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Sony DSC-H300 vs Sony DSC-HX400

Sony DSC-H300 vs Sony DSC-HX400

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Sony DSC-H300
Sony DSC-HX400

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Reasons For

4 Reasons For
14% smaller minimum aperture number Edit
The Sony DSC-H300 has a minimum aperture number of 3. That's 0.4 smaller than the Sony DSC-HX400 (3.4).
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.

£163 cheaper
The Sony DSC-H300 costs £163.01 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.
6 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 number Edit
The Sony DSC-HX400 has a maximum aperture number of 6.5. That's 0.6 smaller than the Sony DSC-H300 (6.5).
Higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Sony DSC-HX400 is a 460,800 pixels display resolution digital camera. That's 800 pixels higher than the Sony DSC-H300 (460,800 pixels).
Considerably better expert reviews
The average expert review score of the Sony DSC-HX400 is 79% based on 8 reviews, but the average rating of the Sony DSC-H300 is 60% (based on 1 review).
A little better user reviews
The average user review score of the Sony DSC-HX400 is 86% based on 86 reviews, but the average rating of the Sony DSC-H300 is 82% (based on 176 reviews).

Reasons Against

7 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.

0.6 bigger maximum aperture number Edit
The Sony DSC-H300 is a 5.9 maximum aperture digital camera, whereas the Sony DSC-HX400 is a 6.5 maximum aperture digital camera (0.6 smaller).
800 pixels lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
Sony DSC-H300 is only 460,000 pixels display resolution, but the Sony DSC-HX400 is a 460,800 pixels display resolution digital camera (800 pixels higher).
Over two years older
The Sony DSC-H300 is older than the Sony DSC-HX400 by two years.
Appreciably Lower expert review Score
The Sony DSC-H300's average expert rating is only 60%, however the Sony DSC-HX400's is 79% (based on 8 reviews).
Moderately Lower user review Score
The Sony DSC-H300's average user rating is 82%, however the Sony DSC-HX400's is 86% (based on 86 reviews).
4 Reasons Against
Larger minimum aperture number Edit
Sony DSC-HX400 is 3.4 minimum aperture, but the Sony DSC-H300 is a 3 minimum aperture digital camera (0.4 smaller).
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 £163
The Sony DSC-HX400 is £163.01 more expensive than the Sony DSC-H300.
Not as many stockists
The Sony DSC-HX400 is only stocked by 5 retailers, however the Sony DSC-H300 is stocked by 14 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.

Awards

No awards found 1 Award
Ephotozine: Recommended

Average Expert Rating

Average User Rating

Date Released

44 months Ago 16 months Ago

Picture Quality

Camera Type
 compact camera
 compact camera
BEST
Megapixel
20.1MP 20.1MP
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Sensor Type
 CCD
 CCD
Still Image Resolution(s)
 5152 x 3864
 3648 x 2736
 2592 x 1944
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
 11520 x 1080
 7152 x 1080
 5152 x 3864
 3648 x 2736
 2592 x 1944
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
 11520 x 1080
 7152 x 1080
Maximum Image Resolution
 5152 x 3864
 5152 x 3864
Image Formats Supported
 JPG
 JPG
Total Megapixels
20.4MP 21.1MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer Location
 Lens
 Lens
Supported Aspect Ratios
 16:9
 4:3
 16:9
 4:3
Image Sensor Size
 1
 1

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Optical Zoom
35x 50x
BEST
Digital Zoom
2x 126x
BEST
Maximum Aperture Number
5.9 6.5
BEST
Minimum Aperture Number
3
BEST
3.4
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 4.4 - 277
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
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 Focusing (AF) Modes
 spot
 multi point
 centre weighted
 tracking
 Spot Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 Face tracking
 Face detection
 Tracking Auto Focus
 spot
 multi point
 centre weighted
 tracking
 Spot Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 Face tracking
 Face detection
 Tracking Auto Focus
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
0.01 - ∞ 0.01 - ∞
Auto Mode Focusing Range (wide)
0.01 - ∞ 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)
1.5 - ∞ 3.5 - ∞

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Modes
 Auto
 Auto
ISO Sensitivity
 Auto
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 800
 1600
 3200
 Auto
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 800
 1600
 3200
ISO Sensitivity (max)
3,200 3,200
ISO Sensitivity (min)
80 80
Light Metering
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
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
 Auto
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
External Flash Connector
Unknown - Click to provide data
 External flash connector
Flash Range (tele)
1.5 - 3.6 3.5 - 4.6
Flash Range (wide)
0.4 - 6.8 0.4 - 8.8

Video

Full HD Video
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Full HD video
Maximum Video Resolution
 1280 x 720
 1280 x 720
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
30fps 30fps
Video Formats Supported
 MP4
 H.264
 AVC
 MP4
 H.264
 AVC
Video Resolutions
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
Resolution At Capture Speed
 1280x720@30fps
BEST
 1280x720@30fps
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Voice Recording
 Voice recording
 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
55MB 55MB

Display

Display Diagonal
3" 3"
Display
 TFT
 TFT
BEST
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution (numeric)
460,000 pixels 460,800 pixels
BEST
Second Display
 Second display
Unknown - Click to provide data
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
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
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Flash
 Push
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Flash
 Push
Shooting Modes
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Manual
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Manual
Photo Effects
 Antique
 Black&White
 Antique
 Black&White
Self-Timer Delay
2,10 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
 Brightness adjustment
 Brightness adjustment
Start-Up Time
1,000ms Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Modes
 Beach
 Snow
 Cuisine
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Pet
 Beach
 Snow
 Cuisine
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Pet
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 95mm
Depth
91.7mm 122.3mm
Width
127.5mm 129.6mm
Weight (including Battery)
590g
BEST
655g

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Supported
4
BEST
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

Operating Systems Supported (mac)
 Operating systems supported (mac)
 Operating systems supported (mac)
Operating Systems Supported (windows)
 Operating systems supported (windows)
 Operating systems supported (windows)

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
PlayMemories Home, Image Data Converter V.4 Unknown - Click to provide data
AC Adapter Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 AC adapter included
Cables Included
 USB
 USB
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)
Bluetooth
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Bluetooth

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