sony DSC-RX100 (20.2MP). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

4.11MP less total megapixel count Edit
The Pentax XG-1 is a 16.79MP digital camera. That's 4.11MP less than the Sony DSC-RX100 (20.9MP).
Thirteen times smaller digital zoom Edit
The Pentax XG-1 is a 4x digital zoom digital camera. That's 50x smaller than the Sony DSC-RX100 (54x). Read more

The digital zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in by cropping the image received by the camera's sensor. A digital zoom is not as good as an optical zoom as it will result in a reduction in image quality the further you zoom in. This is because fewer of the camera's pixels are being used to capture the image.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge the subject but this can result in the image becoming blurry. A digital zoom can be used if an optical zoom is not available.

A lot larger minimum aperture Edit
The Pentax XG-1 has a minimum aperture of 2.8, but the Sony DSC-RX100 is a 1.8 minimum aperture digital camera (1 smaller).
Two times lower display resolution Edit
The Pentax XG-1 is a 460,000 pixels display resolution digital camera. That's 769,000 pixels lower than the Sony DSC-RX100 (1,229,000 pixels).
299g heavier Edit
The Pentax XG-1 has a weight of 539g, whereas the Sony DSC-RX100 is a 240g digital camera (299g lighter). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

60% taller Edit
The Pentax XG-1 is an 89mm tall digital camera. That's 53.1mm taller than the Sony DSC-RX100 (35.9mm).
41% thicker Edit
The Pentax XG-1 has a depth of 97.5mm. That's 39.4mm thicker than the Sony DSC-RX100 (58.1mm).
15% wider Edit
The Pentax XG-1 has a width of 119mm. That's 17.4mm wider than the Sony DSC-RX100 (101.6mm).
More expensive by £1
The Pentax XG-1 is £0.01 more expensive than the Sony DSC-RX100.
Not as many stockists
The Pentax XG-1 is only stocked by 5 stores, however the Sony DSC-RX100 is stocked by 30 sellers. Read more
Fewer numbers of shops reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera.
Less popular
The Pentax XG-1 is a less popular choice amongst buyers. It ranks No. 97154 by number of sales in our digital cameras, but the Sony DSC-RX100 ranks No. 7174.
5 Reasons Against
48.4x smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-RX100 is a 3.6x optical zoom digital camera. That's 48.4x smaller than the Pentax XG-1 (3.6x). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

Bigger maximum aperture Edit
The Sony DSC-RX100 is a 4.9 maximum aperture digital camera. That's 0.7 bigger than the Pentax XG-1 (4.9).
Significantly shorter maximum focal length Edit
The Sony DSC-RX100 has a maximum focal length of 146mm, however the Pentax XG-1 is a 1,248mm maximum focal length digital camera (1,102mm longer).
4mm longer minimum focal length Edit
The Sony DSC-RX100 is a 28mm minimum focal length digital camera. That's 4mm longer than the Pentax XG-1 (28mm).
Older by two months
The Sony DSC-RX100 is two months older than the Pentax XG-1.

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 compact camera
 compact camera
BEST
Megapixel Count
16MP 20.2MP
BEST
Image Stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution
 4608 x 3456
 4608 x 3072
 4608 x 2592
 3648 x 2736
 2592 x 1944
 2048 x 1536
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
 5472 x 3080
 3888 x 2592
 3648 x 2056
 2736 x 1824
 4608 x 3456
 4608 x 3072
 4608 x 2592
 3648 x 2736
 2592 x 1944
 2048 x 1536
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
 5472 x 3080
 3888 x 2592
 3648 x 2056
 2736 x 1824
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 5472 x 3648
 5472 x 3648
BEST
Image Format
 JPG
BEST
 JPG
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 13.2 x 8.8
Total Megapixel Count
16.79MP 20.9MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Body
 Body
Aspect Ratio
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 1:1
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 1:1
Image Sensor Size
 1
 1

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Optical Zoom
52x
BEST
3.6x
Digital Zoom
4x 54x
BEST
Maximum Aperture
5.6
BEST
4.9
Minimum Aperture
2.8 1.8
BEST
Maximum Focal Length
1,248mm
BEST
146mm
Minimum Focal Length
24mm
BEST
28mm
Focal Length Range
4.3 - 223.6 28 - 146
Lens Structure
15/13 7/6
Combined Zoom
208x Unknown - Click to provide data

Focusing

Auto Focus
 single
 multi point
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Tracking Auto Focus
 spot
 flexible spot
 centre weighted
 Spot Auto Focus
 Flexible Spot Auto Focus
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 Face tracking
 single
 multi point
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Tracking Auto Focus
 spot
 flexible spot
 centre weighted
 Spot Auto Focus
 Flexible Spot Auto Focus
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 Face tracking
Auto Focus Assist Beam
 Auto focus assist beam
Unknown - Click to provide data
Closest Focusing Distance
0.01m Unknown - Click to provide data
Macro Focusing Range
0.01 - ∞ Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Mode Focusing Range
0.6 - ∞ Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus
 Auto
 Auto
Smile Detection
 Smile detection
Unknown - Click to provide data
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
0.3 - ∞ Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Mode Focusing Range
3 - ∞ Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Mode
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Mode
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
BEST
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
ISO Speed
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 800
 1600
 3200
 125
 25
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 800
 1600
 3200
 125
 25
Maximum ISO Speed
3,200 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum ISO Speed
100 Unknown - Click to provide data
Light Metering Mode
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
BEST
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
30s 30s
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Camera Shutter
 Electronic
 Electronic

Flash

Flash Mode
 Forced off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Fill-in
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Forced off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Fill-in
 Flash on
 Flash off
Tele Flash Range
1.2 - 3.7 0.55 - 6.3
Flash Range
0.5 - 7.5 0.3 - 17.1
Flash Exposure Lock
 Flash exposure lock
Unknown - Click to provide data

Video

Full HD Video
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Full HD video
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
JPEG Frame Rate
30fps Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Format
 MOV
 H.264
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MOV
 H.264
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
Analog Signal Format
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 1440 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 1440 x 1080
Resolution and Capture Speed
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280×720@60fps
 640x480@60fps
BEST
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280×720@60fps
 640x480@60fps
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
Unknown - Click to provide data

Memory

Memory Card
 SDHC
 SD
 Eye-Fi
 SDXC
 MS PRO
 MS Duo
 MS PRO Duo
 MS PRO Duo HS
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MicroSD (TransFlash)
 MicroSDHC
 SDHC
 SD
 Eye-Fi
 SDXC
 MS PRO
 MS Duo
 MS PRO Duo
 MS PRO Duo HS
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MicroSD (TransFlash)
 MicroSDHC
BEST
Internal Memory
15.4MB Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Screen Size
3" 3"
Display
 LCD
 LCD
Display Resolution
460,000 pixels 1,229,000 pixels
BEST

Viewfinder

Viewfinder
 electrical
 electrical

Ports & Interfaces

DC-In Jack
Unknown - Click to provide data
 DC-in jack
HDMI Port
 HDMI port
 HDMI port
HDMI Connector
 Micro
 Micro
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0

Camera

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Manual
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Auto
 Manual
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
Photo Effect
 Black&White
 Negative film
 Positive film
 Sepia
 Vivid
 Art
 Black&White
 Negative film
 Positive film
 Sepia
 Vivid
 Art
Self-Timer
2,10 2,10
Camera File System
 DCF 2.0
 DCF
 DPOF
 PRINT Image Matching III
BEST
 DCF 2.0
 DCF
 DPOF
 PRINT Image Matching III
Playback Mode
 Single image
 Slide show
 Single image
 Slide show
Scene Mode
 Snow
 Children
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Party (indoor)
 Sports
 Sunset
 Pet
 Twilight
 Snow
 Children
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Party (indoor)
 Sports
 Sunset
 Pet
 Twilight
Display Language
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 CZE
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 CZE
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
539g 240g
BEST
Height
89mm 35.9mm
BEST
Depth
97.5mm 58.1mm
BEST
Width
119mm 101.6mm
BEST
Weight Including Battery
567g Unknown - Click to provide data

Battery

Power Source
 Battery
 Battery
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Supported Battery
1 1
Battery Size
LB-060 NP-BX1
Shot Per Battery Charge
240 shots Unknown - Click to provide data

System Requirements

Minimum Processor
Pentium 4, 1.5 GHz Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum RAM Requirement
512MB Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Hard Disk Space Requirement
1GB Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Included Cable
 USB
 USB
Battery Included
 Battery included
 Battery included
Included Battery Charger
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Included battery charger
Hand Strap
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Hand strap
Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
Carrying Case
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Carrying case
Included Wrist Strap
 Included wrist strap
Unknown - Click to provide data

Other Features

Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash
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