Which setup is theoretically better in low light?

Started Jul 8, 2013 | Questions thread
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Jeremydgreat New Member • Posts: 14
Which setup is theoretically better in low light?

I'm considering 2 very different cameras. My main goal is to have a versatile setup that fits in my pocket (or comes very close.) I have been shooting with DSLR's for years, but I realize that on my recent adventures, I opted to leave the large camera home (or at the hotel) because I didn't want the burden.

My question: which of these setups is theoretically better in low light?

Sony RX100 (or the forthcoming RX100 II ) with it's native lens.

  • 28-100mm (equiv), f/1.8-4.9 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens
  • The RX100 II is sopposed to get a 40% better in low light (?)
  • Smaller sensor (see below)

Sony NEX 6 with a 16mm f/2.8 lens

  • Larger sensor (see below)
  • I know I can get an E-mount adapter that would allow me to mount any other super-fast low light prime lens. However, this would make the barrel larger and wouldn't allow me to put the entire unit in my pocket. For E-Mount lenses, this is the fastest one I could find.

So, what matters more (at least as far as these 2 setups are concerned)? Does the much larger sensor of NEX 6 outweigh the better lens of the RX100 II?

Sony RX100 Sony RX100 II
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