I am trying out the Sony RX100 IV camera. The question for me is whether it is worth carrying around a small camera vs. just using the iPhone 7 for casual pictures. The camera on the iPhone 7 Plus is so good, even with the small sensor, that it may not be worth having/carrying a camera like the RX100 with you.
Here is a comparison shot with the iPhone 7 Plus and the RX100 IV. I had to crop the RX100 picture slightly to match the iPhone 7 field of view (couldn’t get to exact zoom match). Both were shot raw. The iPhone was shot at 1/20s, ISO 200, f1.8 and the Sony was shot at 1/30s, ISO 1000, f2.8.
The first picture just shows the full pictures side by side. They are unprocessed raw files, with no sharpening or noise reduction. The next picture is a 1:1 zoom of the unprocessed raw files, and the last picture has 50% noise reduction, and 20% sharpening applied, along with some tone corrections.
My conclusion is that, as far as image quality goes, the Sony RX100 is definitely better. But not *that* much better. And given the convenience of the iPhone 7, I don’t think I will be keeping the RX100.