• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 20.4 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 1200.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 4/3 226.2mm2
  • 20.4 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Differences

Sony HX300 advantages over Olympus E-M1 II

  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Olympus E-M1 II advantages over Sony HX300

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Larger sensor
    4/3 vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 3.36 vs 1.19 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (DCI) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • High resolution composite
    Yes vs No
    Combine multiple shots to form a super hi-res version
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Fast startup
    ~0.80 vs 2.4 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • 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
    68 mm vs 103 mm
    Thinner
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    2 years vs 6 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • 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
  • Less shutter lag
    0.11 vs 0.38 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    60.6 fps vs 10.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    51 vs 10 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/32000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • 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 HDMI output to monitor or review video

Common Weaknesses

  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • 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
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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.

  • Excellent image quality; Very good dynamic range & high ISO performance; Fantastic C-AF performance; Incredible burst rates, even with RAW; 4K UHD & Cinema 4K (DCI) video; Clean HDMI; Dual SD card slots.

  • Expensive; Menus still confusing; UHS-II support only on one card slot; No optical low-pass filter means greater risk of moire; No built-in flash.

The Competition

Compared to Fujifilm X-T2

Sony HX300
Fujifilm X-T2
  • $398
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Internal flash
  • $1066
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Olympus E-M1 II
Fujifilm X-T2
  • $1599
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1066
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Fujifilm S1

Sony HX300
Fujifilm S1
  • $398
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More pixels
  • Faster shutter
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-camera panoramas
Olympus E-M1 II
Fujifilm S1
  • $1599
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Internal flash

Compared to Fujifilm S9400W

Sony HX300
Fujifilm S9400W
  • $398
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $330
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
Olympus E-M1 II
Fujifilm S9400W
  • $1599
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
  • $330
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Internal flash

Compared to Sony HX400V

Sony HX300
Sony HX400V
  • $398
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • $398
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Olympus E-M1 II
Sony HX400V
  • $1599
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
  • $398
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Panasonic GX8

Sony HX300
Panasonic GX8
  • $398
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Internal flash
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • $998
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Larger sensor
Olympus E-M1 II
Panasonic GX8
  • $1599
  • 4/3
  • High resolution composite
  • Fast startup
  • $998
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
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