Sony DSC-HX300 Compact Camera

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Key Features

  • 1/2.3", 20.4MP BSI-CMOS sensor
  • 24-1200mm equivalent F2.8-6.3 zoom lens
  • ISO 80-3200, expandable to ISO 12,800
  • 3 inch tiltable LCD with 921,000 dots
  • 1080/60p HD video with dual record of stills and movies
  • Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with 3-way active mode
  • Maximum 10 frames per second continuous shooting (for 10 frames)
  • Intelligent Sweep Panorama mode-up to 360°
  • Advanced Flash illuminates distant subjects

Product Description

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 is a DSLR-style compact camera built around a 50x optical zoom lens covering 24-1200mm equivalent. Offering chunkier ergonomics than smaller compact cameras, the HX300 also features a tunnel-type optical viewfinder and manual controls. Sony claims the HX300's Optical SteadyShot image stabilization system is twice as effective as the version used in previous-generation Sony superzoom compacts.

Specs

Body type
Body type SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor
Effective pixels 20 megapixels
Sensor type BSI-CMOS
Image
Image stabilization Optical
Uncompressed format Unknown
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 24–1200 mm
Optical zoom 50×
Maximum aperture F2.8 - F6.3
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Unknown
Screen size 3
Screen dots 921,000
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic
Photography features
Built-in flash Yes (Pop-up)
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 50 fps)
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Physical
Battery Battery Pack
Other features
GPS None

Reviews

User Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
  • Chen Shi Chang, Jul 18, 2013 GMT:
    Using both HX200 and HX300

    I have both HX200 and HX300. particularly for using as digital telescopes. since i m dslr nikon d800e user, in my eyes, their IQ is crap. but HX200 old model has better IQ and IS. Sony is greedy and push a lot in HX300. if u r thinking travel superzoom why not try pana fz70 new model?

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  • Coguar, Aug 31, 2013 GMT:
    Great product Sony

    Everything is improved over Olympus super-zooms, My friend is very happy with this purchase. HX300 looks & shoots great. Tracking focus is great for sport & kids... Zoom is also great

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  • ZachariahMagraby, Oct 30, 2013 GMT:
    Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300

    Having owned this model for approx. 3 months now, am impressed by the awesome zoom, although it takes some getting used to properly locating subjects like the moon in the viewfinder. The zoom also makes close up pix of hard to reach subjects so much easier. Magnolia flowers 15 feet up a tree are a snap now, with a good tripod. Having used a DSC-R1 previously, the LCD swivel range is a big let down. I find I have to accommodate its shortcomings, rather than being impressed by its range of ...

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Questions & Answers

QUESTION

play/postview image in viewfinder (hx300/hx400v) ??

hello, i am thinking about buying a "camera with long zoom" because the systemcamera ( i have ) has no long-zoom lens. so for example the hx300/hx400 ( but i also look at the Fuji finepix S1 or Samsung WB2200F ). Today i handled the hx300 in a shop, switched to viewfinder. I shot an image with the viewfinder, then i pressed play to review my image in the viewfinder. but it was not possible - it appeared in the LCD. I tried again to switch to "finder" with the Finder/LCD button, but the playback was on LCD. Is it possible to look at taken images in the viewfinder ? with Sony HX300 with Sony HX400V ? thank you

Mr.NoFlash asked
18 days ago

ANSWERS

You can not watch photos in the EVF of the HX300. The new HX400 again supports watching photos in the EFV. Very nice to have this feature back. Plus, the HX400 switches "fast as lightning" from photo mode to pictures and back. The HX300 was very slow and I often missed a bird because of that. MfG L.E. Continue Reading

Oswald74 answered
18 days ago

There's a button just to the right of the viewfinder that switches between the EVF and viewscreen. On some models, you have to click it twice to shift to the EVF. Continue Reading

Stephen McDonald answered
18 days ago

Yes, I used that button. It worked with one press. It worked at "shooting mode" but not in "play mode" Continue Reading

Mr.NoFlash answered
18 days ago

QUESTION

Which Super zoom camera for my mom?

Trying to decide between, Panasonic fz200, Sony hx200v or Sony hx300. A year or so ago i purchased her a Sony a35 dslr with 18-55 and 55-200mm lenses. However after a year she still doesnt understand how to do anything besides point and shooting. The dslr is a little bit too complicated for her. So im selling it to a friend to buy her a super zoom camera. heres the pro's and cons between the 3 cameras based from what ive read. Panasonic  FZ200 Pros: Has a lcd screen that can be used for self portraits Best battery life of the 3 Ability to add an external mic Sony hx200v Pros: Built in image gps Costs around $330 Sony hx300 Pros: Has a 50x optical zoom Larger/more comfortable body. Sony hx300 Cons: Worest battery life of the 3 Possibly worest picture quality of the 3 on auto/scene settings. (from what ive read from one source) Mostly what type of pictures it will be used for are outdoor panorama, portrait pictures of my niece with background blurred out, macro pictures of flowers and ...

skuzzzzy asked
1 year ago

ANSWERS

skuzzzzy wrote: Trying to decide between, Panasonic fz200, Sony hx200v or Sony hx300. Mostly what type of pictures it will be used for are outdoor panorama, Sony invented sweep panorama, and reportedly has the best implementation of the feature. portrait pictures of my niece with background blurred out, A blurred background is not easily achieved with a compact camera. It requires photographic knowledge and planning. The Sony's have a fake blue mode called background defocus, which can mimic the shallow depth of field look. It doesn't always work perfectly; sometimes there are unnatural looking artifacts. macro pictures of flowers and zoomed pictures of birds and other wild life . Macro is no problem for any of these. The Sony's have more zoom, but the Panasonic has a brighter lens, which in some situations would be preferable. Personally, I would choose the Panny, but given what you (or your mom) want to do, the Sony is probably a better choice. Continue Reading

trekkeruss answered
1 year ago

skuzzzzy wrote: Trying to decide between, Panasonic fz200, Sony hx200v or Sony hx300. A year or so ago i purchased her a Sony a35 dslr with 18-55 and 55-200mm lenses. However after a year she still doesnt understand how to do anything besides point and shooting. The dslr is a little bit too complicated for her. So im selling it to a friend to buy her a super zoom camera. Is size an issue?   A smaller camera often gets used more because it fits in a purse or pocket while the big camera gets left home.   If she leaves the dslr home because of its size, a superzoom might present similar problems (though they are much lighter.)   If she mostly uses it at home or doesn't mind the size, a superzoom may be a good choice.   However, none of the kinds of pictures you describe really call out for a superzoom, which isn't any better at portraits, panoramic landscapes, or flowers, subjects that don't need a long lens.  A much smaller compact with a more modest lens will do just as well, or ... Continue Reading

MarkInSF answered
1 year ago

MarkInSF wrote: skuzzzzy wrote: Trying to decide between, Panasonic fz200, Sony hx200v or Sony hx300. A year or so ago i purchased her a Sony a35 dslr with 18-55 and 55-200mm lenses. However after a year she still doesnt understand how to do anything besides point and shooting. The dslr is a little bit too complicated for her. So im selling it to a friend to buy her a super zoom camera. Is size an issue?   A smaller camera often gets used more because it fits in a purse or pocket while the big camera gets left home.   If she leaves the dslr home because of its size, a superzoom might present similar problems (though they are much lighter.)   If she mostly uses it at home or doesn't mind the size, a superzoom may be a good choice.   However, none of the kinds of pictures you describe really call out for a superzoom, which isn't any better at portraits, panoramic landscapes, or flowers, subjects that don't need a long lens.  A much smaller compact with a more modest lens will do just ... Continue Reading

skuzzzzy answered
1 year ago

QUESTION

Play/review image in the viewfinder in this/last year´s cams

I found out, its not in all cameras with EVF possible to review/inspect taken images in the viewfinder. For example its not possible in the Sony HX300, but in the HX400V. How about Fuji´s superzooms with EVF: Can you inspect images you took an hour ago, in the viewfinder, by pressing play and using/switching-to the EVF? I am interrested in the fuji Finepix S1 , perhaps also Fuji HS50exr, but perhaps its also  interresting how other new fuji cameras work.

Mr.NoFlash asked
16 days ago

ANSWERS

I have the X-S1 and anything that you can do on the LCD can also be done in the EVF (menus, playback, etc.). Just to be sure, the S1 is not the same as the X-S1. There was some confusion in a few posts here. Continue Reading

bill2reg answered
16 days ago

You can with the XS-1. Continue Reading

Year77 answered
16 days ago

Thank you. Perhaps someone with a last year´s camera might also answer. Continue Reading

Mr.NoFlash answered
16 days ago

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