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SonyCyber-shot DSC-WX300 Digital Camera (Red)
 
4.5

(based on 34 reviews)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Zoom range/performance (25)
  • Easy to use (24)
  • Compact (23)
  • Great resolution (21)
  • Good battery life (18)

Cons

  • No viewfinder (6)
  • Lag / shutter delay (5)

Best Uses

  • Travel (22)
  • Family photos (19)
  • Low light (14)
  • Weddings (8)
  • Wildlife (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (14), Photo enthusiast (12)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (24), Yes (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

WX300

This new Sony camera is great with a 20 zoom lens. My previous one has a 10 zoom so this really fits the bill. The white shell doesn't reveal fingerprints as a black...Read complete review

This new Sony camera is great with a 20 zoom lens. My previous one has a 10 zoom so this really fits the bill. The white shell doesn't reveal fingerprints as a black one. The stereo microphone placement is much better now. Fingers were easily misplaced on the top of the mic on the earlier model. The video films have really top-notch quality. The battery life seems to be comparable, or a bit better, to earlier models. Great compact camera for travel!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

SONY is improving but isn't there yet

I have tried SONY HX20V (and its predecessor HX9V), and this camera is an improvement over HX20V in that the
i) Camera body is compacter
ii) Flash doesn't pop upRead complete review

I have tried SONY HX20V (and its predecessor HX9V), and this camera is an improvement over HX20V in that the
i) Camera body is compacter
ii) Flash doesn't pop up
iii) Battery life is improved
iv) Charging position doesn't require camera to lie on the lens or LCD

but some old problems still persist and new ones have been added

i) Video's (AVCHD) have lines in the last frame when played on Windows Media Player on Windows 7 (there is no clean ending of the movie). This bug was introduced in HX20V (HX9V didn't have this problem) and SONY hasn't fixed it yet.
ii) Panorama mode is still not as easy as with Casio's Exilim series. Sony gives you a fixed buffer that you have to fill in, instead of making a full panoramic picture based on when you stop, so if you don't fill in the full buffer you get black bars.
iii) If you zoom beyond 4x and try to take a close up of a nearby item (ex. close up of nearby flowers using optical zoom instead of bending down) the camera won't focus. SONY's have had this problem along with Nikon but others like Casio Exilim series handle this scenario well.
iv) The door to the charging unit is really flimsy and the connection between the power cord and the charging socket was very tight on my unit requiring a lot of force to unplug.
v) Play button was a little too flush with the camera body, found myself pressing it a few times to switch mode. HX9V had poorly designed buttons which were fixed in HX20V and now some have come back.
vi) Menu audio controls are not fine grain - so you can't turn off beeps during playback while keeping the beep feedback during focusing.

Overall the camera is nice, takes good photos and videos, has fancy features like 20x optical zoom, HD quality video including modes for Blue-Ray discs, WiFi sharing, 3D pics, InCamera guide etc. in a very slim body. Compared to other compact superzooms that I have tried (Canon SX260HS, Sony DSC HX20V, Sony DSC HX9V, Samsung WB750, Nikon Coolpix S9100, Casio Exilim EX ZR100 and Panasonic DMC ZS19) I'd place this one better than all but the Panasonic. It's a different matter that Panasonic has taken a step back in it's "upgrade" to ZS19 with ZS25/30 which prompted me to take a look at SONY again.

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5.0

More than I expected!

By Eneko Prins

from Madrid, Spain

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Good Battery Life
  • Great Zoom
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-WX300 Digital Camera (Black):

      This camara has all I was looking for and more.
      It is extremely small but with 20x optical zoom. The battery seems to last forever. I could easily use it for 4 days without charging making 100+ fotos per day. I am used to Canon IXUS 115 foto quality and this camara makes similar fotos with good light, better fotos with few light and infinitly better video. It shoots the fotos incredibly fast which is nice. And it has some nice automatic programs and manual options I didn't even count on. I'm a very Casual Photographer, but they are nice to play with and some results are remarkable. And all of this for a very good price! Good value for money and I will definitely recommend this to a demanding amateur like me. If it's discontinued, go for the WX350!
      Some slight cons: It seems impossible to use 24h time format and the WiFi options are confusing to configure and to know what they actually can do. Also, the internal help doesn't tell you about all the icons that appear on the screen.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Good things come in small packages

      By Hoot

      from Great Meadows, N.J.

      About Me Casual Photographer

      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
      • No Viewfinder

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-WX300 Digital Camera (Black):

      This is such a small camera which makes it easy to carry and has a a terrific zoom so you get big camera results without having to carry a monster.It is very easy to operate and takes pictures pretty fast.I use it for general picture taking.It is always there because of its size.I would definitely buy it again.The only thing I didn't like was the fact that you have to hook the whole camera to power to recharge the battery instead of just removing the battery and putting that to charge.

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      • No

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      5.0

      A perfect compact cam.

      By Pessanha

      from Brazil

      About Me Casual Photographer

      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

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Travel

        Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-WX300 Digital Camera (Black):

        A perfect compact cam with a good zoom.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great

        By Fuego

        from Westchester

        Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-WX300 Digital Camera (Black):

        Simple, very easy to use, high quality Sony cam. Using it for regular candid pictures at my events. (Reliable)

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        1.0

        worest comcact digital camera

        By fara

        from florida

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Complicated Controls
        • Lag / Shutter Delay
        • Limited Zoom
        • No Viewfinder
        • Poor Image Quality
        • Poor Image Stabilization
        • Poor in Low Light
        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

          Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-WX300 Digital Camera (Black):

          I have owned many compact point and shoot digital cameras well over 50, this product by sony is the worest, delay in focusing, delay in flash, confusing display messages, selftimer no good , remains in the same mode oncecamera is turned off, quality of photos are terrible!!

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          • No

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          5.0

          AWESOME BUY

          By Kel

          from Dallas, TX

          Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-WX300 Digital Camera (Black):

          I was debating on this model and the WX350. The price was so good for this model that I got the 300 instead, especially since the only difference was the processor. The zoom on this camera is amazing and it was perfect for the concert I bought it for. All of my images are crystal clear and the video quality blew me away. Definitely a camera to buy if you something small, powerful, yet simple.

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          4.0

          good camera

          By proud parent

          from ny ny

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Poor Image Stabilization

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-WX300 Digital Camera (Black):

          I bought this camera to take graduation pictures.
          The auditorium was large, but the zoom made it look like we were sitting right next to each other. My only concern was at times when attempting to zoom in, the image blurred. I still got better pictures than the school photographer and a segment of video as well.
          The Bluetooth was terrific!

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          • No

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          5.0

          Awesome package in a small presentation

          By Diving Don

          from FLorida

          About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Battery Life
          • Great Resolution
          • Great Zoom
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Lag / Shutter Delay

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-WX300 Digital Camera (Black):

          This little camera takes excellent video as well as pictures. THE RANGE OF THE LENS IS AMAZING.

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          • No

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          5.0

          More than just a pretty picture

          By Rich

          from PoMo New Jersey

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Great Resolution
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Travel

            Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-WX300 Digital Camera (Red):

            I gave the camera to my wife for Mother's Day to replace a 4 year old Nikon.
            She loved the color. Beyond that she was impressed with the rapid photo feature which she'll use to capture the kid's action shots.
            The camera is the right size to carry everywhere.
            So many feature it could take a while before she figures them all out.

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            • Yes

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            5.0

            the best camera

            By moriya

            from Israel

            About Me Casual Photographer

            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

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Macro Photography
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Video

              Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-WX300 Digital Camera (Red):

              המצלמה הולכת איתי לכל מקום. אני מרוצה ממנה מאוד.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              5.0

              Nice camera for family shots

              By M_zac

              from DC

              Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-WX300 Digital Camera (Black):

              Bought for a trip to disney. Left the sony nex5 at home. Too hefty and not as fast focus. Great startup time, flash is responsive as is focus. Able to take shots while both kids and I were moving. Some issues with noise and a some overexposure on flash use.High ISO is very sensitive, but manages to achieve focus in low light. All in all a steal for [$]. I'd even pay up to $299 without any regret. Now to sell the nex5.

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              4.0

              Great camera but poor wi fi

              By Photoguy

              from USA

              Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-WX300 Digital Camera (Black):

              The WX 300 takes great photos, has a long zoom & is easy to use . The wi if connection between an I phone and the camera works well but the wifi between the camera & either a PC or Mac does not - a Sony tech online tried to help but was not able to.A web search shows many owners with similar problems , Still a great buy!

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              4.0

              Plan to by another for my daughter.

              By Hiker

              from Lakeland, FL

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good Battery Life
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Resolution
              • Great Zoom

              Cons

              • No Viewfinder

              Best Uses

              • Travel
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-WX300 Digital Camera (Black):

              Have been taking random pictures to get a feel for how it works. The quality of the pictures taken indoors and outside are great, very sharp. Will put to the test next month traveling to Utah. Only negative would be the size of the camera. Someone with large fingers may have trouble with small buttons.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Light and easy to use

              By RalphA

              from London UK

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Good Battery Life
              • Great Zoom
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Travel

                Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-WX300 Digital Camera (Black):

                I chose convenience and weight over heavy duty lenses and controls and am delighted that I chose this camera

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great camera!

                By musicfanck

                from South Jersey

                Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-WX300 Digital Camera (Black):

                Great camera. For a point & shoot it does amazingly well in low light situations (ie: concerts). It was great to be able to leave the DSLR at home & take a lighter weight option & this camera did not disappoint.

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                4.0

                Beautiful small camera!

                By paul1979

                from Hampton, NJ

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Great Resolution
                • Great Zoom
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-WX300 Digital Camera (Black):

                  Very simple camera with great zoom.easy to use, nice sharp image, powerful and very convenient.would recommend to everybody!

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  "I would buy this product again and agai

                  By Fredy

                  from Orlando, FL

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos

                    Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-WX300 Digital Camera (Black):

                    Nice Camera and we get it on time.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

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                    5.0

                    Fantastic Camera

                    By JJ

                    from Manhattan

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Great Resolution
                    • Great Zoom

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Travel
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-WX300 Digital Camera (Black):

                      I've been buying Sony cameras for the past 5 years. They're unsurpassed in image quality and ease of use. The DSC-WX300 is perfect to carry everywhere in my pocket, including shows and other events. And the HD image quality is professional-grade!

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Fantastic Picture and Video quality!

                      By Reza

                      from Dhaka, Bangladesh

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Pros

                      • Great Resolution
                      • Great Zoom

                      Cons

                      • Lag / Shutter Delay

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Travel
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-WX300 Digital Camera (Black):

                      I bought this camera just a month ago from Bangkok Air Port to take family pictures. Picture and video quality is fantastic. 20x zoom is great! Background blur setting is excellent. But above all, it takes a little time to process images when taken and the camera seems a bit slow in this but I am happy to have this despite this drawback.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      great compact camera

                      By M

                      from Los Angeles

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • No Viewfinder

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Travel
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife photos

                      Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-WX300 Digital Camera (Black):

                      I really like how easy it is to operate, how small it is, the quality of pictures, the built in flash, speedy performance, nice zoom. Really not much negative except Wifi transfer is slow and not that easy to set up, but I'd still rather have it than not have it.

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                      • No

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