Sony DSC-H300 vs Sony DSC-HX400

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Sony DSC-H300
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Reasons For

2 Reasons For
27% lighter Edit
The Sony DSC-H300 is a 495g digital camera. That's 133g lighter than the Sony DSC-HX400 (628g). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

£35 cheaper
The Sony DSC-H300 costs £34.70 less than the Sony DSC-HX400.
11 Reasons For
Bigger optical zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-HX400 is a 50x optical zoom digital camera. That's 15x bigger than the Sony DSC-H300 (50x). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

99% bigger digital zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-HX400 is a 126x digital zoom digital camera. That's 124x bigger than the Sony DSC-H300 (126x). Read more

The digital zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in by cropping the image received by the camera's sensor. A digital zoom is not as good as an optical zoom as it will result in a reduction in image quality the further you zoom in. This is because fewer of the camera's pixels are being used to capture the image.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge the subject but this can result in the image becoming blurry. A digital zoom can be used if an optical zoom is not available.

Smaller maximum aperture Edit
The Sony DSC-HX400 is a 6.3 maximum aperture digital camera. That's 0.4 smaller than the Sony DSC-H300 (6.3).
Moderately smaller minimum aperture Edit
The Sony DSC-HX400 has a minimum aperture of 2.8, but the Sony DSC-H300 is a 3 minimum aperture digital camera (0.2 larger).
Higher maximum ISO speed Edit
The Sony DSC-HX400 is a 12,800 maximum ISO speed digital camera. That's 9,600 higher than the Sony DSC-H300 (12,800).
94% longer maximum camera shutter speed Edit
The Sony DSC-HX400 is a 30s maximum shutter speed digital camera. That's 28s longer than the Sony DSC-H300 (30s). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

Higher JPEG frame rate Edit
The Sony DSC-HX400 is a 50fps JPEG frame rate digital camera. That's 20fps higher than the Sony DSC-H300 (50fps).
HDMI port Edit
The Sony DSC-HX400 has an HDMI port, whereas the Sony DSC-H300 does not have an HDMI port. Read more

A HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) port is an interface to transfer audio and video data between devices such as digital cameras, computer monitors, TVs and projectors.

A HDMI port on the camera allows you to connect the camera directly to a compatible TV for easy playback of your photos.

21 shops are selling it
The more shops stock the product, the greater competition amongst shops to keep prices low.
Better selling
The Sony DSC-HX400 ranks No. 1718 by number of sales, but the Sony DSC-H300 ranks No. 169193.
A little better user reviews
The average user review score of the Sony DSC-HX400 is 85% based on 16 reviews, but the average rating of the Sony DSC-H300 is 82% (based on 173 reviews).

Reasons Against

12 Reasons Against
15x smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-H300 has an optical zoom of 35x, whereas the Sony DSC-HX400 is a 50x optical zoom digital camera (15x bigger). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

62x smaller digital zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-H300 has a digital zoom of 2x, however the Sony DSC-HX400 is a 126x digital zoom digital camera (124x bigger). Read more

The digital zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in by cropping the image received by the camera's sensor. A digital zoom is not as good as an optical zoom as it will result in a reduction in image quality the further you zoom in. This is because fewer of the camera's pixels are being used to capture the image.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge the subject but this can result in the image becoming blurry. A digital zoom can be used if an optical zoom is not available.

0.4 bigger maximum aperture Edit
The Sony DSC-H300 has a maximum aperture of 5.9, whereas the Sony DSC-HX400 is a 6.3 maximum aperture digital camera (0.4 smaller).
Larger minimum aperture Edit
The Sony DSC-H300 is a 3 minimum aperture digital camera. That's 0.2 larger than the Sony DSC-HX400 (2.8).
Lower maximum ISO speed Edit
The Sony DSC-H300 has a maximum ISO speed of 3,200, however the Sony DSC-HX400 is a 12,800 maximum ISO speed digital camera (9,600 higher).
28s shorter maximum camera shutter speed Edit
Sony DSC-H300 is only 2s maximum shutter speed, but the Sony DSC-HX400 is a 30s maximum shutter speed digital camera (28s longer). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

20fps lower JPEG frame rate Edit
The Sony DSC-H300 has a JPEG frame rate of 30fps, but the Sony DSC-HX400 is a 50fps JPEG frame rate digital camera (20fps higher).
Does not have an HDMI port Edit
The Sony DSC-H300 does not have an HDMI port, whereas the Sony DSC-HX400 has an HDMI port. Read more

A HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) port is an interface to transfer audio and video data between devices such as digital cameras, computer monitors, TVs and projectors.

A HDMI port on the camera allows you to connect the camera directly to a compatible TV for easy playback of your photos.

Less retailers
Only 1 seller sell the Sony DSC-H300, whereas 22 stores sell the Sony DSC-HX400. Read more
Smaller numbers of retailers reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera and also reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock.
Five months older
The Sony DSC-H300 is older than the Sony DSC-HX400 by five months.
Worse selling
The Sony DSC-H300 ranks No. 169193 by sales volume, however the Sony DSC-HX400 ranks No. 1718.
Moderately Lower user review Score
The Sony DSC-H300's average user rating is 82%, however the Sony DSC-HX400's is 85% (based on 16 reviews).
2 Reasons Against
133g heavier Edit
The Sony DSC-HX400 has a weight of 628g, whereas the Sony DSC-H300 is a 495g digital camera (133g lighter). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

More expensive by £35
The Sony DSC-HX400 is £34.70 more expensive than the Sony DSC-H300.

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Average User Rating

Date Released

40 months Ago 35 months Ago

Picture Quality

Camera Type
 bridge camera
 bridge camera
Megapixel Count
20.1MP 20.1MP
Image Stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
Sensor Type
 CCD
 CCD
Still Image Resolution
 5152 x 3864
 3648 x 2736
 2592 x 1944
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
BEST
 5152 x 3864
 3648 x 2736
 2592 x 1944
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
Maximum Image Resolution
 5152 x 3864
 5152 x 3864
Image Format
 JPG
 JPG
Total Megapixel Count
Unknown - Click to provide data 21.1MP
Aspect Ratio
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 1:1
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 1:1
Image Sensor Size
 1
 1

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Optical Zoom
35x 50x
BEST
Digital Zoom
2x 126x
BEST
Maximum Aperture
5.9 6.3
BEST
Minimum Aperture
3 2.8
BEST
Maximum Focal Length
954mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length
27.2mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range
4.5 - 157.5 4.3 - 215
Lens Structure
Unknown - Click to provide data 15/10
Aspheric Element
Unknown - Click to provide data 3
Filter Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 55mm

Focusing

Auto Focus
 spot
 multi point
 centre weighted
 tracking
 Spot Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 Face tracking
 Tracking Auto Focus
 spot
 multi point
 centre weighted
 tracking
 Spot Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 Face tracking
 Tracking Auto Focus
Macro Focusing Range
0.01 - ∞ 0.01 - ∞
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.01 - ∞
Focus
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Smile Detection
 Smile detection
Unknown - Click to provide data
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
1.5 - ∞ 2.4 - ∞
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 2.4 - ∞

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Mode
 Auto
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 Auto
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
BEST
ISO Speed
 Auto
 80
 200
 320
 800
 3200
 50
 64
 100
 125
 160
 250
 400
 500
 640
 1000
 1250
 1600
 2000
 2500
 6400
 12800
 25
 Auto
 80
 200
 320
 800
 3200
 50
 64
 100
 125
 160
 250
 400
 500
 640
 1000
 1250
 1600
 2000
 2500
 6400
 12800
 25
Maximum ISO Speed
3,200 12,800
BEST
Minimum ISO Speed
80 80
Light Metering Mode
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 2EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 2EV (1/3EV step)

Shutter

Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
2s 30s
BEST
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s

Flash

Flash Mode
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Fill-in
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Fill-in
External Flash Connector
Unknown - Click to provide data
 External flash connector
Tele Flash Range
1.5 - 3.6 2.4 - 3.5
Flash Range
0.4 - 6.8 0.5 - 8.5

Video

Full HD Video
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Full HD video
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
BEST
JPEG Frame Rate
30fps 50fps
BEST
Video Format
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
Video Resolution
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
BEST
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in microphone
Voice Recording
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Voice recording
Audio System
 Mono
 Mono

Memory

Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS Duo
 MS PRO Duo
 MS PRO Duo HS
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MS Micro (M2)
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
 MicroSD (TransFlash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS Duo
 MS PRO Duo
 MS PRO Duo HS
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MS Micro (M2)
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
 MicroSD (TransFlash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
Internal Memory
Unknown - Click to provide data 55MB

Display

Screen Size
3" 3"
Display
 LCD
 LCD
Display Resolution
Unknown - Click to provide data 921,600 pixels
Display Aspect Ratio
 4:3
 4:3

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.2"
Lens Magnification Ratio
Unknown - Click to provide data 16.2x

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI Port
 HDMI port
 HDMI port
BEST
HDMI Connector
 Micro
 Micro
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0

Camera

3D Compatible
 3D compatible
Unknown - Click to provide data
GPS
Unknown - Click to provide data
 GPS
White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Flash
 Custom modes
Shooting Mode
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
Photo Effect
 Antique
 Black&White
 Antique
 Black&White
Self-Timer
Unknown - Click to provide data 2,10
Histogram
 Histogram
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Editing Mode
 Trimming
 Rotating
 Trimming
 Rotating
Camera File System
 DCF
 DPOF
 MPF
 Exif
 DCF
 DPOF
 MPF
 Exif
Tripod Mount
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Tripod mount
Playback Mode
 Slide show
 Slide show
Contrast Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Contrast adjustment
Brightness Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Brightness adjustment
Start-Up Time
1,000ms Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Mode
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Pet
 Sports
 Twilight
 Food
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Pet
 Sports
 Twilight
 Food
On Screen Display Language
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 BUL
 CZE
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 RUM
 CRO
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 BUL
 CZE
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 RUM
 CRO

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
495g
BEST
628g
Height
89mm 93.2mm
Depth
91.7mm 103.2mm
Width
127.5mm 129.6mm
Weight Including Battery
590g
BEST
660g

Battery

Power Source
 Battery
 Battery
Supported Battery
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Battery Size
AA NP-BX1
Maximum Battery Life
Unknown - Click to provide data 2.5h
Shot Per Battery Charge
Unknown - Click to provide data 300 shots
Battery Voltage
6V Unknown - Click to provide data

Operational Conditions

Storage Temperature Range
5152 x 3864 Unknown - Click to provide data

System Requirements

Mac Operating System
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Mac operating system
Windows Operating System
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Windows operating system

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
PlayMemories Home Unknown - Click to provide data
AC Adapter Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 AC adapter included
Included Cable
 USB
 AC
 USB
 AC
Battery Included
 Battery included
 Battery included
Hand Strap
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Hand strap

Networking

WiFi Connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data
 WiFi connectivity
Near Field Communication
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Near field communication

Other Features

Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash

Technical Details

Image Processor
 BIONZ
 BIONZ
Built-In Speaker
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in speaker
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