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Sony DSCHX300 Digital Camera

$605.23
$540.86 $64.37 cheaper than 19 days ago
Compact Camera 20.4MP 50x CMOS Oct 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Sensor Type Release Date
Six industry awards
Good quality
Good autofocus
243 Reviews + 6 Awards
teknokulis.com Value for Money Camera Labs Recommended PhotographyBlog.com Recommended Ephotozine Highly Recommended
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Good Value for Money

Expert review site Teknokulis.com highlighted in their review that this Sony digital camera provided a good bang for your buck.


Reviews

Six Industry Awards

The authors at websites PhotographyBlog.com and Camera Labs both endorse this Sony digital camera and have given it their "Recommended" award.

This Sony camera was given an "Editor's Choice" award by both review sites Optyczne.pl and Fotomaniak.pl, both of which wrote that this camera was outstanding.

An additional two expert review sites both thought that this compact camera was good. This camera received a "Highly Recommended" award from review website Ephotozine and the writer at review website Teknokulis.com gave it a "Value for Money" award and said it provided a good bang for your buck.

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Average Expert Reviews

The average expert rating of this Sony digital camera is 76 out of 100 based on twenty-four expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, CNET.com, Ephotozine and Expert Reviews.

User Reviews Are Good

Based on 289 user reviews the average user rating of this digital camera is 88%. 142 reviewers gave this digital camera either 4 or 5 stars and 88% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

We checked 23,045 expert and user reviews (including 1,068 verified purchases) for Sony cameras and found that on average Sony has good ratings. We also found that Sony has good ratings specifically within its compact cameras range. 93% of those that bought a Sony camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The DSCHX300 has an HDMI, as do most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Weight & Dimensions

Compact

Eleven owners who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was heavy and bulky. Dick said “This was purchased for a travel camera, because my Canon equipment is HEAVY and draws envious attention” and gave it a score of 7 stars. Mommies2girls mentioned in their review of the Sony DSCHX300 on Walmart.com “This is extremely frustrating and you will definitely miss an important moment because of this! It is much heavier than previous models”. Two years ago Steve he mentioned “The camera is big and chunky, very easy to hold”.

Five customers agreed that it was compact. Walmart.com mentioned three years ago “Small Compact”. Techradar.com/au/ gave it a rating of 7 stars and mentioned “Buying Guide Best compact camera As you'd expect from a DSLR-styled bridge camera bearing the Sony brand”. Sax Player said on Bhphotovideo.com in the same month “I've owned compact cameras, DSLRs”.

Two customers who purchased this digital camera concluded that it was easy to carry around. Three years ago Walmart.com said “Easy To Carry And Use”. Clif Benson mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Their auto modes are reasonably foolproof its light and easy to use”.

Two owners who reviewed this digital camera thought it was lightweight. Sparky wrote “It's small, lightweight, has a fast Zeiss lens with a huge zoom range, built-in flash”. Four years ago J R Northcott mentioned “Lightweight and extremely steady when using the extreme zoom” in their review of this digital camera.

One owner said in their reviews that it was a good body shape. Walmart.com wrote in their review of the Sony DSCHX300 three years ago “Nice Body Color” although they scored the product 1 stars.

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Very Heavy

When compared to other cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera that we have checked, the weight of the DSCHX300 of 623 grams is one of the heaviest. The lightest digital camera of this age and spec is 180g and the heaviest is 740g.

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Power

Good Battery Life

Four customers said in their reviews that it had a good battery life. Scnc mentioned “I was told by customer service that it was actually a point and shoot camera and if I needed something to recharge faster I should have purchased a DSLR” in their review of this digital camera. Gazmend said on Walmart.com “This camera is good for easy carry with you for low light easy commands and long life battery” in their Sony DSCHX300 review. Two years ago Buckthorne wrote on Walmart.com “Excellent battery life”.

One customer said that the product was quick to charge. J9 mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “It would also be nice to be able to charge the battery in a separate battery pack other than having to plug the camera in to charge the battery” and scored this digital camera 5 stars.

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Support

Good Support

Thirteen customers concluded that it had good technical guidance. Travlynwomyn gave the product a rating of 4 stars and wrote “I prefer shooting in manual”. Principal said on Walmart.com “The one they sent with the camera is almost useless! There is a real guide online” and gave it a rating of 6 stars. Sparky gave the product a rating of 5 stars and said on Bhphotovideo.com “The thing that really sold him on this camera is the fact that it has a manual focus ring, something that seems to be unique in this category”.


Light Exposure

Supports Four ISO Sensitivities

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Sony DSCHX300 is more than most comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to it. The most commonly supported ISO sensitivity is 160, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this digital camera. The ISO sensitivities 80, 1600, 3200 and 12800 are also supported by this camera.

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Picture Quality

5184 X 3888 Pixels Image Resolution

The DSCHX300 has a higher image resolution than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This camera has a 5184 x 3888 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 3264 x 2448 pixels maximum image resolution. Across all cameras of a similar type and age to this camera the best image resolution is 8256 x 6192 pixels and the worst is 640 x 480 pixels.

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4608 X 2592 Still Image Resolution

The DSCHX300 has a 4608 x 2592 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 1920 x 1080 still image resolution(s) found on most digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. This camera also have still image resolution(s) of 5184 x 3888, 4896 x 3672, 4320 x 3240, 4224 x 3168, 4000 x 3000, 3648 x 2736, 3456 x 2592, 3264 x 2448, 3072 x 2304, 2592 x 1944, 2048 x 1536, 640 x 480, 4896 x 2752, 4320 x 2432, 4000 x 2248, 4000 x 2672 and 3648 x 2432 and 3456 x 2304. Compact cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this camera still image resolution(s) range from 640 x 480 to 4608 x 3456.

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Battery

400 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

Most similar spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera take between 200 and 979 battery life (CIPA standard), including the DSCHX300 which takes 400 battery life (CIPA standard).

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Camera

Features Histogram

The DSCHX300 features histogram, as do most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Like most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camera, the DSCHX300 does not have a GPS (satellite).

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Very Low Playback Zoom (max)

Digital cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera have playback zoom (max) of between 8x and 16x, and the average playback zoom (max) is 10x. The DSCHX300 has one of the lower playback zoom (max) (only 8 times zoom factor) amongst compact cameras of this age.

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Design

Comfortable and Easy to Hold

Fourty-five owners reckoned that the Sony DSCHX300 was easy to use. Eaglepictures wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “Its menus and functions are very easy to use” in their Sony DSCHX300 review. Four years ago Andre gave it a score of 9 stars and he wrote in his review of this digital camera “Very easy to use e high quality”. Smws said “Easy for a novice to use”.

Seven people who purchased this digital camera wrote that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Three years ago Walmart.com wrote “Comfortable In My Hands” in their review of this digital camera. Debbie she said on Argos.co.uk “Lots of practice needed to hold camera really steady when in full zoom mode”. J9 said on Bhphotovideo.com “I do love how comfortable the camera fits in my hand”.

Five customers mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to use the menus. Jay Dawg mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “Use this camera for wildlife photos, easy to use, easy menus”. Husker said on Bhphotovideo.com “The ISO at the lowest with other settings at high make better quality” in their review of this digital camera. P. Duffy mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The auto settings do an excellent job in my opinion”.

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Nice Design

Thirteen people wrote in their reviews that it was good looking. Smws wrote in their review of the Sony DSCHX300 on Walmart.com “Pictures are sharp and beautiful”. Doug said on Bhphotovideo.com “Pictures are crisp, clear and have beautiful color”. Mommies2girls mentioned “I am pretty sure that my Samsung Galaxy S3 phone takes better pictures than this camera! As of now” in their review of the Sony DSCHX300.

Three customers who reviewed the product considered that it was well designed. J9 mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com four years ago “A different lens cover design would be nice”.

Two customers said in their reviews that this digital camera was ergonomic. Usapatriot said in their review of this digital camera “Ergonomically, like all of the DSC's, this camera can't be beat.” and gave this digital camera a score of 7 stars. Trev-R wrote in their Sony DSCHX300 review on Amazon “The camera is well built and ergonomic” and rated it 8 stars.

One person mentioned in their reviews that it was smooth. Doug rated it 8 stars and he said in his review of this digital camera “The zoom feature is very smooth and I have not noticed an image quality degradation in zoomed photos”.

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Good Quality

Fourty-five owners who reviewed this digital camera mentioned that it was good quality. Three years ago Walmart.com mentioned “Good Image Quality” in their Sony DSCHX300 review. Pocket-Lint.com wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert website Pocket Lint “The Sony Cyber-shot HX300 is a quality superzoom camera from a use”. Doug wrote in his review of this digital camera “At this time I can see no negatives of this camera for someone who is wanting a good quality bridge camera” .

Robust

Seven people said in their reviews that this digital camera was well made. Expert review site Techradar.com scored it 6 stars and wrote “The Sony Cyber-Shot HX300 looks great, is nicely designed, feels robust and built to last when grasped in the hands”. Mlvc rated it 7 stars and said on Argos.co.uk “With the built in help guide after only a week I've got some amazing great quality pictures that look really professional”. Jb said in their review of this digital camera two years ago “With the equivalent of a 35mm to 1200mm megazoom lens, terrific build quality, on the one hand the auto settings produce brilliant pictures.” and gave the product a score of 9 stars.

Four customers who reviewed this digital camera thought it was strong and durable. Techradar.com/au/ wrote in their review of the Sony DSCHX300 “The HX300 comes across as reassuringly robust and built-to-last when gripped in the palm, particularly with the lens resting dormant within its prote” and rated it 8 stars. Freddie mentioned on Argos.co.uk “Easy and quality piece of equipment that feels very sturdy to hold and not heavy like the old type of film camera's” in his review of this digital camera. Jay - Sonyalphalab said on Bhphotovideo.com “Leaning on somthing sturdy or sqauting down is your best bet for hand-holding.”.

Two owners who reviewed the product mentioned that it was easy to damage or scratch. Jennifer Lowry scored it 6 stars and she wrote “Flash broke x2, shocking customer service from Sony” in her review of this digital camera. Antlox said “Broke it, sadly.” in their Sony DSCHX300 review.

One customer wrote in their reviews that it was reliable. Geoff said “My trusty old DSC H1 stopped working after 8 years”.

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Lens System

Very Big Optical Zoom

Across all the compact cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera the optical zooms range from 1x to 50x, and the average optical zoom is 8.6x. With an optical zoom of 50 times zoom factor, the DSCHX300 has one of the biggest optical zooms amongst cameras of this age.

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

The digital zooms of cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camera range from 2x to 330x, and the average digital zoom is 31x. At 100 times zoom factor, the Sony DSCHX300 has a fairly big digital zoom compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera.

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Very Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of digital cameras of this age and spec is 290mm, and the maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 28mm to 1,300mm. The Sony DSCHX300 has one of the longest maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) (1,300 millimeter) amongst compact cameras of this age.

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Quite Large Minimum Aperture Number

Compact cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera have minimum aperture numbers of between 1.7 and 4.5, and the average minimum aperture number is 2.6. The DSCHX300 has one of the larger minimum aperture numbers (2.8) amongst compact cameras of this age.

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Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The DSCHX300 has a built-in flash. Most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera also have a built-in flash.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a built-in flash and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon G12, and the Fujifilm X100 ($700.00) is also worth considering.

There are a number of other digital cameras which also have a built-in flash that you might want to look at including the Fujifilm FinePix X20.

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Features Face Detection

The DSCHX300 features face detection. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camera also feature face detection.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The DSCHX300 has a USB 2.0 port, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camera.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Sony DSCHX300 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other compact cameras that are a comparable age to this camera.

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Features

Good Technical Features

Fifteen people who reviewed the product reckoned that it had good features. Four years ago Usapatriot mentioned in their review of this digital camera “I did find that once I selected one of those special features, I was unable to undo it” and gave it a rating of 7 stars. Tracysaunier said on Walmart.com three years ago “It has lots of great features and is very user friendly”. Dep Photography mentioned “Great camera with many features for the money”.


Video

Supports Video Recording

The DSCHX300 supports video recording, as do most of the other cameras of this type and age.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera supports a video resolutions of 640 x 480|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolutions on digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

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Smart TV

Good Connectivity

One customer said that the Sony DSCHX300 had gps. Suzy said in her review of this digital camera on Amazon “I would readily trade it for GPS as I've never had a need for it” and gave it a score of 5 stars.


Good Autofocus

Seventy-seven customers who reviewed the Sony DSCHX300 reckoned that it had a good zoom. Expert review site Cameralabs.com rated it 5 stars and mentioned in their review of the Sony DSCHX300 “Extending the zoom to an impressive 50x with a 35mm equivalent”. Cameralabs.com also wrote “The Cyber-shot HX300 is a camera designed with one purpose in mind - to provide an extraordinarily long zoom range” in their review. In the same month expert review site Etechreviews.com mentioned “Tweet The Sony Cyber Shot DSC-HX300 is a new digicam with a super zoom with a 20.4 megapixel back illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor” in their Sony DSCHX300 review.

Thirteen owners reckoned that the product had a good lens. Two years ago Sports Photo Nut scored the product 6 stars and wrote in their review of the Sony DSCHX300 “For travel and personal use, this is an excellent camera, with a great Carl Zeiss lens”. The Curmudgeon mentioned “The lens are just great” and gave it a score of 6 stars. Max he wrote “The only downside is the lens cap which is loose otherwise a good purchase”.

Eleven people mentioned in their reviews that it had a good autofocus. Walmart.com wrote “Fastaccurate auto-focus”. Sax Player said in their review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “Compared to the other bridge cameras, I liked this the best in terms of fast focus and picture quality”. Witchypoo gave it a score of 7 stars and wrote on Argos.co.uk “Smashing colours, sharp photos each time with focusing and good action shots” in their review of this digital camera.

Eight people agreed that it had a good image stabiliser. Walmart.com mentioned in their Sony DSCHX300 review “Image Stabilization”. Laurence mentioned in his Sony DSCHX300 review on Amazon “The steadyshot optical stabiliser does a fantastic job at keeping the camera steady for you”. Amcarter3 mentioned on Walmart.com “Decent pictures, good stabilizer.”.

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Good for Video Recording

Twenty-nine people who reviewed the Sony DSCHX300 said that it was good for video recording. Three years ago Walmart.com mentioned “Best Video 60p” in their review of the Sony DSCHX300. Expert website Etechreviews.com said in their review of this digital camera “With a 1920 x 1080 50 p Full HD video recording facility the HDMI output”. Expertreviews.co.uk wrote on expert review site Expert Reviews “Better for videos than for photos.” in their review of this digital camera and gave the product a score of 8 stars.

Good Flash

Four customers said in their reviews that the product had a good flash. Firstpost.com said “You don't get hot-shoe for external flash, RAW support, fully articulati”. Four years ago Scnc gave it a score of 5 stars and mentioned in their review of this digital camera “I am stuck with a camera that misses a lot of pictures I would have taken quickly with a flash that charges quickly”. Trev-R said also four years ago “The flash seems OK for most snapshot type situations” in their review of this digital camera.

Good Picture Resolution

One hundred and twelve customers said in their reviews that it was able to produce good images. Expert review site Digitalcamerareview.com gave it a score of 6 stars and mentioned “The HX300, with its monster Carl Zeiss zoom, can easily handle landscape/scenic photography, wildlife photography, event photography (festivals, concerts, parties, family gatherings” in their Sony DSCHX300 review. Travlynwomyn wrote in their review of this digital camera on Walmart.com three years ago “It is much slower in recovering, often causing me to lose better images - especially with birds”. Travlynwomyn also mentioned “Purchasing them for others - who are still getting stellar images, this one just does not make the grade on a consistent basis” in their review.

Eight owners mentioned in their reviews that it had a good picture resolution. Three years ago Walmart.com said “Great Resolution”. Expert website Techradar.com said in their Sony DSCHX300 review “We enjoyed the fact that we could operate the zoom manually and also achieve sharp results when shooting handheld towards the telepho” . Pocket-Lint.com said on expert website Pocket Lint “It would seem, is all about resolution”.

Five owners who reviewed it wrote that it was good in low light. Pvu scored it 7 stars and said “This camera is for family portraits, traveling, or many other nice features, good in low light area too”. Josh wrote “I used it extensively on a recent trip and away really happy about its low light performance as well amazing color quality of landscapes”.

Three owners mentioned in their reviews that it had a good image sensor. David J wrote “This has bigger sensor” and gave it a score of 4 stars. One owner wrote that the product had a good ISO range. Husker wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “It also does the defocus with the effects on the scene settings, on video at night the ISO setting is the best”.

One owner mentioned that it was able to produce clear pictures. Jw mentioned on Amazon “This Camera brings nature too me and allows me to enjoy the clarity and wonder of nature” in their Sony DSCHX300 review.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Five customers considered that the product had a good viewfinder. Josh mentioned in his Sony DSCHX300 review “This has a great view finder which almost makes it similar to entry DSLRs / Sony's own SLT series” . Iain S. Palin wrote on Amazon “It has an eyepiece electronic viewfinder you can use as an alternative to the screen when taking your pictures” and rated this digital camera 4 stars. Trev-R mentioned on Amazon four years ago “The electronic viewfinder is OK”.

Two customers said in their reviews that it had a good screen. Jaseyb wrote “Really liked the adjustable screen for overhead photography in a crowd etc” and gave the product a score of 7 stars. Four years ago Goose mentioned on Amazon “The on screen guide and the ease of use works well” in their review of the Sony DSCHX300.

One person who reviewed it concluded that it had an electronic viewfinder. Amateurphotographer.co.uk gave it a rating of 6 stars and said “Its wide 50x optical zoom, high-resolution sensor, good EVF and rear tilt LCD” in their review of this digital camera.

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the DSCHX300 has a relatively average display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type.

We compared this camera to all the other 3" screen digital cameras and we think a cheaper digital camera such as the Ricoh GR ($397.32) or you might consider a higher scoring digital camera such as the Canon G15, and the Fujifilm X100 ($700.00) are also worth considering.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00027242862128, 00905524936711, 04905524936667, 04905524936711, 04905524936728, 04905524936735, 05054230862438

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