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SonyCyber-shot DSC-HX300 Digital Camera
 
4.6

(based on 68 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (49)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Zoom range/performance (58)
  • Easy to use (46)
  • Great resolution (39)
  • Large clear LCD (38)
  • Good in low light (32)

Cons

  • Short battery life (12)
  • Lag / shutter delay (7)
  • Complicated controls (4)
  • Poor in low light (4)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (45)
  • Travel (41)
  • Wildlife (35)
  • Video (28)
  • Low light (26)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (23), Casual photographer (21), Semi-pro photographer (11), Pro photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (48), Yes (10)

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!

Reviewed by 68 customers

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5.0

Love this camera. Has it all.

By Pastor Alan

from Belleville, Pa

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
  • Lightweight
  • Lots Of Options
  • Small / Compact
  • Viewfinder

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:

    This is about the best camera I found for all uses, without changing lenses. The 50 X lens gets it done. I also am enjoying the creativity available for all sorts of pictures and the ability to control as much as you want to control or let the camera do the thinking for you. One reason I bought it was for the viewfinder. So far, I have not found anything that I am disappointed in.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Nice so far

    By Vic

    from Pittsburgh, Pa

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

    I have always had Canon, but wanted an inexpensive camera to carry around in the car. This one fits the bill and is pretty easy to use, many similar functions as my Canon. More presets and stronger zoom without changing lenses. Will see how prints actually look like.

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    3.0

    Good carry around but not for rough and tumble use.

    By woodbuck

    from richwood, wv

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

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

    Bought this as a present for my mother, while setting it up for her took some images and ran it through its paces. What I liked was simple operation, long reach, and decent image quality. What I didn't like was compared to my DSLRs it felt light and cheaply made especially the battery and input doors, also the eye level finder is essentially unusable, this was my first experience with electronic eye level finders, I found the image to be jerky with poor detail making composing an image using it difficult.

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    5.0

    wifes new camera

    By Darryl

    from Pennsylvania

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      exactly what I wanted

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      5.0

      Bells & Whistles On Top Of Great Basics

      By Photog Farmer

      from Central Texas

      About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Complicated Controls

      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:

      Bought as a family personal camera.
      Works well as full auto, point, shoot with casual users.
      Lots of extensions to customize effects w/o knowing how it does the magic.
      Easy to switch to full manual and get just the look I like for sunsets and other challenging scenes.
      On tripod it delivered full screen shots of super/total lunar eclipse.
      Very decent movie capability with ability to still take still shots without interupting the movie.
      GPS is handy not only for tagging pictures but also for capturing paths and thus even the size of areas (with some calculator work).
      Quality is excellent. My one experience with Sony repair (a half-down button contact on a previous camera) was great.
      Highly Recommended

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      • Yes

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      5.0

      Great product

      By JG

      from Houston

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

      Great for the family and outdoor pictures and still simple to use. Way better than those [$]dollar cameras.

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      5.0

      Fits our needs

      By gimpyrich

      from Litchfield, MN

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Great Resolution
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light

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

        We use it for casual family pictures and it has worked very well for our needs. Great clear pictures so far.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        DSCHX300 review

        By John

        from Overland Park, KS

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

        Great camera and the price is really unbeatable at $ shipped. No tax, free shipping, and a bag. We bought this camera mainly for our upcoming trip to Europe but we've used it for pretty much anything. Obviously not a camera you take with you on a nightly basis but great for the holidays with family. Takes great pictures. Have not made any prints yet but I'm sure they will come out great which has been our biggest problems with printing pictures that were taken on an iPhone. Pretty easy to use but does take some research on the users part to be proficient with the settings. For the price tags it's a 10/10 and BH did there part too.

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        5.0

        Inexpensive Beast!

        By Peacecreek55

        from Lake Wales, Florida

        About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Lag / Shutter Delay
        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

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

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

        I bought this as a walk around camera. I normally shoot Canon 7D MKII and 5D MKIII but I wanted a really good point and shoot. The more I use it the less I'm using my big cameras!! Great zoom, great built in image stabilization. Even at 1200mm I can shoot tack sharp hand held. WOW! More features than I expected too. Video quality is also much better than expected! Love this camera!

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        • No

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        5.0

        a big step forward

        By farmer

        from Illinois

        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

        • Lag / Shutter Delay

        Best Uses

        • Macro Photography
        • Wildlife photos

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

        A more powerful up date of HX 100 with the same "easy to use " features

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Absolutely Perfect

        By Marion

        from Spokane WA

        About Me Semi-Pro 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

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Macro Photography
          • Wildlife photos

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

          I couldn't be more delighted with this camera. I am an artist and need crisp images with accurate color of my work. I've beem limping along with a camera which just made taking pictures awful. A friend recommended the Cyber-shot and the rest is history, I would buy this camera again in a heartbeat

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great company, quick delivery, camera is great

          By ken

          from Florida

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              Easy to use, great beginner camera, takes Great pictures

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              5.0

              Good camera for a good deal

              By PVu

              from Westminster, CA

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

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

                A good camera for the price that B&H offered that
                can't beat it. This camera is for family portraits, traveling , or many other nice features, good in low light area too.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Excelent quality

                By mam13lyon

                from Spring Grove, PA

                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
                  • Video

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

                  Lens f2.8, excellent movies. Accuracy. Good autofocus. No charger wall, sorry.

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                  • Yes

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                  4.0

                  At 1200mm

                  By rocfoto

                  from Long Beach, Ca.

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Great Zoom

                  Cons

                  • Poor in Low Light
                  • Short Battery Life

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action

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

                  I bought the camera to shoot surfing. @ 1200mm the shots are right on.

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                  • No

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  I would buy this product again and again

                  By Sports photo nut

                  from Phoenix, AZ

                  About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife photos

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

                    I have professional grade cameras and lenses, but for travel and personal use, this is an excellent camera, with a great Carl Zeiss lens. The 50X optical zoom is great and the 2.8 lens opening is very useful

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great camera

                    By Travel for Beer

                    from Asheville, NC

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Great Resolution
                    • Great Zoom

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

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

                      Just finished 10 days trekking the Ring of Kerry in Ireland. Great camera for my needs. Rivaled my DSLR on manual, but smaller and lighter. Zeiss lens is fantastic and the zoom amazing.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes

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                      5.0

                      great camera

                      By Maria

                      from New York

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      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
                        • Travel
                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events
                        • Wildlife photos

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

                        The only thing I didn't like about the camera is the program "Play Memories". It drove me crazy. But the camera itself was wonderful

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                        • No

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                        (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Excelente

                        By Alfo

                        from Solymar, Canelones, Uruguay

                        About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Video

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

                          es la mejor cámara que haya comprado (para uso doméstico)recomendable

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                          • No

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 Digital Camera by Sony

                          By MANNY

                          from BOQUERON P.R.

                          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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

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

                            most useful WHEN TAKING PHOTOS IN MY CHURCH NONEED FOR FLASH AND NO SHUTTE NOISE.

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                            • No

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