Studio Comparison

Our latest test scene is designed to simulate both daylight and low-light shooting. Pressing the 'lighting' buttons at the top of the widget allows you to switch between the two. The daylight scene is shot with manually set white balance, but the camera is left in its Auto setting for the low-light tests.

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The RX100 III's 20MP sensor gives it a clear resolution advantage over its most direct rival: the Canon G1 X Mark II. As the shooting conditions become more challenging, this advantage begins to slip away. As you'd expect, the fine detail that's visible in the low ISO shots, is lost as sensitivity rises. This is equally true for the Canon, with a loss of saturation, as well as detail.

Oddly, the RX100 II's JPEG Engine does a better job of retaining subtle, low-contrast detail, at moderate ISOs. In Raw, though, there's very little difference between the two. It's actually rather hard to find areas in which the RX100 III's JPEG rendering is any better than its predecessor's.

When compared at the same ISO settings, the Panasonic GM1 (the smallest large-sensor interchangeable lens camera) can outperform the Sony, both in terms of JPEG and Raw. However, it's worth noting that the RX100 III's F1.8-2.8 lens is significantly brighter than the Panasonic's F3.5-5.6 kit zoom, which should overturn this advantage by letting you shoot at lower ISOs. As such, to regularly see any advantage for the Panasonic, you'll probably have to consider buying additional lenses.

Finally, it's worth noting how much of an advantage its 1"-type sensor gives over its 1/1.7"-type sensor rivals, such as the Olympus XZ-2 and Canon PowerShot G16. With its more consistently bright lens, compared to its predecessors, this advantage is maintained throughout its zoom range.