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Panasonic LX100 II vs Sony H300

Portability
81
Imaging
57
Features
75
Overall
64
Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H300 front
Portability
63
Imaging
45
Features
37
Overall
41

Panasonic LX100 II vs Sony H300 Key Specs

Panasonic LX100 II
(Full Review)
  • 17MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-75mm (F1.7-2.8) lens
  • 392g - 115 x 66 x 64mm
  • Released August 2018
  • Succeeded the Panasonic LX100
Sony H300
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-875mm (F3-5.9) lens
  • 590g - 130 x 95 x 122mm
  • Launched February 2014
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Panasonic LX100 II vs Sony H300 Overview

Lets look more in depth at the Panasonic LX100 II and Sony H300, former is a Large Sensor Compact while the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom by rivals Panasonic and Sony. The image resolution of the LX100 II (17MP) and the H300 (20MP) is relatively comparable but the LX100 II (Four Thirds) and H300 (1/2.3") have different sensor dimensions.

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The LX100 II was brought out 4 years after the H300 which is a fairly significant difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Both cameras have different body design with the Panasonic LX100 II being a Large Sensor Compact camera and the Sony H300 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera.

Before diving right into a step-by-step comparison, here is a quick summary of how the LX100 II grades against the H300 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic LX100 II over the Sony H300

 LX100 II H300 
LaunchedAugust 2018February 2014Newer by 56 months
Focus manually Dial precise focusing
Screen resolution1240k460kSharper screen (+780k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Sony H300 over the Panasonic LX100 II

 H300 LX100 II 

Common features in the Panasonic LX100 II and Sony H300

 LX100 II H300 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen sizing
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen

Panasonic LX100 II vs Sony H300 Physical Comparison

If you are aiming to travel with your camera frequently, you'll need to factor its weight and proportions. The Panasonic LX100 II provides physical measurements of 115mm x 66mm x 64mm (4.5" x 2.6" x 2.5") having a weight of 392 grams (0.86 lbs) while the Sony H300 has measurements 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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Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you select at that moment. The following is a front view dimension comparison of the LX100 II vs the H300.

Panasonic LX100 II vs Sony H300 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability score of the LX100 II and H300 is 81 and 63 respectively.

Panasonic LX100 II vs Sony H300 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic LX100 II vs Sony H300 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it can be difficult to visualize the difference in sensor dimensions just by checking out specs. The image below will provide you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the LX100 II and H300.

As you can plainly see, the 2 cameras provide different megapixel count and different sensor dimensions. The LX100 II featuring a bigger sensor is going to make getting bokeh easier and the Sony H300 will show more detail having its extra 3 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also make it easier to crop shots more aggressively. The younger LX100 II should have a benefit with regard to sensor innovation.

Panasonic LX100 II vs Sony H300 sensor size comparison

Panasonic LX100 II vs Sony H300 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic LX100 II vs Sony H300 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic LX100 II
Portrait photography with Sony H300
74
focusing manually
good megapixels (17 megapixels)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
includes face detect autofocus
saves RAW formats
40
decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
has face detection focus
lack of manual focus
no external flash support
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic LX100 II Street photography information
Sony H300 Street photography information
77
image stabilization (Optical)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
comes with focus via touch
above average ISO range (25,600)
fixed screen
43
has image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
more heavy than competitors in class (590g)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic LX100 II
Sports photography with Sony H300
71
quiet shutter (1/16,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (17MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
includes tracking focus
better than average battery (340 CIPA)
no phase detect autofocus
50
excellent zoom range (25-875mm 35.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
has tracking autofocus
better than average battery pack (350 per charge)
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic LX100 II Travel photography information
Sony H300 Travel photography information
78
better than average battery (340 shots)
has bluetooth
comes with focus via touch
good megapixels (17MP)
quite wide (24mm)
fast maximum aperture (f1.7)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
56
better than average battery pack (350 shots)
decent sensor resolution (20MP)
flash built-in
reasonably wide (25mm)
great reach (875mm)
no Timelapse function
more heavy than competitors in class (590g)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f3)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Panasonic LX100 II
Landscape photography with Sony H300
76
focusing manually
quite wide (24mm)
fast maximum aperture (f1.7)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (17MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
above average ISO range (25,600)
saves RAW formats
better than average battery (340 per charge)
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
47
reasonably wide (25mm)
screen size is decent (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
better than average battery pack (350 per charge)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
no Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic LX100 II Vlogging details
Sony H300 Vlogging details
36
quite wide (24mm)
fast maximum aperture (f1.7)
touchscreen enabled
image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect autofocus
high quality video (3840 x 2160 resolution)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
no microphone socket
24
reasonably wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection focus
somewhat slow max aperture (f3)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
no external microphone socket
more heavy than competitors in class (590 grams)
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Panasonic LX100 II vs Sony H300 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic LX100 II and Sony H300
 Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 IISony Cyber-shot DSC-H300
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Sony
Model type Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H300
Category Large Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2018-08-22 2014-02-13
Physical type Large Sensor Compact SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Chip Venus Engine Bionz(R)
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 17 megapixels 20 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4736 x 3552 5152 x 3864
Maximum native ISO 25600 3200
Min native ISO 200 80
RAW files
Min enhanced ISO 100 -
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 49 -
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-75mm (3.1x) 25-875mm (35.0x)
Max aperture f/1.7-2.8 f/3-5.9
Macro focusing range 3cm -
Crop factor 2.1 5.8
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 1,240k dots 460k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Screen tech - Clear Photo LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 2,760k dots 201k dots
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.7x -
Features
Min shutter speed 1800 seconds 30 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/1500 seconds
Max silent shutter speed 1/16000 seconds -
Continuous shutter rate 11.0 frames per sec 1.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 7.00 m (with included external flash at ISO 100) 8.80 m
Flash settings no built-in flash Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off, Advanced Flash
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC 1280 x 720 (30p)
Maximum video resolution 3840x2160 1280x720
Video file format MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB DMW-BLE9 lithium-ion battery & USB charger USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 392g (0.86 pounds) 590g (1.30 pounds)
Physical dimensions 115 x 66 x 64mm (4.5" x 2.6" x 2.5") 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 340 pictures 350 pictures
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes Yes (Off, 10 sec, 2 sec, portrait1, portrait2)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I supported) SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Card slots 1 1
Cost at release $998 $249