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Panasonic S1H vs Sony RX100

The Panasonic Lumix DC-S1H and the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 are two digital cameras that were revealed to the public, respectively, in May 2019 and June 2012. The S1H is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, while the RX100 is a fixed lens compact. The cameras are based on a full frame (S1H) and an one-inch (RX100) sensor. The Panasonic has a resolution of 24 megapixels, whereas the Sony provides 20 MP.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Panasonic S1H VS Sony RX100
Panasonic S1H Sony RX100
Mirrorless system camera Fixed lens compact camera
Leica L mount lenses 28-100mm f/1.8-4.9
24 MP, Full Frame Sensor 20 MP, 1" Sensor
6K/30p Video 1080/60p Video
ISO 100-51200 (50-204800) ISO 100-6400 (100-25600)
Electronic viewfinder (5760k dots) No viewfinder, LCD framing
3.2" LCD, 2330k dots 3.0" LCD, 1229k dots
Swivel touchscreen Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive)
9 shutter flaps per second 10 shutter flaps per second
In-body stabilizationLens-based stabilization
Weathersealed bodyNot weather sealed
400 shots per battery charge330 shots per battery charge
151 x 114 x 110 mm, 1052 g 102 x 58 x 36 mm, 240 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Panasonic Lumix DC-S1H and the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison

The physical size and weight of the Panasonic S1H and the Sony RX100 are illustrated in the side-by-side display below. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three successive views from the front, the top, and the rear are shown. All size dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

Size Panasonic S1H vs Sony RX100
Compare S1H versus RX100 top
Comparison S1H or RX100 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Sony RX100 is considerably smaller (66 percent) than the Panasonic S1H. It is worth mentioning in this context that the S1H is splash and dust resistant, while the RX100 does not feature any corresponding weather-sealing.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete and possibly misleading, as the RX100 has a lens built in, whereas the S1H is an interchangeable lens camera that requires a separate lens. Attaching the latter will add extra weight and bulk to the setup.

Concerning battery life, the S1H gets 400 shots out of its DMW-BLJ31 battery, while the RX100 can take 330 images on a single charge of its NP-BX1 power pack. The battery packs of both cameras can be charged via USB, which can be very convenient when travelling.

The adjacent table lists the principal physical characteristics of the two cameras alongside a wider set of alternatives. If you would like to visualize and compare a different camera combination, just use the right or left arrows in the table to switch to the respective camera. Alternatively, you can also navigate to the CAM-parator app and make your selection from the full list of cameras there.

Camera Body Specifications
  Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
(CIPA)
Weather
Sealing
(yes/no)
Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
 
Panasonic S1H» 151 mm 114 mm 110 mm 1052 g 400 Y May 2019 3,999 iPanasonic S1H
 
Sony RX100« 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 240 g 330 n Jun 2012 649iSony RX100
 
Leica SL2« » 146 mm 107 mm 42 mm 953 g 370 Y Nov 2019 5,999 iLeica SL2
 
Olympus E-M1X« » 144 mm 147 mm 75 mm 997 g 870 Y Jan 2019 2,999 iOlympus E-M1X
 
Panasonic S1« » 149 mm 110 mm 97 mm 1017 g 400 Y Feb 2019 2,499 iPanasonic S1
 
Panasonic S1R« » 149 mm 110 mm 97 mm 1016 g 380 Y Feb 2019 3,699 iPanasonic S1R
 
Panasonic G90« » 130 mm 94 mm 77 mm 536 g 290 Y Apr 2019 999 iPanasonic G90
 
Panasonic FT7« » 117 mm 76 mm 37 mm 319 g 300 Y May 2018 449 iPanasonic FT7
 
Panasonic GX9« » 124 mm 72 mm 47 mm 407 g 260 n Feb 2018 849 iPanasonic GX9
 
Sigma fp« » 113 mm 70 mm 45 mm 422 g 280 Y Jul 2019 1,899 iSigma fp
 
Sony A9 II« » 129 mm 96 mm 76 mm 678 g 690 Y Oct 2019 4,499 iSony A9 II
 
Sony A7R IV« » 129 mm 96 mm 78 mm 665 g 670 Y Jul 2019 3,499 iSony A7R IV
 
Sony A5100« » 110 mm 63 mm 36 mm 283 g 400 n Aug 2014 549 iSony A5100
 
Sony RX100 III« » 102 mm 58 mm 41 mm 290 g 320 n May 2014 799iSony RX100 III
 
Sony RX100 II« » 102 mm 58 mm 38 mm 281 g 350 n Jun 2013 749iSony RX100 II
 
Sony NEX-5R« » 111 mm 59 mm 39 mm 276 g 330 n Aug 2012 749iSony NEX-5R
 
Sony NEX-5N« » 111 mm 59 mm 38 mm 269 g 460 n Aug 2011 699iSony NEX-5N
Note: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

Any camera decision will naturally be influenced heavily by the price. The listed launch prices provide an indication of the market segment that the manufacturer of the cameras have been targeting. The RX100 was launched at a lower price than the S1H, despite having a lens built in. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down.

 

Sensor comparison

The size of the sensor inside a digital camera is one of the key determinants of image quality. A large sensor will generally have larger individual pixels that offer better low-light sensitivity, provide wider dynamic range, and have richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Furthermore, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more possibilities to use shallow depth-of-field in order to isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be associated with larger, more expensive camera bodies and lenses.

Of the two cameras under consideration, the Panasonic S1H features a full frame sensor and the Sony RX100 an one-inch sensor. The sensor area in the RX100 is 86 percent smaller. As a result of these sensor size differences, the cameras have a format factor of, respectively, 1.0 and 2.7. Both cameras have a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 3:2.

Panasonic S1H and Sony RX100 sensor measures

With 24MP, the S1H offers a higher resolution than the RX100 (20MP), but the S1H nevertheless has larger individual pixels (pixel pitch of 5.94μm versus 2.41μm for the RX100) due to its larger sensor. Moreover, the S1H is a much more recent model (by 6 years and 11 months) than the RX100, and its sensor will have benefitted from technological advances during this time that further enhance the light gathering capacity of its pixels.

The resolution advantage of the Panasonic S1H implies greater flexibility for cropping images or the possibility to print larger pictures. The maximum print size of the S1H for good quality output (200 dots per inch) amounts to 30 x 20 inch or 76.2 x 50.8 cm, for very good quality (250 dpi) 24 x 16 inch or 61 x 40.6 cm, and for excellent quality (300 dpi) 20 x 13.3 inch or 50.8 x 33.9 cm. The corresponding values for the Sony RX100 are 27.4 x 18.2 inch or 69.5 x 46.3 cm for good quality, 21.9 x 14.6 inch or 55.6 x 37.1 cm for very good quality, and 18.2 x 12.2 inch or 46.3 x 30.9 cm for excellent quality prints.

Unlike the RX100, the S1H has the capacity to capture high quality composite images (96MP) by combining multiple shots after shifting its sensor by miniscule distances. This multi-shot, pixel-shift mode is most suitable for photography of stationary objects (landscapes, studio scenes).

The Panasonic Lumix DC-S1H has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 51200, which can be extended to ISO 50-204800. The corresponding ISO settings for the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 are ISO 100 to ISO 6400, with the possibility to increase the ISO range to 100-25600.

S1H versus RX100 MP

Since 2007, DXO Mark has published sensor performance measurements that have been derived using a consistent methodology. This service is based on lab testing and assigns an overall score to each camera sensor, as well as ratings for dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), color depth ("DXO Portrait"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"). The table below summarizes the physical sensor characteristics and sensor quality findings and compares them across a set of similar cameras.

Sensor Characteristics
  Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
Camera
Model
 
Panasonic S1H Full Frame 24.0 6000 40006K/30p........Panasonic S1H
 
Sony RX100 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p22.612.439066Sony RX100
 
Leica SL2 Full Frame 46.7 8368 55844K/60p........Leica SL2
 
Olympus E-M1X Four Thirds 20.2 5184 38884K/30p........Olympus E-M1X
 
Panasonic S1 Full Frame 24.0 6000 40004K/60p25.214.5333395Panasonic S1
 
Panasonic S1R Full Frame 46.7 8368 55844K/60p26.414.13525100Panasonic S1R
 
Panasonic G90 Four Thirds 20.2 5184 38884K/30p........Panasonic G90
 
Panasonic FT7 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38884K/30p........Panasonic FT7
 
Panasonic GX9 Four Thirds 20.2 5184 38884K/30p........Panasonic GX9
 
Sigma fp Full Frame 24.0 6000 40004K/30p........Sigma fp
 
Sony A9 II Full Frame 24.0 6000 40004K/30p25.014.0343493Sony A9 II
 
Sony A7R IV Full Frame 60.2 9504 63364K/30p........Sony A7R IV
 
Sony A5100 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.812.7134780Sony A5100
 
Sony RX100 III 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p22.412.349567Sony RX100 III
 
Sony RX100 II 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p22.512.448367Sony RX100 II
 
Sony NEX-5R APS-C 16.0 4912 32641080/60i23.713.191078Sony NEX-5R
 
Sony NEX-5N APS-C 16.0 4912 32641080/60i23.612.7107977Sony NEX-5N

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but also of capturing video footage. Both cameras under consideration are equipped with sensors that have a sufficiently high read-out speed for moving images, but the S1H provides a higher video resolution than the RX100. It can shoot video footage at 6K/30p, while the Sony is limited to 1080/60p.

 

Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a variety of features. For example, the S1H has an electronic viewfinder (5760k dots), which can be very helpful when shooting in bright sunlight. In contrast, the RX100 relies on live view and the rear LCD for framing. The adjacent table lists some of the other core features of the Panasonic S1H and Sony RX100 along with similar information for a selection of comparators.

Core Features
  Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
'000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
('000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
Camera
Model
 
Panasonic S1H5760 Y 3.2 2330 swivel Y 1/8000s 9.0 n Y Panasonic S1H
 
Sony RX100none n 3.0 1229 fixed n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y Sony RX100
 
Leica SL25760 Y 3.2 2100 fixed Y 1/8000s 10.0 n Y Leica SL2
 
Olympus E-M1X2360 n 3.0 1037 swivel Y 1/8000s 18.0 n Y Olympus E-M1X
 
Panasonic S15760 Y 3.2 2100 full-flex Y 1/8000s 9.0 n Y Panasonic S1
 
Panasonic S1R5760 Y 3.2 2100 full-flex Y 1/8000s 9.0 n Y Panasonic S1R
 
Panasonic G902360 n 3.0 1240 swivel Y 1/4000s 9.0 Y Y Panasonic G90
 
Panasonic FT71170 n 3.0 1040 fixed n 1/1300s 10.0 Y Y Panasonic FT7
 
Panasonic GX92760 n 3.0 1240 tilting Y 1/4000s 9.0 Y Y Panasonic GX9
 
Sigma fpnone n 3.2 2100 fixed Y 1/8000s 12.0 n n Sigma fp
 
Sony A9 II3686 n 3.0 1440 tilting Y 1/8000s 10.0 n Y Sony A9 II
 
Sony A7R IV5760 n 3.0 1440 tilting Y 1/8000s 10.0 n Y Sony A7R IV
 
Sony A5100none n 3.0 922 tilting Y 1/4000s 6.0 Y n Sony A5100
 
Sony RX100 III1440 n 3.0 1229 tilting n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y Sony RX100 III
 
Sony RX100 IIoptional n 3.0 1229 tilting n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y Sony RX100 II
 
Sony NEX-5Roptional n 3.0 920 tilting Y 1/4000s 10.0 n n Sony NEX-5R
 
Sony NEX-5Noptional n 3.0 920 tilting Y 1/4000s 10.0 n n Sony NEX-5N

One feature that is present on the S1H, but is missing on the RX100 is a top-level LCD. While being, of course, smaller than the rear screen, the control panel conveys some of the essential shooting information and can be convenient for quick and easy settings verification.

The S1H has an articulated LCD that can be turned to be front-facing. This characteristic will be appreciated by vloggers and photographers who are interested in snapping selfies. In contrast, the RX100 does not have a selfie-screen.

The reported shutter speed information refers to the use of the mechanical shutter. Yet, some cameras only have an electronic shutter, while others have an electronic shutter in addition to a mechanical one. In fact, the S1H is one of those camera that have an additional electronic shutter, which makes completely silent shooting possible. However, this mode is less suitable for photographing moving objects (risk of rolling shutter) or shooting under artificial light sources (risk of flickering).

The Panasonic S1H has an intervalometer built-in. This enables the photographer to capture time lapse sequences, such as flower blooming, a sunset or moon rise, without purchasing an external camera trigger and related software.

The S1H writes its imaging data to SDXC cards, while the RX100 uses SDXC or Memory Stick PRO Duo cards. The S1H features dual card slots, which can be very useful in case a memory card fails. In contrast, the RX100 only has one slot. The S1H supports UHS-II cards (on both slots), while the RX100 cannot take advantage of Ultra High Speed SD cards.

 

Connectivity comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Panasonic Lumix DC-S1H and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

Input-Output Connections
  Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
Camera
Model
 
Panasonic S1HYstereomonoYYfull3.1Y-YPanasonic S1H
 
Sony RX100-stereomono--micro2.0---Sony RX100
 
Leica SL2YstereomonoYYfull3.1Y-YLeica SL2
 
Olympus E-M1XYstereomonoYYmicro3.0Y-YOlympus E-M1X
 
Panasonic S1YstereomonoYYfull3.1Y-YPanasonic S1
 
Panasonic S1RYstereomonoYYfull3.1Y-YPanasonic S1R
 
Panasonic G90YstereomonoYYmicro2.0Y-YPanasonic G90
 
Panasonic FT7-stereomono--micro2.0Y--Panasonic FT7
 
Panasonic GX9Ystereomono--micro2.0Y-YPanasonic GX9
 
Sigma fpYstereomonoY-micro3.1---Sigma fp
 
Sony A9 IIYstereomonoYYmicro3.1YYYSony A9 II
 
Sony A7R IVYstereomonoYYmicro3.1YYYSony A7R IV
 
Sony A5100-stereomono--micro2.0YY-Sony A5100
 
Sony RX100 III-stereomono--micro2.0YY-Sony RX100 III
 
Sony RX100 IIYstereomono--micro2.0YY-Sony RX100 II
 
Sony NEX-5RYstereomono--mini2.0Y--Sony NEX-5R
 
Sony NEX-5NYstereomono--mini2.0---Sony NEX-5N

It is notable that the S1H has a hotshoe, while the RX100 does not. This socket makes it possible to easily attach optional accessories, such as an external flash gun.

Studio photographers will appreciate that the Panasonic S1H (unlike the RX100) features a PC Sync socket, so that professional strobe lights can be controlled by the camera.

The S1H is a recent model that features in the current product line-up of Panasonic. In contrast, the RX100 has been discontinued (but it can be found pre-owned on eBay). As a replacement in the same line of cameras, the RX100 was succeeded by the Sony RX100 II. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Panasonic and Sony websites.

Review summary

So how do things add up? Is there a clear favorite between the Panasonic S1H and the Sony RX100? Which camera is better? A synthesis of the relative strong points of each of the models is listed below.

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Arguments in favor of the Panasonic Lumix DC-S1H:

  • More detail: Offers more megapixels (24 vs 20MP) with a 10% higher linear resolution.
  • High quality composites: Can combine several shots after pixel-shifting its sensor.
  • Better image quality: Features a larger and more technologically advanced imaging sensor.
  • Richer colors: The sensor size advantage translates into images with better, more accurate colors.
  • More dynamic range: Larger sensor captures a wider spectrum of light and dark details.
  • Better low-light sensitivity: Larger sensor produces good images even in poorly lit environments.
  • Better video: Provides higher definition movie capture (6K/30p vs 1080/60p).
  • Better sound: Can connect to an external microphone for higher quality sound recording.
  • Better sound control: Has a headphone port that enables audio monitoring while recording.
  • Easier framing: Has an electronic viewfinder for image composition and settings control.
  • Easier setting verification: Features an LCD display on top to control shooting parameters.
  • Larger screen: Has a bigger rear LCD (3.2" vs 3.0") for image review and settings control.
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (2330k vs 1229k dots).
  • More flexible LCD: Has a swivel screen for odd-angle shots in portrait or landscape orientation.
  • Fewer buttons to press: Is equipped with a touch-sensitive rear screen to facilitate handling.
  • More selfie-friendly: Has an articulated screen that can be turned to be front-facing.
  • Faster shutter: Has higher mechanical shutter speed (1/8000s vs 1/2000s) to freeze action.
  • Less disturbing: Has an electronic shutter option for completely silent shooting.
  • Easier time-lapse photography: Has an intervalometer built-in for low frequency shooting.
  • More flexible: Accepts interchangeable lenses, so that lens characteristics can be altered.
  • Longer lasting: Can take more shots (400 versus 330) on a single battery charge.
  • Better sealing: Is weather sealed to enable shooting in dusty or wet environments.
  • Better lighting: Features a hotshoe and can thus hold and trigger an external flash gun.
  • Faster data transfer: Supports a more advanced USB protocol (3.1 vs 2.0).
  • Easier file upload: Has wifi built in for automatic backup or image transfer to the web.
  • Easier wireless transfer: Supports Bluetooth for image sharing without cables.
  • Better studio light control: Has a PC Sync socket to connect to professional strobe lights.
  • Greater peace of mind: Features a second card slot as a backup in case of memory card failure.
  • Faster buffer clearing: Supports Ultra High Speed (UHS-II) SDXC cards on both slots.
  • More modern: Reflects 6 years and 11 months of technical progress since the RX100 launch.

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Advantages of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100:

  • Ready to shoot: Has an integrated lens, whereas the S1H necessitates an extra lens.
  • More compact: Is smaller (102x58mm vs 151x114mm) and will fit more readily into a bag.
  • Less heavy: Has a lower weight even though it has a lens built in (unlike the S1H).
  • Easier fill-in: Has a small integrated flash to brighten shadows of backlit subjects.
  • More affordable: Was introduced at a lower price, despite coming with a built-in lens.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been around for much longer (launched in June 2012).

If the count of individual advantages (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the S1H is the clear winner of the match-up (31 : 6 points). However, the pertinence of the various camera strengths will differ across photographers, so that you might want to weigh individual camera traits according to their importance for your own imaging needs before making a camera decision. A professional wedding photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a travel photog, and a person interested in cityscapes has distinct needs from a macro shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

S1H 31:06 RX100

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Panasonic S1H and the Sony RX100 place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera and Best Travel-Zoom Camera listings whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the comparison of technical specifications can provide a useful overview of the capabilities of different cameras, it remains incomplete and does no justice, for example, to the way the S1H or the RX100 perform in practice. User reviews that are available, for instance, at amazon can sometimes shed light on these issues, but such feedback is all too often partial, inconsistent, and inaccurate.

Expert reviews

This is why hands-on reviews by experts are important. The following table reports the overall ratings of the cameras as published by some of the major camera review sites (cameralabs, dpreview, ephotozine, imaging-resource, and photographyblog). As can be seen, the professional reviewers agree in many cases on the quality of different cameras, but sometimes their assessments diverge, reinforcing the earlier point that a camera decision is often a very personal choice.

Review Scores
  Camera
Model
cam
era
  labs  
dp
re
  view  
e
photo
  zine  
ima
ging
resource
photo
graphy
  blog  
Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
 
Panasonic S1H..90/100...... May 2019 3,999 iPanasonic S1H
 
Sony RX100+ +78/1004/55/55/5 Jun 2012 649iSony RX100
 
Leica SL2........4/5 Nov 2019 5,999 iLeica SL2
 
Olympus E-M1Xo..4.5/55/5.. Jan 2019 2,999 iOlympus E-M1X
 
Panasonic S1+ +88/1004.5/5..4/5 Feb 2019 2,499 iPanasonic S1
 
Panasonic S1R..89/1004.5/55/54.5/5 Feb 2019 3,699 iPanasonic S1R
 
Panasonic G90+83/1004.5/54.5/54.5/5 Apr 2019 999 iPanasonic G90
 
Panasonic FT7+..3.5/5..3.5/5 May 2018 449 iPanasonic FT7
 
Panasonic GX9+84/1004.5/54.5/54.5/5 Feb 2018 849 iPanasonic GX9
 
Sigma fp....4/5..4.5/5 Jul 2019 1,899 iSigma fp
 
Sony A9 II....5/5..5/5 Oct 2019 4,499 iSony A9 II
 
Sony A7R IV+91/1004.5/55/55/5 Jul 2019 3,499 iSony A7R IV
 
Sony A5100+..4.5/54.5/55/5 Aug 2014 549 iSony A5100
 
Sony RX100 III+ +82/1004.5/54.5/55/5 May 2014 799iSony RX100 III
 
Sony RX100 II+ +79/1004.5/55/54.5/5 Jun 2013 749iSony RX100 II
 
Sony NEX-5R....4.5/5..4.5/5 Aug 2012 749iSony NEX-5R
 
Sony NEX-5N+ +79/1004.5/55/54.5/5 Aug 2011 699iSony NEX-5N
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

The above review scores should be interpreted with care, though. The ratings are only valid when referring to cameras in the same category and of the same age. A score, therefore, has to be seen in close connection to the price and market introduction time of the camera, and comparing ratings of very distinct cameras or ones that are far apart in terms of their release date have little meaning. Also, kindly note that some of the listed sites have over time developped their review approaches and their reporting style.

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    Specifications: Panasonic S1H vs Sony RX100

    Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs of the two cameras to facilitate a quick review of their differences and common features.

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Panasonic S1H Sony RX100
    Camera Type Mirrorless system camera Fixed lens compact camera
    Camera Lens Leica L mount lenses 28-100mm f/1.8-4.9
    Launch Date May 2019 June 2012
    Launch Price USD 3999 USD 649
    Sensor Specs Panasonic S1H Sony RX100
    Sensor Technology CMOS CMOS
    Sensor Format Full Frame Sensor 1" Sensor
    Sensor Size 35.6 x 23.8 mm 13.2 x 8.8 mm
    Sensor Area 847.28 mm2 116.16 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 42.8 mm 15.9 mm
    Crop Factor 1.0x 2.7x
    Sensor Resolution 24 Megapixels 20 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 6000 x 4000 pixels 5472 x 3648 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 5.94 μm 2.41 μm
    Pixel Density 2.83 MP/cm2 17.18 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 6K/30p Video 1080/60p Video
    ISO Setting 100-51200 ISO 100-6400 ISO
    ISO Boost 50-204800 ISO 100-25600 ISO
    Image Processor Venus BIONZ X
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) .. 66
    DXO Color Depth (bits) .. 22.6
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) .. 12.4
    DXO Low Light (ISO) .. 390
    Screen Specs Panasonic S1H Sony RX100
    Viewfinder Type Electronic viewfinder No viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.78x
    Viewfinder Resolution 5760k dots
    Top-Level Screen Control Panel no Top Display
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.2 inch 3.0 inch
    LCD Resolution 2330k dots 1229k dots
    LCD Attachment Swivel screen Fixed screen
    Touch Input Touchscreen no Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs Panasonic S1H Sony RX100
    Focus System Contrast-detect AF Contrast-detect AF
    Manual Focusing AidFocus PeakingFocus Peaking
    Max Shutter Speed (mechanical) 1/8000/s 1/2000/s
    Continuous Shooting 9 shutter flaps/s 10 shutter flaps/s
    Electronic Shutterup to 1/8000sno E-Shutter
    Time-Lapse PhotographyIntervalometer built-inno Intervalometer
    Image StabilizationIn-body stabilizationLens-based stabilization
    Fill Flash no On-Board Flash Build-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards MS or SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Dual card slots Single card slot
    UHS card support Dual UHS-II no
    Connectivity Specs Panasonic S1H Sony RX100
    External Flash Hotshoe no Hotshoe
    Studio Flash PC Sync socket no PC Sync
    USB Connector USB 3.1 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port full HDMI micro HDMI
    Microphone Port External MIC port no MIC socket
    Headphone Socket Headphone port no Headphone port
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in no Wifi
    Bluetooth Support Bluetooth built-in no Bluetooth
    Body Specs Panasonic S1H Sony RX100
    Environmental SealingWeathersealed bodyNot weather sealed
    Battery Type DMW-BLJ31 NP-BX1
    Battery Life (CIPA)400 shots per charge330 shots per charge
    In-Camera Charging USB charging USB charging
    Body Dimensions 151 x 114 x 110 mm
    (5.9 x 4.5 x 4.3 in)
    102 x 58 x 36 mm
    (4.0 x 2.3 x 1.4 in)
    Camera Weight 1052 g (37.1 oz) 240 g (8.5 oz)

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