Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300/B 20 MP Digital Camera

Expert Review

The Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300/B's predecessor, the HX200V, already proved itself to be an extremely competent camera, especially for video. This new model retains that strong video performance with AVCHD 1080/60p HD video and more or less the same shooting options as they were on the previous model. Overall, the HX300/B is another safe upgrade by Sony, not differing hugely from before other than a new lens and other minor improvements. This new lens offers improved autofocus and enhanced optical image stabilization, as well as 50x optical zoom.

A 20-megapixel sensor is a slight bump over the previous model, so if you're not after DSLR-like photo quality, the images and video produced by this camera are excellent. Low light performance is quite good, aided also by Sony's Handheld Twilight mode. While there is no real continuous shooting, no accessory hot shoe, no raw image capture and no WiFi or GPS, the HX300/B is a pretty fast camera and should be a contender if you are looking for an advanced point and shoot camera that also excels at video. While its features are a bit lacking when up against the competition, its picture quality and standout 50x zoom make it very much worth considering for any level of photographer.Rating: 5/5

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