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Sony DSCH300B Digital Camera

$178.00
Bridge Camera 20.1MP 35x CCD Jan 2016
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Sensor Type Release Date
A top selling product
Poor expert reviews
Does not have a good viewfinder
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Reviews

User Reviews Are Good

On average, based on 301 user reviews the average user rating of this high megapixel digital camera is 82%. 97 reviewers gave this camera either 4 or 5 stars.

Good Brand

We checked 23,045 owner and expert reviews (including 7,132 verified purchases) for Sony digital cameras and found that on average Sony has good reviews compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Sony has good reviews specifically within its high megapixel cameras range. 92% of those that bought a Sony camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Poor Expert Reviews

Expert review site digitalmediaandit.com scored this Sony digital camera 60%. This puts this Sony camera in the bottom 7% of all the high megapixel cameras that have been around for more than a year when ranked by average expert review score.


Packaging Content

Has a Carrying Case

The Sony DSC-H300 has a carrying case. Most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera also have a carrying case.

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Ports & Interfaces

Does Not Have an HDMI

The Sony DSC-H300 does not have an HDMI, unlike most of the other high megapixel cameras that were released around the same time as this camera which have an HDMI.

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Support

Good Support

Thirteen people who reviewed it wrote that it had good technical guidance. Nick Flynn gave it a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and he mentioned on Amazon “To download the manual in full, as the camera is only supplied with a quick start up guide”. Natarajan wrote on Amazon “The manual mode is nice, you can experiment”. Patrick Oneill he wrote on Amazon “With more advanced manual setting if you like to get creative” in his review of this digital camera.


Power

Good Battery Life

Nine people said in their reviews that it had a good battery life. Bhphotovideo.com said in their review of this digital camera “Good Battery Life” . Natarajan said two years ago “Battery life is good”. Amazon Customer scored it 4 stars out of 5 and said “Battery dies quickly when taking videos” in their Sony DSC-H300 review.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Fifteen owners who purchased it considered that it was compact. Picard said “Buy a 40 pound compact and catch a bus to whatever you want to capture, it'll be a better experience all round than this”. Nick Flynn gave it a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and he wrote on Amazon “My wife has a Sony CyberShop compact camera”. Paul Stewart said in his review of this digital camera on Amazon three years ago “An excellent compact camera with amazing zoom range”.

Five customers who reviewed the product concluded that it was heavy and bulky. Peter wrote on Amazon “It's a fairly chunky camera for a compact.”. Grandmae mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “The camera is not too heavy to hold and the photo's already taken are very clear”. In April last year Matthew Shepherd wrote “I've bought 3 sets so that'll last me a good day of heavy usage” in his review of this digital camera and gave it a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

One customer wrote in their reviews that it was easy to carry around. Neil Ho mentioned “Easy to carry around, comfortable to use, simple functions/settings available”. One person who purchased the product reckoned that it was lightweight. Stephen Wish said “Lightweight and accurate”.

One owner wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was a good size. S P Mead wrote “While this display is a good size (at 3” and rated it the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

One owner who bought this digital camera concluded that it was good structurally. Aguilan wrote on Amazon “The zoom is something else you can really get up close from half a mile away, All round good performance nice grip and good construction”.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 495 grams, the DSC-H300 has a fairly typical weight compared to most of the other digital cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera.

Digital cameras with a heavier weight that might be worth considering include the Canon EOS M10 ($316.75) (265g), the Leica M-P ($3,888) (680g), or the Medion Life X44022 (500g) which also has a higher rating.

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Light Exposure

Supports Four ISO Sensitivities

The DSC-H300 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most comparable spec cameras that were launched more than a year ago. The most commonly supported ISO sensitivity is 100, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this Sony digital camera. The ISO sensitivities 80, 800, 3200 and Auto are also supported by this camera.

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Camera

Features Histogram

The DSC-H300 features histogram. Most of the other digital cameras of this type and age also feature histogram.

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Very Slow Start-Up Time

The fastest start-up time of high megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera is 1ms, the slowest is 1,000ms, and the average start-up time is 280ms. The start-up time of the DSC-H300 of 1,000 millisecond is one of the slowest amongst high megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

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Picture Quality

5152 X 3864 Still Image Resolution

The DSC-H300 has a higher still image resolution than most digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This camera has a 5152 x 3864 still image resolution(s), whereas most high megapixel cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this digital camera have still image resolution(s) of 3648 x 2736, 2592 x 1944 and 1920 x 1080 and 5152 x 2896. The best still image resolution of all high megapixel cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camera is 6000 x 4000 and the worst is 480 x 480.

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Other

A Top Selling Product

According to Amazon sales data, the DSC-H300 is a popular choice amongst customers who purchased cameras in the last 3 months.

Released Over a Year Ago

This camera has been on the market since April 2017.


Focusing

Features Smile Detection

The Sony DSC-H300 features smile detection. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera also feature smile detection.

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Lens System

Quite Big Optical Zoom

The smallest optical zoom of high megapixel cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera is 3x and the biggest is 63x. The Sony DSC-H300 has a quite big optical zoom (35 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other high megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera.

We compared this camera to all the other 35x optical zoom cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Medion Life X44022 is also worth considering.

If this camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might also want to look at the Canon SX540 HS ($410) (50x and higher rated).

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Quite Small Minimum Aperture Number

The DSC-H300 has a fairly small minimum aperture number (only 3) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera. The smallest minimum aperture number of digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera is 1.8, the largest is 16, and the average minimum aperture number is 3.6.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The Sony DSC-H300 has a quite long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) (954 millimeters) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camera. The maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of high megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this camera range from 6.2mm to 1,200mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 350mm.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

The smallest digital zoom of cameras of this age and spec is 2x, the biggest is 130x, and the average digital zoom is 15x. With a digital zoom of only 2 times zoom factor, the DSC-H300 has a fairly small digital zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

If this digital camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might want to consider the SX610 HS ($149.98) (4x), or the SX540 HS ($410) (4x) both from Canon which is also higher rated.

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Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The DSC-H300 has a built-in flash. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to this camera also have a built-in flash.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash and we think the Nikon 1 J4 ($199), the Sony DSC-WX350 ($250.58), and the Canon EOS M10 ($316.75) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Video

Supports Video Recording

The DSC-H300 supports video recording, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camera.

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Features

Good Technical Features

Seven customers who reviewed this digital camera considered that it had good features. Tarulata said in their review of this digital camera last year “This camera has some good features !” . Samuel said on Amazon “Good bridge camera with some nice features”. Last year Daniela Gibbins gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100 and she wrote “Some good features and options included” in her Sony DSC-H300 review.


Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

Four people concluded that this digital camera was noisy. Rachel C she wrote on Amazon “The others were noisy and marginally passable”. Lock96 mentioned in their review of this digital camera “I found the majority of images where very noisy and lacked focus” although they gave it a rating of 1 stars out of 5. Lock96 also said “Also has an extremely noisy autofocus so definitely wouldn't recommend for video!” in their review.

Two people who bought it mentioned that it was quiet.

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Good Flash

Three customers thought it had a good flash. S P Mead said on Amazon “And it has a built-in flash”. Shatners Toupee said “The panoramic photographs are very good and the flash is superb”.

Good Exposure Control

One person mentioned in their reviews that it had good exposure controls. Peter wrote in his review of the Sony DSC-H300 on Amazon “The camera still chooses the aperture and shutter speed; - Manual, which lets you choose the aperture and shutter settings (there are only two aperture settings, f3.0 and f7.7.”.

Good Video Capture

Ten owners agreed that the product was good for video recording. Richard mentioned on Amazon “Great picture and videos” in his review of this digital camera and gave it a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Natarajan mentioned on Amazon two years ago “Video is good under decent light conditions”. Paul Stewart mentioned three years ago “Videos are brilliant, just press a button”.

Good Quality Lens

Thirty-six customers wrote in their reviews that it had a good zoom. Pughbrain mentioned on Amazon “A spectacular zoom”. Rachel C wrote “I wish I'd held off the glowing review I gave it initially thanks primarily to the massive zoom” in her review of this digital camera. Richard wrote “Great zoom” .

Five people wrote that it had a good autofocus. Three years ago Peter wrote in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “The camera will lock on to it and keep it in focus, leaving you free to compose the shot”. Bluej wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “The auto focus does a good job”. W. T. Lowe wrote “Not too impressed by initial pictures, most images are out of focus and unusable, photos taken with with items in them seem to have an odd 'aura' around them” but even so they only gave it a rating of 3 stars out of 5.

Four owners agreed that the product had a good lens. Nick Flynn said on Amazon “Comes supplied with a set of four AA batteries, USB lead, strap and lens cover, all adequate quality.”. Shazia Asghar said “The lens cap is a great piece of kit because it protects the lens”. Amazon Customer mentioned on Amazon “With a hugely improved lens that truly brings subjects closer to you” in their review of this digital camera.

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You Can Take Good Photos

Ninety-two customers wrote in their reviews that the Sony DSC-H300 was able to produce good images. Digitalmediaandit.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “You can take good photos” however they scored it 3 stars out of 5. Queen said on Amazon two years ago “I've had the camera for about 5 months now and it still is great taking awesome photos” and gave it a score of a maximum of 5 stars. Three years ago R. W. Turner mentioned “Great for A Level Photography” in their review of this digital camera.

Five people wrote in their reviews that it had a good picture resolution. Nick Holding wrote “It takes twice as long if you use Continuous Shooting” and rated it a maximum of 5 stars. Grev said on Amazon “20 megapixels is more than enough for most people`s needs, even in HD” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5. Mad Dog said in their review of this digital camera three years ago “So so easy to use with a brilliant zoom.i, v had good camara, s before with a lot less pixels with great results.” .

Four customers agreed that the product was good in low light. Peter mentioned in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “That's good, because it means there's a large lens to capture more light, for faster shutter speeds and better pictures in low light”. Mr Meng Y Chen said two years ago “Good shooting, nice low light camera” in his review of this digital camera and gave the product a score of 80 out of 100. Kevin Briggs wrote on Amazon “In low light it is amazing” in his review of this digital camera.

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Does Not Have a Good Viewfinder

Seven customers who reviewed the product mentioned that it did not have a good viewfinder. Bhphotovideo.com said in their review of this digital camera “No Viewfinder”. Grev wrote in their review of the Sony DSC-H300 on Amazon three years ago “The lack of a viewfinder might be off putting for some.” yet they scored it 80 out of 100. Mellow Yellow mentioned on Amazon in the same month “Secondly, there isn't a view finder and taking photos in the sunshine is made extremely hard as the screen is very shiny” in their review of this digital camera.

Three customers who purchased the product said that it did not have a good screen. Clive Scrivens said “This is the 2nd one that was sent as the 1st one had some issues with the zoom lense jamming and the digital screen freezing up and going black”.

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Design

Easy to Use

Thirty-eight customers mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to use. Peter said on Amazon three years ago “And the controls are very easy to get used to” in his review of this digital camera and gave it a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Peter also mentioned “Easy to use, giving very good results” in his review. Nick Flynn wrote in his review of this digital camera in the same month “The menus are intuitive” .

Six people who reviewed it considered that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Peter wrote on Amazon “Two knurled strips round the lens barrel for the forefinger and thumb of your left hand to hold the camera steady”. Peter also wrote “There's a comfortable grip for your right hand” in his review. Rowantree said on Amazon in the same month “It's very pleasant to hold and it feels a lot dearer than £99 worth” and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100.

Three people mentioned that this digital camera was easy to use the menus. Three years ago Surf said on Amazon “Simple menu”. J.e.t wrote in their review of this digital camera “This is different to my old camera, which has simple on-screen menus” .

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Good Product Quality

Twenty-six customers mentioned in their reviews that the product was good quality. Pughbrain mentioned on Amazon “4 fully charged, good quality AA batteries (it's not just a fault with the supplied batteries) will last for an hour or so, if you're lucky” in their review of this digital camera. In April last year Raquel said “Brilliant camera! Pic quality amazing, zoom is great! Don't understand the few bad ratings because it's an amazing camera! I was concerned about the fact that it uses AA bateries” in her review of this digital camera. Three years ago Nick Flynn wrote on Amazon “The H300 is clearly well made, sturdy, not too weighty”.

Robust

Twelve customers mentioned in their reviews that the Sony DSC-H300 was well made. Pughbrain mentioned on Amazon “This camera has a lot going for it - lovely solid feel, grippy” in their review of this digital camera but they scored this digital camera 40 out of 100. Patanncc wrote “A Lovely well built Camera, easy to use” and gave this digital camera a rating of a maximum of 5 stars. Hudson mentioned “The build quality is good”.

Two owners who reviewed this digital camera mentioned that it was reliable. Istvan Zardai scored it 80 out of 100 and said on Amazon two years ago “I think it is a very easy to handle and reliable camera for a good price” in their review of this digital camera. Mr C I Urquhart wrote on Amazon “Shame as Sony used to be hugely reliable”.

One customer who purchased this digital camera thought it was strong and durable. Phil said on Amazon “Easy to use, robust and takes very good shots once you master the need to keep it pretty still to allow focusing at higher zoom” and gave it a rating of a maximum of 5 stars.

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Nice Design

Seven owners who bought this digital camera considered that it was good looking. Rachel C wrote on Amazon “Currently we've taken pretty good shots of the Scilly Isles (from Land's End - approx 28 miles) with max zoom” in her review of this digital camera. Three years ago Nick Flynn mentioned in his review of this digital camera “The screen is pretty good”. Oli mentioned on Amazon “It has the aesthetic of a professional camera” in their review of this digital camera although they scored the product 1 stars out of 5.


Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Sony DSC-H300 has a pretty average display diagonal compared to most of the other high megapixel cameras that were released more than a year ago.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 3" screen cameras currently available including the Sony DSC-WX350 ($250.58), the Samsung NX3000 ($425), or the Nikon 1 J4 ($199) which has better reviews.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers info dsch300bceh, sony dsch300bceh, sony n113599w, sony 9ljszs00, sony 9ljsza00
Barcodes 00845251069464, 00845251069471, 04905524957181, 05054480690973

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