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HP S300 Digital Camera

14.2MP 4x CCD 5x Jan 2013
Megapixel 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 commonly found sensor type on cameras of this spec and age. 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.

Other digital cameras that have a CCD sensor currently available that you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix 5900.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC compatible memory cards, which is the most frequently supported compatible memory cards on similar spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as 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 digital camera is too bad for you then you might want to consider the Fujifilm X10 (SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated), the Canon 150 (£109.99) (SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 (£249.99) (SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated).

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other similar spec cameras that were launched around the same time as the s300, the HP s300 has a built-in flash.

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AVI Video Formats Supported

This digital camera supports an AVI|M-JPEG video formats supported, which is typical of many compact cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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Has Three Light Exposure Modess

The number of light exposure modes found on the HP s300 is more than most cameras of this spec and age. The most commonly found light exposure modes is Auto, but this light exposure modes is not found on this digital camera. The light exposure modess Aperture priority AE, Manual and Shutter priority AE are also found on this HP digital camera.

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Fairly High ISO Sensitivity (max)

Digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the s300 have ISO sensitivity (max)s of between 3 and 52,000, and the average ISO sensitivity (max) is 4,700. At 6,400, the HP s300 has a fairly high ISO sensitivity (max) compared to most of the other compact cameras that were released around the same time as the s300.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolutions

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 resolutions 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 best video resolution of all cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the s300 is 1920 x 1080 pixels and the worst is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Light

With a weight of only 100 grams, the HP s300 is quite light compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the s300. The weights of similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 20g to 840g, and the average weight is 170g.

Other digital cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Sony DSC-WX10B (109g).

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Quite Small ISO Sensitivity (min)

When compared to other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the s300 that we have checked, the ISO sensitivity (min) of the HP s300 of only 50 is one of the smallest. Compact cameras that have been available for a similar time to the s300 have ISO sensitivity (min)s of between 10 and 160, and the average ISO sensitivity (min) is 93.

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12 Reasons Against

HP Only Has Poor Digital Camera Reviews

On average digital cameras from HP are rated 50 out of 100, which is in the bottom 5% of all digital camera brands that we have assessed.

Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The HP s300 does not have an image stabilizer, unlike most of the other compact cameras that were released more than two years ago.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also have an image stabilizer to this camera and we think the Fujifilm X10 which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

At only 4 times zoom factor, the HP s300 has a quite small optical zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the s300. The optical zooms of similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the s300 range from 0.17x to 50x, and the average optical zoom is 9.3x.

Other 4x optical zoom cameras currently available which you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm X10.

If you want a camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might want to look at the Panasonic DMC-TS5 (4.6x), or the GE J1455 (5x) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Video Capability

Most cameras of this spec and age do not support video capability. The HP s300 is no exception to this as it too does not support video capability.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also support video capability to this camera and we think the Samsung SAMSUNG EX2F which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The HP s300 does not support Full HD video, although keep in mind that most of the other cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the s300 also do not support Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in alternative digital cameras which also support Full HD video including the Fujifilm X10, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77, or the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Small Display Diagonal

At only 2.7 inches, the HP s300 has a fairly small display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec. The smallest display diagonal of digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 1" and the largest is 4.8".

We compared all the other 2.7" screen digital cameras to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon IXUS 135, and the Nikon COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a camera with a larger display diagonal then you might want to look at the Fujifilm FinePix x100 Classic Kit (2.8"), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ41 (3") which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The HP s300 does not support wi-Fi, although it is worth noting that most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the s300 also do not support wi-Fi.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which also support wi-Fi that you might want to look at including the Canon IXUS 265 HS which is also higher rated.

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Not 3D

The HP s300 is not 3D. Most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to the s300 are also not 3D.

Digital cameras which are 3D that might be worth considering include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ41 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Most cameras of this spec and age do not have a GPS (satellite). The HP s300 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS (satellite).

We compared all the other digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) to this digital camera and we think the DMC-TZ30, or the Lumix DMC-TZ41 both from Panasonic which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other compact cameras that were launched more than two years ago, the HP s300 is not waterproof.

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Only Supports One Image Formats Supported

The HP s300 has a greater number of supported image formats than most cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most frequently supported image formats supported supported by cameras of a comparable spec and age to the s300.

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Quite High Minimum Hard Disk Space

The average minimum hard disk space of comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the s300 is 270MB. With a minimum hard disk space of 300 megabytes, the HP s300 has one of the higher minimum hard disk spaces amongst compact cameras of this age.

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3 Other reasons to consider the HP s300

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when this HP digital camera was released.

Average Digital Zoom

The HP s300 has a relatively typical digital zoom (5 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the s300.

Alternative 5x digital zoom cameras currently available that you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the SAMSUNG MV900F, or the SAMSUNG DV300F both from Samsung.

If you are looking for a bigger digital zoom then you might want to look at the GE J1455 (5.7x) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Megapixel

With a megapixel of 14.2 megapixels, the HP s300 has a fairly average megapixel compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

If this camera megapixel is not high enough for you then you might want to consider the Canon IXUS 135 (16MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Maximum Memory Card Size
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Camera
Camera File System
Scene Modes
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
System Requirements
Minimum Processor
Minimum RAM
Minimum Hard Disk Space
Packaging Content
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Battery Charger Included
Hand Strap
Other Features
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Minimum System Requirements

Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers 02hps300, hp s300a10
Barcodes 04718390603508

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