• APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 20.4 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 1200.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon T4i advantages over Sony HX300

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.30 vs 1.19 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Fast startup
    ~0.70 vs 2.4 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 440 vs 310 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Thinner
    78 mm vs 103 mm
    Thinner
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    19 vs 10 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Sony HX300 advantages over Canon T4i

  • Less expensive
    $398* vs $539
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 4.8 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • 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

Common Weaknesses

  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent image quality; 9 cross-type AF points; Stereo microphones; Built-in touchscreen; Multi-shot modes.

  • Slow Live View and video autofocus; High ISO performance is unimproved; Below-average battery life; No dedicated AF illuminator.

  • 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 Canon T5i

Canon T4i
Canon T5i
  • $619
  • APS-C
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $548
  • APS-C
  • Lighter weight
Sony HX300
Canon T5i
  • $398
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $548
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Canon T3i

Canon T4i
Canon T3i
  • $619
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Fast startup
  • $549
  • APS-C
Sony HX300
Canon T3i
  • $398
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Pentax K-30

Canon T4i
Pentax K-30
  • $619
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $556
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Sony HX300
Pentax K-30
  • $398
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $556
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Pentax K-5 II

Canon T4i
Pentax K-5 II
  • $619
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $790
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony HX300
Pentax K-5 II
  • $398
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $790
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Samsung WB2200F

Canon T4i
Samsung WB2200F
  • $619
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Larger sensor
  • $450
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony HX300
Samsung WB2200F
  • $398
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $450
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
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