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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 Digital Camera

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  • 20.4MP BSI Exmor R CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ Image Processor
  • 50x Optical Zoom Lens; 24-1200mm Equiv.
  • 3.0" 921k-dot Xtra Fine Tiltable LCD
  • Full HD 1080p Video with Stereo Sound
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Advanced Flash Illumination
  • Enhanced Superior Auto
  • Intelligent Sweep Panorama 360
  • 10fps Continuous Shooting
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The Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 Digital Camera from Sony is a "bridge" camera with a 20.4MP back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor with a 50x optical zoom lens. The CMOS sensor combined with the BIONZ image processor create photos and videos with sharp details, accurate colors and minimal noise. It is particularly effective in low light with ISO sensitivity that extends to 12800. On the low end, an ISO sensitivity of 80 will create images with saturated colors and rich tones. The image processing engine and sensor in the HX300 offer fast response times and autofocus speeds and a continuous shooting rate of 10fps at full resolution.

The Carl Zeiss Sonnar-Vario T* 50x optical zoom lens is equivalent to a 24-1200mm lens in the 35mm format. With a broad focal range that extends from wide-angle to ultra telephoto, it is capable of handling almost any shooting situation. Its maximum aperture of f/2.8 at the wide-angle end is effective in low light and offers shallow depth of field options. In addition, Optical SteadyShot image stabilization compensates for camera shake to provide sharp images when shooting in low light and at the long focal lengths provided by this lens.

Full HD 1080p video capture is supported by the HX300 at 60fps and lower resolution video capture allows you to shoot videos sized to be directly uploaded to the web. SteadyShot Active Mode offers image stabilization for video that will smooth out clips shot while moving.  

A 3.0" 921k-dot tiltable LCD monitor provides composition and playback viewing. High resolution imaging means your images will look sharp and accurate on the monitor and the tilting function helps to eliminate glare and allows you to confidently compose shots and high and low angles. An electronic viewfinder is also provided for eye-level composition.

The HX300 is classified as a "bridge" camera because it offers the convenient features of a point-and-shoot, such as Intelligent Auto, and also the control and performance of a DSLR. With a large grip, manual zoom and focus rings, accessible mode dials and the electronic viewfinder, you can handle and operate your camera like a DSLR. Also, manual exposure controls in aperture-priority, shutter-priority, program and manual modes allow image control options that standard point and shoots cannot offer.

Features such as Superior Auto, which recognizes moving subjects and adjusts the camera's settings for blur-free images, Advanced Flash, which can illuminate subjects out of reach of standard flash range, Intelligent Sweep Panorama, which creates one-touch 360º panoramic images and Picture Effects, which adds creative special effects to photos and videos, make the HX300 a versatile, easy to use, multi-function digital camera.

20.4MP Exmor R BSI CMOS Sensor and BIONZ Image Processor
Captures high definition images with sharp details and minimal noise, even in low light; offers speedy performance and response speeds, including fast burst shooting.
50x Optical Zoom Lens
A powerful Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens with 50x optical zoom capability offers the 35mm focal length equivalency of a 24-1200mm lens, for wide-angle to super-telephoto reach. This is an incredibly long telephoto zoom lens able to capture subjects near and far. The maximum aperture of f/2.8 at the wide-angle end offers effective low-light imaging.
3.0" Tiltable LCD Display with 921k-dot Resolution
Still photos and movies can be clearly displayed on the 3.0" Tiltable LCD display with 921k-dot resolution. Histogram and Grid Display are available and 5 brightness levels allow you to compose and view your images in any lighting situation. The tilting feature can adjust to remove glare and to shoot at low or high angles. An eye-level electronic viewfinder is also available for image composition.
Full HD 1080/60p Video Capture
The DSC-HX300 can capture videos in clips up to 29 minutes utilizing the Full HD 1080/60p AVCHD format. Lesser resolution videos can also be recorded at 60 and 30 frames per second and dual record mode allows you to shoot photos and videos simultaneously.
Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
Optical SteadyShot image stabilization offers compensation to reduce the blurring effects of camera movement when shooting at slower shutter speeds. This is particularly effective when shooting in low light or at the longer focal lengths provided by the camera's 50x zoom lens. Active 3-Way stabilization adds digital rolling control that counters clockwise and anti-clockwise rotation, resulting in more stable videos even at long focal lengths.
Fast 10fps Burst Shooting
The DSC-HX300 can shoot up to 10 frames per second in full 20.4MP resolution.
Intelligent Sweep Panorama
Intelligent Sweep Panorama mode takes Sony's Sweep Panorama function to the next level with the addition of motion compensation. Even when subjects are moving in the foreground of your landscape, the HX300 can detect faces and moving subjects, intelligently stitching different widths together to minimize distortion. Simply press the shutter button and sweep the camera in the desired direction and the camera continuously shoots at a high speed, then seamlessly stitches the images together with automatic position adjustment to create one stunning panoramic image. Available in wide format and up to 360° full circle.
Enhanced Superior Auto
The Intelligent Auto function allows the camera to make the optimal settings based on its recognition of the scene you are shooting and Superior Auto provides blur-free results when shooting scenes with moving subjects.
Advanced Flash
Advanced Flash allows you to shoot bright, beautifully lit photos even when zooming. The built-in pop-up flash reaches farther resulting in brighter subjects in dimly lit rooms or outdoors in the evening.
Bridge Camera Design
The DSC-HX300 is a "bridge" camera with the ease of use akin to a point-and-shoot, but the design and control of a DSLR. With a relatively large body and ergonomic hand grip you have the advantage of secure handling and control when shooting. Manual zoom and focus rings offer smooth adjustments, a convenient top-plate dial makes changing modes easy, and an electronic viewfinder offers eye-level composition and shooting stability.
Manual Exposure Control
Manual control of aperture, shutter speed and ISO is offered with P/A/S/M modes.
Face Detection and More
Face Detection allows you to take better portraits and group shots. It recognizes up to 8 faces within your image and adjusts the camera for optimal exposure of faces. Blink Detection and Smile Shutter Technology help you get the best shot by recognizing the ideal moment to release the shutter.
Tracking Focus and Face Tracking Focus
Tracking Focus makes it easier to capture clear shots of moving subjects by having the focus automatically adjust while you follow the action with the camera. Face Tracking will hold focus on a selected face while you await the perfect moment to shoot.
Background Defocus
Background Defocus allows you to blur the background on an image in order to put more emphasis on the clearly focused subject in the foreground. It is a useful effect for portraiture.
Picture and Beauty Effects
Picture Effect adds creative expression to photos, making ordinary landscapes and portraits special by heightening mood and emphasizing certain attributes. Nine different effects such as watercolor and partial color can add interesting touches to your images. Beauty Effect works similarly, letting you add color to cheeks and whiten teeth. Other in-camera editing is available such as trimming, unsharp masking, red-eye correction and date view.
Erase and Protect Features
Erasing and protecting images can be done in various modes: Single Image, Selection of Images, by Date, by Folder and by AVCHD format.
Imaging
Pixels Actual: 21.1 Megapixel
Effective: 20.4 Megapixel
Sensor 1/2.3" CMOS
File Formats Still Images: JPEG
Movies: MPEG-4, MPEG-4 AVCHD
Audio: AC3
Max Resolution 20MP: 5184 x 3888
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
Image Stabilization Optical
Color Spaces sRGB
Optics
Lens 15 elements in 10 groups
3 Aspherical, 2 ED
EFL: 4.3-215 mm (35 mm equivalent: 24-1200 mm)
Aperture: f/2.8 (W) - 6.3 (T)
Filter Thread 55 mm
Zoom Optical: 50x
Focus Range Wide: 0.39" (1 cm) - Infinity
Telephoto: 94.49" (240 cm) - Infinity
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 80-3200 (Extended Mode: 4000-12800)
Shutter 30 - 1/4000 seconds
Exposure Metering Center-weighted, Multi, Spot
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority
Compensation: -2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Shooting Modes Anti-motion Blur
Back Light
Beach
Fireworks
Food
Handheld Twilight
High Sensitivity
Landscape
Night Portrait
Night Scene
Pet Portrait
Smooth Skin
Snow
Soft Focus
Sports
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Natural White), Fluorescent (White), Incandescent
Burst Rate Up to 10 fps at 20.4 MP for up to 10 frames
Self Timer 2 Sec, 10 Sec
Flash
Flash Modes Advanced Flash
Auto
Auto/Red-eye Reduction
Flash On
Off
Rear Curtain/Slow Sync
Red-eye Reduction
Slow Sync
Built-in Flash Yes
Maximum Effective Flash Range Wide: 1.64 - 27.89' (0.5 - 8.5 m)
Telephoto: 7.87 - 11.48' (2.4 - 3.5 m)
Wide: Up To 39.37' (12 m)
Telephoto: 16.73' (5.1 m)
External Flash Connection None
Memory
Memory Card Type Memory Stick Duo
Memory Stick Pro Duo
Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo
SD
SDHC
SDXC
Recording
Video Recording Yes
Resolution 1920 x 1080: 60 fps
1440 x 1080: 60 fps, 30 fps
1280 x 720: 30 fps
640 x 480: 30 fps
Video
Video Clip Length Up to 29 MinutesLimited by Memory Card Capacity
Audio Recording With Video, Stereo
Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder Type Electronic
Screen 3.0" LCD Rear Screen Tilt (921,000 pixels)
Connectivity/System Requirements
Connectivity AV Output
HDMI D (Micro)
USB 2.0
Wi-Fi None
Environmental
Power
Battery 1x NP-BX1 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.6VDC, 1240mAh
AC Power Adapter AC-UB10 (Included)
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.1 x 3.7 x 4.1" / 129.6 x 93.2 x 103.2 mm
Weight 21.98 oz / 623 g without battery
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 Digital Camera
  • NP-BX1 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (3.6V, 1240mAh)
  • AC-UB10 AC Adapter
  • Micro USB Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Lens Cap
  • Limited 1-year Warranty

  • Included Free

    REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    SonyCyber-shot DSC-HX300 Digital Camera
     
    4.5

    (based on 47 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (32)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

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      (1)

    89%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Zoom range/performance (41)
    • Easy to use (30)
    • Large clear LCD (27)
    • Great resolution (24)
    • Good in low light (21)

    Cons

    • Short battery life (10)
    • Lag / shutter delay (5)
    • Complicated controls (3)
    • Poor in low light (3)

    Best Uses

    • Family photos (33)
    • Travel (32)
    • Wildlife (27)
    • Sports/action (20)
    • Video (19)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (19), Casual photographer (13), Semi-pro photographer (6), Pro photographer (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (36), Yes (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A stunning technical achievement!

    This was purchased for a travel camera, because my Canon equipment is HEAVY and draws envious attention. I find the Sony creeping into my local shooting (I'm making a book on Orange County,...Read complete review

    This was purchased for a travel camera, because my Canon equipment is HEAVY and draws envious attention. I find the Sony creeping into my local shooting (I'm making a book on Orange County, CA photo-friendly spots) because -- in spite of the dinky little sensor -- it makes beautiful (and enlargeable!) images. It's light; ergonomically comfortable;the 1200mm telephoto and very effective Optical Stabilization make a wonderful combination for wildlife; the video is excellent (as you'd expect with an Exmoor sensor); the various settings work exactly as advertised; the color is gorgeous. In short, I love the little thing.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not so easy to shot wildlife with it!

    I had HX1 and HX100, now I'm trying the new HX300. I can tell that shot with it is not easy, tripod here is a obligation! There is no picture review in...Read complete review

    I had HX1 and HX100, now I'm trying the new HX300. I can tell that shot with it is not easy, tripod here is a obligation! There is no picture review in viewfinder, once you click the play button the image jump to LCD. There is no 2 sec. timer when shot in continuous shot mode (I always use timer when with tripod, but the wildlife mostly can't wait 10 sec.). There is no possibility to use ISO above 800 when shooting continuously. There is no way to turn off the preview. Disappointed! We need a firmware fix right now!

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    4.0

    A lightweight workhorse

    By Ken

    from Meriden, KS

    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 Digital Camera:

          I've had the camera about a month or less and I
          have been using it as my main camera with Good results in most cases. I found out today that I can only get about 273 Images on a Fully charged Battery, which isn't too good. LCD is ok if ambient light is adequate, I used the eyepiece viewing today several times when Zooming in on an item at 1200mm

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          5.0

          Great Camera

          By Kub

          from Chicago

          Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 Digital Camera:

          This is my second Sony HX 300 I dropped the first on the deck of a ship in the Arctic last July. I have a Nikon 800 but the HX 300 is for the quick shots at long distances! The photo quality is high, the focal length is excellent. I have not been disappointed. I have recommended this camera to friends.

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          5.0

          I would buy again. Very Happy!

          By eaglepictures

          from Georgia

          Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 Digital Camera:

          I have taken over 9000 pictures with this camera in the last year. This includes everything from snow to Sun to the beach to Lake to indoors and all lighting conditions you can think of. I have been extremely impressed and happy with this success. I have done newborn pictures with my son and wedding pictures for family members. Its menus and functions are very easy to use. The auto functions on the camera does wonderful by itself. the camera is perfect for someone who wants the functions of an SLR but not the price of an SLR. It's a perfect beginner for any amateur photographer and anyone who wants to take really good pictures. I had a previous version of this camera and I took over 40,000 pictures with it and was extremely impressed with it and this one is better.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great Super Zoom Camera

          By Jorge

          from Coallville UT

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Battery Life
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Resolution
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Macro Photography
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel

            Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 Digital Camera:

            Great all in one camera. Carl Zeiss lens is very sharp.24 to 1200 what more could you ask for an all in 1 lens. Down falls electronic zoom control is not all that precise, eye level finder very poor, for this price range. Despite those 2 down falls. It great all in one camera for taveling light. Macro is good, street photograph, action, and any task you put it to.

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            5.0

            Excellent product, affordable price.

            By vicmendoza

            from MORELIA, MEXICO

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Great Resolution
            • Great Zoom

            Cons

            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 Digital Camera:

            I take most pictures of monuments, churches or old buldings, the camer works great.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            5.0

            Best 50X camera for the money

            By WSAlamo

            from Alamogordo, NM

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Resolution
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD

            Cons

            • Lag / Shutter Delay
            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Macro Photography
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 Digital Camera:

            This camera is easy to use and takes fantastic pictures. The 50x zoom allows me to take photographs of our New Mexico scenery that are as clear as if they were right in front me. this is the best camera I have found for the price.

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            • No

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            5.0

            my camera

            By hugo

            from Buenos aires

            Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 Digital Camera:

            Hi everyone! I am very satisfied with the product and the attention and suggestions that I have received at the shop.

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            5.0

            Killer zoom

            By double J

            from Kalispell,MT

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Battery Life
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Resolution
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • Lag / Shutter Delay

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 Digital Camera:

            Carry with me all the time because of it's zoom and dslr like settings.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Smart little camera

            By AuntNina

            from Los Angeles

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable In My Hands
            • Easy to Use
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 Digital Camera:

              Needed something between point-and-shoot and DSLR, and this matched my needs. Super-high zoom is extra fun. Still learning to adjust white balance, but I appreciate the options. Bonus for all the excellent B&HPHoto staffers who answered so many questions quickly and wisely. It's taking me a while to get used to this camera, but I'll assume that's a good thing -- that it's a relatively sophisticated instrument.

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              5.0

              Very good so far

              By kmca2000inmn

              from Minneapolis, MN

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 Digital Camera:

                I have only started playing with it, but I love the zoom on it.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Awesome zoom

                By PapaBear

                from Lake Wales, FL

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Resolution
                • Great Zoom

                Cons

                • Lag / Shutter Delay
                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light

                Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 Digital Camera:

                While there are more powerful zoom Sony cams out there, the video is not HD like this camera is. Both stills and videos are awesome with this camera. It will take me weeks to figure out all the many features that make this cam so great. The only beef I have is Sony did not provide the HDMI cord with the camera. Fortunately I had one that fit, otherwise I could not have seen the 3D pictures taken on my 3D TV.

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                • Yes

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                5.0

                Love It

                By Give Blood

                from Iowa

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Good Battery Life
                • Great Resolution
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Travel
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 Digital Camera:

                  We bought this camera before our daughter's wedding so we could get pictures of things the paid photographer wouldn't be interested in. This camera is very easy to use and takes very good pictures. The battery lasts a long time and is easy to change when needed.

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                  • No

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                  (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great camera for the price!

                  By Jack

                  from Arizona

                  About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                  Pros

                  • Great Resolution
                  • Great Zoom

                  Cons

                  • Complicated Controls

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 Digital Camera:

                  I saw this camera at @ and asked to look at it. I had a similar camera, a Fuji, with a 30 X lens that gave me some great shots, and decided to try the Sony and Compare. I found the Sony gave a better photo overall, and with the increase in the telephoto, decided to give up my Fuji and stay with the Sony. The color seems to be much brighter and the clarity is greater. I especially liked the results I got at night. The menu is a bit harder to follow but once I got used to it I decided I liked it. Sony is not that great on the printed material but if you don't mind doing a bit of digging you can usually find what you are looking for. The attached photos were taken the same evening, the first at full wide angle and the second at full zoom.

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                  4.0

                  Great for the Casual Photo Enthusiast

                  By Doug

                  from Aumsville, OR

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Travel
                    • Video

                    Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 Digital Camera:

                    I bought this as a Mother's Day gift for my wife, who wanted a quality, simple-to-use camera. She likes my Canon DSLR, but wanted something a little more basic, with fewer options. This Cyber-shot fits the bill perfectly!She mainly uses it for pictures of our grandchildren, and likes to take video as well. The image quality of both stills and video is excellent. Pictures are crisp, clear and have beautiful color: immediately ready for sharing with others, posting to Facebook, etc. with no compelling need for post-processing. The zoom feature is very smooth and I have not noticed an image quality degradation in zoomed photos.The tilting LCD display works very well, and I could see it being useful in some circumstances. We have not really had the need to experiment with that yet in "real" situations.At this time I can see no negatives of this camera for someone who is wanting a good quality bridge camera.

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                    • Yes

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                    5.0

                    Good, general-purpose mega-zoom

                    By Old Marine

                    from Wilmington, NC

                    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Battery Life
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Resolution
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD

                    Cons

                    • Confusing Menus

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 Digital Camera:

                    This possesses arguably the best lens of the mega-zooms. If you're used to Nikon or Canon firmware, it will take you a while to get used to this camera. One thing I like very much is the "jog-button," one control that combines a momentary switch with a rotary switch. You push it once to set aperture, use the wheel to adjust aperture. You click it again and use the same wheel to adjust ISO. You click it again and use the same wheel to adjust EV. It's very easy to use.Another great feature of this camera is that the lens takes filters directly. (55mm) You don't have to buy slip on adapters as with the Canon or Nikon mega-zooms.One thing I DON'T like is the presence of all the special effects, gimmicky modes. Until you get used to the menu options, it's far too easy to snap a photo and find out that you were in one of the special effects modes. I blew a great shot of a wren exiting her nest by turning it into a "watercolor."Overall a good camera with a superior lens, but I still like my Nikons and Canons better.

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                    5.0

                    great camera great deal

                    By Red Sox Rob

                    from Boston

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Resolution
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife photos

                      Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 Digital Camera:

                      easy to use..... great photos....use the gift card for the 3 year square trade warranty cant beat the deal

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                      4.0

                      unstoppable Zoom

                      By Cacun

                      from MVD, Uruguay

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Great Resolution
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Image Stabilization

                      Cons

                      • Poor viewfinder
                      • Short Battery Life

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Wildlife photos

                      Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 Digital Camera:

                      Great camera, has an unstoppable zoom, 50x optical and up to 100x digital, make easy to take a shot over people and things that are 1 block away from you or even more, great pictures of the moon.

                      one of the best things is the image stabilization, unbelievable, you can take shots with your hands at 40x and they came up sharp and clear.

                      not a DSLR but the camera makes a great job.

                      Cons: the viewfinder, i dont know if its just mine (its my first time with this kind of viewfinder) but the image quality is REALLY bad, its only useful for these scenes where you got A LOT of sun facing your screen and viewfinder its the only way to take the shot, other-ways, its really poor.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Best camera in its class

                      By NYC

                      from Tampa

                      Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 Digital Camera:

                      Excellent video and the pictures are awesome

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                      5.0

                      Very good

                      By Solimar Carvalho

                      from Rio de Janeiro,Brasil

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Good Battery Life
                      • Great Resolution
                      • Great Zoom

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Travel
                        • Video

                        Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 Digital Camera:

                        Very good product.
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                        5.0

                        Better than I hoped for

                        By Jarl

                        from Visby, Gotland, Sweden

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                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Good in Low Light
                        • Great Zoom
                        • Small / Compact

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Macro Photography
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 Digital Camera:

                          Very easy to start shooting, you can start without looking much in the guide.
                          Takes very sharp pictures even with the high magnification. Fine colors both with outdoor and artificial light. I am very satisfied.

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