Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX99 vs. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX99 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
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Megapixels
18.20
20.10
Max. image resolution
4896 x 3672
5472 x 3648

Sensor

Sensor type
CMOS
CMOS
Sensor size
1/2.3" (~ 6.16 x 4.62 mm)
13.2 x 8.8 mm
Sensor resolution
4920 x 3699
5492 x 3661
Diagonal
7.70 mm
15.86 mm
Sensor size comparison
Sensor size is generally a good indicator of the quality of the camera. Sensors can vary greatly in size. As a general rule, the bigger the sensor, the better the image quality.

Bigger sensors are more effective because they have more surface area to capture light. An important factor when comparing digital cameras is also camera generation. Generally, newer sensors will outperform the older.

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Actual sensor size

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX99 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
Surface area:
28.46 mm² vs 116.16 mm²
Difference: 87.7 mm² (308%)
RX100 IV sensor is approx. 4.08x bigger than HX99 sensor.
Note: You are comparing cameras of different generations. There is a 3 year gap between Sony HX99 (2018) and Sony RX100 IV (2015). All things being equal, newer sensor generations generally outperform the older.
Pixel pitch
1.25 µm
2.4 µm
Pixel pitch tells you the distance from the center of one pixel (photosite) to the center of the next. It tells you how close the pixels are to each other.

The bigger the pixel pitch, the further apart they are and the bigger each pixel is. Bigger pixels tend to have better signal to noise ratio and greater dynamic range.
Difference: 1.15 µm (92%)
Pixel pitch of RX100 IV is approx. 92% higher than pixel pitch of HX99.
Pixel area
1.56 µm²
5.76 µm²
Pixel or photosite area affects how much light per pixel can be gathered. The larger it is the more light can be collected by a single pixel.

Larger pixels have the potential to collect more photons, resulting in greater dynamic range, while smaller pixels provide higher resolutions (more detail) for a given sensor size.
Relative pixel sizes:
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Pixel area difference: 4.2 µm² (269%)
A pixel on Sony RX100 IV sensor is approx. 269% bigger than a pixel on Sony HX99.
Pixel density
63.79 MP/cm²
17.31 MP/cm²
Pixel density tells you how many million pixels fit or would fit in one square cm of the sensor.

Higher pixel density means smaller pixels and lower pixel density means larger pixels.
Difference: 46.48 µm (269%)
Sony HX99 has approx. 269% higher pixel density than Sony RX100 IV.
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Specs

Sony HX99
Sony RX100 IV
Crop factor
5.62
2.73
Total megapixels
21.00
Effective megapixels
18.20
20.10
Optical zoom
30x
2.9x
Digital zoom
Yes
Yes
ISO sensitivity
Auto, 80-12800
Auto, 125-12800
RAW
Manual focus
Normal focus range
5 cm
5 cm
Macro focus range
5 cm
Focal length (35mm equiv.)
24 - 720 mm
24 - 70 mm
Aperture priority
Yes
Yes
Max. aperture
f3.5 - f6.4
f1.8 - f2.8
Max. aperture (35mm equiv.)
f19.7 - f36
f4.9 - f7.6
Metering
Multi, Center-weighted, Spot
Multi, Center-weighted, Spot
Exposure compensation
±3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
±3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Shutter priority
Yes
Yes
Min. shutter speed
30 sec
30 sec
Max. shutter speed
1/2000 sec
1/2000 sec
Built-in flash
External flash
Viewfinder
Electronic
Electronic
White balance presets
8
9
Screen size
3"
3"
Screen resolution
921,600 dots
1,228,800 dots
Video capture
Max. video resolution
3840x2160 (30p/24p)
3840x2160 (30p/25p/24p)
Storage types
SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo
SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo/PRO-HG HX Duo
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI
Wireless
GPS
Battery
Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-BX1
NP-BX1 lithium-ion battery
Weight
242 g
298 g
Dimensions
102 x 58.1 x 35.5 mm
101.6 x 58.1 x 41 mm
Year
2018
2015



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Diagonal

Diagonal is calculated by the use of Pythagorean theorem:
Diagonal =  w² + h²
where w = sensor width and h = sensor height

Sony HX99 diagonal

The diagonal of HX99 sensor is not 1/2.3 or 0.43" (11 mm) as you might expect, but approximately two thirds of that value - 7.7 mm. If you want to know why, see sensor sizes.

w = 6.16 mm
h = 4.62 mm
Diagonal =  6.16² + 4.62²   = 7.70 mm

Sony RX100 IV diagonal

w = 13.20 mm
h = 8.80 mm
Diagonal =  13.20² + 8.80²   = 15.86 mm


Surface area

Surface area is calculated by multiplying the width and the height of a sensor.

HX99 sensor area

Width = 6.16 mm
Height = 4.62 mm

Surface area = 6.16 × 4.62 = 28.46 mm²

RX100 IV sensor area

Width = 13.20 mm
Height = 8.80 mm

Surface area = 13.20 × 8.80 = 116.16 mm²


Pixel pitch

Pixel pitch is the distance from the center of one pixel to the center of the next measured in micrometers (µm). It can be calculated with the following formula:
Pixel pitch =   sensor width in mm  × 1000
sensor resolution width in pixels

HX99 pixel pitch

Sensor width = 6.16 mm
Sensor resolution width = 4920 pixels
Pixel pitch =   6.16  × 1000  = 1.25 µm
4920

RX100 IV pixel pitch

Sensor width = 13.20 mm
Sensor resolution width = 5492 pixels
Pixel pitch =   13.20  × 1000  = 2.4 µm
5492


Pixel area

The area of one pixel can be calculated by simply squaring the pixel pitch:
Pixel area = pixel pitch²

You could also divide sensor surface area with effective megapixels:
Pixel area =   sensor surface area in mm²
effective megapixels

HX99 pixel area

Pixel pitch = 1.25 µm

Pixel area = 1.25² = 1.56 µm²

RX100 IV pixel area

Pixel pitch = 2.4 µm

Pixel area = 2.4² = 5.76 µm²


Pixel density

Pixel density can be calculated with the following formula:
Pixel density =  ( sensor resolution width in pixels )² / 1000000
sensor width in cm

One could also use this formula:
Pixel density =   effective megapixels × 1000000  / 10000
sensor surface area in mm²

HX99 pixel density

Sensor resolution width = 4920 pixels
Sensor width = 0.616 cm

Pixel density = (4920 / 0.616)² / 1000000 = 63.79 MP/cm²

RX100 IV pixel density

Sensor resolution width = 5492 pixels
Sensor width = 1.32 cm

Pixel density = (5492 / 1.32)² / 1000000 = 17.31 MP/cm²


Sensor resolution

Sensor resolution is calculated from sensor size and effective megapixels. It's slightly higher than maximum (not interpolated) image resolution which is usually stated on camera specifications. Sensor resolution is used in pixel pitch, pixel area, and pixel density formula. For sake of simplicity, we're going to calculate it in 3 stages.

1. First we need to find the ratio between horizontal and vertical length by dividing the former with the latter (aspect ratio). It's usually 1.33 (4:3) or 1.5 (3:2), but not always.

2. With the ratio (r) known we can calculate the X from the formula below, where X is a vertical number of pixels:
(X × r) × X = effective megapixels × 1000000    →   
X =  effective megapixels × 1000000
r
3. To get sensor resolution we then multiply X with the corresponding ratio:

Resolution horizontal: X × r
Resolution vertical: X

HX99 sensor resolution

Sensor width = 6.16 mm
Sensor height = 4.62 mm
Effective megapixels = 18.20
r = 6.16/4.62 = 1.33
X =  18.20 × 1000000  = 3699
1.33
Resolution horizontal: X × r = 3699 × 1.33 = 4920
Resolution vertical: X = 3699

Sensor resolution = 4920 x 3699

RX100 IV sensor resolution

Sensor width = 13.20 mm
Sensor height = 8.80 mm
Effective megapixels = 20.10
r = 13.20/8.80 = 1.5
X =  20.10 × 1000000  = 3661
1.5
Resolution horizontal: X × r = 3661 × 1.5 = 5492
Resolution vertical: X = 3661

Sensor resolution = 5492 x 3661


Crop factor

Crop factor or focal length multiplier is calculated by dividing the diagonal of 35 mm film (43.27 mm) with the diagonal of the sensor.
Crop factor =   43.27 mm
sensor diagonal in mm


HX99 crop factor

Sensor diagonal in mm = 7.70 mm
Crop factor =   43.27  = 5.62
7.70

RX100 IV crop factor

Sensor diagonal in mm = 15.86 mm
Crop factor =   43.27  = 2.73
15.86

35 mm equivalent aperture

Equivalent aperture (in 135 film terms) is calculated by multiplying lens aperture with crop factor (a.k.a. focal length multiplier).

HX99 equivalent aperture

Crop factor = 5.62
Aperture = f3.5 - f6.4

35-mm equivalent aperture = (f3.5 - f6.4) × 5.62 = f19.7 - f36

RX100 IV equivalent aperture

Crop factor = 2.73
Aperture = f1.8 - f2.8

35-mm equivalent aperture = (f1.8 - f2.8) × 2.73 = f4.9 - f7.6

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