Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300

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.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 8.0
  • Image quality 8.0
8.0 Overall

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Review

Very fine point-and-shoot with a 50x zoom lens

For a lot of people, the only thing that makes a point-and-shoot better than a smartphone for taking pictures is a zoom lens, and for many of those people, the more zoom range, the better.

That's how we end up with the Sony Cyber-shot HX300 and its 50x f2.8-6.3 24-1200mm lens. It's the same range found on the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS and the Fujifilm FinePix SL1000, but the Sony's apertures are wider at both ends (though just marginally more so than the SL1000's), making it a bit better in low light than the Canon, at least at the wide end.

It's a new lens for Sony, and with it comes improved autofocus (AF) for better performance in telephoto and enhanced optical image stabilization (OIS) made possible by, according to Sony, "a second zoom group of lens elements that shifts rapidly to correct for the slightest of hand movements."

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  • Brand Sony
  • Optical Sensor Type Exmor R CMOS
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