Canon G7X vs. Sony RX100

Canon GX7 VS Sony RX100

The Sony RX 100 series has been a serious competitor in the compact camera market. With an image processor that means business, Canon came up with an answer to the challenge with the G7X. Both cameras deliver high performance in a small pocket sized package. With features that do not shy away from the big boys. With capabilities of 20.2 megapixels on both, the Canon delivers a much greater zoom and wider aperture yet keeping the lens size on par with the Sony.

Rear LCD display on both cameras seem identical in size, the Canon however provides more viewing area of live shots. However the display on the RX 100 is somewhat customizable. The rear display on the G7X is touch sensitive with the option to disable the feature. Both cameras are capable of capturing movies in full HD in mp 4 format with stereo sound. The RX 100 it is capable of 120 P while the G7X is limited to 60 P.

The auto focus on the G7X performs at 4.4 frames per second, when taking continuous shots, at 2.9 frames per second the Sony lags behind. Program, priority and scene modes are customizable on both cameras, to fine tune user preference to a specific scene. The settings are easily accessible, having a few options selected on the lens ring, gives the Sony a bit of a custom feel. The built in flash of the Sony RX100 gives of a few more lumens than the Canon rx7’S, it will illuminate those low light shots a bit better.

Powering the unit the battery life on the Sony exceeds the Canon with a few hundred shots before it needs to be recharged. Charging options of the G7X is not limited to in camera-charging and a standalone charger is available as an optional extra. Depending on which pocket sized powerhouse captures your imagination will it be the zoom capabilities of the canon G7X or the high quality video capabilities of the RX 100.

What are the Differences Between The CANON G7X ii And The SONY RX100?

Both cameras utilize a 1 inch 20.1 megapixel CMOS sensor which is much larger than even your above average cameras. As a point and shoot camera, it is significantly larger than any Smartphone camera. Although both lenses are super fast, Canon takes the prize for sheer range. Its 24-100mm effort equals to a 4.2x optical zoom which trumps the Sony’s mere 24-70mm and 2.9x optical zoom. These two points and shoot cameras are designed to be lightweight and easily slip into a normal size pocket.

The Sony is slightly smaller than the Canon and weighs only 298grams which makes it 21grams lighter than the Canon. The Sony RX100 has an electric view finder whereas the Canon G7X still uses an EVF.  The LED screen on the Sony is a great deal sharper than the Canon’s however, the Canons has a touch sensitive screen which is more important on point and shoots cameras like these two. It is handy for changing auto focus among other flexible settings quickly and easily.

The Sony is able to capture super slo-mo footage at 1,000fps though the resolution does suffer somewhat slightly. It can manage 1080p video at 250fps while Canon peaks at 60fps at the same resolution. Sony wins for sure on features but unfortunately those features do not come cheap. It is an extremely expensive camera considering that it is point and shoot – read the full guide here. The Canon has a considerably lower price tag but and offers a lot in the way of features for its price range.

Design

Design of Point and Shoot CameraBoth cameras are pretty close to each other in terms of body size although the Sony weighs 21 grams less than the Canon. They are both compact enough to fit into a moderate sized pocket which makes them easy to tag along. The lenses of these two point and shoot cameras are quite different even though they occupy exactly the same volume.

Sony has a Zeiss Vario-Sonner T-branded 2.9x zoom optic while Canon has a much more generous 4.2x zoom range from its own branded optic. The Canons lens is also brighter across most of the zoom range than Sony’s, even though the lenses are the same size. The Sony Rx100 has an integrated pop-up viewfinder which gives you an alternative to the LCD monitor for framing and reviewing images.

Viewfinders might use more power than a larger LCD panel but they provide you with a way to see when in harsh or bright sunlight conditions. Its viewfinder also has higher res than the rear displays on either camera and after raising the viewfinder, the camera will automatically turn on. You do need to take a moment to manually extend the eye piece backwards before using it.

Performance

The Sony’s display also features sub pixels in red, green, blue and white at every location whereas the Canon only has three. The extra white sub pixel of the Sony is used to reduce power consumption at a certain brightness level. This also means that the image will be brighter and more visible under direct sunlight. For versatility, the Sony wins again by being able to frame images over a crowd by tilting the camera downwards at 45 degrees.

Both cameras have tilting displays that can flip upwards at 180 degrees for selfie shooting but Canon does not have the simple hinge at the top of the screen that would allow it to be tilted down 45 degrees. Both offer a standard selection of Program, Priority and Manual shooting modes plus a handful of scene modes and an exposure compensation range with a top shutter speed of 1 / 2,000 second. The faster shutter speed is identical between the cameras although the Sony has a bulb mode for exposures longer than 30 seconds with a maximum of 250 seconds.

Resolution

Resolution of Point and Shoot CameraBoth cameras have 3.0 inch rear panel displays but they differ in design. The Canon has a 3:2 aspect display which matches its image sensor while the Sony has a 4:3 aspect display. This means that the Sony has a 4% greater surface area which provides 7% less area for the live view image. Unused status indications can also be moved to the black bar underneath the live-view image with the Sony but the Canyon has no choice but to overlay them all on the live view.

This results in an obscured live-view on the screen. Both of the displays have a screen height of 480 pixels but Canons display has a width of 720 pixels and Sony has a width of 640 pixels. This means a 12.5% higher linear resolution for an image viewed full screen on Canons display. The Sony’s viewfinder has noticeably higher res than the rear panel display of the Canon. It is fairly small but it is most certainly better than no view finder at all.

Battery Life

The Sony and the Canon both have very nearly identical lithium-ion disposable batteries. However, Canons 1.250mAh rates its capacity as a slightly higher 10mAh higher than Sony’s. Sony wins hand down with battery life by 10 shots even when compared to Canon’s ECO mode which leaves Sony with a lifetime 320 shots. The Canon G7X will achieve 310 shots according to CIPA testing standards. This is only achievable if the screen is dimmed after just two seconds of inactivity and turned off all together after just ten seconds.

If you switch to normal power consumption, the battery life will plunge to only 210 frames. This is a full 100 shots less than the Sony RX100. However the Canon does score points when it comes to charging the batteries. Not everyone is a fan of in-camera charging although we do appreciate it, it’s only great when a standalone charger is actually included in the product bundle.

USB charging can help and is more lightweight and convenient to carry but you are unable to charge a spare battery while you’re out shooting. Canon comes standard with a standalone charger in the product bundle which means there is nothing extra to buy whereas the Sony, which is already more expensive, has a standalone charger available as an optional extra. This means extra costs to an already costly camera.

Video

Movie capture is another win for the Sony RX100 although the Canons features are somewhat similar. Both cameras capture at Full HD resolution and include stereo audio from an internal microphone which comes with an integrated wind cut filter feature. Sony is the best camera for movie capture because Canons camera is limited to Program, Auto or certain Scene modes while Sony Allows for Priority and Manual exposure.

The Sony also has a larger selection of frame rates including 120p progressive-scan capture at Full HD where the Canon is limited to 60p. Sony uses full sensor readout for better image quality whereas Canon is staying mum about whether their device can do the same which means it probably cannot.

Anyone interested in features such as zebra striping audio level controls and uncompressed HDMI output should defiantly be looking at the Sony RX100. Canon does not hide its movie files in an impossible to navigate directory structure, instead, they are placed alongside still images of the same folder which makes them a lot easier to locate.

Conclusion

It is pretty obvious that the Sony RX100 is the better point and shoot camera between the two. It is also the priciest which might make you look a bit closer at the not too shabby features of the Canon G7X. If money is not an issue then Sony is the way to go handsdown.

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