• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 20.4 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 1200.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 1200.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Sony HX300 advantages over Olympus SP-100

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • More dots on screen
    922k vs 460k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More pixels
    20.4 vs 16.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    10 vs 6 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/1700 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Olympus SP-100 advantages over Sony HX300

  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Less shutter lag
    0.16 vs 0.38 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Newer
    17 months vs 2 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Common Weaknesses

  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Super-versatile 50x optical zoom lens helps you capture everything from wide-angle cityscapes to zoomed in portraits from what feels like a mile away; Still quite light and portable considering the powerful lens; Comfortable and ergonomic design; Full HD video recording at up to 60p, with good quality.

  • Relatively small, 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor delivers average image quality that degrades quickly at high sensitivities; Images not as sharp or as bright at full telephoto as we had hoped; Slow camera to use overall.

The Competition

Compared to Fujifilm SL1000

Sony HX300
Fujifilm SL1000
  • $406
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoots 60p video
  • $244
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • RAW file ability
Olympus SP-100
Fujifilm SL1000
  • $388
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Shoots 60p video
  • $244
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Less expensive

Compared to Fujifilm S1

Sony HX300
Fujifilm S1
  • $406
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More pixels
  • Faster shutter
  • $384
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Less expensive
Olympus SP-100
Fujifilm S1
  • $388
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • $384
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Samsung WB2200F

Sony HX300
Samsung WB2200F
  • $406
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $313
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More lens zoom
Olympus SP-100
Samsung WB2200F
  • $388
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoots 60p video
  • Less shutter lag
  • $313
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Less expensive

Compared to Sony HX400V

Sony HX300
Sony HX400V
  • $406
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • $446
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • NFC
  • In-camera panoramas
Olympus SP-100
Sony HX400V
  • $388
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Less shutter lag
  • $446
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • NFC

Compared to Fujifilm S9900W

Sony HX300
Fujifilm S9900W
  • $406
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Higher-res screen
  • $316
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
Olympus SP-100
Fujifilm S9900W
  • $388
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • Longer exposure
  • $316
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Slower slow-motion
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