Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

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Sony SLT-A37

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Sony SLT-A37

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT-A37

Overall image quality
Great image quality
75.0
True resolution
High true resolution
16 MP
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
900 ms startup delay
 

differences

Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX300

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Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.0" vs 2.6"
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Around 20% larger screen
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
0 ms vs 109 ms
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Almost the same
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
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Advantages of the Sony SLT-A37

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Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
900 ms vs 2000 ms
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2.2x less delay when turning on
Sensor size
Significantly larger sensor
APS-C 23.4x15.6mm vs 1/2.3" 6.3x4.6mm
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Around 13x larger sensor
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16 MP vs 9.9 MP
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Capture more than 60% more detail in your photos
Size
Smaller
124x92x85 mm vs 130x93x103 mm
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More than 20% smaller
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
Battery life
Longer battery life
500 shots vs 310 shots
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More than 60% more shots per battery charge
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
16,000 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The SLT-A37's maximum light sensitivity is 2.3 f-stops better
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Weight
Lighter
506 g vs 650 g
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More than 20% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
3.3" vs 4.1"
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Around 20% thinner
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
15 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The SLT-A37's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              DSC-HX300:0 ms
              SLT-A37:109 ms
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              DSC-HX300:4.1"
              SLT-A37:3.3"
              Weight Heavy Help
              DSC-HX300:650 g
              SLT-A37:506 g
              Size Large Help
              DSC-HX300:130x93x103 mm
              SLT-A37:124x92x85 mm
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              DSC-HX300:9
              SLT-A37:15
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $310 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $398 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Size Is significantly smaller
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously while recording movies
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $440 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 - $387 body only

              $410 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $468

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349 - $500

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $299 - $397

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H400

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H400

              Super zoom

              $278 - $288

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $248 - $345

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

              Sony SLT-A37 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A57

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $605 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Size Slightly larger
              Weight Heavier
              Sony SLT A35

              Sony SLT A35

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,110 body only

              $679 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $469 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Sony SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              $530 body only

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Shutter lag More shutter lag

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