Cyber-shot Digital Camera HX300

Cyber-shot Digital Camera HX300

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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. Cyber-shot Digital Camera HX300


50x optical zoom plus 100x Clear Image Digital Zoom

Get 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 stabilization

Optical 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<sup>®</sup> R CMOS Image Sensor

20.4 Megapixel Back-illuminated Exmor® R CMOS Image Sensor

This 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 1080/60p

Record crystal clear movies at the highest resolution available with capabilities for 60p in 1080 AVCHD video. 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.
Full HD 1080/60p

Capture the decisive moment with up to 10fps

Capture 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.

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Advanced Features
Picture Effects HDR Painting / Richtone Monochrome / Miniature / Toy camera / Pop Color / Partial color / Soft High-key / Watercolor / Illustration
Advanced Features
Anti Motion Blur Yes
Background Defocus Yes
Blink Detection 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
Intelligent Auto Yes
Smile Shutter technology Yes
Superior Auto Yes
Sweep Panorama Intelligent Sweep Panorama (360)
Tracking Focus Off / Auto
Camera Type High zoom
Convenience Features
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
Drive System
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 System
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
Focus Control
AF Illuminator Auto / Off
AF Modes Multi Point AF / Center Weighted AF / Spot AF / Flexible Spot AF / Manual / Face Tracking Focus
Imaging Sensor
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)
LCD Display
Brightness Control 5 (Bright) / 4 / 3 / 2 / 1 (Dark)
Grid Display Yes
Histogram Yes (On/Off)
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)
Optical Zoom 50x
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)
Color Space RGB
Dual Record Yes
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
Type None
Weights and Measurements
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)

What's in the Box

  • Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-BX1
  • AC AdaptorAC-UB10
  • Micro USB cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Lens Cap
  • Instruction Manual


CNET Editors' Rating
4 out of 5 stars.

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.

The overall rating is 8.0 out of 10.
  • Design rating is 8.0 out of 10.
  • Features rating is 8.0 out of 10.
  • Performance rating is 8.0 out of 10.
  • Image quality rating is 8.0 out of 10.