Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 vs Sony DSC-HX90

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300
Sony DSC-HX90

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Reasons For

3 Reasons For
0.7 smaller minimum aperture Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 has a minimum aperture of 2.8, whereas the Sony DSC-HX90 is a 3.5 minimum aperture digital camera (0.7 larger).
Longer maximum camera shutter speed Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 has a maximum camera shutter speed of 60ss. That's 30s longer than the Sony DSC-HX90 (30ss). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

Better user reviews
Based on 16 reviews, the average user review score of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is 94%, whereas the average rating of the Sony DSC-HX90 is 87% (based on 55 reviews).
6 Reasons For
6.1MP higher megapixel count Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90 has a megapixel count of 18.2MPMP, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is only a 12.1MPMP digital camera (6.1MP lower). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

Bigger optical zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90 has an optical zoom of 30xx, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is only a 24xx optical zoom digital camera (6x smaller). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

Vastly higher display resolution Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90 has a display resolution of 921,600 pixels pixels, however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is only a 1,040,000 pixels pixels display resolution digital camera (920 pixels lower).
2x lighter Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90 is a 218gg digital camera. That's 422g lighter than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 (218gg). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

Ten more shots per battery charge Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90 takes 390 shots shots per battery charge, however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 only takes 380 shots shots per battery charge. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

Expert reviews are better
Based on 5 expert reviews, the Sony DSC-HX90 has an average review score of 94%, whereas the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 has an average rating of 88% (based on 23 reviews).

Reasons Against

6 Reasons Against
51% lower megapixel count Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is a 12.1MPMP digital camera. That's 6.1MP lower than the Sony DSC-HX90 (18.2MPMP). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

Smaller optical zoom Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is a 24xx optical zoom digital camera. That's 6x smaller than the Sony DSC-HX90 (30xx). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

Vastly lower display resolution Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is a 1,040,000 pixels pixels display resolution digital camera. That's 920 pixels lower than the Sony DSC-HX90 (921,600 pixels pixels).
Vastly heavier Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 has a weight of 640gg, however the Sony DSC-HX90 is a 218gg digital camera (422g lighter). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

Only 380 shots shots per battery charge Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 takes 380 shots shots per battery charge, however the Sony DSC-HX90 only takes 390 shots shots per battery charge. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

Expert review Rating is Worse
The average expert rating of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is 88%, whereas the average expert rating of the Sony DSC-HX90 is 94% (based on 5 reviews).
5 Reasons Against
0.7 larger minimum aperture Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90 is a 3.5 minimum aperture digital camera. That's 0.7 larger than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 (3.5).
Significantly shorter maximum camera shutter speed Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90 has a maximum camera shutter speed of 30ss, however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is a 60ss maximum shutter speed digital camera (30s longer). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

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Nine months older
The Sony DSC-HX90 is older than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 by nine months.
Lower user review Score
The average user rating of the Sony DSC-HX90 is 87%, whereas the average user rating of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is 94% (based on 16 reviews).

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Date Released

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 compact camera
 compact camera
BEST
Megapixel Count
12.1MP 18.2MP
BEST
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
BEST
Still Image Resolution
 4000 x 3000
 4000 x 2248
 2992 x 2992
 3840 x 2160
 3264 x 2448
 2448 x 2448
 1920 x 1920
 2048 x 1536
 2048 x 1360
 1920 x 1080
BEST
 4000 x 3000
 4000 x 2248
 2992 x 2992
 3840 x 2160
 3264 x 2448
 2448 x 2448
 1920 x 1920
 2048 x 1536
 2048 x 1360
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Image Resolution
 4896 x 3264
 4896 x 3264
BEST
Image Format
 RAW
 JPG
 EXIF
BEST
 RAW
 JPG
 EXIF
Total Megapixel Count
12.8MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Aspect Ratio
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 1:1
BEST
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 1:1
Image Sensor Size
 1
 1

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black
Protection Feature
 Dust resistant
 Splash proof
 Dust resistant
 Splash proof

Lens System

Optical Zoom
24x 30x
BEST
Digital Zoom
4x
BEST
120x
Minimum Aperture
2.8
BEST
3.5
Maximum Focal Length
720mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length
25mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range
4.5 - 108 4.1 - 123
Extra / Smart Zoom
48x Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Structure
14/11 Unknown - Click to provide data
Aspheric Element
5 Unknown - Click to provide data

Focusing

Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 spot
 flexible spot
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Spot Auto Focus
 Flexible Spot Auto Focus
 Face tracking
 Face detection
 single
 continuous
 spot
 flexible spot
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Spot Auto Focus
 Flexible Spot Auto Focus
 Face tracking
 Face detection
Normal Focusing Range
0.3 - ∞ / 2.0 - ∞ Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Mode
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
ISO Speed
 Auto
 64
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 12800
 Auto
 64
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 12800
Maximum ISO Speed
6,400 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum ISO Speed
100 Unknown - Click to provide data
Light Metering Mode
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
60s
BEST
30s
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Camera Shutter
 Mechanical
 Mechanical

Flash

Flash Mode
 Flash on
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Flash off
 Flash on
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Flash off
Tele Flash Range
1 - 8.8 2.5 - 3
Flash Range
0.3 - 8.8 0.3 - 5.4

Video

Maximum Video Resolution
 3840 x 2160
BEST
 3840 x 2160
Video Format
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
Analog Signal Format
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolution
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
BEST
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
Resolution and Capture Speed
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
BEST
HD Type
 4K Ultra HD
 Full HD
 4K Ultra HD
 Full HD

Memory

Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS Duo
 MS PRO Duo
 MS PRO Duo HS
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MicroSD (TransFlash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS Duo
 MS PRO Duo
 MS PRO Duo HS
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MicroSD (TransFlash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
Memory Slot
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Screen Size
3" 3"
Display
 LCD
 LCD
Field of View
100% Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution
1,040,000 pixels 921,600 pixels
BEST
Display Aspect Ratio
 4:3
 4:3

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
0.39" Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Magnification Ratio
3.88x Unknown - Click to provide data
Viewfinder
 Electronic
 Electronic

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI Connector
 Micro
 Micro
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
Ecurity Algorithm
 WPA
 WPA2
 WPA
 WPA2

Camera

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Fluorescent
 Custom modes
 Push
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Fluorescent
 Custom modes
 Push
Shooting Mode
 Aperture priority
 Aperture priority
Photo Effect
 Black&White
 Sepia
 Vivid
 Black&White
 Sepia
 Vivid
Self-Timer
2,10 2,5,10
Image Editing Mode
 Resizing
 Crop
 Resizing
 Crop
Camera File System
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
BEST
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
Playback Mode
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Thumbnails
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Thumbnails
Scene Mode
 Children
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sunset
 Food
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Sports
 Pet
 Children
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sunset
 Food
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Sports
 Pet
On Screen Display Language
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 ESP
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 ESP
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
640g 218g
BEST
Height
91.5mm 58.1mm
Depth
117.1mm 35.4mm
Width
131.6mm 102mm
Weight Including Battery
691g 245g
BEST

Battery

Power Source
 Battery
 Battery
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Size
Unknown - Click to provide data NP-BX1
Battery Capacity
1,200mAh 1,240mAh
BEST
Shot Per Battery Charge
380 shots 390 shots
BEST
Battery Voltage
7.2V 3.6V

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
PHOTOfunSTUDIO 9.7PE,SILKYPIX Developer Studio 4.3SE,Adobe Reader,LoiLoScope (trial) Unknown - Click to provide data
Included Cable
 USB
 AC
 Micro-USB
 USB
 AC
 Micro-USB

Technical Details

Viewfinder
1,440,000 pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
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