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Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI vs Leica D-Lux 7

We compare the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI to the Leica D-Lux 7: Which digital camera has the better sensor? Which has the better viewfinder or monitor? Which is faster?

Both cameras belong to the Enthusiast Compact category.

Here are both models side by side. The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI is on the left, the Leica D-Lux 7 on the right:

Cyber-shot RX100 VI vs D-Lux 7 - Side by side

For a more detailed size comparison, see the section further down below.

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI vs Leica D-Lux 7: Specifications at a glance

Cyber-shot RX100 VI

  • Introduced in June 2018
  • Enthusiast Compact
  • Sensor: 1"
  • 20 megapixel
  • 24 frames/second
  • 125 - 12800 ISO
  • 3840 x 2160 Video
  • Viewfinder: Elektronic
  • 75.00mm (3.0") Monitor, articulated
  • Zoom 24-200mm (8x), f2.8-4.5
  • WiFi built-in
  • 101.6 x 58.1 x 42.8mm³ (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.7")
  • 301g (9.7 oz.)

All specs: Main page for Cyber-shot RX100 VI

D-Lux 7

  • Introduced in November 2018
  • Enthusiast Compact
  • Sensor: Four Thirds
  • 17 megapixel
  • 11 frames/second
  • 100 - 25600 ISO
  • 3840 x 2160 Video
  • Viewfinder: Elektronic
  • 75.00mm (3.0") Monitor
  • Zoom 24-75mm (3x), f1.7-2.8
  • WiFi built-in
  • 118 x 66 x 64mm³ (4.6" x 2.6" x 2.5")
  • 393g (12.7 oz.)

All specs: Main page for D-Lux 7

Our advice: From our own experience, we recommend SanDisk memory cards. The SanDisk Extreme Pro is fast enough for high-speed image sequences and 4K video:

Memory card for Cyber-shot RX100 VI and D-Lux 7

The 64 GB Extreme will take up to 90 minutes of super high-res 4K video. For Full HD video we recommend the SanDisk Ultra.

Cyber-shot RX100 VI vs D-Lux 7: The sensors

The Cyber-shot RX100 VI features a 1" sized sensor, while the D-Lux 7 uses a Four Thirds sensor.

This infographic highlights the sensor areas of both models compared to other common sensor formats:

Infographic: Cyber-shot RX100 VI and D-Lux 7 sensor area comparison

Note: 1-Euro coin for scale; the coin at 23.25mm diameter is slightly smaller than a US quarter.

Featuring an area of 225mm² (0.36 sq.in.), the D-Lux 7's sensor is somewhat larger that the chip that the Cyber-shot RX100 VI employs at 116mm² (0.19 sq.in.). A larger sensor can produce images of interiors or at night that have less noise and better contrast than photos shot with 1" sized chips.

Advantage: Leica D-Lux 7

Cyber-shot RX100 VI vs D-Lux 7: The viewfinders

The Cyber-shot RX100 VI uses an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 2.36 megapixel. The magnifcation is c. 0.59x.

The D-Lux 7 features an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 2.76 megapixel and a magnification of around 0.70x.

This infographic illustrates the viewfinder magnifications of both cameras. The black area represents a magnification of 1x, corresponding to natural size; indicated in red is a magnification of 0.85x, the highest value in a any camera on the market today.

Cyber-shot RX100 VI (0.59x)

D-Lux 7 (0.70x)

Simulated viewfinder of the Cyber-shot RX100 VISimulated viewfinder of the D-Lux 7

Note: Differences in the image area are the result of different image ratios, 3:2 or 4:3. That can make it difficult to compare the viewfinder magnification of both cameras. However, with these two cameras the difference is considerable in any case.

Comparing features and further specs of both cameras, data for the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI on the left, the Leica D-Lux 7 in the right column:

Advantage Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI...

(Point weight and unit, if applicable, in parentheses)

Cyber-shot RX100 VI

D-Lux 7

Higher resolution (5, megapixel)20.1017.00
Faster (4, frames/second)2411
More AF points (4)31549
Built-in flash (2)
Articulated monitor (2)
Weighs less (2)301g
(9.7 oz.)
393g
(12.7 oz.)
More portable (2)253cm³
(16 cu.in.)
498cm³
(31 cu.in.)

Conclusion: Advantages of the Cyber-shot RX100 VI are the higher resolution, that the camera is faster and the faster and more accurate auto focus. Additional pros for the Sony are the built-in flash, the articulated display and the lower weight than the D-Lux 7. Another advantage over the D-Lux 7: the more compact size.

The Cyber-shot RX100 VI scores 21 points.

...and here's where the Leica D-Lux 7 has an edge...

(Point weight and unit, if applicable, in parentheses)

Cyber-shot RX100 VI

D-Lux 7

Larger sensor (5)1"Four Thirds
Sensitivity (4)125 - 12800 ISO100 - 25600 ISO
Better viewfinder (4, Megapixel)2.362.76
Better monitor (2, Megapixel)0.921.20
Longer battery life (3, photos)240403

Conclusion: Advantages of the D-Lux 7 are the larger sensor, the larger sensitivity and the better viewfinder. We also like that the display has a higher resolution and that the battery has more stamina.

Yields 18 points for the D-Lux 7.

...and here's what both have in common

Cyber-shot RX100 VI

D-Lux 7

Image stabilizer
Touch screen
Video resolution3840 x 21603840 x 2160
WiFi

Comparing the dimensions of both cameras; Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI again on the left, Leica D-Lux 7 on the right:

Front view of the Cyber-shot RX100 VI and the D-Lux 7...

Cyber-shot RX100 VI und D-Lux 7, front viewCyber-shot RX100 VI und D-Lux 7, front view

...and here we see the Sony and the Leica from above:

Cyber-shot RX100 VI und D-Lux 7, view from aboveCyber-shot RX100 VI und D-Lux 7, view from above

Our recommendation

Comparing features and specifications of both cameras yields the following score:

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI

Leica D-Lux 7

21
18

Both digital cameras have an identical or almost identical score. In most cases, choosing the more recent model (the Leica D-Lux 7) would be a reasonable approach.

Our rating of the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI

No rating available.

Our rating of the Leica D-Lux 7

No rating available.

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