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Panasonic XS1 vs Sony A6300

Portability
97
Imaging
40
Features
26
Overall
34
Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1 front
 
Sony Alpha a6300 front
Portability
83
Imaging
67
Features
82
Overall
73

Panasonic XS1 vs Sony A6300 Key Specs

Panasonic XS1
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-120mm (F2.8-6.9) lens
  • 103g - 94 x 54 x 14mm
  • Announced January 2013
Sony A6300
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Bump to 51200)
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 404g - 120 x 67 x 49mm
  • Launched February 2016
  • Replaced the Sony A6000
  • Replacement is Sony A6500
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Panasonic XS1 vs Sony A6300 Overview

In this write-up, we are analyzing the Panasonic XS1 versus Sony A6300, former is a Small Sensor Compact while the other is a Advanced Mirrorless by manufacturers Panasonic and Sony. There is a sizable difference between the image resolutions of the XS1 (16MP) and A6300 (24MP) and the XS1 (1/2.3") and A6300 (APS-C) possess totally different sensor dimensions.

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The XS1 was launched 4 years before the A6300 which is quite a significant difference as far as tech is concerned. Both cameras offer different body type with the Panasonic XS1 being a Compact camera and the Sony A6300 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before we go straight into a comprehensive comparison, below is a short view of how the XS1 matches up against the A6300 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic XS1 over the Sony A6300

 XS1 A6300 

Reasons to pick Sony A6300 over the Panasonic XS1

 A6300 XS1 
LaunchedFebruary 2016January 2013Newer by 37 months
Focus manually More precise focusing
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display sizing3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution922k230kSharper display (+692k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic XS1 and Sony A6300

 XS1 A6300 
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch friendly display Lacking Touch friendly display

Panasonic XS1 vs Sony A6300 Physical Comparison

If you're aiming to travel with your camera frequently, you're going to have to think about its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic XS1 has physical measurements of 94mm x 54mm x 14mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.6") with a weight of 103 grams (0.23 lbs) and the Sony A6300 has dimensions of 120mm x 67mm x 49mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 1.9") having a weight of 404 grams (0.89 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you select during that time. Underneath is the front view size comparison of the XS1 against the A6300.

Panasonic XS1 vs Sony A6300 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability rating of the XS1 and A6300 is 97 and 83 respectively.

Panasonic XS1 vs Sony A6300 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic XS1 vs Sony A6300 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it can be hard to visualise the contrast between sensor dimensions simply by going over specs. The picture below might give you a clearer sense of the sensor sizing in the XS1 and A6300.

As you can plainly see, both cameras offer different megapixel count and different sensor dimensions. The XS1 featuring a tinier sensor will make getting shallow DOF harder and the Sony A6300 will offer greater detail utilizing its extra 8MP. Greater resolution will let you crop images a little more aggressively. The more aged XS1 is going to be disadvantaged in sensor technology.

Panasonic XS1 vs Sony A6300 sensor size comparison

Panasonic XS1 vs Sony A6300 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic XS1 vs Sony A6300 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic XS1 as a Portrait photography camera
Sony A6300 as a Portrait photography camera
30
decent megapixels (16MP)
manual focus not available
no manual mode
external flash not possible
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
80
focusing manually
sensor resolution is decent (24MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
has face detection focusing
exports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Panasonic XS1
Street photography with Sony A6300
64
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (103g)
screen is fixed
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
79
screen tilts
sensor size is good (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
environment sealing
above average ISO range (25,600)
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic XS1 Sports photography information
Sony A6300 Sports photography information
41
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
supports tracking focus
very slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
75
sensor resolution is decent (24MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
has tracking autofocus
environment sealing
supports phase detect AF
does not have image stabilization
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic XS1 Travel photography factors
Sony A6300 Travel photography factors
69
lighter than competition (103 grams)
decent megapixels (16MP)
flash built-in
pretty wide (24mm)
missing Timelapse function
does not feature selfie friendly screen
slow max aperture (f2.8)
76
environment sealing
sensor resolution is decent (24 megapixels)
built-in flash
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Panasonic XS1
Landscape photography with Sony A6300
39
pretty wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
no manual mode
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
missing Timelapse function
79
focusing manually
swap lenses (Sony E mount)
decent sized screen (3 inch)
sensor resolution is decent (24 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
above average ISO range (25,600)
exports RAW formats
environment sealing
does not have image stabilization
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic XS1 as a Vlogging camera
Sony A6300 as a Vlogging camera
31
pretty wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (103g)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
low quality video (1280 x 720 resolution)
missing microphone port
35
has face detection focusing
great video quality (3840 x 2160 resolution)
comes with external microphone socket
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
does not have image stabilization
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Panasonic XS1 vs Sony A6300 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic XS1 and Sony A6300
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1Sony Alpha a6300
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Sony
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1 Sony Alpha a6300
Type Small Sensor Compact Advanced Mirrorless
Announced 2013-01-07 2016-02-03
Physical type Compact Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Powered by - BIONZ X
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 24MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio - 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4608 x 3456 6000 x 4000
Max native ISO 6400 25600
Max boosted ISO - 51200
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW data
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points - 425
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens Sony E
Lens zoom range 24-120mm (5.0x) -
Maximal aperture f/2.8-6.9 -
Macro focusing distance 5cm -
Number of lenses - 121
Focal length multiplier 5.9 1.5
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Tilting
Screen sizing 2.7 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 230 thousand dots 922 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen tech TFT LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,359 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.7x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60s 30s
Highest shutter speed 1/1600s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting rate 1.0 frames per sec 11.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 4.40 m 6.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear Sync., Slow Sync., Red-eye reduction, Hi-speed sync, Wireless
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
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) 4K (3840 x 2160 @ 30p/24p), 1920 x 1080 (120p, 60p, 60i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (24p)
Max video resolution 1280x720 3840x2160
Video file format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S, H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
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 103 grams (0.23 pounds) 404 grams (0.89 pounds)
Dimensions 94 x 54 x 14mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.6") 120 x 67 x 49mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 1.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested 85
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 24.4
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 13.7
DXO Low light rating not tested 1437
Other
Battery life 260 images 400 images
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID - NP-FW50
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes
Time lapse recording With downloadable app
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots 1 1
Pricing at launch $130 $889