Pentax XG-1 vs Sony DSC-H300

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Pentax XG-1
Sony DSC-H300

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Reasons For

10 Reasons For
Image stabilizer Edit
The Pentax XG-1 has an image stabilizer, however the Sony DSC-H300 does not have an image stabilizer. Read more

Camera shake is a major cause of blurred images, especially with handheld photography or in low light situations where a slow shutter speed is required. Image stabiliser technology detects and corrects slight camera shakes.

Cameras with image stabiliser technology enable steady shooting at lower aperture, making them ideal for situations where the use of flash is not permitted or desired.

A lot bigger optical zoom Edit
The Pentax XG-1 has an optical zoom of 52x, whereas the Sony DSC-H300 is only a 35x optical zoom digital camera (17x 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.

2x bigger digital zoom Edit
The Pentax XG-1 has a digital zoom of 4x, however the Sony DSC-H300 is only a 2x digital zoom digital camera (2x smaller). 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.

8% smaller minimum aperture number Edit
The Pentax XG-1 has a minimum aperture number of 2.8. That's 0.2 smaller than the Sony DSC-H300 (3).
Longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Pentax XG-1 is 1,248mm maximum focal length. That's 294mm longer than the Sony DSC-H300 (954mm).
14% shorter minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Pentax XG-1 has a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 24mm, however the Sony DSC-H300 is a 27.2mm minimum focal length digital camera (3.2mm longer).
28s longer slowest camera shutter speed Edit
Pentax XG-1 is 30s maximum shutter speed, but the Sony DSC-H300 is only a 2s maximum shutter speed digital camera (28s shorter). Read more

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

HDMI Edit
The Pentax XG-1 has an HDMI, but the Sony DSC-H300 does not. 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.

£25 cheaper
The Pentax XG-1 costs £24.88 less than the Sony DSC-H300.
Available from 4 shops
A greater number of stores increases the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for the product.
6 Reasons For
21% higher megapixel Edit
The Sony DSC-H300 is a 20.1MP digital camera. That's 4.1MP higher than the Pentax XG-1 (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.

3.61MP more total megapixels Edit
The Sony DSC-H300 is a 20.4MP digital camera. That's 3.61MP more than the Pentax XG-1 (20.4MP).
Smaller maximum aperture number Edit
The Sony DSC-H300 has a maximum aperture number of 5.9. That's 0.3 smaller than the Pentax XG-1 (5.9).
20 smaller ISO sensitivity (min) Edit
The Sony DSC-H300 is an 80 minimum ISO speed digital camera. That's 20 smaller than the Pentax XG-1 (80).
44g lighter Edit
The Sony DSC-H300 has a weight of 495g, whereas the Pentax XG-1 is a 539g digital camera (44g 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.

Four number of batteries supporteds Edit
The Sony DSC-H300 has four number of batteries supporteds, however the Pentax XG-1 only has one number of batteries supported.

Reasons Against

6 Reasons Against
A lot lower megapixel Edit
The Pentax XG-1 has a megapixel of 16MP, whereas the Sony DSC-H300 is a 20.1MP digital camera (4.1MP higher). 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.

Less total megapixels Edit
The Pentax XG-1 has a total megapixels of 16.79MP, but the Sony DSC-H300 is a 20.4MP digital camera (3.61MP more).
A bit bigger maximum aperture number Edit
The Pentax XG-1 is a 5.6 maximum aperture digital camera, whereas the Sony DSC-H300 is a 5.9 maximum aperture digital camera (0.3 smaller).
Bigger ISO sensitivity (min) Edit
Pentax XG-1 is 100 minimum ISO speed, but the Sony DSC-H300 is an 80 minimum ISO speed digital camera (20 smaller).
Heavier Edit
The Pentax XG-1 is a 539g digital camera. That's 44g heavier than the Sony DSC-H300 (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.

Three less number of batteries supporteds Edit
The Pentax XG-1 is a one number of batteries supported digital camera, whereas the Sony DSC-H300 only has four number of batteries supporteds.
11 Reasons Against
Does not have an image stabilizer Edit
The Sony DSC-H300 does not have an image stabilizer, whereas the Pentax XG-1 has an image stabilizer. Read more

Camera shake is a major cause of blurred images, especially with handheld photography or in low light situations where a slow shutter speed is required. Image stabiliser technology detects and corrects slight camera shakes.

Cameras with image stabiliser technology enable steady shooting at lower aperture, making them ideal for situations where the use of flash is not permitted or desired.

Smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-H300 is a 35x optical zoom digital camera. That's 17x smaller than the Pentax XG-1 (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.

Smaller digital zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-H300 is a 2x digital zoom digital camera. That's 2x smaller than the Pentax XG-1 (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.

Marginally larger minimum aperture number Edit
Sony DSC-H300 is 3 minimum aperture, but the Pentax XG-1 is a 2.8 minimum aperture digital camera (0.2 smaller).
294mm shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Sony DSC-H300 is a 954mm maximum focal length digital camera, whereas the Pentax XG-1 is a 1,248mm maximum focal length digital camera (294mm longer).
Longer minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Sony DSC-H300 is 27.2mm minimum focal length. That's 3.2mm longer than the Pentax XG-1 (27.2mm).
Shorter slowest camera shutter speed Edit
The Sony DSC-H300 is a 2s maximum shutter speed digital camera. That's 28s shorter than the Pentax XG-1 (2s). Read more

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

Does not have an HDMI Edit
The Sony DSC-H300 does not have an HDMI, however the Pentax XG-1 has an HDMI. 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.

More expensive by £25
The Sony DSC-H300 is £24.88 more expensive than the Pentax XG-1.
Not as many stockists
The Sony DSC-H300 is only stocked by 1 retailer, however the Pentax XG-1 is stocked by 5 shops. 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.
Older by ten months
The Sony DSC-H300 is ten months older than the Pentax XG-1.

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 bridge camera
 bridge camera
Megapixel
16MP 20.1MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
BEST
 Image stabilizer
Sensor Type
 CCD
 CCD
BEST
Still Image Resolution(s)
 4608 x 3456
 4608 x 3072
 4608 x 2592
 3648 x 2736
 2592 x 1944
 2048 x 1536
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
 5152 x 3864
 4608 x 3456
 4608 x 3072
 4608 x 2592
 3648 x 2736
 2592 x 1944
 2048 x 1536
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
 5152 x 3864
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 5152 x 3864
 5152 x 3864
BEST
Image Formats Supported
 JPG
 JPG
Total Megapixels
16.79MP 20.4MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer Location
 Body
 Body
Supported Aspect Ratios
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
Image Sensor Size
 1
 1

Design

Colour of Product
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Optical Zoom
52x
BEST
35x
Digital Zoom
4x
BEST
2x
Maximum Aperture Number
5.6 5.9
BEST
Minimum Aperture Number
2.8
BEST
3
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
1,248mm
BEST
954mm
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
24mm
BEST
27.2mm
Focal Length Range (f-F)
4.3 - 223.6 4.5 - 157.5
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
15/13 Unknown - Click to provide data
Combined Zoom
208x Unknown - Click to provide data

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 single
 multi point
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Tracking Auto Focus
 spot
 centre weighted
 Spot Auto Focus
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 Face tracking
 single
 multi point
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Tracking Auto Focus
 spot
 centre weighted
 Spot Auto Focus
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 Face tracking
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
 Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
Unknown - Click to provide data
Closest Focusing Distance
0.01m Unknown - Click to provide data
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
0.01 - ∞ 0.01 - ∞
Auto Mode Focusing Range (wide)
0.6 - ∞ Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Auto
Smile Detection
 Smile detection
 Smile detection
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
0.3 - ∞ 1.5 - ∞
Auto Mode Focusing Range (tele)
3 - ∞ Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus
 TTL
 TTL

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
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 800
 1600
 3200
 Auto
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 800
 1600
 3200
 Auto
ISO Sensitivity (max)
3,200 3,200
ISO Sensitivity (min)
100 80
BEST
Light Metering
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 2EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 2EV (1/3EV step)
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
30s
BEST
2s
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Camera Shutter Type
 Electronic
 Electronic

Flash

Flash Modes
 Auto
 Forced off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Auto
 Forced off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Flash on
 Flash off
Flash Range (tele)
1.2 - 3.7 1.5 - 3.6
Flash Range (wide)
0.5 - 7.5 0.4 - 6.8
Flash Exposure Lock
 Flash exposure lock
Unknown - Click to provide data

Video

Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
BEST
 1920 x 1080
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
30fps 30fps
Video Formats Supported
 MOV
 H.264
 MP4
 MOV
 H.264
 MP4
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
BEST
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
Resolution At Capture Speed
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280×720@60fps
 640x480@60fps
 1280x720@30fps
BEST
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280×720@60fps
 640x480@60fps
 1280x720@30fps
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

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

Memory

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDHC
 SD
 Eye-Fi
 SDXC
 MS PRO
 MS Duo
 MS PRO Duo
 MS PRO Duo HS
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 SDHC
 SD
 Eye-Fi
 SDXC
 MS PRO
 MS Duo
 MS PRO Duo
 MS PRO Duo HS
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
BEST
Internal Memory
15.4MB Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Display Diagonal
3" 3"
Display
 LCD
 LCD
Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
460,000 pixels 460,000 pixels
Second Display
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Second display

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type
 electrical
BEST
 electrical

Ports & Interfaces

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

Camera

3D
Unknown - Click to provide data
 3D
White Balance
 Auto
 Manual
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Flash
 Auto
 Manual
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Flash
Photo Effects
 Black&White
 Negative film
 Positive film
 Sepia
 Vivid
 Black&White
 Negative film
 Positive film
 Sepia
 Vivid
Self-Timer Delay
2,10 2,10
Histogram
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Histogram
Image Editing
 Trimming
 Rotating
 Trimming
 Rotating
Camera File System
 DCF 2.0
 DCF
 DPOF
 PRINT Image Matching III
 DCF 2.0
 DCF
 DPOF
 PRINT Image Matching III
Camera Playback
 Single image
 Slide show
 Single image
 Slide show
Brightness Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Brightness adjustment
Start-Up Time
Unknown - Click to provide data 1,000ms
Scene Modes
 Snow
 Children
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Party (indoor)
 Sports
 Sunset
 Pet
 Beach
 Panorama
 Snow
 Children
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Party (indoor)
 Sports
 Sunset
 Pet
 Beach
 Panorama
Languages Support
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 CZE
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 CZE
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
 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
539g 495g
BEST
Height
89mm 89mm
Depth
97.5mm 91.7mm
Width
119mm 127.5mm
Weight (including Battery)
567g
BEST
590g

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of Batteries Supported
1 4
BEST
Battery Type
LB-060 AA
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
240 shots Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Voltage
Unknown - Click to provide data 6V

Operational Conditions

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

System Requirements

Mac Operating Systems Supported
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Mac operating systems supported
Windows Operating Systems Supported
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Windows operating systems supported
Minimum Processor
Pentium 4, 1.5 GHz Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum RAM
512MB Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Hard Disk Space
1GB 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
Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
Wrist Strap Included
 Wrist strap included
Unknown - Click to provide data

Other Features

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

Technical Details

Image Processor
 BIONZ
 BIONZ
Self-Timer
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Self-timer
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