Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.8
Great zoom
Zoom
50x
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
2000 ms startup delay
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Size
Really small
Mid size (108×64×38 mm)
Battery life
Great battery life
400 shots
Thickness
Thin
1.5"
Weight
Light-weight
272 g

Items often bought with the DSC-HX300 or DSC-HX50V

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Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300.
Explore our gallery of 22 sample photos taken by the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V.

differences

Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX300

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Aperture
Significantly wider aperture
f/2.8 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the DSC-HX300's lens captures slightly more light (0.6 f-stops)
Zoom
Significantly more zoom
50x vs 30x
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Around 3x more zoom
Macro focus
Much better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
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
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX50V

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Size
Much smaller
108×64×38 mm vs 130×93×103 mm
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4.7x smaller
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Battery life
Longer battery life
400 shots vs 310 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.5" vs 4.1"
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2.7x thinner
Weight
Significantly lighter
272 g vs 650 g
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2.4x lighter
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
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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
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              921k dots
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              10 fps
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              30 seconds
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $398 - $428

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H400

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H400

              Super zoom

              $248 - $250

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $220 - $227

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              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 slightly more expensive
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $250

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $300 - $350

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              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

              $168

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Weight Slightly lighter
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Zoom Less zoom
              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $199 - $297

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Size Smaller
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Super zoom

              $374 - $427

              Zoom More zoom
              Size Slightly smaller
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Travel zoom

              $428

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              External flash No external flash support
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $257

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              External flash No external flash support
              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Travel zoom

              $249 - $297

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

              Travel zoom

              $268 - $349

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $213 - $298

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Size Slightly smaller
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

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