RX100iii at 2.9x zoom vs Canon Ixus 255 at 10x zoom

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RX100iii at 2.9x zoom vs Canon Ixus 255 at 10x zoom
2 months ago

I've just bought an RX100iii which is great but the drawback of course is the limited maximum 2.9x zoom. I also have a small Canon Ixus 255 point and shoot (Elph 330) with a 10x optical zoom and wondered what would give the better image quality and detail:

1: The Ixus 12MP 1/2.3" sensor at 10x optical zoom

2: Cropping the 20MP 1" sensor Rx100iii at 2.9x to an equivalent 10x zoom

3: Cropping the RX100iii Clear Image Zoom at 5.8x to 10x zoom

I don't use a long zoom very much anyway so it's no big deal having the smaller zoom on the Mark 3. I thought however that carrying a small longer zoom P&S at the same time might be a way to have the best of both worlds and still travel light.

I then wondered whether the small sensor and lower resolution of the Ixus would give you that much advantage in any case due to the lesser image quality of a P&S? I could test it out myself I suppose but I thought that there may well be some simple way of working it out if anyone knows?

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