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Sony DSC-HX300: Review

The Sony DSC-HX300 is a type of digital camera bridge, which combines classic design and manual controls of an SLR with the ease of use and the convenience and portability of a compact. It has an image sensor type Exmor R CMOS approximately 20.4 effective megapixels, a Carl Zeiss lens with 50x optical zoom, SteadyShot optical stabilizer, a 3-inch LCD display with high resolution, an optical viewfinder, flash forward, Full HD movies, the Intelligent Auto mode and creative control through the grid manually.

Sony DSC-HX300: Design

The Sony DSC-HX300 is a digital camera ergonomic design, with a large side handle for an easy grip. On the back at the camera are a 3-inch LCD display with a resolution of 921,600 pixels and an electronic viewfinder, while the manual controls are positioned on the upper part, in the form of convenient ring. As for size, measuring 129.6 mm in width, 93.2 mm in height and 103.2 mm in thickness, and weighs 623 grams excluding battery and SD of 650 grams and taking them into account.

Sony DSC-HX300: Features and Functionality

Among the various cameras made this year by the manufacturer definitely stands out the Sony DSC-HX300, a model bridge equipped with advanced features and technical specifications worthy of note. Much like its predecessor, the Sony DSC-H200, has a resolution and an optical zoom much higher, but also a whole host of features that make this model, particularly attractive.

As regards the technical specifications, the HX300 is equipped with an image sensor of the CMOS type Exmor 1/2, 3 inches in size and with an effective resolution of approximately 20.4 megapixels, also excellent in low-light conditions. It is also equipped with a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T high quality that has an aperture of f2.8-f6.3 and a focal length of 4.3 to 215 mm, equivalent to 35 mm in the traditional format for 24-1200 26-1300 in the 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratio.

To shoot subjects, in the distance, the Sony DSC-HX300 is equipped with a 50x optical zoom excellent, well above the average, and a digital zoom that can reach up to 200x at full resolution and up to 810x in VGA resolution.

Speaking now of the various features offered by this camera, you can leave no doubt by SteadyShot, ie the optical image stabilizer that compensates for the movement to the machine, such as when using the high zoom, ensuring crisp, clear photos every time. Among the most interesting, performer was clearly the camera body ergonomics, which guarantees a perfect grip even though the dimensions are still compact.

Sony DSC-HX300
Sony DSC-HX300

The Sony DSC-HX300 is a camera that allows you to change the settings to get exactly the result you want. Thanks to the manual modes P / S / A / M is possible to adjust the aperture or shutter speed, as well as to enrich the photos and videos with special effects.

Those who want to leave it all to the machine can select the automatic mode, which sets the scene for your situation and adjusts itself the best settings, even when it comes to moving subjects. Among the various, functions stand out, for example, the ability to take pictures of landscapes with movement and faces, perfect for crowded scenes.

With the Sony DSC-HX300 is also possible to record video Full HD, with a maximum resolution of 1,920×1,080 pixels, while the BIONZ processor allows high-speed continuous shooting up to 10 frames per second. Finally, the high sensitivity mode allows you to capture sharp detail even in low-light conditions.

The camera has, finally. A large display and high-resolution technology feature Triluminos, the same built-in TVs Sony recently introduced. As for sensitivity, the values ​​range between 80 and ISO 12800, there is also the flash and an electronic viewfinder.

Speaking now of saving photos and videos, the Sony DSC-HX300 has a slot for cards like Secure Digital, SDHC, SDXC, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO HG Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo and Memory Stick Micro. As regards the interfaces, it is equipped with a USB port and connector microHDMI. The included battery can take around 310 pictures and record about 155 minutes of footage. The package finally included the rechargeable battery, adapter, USB cable, instruction manual, shoulder strap and lens cap.


The Sony DSC-HX300 is an interesting type of compact camera that integrates a bridge camera body, particularly ergonomic, an electronic viewfinder, a display Triluminos high-resolution, optical zoom truly remarkable, full manual controls, a high sensitivity and a high-resolution sensor. The only flaw is the lack of support for the RAW format. Perhaps the sale price is a bit high considering that you can buy an SLR basis.

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PROS : SteadyShot optical stabilizer; Carl Zeiss optics, high optical zoom, optical viewfinder, sensor resolution, display resolution, manual controls and automatic; Ergonomic housing; Exmor R CMOS sensor; Triluminos Colour Technology, Built-in flash.

CONS : No support external flash, No RAW support.

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