Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 vs Sony DSC-H300

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300
Sony DSC-H300

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Reasons For

7 Reasons For
Bigger digital zoom Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is a 4x digital zoom digital camera. That's 2x bigger than the Sony DSC-H300 (2x). 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.

0.2 smaller minimum aperture number Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 has a minimum aperture number of 2.8, however the Sony DSC-H300 is a 3 minimum aperture digital camera (0.2 larger).
9% shorter minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 has a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 25mm. That's 2.2mm shorter than the Sony DSC-H300 (27.2mm).
50% higher ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 has an ISO sensitivity (max) of 6,400. That's 3,200 higher than the Sony DSC-H300 (3,200).
Longer slowest camera shutter speed Edit
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is 60s maximum shutter speed. That's 58s longer than the Sony DSC-H300 (2s). Read more

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

Vastly better expert reviews
Based on 23 expert reviews, the average review score of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is 88%, however the average rating of the Sony DSC-H300 is 60% (based on 1 review).
Much better user reviews
Based on 16 user reviews, the average review score of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is 94%, however the average rating of the Sony DSC-H300 is 82% (based on 176 reviews).
5 Reasons For
A lot higher megapixel Edit
The Sony DSC-H300 has a megapixel of 20.1MP, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is only a 12.1MP digital camera (8MP lower). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

A lot bigger optical zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-H300 has an optical zoom of 35x, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is only a 24x optical zoom digital camera (11x smaller). 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.

25% longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Sony DSC-H300 has a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 954mm. That's 234mm longer than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 (954mm).
25% smaller ISO sensitivity (min) Edit
The Sony DSC-H300 has an ISO sensitivity (min) of 80, however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is a 100 minimum ISO speed digital camera (20 bigger).
Lighter Edit
The Sony DSC-H300 is a 495g digital camera. That's 145g lighter than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 (495g). 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.

Reasons Against

7 Reasons Against
67% lower megapixel Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is a 12.1MP digital camera. That's 8MP lower than the Sony DSC-H300 (20.1MP). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

46% smaller optical zoom Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is a 24x optical zoom digital camera. That's 11x smaller than the Sony DSC-H300 (35x). 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.

A lot shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is only 720mm maximum focal length, but the Sony DSC-H300 is a 954mm maximum focal length digital camera (234mm longer).
Bigger ISO sensitivity (min) Edit
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is 100 minimum ISO speed. That's 20 bigger than the Sony DSC-H300 (80).
Heavier Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 has a weight of 640g, but the Sony DSC-H300 is a 495g digital camera (145g 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.

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Older by six months
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is six months older than the Sony DSC-H300.
7 Reasons Against
2x smaller digital zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-H300 has a digital zoom of 2x, whereas the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is a 4x digital zoom digital camera (2x 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.

7% larger minimum aperture number Edit
The Sony DSC-H300 is a 3 minimum aperture digital camera. That's 0.2 larger than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 (3).
A little longer minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Sony DSC-H300 is a 27.2mm minimum focal length digital camera, whereas the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is a 25mm minimum focal length digital camera (2.2mm shorter).
3,200 lower ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
The Sony DSC-H300 is a 3,200 maximum ISO speed digital camera, whereas the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is a 6,400 maximum ISO speed digital camera (3,200 higher).
Twenty-nine times shorter slowest camera shutter speed Edit
The Sony DSC-H300 has a slowest camera shutter speed of 2s, however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is a 60s maximum shutter speed digital camera (58s longer). Read more

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

Significantly Lower expert review Score
The average expert rating of the Sony DSC-H300 is only 60%, whereas the average expert rating of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is 88% (based on 23 reviews).
A lot Lower user review Score
The average user rating of the Sony DSC-H300 is 82%, whereas the average user rating of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is 94% (based on 16 reviews).

Awards

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 bridge camera
 bridge camera
Megapixel
12.1MP 20.1MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Unknown - Click to provide data
Sensor Type
 CCD
 CCD
BEST
Still Image Resolution(s)
 4000 x 3000
 4000 x 2672
 4000 x 2248
 2992 x 2992
 3840 x 2160
 3264 x 2448
 3264 x 2176
 2448 x 2448
 1920 x 1920
 2048 x 1536
 2048 x 1360
 1920 x 1080
 5152 x 3864
 3648 x 2736
 2592 x 1944
 640 x 480
 4000 x 3000
 4000 x 2672
 4000 x 2248
 2992 x 2992
 3840 x 2160
 3264 x 2448
 3264 x 2176
 2448 x 2448
 1920 x 1920
 2048 x 1536
 2048 x 1360
 1920 x 1080
 5152 x 3864
 3648 x 2736
 2592 x 1944
 640 x 480
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 5152 x 3864
 5152 x 3864
BEST
Image Formats Supported
 RAW
 JPG
BEST
 RAW
 JPG
Total Megapixels
12.8MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Supported Aspect Ratios
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 1:1
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 1:1
Image Sensor Size
 1
 1

Design

Colour of Product
 Black
 Black
Dustproof
 Dustproof
Unknown - Click to provide data
Splash Proof
 Splash proof
Unknown - Click to provide data

Lens System

Optical Zoom
24x 35x
BEST
Digital Zoom
4x
BEST
2x
Maximum Aperture Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 5.9
Minimum Aperture Number
2.8
BEST
3
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
720mm 954mm
BEST
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
25mm
BEST
27.2mm
Focal Length Range (f-F)
4.5 - 108 4.5 - 157.5
Extra/Smart Zoom
48x Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
14/11 Unknown - Click to provide data
Number of Aspheric Elements
5 Unknown - Click to provide data

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 single
 continuous
 spot
 flexible spot
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Spot Auto Focus
 Flexible Spot Auto Focus
 Face tracking
 Face detection
 multi point
 centre weighted
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 spot
 flexible spot
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Spot Auto Focus
 Flexible Spot Auto Focus
 Face tracking
 Face detection
 multi point
 centre weighted
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
 Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
Unknown - Click to provide data
Normal Focusing Range
0.3 - ∞ / 2.0 - ∞ Unknown - Click to provide data
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.01 - ∞
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Smile Detection
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Smile detection
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Unknown - Click to provide data 1.5 - ∞

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Modes
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
BEST
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
ISO Sensitivity
 Auto
 64
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 Auto
 64
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
ISO Sensitivity (max)
6,400
BEST
3,200
ISO Sensitivity (min)
100 80
BEST
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Light Metering
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
BEST
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
60s
BEST
2s
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Camera Shutter Type
 Mechanical
 Mechanical

Flash

Flash Modes
 Auto
 Flash on
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Flash off
 Auto
 Flash on
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Flash off
Flash Range (tele)
1 - 8.8 1.5 - 3.6
Flash Range (wide)
0.3 - 8.8 0.4 - 6.8

Video

Maximum Video Resolution
 3840 x 2160
BEST
 3840 x 2160
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Unknown - Click to provide data 30fps
Video Formats Supported
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolutions
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
BEST
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 4K Ultra HD
 4K Ultra HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
Unknown - Click to provide data

Memory

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS Duo
 MS PRO Duo
 MS PRO Duo HS
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS Duo
 MS PRO Duo
 MS PRO Duo HS
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
Memory Slots
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Display Diagonal
3" 3"
Display
 LCD
 LCD
Vari-Angle LCD Display
 Vari-angle LCD display
Unknown - Click to provide data
Field of View
100% Unknown - Click to provide data
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution (numeric)
1,040,000 pixels Unknown - Click to provide data

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
0.39" Unknown - Click to provide data
Magnification
3.88x Unknown - Click to provide data

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
AV Output
 AV output
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI
 HDMI
Unknown - Click to provide data
Microphone in
 Microphone in
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI Connector Type
 Micro
 Micro
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
Security Algorithms
 WPA
 WPA2
 WPA
 WPA2

Camera

GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
Unknown - Click to provide data
White Balance
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Fluorescent
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Fluorescent
Photo Effects
 Black&White
 Sepia
 Vivid
 Black&White
 Sepia
 Vivid
Self-Timer Delay
2,10 Unknown - Click to provide data
Histogram
 Histogram
 Histogram
Image Editing
 Resizing
 Crop
 Trimming
 Rotating
 Resizing
 Crop
 Trimming
 Rotating
Camera File System
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
Live View
 Live view
Unknown - Click to provide data
Multi Burst Mode
 Multi burst mode
Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Playback
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Thumbnails
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Thumbnails
Saturation Adjustment
 Saturation adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
Contrast Adjustment
 Contrast adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
Direct Printing
 Direct printing
Unknown - Click to provide data
Brightness Adjustment
 Brightness adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
Start-Up Time
Unknown - Click to provide data 1,000ms
Scene Modes
 Children
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sunset
 Food
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Panorama
 Pet
 Children
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sunset
 Food
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Panorama
 Pet
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 ESP
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 BUL
 CZE
 NOR
 RUS
 FIN
 POL
 POR
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 RUM
 CRO
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 ESP
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 BUL
 CZE
 NOR
 RUS
 FIN
 POL
 POR
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 RUM
 CRO

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
640g 495g
BEST
Height
91.5mm 89mm
Depth
117.1mm 91.7mm
Width
131.6mm 127.5mm
Weight (including Battery)
691g 590g
BEST

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data AA
Battery Capacity
1,200mAh Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
380 shots Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Voltage
7.2V 6V

Operational Conditions

Storage Temperature (T-T)
Unknown - Click to provide data 5152 x 3864

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
PHOTOfunSTUDIO 9.7PE,SILKYPIX Developer Studio 4.3SE,Adobe Reader,LoiLoScope (trial) PlayMemories Home
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Cables Included
 USB
 USB
Batteries Included
 Batteries included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Charger Included
 Battery charger included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Carrying Case
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Carrying case

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
Unknown - Click to provide data
Near Field Communication (NFC)
 Near Field Communication (NFC)
Unknown - Click to provide data
Data Network
 Not supported
 Not supported

Other Features

Video Capability
 Video capability
Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash

Technical Details

Built-In Speaker(s)
 Built-in speaker(s)
Unknown - Click to provide data
Self-Timer
 Self-timer
Unknown - Click to provide data
Viewfinder
1,440,000 pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
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