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Sony DSCHX300V Digital Camera

£429.00
Compact Camera 20.4MP 50x CMOS Oct 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Sensor Type Release Date
Six industry awards
Good quality
Good autofocus
693 Reviews + 6 Awards
teknokulis.com Value for Money Camera Labs Recommended PhotographyBlog.com Recommended Ephotozine Highly Recommended
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Reviews

Six Industry Awards

The editors of review sites PhotographyBlog.com and Camera Labs both recommend this Sony digital camera and have given it their "Recommended" award.

The authors at review websites Optyczne.pl and Fotomaniak.pl both decided that this digital camera was terrific and gave it their "Editor's Choice" award.

An additional two expert review sites both endorsed this Sony camera. This high megapixel camera received a "Highly Recommended" award from website Ephotozine, confirming their endorsement and the expert at website Teknokulis.com wrote that it was good value for money and gave it a "Value for Money" award.

Expert Reviews Are Average

This high megapixel camera has an average expert rating of 76 out of 100 based on twenty-four expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, CNET.com, Ephotozine and Expert Reviews.

Good Owner Reviews

People who bought this camera rated this digital camera 88% on average. 142 reviewers (85% of all reviewers) gave this digital camera either 4 or 5 stars and 88% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Sony Has Good Camera Reviews

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

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Design

Comfortable and Easy to Hold

Fourty-five people who reviewed it said that it was easy to use. Two years ago Eaglepictures said in their review of the Sony DSCHX300 on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “Its menus and functions are very easy to use” and gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5. Four years ago Andre wrote “Very easy to use e high quality” in his review of this digital camera. Smws said on expert website Walmart.com “Easy for a novice to use” in their review of this digital camera.

Seven owners who reviewed it said that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Website Walmart.com mentioned “Comfortable In My Hands” and gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5. Debbie wrote on expert review site Argos.co.uk “Lots of practice needed to hold camera really steady when in full zoom mode” in her review of this digital camera. Four years ago J9 gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100 and said “I do love how comfortable the camera fits in my hand” in their review of this digital camera.

Five customers concluded that the product was easy to use the menus. Jay Dawg mentioned “Use this camera for wildlife photos, easy to use, easy menus”. Husker scored the product a maximum of 5 stars and said in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “The ISO at the lowest with other settings at high make better quality”. P. Duffy mentioned “The auto settings do an excellent job in my opinion”.

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Good Quality

Fourty-five people who reviewed the product agreed that it was good quality. Website Walmart.com mentioned “Good Image Quality” in their review of this digital camera. Expert website Pocket-Lint.com wrote “The Sony Cyber-shot HX300 is a quality superzoom camera from a use” in their Sony DSCHX300 review. Doug said “At this time I can see no negatives of this camera for someone who is wanting a good quality bridge camera”.

Nice Design

Thirteen customers said in their reviews that the product was good looking. Smws wrote on expert website Walmart.com “Pictures are sharp and beautiful” in their review of this digital camera. Doug mentioned on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “Pictures are crisp, clear and have beautiful color” in his review of this digital camera. Three years ago Mommies2girls wrote on expert website Walmart.com “I am pretty sure that my Samsung Galaxy S3 phone takes better pictures than this camera! As of now” in their review of this digital camera.

Three customers who bought the Sony DSCHX300 reckoned that it was well designed. J9 wrote “A different lens cover design would be nice”.

Two owners who reviewed it agreed that it was ergonomic. Usapatriot scored this digital camera 4 stars out of 5 and wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Walmart.com “Ergonomically, like all of the DSC's, this camera can't be beat.”. Trev-R rated it 80 out of 100 and mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert website Amazon four years ago “The camera is well built and ergonomic”.

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Robust

Seven customers who reviewed the product thought it was well made. Techradar.com wrote on expert review site Techradar four years ago “The Sony Cyber-Shot HX300 looks great, is nicely designed, feels robust and built to last when grasped in the hands” in their review of this digital camera. Mlvc mentioned in their review of the Sony DSCHX300 on expert review site Argos.co.uk “With the built in help guide after only a week I've got some amazing great quality pictures that look really professional”. Jb said on expert review site Argos.co.uk “With the equivalent of a 35mm to 1200mm megazoom lens, terrific build quality, on the one hand the auto settings produce brilliant pictures.” and gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5.

Four customers concluded that the product was strong and durable. Expert website Techradar.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “The HX300 comes across as reassuringly robust and built-to-last when gripped in the palm, particularly with the lens resting dormant within its prote” and scored the product 4 stars out of 5. Two years ago Freddie scored it a maximum of 5 stars and he said on expert review site Argos.co.uk “Easy and quality piece of equipment that feels very sturdy to hold and not heavy like the old type of film camera's” in his review of this digital camera. Jay - Sonyalphalab mentioned on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “Leaning on somthing sturdy or sqauting down is your best bet for hand-holding.”.

Two customers wrote in their reviews that the product was easy to damage or scratch. Jennifer Lowry wrote in her review of this digital camera on expert review site Amazon “Flash broke x2, shocking customer service from Sony” but in spite of that she only gave this digital camera a rating of 20 out of 100. Antlox said on expert review site Walmart.com “Broke it, sadly.” and scored it a maximum of 5 stars.

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Not Waterproof

The Sony DSCHX300 is not waterproof, although it is worth noting that most of the other high megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to this camera are also not waterproof.

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Features

Good Technical Features

Fifteen people who reviewed the product reckoned that it had good features. Usapatriot gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100 and said on expert review site Walmart.com “I did find that once I selected one of those special features, I was unable to undo it”. Tracysaunier wrote in their review of this digital camera “It has lots of great features and is very user friendly” and gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5. Dep Photography mentioned on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “Great camera with many features for the money”.


Price

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Good Value for Money

Expert review site Teknokulis.com highlighted in their review that this Sony camera provided a good bang for your buck.

Good Value for Money

Nineteen owners who reviewed it considered that it was good value for money. Three years ago website Walmart.com wrote “Nice Camera Fear Price”. They also mentioned “Good Price” in their review. Expert review site Firstpost.com mentioned “The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 is the most affordable super-zoom digital camera with 50x optical zoom.” in their review of this digital camera.

Three customers who purchased it thought it was expensive. Jaseyb rated it 80 out of 100 and mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert website Argos.co.uk “I bought this camera as I needed HD Video for recording quarry machines for clients websites, I wasnt willing to drag my expensive camera down into quarries”. Three years ago Ellen said “Feels like a very expensive camera”.

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Video

Supports Video Recording

The DSCHX300 supports video recording. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera also support video recording.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The DSCHX300 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most common video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this Sony digital camera). This camera also supports a video resolutions of 1440 x 1080 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best supported video resolution amongst all high megapixel cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this digital camera.

The worst supported video resolution amongst comparable types of digital camera is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

This camera has been on the market since October 2013.


Display

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the DSCHX300 has a relatively average display diagonal compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 3" screen digital cameras currently available including because of its better review score, the Canon EOS 600D - Rebel T3i (£267.99).

If this Sony digital camera display diagonal is not large enough for you then you might want to consider the Samsung NX (4.77" and cheaper).

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Lens System

Very Big Optical Zoom

The optical zooms of cameras of this spec and age range from 0.34x to 65x, and the average optical zoom is 16x. At 50 times zoom factor, the DSCHX300 has a very big optical zoom compared to most of the other high megapixel cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera.

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

High megapixel cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this digital camera have digital zooms of between 2x and 810x, and the average digital zoom is 34x. The Sony DSCHX300 has a quite big digital zoom (100 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera.

If you want a digital camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to look at the Sony DSC-HX60V (£198.99) (120x and cheaper).

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Very Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Across all the digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera the maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 18mm to 1,600mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 360mm. When compared to other cameras of this age and type that we have assessed, the maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of the DSCHX300 of 1,300 millimeter is one of the longest.

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Quite Small Minimum Aperture Number

The DSCHX300 has one of the smaller minimum aperture numbers (only 2.8) amongst similar spec cameras of this age. Digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera have minimum aperture numbers of between 1.3 and 22, and the average minimum aperture number is 4.

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Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The DSCHX300 has a built-in flash. Most of the other cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera also have a built-in flash.

There are a number of alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might want to look at including the Sony DSC-RX100, the Canon EOS 600D - Rebel T3i (£267.99), or the Panasonic DMC-TZ60 (£229) which all of have better reviews.

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Features Face Detection

The DSCHX300 features face detection. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and type also feature face detection.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The DSCHX300 has a USB 2.0 port, as do most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Sony DSCHX300 has an HDMI port. Most of the other cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera also have an HDMI port.

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Camera

Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The DSCHX300 does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera also do not have a GPS (satellite).

We think you might also be interested in other cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) including the Sony DSC-HX60V (£198.99), or the Samsung NX; or the Panasonic DMC-TZ60 (£229).

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Features Histogram

The DSCHX300 features histogram. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this camera also feature histogram.

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Very Low Playback Zoom (max)

The DSCHX300 has a fairly low playback zoom (max) (only 8 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec. The playback zoom (max) of similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera range from 8x to 39x, and the average playback zoom (max) is 11x.

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Very Fast Start-Up Time

At only 2 milliseconds, the Sony DSCHX300 has a fairly fast start-up time compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera. The start-up times of cameras of this age and type range from 2ms to 2,000ms, and the average start-up time is 930ms.

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Good Autofocus

Seventy-seven people who reviewed the product agreed that it had a good zoom. Expert website Cameralabs.com said four years ago “Extending the zoom to an impressive 50x with a 35mm equivalent”. They also mentioned “The Cyber-shot HX300 is a camera designed with one purpose in mind - to provide an extraordinarily long zoom range” in their review. Expert website Etechreviews.com wrote “Tweet The Sony Cyber Shot DSC-HX300 is a new digicam with a super zoom with a 20.4 megapixel back illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor”.

Thirteen owners considered that this digital camera had a good lens. Sports Photo Nut wrote “For travel and personal use, this is an excellent camera, with a great Carl Zeiss lens” . Four years ago The Curmudgeon mentioned “The lens are just great” and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Max said in his review of this digital camera “The only downside is the lens cap which is loose otherwise a good purchase” .

Eleven people who reviewed it thought it had a good autofocus. Three years ago website Walmart.com wrote “Fastaccurate auto-focus”. Sax Player gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5 and said on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “Compared to the other bridge cameras, I liked this the best in terms of fast focus and picture quality”. Sparky wrote four years ago “The thing that really sold him on this camera is the fact that it has a manual focus ring, something that seems to be unique in this category” in their review of this digital camera and gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5.

Eight owners who purchased the product reckoned that it had a good image stabiliser. Website Walmart.com wrote three years ago “Image Stabilization”. Laurence said “The steadyshot optical stabiliser does a fantastic job at keeping the camera steady for you”. Amcarter3 wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Walmart.com “Decent pictures, good stabilizer.”.

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Good for Video Recording

Twenty-nine people who reviewed it thought it was good for video recording. Website Walmart.com wrote “Best Video 60p”. Expert website Etechreviews.com said in their review of this digital camera “With a 1920 x 1080 50 p Full HD video recording facility the HDMI output” . Four years ago Expertreviews.co.uk mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert website Expert Reviews “Better for videos than for photos.”.

Good Flash

Four owners wrote that the product had a good flash. Expert website Firstpost.com mentioned “You don't get hot-shoe for external flash, RAW support, fully articulati” in their review of this digital camera but in spite of that they only scored it 3 stars out of 5. Scnc said four years ago “I am stuck with a camera that misses a lot of pictures I would have taken quickly with a flash that charges quickly” in their review of this digital camera. Trev-R mentioned “The flash seems OK for most snapshot type situations” in their review of this digital camera.

Good Picture Resolution

One hundred and twelve owners agreed that it was able to produce good images. Expert review site Digitalcamerareview.com mentioned four years ago “The HX300, with its monster Carl Zeiss zoom, can easily handle landscape/scenic photography, wildlife photography, event photography (festivals, concerts, parties, family gatherings”. Travlynwomyn said in their review of this digital camera “It is much slower in recovering, often causing me to lose better images - especially with birds” however they scored it 3 stars out of 5. They also mentioned “Purchasing them for others - who are still getting stellar images, this one just does not make the grade on a consistent basis” in their review.

Eight people who bought it said that it had a good picture resolution. Three years ago website Walmart.com wrote “Great Resolution” in their review of this digital camera and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Techradar.com wrote on expert website Techradar “We enjoyed the fact that we could operate the zoom manually and also achieve sharp results when shooting handheld towards the telepho”. Expert review site Pocket-Lint.com said in their review of this digital camera “It would seem, is all about resolution” and gave the Sony DSCHX300 a score of 80 out of 100.

Five owners who reviewed it considered that it was good in low light. Pvu said “This camera is for family portraits, traveling, or many other nice features, good in low light area too”. Josh mentioned in his review of this digital camera on expert website Bhphotovideo.com four years ago “I used it extensively on a recent trip and away really happy about its low light performance as well amazing color quality of landscapes”.

Three owners considered that it had a good image sensor. Expert review site Amateurphotographer.co.uk mentioned “Its wide 50x optical zoom, high-resolution sensor, good EVF”. David J wrote in his review of this digital camera “This has bigger sensor”.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Five people wrote in their reviews that the Sony DSCHX300 had a good viewfinder. Four years ago Josh scored the product 5 stars out of 5 and he wrote on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “This has a great view finder which almost makes it similar to entry DSLRs / Sony's own SLT series” in his review of this digital camera. Iain S. Palin mentioned on expert review site Amazon three years ago “It has an eyepiece electronic viewfinder you can use as an alternative to the screen when taking your pictures” in their review of this digital camera. Trev-R rated it 4 stars out of 5 and said on expert review site Amazon “The electronic viewfinder is OK”.

Two owners who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good screen. Two years ago Jaseyb mentioned “Really liked the adjustable screen for overhead photography in a crowd etc” in their review of this digital camera and rated it 4 stars out of 5. Goose said in their review of this digital camera “The on screen guide and the ease of use works well” and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The DSCHX300 has an HDMI. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera also have an HDMI.

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2 USB Version

This camera supports a 2 USB version, which is typical of many high megapixel cameras that are a similar age to it.

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Light Exposure

Supports Four ISO Sensitivities

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Sony DSCHX300 is more than most similar spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as it. The most frequently supported ISO sensitivity is 100, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this camera. The ISO sensitivities 80, 1600, 3200 and 12800 are also supported by this digital camera.

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Picture Quality

4896 X 3672 Still Image Resolution

The Sony DSCHX300 has a 4896 x 3672 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most high megapixel cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. Most comparable spec cameras that were launched around the same time as it have a 1920 x 1080 still image resolution(s). In addition, this Sony digital camera have still image resolution(s) of 5184 x 3888, 4320 x 3240, 4224 x 3168, 4000 x 3000, 3648 x 2736, 3456 x 2592, 3264 x 2448, 3072 x 2304, 2592 x 1944, 2048 x 1536, 640 x 480, 4896 x 2752, 4608 x 2592, 4320 x 2432, 4000 x 2248, 4000 x 2672 and 3648 x 2432 and 3456 x 2304. The worst still image resolution of all high megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this camera is 640 x 360 and the best is 6000 x 4000.

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5184 X 3888 Pixels Image Resolution

The DSCHX300 has a higher image resolution than most comparable spec cameras that have been available for more than two years. This camera has a 5184 x 3888 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 5472 x 3648 pixels maximum image resolution. Across all cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera the worst image resolution is 4608 x 3456 pixels and the best is 7360 x 4912 pixels.

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20.4 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 20.4 megapixels digital camera.

Cameras with a higher megapixel that might be worth considering include the Nikon D5200 (£279.99) (24.1MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Power

Good Battery Life

Four people who purchased it concluded that it had a good battery life. Scnc mentioned “I was told by customer service that it was actually a point and shoot camera and if I needed something to recharge faster I should have purchased a DSLR” in their review of this digital camera however they only rated it 1 stars out of 5. Gazmend said two years ago “This camera is good for easy carry with you for low light easy commands and long life battery”. Buckthorne wrote on expert review site Walmart.com “Excellent battery life”.


Weight & Dimensions

Heavy

With a weight of 623 grams, the DSCHX300 is quite heavy compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camera. Similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this digital camera have weights of between 90g and 1.5kg.

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Compact

Eleven people who reviewed it thought it was heavy and bulky. Dick wrote in his review of this digital camera on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “This was purchased for a travel camera, because my Canon equipment is HEAVY and draws envious attention”. Mommies2girls said on expert review site Walmart.com three years ago “This is extremely frustrating and you will definitely miss an important moment because of this! It is much heavier than previous models” in their review of this digital camera. Steve wrote two years ago “The camera is big and chunky, very easy to hold” in his review of this digital camera.

Five customers thought it was compact. Website Walmart.com said in their review of the Sony DSCHX300 “Small Compact”. Expert review site Techradar.com gave it a score of 80 out of 100 and wrote in their review of this digital camera “Buying Guide Best compact camera As you'd expect from a DSLR-styled bridge camera bearing the Sony brand”. Sax Player scored the product 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “I've owned compact cameras, DSLRs”.

Two customers who purchased it agreed that it was easy to carry around. Three years ago website Walmart.com scored this digital camera a maximum of 5 stars and said “Easy To Carry And Use” in their review of this digital camera. Clif Benson wrote on expert review site Amazon “Their auto modes are reasonably foolproof its light and easy to use” and gave this digital camera a rating of 80 out of 100.

Two customers mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was lightweight. Sparky wrote “It's small, lightweight, has a fast Zeiss lens with a huge zoom range, built-in flash”. J R Northcott rated it 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Lightweight and extremely steady when using the extreme zoom”.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony dschx300package, sony dschx300bc, sony dschx300v
Barcodes 00017856003840, 00027242862128, 00617401947140, 00617401947157, 00617401947164, 00905524936711, 04905524936056, 04905524936667, 04905524936711, 04905524936728, 04905524936735, 05054230862438

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