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Olympus E-450 vs Sony H300

The Olympus E-450 and the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H300 are two digital cameras that were revealed to the public, respectively, in March 2009 and February 2014. The E-450 is a DSLR, while the H300 is a fixed lens compact. The cameras are based on a Four Thirds (E-450) and a 1/2.3-inch (H300) sensor. The Olympus has a resolution of 10 megapixels, whereas the Sony provides 19.9 MP.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Olympus E-450 versus Sony H300
Olympus E-450 Sony H300
Digital single lens reflex Fixed lens compact camera
Four Thirds lenses 25-875mm f/3.4-6.5
10 MP, Four Thirds Sensor 19.9 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor
no Video 720/30p Video
ISO 100-1,600 ISO 80-3,200
Optical viewfinder No viewfinder, LCD framing
2.7 LCD, 215k dots 3.0 LCD, 460k dots
Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive) Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive)
3.5 shutter flaps per second 0.8 shutter flaps per second
500 shots per battery charge350 shots per battery charge
130 x 91 x 53 mm, 440 g 128 x 89 x 92 mm, 590 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Olympus E-450 and the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H300? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison

The side-by-side display below illustrates the physical size and weight of the Olympus E-450 and the Sony H300. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive perspectives from the front, the top, and the back are available. All width, height and depth measures are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

Size Olympus E-450 vs Sony H300
Compare E-450 versus H300 top
Comparison E-450 or H300 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Sony H300 is somewhat smaller (4 percent) than the Olympus E-450. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the E-450 nor the H300 are weather-sealed.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete and possibly misleading, as the H300 has a lens built in, whereas the E-450 is an interchangeable lens camera that requires a separate lens. Attaching the latter will add extra weight and bulk to the setup. You can compare the optics available for the E-450 and their specifications in the Four Thirds Lens Catalog.

The adjacent table lists the principal physical characteristics of the two cameras alongside a wider set of alternatives. If you would like to visualize and compare a different camera combination, you can navigate to the CAM-parator app and make your selection from a broad list of cameras there.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Olympus E-450 130 mm 91 mm 53 mm 440 g 500 n Mar 2009 499i
2.
 
Sony H300 128 mm 89 mm 92 mm 590 g 350 n Feb 2014 219 i
3.
 
Canon SX610 105 mm 61 mm 27 mm 191 g 270 n Jan 2015 249i
4.
 
Canon G12 112 mm 76 mm 48 mm 401 g 370 n Sep 2010 499i
5.
 
Nikon D3000 126 mm 97 mm 64 mm 536 g 500 n Jul 2009 599i
6.
 
Olympus E-PL2 114 mm 72 mm 42 mm 362 g 280 n Jan 2011 599i
7.
 
Olympus E-600 130 mm 94 mm 60 mm 535 g 500 n Aug 2009 449i
8.
 
Olympus E-620 130 mm 94 mm 60 mm 521 g 500 n Feb 2009 699i
9.
 
Olympus E-420 130 mm 91 mm 53 mm 440 g 500 n Mar 2008 599i
10.
 
Olympus E-520 136 mm 92 mm 68 mm 535 g 750 n May 2008 699i
11.
 
Olympus E-410 130 mm 91 mm 53 mm 435 g 500 n Mar 2007 699i
12.
 
Panasonic G10 124 mm 84 mm 74 mm 388 g 380 n Mar 2010 499i
13.
 
Panasonic G2 124 mm 84 mm 74 mm 428 g 360 n Mar 2010 599i
14.
 
Sony HX90V 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 245 g 360 n Apr 2015 429 i
15.
 
Sony HX400V 130 mm 93 mm 103 mm 660 g 300 n Feb 2014 499 i
16.
 
Sony H400 130 mm 95 mm 122 mm 628 g 300 n Feb 2014 319 i
17.
 
Sony H200 123 mm 83 mm 87 mm 530 g 240 n Jan 2013 249 i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

Any camera decision will obviously take relative prices into account. The manufacturer’s suggested retail prices give an idea on the placement of the camera in the maker’s lineup and the broader market. The H300 was launched at a lower price than the E-450, despite having a lens built in. Normally, street prices remain initially close to the MSRP, but after a couple of months, the first discounts appear. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.

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Sensor comparison

The size of the imaging sensor is a crucial determinant of image quality. A large sensor will tend to have larger individual pixels that provide better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixel-units in a sensor of the same technological generation. Further, a large sensor camera will give the photographer additional creative options when using shallow depth-of-field to isolate a subject from its background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be associated with larger, more expensive camera bodies and lenses.

Of the two cameras under consideration, the Olympus E-450 features a Four Thirds sensor and the Sony H300 a 1/2.3-inch sensor. The sensor area in the H300 is 88 percent smaller. As a result of these sensor size differences, the cameras have a format factor of, respectively, 2.0 and 5.6. Both cameras feature a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 4:3.

Olympus E-450 and Sony H300 sensor measures

Despite having a smaller sensor, the H300 offers a higher resolution of 19.9 megapixels, compared with 10 MP of the E-450. This megapixels advantage comes at the cost of a higher pixel density and a smaller size of the individual pixel (with a pixel pitch of 1.19μm versus 4.74μm for the E-450). However, it should be noted that the H300 is much more recent (by 4 years and 10 months) than the E-450, and its sensor will have benefitted from technological advances during this time that make it possible to gather light more efficiently. Coming back to sensor resolution, it should be mentioned that the H300 has no anti-alias filter installed, so that it can capture all the detail its sensor resolves.

The resolution advantage of the Sony H300 implies greater flexibility for cropping images or the possibility to print larger pictures. The maximum print size of the H300 for good quality output (200 dots per inch) amounts to 25.8 x 19.3 inches or 65.4 x 49.1 cm, for very good quality (250 dpi) 20.6 x 15.5 inches or 52.3 x 39.3 cm, and for excellent quality (300 dpi) 17.2 x 12.9 inches or 43.6 x 32.7 cm. The corresponding values for the Olympus E-450 are 18.2 x 13.7 inches or 46.3 x 34.7 cm for good quality, 14.6 x 10.9 inches or 37.1 x 27.8 cm for very good quality, and 12.2 x 9.1 inches or 30.9 x 23.2 cm for excellent quality prints.

The Olympus E-450 has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 1600. The corresponding ISO settings for the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H300 are ISO 80 to ISO 3200 (no boost).

E-450 versus H300 MP

Since 2007, DXO Mark has published sensor performance measurements that have been derived using a consistent methodology. This service determines an overall sensor rating, as well as sub-scores for low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and color depth ("DXO Portrait"). The following table provides an overview of the physical sensor characteristics, as well as the sensor quality measurements for a selection of comparators.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Olympus E-450 Four Thirds 10.0 3648 2736none21.510.551256
2.
 
Sony H300 1/2.3 19.9 5152 3864720/30p........
3.
 
Canon SX610 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/30p........
4.
 
Canon G12 1/1.7 10.0 3648 2736720/24p20.411.216147
5.
 
Nikon D3000 APS-C 10.0 3872 2592none22.311.156362
6.
 
Olympus E-PL2 Four Thirds 12.2 4032 3024720/30p21.410.257355
7.
 
Olympus E-600 Four Thirds 12.2 4032 3024none21.510.354155
8.
 
Olympus E-620 Four Thirds 12.2 4032 3024none21.310.353655
9.
 
Olympus E-420 Four Thirds 10.0 3648 2736none21.510.452756
10.
 
Olympus E-520 Four Thirds 10.0 3648 2736none21.410.454855
11.
 
Olympus E-410 Four Thirds 10.0 3648 2736none21.110.049451
12.
 
Panasonic G10 Four Thirds 12.0 4000 3000720/30p21.210.141152
13.
 
Panasonic G2 Four Thirds 12.0 4000 3000720/30p21.210.349353
14.
 
Sony HX90V 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36721080/60p........
15.
 
Sony HX400V 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p........
16.
 
Sony H400 1/2.3 19.9 5152 3864720/30p........
17.
 
Sony H200 1/2.3 15.2 5184 2930720/30p........

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but can also record movies. The H300 indeed provides for movie recording, while the E-450 does not. The highest resolution format that the H300 can use is 720/30p.

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Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. For example, the E-450 has an optical viewfinder, which can be very useful when shooting in bright sunlight. In contrast, the H300 relies on live view and the rear LCD for framing. The following table reports on some other key feature differences and similarities of the Olympus E-450, the Sony H300, and comparable cameras.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
(000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Olympus E-450optical n 2.7 215 fixed n 1/4000s 3.5 Y n
2.
 
Sony H300none n 3.0 460 fixed n 1/1500s 0.8 Y Y
3.
 
Canon SX610none n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/2000s 2.5 Y Y
4.
 
Canon G12optical n 2.8 461 swivel n 1/4000s 1.1 Y Y
5.
 
Nikon D3000optical n 3.0 230 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
6.
 
Olympus E-PL2optional n 3.0 460 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y Y
7.
 
Olympus E-600optical n 2.7 230 swivel n 1/4000s 4.0 Y Y
8.
 
Olympus E-620optical n 2.7 230 swivel n 1/4000s 4.0 Y Y
9.
 
Olympus E-420optical n 2.7 215 fixed n 1/4000s 3.5 Y n
10.
 
Olympus E-520optical n 2.7 215 fixed n 1/4000s 3.5 Y Y
11.
 
Olympus E-410optical n 2.5 215 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
12.
 
Panasonic G10202 n 3.0 460 fixed n 1/4000s 2.6 Y n
13.
 
Panasonic G21440 n 3.0 460 swivel Y 1/4000s 2.6 Y n
14.
 
Sony HX90V638 n 3.0 921 tilting n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
15.
 
Sony HX400V210 n 3.0 921 tilting n 1/4000s 10.0 Y Y
16.
 
Sony H400210 n 3.0 460 fixed n 1/2000s 0.7 Y Y
17.
 
Sony H200none n 3.0 460 fixed n 1/1500s 0.8 Y Y

The E-450 writes its imaging data to Compact Flash or xD Picture cards, while the H300 uses SDXC or Memory Stick PRO Duo cards. The E-450 features dual card slots, which can be very useful in case a memory card fails. In contrast, the H300 only has one slot.

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Connectivity comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Olympus E-450 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H300 and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Olympus E-450Y-----2.0---
2.
 
Sony H300-monomono--micro2.0Y--
3.
 
Canon SX610-----micro2.0YY-
4.
 
Canon G12Ystereomono--mini2.0---
5.
 
Nikon D3000Y-----2.0---
6.
 
Olympus E-PL2Ystereo---mini2.0---
7.
 
Olympus E-600Y-----2.0---
8.
 
Olympus E-620Y-----2.0---
9.
 
Olympus E-420Y-----2.0---
10.
 
Olympus E-520Y-----2.0---
11.
 
Olympus E-410Y-----2.0---
12.
 
Panasonic G10Ymono---mini2.0---
13.
 
Panasonic G2Ystereomono--mini2.0---
14.
 
Sony HX90V-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
15.
 
Sony HX400VYstereomono--micro2.0YY-
16.
 
Sony H400-monomono--micro2.0Y--
17.
 
Sony H200-monomono---2.0---

It is notable that the E-450 has a hotshoe, while the H300 does not. This socket makes it possible to easily attach optional accessories, such as an external flash gun.

The H300 is a recent model that features in the current product line-up of Sony. In contrast, the E-450 has been discontinued (but can be found pre-owned on eBay). There has not been a direct replacement model for the E-450 from Olympus. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Olympus and Sony websites.

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Review summary

So what is the bottom line? Is the Olympus E-450 better than the Sony H300 or vice versa? A synthesis of the relative strong points of each of the models is listed below.

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Reasons to prefer the Olympus E-450:

  • Better moiré control: Has an anti-alias filter to avoid artificial patterns to appear in images.
  • Better image quality: Features bigger pixels on a larger sensor for higher quality imaging.
  • Richer colors: The pixel size advantage translates into images with better, more accurate colors.
  • More dynamic range: Larger pixels capture a wider spectrum of light and dark details.
  • Better low-light sensitivity: Larger pixels means good image quality even under poor lighting.
  • Easier framing: Has an optical viewfinder for image composition and settings control.
  • Faster shutter: Has higher mechanical shutter speed (1/4000s vs 1/1500s) to freeze action.
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (3.5 vs 0.8 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • More flexible: Can take a variety of interchangeable lenses, including specialty optics.
  • Longer lasting: Can take more shots (500 versus 350) on a single battery charge.
  • Better lighting: Features a hotshoe and can thus hold and trigger an external flash gun.
  • Greater peace of mind: Features a second card slot as a backup in case of memory card failure.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been available for much longer (launched in March 2009).

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Arguments in favor of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H300:

  • More detail: Has more megapixels (19.9 vs 10MP), which boosts linear resolution by 41%.
  • Maximized detail: Lacks an anti-alias filter to exploit the sensor's full resolution potential.
  • Broader imaging potential: Can capture not only stills but also 720/30p video.
  • Larger screen: Has a bigger rear LCD (3.0" vs 2.7") for image review and settings control.
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (460k vs 215k dots).
  • Ready to shoot: Comes with an integrated lens, while the E-450 requires a separate lens.
  • Sharper images: Has stabilization technology built-in to reduce the impact of hand-shake.
  • Easier file upload: Has wifi built in for automatic backup or image transfer to the web.
  • More affordable: Was introduced at a lower price, despite coming with a built-in lens.
  • More modern: Reflects 4 years and 10 months of technical progress since the E-450 launch.

If the count of individual advantages (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the E-450 emerges as the winner of the contest (13 : 10 points). However, the relevance of individual strengths will vary across photographers, so that you might want to apply your own weighing scheme to the summary points when reflecting and deciding on a new camera. A professional wedding photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a travel photog, and a person interested in cityscapes has distinct needs from a macro shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

E-450 13:10 H300

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Olympus E-450 and the Sony H300 place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best DSLR Camera and Best Superzoom Camera listings whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the comparison of technical specifications can provide a useful overview of the capabilities of different cameras, it remains partial and cannot reveal, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance when actually working with the E-450 or the H300. At times, user reviews, such as those published at amazon, address these issues in a useful manner, but such feedback is on many occasions incomplete, inconsistent, and unreliable.

Expert reviews

This is why hands-on reviews by experts are important. The adjacent summary-table relays the overall verdicts of several of the most popular camera review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]). As can be seen, the professional reviewers agree in many cases on the quality of different cameras, but sometimes their assessments diverge, reinforcing the earlier point that a camera decision is often a very personal choice.

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Expert Camera Reviews
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Olympus E-450......4/54/5 Mar 2009 499i
2.
 
Sony H300..+..4.5/54/5 Feb 2014 219 i
3.
 
Canon SX610......4/54/5 Jan 2015 249i
4.
 
Canon G124/5+73/1004.5/54.5/5 Sep 2010 499i
5.
 
Nikon D3000..+72/1004/54.5/5 Jul 2009 599i
6.
 
Olympus E-PL23/583/10071/1004.5/54.5/5 Jan 2011 599i
7.
 
Olympus E-600........4.5/5 Aug 2009 449i
8.
 
Olympus E-6203/588/10072/1004.5/55/5 Feb 2009 699i
9.
 
Olympus E-420..85/100+ +4/54.5/5 Mar 2008 599i
10.
 
Olympus E-520..87/100+ +4.5/54.5/5 May 2008 699i
11.
 
Olympus E-410..86/100+ +4/54.5/5 Mar 2007 699i
12.
 
Panasonic G103/5..70/1004/54/5 Mar 2010 499i
13.
 
Panasonic G2....72/1004/54.5/5 Mar 2010 599i
14.
 
Sony HX90V4/5+ +..4/54.5/5 Apr 2015 429 i
15.
 
Sony HX400V4/5+ +..4/54/5 Feb 2014 499 i
16.
 
Sony H400..o..3.5/53.5/5 Feb 2014 319 i
17.
 
Sony H200......3.5/53.5/5 Jan 2013 249 i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

The above review scores should be interpreted with care, though. The ratings were established in reference to similarly priced cameras that were available in the market at the time of the review. Hence, a score should always be seen in the context of the camera's market launch date and its price, and comparisons of ratings among very different cameras or across long time periods have little meaning. Also, kindly note that some of the listed sites have over time developped their review approaches and their reporting style.

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    Specifications: Olympus E-450 vs Sony H300

    Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs of the two cameras to facilitate a quick review of their differences and common features.

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Olympus E-450 Sony H300
    Camera Type Digital single lens reflex Fixed lens compact camera
    Camera Lens Four Thirds lenses 25-875mm f/3.4-6.5
    Launch Date March 2009 February 2014
    Launch Price USD 499 USD 219
    Sensor Specs Olympus E-450 Sony H300
    Sensor Technology CMOS CCD
    Sensor Format Four Thirds Sensor 1/2.3" Sensor
    Sensor Size 17.3 x 13.0 mm 6.17 x 4.55 mm
    Sensor Area 224.9 mm2 28.0735 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 21.6 mm 7.7 mm
    Crop Factor 2.0x 5.6x
    Sensor Resolution 10 Megapixels 19.9 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 3648 x 2736 pixels 5152 x 3864 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 4.74 μm 1.19 μm
    Pixel Density 4.44 MP/cm2 70.91 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter no AA filter
    Movie Capability no Video 720/30p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 1,600 ISO 80 - 3,200 ISO
    Image Processor TruePic III+ BIONZ
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) 56 ..
    DXO Color Depth (bits) 21.5 ..
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) 10.5 ..
    DXO Low Light (ISO) 512 ..
    Screen Specs Olympus E-450 Sony H300
    Viewfinder Type Optical viewfinder no viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 95%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.46x
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 2.7inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 215k dots 460k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen Fixed screen
    Shooting Specs Olympus E-450 Sony H300
    Focus System Phase-detect AF Contrast-detect AF
    Continuous Shooting 3.5 shutter flaps/s 0.8 shutter flaps/s
    Fill Flash Build-in Flash Build-in Flash
    Storage Medium CF or XD cards MS or SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Dual card slots Single card slot
    Connectivity Specs Olympus E-450 Sony H300
    External Flash Hotshoe no Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port no HDMI micro HDMI
    Wifi Support no Wifi Wifi built-in
    Body Specs Olympus E-450 Sony H300
    Battery Type BLS-1 4xAA
    Battery Life (CIPA)500 shots per charge350 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 130 x 91 x 53 mm
    (5.1 x 3.6 x 2.1 in)
    128 x 89 x 92 mm
    (5.0 x 3.5 x 3.6 in)
    Camera Weight 440 g (15.5 oz) 590 g (20.8 oz)

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