Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v vs Nikon D300

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Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

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Nikon D300

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Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10 fps
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D300

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
Badge
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
Battery life
Great battery life
1000 shots

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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D300

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Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Battery life
Much longer battery life
1000 shots vs 410 shots
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Around 2.5x more shots per battery charge
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Focus points
More focus points
51 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
True resolution
Higher true resolution
12.2 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture around 30% more detail in your photos
Thickness
Thinner
2.9" vs 3.7"
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More than 20% thinner
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
6,400 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX100v

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 60fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Size
Smaller
122×87×93 mm vs 147×114×74 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight
Significantly lighter
577 g vs 925 g
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Around 40% lighter
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 6 fps
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Around 70% faster continuous shooting
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$502.95 vs $1,648.89
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The best price we've seen is $1,146 cheaper (3.3x less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              D300922k dots
              DSC-HX100v921k dots
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              D300Pentaprism
              DSC-HX100vDigital
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              D3001/8000s
              DSC-HX100v1/4000s
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              D300925 g
              DSC-HX100v577 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              D3002.9"
              DSC-HX100v3.7"
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Size Large Help
              D300147×114×74 mm
              DSC-HX100v122×87×93 mm
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $274 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage

              Nikon D300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $679 body only

              $976 with 55-300mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 body only

              $718 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Movie format Shoots movies
              Cross type focus points Slightly fewer cross-type focus points
              Focus points Slightly fewer focus points
              Nikon D300S

              Nikon D300S

              Pro DSLR

              $2,550 with 18-200mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Storage slots Has more storage slots
              Lowest price More expensive
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon D200

              Nikon D200

              Pro DSLR

              $1,492 with 18-70mm lens

              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Color depth Better color depth
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $413 - $497 body only

              $489 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Super zoom

              $630

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $419 - $498

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Larger
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $360 - $398

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Size Larger
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $845 body only

              $725 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $425

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              GPS No built-in GPS

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