• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 20.4 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 1200.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 200.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Sony HX300 advantages over Sony W830

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Larger lens aperture
    f/2.8 vs f/3.3
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • More telephoto lens reach
    1,200 mm vs 200 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • More dots on screen
    922k 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
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 2 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/1600 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Sony W830 advantages over Sony HX300

  • Less expensive
    $118 vs $398
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Thinner
    22 mm vs 103 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    122g vs 656g
    Lighter weight

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • 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

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

The Competition

Compared to Fujifilm S1

Sony HX300
Fujifilm S1
  • $413
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More pixels
  • Faster shutter
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-camera panoramas
Sony W830
Fujifilm S1
  • $118
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Fujifilm S9400W

Sony HX300
Fujifilm S9400W
  • $413
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $330
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Sony W830
Fujifilm S9400W
  • $118
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Thinner
  • $330
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Sony HX400V

Sony HX300
Sony HX400V
  • $413
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • $398
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Sony W830
Sony HX400V
  • $118
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $398
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Canon 160

Sony HX300
Canon 160
  • $413
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $99
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
Sony W830
Canon 160
  • $118
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $99
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer exposure

Compared to Canon 180

Sony HX300
Canon 180
  • $413
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $109
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
Sony W830
Canon 180
  • $118
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $109
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Newer
  • Longer exposure
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