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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 vs Sony DSC-HX90

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 vs Sony DSC-HX90

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300
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Reasons For

4 Reasons For
0.7 smaller minimum aperture number Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is a 2.8 minimum aperture digital camera, whereas the Sony DSC-HX90 is a 3.5 minimum aperture digital camera (0.7 larger).
Touchscreen Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 has a touchscreen, whereas the Sony DSC-HX90 does not.
12% higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 has a display resolution (numeric) of 1,040,000 pixels. That's 118,400 pixels higher than the Sony DSC-HX90 (921,600 pixels).
Slightly better user reviews
Based on 73 reviews, the average user review score of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is 91%, whereas the average rating of the Sony DSC-HX90 is 88% (based on 148 reviews).
8 Reasons For
6.1MP higher megapixel Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90 has a megapixel of 18.2MP, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is only a 12.1MP 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 30x, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is only a 24x 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.

Significantly bigger digital zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90 has a digital zoom of 120x, whereas the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is only a 4x digital zoom digital camera (116x smaller). Read more

The digital zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in by cropping the image received by the camera's sensor. A digital zoom is not as good as an optical zoom as it will result in a reduction in image quality the further you zoom in. This is because fewer of the camera's pixels are being used to capture the image.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge the subject but this can result in the image becoming blurry. A digital zoom can be used if an optical zoom is not available.

2x lighter Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90 is a 218g digital camera. That's 422g lighter than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 (218g). 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 battery life (CIPA standard) Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90 takes 390.00 battery life (CIPA standard), however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 only takes 380.00 battery life (CIPA standard). 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.

Near Field Communication (NFC) Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90 supports Near Field Communication (NFC), whereas the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 does not support Near Field Communication (NFC).
$70 cheaper
The Sony DSC-HX90 is $69.99 cheaper than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300.
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 34 reviews).

Reasons Against

7 Reasons Against
51% lower megapixel Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is a 12.1MP digital camera. That's 6.1MP lower than the Sony DSC-HX90 (18.2MP). 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 24x optical zoom digital camera. That's 6x smaller than the Sony DSC-HX90 (30x). 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.

Significantly smaller digital zoom Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is a 4x digital zoom digital camera. That's 116x smaller than the Sony DSC-HX90 (120x). Read more

The digital zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in by cropping the image received by the camera's sensor. A digital zoom is not as good as an optical zoom as it will result in a reduction in image quality the further you zoom in. This is because fewer of the camera's pixels are being used to capture the image.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge the subject but this can result in the image becoming blurry. A digital zoom can be used if an optical zoom is not available.

Vastly heavier Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 has a weight of 640g, however the Sony DSC-HX90 is a 218g 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 380.00 battery life (CIPA standard) Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 takes 380.00 battery life (CIPA standard), however the Sony DSC-HX90 only takes 390.00 battery life (CIPA standard). 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.

More expensive by $70
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is $69.99 more expensive than the Sony DSC-HX90.
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).
4 Reasons Against
0.7 larger minimum aperture number 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).
13% lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90 has a display resolution (numeric) of 921,600 pixels, however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is a 1,040,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (118,400 pixels higher).
Nine months older
The Sony DSC-HX90 is older than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 by nine months.
Moderately Lower user review Score
The average user rating of the Sony DSC-HX90 is 88%, whereas the average user rating of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is 91% (based on 73 reviews).

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 compact camera
 compact camera
BEST
Megapixel
12.1MP 18.2MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
BEST
Still Image Resolution(s)
 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 Formats Supported
 RAW
 JPG
 EXIF
BEST
 RAW
 JPG
 EXIF
Total Megapixels
12.8MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Supported Aspect Ratios
 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
Dustproof
 Dustproof
Unknown - Click to provide data
Splashproof
 Splashproof
Unknown - Click to provide data

Lens System

Optical Zoom
24x 30x
BEST
Digital Zoom
4x 120x
BEST
Minimum Aperture Number
2.8
BEST
3.5
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
720mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
25mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
4.5 - 108 4.1 - 123
Extra/Smart Zoom
48x Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
14/11 Unknown - Click to provide data
Aspheric Element
5 Unknown - Click to provide data

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 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
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
 Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
Unknown - Click to provide data
Normal Focusing Range
0.3 - ∞ / 2.0 - ∞ Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Normal Focusing Range (wide)
0.3m Unknown - Click to provide data
Normal Focusing Range (tele)
2m Unknown - Click to provide data

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Modes
 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 Sensitivity
 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
ISO Sensitivity (max)
6,400 Unknown - Click to provide data
ISO Sensitivity (min)
100 Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Light Metering
 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

Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
60s
BEST
30s
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Camera Shutter Type
 Mechanical
 Mechanical

Flash

Flash Modes
 Auto
 Flash on
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Flash off
 Auto
 Flash on
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Flash off
Flash Range (tele)
1 - 8.8 2.5 - 3
Flash Range (wide)
0.3 - 8.8 0.3 - 5.4

Video

Maximum Video Resolution
 3840 x 2160
BEST
 3840 x 2160
Video Formats Supported
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolutions
 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 At Capture Speed
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
BEST
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 4K Ultra HD
 Full HD
 4K Ultra HD
 Full HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone

Memory

Compatible Memory Cards
 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 Slots
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Display Diagonal
3" 3"
Display
 LCD
 LCD
Vari-Angle LCD Display
 Vari-angle LCD display
Unknown - Click to provide data
Field of View
100% Unknown - Click to provide data
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
BEST
 Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
1,040,000 pixels
BEST
921,600 pixels
Display Aspect Ratio
 4:3
 4:3

Viewfinder

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

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
AV Output
 AV output
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
Microphone in
 Microphone in
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI Connector Type
 Micro
 Micro
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
Security Algorithms
 WPA
 WPA2
 WPA
 WPA2

Camera

GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
White Balance
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Fluorescent
 Custom modes
 Push
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Fluorescent
 Custom modes
 Push
Photo Effects
 Black&White
 Sepia
 Vivid
 Black&White
 Sepia
 Vivid
Self-Timer Delay
2,10 2,5,10
Histogram
 Histogram
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Editing
 Resizing
 Crop
 Resizing
 Crop
Camera File System
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
BEST
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
Live View
 Live view
Unknown - Click to provide data
Multi Burst Mode
 Multi burst mode
Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Playback
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Thumbnails
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Thumbnails
Saturation Adjustment
 Saturation adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
Contrast Adjustment
 Contrast adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
Direct Printing
 Direct printing
Unknown - Click to provide data
Brightness Adjustment
 Brightness adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Modes
 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 (OSD) Languages
 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 Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data NP-BX1
Battery Capacity
1,200mAh 1,240mAh
BEST
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
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
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Cables Included
 USB
 AC
 Micro-USB
 USB
 AC
 Micro-USB
Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Battery Charger Included
 Battery charger included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Quick Start Guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Quick start guide
Wrist Strap Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wrist strap included

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
 Near Field Communication (NFC)
 Near Field Communication (NFC)
BEST
Data Network
 Not supported
 Not supported

Other Features

Video Capability
 Video capability
Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
Unknown - Click to provide data

Technical Details

Built-In Speaker(s)
 Built-in speaker(s)
Unknown - Click to provide data
Self-Timer
 Self-timer
Unknown - Click to provide data
Viewfinder
1,440,000 pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
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