This comparison is between two very popular compact Point & Shoot cameras albeit from two different manufacturers. The Canon PowerShot G15 comes from an established line of compact Point & Shoot. The G series is widely known as a very powerful and feature reach camera lineup. Comparatively the Sony DSC-RX100 comes from the thinking that smarter compact Point & Shoots still make a significant part of the market and that a compact body and a larger sensor does make a great sense. The Sony DSC-RX100 is also slightly smaller in all sides than the Canon PowerShot G15. the former being 101x58x36mm in size and the later 107x76x40mm.
The sensor size and effective megapixels
The Sony DSC-RX100 boasts a large 1” Exmor CMOS sensor. A larger sensor evidently reads a better light gathering feature for any camera. The Sony DSC-RX100 does have a better low light performance when compared to the PowerShot G15. The PowerShot G15 on the other hand has a 1/1.7″ Canon CMOS sensor. While the Sony boasts a 20.9 megapixels effective resolution, the Canon ha only 12 megapixels. The Sony makes the most of its larger sensor for more resolution and better image quality in low light.
Aperture & lens
A wider aperture is a better proposition not only when shooting in low light but also in broad day light when one wants to create a soft blurred background behind the subject. Both the Sony and the Canon are really good for that. The Canon PowerShot G15 has an f/1.8 – f/2.8 aperture across its focal length of 28-140mm (on a 35mm equivalent). Comparatively the Sony DSC-RX100 has an f/1.8 – f/4.9 maximum aperture across its focal length of 28-100mm (on a 35mm equivalent). Sony features a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T with state of the art ‘Advanced Aspherical’ elements for reduced aspherical aberrations due to the lens barrel. On the other hand the Canon PowerShot G15 has a Canon zoom lens with Image Stabilization system built-in.
Both the Sony and the Canon has RAW image shooting capabilities. RAW format is very suitable for serious photographers who don’t like to rely on the image processing capabilities of their camera software. Instead they would like to do all of their image processing using specialized software such as Adobe Photoshop.
The Canon goes all the way to ISO 80 and then to 12800 at the high end, making it suitable for a very wide range of lighting conditions. The Sony on the other hand 100 to 25600. Together with a large sensor, the Sony can actually gather more light even at low lighting conditions.
Viewfinder and LCD screen
The Canon has an edge over the Sony in terms of viewfinder. The PowerShot G15 has a tunnel type OVF. This is however not to be confused with a bright OVF of a DSLR as it is neither informative and provides no information when shooting. The Sony has no OVF. Both the cameras have a fixed 3” TFT LCD screen. The Canon has a 922,000 dots resolution and the Sony has a 1,228,800 dots resolution.
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