Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 Review

May 3, 2013 | Mark Goldstein | |

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#101 arpit mehta

hello friends
regarding my problem of that moving barrel
I called the customer care on the toll free number they are saying that the if the barrel is moving slightly then it is normal

2:37 pm - Wednesday, July 10, 2013

#102 Joe Prete

I would check with a third party, someone who has nothing to gain or lose dependent on your situation. Sony’s Tech Support couldn’t even identify the fact that they currently have at least two Firmware versions on the cameras that have been sold. Now apparently a new firmware update will be needed for consistent compatibility among camera owners. Also, different techs in the same facility have been known to give different advice. That is in all brands, not just Sony. On the bright side, they’ve cut the price by $100.00 from their original “Firm” price.

10:11 pm - Thursday, July 11, 2013

#103 Angie

Can’t stand the blessed thing. Much much much prefer my 100

9:22 pm - Sunday, August 4, 2013

#104 Joe Prete

Is it too late for a return? What is it, anything specific? Anything I can help you with?
... Joe Prete

1:07 am - Monday, August 5, 2013

#105 Angie

Too late to return - bought on first release - April 2013.  The 50 x zoom has taken away much of the clarity of the photos.  There is also a “greyish haze” over the entire picture.  The ability to focus on something quickly is nigh on impossible - any tiny movement you make is multiplied because of the instability issues - even though I’m on steady shot etc.

Thanks for the offer though. :-)

9:48 am - Monday, August 5, 2013

#106 Joe Prete

You are covered by the warranty though, right? There shouldn’t be a “Greyish Haze” over each image. Are you in the U.S.?  Have you called tech support? Has this been happening since it was new? How long has that been?
... Joe Prete

2:57 pm - Monday, August 5, 2013

#107 Angiehiggins

Hi again, no I’m in the UK.  I don’t think there is a “fault” with the camera - my husband has the same one and we’ve both commented on he haziness.  When we take identical shots with me using the 100 and he using the 300 there is a marked difference. The 100 is so very much clearer.  The good thing about he 300 is the wider angle.  But as for trying to take snaps of, say, birds, well the 300 leaves a lot to be desired I’m afraid.

(We bought our cameras on the day they were released - early April and yes, the clarity has been an issue from day one)

Regards Angie

9:19 pm - Monday, August 5, 2013

#108 gautam lakra

Angie, have a look at this :

2:07 am - Tuesday, August 6, 2013

#109 Joe Prete

You two should really compare Firmware versions. Angie, you’ve got a much earlier model, and I’ve heard there are at least two F.W. versions sold since it’s release date. They haven’t formally introduced an update, but if you send it in for repair, I’m sure it
will leave their facility with the correct firmware. If you call tech support, or use on line support, they can give you an RA number and help you to get it ready to send in. Make sure you have the (R.A.) Return Authorization written clearly on the outer box. Be clear about what you shouldn’t send with the camera, and if you should use the original box. (they often discard them!!)

I wouldn’t wait any longer, now that you have an example of the high quality images these cameras are capable of. It wouldn’t be hard to find other owners of these cameras, you have one here, and others can easily be found at    Some with worse issues than yours. Let us know how it works out for you Angie. Good Luck,
... Joe Prete

Gautam, Excellent Work, especially considering what you’ve overcome. I wish you continued success. I’m very happy for you!

3:46 am - Tuesday, August 6, 2013

#110 Joe Prete

Regarding Post #108,
The link is to an HX300 Owner by the name of Aisse Gaertner.
The images are sharp and clear, with no grey tint at all.
I sent an email to see if the owner can comment on your situation
Angie, and hopefully to compare Firmware versions with you too.

Please disregard the comment following my last post (109), as it does not apply here, but it is Excellent work, by Aisse Gaertner. I’m not sure why someone would comment and link to another persons work, and without their knowledge it is inconsiderate.
So to be clear, Excellent work Aisse Gaertner, I do wish you continued success with your HX300.
... Joe Prete

6:32 am - Tuesday, August 6, 2013

#111 Angiehiggins

JP I agree that AG has captured some beautiful shots and is somewhat of a photographer. I, on the other hand, am a total amateur and all I really ask from my camera is for clarity of photos. Maybe I’m being pernickety as I don’t want to really mess about with settings etc.  my love of photography comes from seeing something and capturing immediately!  I do love the macro photography but also like to see birds in flight and that’s where the difficulty lies.  The camera will not focus as quickly as the 100.

My 300 I’m afraid is now listed on eBay. I persevered only a little while but my husband has continued to this very day and even he has now come to the conclusion that his should also go!

Thanks for your interest

Regards Angie

8:23 am - Tuesday, August 6, 2013

#112 Angiehiggins


9:37 am - Tuesday, August 6, 2013

#113 Joe Prete

Since you’re ready to turn the page on this model, you may want to contact me before you go any further, I’ve been compiling results while helping people in similar situations and I’ve matched people to the right camera in every case so far. The main reason is that it starts with your answers to questions, not the other way around. The camera has to suite your needs.

Yes, it’s a service but no, there is no fee of any kind. Once I find the camera that suits you the best, I can help you locate it, but the transaction is between you and the dealer. You see, I’ve been watching not only the cameras that are becoming available, but also the changing needs of the customer. The camera should suit you for 2-4 years, depending on the changes at both ends.
If you’re interested, just let me know and I’ll give you an address
to write to me. By the way, your husband most likely will not end up with the same camera, everyone is different, even a spouse. 
... Joe Prete

7:42 pm - Tuesday, August 6, 2013

#114 pele

Can someone tell me which is better to take HX300 or SX50, in which the better photos?

3:02 am - Tuesday, August 13, 2013

#115 sunny mehta

hi gautam ,can you tell which one should i buy sony dsc-hx 300 or nikon d3100 dslr as both are in the same range in india. my main preference is picture quality and i have read on many sites that picture quality on hx300 is average .. please help

7:30 am - Tuesday, August 20, 2013

#116 Joe Prete

The D3100 is a DSLR, you will be spending quite a bit on lenses to get the same range as you get with the HX3OO that is of course, all in one. To give you an example, to buy a DSLR lens in the 1000mm-1200mm range, you will be spending close to $10,000.00 Now can you see the value in the HX300 camera? Trust the technology, even Pro’s see the value in these Super Zoom Cameras. I really doubt you could even hold such a lens to mount it on the Tripod that needs to be strong enough itself to hold such a massive lens. The image quality from the HX300 is fine, it’s comparable to all of the cameras in it’s class. Compare apples to apples, these are completely different cameras.
... Joe Prete

8:20 am - Tuesday, August 20, 2013

#117 sunny mehta

thanks joe , i have made my mind and decided to buy hx300 and i hope hx300 wouldn’t disappoint me.

8:54 am - Tuesday, August 20, 2013

#118 Joe Prete

You’ll be fine with it, they are including the full manual in most areas, so make sure that you get everything listed on the box. I think it’s equal to the Canon SX50 that came before it. Learn it well and always use the neck strap, you’ll be very happy with it. Write if you have any other questions. Good Luck Sunny,
... Joe Prete

5:06 pm - Tuesday, August 20, 2013

#119 sunny mehta

thanks joe , i will be posting my review soon .

2:15 pm - Wednesday, August 21, 2013

#120 sunny mehta

hii joe , i bought this camera on 22nd and i must say that picture quality in daylight is very nice but indoors at night i am not able to get nice shots a lot of noise is there,and when i see the video on the laptop it is kind of blurred i dont know why. also there are a lot of settings that iam not able to understand like aperture ,shutter speed etc .. so please can you tell how should i take pictures in low light ..

6:31 am - Saturday, August 24, 2013

#121 Joe Prete

Looks like my earlier reply didn’t get through, can’t imagine why. In short what it said was, you couldn’t have possibly read and comprehended a 270 page manual, loaded the software and registered your camera in two days. If you had, you would have seen several options to receive support from the company that manufactures the camera. I’m sorry that I can’t be there, to hold your hand while you read the guide, or for the year or so that it’s going to take you to lean enough about photography, to use such an advanced camera, but you’re pretty much on your own now, it’s a very good camera, completely advanced and up to date, but it’s not the $89.00 “Point & Shoot” camera that you obviously needed. It’s very common for new users to blame the camera, but Sony has been doing this well, for some time now
and if you lied when you expressed interest in learning Photography, I wouldn’t have any way to know that, now would I?
Now either you commit yourself to learning how to use the camera, and learning Photography for the good year that it will take a beginner, or return it and forget that it ever happened.
Well, the restocking charge should help you to remember your mistake, but it was you who wrote in to the blog, wasn’t it? Now I seriously doubt that the camera is malfunctioning, so I think you should reconsider at this point, taking great pictures is a bit more than having a great camera, it does help, but it won’t make you into a Photographer, only you can do that. But if you take one thing from this response, understand that I’ve said this way more times than should have “DON’T BLAME THE CAMERA” !!!!
... Joe Prete

6:30 pm - Saturday, August 24, 2013

#122 Joe Prete

Probably one of the things that stopped the first message, was the link to There, you will find Forums, one for Sony Cybershot cameras too. But, read before you post, they don’t take kindly to people that ask a question that was just answered and you can easily become a spectator, for whatever suspension the moderator hands out. It’s not like this, it’s quite organized and very productive, just as long as you follow the rules. There’s also a classified section for those that wish to trade up, .... or down!
...Joe Prete

7:30 pm - Saturday, August 24, 2013

#123 sunny mehta

what the #### .. if you dont want to share info just say NO. MADHRCHOD FIRANGI JOE

7:33 pm - Saturday, August 24, 2013

#124 Joe Prete

That was plenty of good information, posted after a lengthy review. Maybe Photography is not for you, then just use your phone camera for those times that you need a picture. If you like Photography, but not the camera, it won’t be hard to find someone who would love a camera like that. You know, whether you buy a Television, or a Kitchen Blender, there’s going to be an owners guide, if you can’t read it, that’s not our fault. You were able to write, we assumed that you can read too! And use English on this site okay? Maybe you’re not old enough to understand, everyone has a computer, but if that’s the problem, isn’t there somebody there to help you?  A family member or friend? Sony’s guides are pretty easy to understand. If you had the money to buy it, you should understand it. Wow, you didn’t stand a chance with a DSLR! At least you dodged that bullet, I couldn’t see you changing lenses or cleaning a sensor, much less understanding exposure. I suggest you just walk away from it for a while, give yourself a chance to collect your thoughts. When you calm down, you can write me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) But first, calmly make a list of the problems, one at a time, we’ll find the answers. You’re not in the right frame of mind like this, and that’s when accidents happen. Give yourself an hour or two to collect your thoughts, when you email me, I’ll try to help you okay. I think that’s a generous offer. I don’t know what you wrote there, but it doesn’t sound too good, the moderator will pull it in the morning. I’ll speak to you in about 2 hours from now, okay.
Joe Prete

PS:Gautam posted a link at #108, a friend of his using the same camera, take a look, the pictures are outstanding! And the site I gave you, is the highest rated, most accurate Photography site that we know of, so before you blow that off, please take a look!

8:26 pm - Saturday, August 24, 2013

#125 Joe Prete

Powerlinks? To Skype? Soon you’ll be posting ads on the sheets of toilet paper! Good idea, isn’t it. I only patented it to put it on the shelf, to hide it from people like you!
... Joe Prete

8:42 pm - Saturday, August 24, 2013

#126 Paul Edwards

Use the flash for indoors Sunny…..


9:32 pm - Saturday, August 24, 2013

#127 Joe Prete

It’s been several hours now and you still haven’t emailed. Don’t say that we didn’t try to help you. Amazing, how many people are very satisfied with this camera. It’s producing results as good as the Canon SX50 HS and the Fujifilm SL1000 All three have the same range. Sony builds high quality cameras, that’s no secret. As with any camera of this complexity, you need to read the guide, even if it’s for one mode at a time. Eventually, you’ll be able to predict the results. When you know a camera that well, you stick with it. Not many people can learn it in two or three days. I think it’s great, they’ve joined Fujifilm by including the owners guide. I had to request one for the SX50 HS and the G1 X
... Joe Prete

12:59 am - Sunday, August 25, 2013

#128 sunny mehta

JOE , i dont need any help from you now so stop replying.I dont know why are you behaving like this.iam outta here .

3:31 am - Sunday, August 25, 2013


processing is very slow..
So sad !!!

5:10 pm - Wednesday, August 28, 2013

#130 Marie

Your pictures are breathtaking on the Sony HX-300 Sybershot, now I need some advise like urgent, which memory card should be used to take those wonderful bird pics.
I bought the camera a week ago, please let me know asap. Must it be an extreme SD memory card, I don’t know which one.

1:45 pm - Monday, September 2, 2013

#131 Marie

I recently bought a new Sony HX300 Sybershot. Looking at your bird photo’s, its amazing, now
I have a question, which memory card should I use
SD, SDHC, SDXC (or should it be the extreme type)
please let me know ASAP,


1:48 pm - Monday, September 2, 2013

#132 Joe Prete

The memory card should be a class 10 (that’s the number in the circle on many brands). I use LEXAR Professional 400X SDHC UHS-1 60MB/s (second) The camera read/write speed should me at least 20 MB/S, but the reader to computer speed is 60MB/s

The Sandisk Cards have changed the names ULTRA, EXTREME etc. making it very hard to know which is which, they have now kept their names consistent, but I never went back to them Ultra II, Extreme, Ultra… That was enough confusion for me. Sony, PNY, Transcend, Delkin, Toshiba, they are all good cards. You just need to look at the speed rating and the transfer rate, otherwise you will be waiting while they “write” in between shots. The CLASS 10, OR UHS-1 Rating are fast enough, so you don’t need to spend more than those cost. Here’s a good example at B&H SONY SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 16GB for $21.95 these can go down to $15.00 at a good sale.
Another thing you should remember, two 16’s are better than one 32GB card The reason, (don’t put all your eggs in one basket!) in case something goes wrong, you will still have another card left.
... Joe Prete

6:43 pm - Monday, September 2, 2013

#133 Marie

Thank you for the info ...Marie

7:12 am - Tuesday, September 3, 2013

#134 gautam lakra

I suggest that you the camera on intelligent auto or superior auto mode for a couple of months , till you get the hang of it. plus you can download the user manual from the internet.

3:16 am - Sunday, September 8, 2013

#135 BenBrown

Hi, guys,

A few days ago I bought the Sony DSC-HX300 camera. I have no experience at all in photography, but I would like to learn as much as posible.
These are the first photo I ever shooted using a bridge camera. Please comment, tell me your opinions, tell me what I do wrong, what should I look for or not, etc. :

If you have some useful tutorial links for a total beginner, that would be apreciated, too.

8:40 pm - Wednesday, September 11, 2013

#136 Paul Edwards

Bloody good!  Faultless. Just shows what this Son. Can do.  I might well trade in all my nex gear and buy it!!

Forget The camera take the picture. Paul E

9:12 pm - Wednesday, September 11, 2013

#137 Jason

I have this camera, love it. For the price it’s a great camera. No complaints best camera I ever owned. For the people who complain it’s not good enough, well, buy a professional camera like the Canon 5D MK3. And the guy who made the comment about SONY not being heard of 10 years ago, are you serious? or just too young to remember?. All my video equipment from the past 30 years was always SONY cameras. SONY is the best that is why it’s expensive. All the TV studios use SONY. SONY invented Betamax. Video8 etc.. People spend way too much time always wanting better, never happy. Just get out there with whatever you own and take photos or videos!

8:06 pm - Sunday, September 15, 2013

#138 Jason

Angie don’t know if you will read this, but I take photos of planes and birds in flight with the SONY HX-300 no problem. As others have said, you can’t just take it from the box and expect to learn everything in a few days. It takes many weeks to discover all it’s features. For taking birds in flight photos, I used the fast moving 10 burst setting. The camera will take a burst of 10 images. One will surely be in focus. I’m no professional, it’s a hobby I love and this is the best bridge camera I ever owned. Even the progessive AVCHD video at full HD 50 frames, it’s amazing!. The steady shot and 50X optical zoom and up to 200 digital. I’m shocked to see so many negative comments.

8:48 pm - Sunday, September 15, 2013

#139 Mike

Agree with you Jason…far too many seem to be interested in just having the status of the ‘best in genre’ more than the joy of photography…will buy a camera and ditch it as soon as a review claims the latest is better.
Just learn your camera, and enjoy! ;-)

12:19 am - Monday, September 16, 2013

#140 Paul Edwards

Yes I agree - forget the camera take the pictures!

12:40 am - Monday, September 16, 2013

#141 Murali

The Canon SX50 HS has aperture from 3.4 to 6.5 while Sony DSC-HX300 has aperture from 2.8 to 6.3. Does this feauture help in identifying the better camera ?

9:33 am - Friday, September 20, 2013

#142 Hosam El-Alfy

Guys ... go see those awesome samples
You will make up your mind a lot easier ;

11:19 pm - Saturday, September 21, 2013

#143 Joe Prete

These long Zooms all have variable aperture, the wide angle range being the widest aperture. Of course that’s least used in the long zoom camera, but with the image stabilization the images are excellent. Quite amazing, considering the length of the lenses.

The only exception to the Aperture comment above, is the
Panasonic FZ200 that has an F2.8 Aperture. You would need to shoot in Aperture Priority or Manual Mode and set the lens at F2.8 to get the benefit of this fast lens, and the Zoom is only 600mm equiv. (that is short compared to the others available)
... Joe Prete

12:37 am - Sunday, September 22, 2013

#144 Laster

What are the proof that aisse_gaertner pics are taken from dsc_hx300. there are picture which are taken in 2009 and this camera released too later. I’m confused!!!!!!!!!!!

4:10 am - Wednesday, September 25, 2013

#145 Paul Edwards

You simply look at the EXIF information found in all images in a program such as Google Picasa 3 -free - it Will tell you everything including camera type and settings used!

10:41 am - Wednesday, September 25, 2013

#146 Paul Edwards

.. assuming you can find one that can be downloaded!

11:20 am - Wednesday, September 25, 2013

#147 Chris

Hi can anyone advise a novice I am looking at the hx200v and the hx300 which would be the best to buy for landscape and wildlife photography

Thanks in advance for your help

3:32 pm - Friday, October 18, 2013

#148 shabbir

hi….i need some help regarding sony hx300. the picture quality is just average. i am getting better pics with my xperia tan this bridge camera. in the sea where the water was green and blue…the hx300 could not pick it up, but the xperia did it well. can someone please guide me about the settings, maybe i did it wrong. i used superior auto for the pics. please guide me…..

8:24 am - Tuesday, October 22, 2013

#149 Srinidhi

Hello, I recently bought Sony HX300 here in India and when I fixed a lens hood to the camera, I got a prob. The thing is the extended part of the lens hood brings about kind of shadow in my photos in zero zoom mode, but this prob doesn’t come after 1.5x zoom.
Expecting comments from you all!!

7:46 am - Wednesday, October 23, 2013

#150 Paul Edwards

Sounds like vignetting to me. Only use the proper petal type lens hood and make sure it’s fixed on correctly and that the open parts of the hood correspond with the four corners of the image your seeing,or, like you say just zoom out a little bit. Pe

11:34 am - Wednesday, October 23, 2013

#151 Srinidhi

Okay I’ll check it out as u said PE.
Thank you for your response.

3:46 am - Thursday, October 24, 2013

#152 Johan Slabbert

I’m still waiting (albeit a bit impatiently by now) for the one with a sensor in the range of 1/1.5”-1/1.3” (which incidentally would be circa twice the size of your typical compact (including the superzoom bridge cameras), yet still only half of that of the Nikon 1 series & only a quarter of the Micro Four-thirds class of Compact System Cameras (CSC’s). All of the above in terms of sensor area. Hence, small enough not to pose a serious threat to the CSC market. Coupled with a moderate pixel count of something like 14Mp & a modest zoom range of 20-24X. A decent max f-stop range goes without saying, but Panasonic’s constant f/2.8 not necessary. With a decent electronic viewfinder (EVF) of at least 1Mp, a la FZ200 - a real eye-opener (no pun intended). No RAW required, nor a hot-shoe, thank you. Fully articulated LCD/OLED screen important, yet not quite a deal-breaker.
But that’s just me.

4:12 pm - Wednesday, November 6, 2013

#153 John

I’m real keen to buy the Sony, because I like a long zoom, fast shutter speed for moving targets, good macro and wide angle in a point and shoot. Looks like a good update from my old Canon 12X zoom with 6 MP. Just one question about RAW.. Often at the end of a holiday, I load the photos onto PC, then edit them using Windows Live to straighten, crop, reduce shadows and sometimes play with the exposure and colour. Does the lack of RAW (which my old Canon has), stop having this editing ability? You can probably tell that I’m an amateur…. But I do like to take good photos

6:19 pm - Friday, November 15, 2013

#154 Cospreda

Hello Everyone,
I purchased this camera (Sony DSCHX300) and I noticed one thing (do not know if my camera has a problem or is normal): When I try to take pictures sweep panorama mode, the center lens moves left and while doing picture, that lens begins to tremble. Has anyone happened to that?

8:25 am - Thursday, November 28, 2013

#155 J.P.

No that is not normal, and it’s yet another of many issues I’ve heard of with this model. First, I would try to return it, maybe for a different model or brand, esp. if you’re looking for a Super Zoom like this one. Second, Call their tech support line, the number will be in the Guide, it should be 24/7. If you can’t do either. pull the Battery and let it sit for a while. There may be a Reset procedure, but leaving it without power may reset many functions too. They sent these cameras out with two different Firmware versions, and Yours may need to be updated. Find out on their site in the Support section. A few of the complaints have been about lens movement issues. I think you know what model I recommend, it was the first 50X zoom camera. I hope you have that option. If you’ve just bought it, and you’ve got issues now, it’s a sign of things to come. You don’t want to start repairs on a brand new expensive camera, especially when a better one will cost less. Keep us posted, and Good Luck. . . J.P.-EDTR.

1:43 pm - Thursday, November 28, 2013

#156 Sathya Moparthi

After seeing Aisse’s pics, i placed the order!

9:23 am - Tuesday, December 17, 2013

#157 Ganesh J. Acharya

This camera focus pretty well… I caught this gem with it

This bird was moving pretty fast

9:54 am - Sunday, January 5, 2014

#158 Joe Prete

You’ve caught birds in flight in a few other nice images, but can I suggest that you start with birds that are perched on branches, or feeding, and lower to the ground? The image #DSC07956 is very nice.  A few pointers, look where they are feeding, even spread out some Wild Bird Seed. Try to get down to their level if you can, but either way, try to stabilize the camera. A Tripod or Monopod will help you to capture some very sharp images.  It will also come in handy when you are shooting birds in flight, but first try to build up your stock of images with birds that are not flying, you will get many more keepers. Write back when you’ve got some new images, we’d like to see them. ... J.P.

6:33 pm - Sunday, January 5, 2014

#159 Ganesh J. Acharya

#DSC07956 I tried to focus that one manually since there were branches the camera was focusing at. Caught the bird’s action well but then the image came out a little blur at I tried to focus manually.

3:05 am - Monday, January 6, 2014

#160 Joe Prete

You are doing a fine job so far, but it would be far easier if you climb the ladder one rung at a time, set attainable goals and seek the satisfaction. In time, you too, will be shooting amazing images. Here’s a link to look at for some ideas, and some inspiration too-
His name is Massimo Greco, and he may be doing this a bit longer than you, but he started out just the same, with a vision! Remember that every image won’t be a masterpiece, but that shouldn’t stop you from building a library of fine images. I will check back, to see how you are doing, but if you have questions
just ask, we are here to help. Good Luck.  ... Joe Prete

5:20 pm - Monday, January 6, 2014

#161 Ganesh J. Acharya

Thanks Joe Prete, it will be nice if you are going to watch me while I improve.

3:18 am - Tuesday, January 7, 2014

#162 Srinidhi

Hi Ganesh, I checked out your Flickr page, saw some amazing clickz. I would like to know using which camera you took the photo of that half moon and those insects?

4:43 am - Tuesday, January 7, 2014

#163 Ganesh J. Acharya

Srinidhi I have used HX300 itself to shoot these pictures

5:42 am - Tuesday, January 7, 2014

#164 Ganesh J. Acharya

I have created a group for Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300 Users on FB ... please join it

3:31 am - Wednesday, January 8, 2014

#165 Srinidhi

Great captures Ganesh. Even I own a Sony HX300, I did not try macro yet in HX300, what you think, are those photos sharp? Please tell your opinion.

8:52 am - Thursday, January 9, 2014

#166 Ganesh J. Acharya

Please check this macro of fly I photographed ... I think it is sharp

10:44 am - Thursday, January 9, 2014

#167 Joe Prete

Excellent Ganesh!

5:24 pm - Saturday, January 11, 2014

#168 Indranil Mukherjee

which camera is best for low light canon sx50 or sony hx 300… please reply…

9:12 am - Sunday, January 12, 2014

#169 Yadu

Hi Joe, I had gone through your review of Sony HX 300 and was really amazed by the quality of the same and the way you had answered to the queries in the comments section.

After going through your review and couple of others I am a bit confused in deciding a camera. I am not a professional and most of my usage would be point and shoot, however since I am an avid traveler I get an opportunity to click on some really amazing portraits. However post that they are normally stored in my computer or on display on photo frame with an occasional print out.

Now because of this I have made up my mind to go in for a super zoom camera and had almost finalized it to be either Sony HX300 or Canon SX50, however while going through the comments section I got to know you were mightily impressed by the Fuji HS50EXR.

Now here in India HS50 is almost 20% more expensive than HX300 & 30% more than SX50. Hence would really appreciate your expert advice on whether investing that much more sum would be a really good idea in my case. Also let me know is operating these camera’s really difficult or one can figure our things from the manual itself?


9:30 am - Monday, January 27, 2014

#170 Yadu

I had gone through your review of Sony HX 300 and was really amazed by the quality of the same and the way you had answered to the queries in the comments section.

After going through your review and couple of others I am a bit confused in deciding a camera. I am not a professional and most of my usage would be point and shoot, however since I am an avid traveler I get an opportunity to click on some really amazing portraits. However post that they are normally stored in my computer or on display on photo frame with an occasional print out.

Now because of this I have made up my mind to go in for a super zoom camera and had almost finalized it to be either Sony HX300 or Canon SX50, however while going through the comments section I got to know you were mightily impressed by the Fuji HS50EXR.

Now here in India HS50 is almost 20% more expensive than HX300 & 30% more than SX50. Hence would really appreciate your expert advice on whether investing that much more sum would be a really good idea in my case. Hence request you to please suggest which model to go in for. Also please let me know if these cameras would be easy to use taking cues from the manual or would require a professional help?

10:01 am - Monday, January 27, 2014

#171 Joe Prete

I wrote you a lengthy reply just a bit after your question. It would not go through, and they couldn’t find the reason. I explained why the Canon SX50 HS was a much better camera for you. I can’t put that kind of time into it again to see it fail. There’s an email at comment #124 above, if you write me at that email, I will explain the reasons. When you write me, I will most likely give you another address for us to communicate on. Sorry for the delay, but I tried and also tied up a computer for quite a while. I am sorry about this
… Joe Prete

7:06 am - Tuesday, January 28, 2014

#172 Joe Prete

Now it works, go Figure! … JOE

7:07 am - Tuesday, January 28, 2014

#173 Ilkem Kupcu

Hi to all, I wonder if you can tell me the version numbers of that two firmwares for hx-300, and I’d appreciate if you can point the better one. Thanks in advance…

1:14 pm - Sunday, February 2, 2014

#174 Joe Prete

ilkem kupcu,
Contact Sony Tech support, at the toll free number supplied with the documentation included with your camera. Have your serial number ready for them. They ail also ask your location. They can give you the latest Firmware version for your unit. (you can locate this number through the cameras menu, and read it off of the LCD)
In the future, you can save yourself (and us) the extra work, by registering your camera. They routinely contact product owners when updates or recalls become available for your product.

Registering your product will also have other obvious benefits for you, like having the ability to look up information yourself and also the instructions to complete a Firmware update, should one be required. I assume that you haven’t read the owners manual, and any addendum or supplements to that documentation. This is the information required to properly use the camera, and the most basic of instructions that you need to be aware of, in the event of such a situation. I advise you of this, for your own benefit.
… Joe Prete

4:56 pm - Sunday, February 2, 2014

#175 Ilkem Kupcu

@joe prete,

Thank you for all this extra detailed info. But your assumption is not true. My camera is already registered and I’m using it for almost 5 months. No one from Sony has tried to cantact me for even once. In these circumstances, based on the info that you kindly provided, I’m going to call them and ask for their assistance. So thank you again for your help…

7:02 pm - Sunday, February 2, 2014


Ilkem Kupcu,
After you registered your camera, you should have received an email confirmation. I would sign in again at the Sony site, and see that they have all your information correct. Mainly your email. Try checking the boxes to receive new product info, and also be sure that email is your preferred form of communication.  Of the major camera companies, Sony does not seem to be overly friendly, but that is no reflection on the quality of their products. They’ve got some very impressive cameras in their line-up. Receiving advertisements, is a good way to see that they know about you, unless they are in your Spam bin!

You should see the Firmware Version on your support page, but I would also call to be sure. I wonder, are you having any issues with the camera, or do you just want it to be up to date? When you receive an update, and are not having a problem with your unit, see what it addresses, and if it even applies to you. This should be done with your PC or Mac also, but many don’t realize that the camera is also a computer device. I follow a handful of people who comment here, just to see how they are doing. One
of them is Ganesh Acharya, who should be in this section. I think he was trying to gather a group of Sony HX300 shooters, and I thought that was a good idea because it’s not the most common camera, and a group of you can help each other out.

Another Sony DSC-HX300 Shooter I follow, Aisse Gaertner has communicated his comments and findings with me, and I’m sure that he would also contribute to a common group of shooters,
and it would benefit all of you. In the beginning, this camera was the topic of discussion for many, but they were such a small percentage of Super Zoom shooters, that it was difficult to help them. The Sony support team seemed completely in the dark, so those calls and emails were wasted efforts. Please keep us posted on the outcome of your issue, hopefully others will be inspired to write in as well. (When you call Sony, take names)
Good Luck Ilkem,
... Joe Prete

4:46 am - Monday, February 3, 2014

#177 Roald46

Hello there,
Who can help me, pls?
First of all: I buy my cameras not to make pictures but to make nature films.
I bought the Lumix FZ72 because of his long zoom and my good experience with the Lumix FZ200. What I didn’t like after using it was the complete lack of comfortable manual focusing. So i sold it and bought the Sony HX300 because here I had a manual focussing ring, a live view en everything I liked to have on a camera, so I presumed. Now I found out that this camera, no matter on which position you put it, switches automatically the manual positions of focus, white balance, aperture etc. all to AUTOMATIC ! Another bad surprise: when you film on a tripod there is only a slight distortion, but if you but him on a slider there is a very disturbing “shifting” in the image, like if the upper-part of the image wants to move in another direction than the lower part. I noticed that also in the Lumix FZ72, but never with the FZ200 with tele-converter (with has 1050 mm focal point, so almost the same as the 1200mm from these two super-zooms.) I never saw any remark about that in all these 176 reactions neater of the reactions on the Lumix FZ72, so I presume nobody films with these cameras?
Can anybody make me wiser in that matter please?
Thanks already for having the patience of reading this letter.

1:47 am - Sunday, February 16, 2014

#178 Roald46

Ther seem to be a Sony HX400 now with some functions staying in Manual while filming. Any details pls?

1:00 am - Wednesday, February 19, 2014

#179 Qsaen




11:30 pm - Saturday, February 22, 2014

#180 Roald46

I beg you pardon????????

12:40 am - Sunday, February 23, 2014

#181 Ganesh J. Acharya

I wish people come up with cameras that Automatically adjusted to wish ever settings I expected… something that just does what my eyes do. I look at A object the object instantly does appear sharp and superb. I look at B object the same happens. I guess Sony is going in the right direction with its Automatic adjustments… Again, need to see when it matches the accuracy and speed of Human eyes.

Being an amateur I could catch these.

2:49 am - Sunday, February 23, 2014

#182 Ganesh J. Acharya

On this page the while I took the 3rd snap… the small bird was moving almost at the speed of a bullet… at that too at a very close distance. I really don’t understand how can anyone think of clicking those without great fast focusing Automated settings.

I took my eyes off the eye piece ... swiftly moved the camera along the line of the bird’s flight without looking at the camera ... relied completely on my camera ... pressed the shutter button half to focus ... and then click click click click and click… and got this master piece.

Please remember I have not taken any professional training :)

3:02 am - Sunday, February 23, 2014

#183 Roald46

Very nice pictures and I agree on the quality of the AF. But for filming you cannot rely on AF. So why you can choose between AF or MF for pictures but for filming they switch completely to AF?
We are with 4 people who bought this camera and all four of them are disappointed about that missing MF in filming! You can argue: buy a video-camera, but there are no super-zooms in video-cameras! And if the publicity makes a big point about the ability to film with this camera then it should work like a video-camera meaning AF and MF!

10:59 am - Sunday, February 23, 2014

#184 Ganesh J. Acharya

I don’t get what you mean by Manual focus. There is a manual focus with this camera. While taking picture of the Koel the first one here I put the focus on Manual mode as a branch was coming in between. If you click that 1st image you will notice though the bird looks great while the image is small. But on enlarging it isn’t that great. I guess with far off objects focusing with manual should be pretty difficult. Again I really don’t understand what you are trying to highlight with regards to manual .... I see it is very much there

Again these are some easy to do things with this camera

1:19 pm - Sunday, February 23, 2014

#185 Roald46

I don’t think my English is that bad, but for your sake I will repeat that we are talking about the FILMING mode of the HX300. It switches to AF, automatic aperture, automatic exposition, in short: no matter what manual mode you’re in, the moment you start to FILM everything in this camera switches to AUTOMATIC also the MF to AF. Capiche?
Means, you want to film a bird in a tree and the camera will focus on the branch in front of him,  You want to film the tongue of a butterfly sucking nectar and it will focus on his wings.

10:41 pm - Sunday, February 23, 2014

#186 Roald46

I checked the YouTube links that you’ve send in your remark. The first one is Sony HX100v manual focus test (not HX300) and the second is not worth the word FILMING, it’s more like giving water to the plants with a camera. Who will zoom 50 x without a tripod? If you call this a reference, then I better don’t tell you what I think about it.

10:50 pm - Sunday, February 23, 2014

#187 Ilkem Kupcu

for manual focus;
in video mode, press menu button and then sellect a “movie shooting scene” rather than “intelligent auto” and “soft snap”. and of course do not forget switch from AF/ZOOM to MF mode. Capiche?

11:13 pm - Sunday, February 23, 2014

#188 Roald46

I really hope this will solve our problem.I will try it out tomorrow in free nature and report you about it. Thanks a lot for trying to help us! :-)

11:23 pm - Sunday, February 23, 2014

#189 Ilkem Kupcu

You are welcome. I hope this will, at least, solve your focusing problem…

11:32 pm - Sunday, February 23, 2014

#190 Roald46

IT WORKS. I have MF and control over under or overexposure in filming!
If I knew how to lock the white balance then it would be perfect!
You really helped the four of us out !!!!!
Thanks a lot !!!

1:41 am - Monday, February 24, 2014

#191 Ganesh J. Acharya

thanks Ilkem

2:45 am - Monday, February 24, 2014

#192 Ganesh J. Acharya

“Sony HX100v manual focus test (not HX300)” yes… the search engine gave me that video and because I too knew to do that with HX300 I post the same ;)

Thanks to Ilkem for the rescue.

2:48 am - Monday, February 24, 2014

#193 Ganesh J. Acharya

Ilkem, Roald46 please join the group

2:51 am - Monday, February 24, 2014

#194 Ilkem Kupcu

Ganesh, it was my pleasure…
And Roald46, as far as I know, the only scene option in video mode that allows you to control white balance is “High Sensitivity”. But it will increase ISO value, as you may know…

7:57 am - Monday, February 24, 2014

#195 Rawad


I recently got my HX300 and would be really thankful if you can help me with some questions:

- I’m using a 16 GB class 4 Sandisk as my SD card. Does this memory card affect the picture quality?
If yes then what’s the best sdcard choice?

- Do i need to update the camera firmware? Currently it’s 1.0

- Can you lead me to any good photography guide, or if there’s something specific for the HX300

- I got this camera from Moscow Russia, but i live in Lebanon. When i tried to register it online, a message came up saying that registration is not supported for my country. Thanks Sony :)

Thank you

8:53 am - Friday, March 7, 2014

#196 Joe Prete

The Class 4 has nothing to do with quality, cards are rated for the speed at which they write to their memory. Look for Class 10 or better when buying memory cards.

The current Firmware edition, can be found at in the support section along with instructions, should you need to update.

I’m sure there are guides for your specific camera. If you have the money to spend there will be instruction available, but it’s not a difficult camera to operate, even without the owners guide. Maybe a beginners guide on Photography, is what you need?

Do not blame Sony, as all camera manufacturers have specific routes in which their cameras are distributed into each country.
What you have is considered “Grey Market” and Sony will never take such an item in for repair, under Warrantee, or for cash! It is the law, because taxes or fees must be paid for that right, and those are
minimal in comparison to what you may have saved by going outside the normal route. If you buy products where you live, you will have no trouble obtaining service.  Live & learn. ...
… Joe Prete

2:54 am - Sunday, March 9, 2014

#197 Johnny Spark

Just bought this camera… perfect fun for the family. Settings used are in the exif info.
Just great so far…



6:05 pm - Wednesday, June 18, 2014

#198 vladimir ahmed jr

I agree with miss debree, hx300 is much better than fuji s4800. Many microstockers (small/big-time) use hx300 to create ‘bokeh’images. I my self have more than 100 bokeh images on line that were taken by hx300 and most of them have been downloaded 100x. Khazali hussein the raghead next door is a big-time micro/macro stocker, he joined SS, IS, and Alamy since may 2006 and has earned $ million. He told me that hx300 is his only gear (nothing else) to create photographs. He’s damn good! One day…miss denver named chloe told me that all of her images that were taken by high-end dslr were rejected by a major microstock agency. Long story short…a good photograher doesn’t need a high-end camera to create amazing photographs

4:36 am - Sunday, June 22, 2014

#199 Petros Vas

I’m thinking of buying one of the 3 cameras (Panasonic FZ72, Fujifilm SL1000 or Sony HX300) because of their similar features and the fact that they are at the exact same price in my country. I’ve just read at the specs page here and at the sony site that the HX300 supports 16:9 format only at 1920x1080, meaning that it drops down from 20MP to 2MP!!! Can this be for real? Can someone confirm that, cause it doesn’t seem right…

7:29 am - Friday, June 27, 2014


hello friends,
  i’ve been using sony hx300 past 7 months. while taking a burst shot camera takes almost 20 sec to record, now upgrading sd card class 10 with 80mbps writing speed will it be helpful? and at what speed (mbps) camera can record images?
  also for a single shot after capturing, image is flashed for a sec how can eliminate this thing making it the camera ready for the next shot? any suggestion will be helpful and thanks in advance

9:27 pm - Tuesday, July 8, 2014

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