Sony DSC-HX300/B Brief Review

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Specifications

  • 20.4 megapixels
  • 50x optical zoom
  • Optical SteadyShot® image stabilization with 3-way Active Mode
  • AVCHD™ 1080/60p Full HD video
  • 3.0" tiltable LCD
  • Up to 10 fps
  • Manual modes
  • Release Date: 2013-02-25
  • Final Grade: 85 4.25 Star Rating: Recommended

4.25 Star Rating: Recommended
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Sony DSC-HX300/B
The Sony HX300 impresses with a 50x zoom and bright lens.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 6/19/2014

Sony's 2013 DSC-HX300 gets up close to the action with an impressive 50x optical zoom. Images are captured using a good 20.1 megapixel 1/2.3" CMOS sensor and a moderately fast f2.8-6.3 lens. Sony has also included an optical image stabilization system--a must for such a powerful zoom. The 10 fps burst mode, coupled with the 50x zoom, make this a good option for anyone looking to get closer shots of the game. The HX300 also includes the variangle LCD screen.

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