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...
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.