Summary: The W300's real qualities are its design, build, finish and responsiveness. The features are fun, but don't expect them to change your photography. And don't expect too much from that sensor, either, despite its stratospheric 13.6 million pixels and ISO 6,400.
Pros: Size and finish; manual controls; fast auto-focus.
Conclusion: As a go-everywhere point-and-shoot digicam, I have no problems recommending the DSC-W300. You get plenty of pixels, very fast response, optical image stabilization and quick focusing in good light.
Pros: Affordable; responsive 13.6MP compact camera
Cons: Noisy in low light; LCD hard to see in direct sunshine
Excerpt: The Cyber-shot W300 is a pocket-sized camera that offers one of best balances of size, performance and ease-of-use we've seen – and to us it’s one of the best looking to boot. It’s not without flaws, but overall it’s a cracking little camera.
Pros: Excellent output. Great IS system. Some manual controls. Great looks.
Cons: Proprietary card format. Manual aperture can be changed by full f-stops only.