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 – Autofocus

The HX300 has a relatively comprehensive set of AF modes and features. A dedicated focus button next to the camera shutter offers multi, centre and flexible spot AF, the last of which can be selected from any one of 117 AF areas in the large central portion of the frame, navigated using the control wheel. When in the multi-segment mode, face-detection AF is possible, with options for ‘child’ or ‘adult’ priority.

As I would expect, in bright light AF is snappy, but in low-contrast light the contrast-detection-based system is slowed down somewhat. I used the camera to take pictures of white water rafting, and the face detection and subject tracking seems responsive enough, with around eight out of 10 shots in focus.

Images: The 10fps shooting burst works for 1sec, but one must wait while the files are being processed before another sequence can be captured

See these larger sample images taken with Sony Cyber-shot HX300.

  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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