Sony A330 vs Sony HX300

Sony Alpha DSLR-A330 front
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 front

Sony A330 vs Sony HX300 Key Specs

Sony A330
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.7" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 529g - 128 x 97 x 71mm
  • Introduced May 2009
  • Old Model is Sony A300
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
  • Announced February 2013
  • Earlier Model is Sony HX200V
  • Updated by Sony HX400V
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Sony A330 vs Sony HX300 Overview

Its time to examine more closely at the Sony A330 vs Sony HX300, former being a Entry-Level DSLR while the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both of them are built by Sony. There exists a large gap between the resolutions of the A330 (10MP) and HX300 (20MP) and the A330 (APS-C) and HX300 (1/2.3") feature different sensor sizing.

Photography Glossary

The A330 was announced 4 years before the HX300 and that is quite a serious difference as far as technology is concerned. Both cameras come with different body type with the Sony A330 being a Compact SLR camera and the Sony HX300 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera.

Before getting in to a comprehensive comparison, below is a brief overview of how the A330 matches up vs the HX300 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Sony A330 over the Sony HX300

 A330 HX300 

Reasons to pick Sony HX300 over the Sony A330

 HX300 A330 
AnnouncedFebruary 2013May 2009More recent by 45 months
Screen dimension3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution921k230kClearer screen (+691k dot)

Common features in the Sony A330 and Sony HX300

 A330 HX300 
Manually focus More exact focus
Screen typeTiltingTiltingTilting screen
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen
Touch screen Neither features Touch screen

Sony A330 vs Sony HX300 Physical Comparison

If you are aiming to lug around your camera frequently, you will want to think about its weight and proportions. The Sony A330 enjoys outside dimensions of 128mm x 97mm x 71mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 2.8") and a weight of 529 grams (1.17 lbs) whilst the Sony HX300 has measurements of 130mm x 103mm x 93mm (5.1" x 4.1" x 3.7") having a weight of 623 grams (1.37 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you are utilizing at that moment. Here is the front view overall size comparison of the A330 compared to the HX300.

Sony A330 vs Sony HX300 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the A330 and HX300 is 67 and 63 respectively.

Sony A330 vs Sony HX300 top view buttons comparison

Sony A330 vs Sony HX300 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, its hard to imagine the gap between sensor measurements simply by looking at specifications. The graphic below will help provide you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the A330 and HX300.

To sum up, each of these cameras posses different megapixel count and different sensor measurements. The A330 having a bigger sensor is going to make shooting shallower depth of field less difficult and the Sony HX300 will resolve more detail with its extra 10 Megapixels. Higher resolution will let you crop pictures somewhat more aggressively. The older A330 is going to be behind in sensor technology.

Sony A330 vs Sony HX300 sensor size comparison

Sony A330 vs Sony HX300 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony A330 vs Sony HX300 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony A330 Portrait photography details
Sony HX300 Portrait photography details
focusing manually
good sensor size (APS-C)
includes face detect focusing
delivers RAW formats
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
focusing manually
decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
can't use external flash
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Street Comparison

Sony A330 Street photography info
Sony HX300 Street photography info
screen tilts
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
screen tilts
image stabilization (Optical)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
heavier than competitors (623g)
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Sports Comparison

Sony A330 as a Sports photography camera
Sony HX300 as a Sports photography camera
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (APS-C)
has phase detect AF
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames/s)
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
bad battery life (230 CIPA)
incredible zoom range (24-1200mm 50.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
offers tracking autofocus
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Sony A330 Travel photography information
Sony HX300 Travel photography information
has built in flash
missing Time Lapse mode
bad battery life (230 per charge)
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
reasonably wide (24mm)
long zoom (1200mm)
lack of Time Lapse function
heavier than competitors (623 grams)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Sony A330
Landscape photography with Sony HX300
focusing manually
swap lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
screen is small (2.7")
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
bad battery life (230 per charge)
missing Time Lapse mode
focusing manually
reasonably wide (24mm)
decent sized screen (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
lack of Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony A330 as a Vlogging camera
Sony HX300 as a Vlogging camera
no video
reasonably wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
lack of external mic socket
heavier than competitors (623g)
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Sony A330 vs Sony HX300 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony A330 and Sony HX300
 Sony Alpha DSLR-A330Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300
General Information
Manufacturer Sony Sony
Model Sony Alpha DSLR-A330 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300
Type Entry-Level DSLR Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced 2009-05-18 2013-02-20
Physical type Compact SLR SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Chip Bionz -
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size APS-C 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 23.5 x 15.7mm 6.16 x 4.62mm
Sensor area 369.0mm² 28.5mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixel 20 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 -
Max resolution 3872 x 2592 5184 x 3888
Max native ISO 3200 12800
Minimum native ISO 100 80
RAW files
Manual focus
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 9 9
Lens mounting type Sony/Minolta Alpha fixed lens
Lens focal range - 24-1200mm (50.0x)
Maximum aperture - f/2.8-6.3
Amount of lenses 143 -
Crop factor 1.5 5.8
Type of screen Tilting Tilting
Screen diagonal 2.7 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 230k dots 921k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentamirror) Electronic
Viewfinder coverage 95 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.49x -
Min shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 3.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 10.00 m -
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Wireless -
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Max flash synchronize 1/160 seconds -
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions - 1920 x 1080 (60, 50 fps)
Max video resolution None 1920x1080
Mic port
Headphone port
Wireless None None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 529 gr (1.17 pounds) 623 gr (1.37 pounds)
Dimensions 128 x 97 x 71mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 2.8") 130 x 103 x 93mm (5.1" x 4.1" x 3.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 64 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 22.4 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 11.5 not tested
DXO Low light score 535 not tested
Battery life 230 photos -
Battery type Battery Pack -
Battery model NP-FH50 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) -
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/ SDHC, Memory Stick Pro Duo -
Card slots Single Single
Price at release $545 $339