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Canon PowerShot N2 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Canon PowerShot N2 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

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Canon PowerShot N2
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Reasons For

5 Reasons For
Significantly bigger optical zoom Edit
The Canon PowerShot N2 has an optical zoom of 8x, whereas the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 is only a 2.9x optical zoom digital camera (5.1x smaller). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

Significantly smaller maximum aperture number Edit
The Canon PowerShot N2 is a 9 maximum aperture digital camera, whereas the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 is only a 2.8 maximum aperture digital camera (6.2 bigger).
Lighter Edit
The Canon PowerShot N2 is a 201g digital camera. That's 70g lighter than the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 (271g). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

$211 cheaper
The Canon PowerShot N2 costs $211.01 less than the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100.
Available from 2 shops
A greater number of stores increases the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for the product.
8 Reasons For
20% higher megapixel Edit
The Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 has a megapixel of 20.1MP, however the Canon PowerShot N2 is only a 16.1MP digital camera (4MP lower). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

67% smaller minimum aperture number Edit
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 is 1.8 minimum aperture. That's 1.2 smaller than the Canon PowerShot N2 (1.8).
0.2" larger display diagonal Edit
The Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 has a display diagonal of 3", however the Canon PowerShot N2 is only a 2.8" screen digital camera (0.2" smaller). Read more

The display diagonal is the size the size of the screen integrated in to the back of the camera. A larger display diagonal makes it easier to see if a shot has turned out as intended. Pocket cameras have smaller display diagonals as full size digital SLRs.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to take photos and to see if a shot has turned out as intended.

Significantly higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 is a 1,228,800 pixels display resolution digital camera, whereas the Canon PowerShot N2 is only a 461,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (767,800 pixels lower).
Eighty more battery life (CIPA standard) Edit
The Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 is a digital camera that takes 280.00 battery life (CIPA standard), whereas the Canon PowerShot N2 only takes 200.00 battery life (CIPA standard). Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

More popular
The Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 is a more popular choice amongst buyers. It ranks No. 454 by sales volume in our digital cameras, but the Canon PowerShot N2 ranks No. 40816.
Expert reviews are hugely better
The Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 has an average expert review score of 87%, but the Canon PowerShot N2 has an average rating of 64% (based on 16 reviews).
User reviews are a bit better
The Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 has an average user review score of 93%, but the Canon PowerShot N2 has an average rating of 90% (based on 324 reviews).

Reasons Against

9 Reasons Against
4MP lower megapixel Edit
The Canon PowerShot N2 has a megapixel of 16.1MP, whereas the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 is a 20.1MP digital camera (4MP higher). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

40% larger minimum aperture number Edit
The Canon PowerShot N2 has a minimum aperture number of 3. That's 1.2 larger than the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 (1.8).
0.2" smaller display diagonal Edit
The Canon PowerShot N2 is a 2.8" screen digital camera, whereas the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 is a 3" screen digital camera (0.2" larger). Read more

The display diagonal is the size the size of the screen integrated in to the back of the camera. A larger display diagonal makes it easier to see if a shot has turned out as intended. Pocket cameras have smaller display diagonals as full size digital SLRs.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to take photos and to see if a shot has turned out as intended.

Hugely lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
Canon PowerShot N2 is only 461,000 pixels display resolution, but the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 is a 1,228,800 pixels display resolution digital camera (767,800 pixels higher).
Eighty less battery life (CIPA standard) Edit
The number of battery life (CIPA standard) on the Canon PowerShot N2 is 200.00, but the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 only takes 280.00 battery life (CIPA standard). Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

Nine months older
The Canon PowerShot N2 is older than the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 by nine months.
Worse selling
The Canon PowerShot N2 ranks No. 40816 by sales volume, however the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 ranks No. 454.
Vastly Lower expert review Score
The Canon PowerShot N2's average expert rating is only 64%, however the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100's is 87% (based on 98 reviews).
Slightly Lower user review Score
The Canon PowerShot N2's average user rating is 90%, however the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100's is 93% (based on 251 reviews).
5 Reasons Against
Vastly smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 has an optical zoom of 2.9x, however the Canon PowerShot N2 is an 8x optical zoom digital camera (5.1x bigger). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

6.2 bigger maximum aperture number Edit
The Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 has a maximum aperture number of 2.8, however the Canon PowerShot N2 is a 9 maximum aperture digital camera (6.2 smaller).
Heavier Edit
The Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 is a 271g digital camera. That's 70g heavier than the Canon PowerShot N2 (271g). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

$211 more expensive
The Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 is more expensive than the Canon PowerShot N2 by $211.01.
Not as many stockists
Only 7 sellers sells the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100, however 9 shops sell the Canon PowerShot N2. Read more
Smaller numbers of stores reduces the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product.

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Date Released

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 compact camera
 compact camera
Megapixel
16.1MP 20.1MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
BEST
Still Image Resolution(s)
 4608 x 3456
 3264 x 2448
 2048 x 1536
 640 x 480
 5472 x 3080
 3648 x 2056
 4608 x 3456
 3264 x 2448
 2048 x 1536
 640 x 480
 5472 x 3080
 3648 x 2056
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 5472 x 3648
 5472 x 3648
BEST
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
Unknown - Click to provide data 13.2 x 8.8
Image Stabilizer Location
 Lens
 Lens
Supported Aspect Ratios
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 1:1
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 1:1
BEST
Image Sensor Size
 1
BEST
 1

Design

Colour
 Red
 Red

Lens System

Optical Zoom
8x
BEST
2.9x
Digital Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 11x
Maximum Aperture Number
9
BEST
2.8
Minimum Aperture Number
3 1.8
BEST
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
224mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
28mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
5 - 40 24 - 70

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 single
 Single Auto Focus
 Face detection
 continuous
 Continuous Auto Focus
 single
 Single Auto Focus
 Face detection
 continuous
 Continuous Auto Focus
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
0.01 - ∞ Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
0.01 - ∞ Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Modes
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 Manual
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 Manual
ISO Sensitivity
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 800
 1600
 3200
 50
 64
 125
 250
 500
 640
 1000
 1250
 2000
 2500
 4000
 5000
 6400
 12800
 25600
 25
 8000
 10000
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 800
 1600
 3200
 50
 64
 125
 250
 500
 640
 1000
 1250
 2000
 2500
 4000
 5000
 6400
 12800
 25600
 25
 8000
 10000
Light Metering
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
BEST

Shutter

Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
1s 30s
BEST
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s

Flash

Flash Modes
 Auto
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Slow synchronization
Flash Range (tele)
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.4 - 6.5
Flash Range (wide)
0.5 - 1.7 0.4 - 10.2

Video

Full HD Video
 Full HD video
Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Video Resolution
 3840 x 2160
 3840 x 2160
BEST
Video Formats Supported
 AVCHD
 AVC
 AVCHD
 AVC
BEST
Video Resolutions
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
BEST
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 4K Ultra HD
 Full HD
 4K Ultra HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone

Memory

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS Micro (M2)
 MS Duo
 MS PRO Duo
 MS PRO Duo HS
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
 MicroSD (TransFlash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS Micro (M2)
 MS Duo
 MS PRO Duo
 MS PRO Duo HS
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
 MicroSD (TransFlash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC

Display

Display Diagonal
2.8" 3"
BEST
Display
 OLED
BEST
 OLED
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Vari-angle LCD display
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution (numeric)
461,000 pixels 1,228,800 pixels
BEST
Display Aspect Ratio
 4:3
 4:3

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
 PictBridge
HDMI
Unknown - Click to provide data
 HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
 Micro
 Micro
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0

Camera

GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
White Balance
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
Photo Effects
 Black&White
 Vivid
 Black&White
 Vivid
Self-Timer Delay
Unknown - Click to provide data 2,5,10
Scene Modes
 Portrait
 Self-portrait
 Close-up (macro)
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Twilight
 Pet
 Portrait
 Self-portrait
 Close-up (macro)
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Twilight
 Pet

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
201g
BEST
271g
Height
62mm 58.1mm
Depth
32.3mm 41mm
Width
80.9mm 101.6mm
Weight (including Battery)
Unknown - Click to provide data 298g

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type
NB-9L Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
200 shots 280 shots
BEST

Packaging Content

AC Adapter Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 AC adapter included
Cables Included
 USB
 USB
BEST
Batteries Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Batteries included
Wrist Strap Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wrist strap included

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
 Near Field Communication (NFC)
 Near Field Communication (NFC)

Other Features

Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
Unknown - Click to provide data

Technical Details

Image Processor
 BIONZ
 BIONZ
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