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Sony Cyber-shot HX300

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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 – Dynamic range

The dynamic range of the HX300 is good enough for a camera at this level. Expect the usual highlight clipping in scenes with a broad range of brightness values – for example, detail in the whites of sunlit clouds or white feathers of a bird may not be present. In the auto mode, if the camera detects that the scene has a wide dynamic range, it can automatically take a HDR image to boost tonal information. This is recorded over consecutive frames in quick succession, for which a tripod is not needed.

  • 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
  • RRP: £419
  • ISO: 80-12,800
  • 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

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