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Sony A300 vs Sony RX1

Portability
64
Imaging
49
Features
45
Overall
47
Sony Alpha DSLR-A300 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 front
Portability
79
Imaging
70
Features
57
Overall
64

Sony A300 vs Sony RX1 Key Specs

Sony A300
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.7" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 632g - 131 x 99 x 75mm
  • Introduced January 2008
  • Later Model is Sony A330
Sony RX1
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 35mm (F2.0-22.0) lens
  • 482g - 113 x 65 x 70mm
  • Announced February 2013
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Sony A300 vs Sony RX1 Overview

Below is a extended analysis of the Sony A300 and Sony RX1, former being a Entry-Level DSLR while the other is a Large Sensor Compact and both of them are built by Sony. There exists a substantial gap between the sensor resolutions of the A300 (10MP) and RX1 (24MP) and the A300 (APS-C) and RX1 (Full frame) provide totally different sensor dimensions.

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The A300 was unveiled 6 years prior to the RX1 and that is quite a big difference as far as technology is concerned. Each of the cameras feature different body design with the Sony A300 being a Compact SLR camera and the Sony RX1 being a Large Sensor Compact camera.

Before delving right into a thorough comparison, here is a concise synopsis of how the A300 grades against the RX1 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Sony A300 over the Sony RX1

 A300 RX1 
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display

Reasons to pick Sony RX1 over the Sony A300

 RX1 A300 
AnnouncedFebruary 2013January 2008More recent by 61 months
Display size3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution1229k230kSharper display (+999k dot)

Common features in the Sony A300 and Sony RX1

 A300 RX1 
Focus manually Dial precise focus
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch friendly display No Touch friendly display

Sony A300 vs Sony RX1 Physical Comparison

If you are looking to lug around your camera, you will need to factor in its weight and proportions. The Sony A300 has outer measurements of 131mm x 99mm x 75mm (5.2" x 3.9" x 3.0") and a weight of 632 grams (1.39 lbs) whilst the Sony RX1 has measurements of 113mm x 65mm x 70mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 2.8") accompanied by a weight of 482 grams (1.06 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you have chosen at that time. Following is a front view overall size comparison of the A300 versus the RX1.

Sony A300 vs Sony RX1 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the A300 and RX1 is 64 and 79 respectively.

Sony A300 vs Sony RX1 top view buttons comparison

Sony A300 vs Sony RX1 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it's hard to envision the difference between sensor measurements only by reading through specs. The photograph below will provide you a clearer sense of the sensor measurements in the A300 and RX1.

All in all, each of the cameras feature different resolutions and different sensor measurements. The A300 with its tinier sensor will make shooting shallower DOF harder and the Sony RX1 will give you extra detail having an extra 14MP. Greater resolution will allow you to crop pics way more aggressively. The older A300 is going to be disadvantaged in sensor technology.

Sony A300 vs Sony RX1 sensor size comparison

Sony A300 vs Sony RX1 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony A300 vs Sony RX1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Sony A300
Portrait photography with Sony RX1
59
focusing manually
nice sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
MP count low (10MP)
82
you can focus manually
great flash sync speed (1/4,000 seconds)
sensor resolution is decent (24 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
comes with face detection autofocus
supports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Sony A300 as a Street photography camera
Sony RX1 as a Street photography camera
74
screen tilts
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
66
great sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW files
good high ISO (25,600)
no moving screen
does not have image stabilization
heavier than competitors in class (482g)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Sony A300
Sports photography with Sony RX1
54
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
comes with phase detect AF
slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames/s)
MP count low (10 megapixels)
53
sensor resolution is decent (24MP)
great sensor size (Full frame)
comes with tracking autofocus
can't change focal length (35mm)
very slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames per second)
does not have image stabilization
terrible battery pack (270 per charge)
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Sony A300 Travel photography information
Sony RX1 Travel photography information
45
has built in flash
missing Timelapse recording
MP count low (10 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
62
sensor resolution is decent (24MP)
flash built-in
good max aperture (f2.0)
does not have Time Lapse function
terrible battery pack (270 shots)
heavier than competitors in class (482g)
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Sony A300 Landscape photography information
Sony RX1 Landscape photography information
57
focusing manually
swap lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
MP count low (10 megapixels)
missing Timelapse recording
65
you can focus manually
good max aperture (f2.0)
screen size is decent (3")
sensor resolution is decent (24 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
good high ISO (25,600)
supports RAW files
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
can't change focal length (35mm)
does not have image stabilization
terrible battery pack (270 shots)
does not have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony A300 as a Vlogging camera
Sony RX1 as a Vlogging camera
9
no video recording
34
good max aperture (f2.0)
comes with face detection autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
comes with external mic jack
screen isn't selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
heavier than competitors in class (482g)
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Sony A300 vs Sony RX1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony A300 and Sony RX1
 Sony Alpha DSLR-A300Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1
General Information
Brand Sony Sony
Model Sony Alpha DSLR-A300 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1
Type Entry-Level DSLR Large Sensor Compact
Introduced 2008-01-30 2013-02-19
Body design Compact SLR Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size APS-C Full frame
Sensor dimensions 23.6 x 15.8mm 35.8 x 23.8mm
Sensor surface area 372.9mm² 852.0mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixel 24 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio - 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 3872 x 2592 6000 x 4000
Highest native ISO 3200 25600
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 9 25
Lens
Lens mount Sony/Minolta Alpha fixed lens
Lens focal range - 35mm (1x)
Largest aperture - f/2.0-22.0
Amount of lenses 143 -
Focal length multiplier 1.5 1
Screen
Range of screen Tilting Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 2.7 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 230 thousand dot 1,229 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen technology - Xtra FineTFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentamirror) Electronic and Optical (optional)
Viewfinder coverage 95% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.49x -
Features
Min shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Max shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 3.0fps 5.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 12.00 m (at ISO 100) 6.00 m
Flash modes Auto, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow, Rear curtain, wireless Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Max flash sync - 1/4000 secs
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions - 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 25, 24 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)
Highest video resolution None 1920x1080
Video format - MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 632 grams (1.39 lb) 482 grams (1.06 lb)
Physical dimensions 131 x 99 x 75mm (5.2" x 3.9" x 3.0") 113 x 65 x 70mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 2.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 64 93
DXO Color Depth score 22.5 25.1
DXO Dynamic range score 11.4 14.3
DXO Low light score 538 2534
Other
Battery life - 270 images
Form of battery - Battery Pack
Battery model - NP-BX1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media Compact Flash SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots One One
Pricing at release $0 $2,798