Sony DSCHX300V Review: Lacking Some “Pro” Features, But Decent For The Price

The main thing we are missing here is the ability to shoot in RAW, but other than that it measures up pretty well.

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Bridge cameras are named as such because of the distinctly DSLR like shape of the camera body that is highlighted by a protruding grip. It mimics the optical viewfinder with an Electronic Viewfinder that projects the information coming out of the sensor. The Sony DSCHX300V is a compact digital bridge camera and fits the bill perfectly.

Main Features

  • 20.4 megapixel EXMOR R CMOS sensor
  • BIONZ image processing engine
  • Zeiss Varuio-Sonnar T* lens with a maximum aperture of f/2.8 – f/6.3
  • 50x optical zoom
  • 3” LCD screen with a resolution of 921k-dots.
  • Very capable Optical SteadyShot technology that stabilizes shots even at the tele-end
  • ISO range of 80-12800
  • Continuous shooting speed of 10 fps
  • Full HD video recording

sony-dschx300v-2Sensor

The 1/2.3″ EXMOR R CMOS sensor of the Sony DSCHX300V has an effective resolution of 20.4 megapixel. EXMOR R CMOS sensors are extremely popular for their low light capability. The technology used involve putting the sensor wiring on the reverse of the light gathering surface. This leaves out a lot of room and less clutter on the photo-sensitive surface. The result of all that is better light gathering and a reduced reliance on pushing the ISO up in ow light. Images produced are cleaner.

Lens

The Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* Lens comes with a maximum f-number of f/2.8 and stops down to f/6.3 at the tele-end. Unlike some of the other cameras that we have reviewed on this website, the maximum aperture isn’t constant. Thus, when shooting at tele end you will have to bump up the ISO to compensate for the slower shutter speed. Good thing too that the sensor encompasses an EXMOR R CMOS sensor.

sony-dschx300v-3LCD screen

The rear LCD screen on the Sony DSCHX300V is 3” and has a 921k-dot resolution. a good thing about the LCD screen is it is tilting, allowing you the freedom to shoot from slightly queer angles which other non-tilting cameras cannot negotiate.

Viewfinder

Just like any other camera that does not have a flipping mirror inside it the Sony DSCHX300V has an electronic viewfinder. The electronic viewfinder gives you the illusion of being able to compose seeing a more compact and less-cluttered view of the frame to be captured. In reality, though the frame displays 100% of the view, you have to negotiate with a slight bit of lag.

ISO sensitivity

Native ISO sensitivity on the Sony DSCHX300V ranges from 80-12800.

Built-in flash

The Sony DSCHX300V has a built-in flash.

sony-dschx300v-4Movie recording

The Sony DSCHX300V is capable of recording full HD videos at 60p.

Pricing

Overall, the Sony DSCHX300V lacks many of the ‘pro’ features that the other bridge cameras we discussed has. It lacks the ability to shoot RAW, something that a lot of camera buyers are increasingly looking for. But it compensates that with 10 frames per second continuous shooting speed. At a price tag of £249 you can’t really go wrong with this camera. But having said that for someone looking for a bit more control and a larger aperture even when shooting at tele-focus length there are other better choices in the market.

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