Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77 vs Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX70

Winner
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX70

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Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10 fps
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX70

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.2
Size
Really small
Compact (103×55×23 mm)
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Thickness
Thin
0.9"

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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX70

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Size
Much smaller
103×55×23 mm vs 130×93×103 mm
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9.6x smaller
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.2 vs f/2.8
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-FX70's lens captures slightly more light (0.7 f-stops)
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Weight
Much lighter
165 g vs 650 g
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3.9x lighter
Thickness
Much thinner
0.9" vs 4.1"
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4.5x thinner
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX300

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Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
0 ms vs 550 ms
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Almost the same
Zoom
Significantly more zoom
50x vs 5x
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100x more zoom
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 1.8 fps
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More than 5.5x faster continuous shooting
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 3.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
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
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The DSC-HX300's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
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 digicams, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              DMC-FX70f/2.2
              DSC-HX300f/2.8
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              DMC-FX701,600 ISO
              DSC-HX3003,200 ISO

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $393 - $448

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $329 - $349

              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

              Panasonic Lumix FZ72

              Super zoom

              $301 - $318

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Super zoom

              $597

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX70 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Super zoom

              $205

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Fujifilm Finepix JX550

              Fujifilm Finepix JX550

              Compact

              $624

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Canon EOS 100D

              Canon EOS 100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $510 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Significantly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77

              Compact

              $171

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H400

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H400

              Super zoom

              $280 - $298

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $110 - $218

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Lowest price Cheaper
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Zoom Less zoom
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $300 - $547 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $362 - $398

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Zoom Significantly less zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

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