Panasonic LX100 vs Fujifilm X100T vs Sony RX10 vs Nikon Coolpix A Comparison

September 24, 2014

Panasonic LX100 camera

In this article we’ll have a very interesting comparison, as I will compare the new Panasonic Lumix LX100 vs three premium other fixed-lens cameras, the Fujifilm X100T, Sony Cyber-shot RX10 and Nikon Coolpix A.  Those four cameras have a few things in common but certainly have their differences. They are direct competitors in the sense that they all are have fixed lens ,large sensor, premium optics and advanced features to satisfy the demand of enthusiast photographers. They also, for some people, are the prefect alternative to a DSLR or Mirrorless cameras, and some people might prefer either the LX100, X100T, RX10 or Coolpix A instead of buying an interchangeable lens cameras.

LX100 Price Comparison

Before we jump straight into the Panasonic LX100 introduction and to the comparison, let’s first take a look at the prices first. You might found out that a specific camera is out of your budget, and that’s a place to probably put it aside if you can’t afford it, and focus on those models that you can. That said, I always recommend reading the comparison review thoroughly, just in case some features might convince you to  exceed  your budget. After all, you don’t buy these type of cameras every day.

Sony RX10 cost ~$800
Panasonic LX100 cost ~$900
Nikon A costs ~$1100
Fujifilm X100T cost ~$1300 

* approximate prices from as of the time of writing. Visit for updated prices. The Fujifilm X100T is the most expensive camera among the three, replacing the popular X100S. It enjoys the world’s first Hybrid eye-level viewfinder with electronic rangefinder feature. It also backs a long range of advanced features that make it unique in its category and very appealing to enthusiasts and professional alike. You pay more, but as you can see, you get what you paid for.

The second most expensive is the Nikon Coolpix A, Nikon’s premium compact camera with a APS-C DX-format sensor. This camera is by far the smallest among the four, and with the X100T, those the only cameras in this group that come with a prime lens, a fixed focal length lens (no optical zoom). Some photographers see that as limitation, others see it as a big advantage. One of the big advantages is that prime lenses are (in most cases), are superior to zoom lenses. People who buy these type of cameras expect premium optical performance and image quality, and multiply that importance considering the fact that the lens is not interchangeable.

At the third place, is the Panasonic LX100, out pivot camera in which we compare the other cameras against. A camera that many predict that will be among the most popular large-sensor cameras this year.  Some see it as the GH4 in a more portable body, others just love the long selection of advanced features and beautiful design. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 was architected to impress enthusiasts and pros, whether its the 4K video recording, F1.7-2.8 Leica lens, Four Thirds sensor or advanced controls – you just can’t deny that this is one of the most impressive compact cameras we’ve seen to date. Some compare it to the popular Sony RX100 III, and in fact that’s what I did, and you can check my LX100 vs RX100 III comparison here.

The Sony RX10 is the least expensive model, has the smallest sensor among the four (1″), but features the longest optical zoom lens, and a very fine one, a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens with constant f/2.8 aperture and many other advanced features. IT’s also considerably larger than the other cameras, so it doesn’t fall into the large-sensor compact category, rather than in the SLR-like / Bridge category. That said, it doesn’t make it less or more than a camera compared to the other model just because it categorized differently. Some photographers will find it very adequate for their type of shooting style and have no problem compromise portability for its unique features.

Keep your mind open, and learn about these four superb cameras. Paying attention to the details is very important in these type of comparison review, because their are plenty of differences between those cameras. Of course I’ll help you out understanding how those four cameras differ, I just ask to keep attention to those differences until the end.

Now let’s move on spreading more light about the very exciting release from Panasonic, the LX100. After the introduction, we’ll continue to the comparison section, where you will able to easily comprehend the cons and pros of each camera.

Panasonic LX100

Panasonic LX100 camera front side

Panasonic LX100 camera front side

Announced on September 15, 2014 – the Panasonic DMC-LX100 is one of those unique and inspiring cameras that pushes the camera industry forward. As a photographer, I always searched for a compact camera that has most of the features that I needed.  In almost all cases I found that the camera lacks an important features that I needed, and I always prayed that such a camera will be released somewhere in the near future. Apparently this day has comes with the birth of the LX100. There are so many excited things to say about this cameras, but let’s starts with the key features.

Panasonic made some excellent compact cameras, including the LX7, but since the introduction of cameras like the Sony RX100, it seems that its popularity took a hit. Panasonic knew that it had to come up with something extraordinary in order to attract more customers to its own camp.

The LX100 features a large 12.8MP Micro Four Thirds MOS sensor. The same sensor size used in all of its Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lenses, which double the 1-inch sensor size, which instantly give it an advantage as far as background blur and low-light performance is concerned — which are two very important reasons why photographers pick up one of these type of cameras in the first place – Image Quality and Prominent Shallow Depth of Field effect.

So how big the LX100 sensor is in comparison to other sensor sizes? — take a look at the image below.

Sensor size comparison: APS-C, 1-inch and Micro Four Thirds

Sensor size comparison: APS-C, 1-inch and Micro Four Thirds

APS-C sizes varies slightly depends on the camera/vendor, but overall it gives you a good understanding of how big the MFT sensor is cs APS-C and 1-inch. Of course one of the key things that lead to better low-light captures is the pixel size, the larger the better.  I am so happy that the sensor has ‘only’ 12.8 megapixel resolution instead of going with 20MP like in the RX10or even 16MP like in the X100T and Coolpix A. Not that Panasonic have decided based on those cameras, I have not idea if it did, but it tells me that Panasonic was really serious about this camera performing well in low-light. So with a built-in optical image stabilization (Power O.I.S.),  F1.7-2.8 fast aperture lens and a sensor with large pixels, photographers will be able to enjoy a superb camera for low-light captures, for both stills and videos.

The camera itself has a classic design made with magnesium-alloy body, and although relatively compact in size, it’s not the ideal pocket camera, as it won’t fit in the pocket, unless you have very large pockets. The Sony RX100 III for example is much more compact and slim and can be put in jeans pocket (not a tight jeans though).. see the image below.

LX100 vs RX100 III camera size comparison

LX100 (left) vs RX100 III camera size comparison (visit for other side views)

As you can see, the RX100 III is much more compact and also very slim. Sony was able to achieve this by using a retractable / pop-up electronic viewfinder.

As you can see form the above photo, the Panasonic Lumix LX100 looks very professional, with two top analogue dials for settings the shutter speed (left) and the exposure (right dial), a hot-shoe at the top to connect an external flash, comfortable front grip, functions / customizable buttons at the back (not seen in this image), viewfinder and lens aperture and focus ring.

Speaking about the lens, the LX100 feature a Leica DC Vario-Summilux F1.7-2.8 24-75mm (equivalent) 3.1x optical zoom lens. First of all, the lens has a quite versatile equivalent range that stars at 24mm wide angle up to 75mm which is great for portraits. This focal length range is one of the most popular range, closely resembles the popular 24-70mm lens range which is super popular among professionals. Excellent for a walkaround lens, general photography, street photography, landscape, candid, portraits, etc. The aperture starts at a very fast F1,7, slowing down just a bit to 2.8 at the tele-end, certainly a very fast lens. The advantage: very shallow depth of field effects and superb low-light performance. The lens extended as you zoom in. The LX100 lacks a built-in ND filter, but it does have a super fast 1/16,000 shutter speed that helps to better limit the amount of light, and a 43mm thread you can use to attach filters, like the Tiffen 43ND6 43mm ND filter.

The lens has two rings. The furthest from the inner one is the manual focus ring and the second one is the aperture ring. This comes very handy when while shooting, you can change those settings without moving your eyes of the subject. Gives you a DSLR-like control functionality, or better to say, a interchangeable lens like functionality for the lens operation.

Panasonic LX100 with bundled flash attached

Panasonic LX100 with the bundled flash attached

You might ask yourself why is the RX100 III lens profile is so slim compared to the LX100? — that’s due to the RX100 III smaller sensor. Although the RX100 III lens has f/1.8-2.8 aperture, the smaller sensor allows the use of smaller lenses.

You also might noticed that the LX100 lacks a built-in pop-up flash, and you are right, it doesn’t have a pop-up flash. Whether it’s good or bad, you’ll be the judge of that. In my opinion it isn’t. However, the good news is that the LX100 is bundled with a small flash that can be attached to the hot-shoe connector at the top of the camera. This is a GN7 (ISO100) without a rotational head, but has an on/off switch at the back, so you won’t need to do it in-camera, which takes more time..

At the back of the LX 100 you’ll find a high-quality 0.38″ LVF 2764K-dots 0.7x magnification (35mm equiv.) Electronic Viewfinder with an eye-sensor. Great to see such a high-res viewfinder in this camera, one of the most important features in my opinion, certainly elevate the enjoyment with the camera. I personally find it very inconvenient shooting with the LCD, especially when I need to spent time composing the shot or when shooting in bright daylight.

The LX100 also features a  3.0″ 921K-dots fixed LCD (not a touchscreen). So Panasonic ditched an articulating LCD, which is quite unfortunate to be honest, but certainly not a deal breaker, not at all.

The LX100 also lacks on-sensor phase-detection, which is becoming more popular these days in new cameras and even on smartphone-based cameras. The good news is that Panasonic utilizes an in-house technology called Depth from Defocus or DFD in short, which is inherited from the GH4. This technology vastly improved the AF performance when tracking subjects in both speed and accuracy.  Take a look at the video below (made for the GH4, but LX100 uses the same technology), which demonstrated how DFD works in-camera and in practice.

I assume that it helped reduce costs compared to making sensors which have phase-detection sensors. That said, phase-detection is the standard in all professional cameras. It seems that because Panasonic focused on its mirrorless cameras, it prefer to spend their funds on improving the technologies that are already used in their Micro Four Thirds cameras.  The Light Speed AF system has 49 dense AF points.

Before we continue on, I recommend viewing this video made by Matt Granger in Photokina 2014 Show. It demonstrated some of the key features of the LX100.

Seems like an enthusiast’s dream camera, and in many ways it is. Among the other features 6.5 fps burst speed (up to  11 fps with AF and AE disabled — being set in the first frame), 1/16,000 maximum shutter speed,  Wi-Fi / NFC wireless networking, 4K video recording with stereo sound (not mic input), RAW+JPEG shooting mode, in-camera photo retouching and RAW processing, cut animation function, panorama mode, 22 image filters (Creative Control),  AF assist lamp and more.

It’s easy to understand that we are looking at an amazing highly-capable compact camera, aimed to satisfy the demands and needs of many enthusiast photographers.  Although it’s not cheap, it’s cheaper than some of the other premium compacts out there and certainly many cameras will be benchmarked against it.  The competition in this category got more intense since the introduction of the LX100, but competition is good, and I think this is one reason we see cameras like the LX100 on the market.

LX100 vs X100T vs RX10 vs Coolpix A Compared

Now that you’ve got yourself more familiar with the Panasonic Lumix LX100, it’s to to compare it versus the Fujifilm X100T, Sony RX10 and Nikon Coolpix A. In my opinion, the LX100 is very close to be the Perfect compact camera, although it lacks some features that I would hoped to see. For me at least, these are certainly not deal breakers.

So let’s jump straight to the comparison and see how well the other cameras stand against this magnificent little camera.

Lumix LX100X100TDSC-RX10Coolpix A
AnnouncedSeptember 15, 2014September 10, 2014October 16, 2013March 5, 2013
Both the LX100 and X100T are the latest to be announced and in 2014, whether the other two where announced in 2013, with the Coolpix A being the oldest among the four.
Build QualityMagnesium alloy

Aluminum dials
Die-cast Magnesium alloy top and bottom plates.

Metal dials

Exterior has non-slip leatherette finish

Exterior has non-slip leatherette finish
Weather SealingNot weather sealedNot weather sealed"Dust and moisture-resistant "Not weather sealed
All three cameras are built to last and are have very durable bodies. The RX10 however is the only one among the four to have a weather-sealed body.

For many photographers this is an important features, especially if you intend to shoot in rough weather conditions and afraid of the camera getting damages.

So you probably shouldn't worry about damaging your camera if you caught in a light rain or foggy situation, and you can shoot with it at dusty environments without worrying about dust getting in.

Keep in mind that it's not recommended to use the RX10 in the rain, as it is "moisture-resistant" and not "water-resistant". The word "rain" isn't mentioned in the official Panasonic site for this camera the last time I check. So if I were you I would probably tried to avoid shooting with it in the rain, although it might survive it.
Sensor12.3-megapixels (effective)
Micro Four Thirds
17.3x13 mm
High Sensitivity CMOS
16.3-megapixels (effective)
23.6x15.6 mm
20.2-megapixels (effective)
13.2x8.8 mm
Exmor R CMOS
16.2-megapixels (effective)
APS-C (Nikon's DX format)
23.6x15.7 mm

Sensor micro-lenses designed specifically to the Coolpix A sensor.
Optical Low-Pass FilterYesNoNoNo
The LX100 is the only camera among the four that has an optical low-pass filter (anti-aliasing filter) in front of the sensor which helps reducing moiré and aliasing.

By removing the OLPF on the other cameras, you can expect extra sharpness / more details, but not a big improvement -- but all this at the cost of moiré patterns when shooting specific type of scenes in both stills and video capture.

I personally think that people buying a fixed-lens premium camera will prefer a sensor without the OLPF to optimize the amount of details the camera can capture.

The LX100 has the least amount of resolution, but in my opinion, this should give it an advantage in low-light because it has relatively large pixels.

Each of these cameras will also give you different shallow depth of field effect based on the sensor and lens specifications. I will talk more about it in the lens section.

The X100T has the most unique sensor design of the four cameras using X-Trans color array which increases the S/N ratio, reduces noise and reduces in an improved image quality compared to its regular Bayer equivalent. This is not a gimmick, and it's the X-Trans color filter has proven to result in a superior image quality, and Fujifilm uses this type of sensor in its premium models.
ISO200 - 25600
Extended: 100
200 - 6400
Extended: 100, 12800, 25600, 51200
125 - 12800
Extended: 80, 100, 25600 (Multi-Frame NR)
100 - 3200
Extended: 6400, 8000 (Hi 0.3), 10000 (Hi 0.7), 12800 (Hi 1), 25600 (Hi 2)
The Nikon A has the least flexible native ISO range, followed by the X100T and the LX100 and RX10.
LensLeica DC Vario-Summinlux
24-75mm (35mm equiv.)

3.1x optical zoom

Dual lens ring (aperture, manual focus)

3 cm macro minimum focus distance

- 8 diaphragm blades
- 11 elements in 8 groups
- 5 aspherical lenses
- 8 aspherical surfaces
- 2 Dual-sided aspherical surface ED
35mm (35mm equiv,)

1.0x optical zoom (no zoom)

Dual lens ring (aperture, manual focus)

10 cm macro minimum focus distance

- 9 diaphragm blades
- 8 elements in 6 groups
- 1 aspherical glass molded lens
Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T*
24-200mm (35mm equivalent)
F2.8 (constant aperture)

8.0x optical zoom

Dual lens ring (aperture, manual focus)

10 cm macro minimum focus distance

- 7 diaphragm blades
- 14 elements in 11 groups
- 7 aspherical lenses

28mm (35mm equivalent)

1.0x optical zoom (no zoom)

Manual focus ring

10 cm macro minimum focus distance

- 7 diaphragm blades
- 7 elements in 5 groups
Image StabilizationPower O.I.S. (optical)NoSteadyShot (optical) +
Active Mode (movie)

Can Mount Filters?Yes, 43mmusing an optional adapter ring (49mm)

I've heard that the JJC LH-HX100 is recommended

or purchase one of the official (optional) LH-X100 lens hood and adapter ring which is more expensive (available in silver or black)
Yes, 62mm

check some 62mm filters on
using an optional adapter (46mm)

Check out the Nikon UR-E24 filter adapter and HN-CP18 lens hood set for the Coolpix A camera
There is a lot to talk about here as you see. No doubt that the lens is probably THE most important aspect for these type of cameras, considering these are fixed-lens cameras and you can't change their lenses.

At the top level, you can see that we are dealing with two cameras (X100T and Coolpix A) which have prime lenses (no zoom, fixed focal length), compared to the other two (RX10 and LX100) which have a zoom lens. Between the RX10 and LX100 we can see that the RX10 feature a significantly bigger zoom but the same wide-angle. Another important specs is that the RX10 feature a constant aperture lens, or better to say, constant maximum aperture lens. This means that you can shoot at F2.8 across the entire focal length, whether with the LX100 your start with a faster (1.44x stops faster = 2.9 more light ) aperture compared to the RX10 at the widest angle, and F2.8 at the tele-end, which equals to the RX10.

If you don't mind the shorter zoom range on the LX100, you'll benefit from faster aperture which should prove itself in low-light shooting (we'll talk about the background blur effect in the next section).

The RX10 is much larger camera and heavier, but no doubt that it is more versatile than the X100T, but begidn the X100T in terms of macro capabilities.

If you are hunting for a camera with a prime lens for great optical peroformance, both the X100T and Nikon Coolpix A are great candidates of course. The X100T provided a narrower field of view but it's approx. 1 stop faster than the Nikon Coolpix A. It has dual lens rings, more blades for smoother Bokeh effect -- but both lacks IBIS.

This makes the X100T and Nikon Coolpix A less ideal for video shooting. For stills, optical image stabilization is less of a concern for that focal length. It's more important for the other two cameras, which have a built-in optical image stabilization.

All will perform admirably in low-light, but if we add the sensor size, the X100T have the upper hand with its APS-C / X-Trans sensor and F2.0 aperture.

I personally favor the LX100 offering (my personal preference) for its very fast wide-angle, screw-on filters without an adapter, built-in OIS, versatile range, dual ring and good macro capability.
Total Depth of Field
*2m dist (78.7402 inches)
*considering crop factor
24mm F1.7: ~62.9 inches
75mm F2.8: ~9 inches

* ~2x crop factor
35mm F2.0: ~23.5 inches

* 35 / 23 = ~1.52x crop factor
24mm F2.8: ~310.5 inches
200mm F2.8: ~1.7 inches

* ~2.7x crop factor
28mm F2.8: ~56.9 inches

* ~1.53 crop factor
Looking at the above total depth of field numbers for the wide and tele-end of all the cameras, we can see that the RX10 at 200mm provided the shortest depth of field, and therefore giving us the shallowest DOF effect compared to the other cameras, followed by the LX100 at the tele-end at f/2.8, X100T and Nikon Coolpix A at the last position.
Built-in ND FilterNot built-inBuilt-in 3 stop ND filter

* vs shutter speed:
shutter limit 1/1000 sec at f/2
with ND filter you can shoot at maximum shutter speed with aperture wide open.

from Fuji website: "F2 up to 1/1000 sec., 1/4000 sec. at F8 or smaller aperture" (source)
Built-in 3 stop ND filterNot built-in
Here's an advantage for the X100T and Sony Cyber-shot RX10, both have built-in 3-stops ND filters.

Using ND filters you can shoot with the aperture wide open and in slow shutter speeds, and achieve appropriate exposure, without overexposure as can happen if you use the same settings without an ND filter.

The LX100 and Nikon Coolpix A lack a built-in filter, but you can mount a filter on the LX100 and on the Nikon A using the optional adapter -- but it's great t have it built-in as you can experiment with it even if you never tried shooting with an ND filter and it saves money too.
AF System49 AF points

Contrast-detect AF system +
Depth of Defocus (DFD) technology

AF assist lamp

including among others:
- Pinpoint AF
- Eye sensor AF
- Focus peaking (highlight in focus areas)
- Low-light AF
49 AF points

Hybrid AF (contrast-detect & phase-detect AF)

AF assist lamp

- Digital Split Image (pintpoint focus)
- Focus peaking (highlight in focus areas)
25 AF points

Contrast-detect AF

AF assist lamp

- Focus peaking
- Eye sensor AF
Contrast-detect AF

AF assist lamp
The Panasonic LX100 and Fujifilm X100T have the most impressive AF system specs, with the X100T the only one to offer on-sensor phase-detection pixels. With the LX100 Panasonic was able to achieve much better results for subject tracking using DFD, but phase-detection is still the preferred and reliable method to improve subject tracking performance. In some cases DFD can even outperform phase-detection, but it's prone to "hunting".

One of the main advantages of DFD is it's ability to focus at very low lighting conditions. Both systems will give very fast AF performance, and I am waiting for an in-depth AF test to see the difference myself. The fact that Panasonic makes its own lenses and camera body, helps it optimize and perfect the performance.

There are already many people that find the RX10 AF performance to be disappointing. Both the RX10 and Nikon A AF systems can't compete against the X100T and LX100 offering. I've seen AF tests comparing the Nikon Coolpix A versus the X100S and the X100S was noticeably faster.

I also liked the LX100 pinpoint AF and focus picking, and it's long list of AF settings.

For me the winner is X100T, followed by the LX100.

Not touchscreen
AR coating

Not touchscreen

Not touchscreen

Not touchscreen
Non of the cameras have a touch-sensitive panel. All of the size size and resolution is excellent on all cameras, with the RX10 leading the pack.

The RX10 uses WhiteMagic technology that should improve outdoor visibility due to brighter image.

The Sony RX10 has a tiltable screen, which can be useful when shooting videos, for low and high-angle shots and when mounted on a tripod and looking down or up at the screen.

So the RX10 has the best screen among the four.
(view camera settings)
Built-in FlashNo

bundled with small flash (7m)
Yes (9m)Yes (10.20m)Yes (11.50m)
Continuous Shooting11.0 fps6.0 fps10.0 fps4.0 fps
Viewfinder0.39" LCD EVF
100% FOV
0.7x (35mm) magnification

Hybrid AF

Reverse Galilean
92% FOV
0.5x (35mm) magnification

+ Electronic Rangefinder (shows enlarged focus area on the optical viewfinder)

0.48" LCD EVF
100% coverage
0.65x (35mm) magnification

100% FOV
0.7x (35mm) magnification

No viewfinder
The Nikon Coolpix A is the only camera among the three that lacks a built-in viewfinder.

For some people this is a deal breaker, as some people just can't and don't want to give up of the pleasure and convenience of an eye-level viewfinder and I can understand them completely. Considering the Nikon Coolpix A high price and target audience, it was expected for such camera to have a built-in EVF, even the compact RX100 III has it.

The X100T is obviously the most impressive among the three that do have a built-in EVF.

The X100T features both an optical and electronic viewfinder, which you can switch between the two using a dedicated lever. This is the first camera to offer an electronic rangefinder feature that shows a real-time enlargement of the focus area to help you to manual focus, WOW!

The LX100 has the seconds best EVF with higher resolution than the RX10. No doubt that the X100T speaks to professionals and (super) enthusiast that can appreciate and will take advantage of that incredible viewfinder features.
Shutter Speed60 - 1/16,000* sec

* electronic shutter
30 - 1/32,000* sec

* electronic shutter
30 - 1/3200 sec30 - 1/2000 sec
The Fuji X100T takes the lead with an amazing maximum shutter speed of 1/32000 sec.

1/32,000 is 4 stops (8x less light) compared to 1/2000 sec. shutter speed. This adds to the exposure control for the photographer. Not many people will take advantage of it, but some of those who buy the X100T might do.

Keep in mind that the X100T has a limitation of 1/1000 sec at F2.0, so you won't be able to take advantage of that shutter speed with the aperture wide open - very unfortunate.

I didn't find any limitation note in the LX100 about any maximum aperture that can be used for this particular speed. Drop me a line if you know anything about it (thanks!).
Flash X Sync SpeedNo dataNo dataNo data1/2000 sec
2160p24 (4K)
2160p30 (4K)

No slo-mo recording


Stereo sound

Optical stabilization

+4K photo mode, extract 4K resolution photo from videos.
(4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1 image ratios)

No slo-mo recording

MOV (H.264)

Stereo sound

No stabilization
1440x1080 30 fps

No slow-mo recording


Stereo sound

Both optical and digital stabilization

No slo-mo recording

MP4 (H..264)

Stereo Sound

No stabilization
Mic InputNoYesYesNo
Headphone JackNoNoYesNo
Uncompressed HDMIYesNo dataYesNo data
The RX10 is probably the most fun and versatile to shoot video with due to its tilting display, long zoom range and advanced optical+digital stabilization and it can shoot Full HD in 60p (progressive frames), it also have headphone and mic input as well.

The LX100 is the only camera among the four to feature 4K video recording, and the first compact camera to have this feature.

Unfortunately, the camera lacks mic and headphone jacks. Quite disappointing to be honest, but having 4K is certainly the most attractive video feature.

The X100T as well as the Nikon A are less attractive. If I had to choose my personal favorite, I would go with the RX10. It's great to have the option to shoot 4K and play them on your 4K HDTV, even if you don't have one yet, in the future you will, and you can watch those beautiful 4K memories somewhere in the future.

That said, for now, 1080p is the standard and the RX10 certainly is the mos attractive camera when in comes to video capture. The beautiful Bokeh at 200mm, the fast AF, the image quality.. everything will help you produce superb looking videos.

Check the next Sony RX10 sample video shot by engadget - BEAUTIFUL! (in 720p)
and check this LX100 AMAZING 4K video (official Panasonic video)
Exposure Compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
WirelessWi-Fi / NFCWi-FiWi-Fi / NFCvia optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter
Battery Life (CIPA)300 shots330 shots420 shots230 shots
Dimensions115 x 66 x 55 mm (4.53 x 2.6 x 2.17″)127 x 74 x 52 mm (5 x 2.91 x 2.05″)129 x 88 x 102 mm (5.08 x 3.46 x 4.02″)111 x 64 x 40 mm (4.37 x 2.52 x 1.57″)
Weight393 g (0.87 lb / 13.86 oz)440 g (0.97 lb / 15.52 oz)813 g (1.79 lb / 28.68 oz)299 g (0.66 lb / 10.55 oz)
The Coolpix A is the smallest among the four, with the LX100 being slightly larger, but being much thicker.

The X100T is the third largest but slimmer than the LX!00. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 is by far the largest and much thicker than any other the other cameras. It's also much heavy as you can see, something to think about..
Built-in GPSNoNoNoNo
PriceThird most expensiveThe most expensiveThe cheapestSecond most expensive

Each of the cameras also has its own unique software features like the LX100 with 22 different image effects, X100T with its motion panorama, RX10 with its panorama, picture effects and different scene mode and Nikon Coolpix with its in-camera image editing and scene mode.

These four cameras have on thing in common for sure, they are aimed towards enthusiasts the care for sheer performance when it comes to image quality, low-light performance and advanced functionality and manual controls. Some are more versatile, others are less. Some offer better video capabilities, others are more focus on stills photography.

The above specs comparison table gave you a good overview of the key differences between those four incredible premium cameras. Non of them are cheap, but no doubt that you get what you paid for, and every company put a lot of effort to make it’s camera unique in its own way.


This comparison is indeed complicated, because we do compare apples to oranges, but if you are read this article until this line, you probably find some things in common and still haven’t make up your mind. I won’t blown you away with too much enclosing details here, because there is too much to talk about between one camera and its peers.

In most part, I found the RX10 to be an amazing camera for both stills and video capture, and best for video recording than the others. I think that the average enthusiast photographer will love the RX10, even considering its side and weight. However, for those of you who searched for a compact and lightweight camera, all the others are good options.

The Panasonic Lumix LX100 is an excellent camera and a good overall performer if you take all its features into account. Yes, it lacks some features that I would really liked to have, like weather-sealing, built-in ND filter, mic input and tilting display. That said, it does most things right, and in many aspects and as a whole, I think it’s the most versatile camera among the three, yet small and lightweight.  You do make compromises and give up on some features that are unique to the others cameras and are sue attractive, each one in its own right. For example, the X100T has an amazing hybrid viewfinder and very classic design, the RX10 has very versatile range and dual Hybrid stabilization and a weather-sealed body, and the Coolpix A is compact and has APS-C sensor. I did find the Nikon Coolpix A to be the least attractive camera among the four though.

In my opinion, the Panasonic LX100 is a great camera and offers very good value if you compare it to the X100T and Nikon Coolpix A. Of course you’ll make a decision based on the features that are most important to your shooting style. If I had to choose one, I would pick up the LX100 for myself. I like the LX100 design, build quality, buttons and dial placement, 4K video recording, the fast versatile lens, wireless capabilities, compact size, viewfinder and the advanced AF system — for me it’s the ultimate compact camera.

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