Premium/Serious compact cameras are incredibly popular pieces of kit and when you look at the specs they offer in such small bodies, it’s easy to see why.
Earlier this year, Panasonic refined their line-up with the introduction of the TZ200 – an update to the TZ100which is still a popular camera itself and earlier this week, Sony also updated their compact camera range with the introduction of the Cyber-shot RX100 VI.
With so much choice now on offer to compact camera buyers, we thought we’d sit the specs of the new and old side-by-side in a, Panasonic vs Sony shoot-out that also compares each brand’s new cameras with the older versions (in Sony’s case, this is the Cyber-shot RX100 V).
As well as taking a look at the below, do head over to our review section to see our full thoughts on each of the cameras and we also have a premium camera countdown you’ll probably find interesting, too.
For the full-on, side-by-side spec comparison without all of the words/opinion, skip to the bottom of the articlewhere you’ll find the specs comparison table for all four cameras.
Those of you who are wondering what’s the difference just between the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V and Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI, here’s a quick rundown of some of the technical differences in the RX100 VI:
|RX100 VI – New||RX100 V|
|8.3x optical zoom lens, f/2.8-4.5||2.9x optical zoom lens, f/1.8-2.8|
|8cm macro focus||5cm macro focus|
|High-density AF tracking (New)||AF-Tracking|
|Faster Hybrid AF (0.03s vs 0.05s)||Hybrid AF (0.05s)|
|233 shot buffer (JPEG)||150 shot buffer (JPEG)|
|S-Log3, HLG/HDR, Proxy recording||S-Log2|
|One-push EVF||EVF requires manual extension of eye-cup|
|Tilting Touch-screen, 921K dots||Tilting screen, 1228K dots|
|Sony Alpha A9 AF algorithm||–|
|Reduced size flash (to accommodate larger lens)||–|
|BIONZ X 1.8x faster than V (same as the A9)||–|
|Upgraded OIS – 4-stops at 200mm (improved over V)||–|
|Skin tone tuning inherited from the A7 Mark III||–|
As you can see, the new camera isn’t just a new lens on the front of the same camera, but there are a number of other changes that have been made, to improve the operation of the camera, as well as add new features, and better performance.
The newest premium compact offering from Sony actually wins points in the ‘aperture vs zoom’ category, as even though the zoom starts at 24mm as the TZ200 does, its aperture range starts at f/2.8 whereas the TZ200 only has an aperture range that starts at f/3.3. The TZ100 isn’t far behind the RX100 VI, aperture-wise, but its focal length begins at 25mm rather than 24mm. The RX100 V has the smallest aperture range out of them all and its zoom is much shorter, too.
|RX100 VI||RX100 V||TZ100||TZ200|
|8.3x optical zoom||2.9x optical zoom||10x optical zoom||15x optical zoom|
|24-200mm equivalent||24-70mm equivalent||25-250mm equivalent||24-360mm equivalent|
As for reach, the TZ200, a huge 15x optical zoom which, in terms of 35mm equivalent, gives it a reach of 24-360mm! The TZ100 comes next with a 10x optical zoom (25mm-250mm, 35mm equivalent) and the Sonys make up the rear with the RX100 VI offering 8.33x optical zoom (24mm – 200mm, 35mm equivalent) and the older RX100 V having just a 2.9x optical zoom (24mm – 70mm, 35mm equivalent).
All four cameras have a 3-inch LCD monitor that offers a clear and bright view of the scene you’re trying to capture. The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V isn’t a touchscreen but the rest are. In fact, the RX100 VI has a touch shutter that can be activated by tapping the back LCD screen. The screen can also be tilted up and down, something the Panasonic’s don’t do but the older Sony does.
Sensor wise, all of the cameras are pretty similar with 20Mp or 20.1Mp built-in and all four are back-lit CMOS sensors that measure 1-inch. The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V and VI both use the latest “stacked” CMOS sensor, made by Sony, which is not available for use in other manufacturers cameras. This lets the Sony cameras shoot at 24fps at full-resolution, as well as record high-speed video.
The new Sony RX100 offers the worst minimum focus distance out of all four cameras, only focusing down to 8cm while the TZ200 gets as close as 3cm. The other two cameras both have a close focus distance of 5cm. All of the focus modes you’d expect (AF, manual, multi, face detection etc.) are also built into all models.
Storage & Power
All four cameras are compatible with SD memory cards and capture, JPEG, RAW or JPEG + RAW file formats.
The TZ200 has the best battery life to shot ratio, capturing 370 shots and this is followed by the TZ100 which is capable of capturing 300 shots. The CIPA rating for the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI is much lower at 240 shots but it does improve on the RX100 V which captured 20 shots less. Although, you can use the Monitor Auto OFF function to extend how many shots the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI is capable of capturing to 310, bringing it much closer to the Panasonic rivals.
The ISO ratings are pretty much the same for all four compact cameras so take a look at the below sample images to see which you think comes out on top.
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI ISO test images
1/6 sec | f/2.8 | 9.0 mm | ISO 80
1/60 sec | f/2.8 | 9.0 mm | ISO 800
1/500 sec | f/4.0 | 9.0 mm | ISO 12800
Panasonic Lumix TZ200 (ZS200) ISO test images
0.3 sec | f/8.0 | 35.8 mm | ISO 80
1/60 sec | f/8.0 | 35.8 mm | ISO 1600
1/1000 sec | f/8.0 | 35.8 mm | ISO 25600
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V ISO test images
1/13 sec | f/4.0 | 25.7 mm | ISO 80
1/250 sec | f/4.0 | 25.7 mm | ISO 1600
1/250 sec | f/4.0 | 25.7 mm | ISO 12800
Panasonic Lumix TZ100 ISO test images
1/6 sec | f/4.3 | 21.0 mm | ISO 80
1/125 sec | f/4.3 | 21.0 mm | ISO 1600
1/800 sec | f/6.3 | 21.0 mm | ISO 25600
Lens Test Images
Here you’ll find the images which showcase the zoom/lens power of each camera. Have a scroll through and see if you agree with what our reviewers said.
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI Lens test images
Wide-angle | 1/1000 sec | f/6.3 | 9.0 mm | ISO 125
Zoom 4 | 1/1000 sec | f/8.0 | 38.1 mm | ISO 125
Full zoom | 1/1000 sec | f/7.1 | 72.0 mm | ISO 125
Full zoom – Bokeh | 1/640 sec | f/4.5 | 72.0 mm | ISO 125
Panasonic Lumix TZ200 (ZS200) Lens test images
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V Lens test images
Ronda | 1/500 sec | f/4.0 | 8.8 mm | ISO 125
Low Light (outside Kings Cross) | 1/30 sec | f/1.8 | 8.8 mm | ISO 500
Orange Flowers | 1/320 sec | f/4.0 | 25.7 mm | ISO 125
Panasonic Lumix TZ100 Lens test images
Wide | 1/1000 sec | f/2.8 | 9.1 mm | ISO 125
Full Zoom YWP | 1/400 sec | f/5.9 | 91.0 mm | ISO 125
Zoom Macro | 1/50 sec | f/3.9 | 16.2 mm | ISO 1600
Even more, photos for you to look at and scrutinise. If you have your own images captured with any of the cameras discussed, why not share them with us in the Equipment Database?
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI Sample Photos
Venice | 1/60 sec | f/4.0 | 19.4 mm | ISO 250
Keys Very Low Light ISO6400 | 1/20 sec | f/4.0 | 29.1 mm | ISO 6400
Sitting Man | 1/200 sec | f/4.5 | 71.0 mm | ISO 1000
Panasonic Lumix TZ200 (ZS200) Sample Photos
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V Sample Photos
Paint | 1/2000 sec | f/4.0 | 25.7 mm | ISO 1600
JPEG Portrait | 1/80 sec | f/4.0 | 25.7 mm | ISO 800
HDR On | 1/320 sec | f/4.0 | 12.5 mm | ISO 125
Panasonic Lumix TZ100 Sample Photos
Ferrari | 1/800 sec | f/5.0 | 14.9 mm | ISO 125
Low Light | 1/20 sec | f/2.8 | 9.1 mm | ISO 6400
Portrait Flash | 1/250 sec | f/2.8 | 9.1 mm | ISO 125
As you’d expect with a modern compact camera, a movie mode is built-in and all four cameras capture 4K with stereo sound and the optical zoom can be used when capturing video. The latest RX100 VI has gone all-out to offer videographers what they are looking for, with S-Log 3 support, and HLG/HDR (High Dynamic Range) video recording as well. The RX100 V and VI both offer super slow-motion video recording, with up to 960/1000fps recording possible, albeit at a reduced resolution.
Weight & Dimensions
As for size and weight, the RX100 VI is the same width/height as the previous RX100 and weighs just over 300g (with battery and memory card) so it definitely won’t weigh you down. It also fits well in the hand and is comfortable in use. although there is little grip provided, so you may want to use an optional grip, or always wear the wrist strap. The Panasonic cameras aren’t heavy either weighing 310g (TZ100) and 340g (TZ200). Plus, they, too, feel comfortable in use and are the right size for a travel compact, with an improved level of grip compared to the Sony camera..
For more information on each camera, head over to our review section where you’ll find a hands-on with the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI and full reviews of the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V, Panasonic Lumix TZ200 and Panasonic Lumix TZ100.
|Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI||Panasonic Lumix TZ100||Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V||Panasonic Lumix TZ200 (ZS200)|
|Max Aperture||f/2.8 – f/4.5||f/2.8 – f/6.3||f/1.8 – f/2.8||f/3.3 – f/6.4|
|35mm equivalent||24mm – 200mm||25mm – 250mm||24mm – 70mm||24mm – 360mm|
|Pixels||20Mp (Megapixels)||20.1Mp (Megapixels)||20.1Mp (Megapixels)||20.1Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Type||Back-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)||Back-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)||Back-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)||Back-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)|
|Sensor Size (width)||13.2mm||13.2mm||13.2mm||13.2mm|
|Sensor Size (height)||8.8mm||8.8mm||8.8mm||8.8mm|
|Screen resolution||921K||1040K dots||1,228,800 dots||1240K dots|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/32000sec||1/16000sec||1/32000sec||1/16000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||30sec||60sec||30sec||60sec|
|Bulb mode||No Data||No Data||Yes||No|
|ISO sensitivity||80 – 25600||80 – 25600||80 – 25600||80 – 25600|
|Video FPS||No Data||60, 30, 24||4K 30/25/24p, FullHD 120/100/60/50/30/25/24p||60, 30, 24|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|USB||USB 2||USB 2||USB 2||USB 2|
|Battery Type||Lithium-ion||Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1025mAh, 7.4 Wh)||Lithium-Ion NP-BX1||Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1025mAh, 7.4 Wh)|
|Battery Life (CIPA rating)||240shots||300shots||220shots||370shots|
|Box Contents||No Data||Battery Pack, AC Adaptor, USB Cable, Hand Strap, Strap Adaptor||Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-BX1, AC AdaptorAC-UUD12, Micro USB cable, Wrist Strap, Strap adapter, Instruction Manual||Battery Pack, AC Adaptor, USB Cable, Hand Strap, Strap Adaptor|