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Olympus SZ-11 vs Sony HX300

Portability
89
Imaging
37
Features
37
Overall
37
Olympus SZ-11 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 front
Portability
63
Imaging
45
Features
51
Overall
47

Olympus SZ-11 vs Sony HX300 Key Specs

Olympus SZ-11
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-500mm (F3.0-6.9) lens
  • 226g - 106 x 69 x 40mm
  • Launched July 2011
Sony HX300
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 80 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-1200mm (F2.8-6.3) lens
  • 623g - 130 x 103 x 93mm
  • Launched February 2013
  • Old Model is Sony HX200V
  • New Model is Sony HX400V
Photography Glossary

Olympus SZ-11 vs Sony HX300 Overview

Let's look a bit more closely at the Olympus SZ-11 vs Sony HX300, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras by competitors Olympus and Sony. There is a sizable difference between the image resolutions of the SZ-11 (14MP) and HX300 (20MP) but they use the exact same sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The SZ-11 was manufactured 19 months earlier than the HX300 which makes the cameras a generation away from each other. Both of these cameras come with different body type with the Olympus SZ-11 being a Compact camera and the Sony HX300 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera.

Before going straight into a full comparison, below is a short highlight of how the SZ-11 scores vs the HX300 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Olympus SZ-11 over the Sony HX300

 SZ-11 HX300 

Reasons to pick Sony HX300 over the Olympus SZ-11

 HX300 SZ-11 
LaunchedFebruary 2013July 2011More modern by 19 months
Manually focus More precise focusing
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution921k460kClearer screen (+461k dot)

Common features in the Olympus SZ-11 and Sony HX300

 SZ-11 HX300 
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen measurement
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen
Touch screen Neither comes with Touch screen

Olympus SZ-11 vs Sony HX300 Physical Comparison

For those who are aiming to carry around your camera, you'll have to consider its weight and dimensions. The Olympus SZ-11 comes with external dimensions of 106mm x 69mm x 40mm (4.2" x 2.7" x 1.6") along with a weight of 226 grams (0.50 lbs) while the Sony HX300 has dimensions of 130mm x 103mm x 93mm (5.1" x 4.1" x 3.7") and a weight of 623 grams (1.37 lbs).

Examine the Olympus SZ-11 vs Sony HX300 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into account, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you are utilizing during that time. Below is the front view scale comparison of the SZ-11 compared to the HX300.

Olympus SZ-11 vs Sony HX300 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability grade of the SZ-11 and HX300 is 89 and 63 respectively.

Olympus SZ-11 vs Sony HX300 top view buttons comparison

Olympus SZ-11 vs Sony HX300 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it is very hard to imagine the contrast between sensor sizes only by looking at specifications. The pic here might give you a better sense of the sensor sizes in the SZ-11 and HX300.

To sum up, both cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements albeit different resolution. You can expect the Sony HX300 to resolve extra detail due to its extra 6 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also help you crop shots much more aggressively. The more aged SZ-11 is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor tech.

Olympus SZ-11 vs Sony HX300 sensor size comparison

Olympus SZ-11 vs Sony HX300 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus SZ-11 vs Sony HX300 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus SZ-11 Portrait photography info
Sony HX300 Portrait photography info
33
decent MP (14MP)
offers face detection focus
manual focus not available
no manual exposure
cannot use external flash
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
43
focusing manually
decent megapixels (20MP)
external flash not possible
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus SZ-11 Street photography factors
Sony HX300 Street photography factors
60
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than average in class (226 grams)
screen does not articulate
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
50
screen tilts up and down
built in image stabilization (Optical)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
heavier than competitors (623g)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus SZ-11 as a Sports photography camera
Sony HX300 as a Sports photography camera
43
amazing zoom range (25-500mm 20.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent MP (14 megapixels)
offers tracking autofocus
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor is small (1/2.3")
not so great battery pack (200 CIPA)
lack of phase detect auto focus
55
long zoom range (24-1200mm 50.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (20MP)
features tracking autofocus
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus SZ-11 as a Travel photography camera
Sony HX300 as a Travel photography camera
65
lighter than average in class (226 grams)
decent MP (14 megapixels)
has built in flash
reasonably wide (25mm)
long reach (500mm)
does not have Timelapse function
not so great battery pack (200 CIPA)
screen is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.0)
54
decent megapixels (20MP)
built-in flash
pretty wide (24mm)
great reach (1200mm)
does not have Time Lapse recording
heavier than competitors (623g)
screen is not selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Olympus SZ-11
Landscape photography with Sony HX300
40
reasonably wide (25mm)
decent sized screen (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent MP (14MP)
manual focus not available
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.0)
no manual exposure
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
not so great battery pack (200 CIPA)
does not have Timelapse function
49
focusing manually
pretty wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (20MP)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
does not have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Olympus SZ-11
Vlogging with Sony HX300
31
reasonably wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
offers face detection focus
lighter than average in class (226 grams)
sluggish max aperture (f3.0)
screen is not selfie friendly
video res low (1280 x 720 pixels)
does not have external microphone support
25
pretty wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
screen is not selfie friendly
does not have external mic port
heavier than competitors (623g)
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Olympus SZ-11 vs Sony HX300 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus SZ-11 and Sony HX300
 Olympus SZ-11Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300
General Information
Make Olympus Sony
Model type Olympus SZ-11 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched 2011-07-27 2013-02-20
Body design Compact SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Powered by TruePic III+ -
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.16 x 4.62mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.5mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixels 20 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 -
Peak resolution 4288 x 3216 5184 x 3888
Highest native ISO 1600 12800
Minimum native ISO 80 80
RAW data
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points - 9
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-500mm (20.0x) 24-1200mm (50.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.0-6.9 f/2.8-6.3
Macro focusing distance 1cm -
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Tilting
Screen size 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 460k dot 921k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen technology TFT Color LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Features
Minimum shutter speed 4s 30s
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter speed 7.0 frames per sec 10.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 9.30 m (@ ISO 1600) -
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in -
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30, 15fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15fps) 1920 x 1080 (60, 50 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video file format Motion JPEG -
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 226g (0.50 lb) 623g (1.37 lb)
Dimensions 106 x 69 x 40mm (4.2" x 2.7" x 1.6") 130 x 103 x 93mm (5.1" x 4.1" x 3.7")
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 200 images -
Form of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID LI-50B -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) -
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC -
Storage slots One One
Launch pricing $253 $339