Reviews and Problems with Sony CyberShot DSC-HX300
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 Review
3 February 2014
Excerpt: The hottest in the superzoom segment these days are DSLR-like bridge cameras with massive super telephoto lenses. It clearly looks like all brands are updating their flagship superzoom models. Among a raft of new features, what you can’t miss is the 50x zoom lens. The first to feature a 50x zoom lens was the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS; a few months later, the Fujifilm FinePix SL1000 appeared on shelves.
Conclusion: As we felt with its predecessor, the Sony HX200V, we think the Sony HX300's strengths far outweigh its limitations, making this all-in-one superzoom a solid option for anyone who wants a camera to do a little bit of everything. The HX300's 50x optical zoom lens is a huge upgrade and an incredible tool, offering 24-1,200mm equivalent coverage.
Pros: Crazy-versatile 50x optical zoom lens, offering 24mm-1,200mm (!)
equivalent coverage, Comfy and generally portable camera build; looks and feels
like a small DSLR but doesn't require multiple lenses, Nice, ergonomic, leather-textured rubberized handgrip feels solid
and secure when you're holding it, Handy, fold-out 3-inch rear LCD screen with 921,600 dots of
resolution for crisp image in record and playback, Better placement of ...
Cons: Slightly bigger and heavier than previous camera, puts it close to some DSLRs (without lenses) in size, Plastic construction feels cheap, particularly the Shutter button
and surrounding Zoom ring, Electronic viewfinder hasn't been upgraded from previous model; it's
still small and low resolution, Eye proximity detection feature no longer available, GPS receiver and geotagging features have been removed, So-so image quality at higher sensitivities, ...
Excerpt: The new 20 megapixel Cyber-shot DSC HX300 replaces the HX200 in Sony's ultra-zoom line-up. When I was a kid we watched Sci-Fi movies and read Sci-Fi novels that predicted all the new inventions that would make our lives more fun in the future. One of the things that nobody predicted, back in that day, was cell phones and consequently cell phone cameras.
Pros: Excellent image quality, Exemplary handgrip, Fast f2.8 maximum aperture
Cons: Unintuitive menu system, Zoom control ring lags
Excerpt: The Sony Cyber Shot DSC-HX300 is a new digicam with a super zoom with a 20.4 megapixel back illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor. With a 1920 x 1080 50 p Full HD video recording facility the HDMI output and the stereo sound facilities provide you with the best features of a convenient camera. There is a 3 inch LCD screen with a 921,000 dots 10fps burst shooting mode with full resolution, this camera comes with an ISO range of 100-12,800.
Summary: The Sony Cyber-shot HX300 is Sony's flagship compact super-zoom. It sits above the HX200, extending the zoom range to a whopping 50x, from a super-wide 24mm all the way to a 1200mm super-telephoto that any papparazzi would be proud of.
And the range isn't the only impressive thing about the HX300's lens.
Conclusion: There's also the 50x optical zoom Canon PowerShot SX50 HS, the 42x Nikon P520 and Olympus SP-820UZ. We'd place the Sony HX300 in front of these options we were making a purchase choice ourselves; so for us it would really come down to this or the Fuji.
Excerpt: Superzoom cameras across various brands have been crafting out their own individual points of interest of late. Sony's angle, it would seem, is all about resolution: the Cyber-shot HX300 pairs a brand new 50x optical zoom lens - capable of a 24-1200mm equivalent - with a new 20.4-megapixel CMOS sensor.
Pros: f/2.8 aperture at the wide-angle setting, manual zoom and focus ring, considerable zoom range, decent optical stabilisation system, close-up macro mode (at wide-angle settings) works a treat, tilt-angle LCD has its uses, electronic viewfinder helps to stabilise long shot preview and is useful when shooting in bright conditions
Cons: Image quality is trying to do too much, even low ISO shots suffer from excessive processing artefacts, no raw capture, pricey, overexposure can be a problem, camera won't always opt to use acceptable shutter speeds with auto ISO, no automatic viewfinder activation