Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
In this overview, we are going to take a look at two different camera models that fall into different categories: the first model we are about to review, Sony SLT-A58 is a camera from Entry-Level DSLR category. It features CMOS sensor with a resolution of 20.0 MP. The second model we are looking at, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300, falls into a Small Sensor Superzoom category and it is equipped with BSI-CMOS sensor that has a resolution of 20.0 MP.
Without a doubt, these two categories have a few considerable distinctive features. However, it is worth saying that cameras from DSLR category create serious competition to models that fall into SuperZoom category. Such an intense competition between these two categories is explained by the significant advantages of cameras from the first category in terms of size and weight. In addition, thanks to the latest enhancement, this type of cameras come with increased focus speeds. This fact makes our comparison overview even more exciting.
Now, before we can move on to our comparison, let's take a moment to look at the key characteristics of Sony SLT-A58 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300.
Sony SLT-A58 Key Features:
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 Key Features:
Being a newer model, Sony SLT-A58 substituted Sony A57.
|Wireless Connectivity||Eye-Fi Connected vs No||Better connectivity|
|Sensor Area||348 mm2 vs 28.46 mm2||91.8% larger pixel area|
|Raw Support||Yes vs No||Better image quality|
|Flash Range||10 vs No||10 better flash range|
|External Flash||Yes vs No||Connect off-camera flash|
|Number Of Focus Points||15 vs 9||6 more focus points|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes vs No||Very handy for portraits|
|Weight||492 g vs 623 g||131 g lighter|
|Microphone Port||Yes vs No||High quality audio recording option|
|Viewfinder Magnification||0.65 vs No||0.65 better magnification|
|Continuous Shooting||10 fps vs 8 fps||2 fps faster|
|Screen Size||3″ vs 2.7″||0.3" larger screen|
|Screen Resolution||921k dots vs 460k dots||50.1% higher resolution screen|
|Screen Type||Tilting | Tilting||Help viewing and changing settings easily|
|Viewfinder||Electronic | Electronic||Better framing and control|
|Bracketing||Yes | Yes||Useful for tough lighting conditions and HDR|
|Continuous Shooting||8.0 fps | 10.0 fps||Nice continuous shooting|
|Built-In Flash||Yes | Yes||External flash available|
|Image Stabilization||Yes | Yes||Built-in stabilization|
|Touch Screen||No | No||No touch screen|
|Screen Resolution||460k dots | 921k dots||Small screen resolution|
|Sensor Resolution||20.0 MP | 20.0 MP||Small sensor resolution|
|Headphone Port||No | No||No headphone port|
|Timelapse Recording||No | No||No timelapse recording|
|Environmental Sealing||No | No||No environmental sealing|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Sony SLT-A58 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Sony SLT-A58 is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 131g less than the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Sony SLT-A58 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 any different in terms of sensor type?
Take a look below to find the comparison of Sony SLT-A58 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Sony SLT-A58 has a sensor area 0.1x bigger compared to Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300. What does it mean? This basically means that if you these cameras them with the same aperture and focal length, the first model will give you more control in terms of the blurry background and depth of field.
In terms of sensor size, both Sony SLT-A58 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 feature similar sensors. Thus, none of these models can boast of a significant advantage over the other. Both cameras should deliver about the same control over the depth of field if they are used with the same aperture and focal length.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Sony SLT-A58 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Sony SLT-A58||Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300|
Disadvantages:No Significant Disadvantages
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Sony SLT-A58 or Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Sony SLT-A58 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Sony SLT-A58 deserves a higher Total Score than the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Sony SLT-A58||Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300|
|Announced||Nov 27, 2013||Feb 20, 2013|
|Body Type||Compact SLR||SLR-like (bridge)|
|Sensor Dimensions||23.2 x 15.4 mm||6.16 x 4.62 mm|
|Sensor Area||348.00 mm2||28.46 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||20.0 MP||20.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||5456 x 3632||5184 x 3888|
|Max Native ISO||16,000||12,800|
|Max Boosted ISO||25,600||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||100||80|
|Lens Mount||Sony/Minolta Alpha||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||141||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||1.5x||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||15||9|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||3||n/a|
|Screen Resolution||460k dots||921k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||1,440k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||8.0 fps||10.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080||1920 x 1080 (60, 50 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264||n/a|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||492 g||623 g|
|Physical Dimensions||129 x 95 x 78 mm||130 x 103 x 93 mm|
|Battery Life||690 shots||n/a|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||n/a|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo||n/a|