Panasonic GX7 vs Sony H300

Portability
81
Imaging
55
Features
77
Overall
63
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H300 front
Portability
63
Imaging
47
Features
37
Overall
43
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Panasonic GX7 vs Sony H300 Overview

Below is a complete review of the Panasonic GX7 versus Sony H300, one being a Advanced Mirrorless and the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom by competitors Panasonic and Sony. The image resolution of the GX7 (16MP) and the H300 (20MP) is pretty well matched but the GX7 (Four Thirds) and H300 (1/2.3") come with different sensor measurements.

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The GX7 was introduced 3 months before the H300 so they are both of a similar generation. Both of these cameras come with different body type with the Panasonic GX7 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Sony H300 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera.

Before we go through a step-by-step comparison, below is a short summation of how the GX7 scores vs the H300 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Panasonic GX7 vs Sony H300 Key Specs

Panasonic GX7
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 125 - 25600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 402g - 123 x 71 x 55mm
  • Launched November 2013
  • Superseded the Panasonic GX1
  • Renewed by Panasonic GX8
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
  • Announced February 2014
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Panasonic GX7 vs Sony H300 Physical Comparison

For those who are going to lug around your camera often, you'll have to factor its weight and proportions. The Panasonic GX7 offers outer dimensions of 123mm x 71mm x 55mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 2.2") along with a weight of 402 grams (0.89 lbs) while the Sony H300 has measurements of 130mm x 95mm x 122mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.8") along with a weight of 590 grams (1.30 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you choose at that time. The following is the front view size comparison of the GX7 against the H300.

Panasonic GX7 vs Sony H300 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability grade of the GX7 and H300 is 81 and 63 respectively.

Panasonic GX7 vs Sony H300 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic GX7 vs Sony H300 Sensor Comparison

Often, it is hard to visualize the contrast in sensor measurements purely by researching specs. The graphic here might give you a clearer sense of the sensor dimensions in the GX7 and H300.

All in all, both of these cameras posses different resolutions and different sensor measurements. The GX7 using its larger sensor is going to make achieving shallower DOF easier and the Sony H300 will render more detail having an extra 4MP. Greater resolution will allow you to crop photos somewhat more aggressively.

Panasonic GX7 vs Sony H300 sensor size comparison

Panasonic GX7 vs Sony H300 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic GX7 vs Sony H300 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic GX7
Portrait photography with Sony H300
73
manual focus
great flash sync speed (1/320 seconds)
MP count decent (16MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
offers face detect focus
exports RAW formats
41
decent megapixels (20MP)
features face detect focus
manual focus not available
cannot use external flash
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Panasonic GX7 as a Street photography camera
Sony H300 as a Street photography camera
82
screen tilts
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
provides focus via touch
great high ISO (25,600)
43
has image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
heavier than competition in class (590g)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic GX7 Sports photography information
Sony H300 Sports photography information
65
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
silent mode (1/16,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
offers tracking focus
painfully slow continuous shooting (5.0 fps)
does not have phase detect auto focus
51
long zoom range (25-875mm 35.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
features tracking focus
good battery pack (350 CIPA)
continuous shooting slow (1.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
small sensor (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic GX7 Travel photography advice
Sony H300 Travel photography advice
73
provides focus via touch
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
56
good battery pack (350 shots)
decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
reasonably wide (25mm)
great reach (875mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
heavier than competition in class (590 grams)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f3)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Panasonic GX7
Landscape photography with Sony H300
80
manual focus
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
great high ISO (25,600)
exports RAW formats
47
reasonably wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (20MP)
good battery pack (350 shots)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3)
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic GX7 as a Vlogging camera
Sony H300 as a Vlogging camera
35
has touchscreen
image stabilization (Sensor based)
offers face detect focus
great video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
doesn't have microphone support
24
reasonably wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
features face detect focus
somewhat slow max aperture (f3)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pxls)
doesn't have mic socket
heavier than competition in class (590 grams)
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Panasonic GX7 vs Sony H300 Specifications

General Information
Make
Panasonic
Sony
Model type
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H300
Class
Advanced Mirrorless
Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched
2013-11-07
2014-02-13
Physical type
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Processor
Venus Engine
Bionz(R)
Sensor type
CMOS
CCD
Sensor size
Four Thirds
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
17.3 x 13mm
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
224.9mm²
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
16 megapixels
20 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution
4592 x 3448
5152 x 3864
Max native ISO
25600
3200
Lowest native ISO
125
80
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points
23
-
Cross type focus points
-
-
Lens
Lens mount type
Micro Four Thirds
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
-
25-875mm (35.0x)
Maximal aperture
-
f/3-5.9
Available lenses
107
-
Focal length multiplier
2.1
5.8
Screen
Screen type
Tilting
Fixed Type
Screen size
3 inches
3 inches
Screen resolution
1,040k dots
460k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen technology
LCD
Clear Photo LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Electronic
None
Viewfinder resolution
2,765k dots
201k dots
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
-
Viewfinder magnification
0.7x
-
Features
Min shutter speed
60 secs
30 secs
Max shutter speed
1/8000 secs
1/1500 secs
Max silent shutter speed
1/16000 secs
-
Continuous shutter rate
5.0 frames per sec
1.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
Yes
Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
7.00 m (at ISO 200)
8.80 m
Flash modes
Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Slow sync w/red-eye reduction, off
Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off, Advanced Flash
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Max flash synchronize
1/320 secs
-
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 50p, 50i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
1280 x 720 (30p)
Max video resolution
1920x1080
1280x720
Video format
MPEG-4, AVCHD
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless
Built-In
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
402g (0.89 lbs)
590g (1.30 lbs)
Dimensions
123 x 71 x 55mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 2.2")
130 x 95 x 122mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
70
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
22.6
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
12.2
not tested
DXO Low light rating
718
not tested
Other
Battery life
350 photos
350 photos
Form of battery
Battery Pack
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 secs, 10 secs w/ 3 shots)
Yes (Off, 10 sec, 2 sec, portrait1, portrait2)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type
SD/SDHC/SDXC card
SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Card slots
Single
Single
Launch cost
$1,000
$249