Canon SD960 IS vs Sony H300

Portability
95
Imaging
36
Features
27
Overall
32
Canon PowerShot SD960 IS front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H300 front
Portability
63
Imaging
47
Features
37
Overall
43
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Canon SD960 IS vs Sony H300 Overview

Below is a detailed analysis of the Canon SD960 IS versus Sony H300, former being a Small Sensor Compact while the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom by manufacturers Canon and Sony. There exists a considerable gap between the resolutions of the SD960 IS (12MP) and H300 (20MP) but they feature the exact same sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The SD960 IS was unveiled 6 years earlier than the H300 and that is quite a large difference as far as technology is concerned. Each of the cameras come with different body type with the Canon SD960 IS being a Compact camera and the Sony H300 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera.

Before getting through a in-depth comparison, below is a quick overview of how the SD960 IS scores vs the H300 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Canon SD960 IS vs Sony H300 Key Specs

Canon SD960 IS
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.8" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-112mm (F2.8-5.8) lens
  • 145g - 98 x 54 x 22mm
  • Announced February 2009
  • Additionally Known as Digital IXUS 110 IS
Sony H300
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-875mm (F3-5.9) lens
  • 590g - 130 x 95 x 122mm
  • Revealed February 2014
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Canon SD960 IS vs Sony H300 Physical Comparison

If you're looking to travel with your camera regularly, you have to take into account its weight and size. The Canon SD960 IS offers exterior dimensions of 98mm x 54mm x 22mm (3.9" x 2.1" x 0.9") accompanied by a weight of 145 grams (0.32 lbs) and the Sony H300 has specifications of 130mm x 95mm x 122mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.8") and a weight of 590 grams (1.30 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you are using during that time. Here is a front view measurements comparison of the SD960 IS compared to the H300.

Canon SD960 IS vs Sony H300 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability score of the SD960 IS and H300 is 95 and 63 respectively.

Canon SD960 IS vs Sony H300 top view buttons comparison

Canon SD960 IS vs Sony H300 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it's hard to imagine the contrast between sensor dimensions only by going over technical specs. The image underneath will give you a far better sense of the sensor sizes in the SD960 IS and H300.

As you can tell, each of these cameras provide the same sensor dimensions but different resolution. You can expect to see the Sony H300 to offer greater detail as a result of its extra 8MP. Greater resolution will make it easier to crop photos more aggressively. The more aged SD960 IS is going to be disadvantaged in sensor technology.

Canon SD960 IS vs Sony H300 sensor size comparison

Canon SD960 IS vs Sony H300 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon SD960 IS vs Sony H300 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon SD960 IS Portrait photography factors
Sony H300 Portrait photography factors
27
includes face detect focus
lack of manual focus
manual exposure not available
cannot use external flash
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
41
decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
features face detect focusing
focusing manually not possible
can't use external flash
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Canon SD960 IS
Street photography with Sony H300
57
built in image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
43
built in image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
heavier than competitors (590g)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Canon SD960 IS
Sports photography with Sony H300
26
built in image stabilization (Optical)
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
MP count low (12MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
51
great zoom range (25-875mm 35.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (20MP)
features tracking focus
good battery pack (350 shots)
low fps (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Canon SD960 IS
Travel photography with Sony H300
58
flash built-in
quite wide (28mm)
no Time Lapse mode
MP count low (12MP)
does not offer selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
56
good battery pack (350 CIPA)
decent sensor resolution (20MP)
flash built-in
really wide (25mm)
long reach (875mm)
does not have Time Lapse mode
heavier than competitors (590 grams)
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon SD960 IS as a Landscape photography camera
Sony H300 as a Landscape photography camera
37
quite wide (28mm)
screen size is good (2.8")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
manual exposure not available
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
no Time Lapse mode
47
really wide (25mm)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (20MP)
good battery pack (350 per charge)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
does not have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon SD960 IS Vlogging features
Sony H300 Vlogging features
31
quite wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect focus
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not offer selfie friendly display
low video resolution (1280 x 720 resolution)
no mic socket
24
really wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
features face detect focusing
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3)
screen is not selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
does not have mic socket
heavier than competitors (590 grams)
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Canon SD960 IS vs Sony H300 Specifications

General Information
Company
Canon
Sony
Model type
Canon PowerShot SD960 IS
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H300
Also referred to as
Digital IXUS 110 IS
-
Class
Small Sensor Compact
Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced
2009-02-18
2014-02-13
Physical type
Compact
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Processor Chip
-
Bionz(R)
Sensor type
CCD
CCD
Sensor size
1/2.3"
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
28.1mm²
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
12MP
20MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
4:3 and 16:9
Peak resolution
4000 x 3000
5152 x 3864
Highest native ISO
1600
3200
Lowest native ISO
80
80
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points
9
-
Cross type focus points
-
-
Lens
Lens mount type
fixed lens
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
28-112mm (4.0x)
25-875mm (35.0x)
Highest aperture
f/2.8-5.8
f/3-5.9
Macro focusing range
2cm
-
Focal length multiplier
5.8
5.8
Screen
Type of screen
Fixed Type
Fixed Type
Screen size
2.8 inch
3 inch
Screen resolution
230k dots
460k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen technology
-
Clear Photo LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
None
None
Viewfinder resolution
-
201k dots
Features
Min shutter speed
15 seconds
30 seconds
Max shutter speed
1/1600 seconds
1/1500 seconds
Continuous shutter rate
1.0 frames per second
1.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
-
Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
4.00 m
8.80 m
Flash settings
Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Off
Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off, Advanced Flash
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
1280 x 720 (30p)
Highest video resolution
1280x720
1280x720
Video format
Motion JPEG
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless
None
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
145 grams (0.32 pounds)
590 grams (1.30 pounds)
Physical dimensions
98 x 54 x 22mm (3.9" x 2.1" x 0.9")
130 x 95 x 122mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
not tested
Other
Battery life
-
350 photographs
Style of battery
-
Battery Pack
Battery ID
NB-4L
-
Self timer
Yes (2, 10, Custom, Face)
Yes (Off, 10 sec, 2 sec, portrait1, portrait2)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/MMC/MMCplus/HD /MMCplus
SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Card slots
1
1
Launch cost
-
$249