Sony DSC-H300 vs Sony DSC-HX400

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Sony DSC-H300
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Reasons For

3 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.

£164 cheaper
The Sony DSC-H300 costs £164 less than the Sony DSC-HX400.
Available from 9 shops
A greater number of retailers increases the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for the product.
11 Reasons For
Image stabilizer Edit
The Sony DSC-HX400 has an image stabilizer, but the Sony DSC-H300 does not. 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.

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 number Edit
The Sony DSC-HX400 has a maximum aperture number of 6.3. That's 0.4 smaller than the Sony DSC-H300 (6.3).
Moderately smaller minimum aperture number Edit
Sony DSC-HX400 is 2.8 minimum aperture, but the Sony DSC-H300 is a 3 minimum aperture digital camera (0.2 larger).
Higher ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
Sony DSC-HX400 is 12,800 maximum ISO speed. That's 9,600 higher than the Sony DSC-H300 (12,800).
94% longer slowest 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 motion 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 Edit
The Sony DSC-HX400 has an HDMI, whereas the Sony DSC-H300 does not have 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.

Considerably better expert reviews
The average expert review score of the Sony DSC-HX400 is 76% based on 4 reviews, but the average rating of the Sony DSC-H300 is 60% (based on 1 review).
Better user reviews
The average user review score of the Sony DSC-HX400 is 87% based on 19 reviews, but the average rating of the Sony DSC-H300 is 82% (based on 176 reviews).

Reasons Against

12 Reasons Against
Does not have an image stabilizer Edit
The Sony DSC-H300 does not have an image stabilizer, but the Sony DSC-HX400 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.

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 number Edit
The Sony DSC-H300 is a 5.9 maximum aperture digital camera, whereas the Sony DSC-HX400 is a 6.3 maximum aperture digital camera (0.4 smaller).
Larger minimum aperture number Edit
The Sony DSC-H300 has a minimum aperture number of 3. That's 0.2 larger than the Sony DSC-HX400 (2.8).
Lower ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
The Sony DSC-H300 has an ISO sensitivity (max) of 3,200, however the Sony DSC-HX400 is a 12,800 maximum ISO speed digital camera (9,600 higher).
28s shorter slowest 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 motion JPEG frame rate Edit
Sony DSC-H300 is only 30fps JPEG frame rate, but the Sony DSC-HX400 is a 50fps JPEG frame rate digital camera (20fps higher).
Does not have an HDMI Edit
The Sony DSC-H300 does not have an HDMI, whereas the Sony DSC-HX400 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.

Five months older
The Sony DSC-H300 is older than the Sony DSC-HX400 by five months.
Appreciably Lower expert review Score
The Sony DSC-H300's average expert rating is only 60%, however the Sony DSC-HX400's is 76% (based on 4 reviews).
Lower user review Score
The Sony DSC-H300's average user rating is 82%, however the Sony DSC-HX400's is 87% (based on 19 reviews).
3 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 £164
The Sony DSC-HX400 is £164 more expensive than the Sony DSC-H300.
Not as many stockists
The Sony DSC-HX400 is only stocked by 2 shops, however the Sony DSC-H300 is stocked by 11 sellers. 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.

Average Expert Rating

Average User Rating

Date Released

41 months Ago 36 months Ago

Picture Quality

Camera Type
 bridge camera
 bridge camera
Megapixel
20.1MP 20.1MP
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
BEST
Sensor Type
 CCD
 CCD
Still Image Resolution(s)
 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 Formats Supported
 JPG
 JPG
Total Megapixels
Unknown - Click to provide data 21.1MP
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

Lens System

Optical Zoom
35x 50x
BEST
Digital Zoom
2x 126x
BEST
Maximum Aperture Number
5.9 6.3
BEST
Minimum Aperture Number
3 2.8
BEST
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
954mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
27.2mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
4.5 - 157.5 4.3 - 215
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Unknown - Click to provide data 15/10
Number of Aspheric Elements
Unknown - Click to provide data 3
Filter Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 55mm

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 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 (wide)
0.01 - ∞ 0.01 - ∞
Auto Mode Focusing Range (wide)
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.01 - ∞
Focus Adjustment
 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 (tele)
Unknown - Click to provide data 2.4 - ∞

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Modes
 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 Sensitivity
 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
ISO Sensitivity (max)
3,200 12,800
BEST
ISO Sensitivity (min)
80 80
Light Metering
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 2EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 2EV (1/3EV step)

Shutter

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

Flash

Flash Modes
 Auto
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Fill-in
 Auto
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Fill-in
External Flash Connector
Unknown - Click to provide data
 External flash connector
Flash Range (tele)
1.5 - 3.6 2.4 - 3.5
Flash Range (wide)
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
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
30fps 50fps
BEST
Video Formats Supported
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
Video Resolutions
 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

Compatible Memory Cards
 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

Display Diagonal
3" 3"
Display
 LCD
 LCD
Display Resolution (numeric)
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"
Magnification
Unknown - Click to provide data 16.2x

Ports & Interfaces

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

Camera

3D
 3D
Unknown - Click to provide data
GPS (satellite)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 GPS (satellite)
White Balance
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Flash
 Custom modes
Shooting Modes
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
Photo Effects
 Antique
 Black&White
 Antique
 Black&White
Self-Timer Delay
Unknown - Click to provide data 2,10
Histogram
 Histogram
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Editing
 Trimming
 Rotating
 Trimming
 Rotating
Camera File System
 DCF
 DPOF
 MPF
 Exif
 DCF
 DPOF
 MPF
 Exif
Tripod Mountable
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Tripod mountable
Camera Playback
 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 Modes
 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 (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
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 Type
 Battery
 Battery
Number of Batteries Supported
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Battery Type
AA NP-BX1
Battery Life (max)
Unknown - Click to provide data 2.5h
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Unknown - Click to provide data 300 shots
Battery Voltage
6V Unknown - Click to provide data

Operational Conditions

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

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

Packaging Content

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

Networking

Wi-Fi
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Near Field Communication (NFC)

Other Features

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

Technical Details

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