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Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI vs Ricoh GR III

We compare the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI to the Ricoh GR III: 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 Ricoh GR III on the right:

Cyber-shot RX100 VI vs GR III - Side by side

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

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI vs Ricoh GR III: 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

GR III

  • Introduced in February 2019
  • Enthusiast Compact
  • Sensor: APS-C
  • 24 megapixel
  • 4 frames/second
  • 100 - 102400 ISO
  • 1920 x 1080 Video
  • No viewfinder
  • 76.00mm (3.0") Monitor
  • Fixed lens 28mm, f2.8
  • WiFi built-in
  • 109.4 x 61.9 x 33.2mm³ (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.3")
  • 257g (8.3 oz.)

All specs: Main page for GR III

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 GR III

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 GR III: The sensors

The Cyber-shot RX100 VI features a 1" sized sensor, while the GR III uses a APS-C sensor.

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

Infographic: Cyber-shot RX100 VI and GR III 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 372mm² (0.60 sq.in.), the GR III's sensor is a lot 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: Ricoh GR III

Comparing features and further specs of both cameras, data for the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI on the left, the Ricoh GR III in the right column:

Advantage Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI...

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

Cyber-shot RX100 VI

GR III

Faster (4, frames/second)244
More AF points (4)3159
Built-in flash (2)
Articulated monitor (2)
Better Video (2)3840 x 21601920 x 1080
Longer battery life (3, photos)240200

Conclusion: Advantages of the Cyber-shot RX100 VI are that the camera is faster, the faster and more accurate auto focus and the built-in flash. A nice touch is the articulated display, the superior video recording and that the battery has more stamina.

The Cyber-shot RX100 VI scores 17 points.

...and here's where the Ricoh GR III has an edge...

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

Cyber-shot RX100 VI

GR III

Larger sensor (5)1"APS-C
Sensor cleaning (3)
Higher resolution (5, megapixel)20.1024.00
Sensitivity (4)125 - 12800 ISO100 - 102400 ISO
Better monitor (2, Megapixel)0.921.04
Weighs less (2)301g
(9.7 oz.)
257g
(8.3 oz.)
More portable (2)253cm³
(16 cu.in.)
225cm³
(14 cu.in.)
USB 3.0 (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the GR III are the larger sensor, built-in automatic sensor cleaning and the higher resolution. Additional pros for the Ricoh are the larger sensitivity, that the display has a higher resolution and the lower weight than the Cyber-shot RX100 VI. Another advantage over the Cyber-shot RX100 VI: the more compact size and the support for USB 3.0. HArdly a luxury, given today's image size and the requirements of 4K video.

Yields 25 points for the GR III.

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

Cyber-shot RX100 VI

GR III

Image stabilizer
Touch screen
WiFi

Comparing the dimensions of both cameras; Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI again on the left, Ricoh GR III on the right:

Front view of the Cyber-shot RX100 VI and the GR III...

Cyber-shot RX100 VI und GR III, front viewCyber-shot RX100 VI und GR III, front view

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

Cyber-shot RX100 VI und GR III, view from aboveCyber-shot RX100 VI und GR III, view from above

Our recommendation

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

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI

Ricoh GR III

17
25

CameraCreativ recommends the Ricoh GR III.

Our rating of the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI

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Our rating of the Ricoh GR III

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