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Sony DSC-H300 Digital Camera

Bridge Camera 20.1MP 35x CCD Jan 2016
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Sensor Type Release Date
Easy to use
Reasonably priced
Expert reviews are poor
177 Reviews

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Price

Reasonably Priced

Thirty-two customers thought it was good value for money. Phil mentioned on expert website Amazon “Good budget bridge camera”. Rachel C wrote in her review of this digital camera two years ago “You can get many older models that will still make this camera look like the cheap zoom snapper it is” . Rawal said on expert website Amazon in the same month “Great Item and good price highly recommended” in their review of this digital camera.

Three people who bought the product agreed that it was expensive. R. W. Turner wrote “Excellent zoom facility and easily matches up to more expensive cameras” in their review of this digital camera and scored it a maximum of 5 stars. Shazia Asghar said “It was too technical for me and was quite expensive even without the lens”. D.baker mentioned “Save some more money and go for something more expensive and more satisfying” in their review of this digital camera.

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Reviews

Expert Reviews Are Poor

This high megapixel camera received an expert rating of 60 out of 100 from digitalmediaandit.com. That puts this digital camera in the bottom 7% of all the digital cameras of a comparable age and type.

Owner Reviews Are Good

Based on 301 owner reviews the average owner rating of this digital camera is 82 out of 100. 97 reviewers (79% of all reviewers) gave this camera either 4 or 5 stars.

Sony Has Good Camera Reviews

Based on 23,306 owner and expert reviews (including 7,110 verified purchases), Sony has good reviews for its cameras. Sony also has good reviews specifically within its high megapixel cameras range compared to other manufacturers. 92% of those that bought a Sony digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Features

Good Technical Features

Six customers considered that the Sony DSC-H300 had good features. In April last year Tarulata said in their review of this digital camera on expert website Amazon “This camera has some good features !”. Samuel wrote on expert website Amazon “Good bridge camera with some nice features”. In April last year Garymk1966 scored it 5 stars out of 5 and said on expert review site Amazon “The menu is very much the same as the compact and the extra features are a bonus”.


Design

Easy to Use

Twenty-eight customers who bought the Sony DSC-H300 agreed that it was easy to use. Phil wrote on expert website Amazon “Easy to use, robust and takes very good shots once you master the need to keep it pretty still to allow focusing at higher zoom” in his review of this digital camera. Peter mentioned on expert website Amazon “And the controls are very easy to get used to” in his review of this digital camera. Nick Flynn said “The menus are intuitive” in his review of this digital camera.

Six people who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Three years ago Peter wrote on expert review site Amazon “Two knurled strips round the lens barrel for the forefinger and thumb of your left hand to hold the camera steady” in his review of this digital camera. He also said “There's a comfortable grip for your right hand” in his review. Rowantree mentioned on expert website Amazon “It's very pleasant to hold and it feels a lot dearer than £99 worth”.

Two customers who purchased it considered that it was easy to use the menus. Three years ago J.e.t scored the product 4 stars out of 5 and said in their review of this digital camera “This is different to my old camera, which has simple on-screen menus”.

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Robust

Eight people who reviewed the Sony DSC-H300 concluded that it was well made. Patanncc wrote on expert review site Amazon “A Lovely well built Camera, easy to use”. Hudson said “The build quality is good” in their review of this digital camera. J.e.t gave the product a score of 80 out of 100 and wrote “It is well built though and easy to hold” in their review of this digital camera.

Nice Design

Four owners who reviewed this digital camera wrote that it was good looking. Nick Flynn mentioned on expert review site Amazon “The screen is pretty good” in his review of this digital camera. Oli said in their review of this digital camera on expert website Amazon “It has the aesthetic of a professional camera” yet they only scored this digital camera 20 out of 100. Matthew Thomas wrote on expert review site Amazon “It takes beautiful pictures” in his review of this digital camera.

Good Product Quality

Fourteen people wrote in their reviews that the product was good quality. Nick Flynn scored it 5 stars out of 5 and he said in his Sony DSC-H300 review “The lens seems to be a reasonable quality”. Yvonne Moody she wrote “Well made”. Thereviewer said “Cheap looking and feeling and quality of photos nothing special” in their review of this digital camera however they only gave it a score of 3 stars out of 5.


Video

Supports Video Recording

The Sony DSC-H300 supports video recording. Most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera also support video recording.

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Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Eight people wrote in their reviews that the Sony DSC-H300 was compact. Picard wrote “Buy a 40 pound compact and catch a bus to whatever you want to capture, it'll be a better experience all round than this” in their review of this digital camera. Paul Stewart mentioned “An excellent compact camera with amazing zoom range”. Oli said “So many better compact cameras for less money” but despite that they only gave it a score of 1 stars out of 5.

Two owners mentioned in their reviews that it was heavy and bulky. Peter said on expert website Amazon “It's a fairly chunky camera for a compact.”. Grandmae gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5 and wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert website Amazon “The camera is not too heavy to hold and the photo's already taken are very clear”.

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Average Weight

The DSC-H300 has a fairly typical weight (495 grams) compared to most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Other

Released Over a Year Ago

This high megapixel camera has been on the market since January 2016.


Power

Good Battery Life

Five customers who purchased the product wrote that it had a good battery life. Website Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Good Battery Life” in their Sony DSC-H300 review. Shatners Toupee said “The battery life is very good” in their review of this digital camera. Amazon Customer mentioned “Battery dies quickly when taking videos” .


Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the DSC-H300 has a relatively average display diagonal compared to most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been around for a similar time to this digital camera.

It may also be worth considering one of the other 3" screen digital cameras currently available including because of their better review scores, the Nikon D3200 (£198.99), the Samsung NX500, or the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX10 (£614.99).

If this camera display diagonal is not large enough for you then you might want to look at the D810 (3.2" and higher rated), or the D610 (£832.99) (3.2" and higher rated) both from Nikon or the Pentax K-1 (£1,429) (3.2" and higher rated).

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Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The DSC-H300 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available including because of their better review scores, the Sony Alpha A3000, the Canon EOS 70D, or the Samsung NX Mini NXF1.

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Lens System

Quite Big Optical Zoom

The optical zooms of comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camera range from 3x to 63x. With an optical zoom of 35 times zoom factor, the Sony DSC-H300 has a quite big optical zoom compared to most of the other high megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

Other 35x optical zoom digital cameras currently available that you might want to consider include the Medion Life X44022 (£114.99) which has better reviews.

If you are looking for a digital camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the Canon SX720 HS (£227) (40x) which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Small Digital Zoom

At only 2 times zoom factor, the Sony DSC-H300 has a very small digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camera. Across all the similar spec digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this camera the digital zooms range from 2x to 80x, and the average digital zoom is 12x.

It may also be worth considering one of the other 2x digital zoom cameras currently available including because of its better review score, the Samsung NX30 (£419).

If you are looking for a bigger digital zoom then you might want to consider the SX720 HS (£227) (4x and higher rated), or the SX610 HS (£144) (4x and higher rated) both from Canon or the Nikon Coolpix A300 (4x and higher rated).

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Quite Small Minimum Aperture Number

The smallest minimum aperture number of digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camera is 1.8 and the largest is 22. With a minimum aperture number of only 3, the Sony DSC-H300 has one of the smaller minimum aperture numbers amongst high megapixel cameras of this age.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 954 millimeters, the DSC-H300 has a fairly long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to this camera. The shortest maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of high megapixel cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera is 6.2mm, the longest is 1,200mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 330mm.

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Very Big Maximum Aperture Number

The average maximum aperture number of cameras of this type and age is 11. The DSC-H300 has one of the bigger maximum aperture numbers (only 5.9) amongst high megapixel cameras of this age.

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Good Quality Lens

Twenty-one people who reviewed it agreed that it had a good zoom. Pughbrain said “A spectacular zoom”. Three years ago Nick Flynn mentioned on expert website Amazon “Often any shake on the camera is magnified exponentially on full zoom.”. Rowantree wrote “One thing is at full zoom there can be noticeable purple fringing”.

Three owners said in their reviews that the Sony DSC-H300 had a good lens. Shazia Asghar said “The lens cap is a great piece of kit because it protects the lens” in their review of this digital camera and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Amazon Customer mentioned on expert website Amazon “With a hugely improved lens that truly brings subjects closer to you”. Last year Matthew Shepherd said on expert website Amazon “With an awesome lens and it looks good” and scored it a maximum of 5 stars.

Two customers who reviewed the product reckoned that it had a good autofocus. Peter gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5 and he wrote “The camera will lock on to it and keep it in focus, leaving you free to compose the shot”. Bluej mentioned two years ago “The auto focus does a good job” in their review of this digital camera.

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Good Flash

Two people who purchased the product said that it had a good flash. Shatners Toupee wrote “The panoramic photographs are very good and the flash is superb” in their review of the Sony DSC-H300.

Good Video Capture

Six people who bought the product concluded that it was good for video recording. Richard said in his review of this digital camera “Great picture and videos”. Three years ago Triumphs 4me mentioned “The quality of the pictures and video is first class” in their review of the Sony DSC-H300. Natarajan rated the product 4 stars out of 5 and wrote in their review of this digital camera “Video is good under decent light conditions”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Three people wrote in their reviews that the product had a good screen. S P Mead said “While this display is a good size (at 3”. Grev wrote “The view screen is large and clear” in their review of this digital camera.

You Can Take Good Photos

Fifty-two people mentioned in their reviews that the Sony DSC-H300 was able to produce good images. Two years ago website Digitalmediaandit.com said “You can take good photos” yet they gave it a score of 60 out of 100. Ravenschild mentioned “It performs very poorly in restricted light & in bright light the picture looks as though it is faded” but despite that they only rated it 20 out of 100. R. W. Turner gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and wrote three years ago “Great for A Level Photography” in their review of this digital camera.

Four people who bought the product reckoned that it was good in low light. Peter gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5 and he mentioned “That's good, because it means there's a large lens to capture more light, for faster shutter speeds and better pictures in low light”. Mr Meng Y Chen wrote on expert website Amazon “Good shooting, nice low light camera”. Kevin Briggs mentioned on expert website Amazon “In low light it is amazing”.

Two customers who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good picture resolution. Website Bhphotovideo.com said “Great Resolution”. Nick Holding wrote on expert website Amazon two years ago “It takes twice as long if you use Continuous Shooting” and scored the product a maximum of 5 stars.

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Focusing

Features Smile Detection

The DSC-H300 features smile detection. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and type also feature smile detection.

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Ports & Interfaces

Does Not Have an HDMI

The DSC-H300 does not have an HDMI. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to this camera do have an HDMI.

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Packaging Content

Has a Carrying Case

The DSC-H300 has a carrying case, as do most of the other comparable spec cameras that were released more than a year ago.

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Camera

Features Histogram

The DSC-H300 features histogram, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to this camera.

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Very Slow Start-Up Time

When compared to other high megapixel cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera that we have checked the start-up time of, the Sony DSC-H300's start-up time of 1,000 millisecond is one of the slowest. The fastest start-up time of high megapixel cameras that were released one year ago is 1ms, the slowest is 1,000ms, and the average start-up time is 280ms.

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Light Exposure

Supports Four ISO Sensitivities

The Sony DSC-H300 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most high megapixel cameras that were released more than a year ago. The most commonly supported ISO sensitivity is 100, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this Sony digital camera. The ISO sensitivities 80, 800, 3200 and Auto are also supported by this camera.

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Picture Quality

5152 X 3864 Still Image Resolution

The Sony DSC-H300 has a higher still image resolution than most digital cameras of a similar age and type to it. This Sony digital camera has a 5152 x 3864 still image resolution(s), whereas most cameras that have been around for a similar time to it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). This camera also have still image resolution(s) of 3648 x 2736, 2592 x 1944 and 1920 x 1080 and 5152 x 2896. Across all digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera the best still image resolution is 6000 x 4000 and the worst is 480 x 480.

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20.1 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 20.1 megapixels digital camera.

We compared all the other 20.1MP cameras to this digital camera and we think because of their better review scores, the Alpha A3000, and the DSC-W810 (£71.53) both from Sony or the Nikon Coolpix S3700 are also worth considering.

If this Sony camera megapixel is not high enough for you then you might want to consider the SX610 HS (£144) (20.2MP and higher rated), or the EOS 3000N (20.2MP and higher rated) both from Canon or the Sony RX10 II (£1,029) (20.2MP and higher rated).

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers info dsch300bceh, sony dsch300bceh, sony n113599w, sony 9ljszs00, sony p184457p, sony 9ljsza00
Barcodes 00845251069464, 00845251069471, 04905524957181, 05054480690973

Sony DSC-H300 Review Sources

To prepare this Sony DSC-H300 review we compared this digital camera to 1,217 other models. For each digital camera that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 311,945 product attributes, 170,936 digital camera reviews and 3,219,200 historical digital camera prices from 0 digital camera retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this digital camera compared to the other models as well as any areas where this digital camera is lacking.

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