- Sony RX100 Mark I (2012) $499
When it comes to cameras, Sony is known for its exceptional quality and design, and the RX100 line is certainly no exception. This masterpiece with a 20-megapixel camera flaunts its most exciting and impressive feature – the sensor, but, more importantly, the size. The size of the sensor ultimately determines how much light the camera absorbs to create an image, so the bigger the sensor, the better the image. The more research I did, the more I discovered how important the size of the sensor in the camera was. As soon as I found out about it, I started looking at all the other cameras that I was going to buy, and none of them included a 1-inch sensor, and when I started using them, the difference was quite noticeable.
The RX100 has a 1-inch Exmor CMOS sensor, which is much larger than most of its competitors in this price range. Where this sensor does shine, it is in low light, it is able to capture many parts that may not be available to other cameras of the same caliber, and therefore provides an excellent image. Mark 1 uses the same sensor and most of the same internal technology as its brother, the new Mark 4 (which costs $1,000). The RX100 takes great photos, it’s small, thin and fits in your pocket. It is extremely easy to use and includes instructions on how to use each function. This is not only a technically reliable camera, but also a great feeling in the hand. With offers open to this camera at Best Buy priced at $299, it’s hard to beat the quality of the RX100, anyone interested in a high-quality compact and functional camera certainly won’t be disappointed.
- Sony HX90 (2015) 430 $
First of all, I have to say that this camera is equipped with an Exmor CMOS 1/2.3 inch sensor that is less than half the size of the RX100, but once you realize it and look at the other attributes of this camera, it has a lot to offer. Now that HX90 is 3 years old, it offers some interesting and useful features that the RX100 doesn’t have. Now let’s take a look at the 18-megapixel HX90 and see what it looks like. Let’s start with the camera case. and the fact that the RX100 doesn’t have a built-in handle to use with one hand (and it works great), it has a viewfinder for more accurate viewing before shooting.
The LCD screen can rotate 180 degrees to preview your recording and works great for recording videos. Inside, this camera features built-in Wi-Fi that makes it easier to upload photos, and you can also use your smartphone as you can use the remote control to control your camera. With a 30-fold zoom, the HX90 is smaller than the RX100 with a 3.6-fold zoom, and allows you to shoot much better over long distances. Most of the other internal components of these two cameras are very similar (except for the size of the sensor), they both record 1080p video, and both have a retractable flash. Overall, the HX90 is a great camera, it’s easy to use, looks and feels great, and the sheer number of features in this little camera makes it difficult to shoot. If you’re looking for something new with lots of cool bells and whistles, this camera is definitely for you.