Initally, I thought i was going to do YouTube when I purchased this Camera. But it turns out that my passion is for reviewing technology. The H300 is one of many of Sony’s shots at creating a starter camera. The camera fits well into your hand, with ergonomic grooves to put in your hands in, which is very comfortable
The H300 features a 3 inch display and a 20.1MP sensor. Now, not everything I review will be top notch. And I have to say, I don’t think this is top notch for what you are paying for. Since this model came out in late 2013, there are obviously more of a wider range of possibilities when it comes what camera to buy. However, the pictures definitely pack a punch. It films 720p HD video which for today’s standards, is starting to become a little mediocre now. But you can’t argue with a £170 price point.
Capturing detail in pictures poses problems particularly with large landscape shots. Those aspects of the shot that you’d like to stand out, rarely turn out so. The absence of manual focusing means you must rely on the cams auto focusing mechanisms, which are quite tricky to master. You’ll find that it can be very easily, not a camera for all occasions.
Although not all is negative. You can sometimes get some very detailed shots, some which compare with DSLR’s. But that is only unfortunately sometimes. It’s like a hit or miss. Depending on the situation, this camera is capable of good shots, but struggles with the details. It has 35x optical zoom, and trust me, when I say it can get some really up close pictures, and that is definitely a strong side.
Availability and Specifications
The prices for this camera vary, but here are the cheapest sites you can get them from, for £140/$193:
The specifications for this product are as follows:
|Body type||SLR-like (bridge)|
|Max resolution||5152 x 3864|
|Effective pixels||20 megapixels|
|Sensor size||1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm)|
|Focal length (equiv.)||25–875 mm|
|Max shutter speed||1/1500 sec|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||590 g (1.30 lb / 20.81 oz)|
|Dimensions||130 x 95 x 122 mm (5.1 x 3.74 x 4.81″)|
Pros And Cons
- Generally great 20.1 MP resolution.
- Amazing Optical steadyshot on zoom.
- Zoom resolution at full extension (Even digital) is great.
- Easy menu system and good options/modes.
- Feels good and solid in hand.
- Sweep Panorama.
- Sensitive to dusty environments.
- Sometimes unpredictable resolution.
- Mid range zoom suffers.
- Uses batteries quickly.
- Slow button reaction when accessing menu and other options.
This is a good camera but only appeals to a certain kind of person. That is, somebody who needs a budget camera, and the idea of 35x optical zoom at under 150 appeals to them. If that person is you, then I would definitely recommend this camera.