Panasonic Lumix FZ72 vs Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

Winner
Panasonic Lumix FZ72

82

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

73

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix FZ72

Wide angle lens
Wide angle
20 mm
Many focus points
Focus points
23
Shoots RAW
Supports RAW
Better editing
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions

Items often bought with the Panasonic FZ72 or Sony DSC-HX300

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix FZ72.
Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300.

differences

Advantages of the Panasonic FZ72

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Zoom
More zoom
60x vs 50x
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More than 40% more zoom
Wide angle
Better wide angle
20 mm vs 24 mm
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Around 20% better wide angle
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
23 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Battery life
Longer battery life
400 shots vs 310 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Longest exposure
Significantly longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
Weight
Slightly lighter
606 g vs 650 g
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Around 10% lighter
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$306.30 vs $369.99
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The best price we've seen is $64 cheaper (around 20% less)
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX300

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Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Size
Smaller
130×93×103 mm vs 130×97×118 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The DSC-HX300's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
10 fps vs 9 fps
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More than 10% faster continuous shooting
Thickness
Thinner
4.1" vs 4.6"
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More than 10% thinner
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent super zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Zoom Great zoom Help
              FZ7260x
              DSC-HX30050x
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1.0 cm
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              FZ729 fps
              DSC-HX30010 fps
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              FZ7260s
              DSC-HX30030s
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              FZ724.6"
              DSC-HX3004.1"
              Weight Heavy Help
              FZ72606 g
              DSC-HX300650 g
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Size Large Help
              FZ72130×97×118 mm
              DSC-HX300130×93×103 mm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              FZ721/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
              DSC-HX3001/2.3" 6.28x4.55mm
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              FZ721080p @ 30fps
              DSC-HX3001080p @ 60fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $428 - $448

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $362 - $398

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Zoom Has significantly less zoom
              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Super zoom

              $374 - $427

              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $394 - $480

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Super zoom

              $597 - $1,350

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $220 - $227

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $300 - $350

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures

              Panasonic Lumix FZ72 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Panasonic Lumix FZ72.

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $220 - $228

              Zoom More zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $130 - $218

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Weight Slightly lighter
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Zoom Less zoom

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              Siva (1:36 AM, April 28, 2014)
              Good comparison. helps me a lot.