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Sony Cyber-shot HX300 Advanced High Zoom Bridge Camera (20MP, 50x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD

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  • 20.4MPx, Exmor R CMOS, 50x optical zoom, 7.5cm (3.0") LCD, Full HD, Intelligent Auto, manual control
  • 20.4MP Exmor R CMOS sensor
  • ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* lens
  • Optical SteadyShot image stabilisation

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  • Item Weight: 621 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.1 Kg
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  • Item model number: DSCHX300B.CEH
  • ASIN: B00BHXVX3M
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 20 Feb 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
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Sony Cyber-shot HX300

The versatile Carl Zeiss lens lets you zoom in close or shoot wide-angle.
The versatile Carl Zeiss lens lets you zoom in close or shoot wide–angle.
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At a Glance
  • Get up close with a powerful 50x optical zoom
  • Capture highly detailed images even in low light
  • DSLR look and feel with no need to change lenses
  • Shoot smooth and steady Full HD movies
  • Lock–on autofocus keeps up with the action
Shoot Like a Pro with Powerful Zooming
Sunrise or sunset, indoors or out, capture fine detail and rich colour.
Sunrise or sunset, indoors or out, capture fine detail and rich colour.
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Enjoy the feel of a DSLR without ever having to change lenses
Enjoy the feel of a DSLR without ever having to change lenses
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Florence, Italy. It’s the day before your big sister’s wedding and you’ve got time on your hands. So you grab your HX300 and set off to explore the city.

A full 8 hours later you return to your hotel suffering mild sensory overload. Everywhere you looked there was a shot that simply had to be taken.

The Duomo cathedral was a case in point. You started out shooting wide–angle 24mm to capture the iconic building in all its glory. But then you noticed the details, the ornate carving and stonework, and just had to get up close. Not a problem with 50x optical zoom.

At the wedding the next day your HX300 is just as busy. From across the room it lets you capture beautifully natural, unguarded portraits of the bride and groom. Plus, you’re able to video their opening dance in smooth Full HD.

Thanks to lock–on autofocus you even get a great shot of the bouquet flying through the air. And of your girlfriend catching it. Yikes.

One Lens, Endless Possibilities

From sweeping landscapes to dramatic close–ups, you’ve got all shots covered with a wide–angle 24–1200mm telephoto lens and powerful 50x optical zoom. No matter what catches your eye, zoom in quickly for sharp and clear images in photos and Full HD videos. The Carl Zeiss Vario–Sonnar lens with T* coating cuts glare and reduces distortion, for rich detail and colour even when your subject’s far away.

Capture Rich Detail, Even in Low Light
Record life in Full HD 50p video for that authentic movie look.
Record life in Full HD 50p video for that authentic movie look.
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Lock-on autofocus keeps fast-moving subjects sharp and crisp.
Lock–on autofocus keeps fast–moving subjects sharp and crisp.
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More detail means better photos and Full HD video. Re–live every smile, birthday or family holiday exactly as you remember it. The sensitive 20.4 megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor cuts out picture noise for precision detail in all your photos and videos, even at dusk or indoors when the lights are dim. Don’t let those memories fade – give them the detail they deserve.

Like a DSLR, But No Changing Lenses

Ready to move on from your point–and–shoot? Move up to a high–performance camera that’s easy to use. The balanced DSLR–style body fits comfortably in your hand for sure shooting. Travel light without the hassle of carrying extra lenses for days out, concerts or safari trips. Even the longest photo sessions are made effortless by the moulded ergonomic grip. Craft each frame with a full range of manual shooting modes and intuitively placed controls – just like you’d expect from a DSLR camera.

Shoot Smooth Full HD Movies

Just touch a button and shoot brilliantly crisp, detailed Full HD video clips. Record in 50p mode and film 50 frames of Full HD (1920x1080) every second for silky–smooth, cinematic action. Optical SteadyShot reduces the effect of any shakiness when shooting handheld so you can pan and zoom quickly on the move without the scene juddering.

Keep Track of the Action

Never let that memorable moment pass you by – no matter how fast it happens. With high–speed autofocus, you can lock–on to quick moving subjects with rapid precision and capture crisp, blur–free images – even at high zoom settings or in dim light where other cameras struggle.

Box Contains

Lens cap
Micro USB cable
Shoulder strap
Rechargeable battery
AC adapter
Instruction manual

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Customer Reviews

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119 of 125 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. J. A. Cullen on 4 April 2013
I was so excited about this latest addition to the Sony family. I purchased this direct from the Sony website on 26th March. I already own the Sony HX200 and was more than happy with that with it's 30x Optical zoom but when I heard about this HX300 I was excited as the zoom on this camera is incredible.- I am a season ticket holder at Old Trafford and always take my camera and with the HX200 I can zoom in and get a relatively clear photo of sir Alex Ferguson and the players on the bench from the North stand where I sit, although it's not as close up as I'd like so now I can't wait for the next Man United match to take my new camera which will be the Manchester Derby on Monday 8th April 2013 and I will try to upload the closest photo of Fergie on full 50 x zoom as well as a photo to compare using the HX200. There is some improvement in the shaky hand feature especially when in full zoom, it looks wobbly yet the photos turn out great, definitely a noticeable difference for me. I tend to mainly use the automatic settings for most things except portrait photography. One of the great features I like about this camera and the HX200 is that you can take photos while recording. The colours in pictures and HD movies are amazing but that is one reason why I always buy Sony. I record all kinds of things from football matches to parties, my pets and Grandchildren and with this camera I have absolutely everything I need for taking photos and making HD movies. So far I have tested it in my back garden and recording movies/photo diary of my Hamsters new babies. I will, after I finish this review, try to add a couple of photos. I have to mention the re-designed hand grip, it is much easier and more comfortable to hold and offers better control of the camera.Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andy Craven on 2 July 2014
I've never actually owned what I'd call a 'good' digital camera and was actually looking for a good quality camcorder to begin with. My price point was between £200 to £300 and despite quite a lot of time spent researching, nothing was really jumping out at me in the camcorder choice. I then stumbled across bridge cameras and though that it might be worthwhile spending some time looking into them. My concern with a dedicated camcorder was whether I'd be sacrificing still image quality and vice versa if I considered a digital camera.

Having owned this for just over a week now, any concerns I had were soon gone when I transferred a video file to my computer. Even on my spare TV (which is 720), the video quality was superb. I'd even go so far as to say it was a sharper, more lifelike quality than any blu-ray I've seen. It really is that good. So, if you're concerned about the video quality on this little beauty, don't be. As for the still image quality, there's a lot to understand if like me, you're a complete novice at photography. I spent a good couple of hours looking at a really helpful series on YouTube called brainyfaceproject. This is a dedicated series to the HX300, running through the basics all the way through to the various settings available within the PASM modes.

I'm still learning what are probably considered by some as fairly basic things, but having a great time figuring out what makes a good shot. The video quality was really what swayed me to the HX300, but I'm so impressed with the still image quality IF you spend the time understanding the various features. If you're after a point and shoot camera, I'm sure you probably wouldn't consider a £270 camera, but as an introduction to more advanced photography the HX300 is fantastic.
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64 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Trev-R TOP 100 REVIEWER on 10 July 2013
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Update: After several outings with this camera I would note that the lens is subject to flare and it is very difficult to focus on small subjects such as birds after transitioning from optical to clear zoom as the spot focus area quadruples in size. I am still pleased with this camera but if you are serious about telephoto work rather than general use you may want to consider a DSLR.

The short version: If you have a need for a 50x 24mm to 1200mm zoom then this is a good choice as there are (at the time of writing) only a couple of alternatives. The camera is well built and ergonomic, it fits easily into the hand and all the controls are easy to hand and where you would expect them. Anyone who has owned a digital camera previously should be able to use this out of the box and obtain good results without referring to the manual. Image quality is very good but not quite as good as my Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V Super-Advanced High Zoom Camera (18.2MP, 20x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD which although 18.2MP seems to give slightly better images, definitely noticeable on low light level shots.

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The good: This is a well made camera for the money, thought has gone into the design and as a previous owner of Fuji bridge cameras, this Sony fits much better into the hand and feels much better to use. The option to use the small zoom lever or ring on the lens barrel makes zooming in and out much easier. The ring on the lens barrel can also be switched to manual focus. Zoom range, especially with 'clear zoom' is remarkable and you would be hard pushed to find a subject that it cannot cover.
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