The Sony DSC HX400V and the Panasonic Lumix FZ300 are both point and shoot cameras that will let you capture high resolution images in a range of environments. Both models are a similar style and in the same price bracket, so how do you know which one will be right for you?
We have looked at the main features of both the Sony DSC HX400V and the Panasonic Lumix FZ300 to see which camera we think is the better one.
The Sony DSC HX400V has 20.4 megapixel Exmor R CMOS image sensors that will produce high resolution images even in low light situations. The Panasonic Lumix FZ300 has 12.1 megapixel MOS image sensors that will let you capture high resolution images, even without a flash, but will not be able to be enlarged as much as with the Sony DSC HX400V.
The Sony DSC HX400V will let you get ultra close to your subjects in the distance with a powerful 50 times optical zoom. The Panasonic Lumix FZ300 has a 24 times optical zoom that will still let you get pretty close to distant objects.
Both the Sony DSC HX400V and the Panasonic Lumix FZ300 are larger than most compact cameras and are by no means pocket sized, but are still portable enough for taking on trips when you don’t want to carry around a larger digital SLR. The Sony DSC HX400V measures 3.67 by 4.06 by 5.1 inches.
The Panasonic Lumix FZ300 measures 3.6 by 4.6 by 5.2 inches. Neither of the cameras are particularly lightweight, with the Panasonic Lumix FZ300 weighing 1.52 lbs and the Sony DSC HX400V weighing 1.46 lbs.
Both cameras have built in WiFi so you can connect to your other devices and instantly share your photographic efforts with friends and family. Both cameras can also be remotely controlled, letting you capture more unique images.
Both models are able to shoot videos in full HD 1080p, allowing you to create super sharp home movies, and both can shoot ultra HD 4K still images. The Panasonic Lumix FZ300 has the benefit of being splash proof and dustproof.
Ease of Use
The two models are both easy to use and both have optical viewfinders in addition to their 3 inch LCD screens. The LCD screens on both can tilt, with the Panasonic Lumix FZ300 screen being able to swivel and is touchscreen.
Both cameras feature automatic and manual settings so you have more control over the shots you take and both models feature image stabilization technology to help you out. The Sony DSC HX400V benefits from having a dedicated movie button, making it easy to switch between modes.
After looking at the details of both the Sony DSC HX400V and the Panasonic Lumix FZ300 we think the better camera is the Sony DSC HX400V. It has more megapixels packed into its image sensors and has the advantage of a better zoom lens.
The Sony DSC HX400V is also the less expensive of the two cameras and we don’t think the picture quality of the Panasonic Lumix FZ300 makes it worth the extra dollars.
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