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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 Digital Camera, 20.4 Megapixel, 50x Optical Zoom, Full HD 1080p Video, 3.0" Tilt Screen, Black

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This Sony DSC-HX300 Bundle comes with $43.40 worth of free accessories including a Lowepro TLZ-10, Kingston Technology 8GB Class 4 SDHC and a Adorama Cleaning Kit and Shipping is free!

See details you never knew existed with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 astoundingly clear 50x zoom, making close-ups more interesting. Imagine tight shots of the lead singer in concert, or the expression on your favorite athlete's face at the game. Best of all, the action stays clear and stable even when you're fully zoomed. 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.

Forget changing lenses while you're in the wild or on the beach: every photo opportunity's covered with the powerful 50x optical zoom lens. Grab expansive, wide-angle landscapes or zoom in for telephoto close-ups of animals and birds, while your camera keeps it all steady. Wondering which settings are best? Let your camera do all the work. From close-ups to twilight portraits, your camera adjusts everything automatically so you easily get the results you want, no fuss. It even detects if your subject's moving, cutting motion blur in any scene.

Grab those spur-of-the moment photo opportunities that only happen once. Speedy autofocus snaps accurately onto your subject for crisp, blur-free shots even at high zoom settings or in dim light where other cameras struggle. More detail means better pictures and Full HD video. Capture moments that really stand out from the crowd with an Exmor R CMOS sensor that cuts out picture noise for clear, sharp results, even at dusk or indoors when the lights are dim.

Just touch a button and shoot brilliantly crisp, detailed Full HD video clips: you'll enjoy stable, blur-free images even while walking or zooming. Record in 50p mode and film 50 frames of Full HD (1920x1080) every second for silky-smooth, cinematic action. Show you're serious about taking better pictures. Effortlessly handle lengthy shooting assignments with a compact DSLR-style camera body that fits comfortably in your hand. Every control's carefully placed and easy to reach, like you'd expect from a DSLR camera.

Sony DSC-HX300 Features

  • Shoot like a professional: Compose and shoot in confidence with the high-quality, DSLR-style camera body that fits reassuringly in your hand
  • Capture 20.4 megapixel detail, even in low light: Shoot detail-packed stills and movies, even indoors or in dim light, with the 20.4 effective megapixels Exmor R CMOS sensor
  • Powerful zoom with less to carry: Travel, wildlife and more, everything's covered by the high quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens with powerful 50x optical zoom
  • Get a wider view: Make sure nothing's left out of the picture, the wide-angle lens packs more into holiday scenes, interiors and group shots
  • Don't worry about unsteady hands: Take crisp, blur-free still photos with Optical SteadyShot that cuts handheld wobbles when you're zoomed in or don't have a tripod
  • Enjoy DSLR-like creative control: Get the shot you want with a manual ring for smooth zoom/focus, jog dial, custom buttons and memory for favorite settings
  • Adjust light and exposure levels manually: Use the P/S/A/M manual modes to control the aperture or shutter speed and play with the creative effects in your photos
  • Don't leave it to guesswork: Intelligent Auto recognises a wide range of scenes and adjusts settings automatically so you can get detailed results every time
  • Capture action with no blur: Superior Auto recognises when subjects are moving in your picture and automatically adjusts settings for crisp, blur-free results
  • Shoot smooth, steady Full HD movies: Film smooth, steady video clips in Full HD50p, even when you're walking or zooming, with Optical SteadyShot Active Mode

Sony DSC-HX300 Specifications

Camera Type
High zoom
Imaging Sensor
Imaging Sensor: 1/2.3" Exmor R CMOS sensor
Pixel Gross: 21.1 MP
Effective Picture Resolution: 20.4 MP
Color Filter System: RGB primary color filters
Media Type
Optional Memory Stick Duo (No movie recording), optional Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2 only for movie recording), optional Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo optional SD Memory Card (Class 4 or higher), optional SDHC Memory Card (Class 4 or higher)
Still Image Max Effective Resolution
Approx. 20.4 Megapixels
Still Image Size
16:9 mode: 15M (5,184 x 2,920) / 2M (1,920 x 1,080)
4:3 mode: 20M (5,184 x 3,888) / 10M (3,648 x 2,736) / 5M (2,592 x 1,944) / VGA
Panorama Still Image Size
Sweep Panorama: 360 (11,520 x 1,080) / HR (10,480 x 4,096) / Wide (7,152 x 1,080/4,912 x 1,920) / Standard (4,912 x 1,080/3,424 x 1,920)
Video Format
AVCHD Ver2.0/MP4
Video Mode
AVCHD 60i/60p: 28M PS (1,920x1,080/60p) / 24M FX / 17M FH (1,920x1,080/60i) / 9M HQ (1,440x1,080/60i), MP4: 12M (1,440x1,080/30fps) / 6M (1,280x720/30fps) / 3M VGA (640x480/30fps)
Dual Record
Audio Format
AC3 (Stereo)
Wind Noise Reduction
Off / On
Lens Type
Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T
Optical Zoom
Focal Length (35mm equivalent)
Still 16:9: 26-1300mm / Movie 16:9: 26.5-1325mm (SteadyShot Standard) 28-1850mm (SteadyShot Active) / Still 4:3: 24-1200mm / Movie 4:3: 32.5-1625mm (SteadyShot Standard) 34.5-2300 (SteadyShot Active)
Lens Construction
15 elements in 10 groups(including 1 superED glass element, 2 ED glass elements, and 3 aspheric elements)
Minimum Focus Distance
iAuto: AF (W: Approx. 1cm (0.03 ft.) to Infinity, T: Approx. 240cm (7.87 ft.) to Infinity) / Program Auto: AF (W: Approx. 1cm (0.03 ft.) to Infinity, T: Approx. 240cm (7.87 ft.) to Infinity)
Steady Shot Mode: Active
LCD Display
LCD Type: 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD (921K dots) - tiltable
Brightness Control: 5 (Bright) / 4 / 3 / 2 / 1 (Dark)
Histogram: Yes (On/Off)
Grid Display: Yes
AF Modes
Multi Point AF/Center Weighted AF/SpotAF/Flexible Spot AF/Manual/Face Tracking Focus
AF Illuminator
Auto / Off
Metering Modes
Multi Pattern / Center Weighted / Spot
Exposure Compensation
Plus / Minus 2.0EV, 1 / 3EV step
Scene Modes
High Sensitivity / Soft snap / Soft Skin / Landscape / Night Portrait / Night Scene / Handheld Twilight / Gourmet / Beach / Snow / Fireworks / Pet mode / Anti-motion blur / Backlight Correction HDR / Advanced Sports Shooting
Auto / 80 / 100 / 125 / 160 / 200 / 250 / 320 / 400 / 500 / 640 / 800 / 1000 / 1250 / 1600 / 2000 / 2500 / 3200 / 4000 / 5000 / 6400 / 8000 / 10000 / 12800
White Balance Mode
Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Fluorescent 1 (White Fluorescent Lighting) / Fluorescent 2 (Natural White Fluorescent Lighting) / Fluorescent 3 (Day White Fluorescent Lighting) / Incandescent / Flash / One Push, One Push Set / White Balance Shift
Off / 10sec. / 2sec. / portrait1 / portrait2
Shutter Speeds
iAuto (4 - 1/4000) / Program Auto (1 - 1/4000) / Aperture Priority (8 - 1/2000) / Shutter Priority (30 - 1/4000) / Manual (30 - 1/4000)
Burst Mode
Approx 10 fps at 20.4MP (Maximum 10 shots)
Flash Modes
Auto / Flash On / Slow Synchro / Rear Slow Synchro / Flash Off / Advanced Flash
Flash Coverage
ISO Auto: Approx. 0.5m to 8.5m (1.64 ft. to 27.89 ft.) (W) / Approx. 2.4m to 3.5m (7.87 ft. to 11.48 ft.) (T), ISO3200: up to Approx. 12.0m (39.37 ft.) (W) / Approx. 5.1m (16.73 ft.) (T)
Red-Eye Reduction
Auto / On / Off
Erase: Single / Select / Date / Folder / AVCHD Protect: Single / Select / Date / Folder / AVCHD
Power Save Mode
Standard / Max / Off
Advanced Features
Anti Motion Blur: Yes
Sweep Panorama: Intelligent Sweep Panorama (360)
Face Detection: 8 faces
Smile Shutter technology: Yes
Image Stabilization: Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization with 3-way Active mode
Intelligent Auto
Background Defocus
Superior Auto
Tracking Focus (Off / Auto)
Blink Detection
Memory Card Slot
MS Duo and SD/SDHC compatible
HD Output
Micro HDMI
USB Ports
Multi (AV/USB), Hi-Speed USB (USB2.0)
Battery Type
Lithium ion NP-BX1 3.6V
Battery Capacity
4.5Wh (1240mAh)
Power Consumption (in Operation)
Approx. 1.3W (EVF:Approx. 1.1W)
Power Requirements
AC 100V to 240V, 50/60 Hz, 70mA
Dimensions (WxHxD)
5.1 x 3.7 x 4.1" (129.6 x 93.2 x 103.2mm)
1.4 lbs (650g)
Mfr #

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Most Liked Positive Review


The Perfect Camera To Turn Dreams Into Reality

Sony's motto of "Make.Believe" is one that I have been living with for a few years now. I had the HX100v for a year, and broke it, sadly, but in 1 year, I created so much content that I can enjoy. From hundreds of cloud shots, parades, family moments, monuments and many concert moments from my favorite artists. The HX300, with the 50X zoom will only make my artistic goals even more ambitious. Throw in cool artistic features (Toy Camera, miniature), 360 degree panorama, 1080p 60fps video recor...

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Sony's motto of "Make.Believe" is one that I have been living with for a few years now. I had the HX100v for a year, and broke it, sadly, but in 1 year, I created so much content that I can enjoy. From hundreds of cloud shots, parades, family moments, monuments and many concert moments from my favorite artists. The HX300, with the 50X zoom will only make my artistic goals even more ambitious. Throw in cool artistic features (Toy Camera, miniature), 360 degree panorama, 1080p 60fps video recording, and the small convenient size, I am overwhelmed with the amount of possibilities that can be created with this camera. Now that I have every single feature I want in a camera, all I have to do is wait for the release!


Most Liked Negative Review


Worst camera !

Very slow aperture at telephoto end. Taken away some features such as viewfinder sensor, DC current input . Only 2 megapixel boosted, slower zooming speed as compared to Hx200v, same 1/3 sensor, image quality and sharpness is lost at telephoto end, same old features. I was expecting more but this time it is worst than ever.

Reviewed by 15 customers




I had wanted to move up from point and shoot, but could not justify the expense of a DSLR for the amount of use I get from a camera. This camera has exceeded my expectations in EVERY way! While I have not had the camera very long, I am discovering new things it can do every day. The 50X zoom, combined with the Clear View Digital zoom is absolutely amazing. As I am a motorsports official, I plan to use it for lots of racing pictures, and the features the camera has will make the quality of images I can produce go up dramatically. This is going to be a camera that I use for many years to come.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Worthless camera


Bought camera for Christmas, it is worthless can not shoot RAW pictures Why would anybody have a camera that you can not use Photoshop editing

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Love This Camera


I haven't had this camera very long but like what I've seen so far. The zoom is incredible. I replaced an HX100 that I was quite happy with as well. I see the HX400 is on the horizon with some of the features that were left off the HX300 returning. Just a couple of pictures as an example how good the zoom is. Taken hand held...


Excellent Point & shoot Camera


Used primarily for birding and general nature photography. I previously used a Canon Powershot SX40 but was not happy with the focusing. So far, the crisper focusing of the DSC 300, combined with it's 20 megapixel chip, resulted in much better photos. A major annoyance, compared to the Canon, is that the software does not allow you to bypass the instant photo review process which, in burst mode, may take several seconds.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


The HX300 is an amazing value!


Overall, the DSC-HX300 is a stunning achievement for Sony. What attracted me was the 50x optical zoom (100x digital enhancement if desired) and the AVCHD movie capability. What convinced me to buy was a series of YouTube reviews by professionals and hobbyists raving about the many features of the camera from its image stabilization, 1200mm (35mm equivalent) zoom lens, and its special effects provisions. Now that I've had a chance to test the camera in various environments from indoor low-light to outdoor snow storm conditions, I'm absolutely thrilled with my decision to buy. I could only be happier if the camera's accessories were a little more reasonably priced. The micro HDMI to HDMI cable is one example. If you're looking for a bridge camera (between a point and shoot and a DSLR) the HX300 is certainly one to consider. If you wanted to equip a DSLR to match the capabilities of this package, you'd have to spend hundreds, if not thousands more. Well done Sony!

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


First Impressions


(I've owned the HX100V for 2 years and have taken slightly more than 8,000 photos with it.) I JUST got the HX300B a few days ago and while I have yet to put it through it's paces, I'm so far amazed at how good this camera is. The zoom is amazing though I've not yet investigated this 100x aspect of it. At 50x I'm getting results as good or better than my HX100V at it's max of 30x. Crystal clear telephoto from a tripod...important...and the color is very close to actual. I played with a few of the features...such as watercolor...and found them interesting though not especially useful to me at this time. I did find that once I selected one of those special features, I was unable to undo it and shut it off without first shutting the camera off and then re-entering the menu system. I've not yet tried the video. The battery looks smallish, and I have an extra, but the specs imply that there's at least as much power as the battery of the HX100V, if not more. It would have been nice if the camera came with a harnessed lens cap. I'm not used to removing the cap and either having to palm it or pocket it. The HX100V allowed you to just remove the cap and drop it, attached to the strap, it wasn't going anywhere. Ergonomically, like all of the DSC's, this camera can't be beat, but once again, Sony manages to mess it up with a misplaced button. Somehow, they need to find a better place to put the power button, that or change the method of opening the battery/memory card hatch. A show of hands, please, for all who have turned the camera on accidentally while opening that hatch. And how many times? I thought so. Where to put it, then? How about where the MENU button is, then move the menu button back up where it was on the HX100V? If I had to buy this camera again, I certainly would. I've owned 5 cameras in 50 years: A Yashica 35mm SLR for 20 years, A Kodak DC210 was my first digital in roughly 1992, that I still have but may or may not work. After that, a Sony DSC-S60, which is still have and still works, a Sony HX100V, which I also still have and still works and now the Sony HX300B. If nothing else, I'm brand loyal, and will continue to be as long as the products give me good value for my money and accomplishes what I need them to accomplish.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


My Sony Cyber-Shot HX300/B


I love my new Sony Cyber-Shot HX300/B. I am still using the auto shooting and getting great pictures...regular and zoom. It is so easy to use! I'm so glad that I saved up and got this camera. It is wonderful... Pat at Lake of the Ozarks :)

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Great Camera


My trusty old DSC H1 stopped working after 8 years. I had taken over 28,000 pictures with it. I bought the DSC HX300 and I am extremely satisfied with it. What a lens. Easy to use and I am having a great time taking pictures. Highly recommend this camera to anyone. Better than my DSLR. You don't have to change lenses to go from close into faraway shots. Rest in peace DSC H1.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)


one of my first shots


great overall camera

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great Telephoto shots


This takes better telephoto shots that a Canon long lens on a stable tripod.


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GARY K  Is the Exmor R CMOS sensor comparable to sensors found in most DSLR cameras?
DOUGLAS P  No, like all super zooms, this is a much smaller sensor, than APS DSLR let alone a full frame. But it dose take very good pictures in it's class. I have both a Sony HX-300 & A57 and the quality of the HX-300 is good enough that, I have printed 8" x 10" prints that look fantastic. But it all depends on the situation, skill, and luck. Like all photography does.
GARY K  Hey Doug thanks for your informative answer!
Fred B  Do you recommend a UV/haze filter and/or a polarizing filter for this camera?
JAMES B  Yes- for any good lens, get a filter...not just for the effects, but to simply protect the lens.
Shopper  Can this camera function in low light condition and how high ISO can it permit?
MIKE B  This is not a good low light camera. It is not a camera that performs well at high ISO. The camera may have looked good on the drawing board but in practice the image quality doesn't live up to its potential. telephoto shots over 300mm start to get progressively worse under anything but the brightest lighting conditions.
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