Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX350 Review

April 25, 2017 | Amy Davies | |

Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 20.4 megapixel JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 6Mb.

In good light, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX350 is capable of taking some lovely photos. If your main motive for buying a camera like this is to use on your holidays or travels, where you’re mainly photographing in sunny locations, then you should be very happy with what it can product.

Colours are nice and vibrant, maintaining a good degree of realism while also having a satisfying amount of punch. On most occasions, the all-purpose metering does a decent job of producing accurate exposures, meaning it was rare I needed to dial in any exposure compensation.

The overall impression of detail is pretty good, at low ISOs. If you zoom in at 100%, you can see some loss of detail in certain areas of the photo, to leave a painterly effect, but it’s not an issue unless you’re going to crop.

Images taken throughout the lens’ focal length display a good level of detail, especially again in good light.

It’s a different story in low light however. At the wide angle of the lens, you can use a wide aperture of f/2.8, which helps you to keep the ISO down to below ISO 1600. From around ISO 800 onwards, detail starts to become lost in more areas of the photo, while at ISO 1600 the overall effect is a little painterly. In other words, it’s best to avoid low light situations with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX350 camera if at all possible.

There are some nice filters and effects that you can employ, either via the Picture Effects setting or Creative Styles - it’s worth experimenting with them to see which you prefer, but remember, since the camera doesn’t shoot in raw format, whatever you shoot with, you can’t remove at a later date.

Noise

There are 8 ISO settings available on the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX350. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting.

ISO 80 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

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ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

 
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Focal Range

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX350's 50x zoom lens offers an incredibly versatile focal range, as illustrated by these examples:

24mm

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1200mm

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Macro

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX350 allows you to focus on a subject that is just 1cm away from the camera when the lens is set to wide-angle. The first image shows how close you can get to the subject (in this case a compact flash card). The second image is a 100% crop.

Macro

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Flash

The flash settings on the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX350 are Auto, Forced Flash, Slow Syncro, No Flash, with a Red-eye Reduction option in the Main menu. These shots of a white coloured wall were taken at a distance of 1.5m.

Suppressed Flash - Wide Angle (24mm)

Forced Flash - Wide Angle (24mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64
   

Suppressed Flash - Telephoto (1200mm)

Forced Flash - Telephoto (1200mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

And here are some portrait shots with the flash turned off and on.

Flash Off

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Flash On

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Night

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX350's maximum shutter speed is 30 seconds in the Manual mode, which is great news if you're seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 30 seconds at ISO 80.

Night

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Picture Effects

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX350 offers a range of 13 Picture Effects.

Off

HDR Painting

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Rich-tone Monochrome

Miniature

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Toy Camera

Pop Color

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Partial Color (Red)

Soft High-key

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Watercolor

Illustration

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High Contrast Monochrome

Posterization

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Retro

Soft

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Creative Styles

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX350 offers a range of 7 creative styles.

Standard

Vivid

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Landscape

Sepia

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B&W

Portrait

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Sunset

 
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