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Sony HX300 review

Big body, huge lens and large resolution bridge camera

Our Verdict

For

  • Sharp results handheld at maximum optical reach
  • Manual zoom
  • Tilting rear LCD

Against

  • No raw shooting
  • Small sensor yet large pixel count
  • Not hotshoe or accessory port

We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

Here we compare the Sony HX300 with the Olympus SP-620UZ, Fuji X-S1, Sony HX200V and Canon PowerShot SX40 HS.

JPEG signal to noise ratio

Sony HX300 review

As we can see from this chart, the Sony HX300 produces JPEG images with relatively weak signal to noise ratios, compared to the other cameras here, with the HX300's images starting out the weakest of the group at ISO 80-800. At ISO 1600 the HX300's JPEGs show an almost identical signal to noise ratio than those from the Olympus SP-620UZ, but are weaker than the others, and at ISO 3200 they are stronger than the Fuji X-S1 and Sony HX200V, but still slightly weaker than the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS. At ISO 6400 and 12800, the Sony HX300's JPEGs boast a stronger signal to noise ratio than those from the Fuji X-S1, but they are weaker than those from the Sony HX200V. The other cameras' sensitivity ranges don't stretch as high.

JPEG dynamic range

Sony HX300 review

The Sony HX300's JPEGs show stronger dynamic range scores than signal to noise ratios, relatively speaking. The HX300's JPEGs significantly outperform those from the Olympus SP-620UZ at every sensitivity setting, and outperform the Sony HX200V at ISO 100, 400, and 3200, and achieve near-identical results at ISO 200, 800, 6400 and 12800. The Sony HX300's JPEGs show greater dynamic range than the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS at ISO 100, 200 and 3200, but are weaker at ISo 400-1600. The HX300's images show less dynamic range than the Fuji X-S1's at lower sensitivities, but at ISO 1600 and above they are much stronger.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution20.4 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeNo
Product FamilyCyber-shot H
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom50x
Digital Zoom200x
Brand NameSony
FeaturesFace Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, Smile Detection, Live View
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Viewfinder TypeOptical
Weight (Approximate)623 g
Minimum Focus Distance10 mm
Maximum Image Resolution5184 x 3888
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeExmor R CMOS
HDMIYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedNP-BX1
Memory Card SupportedMemory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO High Speed Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick Micro, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), microSD Card, microSDHC Card
Height93.2 mm
Width129.6 mm
Depth103.2 mm
Product SeriesH
Focal Length4.30 mm to 215 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash OFF, Flash ON, Slow Sync, Rear Slow Sync, Advanced Flash, Red-eye Fix
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelDSC-HX300
Product NameHX300 Digital Compact Camera
Product LineCyber-shot
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDSCHX300B.CEH
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

Take your photography to the next level

Explore the creative freedom of manual controls plus DSLR-style design that fits comfortably in your hand. Pull any scene closer with the 50x optical zoom. Lock on to your subject with fast autofocus. Give your photos a professional finish, even when the lights are low.

Battery Life400 Shot/3.33 Hour Video
Package Contents
  • HX300 Digital Compact Camera
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-BX1)
  • AC Adaptor (AC-UB10/UB10B/UB10C/UB10D)
  • Micro USB
  • Instruction Manual
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Lens Cap
  • Software Media
Display Resolution921600 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesSpeaker, Microphone