We are often asked about the comparison of these 2 high end cameras for underwater photography in the market. LX100 II vs RX100 VI is a tough call. Here are some of the major differences between the two:
- Sensor – The first difference is that the LX100 II has a Micro 4/3rd sensor. This makes it the compact camera with the largest sensor in the market.
- Zoom – The Sony RX100 VI has a long zoom range, it’s an incredible topside camera for your day trips and everyday use.
- Size – The RX100 VI has a slightly smaller footprint and is also 100 grams (25%) lighter. The LX100 II requires an external flash (included) which makes that and the housings even larger.
- Housings available – For the RX100 VI there is a Fantasea housing available which is the best polycarbonate housing in the market (however it is limited in zoom).
- Aperture – The LX100 II has a much larger aperture 1.70 instead of 2.8 with the Sony and this give it incredible low light capabilities.
- Battery Life – The LX100 II has claimed 50% more battery life than the Sony.
Aside from the size and weight and the fact that Sony offers a slighly higher resolution which is good for cropping, the LX100 II appears to be a better camera if topside photography is not important. It also focuses closer (3cm / 1.2 inches) than the Sony RX100 VI which is (8cm /3Inches).
Housing options for the Sony RX100 VI: https://www.housingcamera.com/popular-cameras-for-uw/point-and-shoot-housings/sony-rx100-vi
Housing options for the Panasonic LX100 II: https://www.housingcamera.com/popular-cameras-for-uw/point-and-shoot-housings/panasonic-lx100-ii
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