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Sony H300 vs Sony HX80

Portability
63
Imaging
45
Features
37
Overall
41
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H300 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 front
Portability
91
Imaging
44
Features
60
Overall
50

Sony H300 vs Sony HX80 Key Specs

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
  • Launched February 2014
Sony HX80
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200 (Increase to 12800)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.5-6.4) lens
  • 245g - 102 x 58 x 36mm
  • Launched March 2016
Photography Glossary

Sony H300 vs Sony HX80 Overview

Here, we will be contrasting the Sony H300 vs Sony HX80, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and both are offered by Sony. The resolution of the H300 (20MP) and the HX80 (18MP) is pretty comparable and both cameras have the identical sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The H300 was revealed 3 years earlier than the HX80 and that is a fairly sizable gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Both cameras feature different body design with the Sony H300 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Sony HX80 being a Compact camera.

Before going into a complete comparison, here is a short summary of how the H300 matches up against the HX80 for portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Sony H300 over the Sony HX80

 H300 HX80 

Reasons to pick Sony HX80 over the Sony H300

 HX80 H300 
LaunchedMarch 2016February 2014Fresher by 25 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution921k460kSharper screen (+461k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies

Common features in the Sony H300 and Sony HX80

 H300 HX80 
Manual focus Lack of manual focusing
Screen size3"3"Same screen measurements
Touch friendly screen Neither comes with Touch friendly screen

Sony H300 vs Sony HX80 Physical Comparison

When you are looking to carry your camera frequently, you should think about its weight and volume. The Sony H300 comes with outer measurements of 130mm x 95mm x 122mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.8") having a weight of 590 grams (1.30 lbs) and the Sony HX80 has sizing of 102mm x 58mm x 36mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.4") having a weight of 245 grams (0.54 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you are utilizing at that moment. Following is a front view overall size comparison of the H300 vs the HX80.

Sony H300 vs Sony HX80 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the H300 and HX80 is 63 and 91 respectively.

Sony H300 vs Sony HX80 top view buttons comparison

Sony H300 vs Sony HX80 Sensor Comparison

Typically, its tough to imagine the gap in sensor sizing only by seeing a spec sheet. The photograph here may offer you a stronger sense of the sensor measurements in the H300 and HX80.

As you can see, each of these cameras come with the identical sensor size albeit different resolution. You should expect the Sony H300 to produce extra detail because of its extra 2 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also make it easier to crop pictures a good deal more aggressively. The older H300 will be disadvantaged with regard to sensor technology.

Sony H300 vs Sony HX80 sensor size comparison

Sony H300 vs Sony HX80 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony H300 vs Sony HX80 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony H300 Portrait photography advice
Sony HX80 Portrait photography advice
40
good resolution (20MP)
comes with face detect autofocus
focusing manually not possible
no external flash support
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
39
MP count good (18 megapixels)
has face detection autofocus
lack of manual focus
no external flash support
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Sony H300 Street photography information
Sony HX80 Street photography information
43
has image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
heavier than average in class (590 grams)
70
screen tilts up and down
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (245g)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sony H300 as a Sports photography camera
Sony HX80 as a Sports photography camera
50
incredible zoom range (25-875mm 35.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (20 megapixels)
comes with tracking focus
better than average battery pack (350 CIPA)
slow fps (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
57
long zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (18 megapixels)
has tracking autofocus
better than average battery life (390 shots)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Sony H300 Travel photography features
Sony HX80 Travel photography features
56
better than average battery pack (350 CIPA)
good resolution (20 megapixels)
flash built-in
fairly wide (25mm)
very long reach (875mm)
no Time Lapse mode
heavier than average in class (590 grams)
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3)
76
better than average battery life (390 shots)
lighter than competition (245 grams)
MP count good (18 megapixels)
built-in flash
screen is selfie friendly
relatively wide (24mm)
long zoom (720mm)
does not have Timelapse function
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony H300 Landscape photography highlights
Sony HX80 Landscape photography highlights
47
fairly wide (25mm)
pretty good screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (20 megapixels)
better than average battery pack (350 CIPA)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
no Time Lapse mode
49
relatively wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (18MP)
better than average battery life (390 CIPA)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
does not have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony H300 Vlogging highlights
Sony HX80 Vlogging highlights
24
fairly wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detect autofocus
sluggish maximum aperture (f3)
display is not selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 resolution)
no mic jack
heavier than average in class (590g)
75
relatively wide (24mm)
screen is selfie friendly
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competition (245 grams)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
does not have external microphone support
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Sony H300 vs Sony HX80 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony H300 and Sony HX80
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H300Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80
General Information
Brand Sony Sony
Model Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H300 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched 2014-02-13 2016-03-07
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by Bionz(R) Bionz X
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixel 18 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 5152 x 3864 4896 x 3672
Max native ISO 3200 3200
Max enhanced ISO - 12800
Minimum native ISO 80 80
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-875mm (35.0x) 24-720mm (30.0x)
Maximal aperture f/3-5.9 f/3.5-6.4
Macro focus range - 5cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Tilting
Display sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 460k dots 921k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Display tech Clear Photo LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 201k dots -
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30s 30s
Fastest shutter speed 1/1500s 1/2000s
Continuous shutter rate 1.0 frames per second 10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 8.80 m 5.40 m (with Auto ISO)
Flash modes Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off, Advanced Flash Auto, on, slow sync, off, rear sync
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30p) 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Microphone support
Headphone support
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
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 590 gr (1.30 lb) 245 gr (0.54 lb)
Physical dimensions 130 x 95 x 122mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.8") 102 x 58 x 36mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.4")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 350 photographs 390 photographs
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model - NP-BX1
Self timer Yes (Off, 10 sec, 2 sec, portrait1, portrait2) Yes
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo; SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots 1 1
Pricing at release $249 $368