Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 Review

Overall 39
Imaging 13
Features 21
Size 70
Price 0

Main Features

  • 20.0 MP 1/2.3" BSI-CMOS sensor
  • ISO 80 - 12800
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Tilting Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 10.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (60, 50 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 130 x 103 x 93 mm
  • Weight: 623 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced Sony HX200V.
  • Replaced by Sony HX400V.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 Summary

This review is devoted to Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 that Sony has first introduced to the public in Feb 20, 2013. This model is a Small Sensor Superzoom camera with a resolution of 20.0 MP and a 1/2.3" (6.16 x 4.62 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

Initially, Sony developed this model to replace their older product HX200V and, after some time, Sony has replaced this upgraded model with their most recent one HX200V.

In Small Sensor Superzoom cameras (Top 10 SuperZoom Cameras) this model has taken rank #136 out of 249. Its Overall Score has reached 39/100 and it takes a rank of #964 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 Compared to other SuperZoom Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Screen Type: Tilting
  • Min Native Iso: 80
  • Max Native Iso: 12800
  • Viewfinder: Electronic
  • Continuous Shooting: 10.0 fps
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes

CONs

  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Number Of Focus Points: 9
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 With Other Cameras in Small Sensor Superzoom Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Superzoom cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 has the following external dimensions 130 x 130 x 93 mm (51.18 x 40.55 x 36.61″) with the weight of 623 g.

The typical weight for average Small Sensor Superzoom type cameras is 387g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 93mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Thickness

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 — 93 mm
Min: 19 mm
Average: 66 mm
Max: 181 mm

Weight

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 — 623 g
Min: 136 g
Average: 387 g
Max: 1415 g

Unfortunately, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 Photo and Sensor Features

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 boasts of a resolution of 20.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.16 x 4.62 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

The base of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 has the following ISO range 80 - 12800 .

Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300. However, if you are looking specifically for a SLR-like (bridge) camera with a RAW file support, you should check out one of the following models from the same class and within similar price range .

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 features a 20.0 MP 1/2.3" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.3" sensor featured in Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300

LCD and ViewFinder

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 is equipped with a Tilting 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 921k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.

% coverage ensures that that the resulting photo will capture the scene a bit differently from what you could see in the viewfinder while shooting.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 are its 10.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Besides, Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/4000 sec. It also means that you can take shots without any noise. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. While electronic shutter is great for continuous and noiseless shooting, in some cases, it may result in rolling shutter effects on your images.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

How Good is Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 to the average SuperZoom camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 25. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.16 x 4.62 mm) sensor

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 60. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (130 x 103 x 93 mm)
  • Small 1/2.3"(6.16 x 4.62 mm) sensor
  • Small Number of autofocus Points (9)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 58. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 can be called a 58 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Big size (130 x 103 x 93 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (10.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (9)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (12800)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 82. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.16 x 4.62 mm) sensor
  • Big weight (623 g)
  • Big size (130 x 103 x 93 mm)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 45. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 can be called a 45 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.16 x 4.62 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (20 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • No RAW Support
  • Bad Max Native ISO (12800)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Sony
Model Cyber-shot DSC-HX300
Announced Feb 20, 2013
Body Type SLR-like (bridge)
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Tilting
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 921k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Electronic
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting 10.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range
Flash Modes
External Flash No
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment No
Average No
Spot No
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
Sensor
Sensor Type BSI-CMOS
Sensor Size 1/2.3"
Sensor Dimensions 6.16 x 4.62 mm
Sensor Area 28.46 mm2
Sensor Resolution 20.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 5184 x 3888
Max Native ISO 12,800
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 80
RAW Support No
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous No
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection No
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 9
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 50 fps)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats n/a
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 623 g
Physical Dimensions 130 x 103 x 93 mm
Battery Life n/a
Battery Type n/a
Battery Model n/a
Other Features
Self Timer No
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type n/a
Storage Slots 1

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