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HP S300 Digital Camera

14.2MP 4x CCD 5x Jan 2013
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Sensor Type Digital Zoom Release Date
The s300 delivers exceptional image shooting capabilities and style all in a slim point-and-shoot digital camera. The s300 offers 14.2MP high resolution along with 720p HD video recording to... More
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9 Reasons For

CCD Sensor Type

This camera has a CCD sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on compact camera digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. CCD sensors produce high quality, low-noise images but consume a lot more power than CMOS sensors. CCD is the most common image sensor type used in digital cameras.

We compared all the other digital cameras that have a CCD sensor to this camera and we think the GE J1455 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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SD Memory Card

This camera supports an SD|SDHC memory card, which is the most commonly supported memory card on similar spec digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If the memory card type of this camera is too bad for you then you might want to consider the Fujifilm FinePix X10 (SD|SDHC|SDXC), the Sony DSC-WX50 (MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the Canon PowerShot N100 (SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The HP S300 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the S300.

There are a number of other digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might also want to consider including the Fujifilm FinePix X10 which has better reviews.

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Has Three Light Exposure Modes

The HP S300 has a greater number of light exposure modes than most cameras that were released more than two years ago. The most commonly found light exposure mode is Auto, but this light exposure mode is not found on this HP camera. The light exposure modes Aperture priority AE, Manual and Shutter priority AE are also found on this camera.

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Fairly High Maximum ISO Speed

At 6,400, the HP S300 has a quite high maximum ISO speed compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the S300. Compact camera digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the S300 have maximum ISO speeds of between 200 and 26,000, and the average maximum ISO speed is 4,500.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the HP S300 is 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. A video resolution of 1280 x 720 is classified as HD and TVs supporting this resolution are referred to as "HD Ready". However the resolution is not as detailed as Full HD (1920 x 1080). The worst video resolution of all compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the S300 is 320 x 240 pixels and the best is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Light

The weights of digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the S300 range from 20g to 710g, and the average weight is 170g. The HP S300 is one of the lighter similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the S300 (only 100 grams) amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

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Quite Small Minimum ISO Speed

The average minimum ISO speed of cameras that have been available for around the same time as the S300 is 99, and the minimum ISO speed range from 10 to 1,600. With a minimum ISO speed of only 50, the HP S300 has one of the smallest minimum ISO speed amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

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Short

With a height of only 19 millimeters, the HP S300's height is one of the shortest amongst comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago. The average height of compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the S300 is 61mm, and the heights range from 10mm to 750mm.

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12 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The HP S300 does not have an image stabiliser, unlike most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the S300 which have an image stabiliser.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also have an image stabiliser to this digital camera and we think the Fujifilm FinePix X10, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS40, or the GE A1455 is also worth considering.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

The HP S300 has a quite small optical zoom (only 4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age. The optical zooms of compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 2.7x to 63x.

Other 4x optical zoom cameras currently available which you might also want to look at include the Fujifilm FinePix X10 which has better reviews.

Cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might also be worth considering include the Coolpix P310 (4.2x), or the Coolpix P330 (5x) both from Nikon or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5 (4.6x) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

The HP S300 does not support video recording, unlike most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the S300.

There are a number of alternative cameras which also support video recording which you might want to look at including the Fujifilm FinePix X10, or the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The HP S300 does not support Full HD video. Most of the other cameras of this spec and age also do not support Full HD video.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a Full HD video and we think the Fujifilm FinePix X10, or the Nikon Coolpix S9500 which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The HP S300 does not support WiFi connectivity. Most of the other digital cameras of this type and age also do not support WiFi connectivity.

We compared all the other cameras which also support WiFi connectivity to this digital camera and we think the Canon IXUS 240 HS, or the Samsung Galaxy Camera EK-GC110 which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the S300 are not 3D compatible. The HP S300 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

Digital cameras which are 3D compatible that might be worth considering include the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS, or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS

Most similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the S300 do not have a GPS. The HP S300 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a GPS and we think the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2, the Canon IXUS 140, or the Sony DSC-HX400V which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other compact camera digital cameras that came out more than two years ago, the HP S300 is not waterproof.

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Only Supports One Image Format

The number of supported image formats on the HP S300 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. This camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Thick

Digital cameras of a similar age and type to the S300 have depths of between 4mm and 2,200mm. At 53 millimeters, the HP S300 is fairly thick compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

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Quite High Minimum Hard Disk Space Requirement

With a minimum hard disk space requirement of 300 megabytes, the HP S300 has a fairly high minimum hard disk space requirement compared to most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the S300. Cameras that are a comparable age to the S300 have minimum hard disk spaces requirement of between 25MB and 2.1GB, and the average minimum hard disk space requirement is 290MB.

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Quite Big Minimum RAM Requirement

The smallest minimum RAM requirement of compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as the S300 is 64MB, the biggest is 1.1GB, and the average minimum RAM requirement is 360MB. With a minimum RAM requirement of 512 megabytes, the HP S300 has one of the bigger minimum RAM requirement amongst cameras of this age.

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4 Other reasons to consider the HP S300

Average Digital Zoom

The HP S300 has a fairly average digital zoom (5 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

If you want a bigger digital zoom then you might want to consider the J1455 (5.7x), or the A1455 (5.7x) both from GE which is also higher rated.

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1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

This digital camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is the most commonly found optical sensor size on digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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Average Megapixel Count

The HP S300 has a relatively standard megapixel count (14.2 megapixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the S300.

If you are looking for a digital camera with a higher megapixel count then you might also want to look at the Canon IXUS 135 (16MP), or the Olympus Stylus SZ-15 (16MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Screen Size

At 2.7 inches, the HP S300 has a pretty typical screen size compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the S300.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 2.7" screen cameras and we think the Canon IXUS 135, and the Casio Exilim EX-ZS5 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If this camera screen size is not large enough for you then you might also want to consider the X100 (£209.00) (2.8"), or the FinePix X100S (2.8") both from Fujifilm which is also higher rated.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Focusing
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Shutter
Flash
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Video Resolution
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Memory
Memory Card
Maximum Memory Card Size
Display
Screen Size
Display
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
Camera
Camera File System
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Operational Conditions
Operating System/software
System Requirements
Minimum Processor
Minimum RAM Requirement
Minimum Hard Disk Space Requirement
Packaging Content
Included Cable
Battery Included
Included Battery Charger
Hand Strap
Technical Details
Networking
Certificates
Other Features
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Port
Minimum System Requirement
Special Features

Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers 02hps300, hp s300a10
Barcodes 04718390603508

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