Sony’s flagship bridge camera, the Cyber-shot HX300, features a 20.4-million-pixel sensor and 50x, 24-1200mm f/2.8-6.3 Carl Zeiss super-zoom lens. So what does it mean for image quality? Read the Sony Cyber-shot HX300 review...

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Sony Cyber-shot HX300 review – Our verdict

On paper, the HX300 is class-leading in many areas: its wide 50x optical zoom, high-resolution sensor, good EVF and rear tilt LCD. However, how a camera performs is what really matters. The first thing to note is that the HX300 handles really well – it slots perfectly into the hand, is lightweight and, importantly, its lens control is quick and easy and its stabilisation is excellent, enabling handheld use at telephoto settings.

As for image quality, the HX300 was always going to have its work cut out, what with its wide zoom and high resolution. Detail in any sensitivity setting above ISO 800 is not good. Luminance and chroma noise is evident at all the ISO settings too, although this is not unusual.

All in all, the HX300 handles beautifully, offers a versatile zoom and has a solid performance in bright light, but is less suitable in when light levels drop.


Video:Full 1080p HD (50fps), 720p (30fps), H.264 MOV video with stereo sound
External mic:No
White Balance:Auto, 7 presets and 2 custom
Memory Card:SD, SDHC, SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo
Built-in Flash:Yes
Viewfinder Type:1.44-million-dot EVF
Output Size:5184 x 3888 pixels
LCD:Tilting, 3in, 921,600-dots
Sensor:20.4-million-effective-pixel, 1/2.3in, back-illuminated CMOS (6.17 x 4.55mm)
Exposure Modes:Auto, Auto+, PASM, memory, panorama, 3D, video, 9 picture effects and 15 scenes
Weight:650g (including battery and card)
Lens:Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* 4.3-215mm (24-1,200mm equivalent) f2.8-6.3
Power:NP-BX1 rechargeable Li-Ion
File Format:JPEG
Shutter Speeds:Up to 30-1/4000sec
Drive Mode:Single, self-timer 2 or 10secs, bracketing, self-portrait (1 or 2 people), continuous up to 10fps
Colour Space:Adobe RGB, sRGB
Exposure Comp:±2EV in 1/3 steps
Focusing Modes:Single, continuous, tracking AF, manual
Dimensions:129.6 x 93.2 x 103.2mm
Metering System:Multi, centreweighted, spot
Connectivity / Interface:Mini HDMI, digital/video out, remote
  1. 1. Sony Cyber-shot HX300 at a glance:
  2. 2. Sony Cyber-shot HX300 review - Features
  3. 3. Sony Cyber-shot HX300 review - Build and handling
  4. 4. Sony Cyber-shot HX300 review - LCD, viewfinder and video
  5. 5. Sony Cyber-shot HX300 review - White balance and colour
  6. 6. Sony Cyber-shot HX300 review - Dynamic range
  7. 7. Sony Cyber-shot HX300 review - Metering
  8. 8. Sony Cyber-shot HX300 review - Autofocus
  9. 9. Sony Cyber-shot HX300 review - Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  10. 10. Sony Cyber-shot HX300 review - Our verdict
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