|See details you never knew existed with an astoundingly clear 50x zoom, making close-ups more interesting. Imagine tight shots of the lead singer in concert, or the expression on your favorite athlete’s face at the game. Best of all, the action stays clear and stable even when you’re fully zoomed.|
50x optical zoom plus 100x Clear Image Digital ZoomGet amazingly close with 50x optical zoom plus 100x Clear Image digital zoom. Most digital zooms use electronic cropping to get closer to the subject, resulting in unsharp images. With Clear Image Zoom the powerful processor compares patterns found in adjacent pixels and creates new pixels to match selected patterns, resulting in more realistic, higher-quality images. Clear Image Zoom doubles optical zoom for closer photos.
Optical SteadyShot® image stabilizationOptical SteadyShot® image stabilization reduces shake and blur by countering camera movements in both horizontal and vertical directions.³ Active 3-Way stabilization adds digital rolling control that counters clockwise and anti-clockwise rotation, resulting in more stable videos even at long focal lengths. The HX300 uses a second lens group shift which moves the lens group farther away from the sensor. This results in an expanded compensation area, allowing for easier framing.
20.4 Megapixel Back-illuminated Exmor® R CMOS Image SensorThis camera features a 20.4 megapixel Exmor® R CMOS image sensor that brings out the full resolving power of the camera’s Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar T* lens to deliver extremely fast speed, high resolution, and stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain. In addition, the combined Exmor® R CMOS sensor and BIONZ® image processor delivers extremely fast up to 10fps, Anti Motion Blur, Hand-held Twilight and 1080p movie modes.
Full HD 1080/60pRecord crystal clear movies at the highest resolution available with capabilities for 60p in 1080 AVCHD™ video.¹ This provides stunning, fast motion video with less distortion for playback on your HD TV.2 With dual record of stills and movies, you can shoot both at the same time.
Capture the decisive moment with up to 10fpsCapture full 20.4 megapixel resolution images at up to 10 frames per second, helping to ensure that the decisive moment is captured such as the soccer ball flying into the goal. In addition, a mechanical shutter helps reduce distortion when continuously shooting moving subjects.
|Picture Effects||HDR Painting / Richtone Monochrome / Miniature / Toy camera / Pop Color / Partial color / Soft High-key / Watercolor / Illustration|
|Anti Motion Blur||Yes|
|Face Detection||8 faces|
|Image Stabilization||Optical SteadyShot™ Image Stabilization with 3-way Active mode|
|In-Camera Editing||Retouch / Trimming / Red Eye Correction / Unsharp Masking / Date View|
|Smile Shutter™ technology||Yes|
|Sweep Panorama||Intelligent Sweep Panorama (360)|
|Tracking Focus||Off / Auto|
|Camera Type||High zoom|
|Erase/Protect||Erase: Single / Select / Date / Folder / AVCHD Protect: Single / Select / Date / Folder / AVCHD|
|Power Save Mode||Standard / Max / Off|
|Red-Eye Reduction||Auto / On / Off|
|Burst Mode||Approx 10 fps at 20.4MP (Maximum 10 shots)|
|Self-timer||Off / 10sec. / 2sec. / portrait1 / portrait2|
|Shutter Speeds||iAuto (4 - 1/4000) / Program Auto (1 - 1/4000) / Aperture Priority (8 - 1/2000) / Shutter Priority (30 - 1/4000) / Manual (30 - 1/4000)|
|Exposure Compensation||Plus / Minus 2.0EV, 1 / 3EV step|
|ISO||Auto / 80 / 100 / 125 / 160 / 200 / 250 / 320 / 400 / 500 / 640 / 800 / 1000 / 1250 / 1600 / 2000 / 2500 / 3200 / 4000*4 / 5000*4 / 6400*4 / 8000*4 / 10000*4 / 12800*4|
|Metering Modes||Multi Pattern / Center Weighted / Spot|
|Scene Mode(s)||High Sensitivity / Soft snap / Soft Skin / Landscape / Night Portrait / Night Scene / Handheld Twilight / Gourmet / Beach / Snow / Fireworks / Pet mode / Anti-motion blur / Backlight Correction HDR / Advanced Sports Shooting|
|White Balance Mode||Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Fluorescent 1 (White Fluorescent Lighting) / Fluorescent 2 (Natural White Fluorescent Lighting) / Fluorescent 3 (Day White Fluorescent Lighting) / Incandescent / Flash / One Push, One Push Set / White Balance Shift|
|Flash Coverage||ISO Auto: Approx. 0.5m to 8.5m (1.64 ft. to 27.89 ft.) (W) / Approx. 2.4m to 3.5m (7.87 ft. to 11.48 ft.) (T), ISO3200: up to Approx. 12.0m (39.37 ft.) (W) / Approx. 5.1m (16.73 ft.) (T)|
|Flash Modes||Auto / Flash On / Slow Synchro / Rear Slow Synchro / Flash Off / Advanced Flash|
|AF Illuminator||Auto / Off|
|AF Modes||Multi Point AF / Center Weighted AF / Spot AF / Flexible Spot AF / Manual / Face Tracking Focus|
|Color Filter System||RGB primary color filters|
|Effective Picture Resolution||20.4 MP|
|Imaging Sensor||1/2.3" Exmor R® CMOS sensor|
|Pixel Gross||21.1 MP|
|HD Output||Micro HDMI|
|Memory Card Slot||MS Duo and SD/SDHC compatible|
|USB Port(s)||Multi (AV/USB), Hi-Speed USB (USB2.0)|
|Brightness Control||5 (Bright) / 4 / 3 / 2 / 1 (Dark)|
|LCD Type||3.0" Xtra Fine™ LCD (921K dots) - tiltable|
|Focal Length (35mm equivalent)||Still 4:3: 24-1200mm / Movie 4:3: 32.5-1625mm (SteadyShot Standard) 34.5-2300 (SteadyShot Active) / Still 16:9: 26-1300mm / Movie 16:9: 26.5-1325mm (SteadyShot Standard) 28-1850mm (SteadyShot Active)|
|Lens Construction||15 elements in 10 groups (including 1 superED glass element, 2 ED glass elements, and 3 aspheric elements)|
|Lens Type||Carl Zeiss® Vario Sonnar T®|
|Minimum Focus Distance||iAuto: AF (W: Approx. 1cm (0.03 ft.) to Infinity, T: Approx. 240cm (7.87 ft.) to Infinity) / Program Auto: AF (W: Approx. 1cm (0.03 ft.) to Infinity, T: Approx. 240cm (7.87 ft.) to Infinity)|
|Steady Shot Mode:Active||Yes|
|Power Consumption (in Operation)||Approx. 1.3W (EVF: Approx. 1.1W)|
|Battery Capacity||4.5Wh (1240mAh)|
|Battery Type||LITHIUM ION NP-BX1 3.6V|
|Power Requirements||AC 100V to 240V, 50/60 Hz, 70mA|
|Audio Format||AC3 (Stereo)|
|Media Type||optional “Memory Stick Duo” (No movie recording), optional “Memory Stick PRO Duo” (Mark 2 only for movie recording), optional “Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo”, optional SD Memory Card (Class 4 or higher), optional SDHC Memory Card (Class 4 or higher), optional SDXC Memory Card (Class 4 or higher)|
|Microphone/Speaker||Stereo / mono|
|Panorama Still Image Size||Sweep Panorama: 360 (11,520 x 1,080) / HR (10,480 x 4,096) / Wide (7,152 x 1,080/4,912 x 1,920) / Standard (4,912 x 1,080/3,424 x 1,920)|
|Still Image Max Effective Resolution||Approx. 20.4 Megapixels|
|Still Image Size 16:9||16:9 mode: 15M (5,184 x 2,920) / 2M (1,920 x 1,080)|
|Still Image Size 4:3||4:3 mode: 20M (5,184 x 3,888) / 10M (3,648 x 2,736) / 5M (2,592 x 1,944) / VGA|
|Video Format||AVCHD Ver2.0 / MP4|
|Video Mode||AVCHD 60i/60p: 28M PS (1,920x1,080/60p) / 24M FX / 17M FH (1,920x1,080/60i) / 9M HQ (1,440x1,080/60i), MP4: 12M (1,440x1,080/30fps) / 6M (1,280x720/30fps) / 3M VGA (640x480/30fps)|
|Wind Noise Reduction||Off / On|
|Dimensions (Approx.)||W x H x D:5 1/8" x 3 3/4" x 4 1/8" (129.6 x 93.2 x 103.2mm)|
|Weight (Approx.)||1lb 6.9oz (650g)|
|Weight(Approx) (Main unit only)||1lb 6.0oz (623g)|
The good The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 has strong image stabilization to back up its 50x zoom lens; excellent picture quality for its class; and a large assortment of shooting options for all levels of photographers.
The bad The HX300's 20-megapixel sensor doesn't translate into better picture quality. It doesn't have a hot shoe, GPS, or Wi-Fi built in. Captures JPEG only, no raw.
The bottom line It can't match some of its competition in the features department, but the Sony Cyber-shot HX300 still packs a powerful zoom lens and plenty of point-and-shoot punch.