CNET First Look
Sony Cyber-shot HX300 packs long lensIf you like the idea of walking around with a small telescope attached to a camera, the HX300 isn't a bad way to go.
Hey there I'm Josh Goldman with CNET and this is a quick look at the Sony Cyber-shot HX300 a compact camera that's all about big specs. Now the most important being its 50x zoom lens that goes from 24 millimeters to 1200 millimeters which is a lot of range and currently only match by Canon's SX50 HS and Fuji Films SL1000. On top of that the camera has a 20 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor and a 3 inch 921 k-dot high resolution tilting LCD. Now what you won't find are more advanced options like raw capture or a hot shoe for an external flash or a jack for an external mic. It is loaded with shooting modes though including full manual and semi manual options and lots of other modes to experiment with. Photo quality while very good is still that of a point and shoot so don't expect that 20 megapixel resolution to translate to digital SLR quality photos same goes for shooting performance because while it's pretty fast to focus and shoot depending on your settings the camera can end up taking a couple seconds to process your shot before you're able to shoot again. That said if you like the idea of walking around with a small telescope attach to a camera this isn't a bad way to go. I'm Josh Goldman and that's the Sony Cyber-shot HX300.