Sony Cyber-shot® DSC-HX300
20.4-megapixel digital camera with 50X optical zoom
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Item #: 158HX300K
This item is no longer available.
Original Price: $449.99
There are a lot of great features included in the Sony DSC-HX300 digital camera. But the massive 50X optical zoom is the one that will get your attention. Good luck spotting something with the naked eye that this camera's ultra-powerful zoom can't bring into focus. And once you train the lens on your distant subject, you'll capture crisp, detailed images. Sony's Optical SteadyShot® image stabilization will help eliminate blur from shaky hands — an important feature for any high-zoom camera. And the backside illuminated CMOS sensor and Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar lens are designed to flourish in low-light shooting situations, so colors look natural and details pop.
In addition to its incredible zoom range, the 'HX300 has cool features like continuous shooting. Fire off a burst of up to 10 shots in a single second to capture an action sequence. Or use sweep panorama mode to shoot a 360-degree view of a landscape, cityscape, or even a large group photo from close range. Face detection, red-eye correction, and retouch options help make great-looking portraits easier and better than ever. And HD video shooting can make home movies look far slicker than the grainy footage of yesteryear.
Increase your shooting versatility with the 'HX300's tilting LCD screen. It's perfect for holding the camera above or below eye level while still framing your shots accurately. Plus, this high-resolution display features a variable brightness setting, for a clear view of your photos and video even outdoors in bright sunlight.
The DSC-HX300 features a tilting high-resolution LCD monitor with adjustable brightness for reviewing photos in bright sunlight.
From baby's first steps, to that dream vacation in the islands, these cameras make it easy to capture life's greatest hits. Today's cameras have helpful automatic features, like face detection and scene recognition that make shooting more foolproof than ever. And they all have plenty of megapixels for detailed photos that stay sharp, even when you enlarge and print them.
I wanted a camera that would be fun to use and play with and I'm having so much fun reading the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 USER'S GUIDE and putting all the wonderful options to work!
Pros: Excellent price, light weight, easy to handle and fun to use. You don't have to be a Pro Photographer to be able to use this camera, anyone can enjoy using it.
Cons: It's easier for me to read the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 User's Guide if I have a hard copy of it instead of going through the User's Guide Manual on my computer.
Easy to use and controls are intuitive. Photos are sharp, with correct colors and in-camera adjustments are accurate.
Pros: Adjustments for individual or camera control are easy to make. Picture icons are accurate for the shooting conditions.
Cons: Shutter lag and no external flash bracket.
It met all of my specifications/expectations. And it is performing well, even better than I expected.
Pros: The zoom is terrific!
Cons: The lens cap is not tethered...I must be cautious not to lose it.
Great camera, great zoom capability with great picture results.
Pros: This camera takes great pictures and being able to zoom in on things in nature that you might not want to be that close to is lots of fun. The panoramic feature is great as well as all of the other features.
Cons: The only thing that might be considered a con is stability when using the zoom. I knew that when I purchased the camera, but this camera performs better than others in that area.
The wife and both have I very nice pocket size compact cameras,. But we wanted to step up to a "bridge camera" that would let us take pictures that would be comparable to the photos taken by the professional digital models.( read expensive starting over a thousand and ending in multiple thousands. Sony's Cyber shot DSC-HX300 does it and it is still if you wish a point and shoot, or If you wish and have the knowledge you can make your own camera settings. Fantastic 50X zoom and so many many convenient functions. We were able to start taking great pictures right out of the box because so many features were well thought out and intuitive to even novices such as us. Add to a great camera, a great seller like Crutchfield ( we bought ours from their store in Harrisonburg) and their help in picking out the right camera for us after we told them what we had in mind. We couldn't be more pleased.
Pros: First since we bought it from Crutchfield, we got a great deal and good advice. The camera is a dream with so many features to accommodate I think every possible shooting situation, low light, no light, bright light, action ,landscape built in cropping HDMI movie I have not even begun to describe everything this camera has built into it, seriously. I haven't even cracked the surface of it's remarkable features.
Cons: The only con I can think of is I wish the view finder when used in a high zoom situation offered a wider field of view, so that you don't have to zoom back to locate your subject and then zoom in on it to the max.to shoot.
I've owned the Sony DSC-HX300 for two weeks. It performs as promised. I've so far very pleased.
Pros: Ease of use, zoom, clarity of pictures (better than I expected given some comments about the loss of clarity on longer zoom shots).
Cons: Haven't encountered any yet.
The DSC-HX300 is my interim solution to taking fast closeups of birds. The closeups are clear and fast. I intend to move on to a DSLR, but have decided to wait until the current crop of Nikons and Canons come down in price in about six months. The cost of DSLR lenses with equivalent magnification is very expensive when in the HX300 I get quality photos with excellent zoom.
Pros: 100x Zoom, excellent lens
Cons: Not as fast as a fast DSLR and not as large CMOS
This is a great camera! Many great features....got it for my birthday and I am just learning the features.
Still getting use to the camera so I don't know all about it yet. So far though I am satisfied. I would have liked a more detailed instruction booklet.
purchased as a gift, recipient loves it. She has shot many great pics and loves the features and ease of use of this camera. Would recommend this cam to anyone needing more than a basic camera, it is a very good and suits her needs well.
|LCD Screen Size||3"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||24-1200mm|
|Internal Memory||48 MB|
Memory Stick PRO Duo + PRO-HG Duo
|Effective Megapixel Count||20.4|
|Highest Resolution||5184 x 3888|
|HD Video Recording||1920 x 1080|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||22.9|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
Tiltable 3" LCD Screen: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 digital camera has a 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD screen with 921,600 dots. The LCD brightness control can be set between 1 (dark) and 5 (bright). The LCD panel can be tilted to make it easy to frame shots from above or below.
Recording Media: The camera is compatible with the following recording media: Memory Stick Duo (still images only), Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2 only for movie recording), Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo, SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards (Class 4 or faster). The camera also has an internal memory of approximately 48 MB.
Image Recording Formats: The camera records still images in JPEG, while 3D still images are saved in MPO. Moving images can be recorded in AVCHD format (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) with Dolby Digital 2ch audio or MPEG-4 with AAC stereo audio.
Image Sensor: For optimal image quality, the camera uses a 1/2.3" color Exmor R CMOS image sensor with approximately 21.1-million total pixels and 20.4-million effective pixels.
50x Optical Zoom Lens: The camera is equipped with a bright Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* (T-star) 50x zoom lens. Focal lengths are as follows: Still Images: 24-1200mm (4:3) and 26-1300mm (16:9); 4:3 Movies: 32.5-1625mm (SteadyShot Standard), 34.5-2300mm (SteadyShot Active; 16:9 Movies: 26.5-1325mm (SteadyShot Standard), 28-1850mm (SteadyShot Active). The aperture range is F2.8-8.0 (W) and F6.3-8.0 (T).
Clear Image/Digital Zoom: In addition to the 50x optical zoom, you can reach higher zoom scales by engaging the Clear Image Zoom or the Digital Zoom, or both. The amount of zoom depends upon the image size as follows:
|Image Size||Optical Zoom||Clear Image Zoom||Maximum Zoom Scale|
Manual Ring Control: The camera features a two-way switch that controls the manual ring around the lens. In the AF/Zoom position, the camera is set to Auto Focus, and turning the manual ring controls the zoom: rotate left=zoom out; rotate right=zoom in. When switched to the MF position, the manual ring controls the manual focusing.
Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode: Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode can provide blur-free movies, even while walking. Camera-shake compensation using Optical SteadyShot/Active Mode has been improved with the addition of new electronic image stabilization. This makes it easier to obtain sharp movies, even when zooming in unsteady situations.
Still Image Sizes: When recording digital still images, the DSC-HX300 allows you to choose from the following image sizes and aspect ratios:
Note: 3D images can be taken in 4:3 20M (5184 x 3888) and 16:9 15M (5184 x 2920), and saved in MPO format. 3D images can only be viewed on 3D-capable HDTVs.
Sweep Panorama: You can record multiple images while moving the camera in an arc, either horizontally or vertically. You can choose the direction to pan the camera while taking the images. These images can be compiled into a single panoramic image, and played back on a 3D TV. The available image sizes include:
Recording Movies: Besides recording still images, you can also record movies in AVCHD or MPEG-4 formats. Available image sizes and movie quality include:
|Movie Format/Quality||Average Bit-rate||Image Size|
|AVC HD PS||28 Mbps||1920 x 1080/60p|
|AVC HD FX||24 Mbps||1920 x 1080/60i|
|AVC HD FH||17 Mbps||1920 x 1080/60i|
|AVC HD HQ||9 Mbps||1440 x 1080i|
|MP4 12M||12 Mbps||1440 x 1080/30fps|
|MP4 6M||6 Mbps||1280 x 720/30fps|
|MP4 3M||3 Mbps||640 x 480/30fps|
Dual Recording: When recording a movie, you can also take a still image at the same time. When the movie recording is set to other than VGA 3M, the large images are 15M, while the small images are 3M. At VGA 3M, you can record a 11M Large image or a 2M Small image. Dual Recording is not available when recording 60p 28M (PS) movies.
Drive Modes: In addition to single frame shooting, the HX300 offers several types of drive modes:
Auto Focus Areas: You can select from the following auto focusing areas:
Tracking Focus: If you are trying to photograph a moving subject, you can use the tracking focus feature to keep the subject in focus as it moves around the frame. If Face Detection and tracking focus are used at the same time, the camera will track a selected face if it is registered with the camera.
AF Illuminator: The AF (auto focus) Illuminator briefly provides fill light to focus more easily on a subject in dark surroundings. You can set the AF Illuminator to Auto or Off.
Face Detection: Face Detection technology detects up to eight individual faces and controls flash, focus, exposure, and white balance to deliver accurate, natural skin tones with reduced red-eye. It can also give priority to children or adults. You can also select and register an individual's face to be given priority.
Smile Shutter Mode: The Smile Shutter technology automatically detects and captures a smiling face. Simply activate by pressing the Smile Shutter button and the camera will capture a smile the moment it happens. You can adjust the degree of Smile Detection Sensitivity as desired.
Scene Recognition: Scene Recognition mode automatically detects eight different types of scenes and selects the appropriate camera settings: Portrait, Infant, Night Portrait, Night Scene, Backlight Portrait, Backlight, Landscape, Spotlight, Low Brightness, and Macro. You can select from Auto or Advanced Scene Recognition modes.
Shooting Modes: Using the top-mounted Mode Dial, you can select from the following shooting modes:
Exposure Compensation: Besides auto exposure, you can adjust the exposure from +2.0EV to -2.0EV in 1/3 stop increments.
Built-In Flash: The camera's built-in flash features a range of 1' 7-3/4" to 27' 10-3/4" with the zoom set to wide and 7' 10-1/2" to 11' 5-7/8" with the zoom set to telephoto. The flash settings include:
Red-eye Reduction: The flash pre-strobes before shooting to reduce the red-eye phenomenon. You can set to Auto (when Face Detection is activated), On, or Off.
Metering Modes: You can select Spot, Center-weighted, or Multi-pattern Metering. Spot metering lets you adjust the exposure to the subject, even when the subject is a backlit or when there is strong contrast between the subject and the background. Center-weighted metering measures the center of the image and determines the exposure based on the brightness of the subject. When multi-pattern metering is used, the image is divided into multiple regions and metering is performed in each region. The camera judges the subject position and background brightness, and determines a well-balanced exposure.
White Balance: When the white balance is set to auto, the white balance is set automatically in response to the condition of the subject, and the overall color balance is adjusted. When shooting under special lighting conditions, you can select the settings manually. When using flash, you can select the flash white balance mode. The white balance can also be set to Daylight, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent 1 (white fluorescent), Fluorescent 2 (natural white fluorescent), Fluorescent 3 (daylight), One Push (adjust white balance depending on the light source) or One Push Set (memorizes the basic white color which will be used).
Histogram: A histogram is a graph showing the brightness of an image. The graph display indicates a bright image when skewed to the right side, and a dark image when skewed to the left side.
Folder View Modes: The Sony DSC-HX300's View Mode allows you to select your recorded images and movies by sorting them into different views: Date View, Folder View (Stills), Folder View (MP4), and AVCHD View. The internal memory only offers Folder View.
Index View: In addition to viewing images one-by-one in full screen, you can view multiple images at once in the index view mode. The index feature lets you to display a total of 16 (4 x 4) or 25 (5 x 5) images at once. You can also view images in the Calendar View which displays a thumbnail image on the shooting date.
Slide Show: The Slide Show function lets you play back images one after the other. You can select from the following slide show effects (Simple, Nostalgic, Stylish, or Active). The interval between the pictures can be adjusted, allowing you to choose 1, 3, 5, and 10 seconds. When repeat is selected, the images are replayed in a continuous loop.
Playback Zoom: You can enlarge a recorded still image up to 8x the size of the original image. Once the image is zoomed, you can pan left to right and up or down through the image.
Rotating Images: Recorded images can be rotated 360-degrees in 90-degree increments on the camera's LCD screen.
Picture Effect: You can add effects to images to make them look like a watercolor or illustration. The original image as well as the retouched image can be saved.
Deleting/Protecting Images: You can delete a selected image, or you can delete all the unprotected images at once. In order to avoid accidentally deleting of an image, it can be protected.
Print Mark: You can place a print mark on still images recorded with this camera. This mark is convenient when you have images printed at a shop that conforms to the DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) standard.
Battery Information: The DSC-HX300 is powered by the supplied NP-BX1 Lithium-ion rechargeable battery. Using the supplied AC-UD10D AC adapter, the battery can be fully charged in the camera in approximately 230 minutes. Under normal operating conditions, the battery has the following capacity:
|Battery Life||Number of Images|
|Shooting Still Images||LCD||Approx. 155 min||Approx. 310 images|
|Viewfinder||Approx. 200 min||Approx. 400 images|
|Typical Movie Shooting||LCD||Approx. 50 min||---|
|Viewfinder||Approx. 55 min||---|
|Continuous Movie Shooting||LCD||Approx. 90 min||---|
|Viewfinder||Approx. 100 min||---|
|Viewing Still Images||Approx. 270 min||Approx. 5400 images|
HDMI: The HX300 has a micro-HDMI (Type D) output on the bottom of the camera for connecting the camera to an HDTV. A micro-HDMI-to-HDMI cable is required to make the connection. If you are connecting to a Sony Bravia TV with Bravia Sync, you can control the camera using the TV's remote control. A 3D-capable TV is required for viewing 3D Panorama Sweep images.
Multi/Micro USB : The camera features a micro USB jack for connecting the supplied USB cable to your computer for downloading your photos, or charging the battery in the camera. The interface is USB 2.0 High Speed compatible. The same connector can be used to connect the camera to a TV via an optional AV cable.
PlayMemories Home: The DSC-HX300 can be used with PlayMemories Home software, which needs to be installed on your computer. With the PlayMemories Home software you can:
Note: The "PlayMemories Home" software is downloadable from the Sony Imaging website (The URL is printed in the Instruction Manual). It is compatible with Windows 8, Windows 7 (SP1), Windows Vista (SP2), and Windows XP (SP3-except 64-bit versions) operating systems only. If you wish to play back images on a Mac, you can use applications that are pre-installed on your Mac.
No. However, you can use your smartphone as the remote; way better [ Edwin Jul 14, 2015 ]
We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Jeff Jan 04, 2014 ] Staff
This camera does feature a stereo microphone. [ Jeff Dec 17, 2013 ] Staff