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It is almost a tall order to find good compact cameras for low light conditions, since compacts mostly give you a blown-out, unnatural look on using the camera flash. Better output will result from cameras that include features to optimize low-light performance within the mandate. Two features that you should look for in compacts touted as low-light performers are sensor size and lens brightness. The more the sensor surface area, the more the light taken in at a time. Look for sensor area of 1/1.7" (43.3mm²) and over. A brighter lens will open wider, allowing more light on to the sensor. The lower the f-number, the larger and brighter the lens - so look for f/2.0, or even f/1.8. If however such hardware is missing in your preferred compact, ensure that it is capable of higher ISO sensitivity.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV


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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
Canon PowerShot G7 X
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
Ricoh GR
Fujifilm X100S
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
Canon PowerShot G7 X
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
Ricoh GR V Digital Camera
Fujifilm X100S Digital Camera
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Release Date
Sep 2015
Oct 2014
Jun 2014
Apr 2013
Jan 2013
Camera Type
Compact
Compact
Compact
Compact
Compact, Large sensor compact
Image Sensor Size
13.23 mm
13.23 mm
13.23 mm
28.2 mm
28.4 mm
Max. ISO Speed
12800.0
12800.0
12800.0
25600.0
25600.0
Optical Zoom
2.9 x
4.2 x
2.9 x
1.0 x
1.0 x
Resolution
20.0 Megapixel
20.0 Megapixel
21.0 Megapixel
16.2 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
BSI-CMOS
BSI-CMOS
BSI-CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
2.8 in.

Overall, the Sony RX100 IV is an amazing feat of engineering and design.

For a compact camera, the Canon PowerShot G7 X can produce alarmingly good photos.

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The RX100 is plenty capable, but its greatest strength is its size.

Compact design with APS-C image sensor

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Produces excellent photos