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Sony Cyber-shot RX100
Nikon 1 J1
Canon PowerShot S100
Panasonic Lumix LX5
Fujifilm FinePix X10
Nikon CoolPix P7100
Canon PowerShot G1 X
Score
5/5
3/5
4/5
4/5
4/5
4/5
4/5
Handling
4/5 4/5 5/5 4/5 5/5 4/5 3/5
Speed
4/5 3/5 3/5 4/5 3/5 3/5
Image Quality
5/5 4/5 5/5 5/5 5/5 4/5 5/5
Video
5/5 5/5 5/5 4/5 4/5 3/5 4/5
User Score
4/5 (15)
5/5 (1)
3/5 (4)
5/5 (2)
5/5 (6)
5/5 (1)
Specifications
Specifications
Sensor CMOS 20 Mpx, 1" , 17 Mpx/cm
Lens 3.6x 28-100 mm f/1.8 -4.9
Stabilisation Optical
Viewfinder NA
Screen 7.5 cm, not TN, 1230000 dots, 4:3, Not touch-sensitive
Sensitivity (ISO range) 100 - 6400 ISO ext. 78 mm
Video mode 1920 x 1080 pixels, 50 fps , Stereo
Internal memory NC
External memory SDHC SDXC MS
Connections USB HDMI
Power source NP-BX1 (4.5 Wh)
Waterproof no
Shock resistant no
Dimensions/Weight 59 x 103 x 37 mm / 233 g
Specifications
Sensor CMOS 10 Mpx, 1" , 8.6 Mpx/cm
Lens NAx 27-81 mm f/3.5 -5.6
Stabilisation Depends on lens
Viewfinder NA
Screen 7.5 cm, not TN, 460000 dots, 3:2, Not touch-sensitive
Sensitivity (ISO range) 100 - 3200 ISO ext. 55 mm
Video mode 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps , Stereo
Internal memory NA
External memory SDHC SDXC
Connections USB AV HDMI
Power source EN-EL20
Waterproof no
Shock resistant no
Dimensions/Weight NC / 277 g
Specifications
Sensor CMOS 12 Mpx, 1/1.7" , 28 Mpx/cm
Lens 5x 24-120 mm f/2 -5.9
Stabilisation Optical
Viewfinder NA
Screen 7.5 cm, not TN, 461000 dots, 4:3, Not touch-sensitive
Sensitivity (ISO range) 80 - 6400 ISO ext. 41 mm
Video mode 1920 x 1080 pixels, 24 fps , Stereo
Internal memory NA
External memory SDHC SDXC
Connections USB AV HDMI
Power source NB-5L
Waterproof no
Shock resistant no
Dimensions/Weight 62 x 100 x 27 mm / 188 g
Specifications
Sensor CCD 10 Mpx, 1/1.6" , 21 Mpx/cm
Lens 3x 24-90 mm f/2 -3.3
Stabilisation Optical
Viewfinder NA
Screen 7.6 mm, not TN, 460000 dots, 4:3, Not touch-sensitive
Sensitivity (ISO range) 80 - 3200 ISO ext. 31 mm
Video mode 1280 x 720 pixels, 50 fps , Mono
Internal memory 40 MB
External memory SDHC SDXC
Connections USB AV HDMI Flash hot-shoe Viewfinder
Power source BCJ13E
Waterproof no
Shock resistant no
Dimensions/Weight 67 x 117 x 44 mm / 271 g
Specifications
Sensor CMOS 12 Mpx, 2/3" , 21 Mpx/cm
Lens 4x 28-112 mm f/2 -2.8
Stabilisation Optical
Viewfinder Tunnel
Screen 7.1 cm, not TN, 460000 dots, 4:3, Not touch-sensitive
Sensitivity (ISO range) 100 - 3200 ISO ext. 31 mm
Video mode 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps , Stereo
Internal memory 27 MB
External memory SDHC SDXC
Connections USB AV Remote control HDMI Flash hot-shoe
Power source NULL
Waterproof no
Shock resistant no
Dimensions/Weight 69 x 128 x 63 mm / 342 g
Specifications
Sensor CCD 10 Mpx, 1/1.7" , 23 Mpx/cm
Lens 7x 28-200 mm f/2.8 -5.6
Stabilisation Optical
Viewfinder Tunnel
Screen 7.5 cm, not TN, 921000 dots, 4:3, Not touch-sensitive
Sensitivity (ISO range) 100 - 3200 ISO ext. 38 mm
Video mode 1280 x 720 pixels, 24 fps , Stereo
Internal memory 94 MB
External memory SDHC SDXC
Connections USB AV HDMI Microphone Flash hot-shoe
Power source EN-EL14
Waterproof no
Shock resistant no
Dimensions/Weight 79 x 126 x 48 mm / 386 g
Specifications
Sensor CMOS 14 Mpx, 1,5" , 5.5 Mpx/cm
Lens 4x 28-112 mm f/2.8 -5.8
Stabilisation Optical
Viewfinder Tunnel
Screen 7.6 nm, not TN, 920000 dots, 4:3, Not touch-sensitive
Sensitivity (ISO range) 100 - 6400 ISO ext. 231 mm
Video mode 1920 x 1080 pixels, 24 fps , Stereo
Internal memory NA
External memory SDHC SDXC
Connections USB AV HDMI Flash hot-shoe Viewfinder
Power source NB-10L
Waterproof no
Shock resistant no
Dimensions/Weight 82 x 117 x 65 mm / 534 g
Conclusion
The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 takes pictures that are often comparable in quality to an SLR or a mirrorless camera. In fact, depending oh what lens you use, the RX100 can even prove superior. Although there's scope for nit-picking, as far as expert compacts go, only the much bulkier Canon G1 X isn't completely crushed by this new arrival. Sony has raised the stakes for its competitors: from now on, this is the kind of quality we'll expect from expert compacts!
The Nikon 1 J1 is built with sound technology that delivers good picture quality, responsiveness and great video. Although the new features Nikon seems intent on plugging in the J1 turned out to be a little disappointing, in its standard Auto mode, this camera still does a very good job.
The Canon PowerShot S100 is a camera that's great to use, with plenty of advanced functions and handling that's sometimes worthy of an SLR. What's more, it takes high-quality pictures and videos. It's just a shame that the lens isn't a little more consistent but, most of all, it's the disappointing battery life that really cost this camera its fifth star!
The Panasonic LX5 is almost perfect. It's user-friendly, takes great pictures and is pleasant to use. It really should have walked its way to five stars, but the mono sound in video mode lets it down, and is a far cry from the quality seen in the TZ10. For those of you who are only interested in taking pictures, however, the LX5 is a top quality choice.
With the X10, Fuji has come up with a decent rival for traditional, beefy expert compacts like the Canon G12 and Nikon P7100. It has loads of advanced functions, direct-access settings, physical controls and takes great-quality pictures. Plus, the zoom ring on/off function is a real treat. However, the sub-standard battery life cost this camera a fifth star.
The Nikon CoolPix P7100 is a decent-quality expert compact. It has been nicely designed, built with quality and has a versatile zoom lens with an excellent macro mode. On the whole, the small-format CCD takes nice pictures but struggles with higher ISO settings—a common problem in expert compacts.
While the new sensor used in Canon's PowerShot G1 X is excellent, the rest of the camera left us wanting more. While it's a perfectly respectable expert compact, we were hoping for a more impressive, higher-end affair, with a proper, top-notch optical viewfinder, a faster zoom lens at telephoto settings and a more advanced video mode.
Pros

+

Unrivalled picture quality for a compact camera (sensitivity, sharpness at wide-angle settings)

+

Good build quality and design (lens ring, settings wheel) with plenty of customisable features

+

Good responsiveness once it's running

+

Full HD, 50 fps video with stereo sound

+

Picture quality up to 1600 ISO

+

Excellent video mode with slow-motion functions

+

Built-in flash (unlike the V1)

+

Good LCD

+

Generally responsive

+

Excellent build, great design and handling

+

Settings control rings can be customised

+

Picture quality up to 800 ISO or even 1600 ISO

+

Manual mode and RAW mode

+

1080p HD video with stereo sound and optical zoom

+

Excellent picture quality (sharpness, sensitivity etc.)

+

Sleek metal design

+

Well-designed controls, in line with the rest of the range

+

Fast lens, even in telephoto

+

Choice between decent auto modes and simple manual settings

+

Metal body, sturdy build

+

Fast zoom lens (f/2.8 in telephoto) with manual controls

+

Picture quality (lens and electronics)

+

General design and handling

+

Full HD video with zoom and stereo sound

+

Optical viewfinder better than competitors' versions

+

Design, handling, build quality

+

Picture quality up to 800 ISO

+

Good-quality tilt LCD

+

Microphone socket

+

Good battery life (approx. 340 photos)

+

Picture quality up to 3200 ISO

+

Swivel LCD

+

Good-quality 4x zoom lens

+

Burst mode 5.4 fps for 6 frames

+

RAW mode (14 bits)

Cons

-

Lens quality could be a little more consistent at telephoto settings

-

Start-up is a bit on the slow side

-

Battery life (330 photos, compared with 400 for the Panasonic LX5)

-

No swivel screen or touchscreen

-

No sweep panorama

-

Video record button doesn't work in photo mode

-

Not many lenses to choose from yet

-

No built-in help function in the menus

-

Edges of the frame aren't as sharp at wide-angle settings

-

Heavy distortion in RAW shots at wide-angle settings

-

Aperture soon drops as you zoom (f/2 for wide-angle, f/5.9 for telephoto)

-

Limited battery life (200 photos or less with GPS active)

-

Sound in video mode not as good as in other Lumix cameras

-

Pathetic burst mode

-

Bulky design

-

Poor battery life (less than 200 photos)

-

Some annoying design features (no EXR functions in manual mode, no video button)

-

Viewfinder isn't very comfortable, no information displayed, sharpness varies with zoom

-

RAW files are slow to save

-

Only 720p video

-

Zoom lens could be faster

-

Viewfinder is small and lacks precision

-

Disappointing burst mode for this kind of camera

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P mode isn't fully adjustable

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OVF could be more accurate and more comfortable

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Screen poorly calibrated (inaccurate colours etc.)

-

Too slow to start up

-

1080 video at 24 fps only

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Disappointing macro mode