• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 10.1 megapixels
  • 33.00mm - 165.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 23.00mm - 810.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Sony DSC-T300 advantages over Nikon P500

  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Thinner
    21 mm vs 102 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    172g vs 499g
    Lighter weight
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 5 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Nikon P500 advantages over Sony DSC-T300

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Fast startup
    ~1.50 vs 2.7 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • More telephoto lens reach
    810 mm vs 165 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • More dots on screen
    921k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Less shutter lag
    0.16 vs 0.37 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More pixels
    12.1 vs 10.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Wider angle lens
    23 mm vs 33 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Longer exposure
    8 vs 1 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    8.0 fps vs 1.6 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/1500 vs 1/1000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

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The Competition

Compared to Olympus 1030 SW

Sony DSC-T300
Olympus 1030 SW
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Manual focus
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Fast startup
  • Wider angle lens
Nikon P500
Olympus 1030 SW
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Thinner
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Olympus Tough-6000

Sony DSC-T300
Olympus Tough-6000
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Fast startup
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $230
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Wider angle lens
Nikon P500
Olympus Tough-6000
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $230
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner

Compared to Sony DSC-G3

Sony DSC-T300
Sony DSC-G3
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $500
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • HDMI out
Nikon P500
Sony DSC-G3
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $500
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Manual focus

Compared to Fujifilm S4000

Sony DSC-T300
Fujifilm S4000
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Manual focus
  • $205
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Nikon P500
Fujifilm S4000
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • More dots on screen
  • $205
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Olympus SP-820UZ

Sony DSC-T300
Olympus SP-820UZ
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Manual focus
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
Nikon P500
Olympus SP-820UZ
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More pixels
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