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SonyCyber-shot DSC-HX300 Digital Camera
 
4.5

(based on 45 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (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 (5), Pro photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (35), 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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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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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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    • No

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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.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • 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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      • No

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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.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • 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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          (3 of 3 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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          • No

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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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            • No

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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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              • No

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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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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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.
                Very good staf

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                • No

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                5.0

                Better than I hoped for

                By Jarl

                from Visby, Gotland, Sweden

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                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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                  • No

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                  (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Excelent

                  By alemdar125

                  from Turkey

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Short Battery Life

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  Very good quality..
                  It came complete and in very good condition.
                  I highly recommend this provider.And I highly recommend this photographic camera SONYY...

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                  • Yes

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                  (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Better than a DSLR

                  By Sax player

                  from Dublin, CA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    I bought this bridge camera because I wanted a good travel camera without having to change lenses, or having the bulk of a DSLR. I've owned compact cameras, DSLRs, and most recently a 4/3 frame mirrorless camera. Don't believe the hype--the mirrorless was the worst. The Sony is comparable to a DSLR (obviously a DSLR takes better pictures), but this Sony comes close. It's not too big that I can't travel with it, and without the flash I still get excellent indoor pictures. I can finally get pictures of my kids during their concerts from far away. Compared to the other bridge cameras, I liked this the best in terms of fast focus and picture quality. Some of the reviews say this is not as good as the other bridge cameras, but you should try them hands on and judge them for yourself. I thought the Sony was the best.

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                    • No

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