Nikon Coolpix S3600 vs Sony DSC-H300

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Nikon Coolpix S3600
Sony DSC-H300

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Reasons For

7 Reasons For
50% bigger digital zoom Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S3600 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.

11% smaller maximum aperture number Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S3600 has a maximum aperture number of 6.6. That's 0.7 smaller than the Sony DSC-H300 (5.9).
Shorter minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Nikon Coolpix S3600 is 25mm minimum focal length. That's 2.2mm shorter than the Sony DSC-H300 (27.2mm).
50% longer slowest camera shutter speed Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S3600 is a 4s maximum shutter speed digital camera. That's 2s longer than the Sony DSC-H300 (2s). Read more

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

3x lighter Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S3600 has a weight of 125g, whereas the Sony DSC-H300 is a 495g digital camera (370g heavier). 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.

Considerably better expert reviews
The average expert review score of the Nikon Coolpix S3600 is 71%, but the average rating of the Sony DSC-H300 is 60% (based on 1 review).
Moderately better user reviews
The average user review score of the Nikon Coolpix S3600 is 84%, but the average rating of the Sony DSC-H300 is 82% (based on 176 reviews).
6 Reasons For
27x bigger optical zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-H300 has an optical zoom of 35x, but the Nikon Coolpix S3600 is only an 8x optical zoom digital camera (27x 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.

0.7 smaller minimum aperture number Edit
The Sony DSC-H300 is a 3 minimum aperture digital camera. That's 0.7 smaller than the Nikon Coolpix S3600 (3).
98% longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Sony DSC-H300 has a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 954mm. That's 934mm longer than the Nikon Coolpix S3600 (954mm).
Moderately larger display diagonal Edit
Sony DSC-H300 is 3" screen, but the Nikon Coolpix S3600 is only a 2.7" screen digital camera (0.3" smaller). Read more

The display diagonal is the size the size of the screen integrated in to the back of the camera. A larger display diagonal makes it easier to see if a shot has turned out as intended. Pocket cameras have smaller display diagonals as full size digital SLRs.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to take photos and to see if a shot has turned out as intended.

£64 cheaper
The Sony DSC-H300 is £64 cheaper than the Nikon Coolpix S3600.
Available from 10 shops
A greater number of retailers increases the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera and also increases the chances of the product remaining in stock.

Reasons Against

6 Reasons Against
Smaller optical zoom Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S3600 is an 8x optical zoom digital camera. That's 27x 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.

Larger minimum aperture number Edit
Nikon Coolpix S3600 is 3.7 minimum aperture, but the Sony DSC-H300 is a 3 minimum aperture digital camera (0.7 smaller).
Fourty-seven times shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S3600 is a 20mm maximum focal length digital camera, whereas the Sony DSC-H300 is a 954mm maximum focal length digital camera (934mm longer).
12% smaller display diagonal Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S3600 has a display diagonal of 2.7". That's 0.3" smaller than the Sony DSC-H300 (3"). Read more

The display diagonal is the size the size of the screen integrated in to the back of the camera. A larger display diagonal makes it easier to see if a shot has turned out as intended. Pocket cameras have smaller display diagonals as full size digital SLRs.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to take photos and to see if a shot has turned out as intended.

More expensive by £64
The Nikon Coolpix S3600 is £64 more expensive than the Sony DSC-H300.
Not as many stockists
The Nikon Coolpix S3600 is only stocked by 1 retailer, however the Sony DSC-H300 is stocked by 11 retailers. Read more
Fewer numbers of shops reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera.
8 Reasons Against
2x smaller digital zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-H300 has a digital zoom of 2x, whereas the Nikon Coolpix S3600 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.

Bigger maximum aperture number Edit
Sony DSC-H300 is only 5.9 maximum aperture, but the Nikon Coolpix S3600 is a 6.6 maximum aperture digital camera (0.7 smaller).
2.2mm longer minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Sony DSC-H300 is a 27.2mm minimum focal length digital camera, whereas the Nikon Coolpix S3600 is a 25mm minimum focal length digital camera (2.2mm shorter).
Significantly shorter slowest camera shutter speed Edit
The Sony DSC-H300 has a slowest camera shutter speed of 2s, however the Nikon Coolpix S3600 is a 4s maximum shutter speed digital camera (2s longer). Read more

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

75% heavier Edit
The Sony DSC-H300 is a 495g digital camera. That's 370g heavier than the Nikon Coolpix S3600 (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.

Four months older
The Sony DSC-H300 is older than the Nikon Coolpix S3600 by four months.
Appreciably Lower expert review Score
The average expert rating of the Sony DSC-H300 is only 60%, whereas the average expert rating of the Nikon Coolpix S3600 is 71% (based on 7 reviews).
Slightly Lower user review Score
The average user rating of the Sony DSC-H300 is 82%, whereas the average user rating of the Nikon Coolpix S3600 is 84% (based on 19 reviews).

Average Expert Rating

Average User Rating

Date Released

37 months Ago 41 months Ago

Picture Quality

Camera Type
 compact camera
BEST
 compact camera
Megapixel
20.1MP 20.1MP
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Sensor Type
 CCD
 CCD
Still Image Resolution(s)
 5152 x 3864
 5120 x 2880
 3648 x 2736
 2272 x 1704
 1600 x 1200
 640 x 480
 2592 x 1944
 1920 x 1080
 5152 x 3864
 5120 x 2880
 3648 x 2736
 2272 x 1704
 1600 x 1200
 640 x 480
 2592 x 1944
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Image Resolution
 5152 x 3864
 5152 x 3864
Image Formats Supported
 JPG
 JPG
Total Megapixels
20.48MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Stabilizer Location
 Lens
 Lens
Supported Aspect Ratios
 16:9
 4:3
 16:9
 4:3
BEST
Image Sensor Size
 1
 1

Design

Colour of Product
 Silver
 Silver

Lens System

Optical Zoom
8x 35x
BEST
Digital Zoom
4x
BEST
2x
Maximum Aperture Number
6.6
BEST
5.9
Minimum Aperture Number
3.7 3
BEST
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
20mm 954mm
BEST
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
25mm
BEST
27.2mm
Focal Length Range (f-F)
4.5 - 36 4.5 - 157.5
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
8/7 Unknown - Click to provide data

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 Face detection
 spot
 multi point
 centre weighted
 tracking
 Spot Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 Face tracking
 Tracking Auto Focus
 Face detection
 spot
 multi point
 centre weighted
 tracking
 Spot Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 Face tracking
 Tracking Auto Focus
BEST
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Normal Focusing Range
0.5 - ∞/1.5 - ∞ Unknown - Click to provide data
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
0.02 0.01 - ∞
Auto Focus (AF) Points
99 Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Mode Focusing Range (wide)
0.5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus (AF) Points Selection
 Manual
 Manual
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 - ∞
Auto Mode Focusing Range (tele)
1.5 - ∞ Unknown - Click to provide data
Normal Focusing Range (wide)
0.5m Unknown - Click to provide data
Normal Focusing Range (tele)
1.5m Unknown - Click to provide data

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Modes
 Auto
 Auto
ISO Sensitivity
 80
 160
 200
 320
 1600
 3200
 Auto
 800
 80
 160
 200
 320
 1600
 3200
 Auto
 800
ISO Sensitivity (max)
3,200 3,200
ISO Sensitivity (min)
80 80
Light Metering
 Centre-weighted
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Spot
 Centre-weighted
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Spot
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 2EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 2EV (1/3EV step)
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
4s
BEST
2s
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Camera Shutter Type
 Mechanical
 Mechanical

Flash

Flash Modes
 Auto
 Pre-flash
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Pre-flash
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
Flash Range (tele)
1.5 - 2 1.5 - 3.6
Flash Range (wide)
0.5 - 3.5 0.4 - 6.8
Pre-Flash
 Pre-flash
Unknown - Click to provide data

Video

Maximum Video Resolution
 1280 x 720
 1280 x 720
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
30fps 30fps
Video Formats Supported
 AVI
 M-JPEG
 MP4
 AVI
 M-JPEG
 MP4
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolutions
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 320 x 240
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 320 x 240
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
Unknown - Click to provide data
Audio Formats Supported
 WAV
BEST
 WAV
Voice Recording
 Voice recording
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
Internal Memory
25MB Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Memory Card Size
64GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Slots
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Display Diagonal
2.7" 3"
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Display
 LCD
 LCD
Vari-Angle LCD Display
 Vari-angle LCD display
Unknown - Click to provide data
Field of View
97% Unknown - Click to provide data
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution (numeric)
230,000 pixels Unknown - Click to provide data

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
 PictBridge
HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
USB Connector
 Micro-USB
 Micro-USB A
 Micro-USB
 Micro-USB A

Camera

3D
Unknown - Click to provide data
 3D
GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
Unknown - Click to provide data
White Balance
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Flash
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Flash
Shooting Modes
 Auto
 Scene
 Movie
 Manual
 Auto
 Scene
 Movie
 Manual
Photo Effects
 Black&White
 Black&White
Self-Timer Delay
2,10 Unknown - Click to provide data
Multi-Shot
 Multi-shot
Unknown - Click to provide data
Histogram
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Histogram
Image Editing
 Rotating
 Crop
 Trimming
 Rotating
 Crop
 Trimming
Camera File System
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
Tripod Mountable
 Tripod mountable
Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Playback
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
Brightness Adjustment
 Brightness adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
Start-Up Time
Unknown - Click to provide data 1,000ms
Scene Modes
 Backlight
 Beach
 Snow
 Close-up (macro)
 Dusk
 Dawn
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Museum
 Night
 Night portrait
 Night landscape
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Party (indoor)
 Sports
 Sunset
 Pet
 Backlight
 Beach
 Snow
 Close-up (macro)
 Dusk
 Dawn
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Museum
 Night
 Night portrait
 Night landscape
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Party (indoor)
 Sports
 Sunset
 Pet
Languages Support
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 BUL
 SER
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 BUL
 SER
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 BUL
 SER
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 VIE
 SWE
 CRO
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 BUL
 SER
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 VIE
 SWE
 CRO

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
125g
BEST
495g
Height
57.9mm 89mm
Depth
19.9mm 91.7mm
Width
97.1mm 127.5mm
Weight (including Battery)
125g
BEST
590g

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of Batteries Supported
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Type
EN-EL19 AA
Battery Life (max)
2.8h Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
230 shots Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Voltage
Unknown - Click to provide data 6V
Battery Level Indicator
 Battery level indicator
Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Recharge Time
2.8h Unknown - Click to provide data

Operational Conditions

Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
0 - 85 Unknown - Click to provide data
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Unknown - Click to provide data 5152 x 3864
Operating Temperature (T-T)
0 - 40 Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
Unknown - Click to provide data PlayMemories Home
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Cables Included
 USB
 USB
Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Battery Charger Included
 Battery charger included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Hand Strap
 Hand strap
Unknown - Click to provide data
Carrying Case
 Carrying case
Unknown - Click to provide data
Wrist Strap Included
 Wrist strap included
Unknown - Click to provide data

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
Unknown - Click to provide data
Bluetooth
 Bluetooth
Unknown - Click to provide data
Data Network
 Not supported
 Not supported

Other Features

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

Technical Details

Self-Timer
 Self-timer
Unknown - Click to provide data
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