Sony H300

 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H300 front
 
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-875mm (F3-5.9) lens
  • 590g - 130 x 95 x 122mm
  • Introduced February 2014
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
Portability
63
Imaging
47
Features
37
Overall
43

Sony H300 summary

Sony H300 is Sony's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera originally introduced on February of 2014. The camera has a 20MP, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 5152 x 3864.

The H300 is positioned #91 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and over all #569 out of 1428 for digital cameras in our list. You should test our Advanced camera finder to see camera results based on your personalized criteria.

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Sony H300 history

The Sony H300 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Listed below, you can view all earlier and new models alongside key specifications.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX350 front thumbnailSony HX350
H300 vs HX350
24-1200mm
F2.8-6.3
20MP1/2.3"2016
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX80 front thumbnailSony HX80
H300 vs HX80
24-720mm
F3.5-6.4
18MP1/2.3"2016
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX90V front thumbnailSony HX90V
H300 vs HX90V
24-720mm
F3.5-6.4
18MP1/2.3"2015
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-H300 front thumbnailSony H30025-875mm
F3-5.9
20MP1/2.3"2014
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-H400 front thumbnailSony H400
H300 vs H400
25-1550mm
F3.4-6.5
20MP1/2.3"2014
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX400V front thumbnailSony HX400V
H300 vs HX400V
24-1200mm
F2.8-6.3
20MP1/2.3"2014
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX50V front thumbnailSony HX50V
H300 vs HX50V
24-720mm
F3.5 - 6.3
20MP1/2.3"2013
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX300 front thumbnailSony HX300
H300 vs HX300
24-1200mm
F2.8-6.3
20MP1/2.3"2013
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-H200 front thumbnailSony H200
H300 vs H200
24-633mm
F3.1-5.9
20MP1/2.3"2013
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX20V front thumbnailSony HX20V
H300 vs HX20V
25-500mm
F3.2-5.8
18MP1/2.3"2012
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX200V front thumbnailSony HX200V
H300 vs HX200V
27-810mm
F2.8-5.6
18MP1/2.3"2012
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX10V front thumbnailSony HX10V
H300 vs HX10V
24-400mm
F3.3-5.9
18MP1/2.3"2012
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-H90 front thumbnailSony H90
H300 vs H90
24-384mm
F3.3-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2012
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX30V front thumbnailSony HX30V
H300 vs HX30V
25-500mm
F3.2-5.8
18MP1/2.3"2012
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX100V front thumbnailSony HX100V
H300 vs HX100V
27-810mm
F2.8-5.6
16MP1/2.3"2011
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX9V front thumbnailSony HX9V
H300 vs HX9V
24-384mm
F3.3-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2011
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-H50 front thumbnailSony H50
H300 vs H50
31-465mm
F2.7-4.5
9MP1/2.3"2009

Sony H300 Pros and Cons

Below is a selection of positives and negatives of the Sony H300 based on factors which are normally considered necessary in a digital camera.

better than average battery pack (350 shots)
comes with HDMI out
excellent zoom range (25-875mm 35.0 x zoom)
flash built-in
great minimum ISO (80)
great zoom (875mm)
has face detection focus
has image stabilization (Optical)
has tracking autofocus
megapixel count decent (20MP)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
really wide (25mm)
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
cannot use external flash
doesn't have external mic support
doesn't have headphone support
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
does not offer selfie friendly screen
heavier than competition in class (590 grams)
lack of aperture priority mode
lack of manual focus
lack of shutter priority mode
lacks phase detect auto focus
lacks RAW support
no articulating screen
screen has low resolution (460 k dots)
slow at full zoom (f5.9)
slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
slow max aperture (f3)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

Sony H300 Sensor specifications

The Sony H300 houses the Bionz(R) processor. The sensor spec in the Sony H300 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 5152 x 3864 pixels at aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization as the latter can easily cause cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 20MP and has a standard ISO range of 80 - 3200. Sadly, RAW photos are not supported therefore the user has less room to maneuver in post.

The picture underneath shows the H300's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The H300 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is displayed in green.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H300 sensor size World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records

To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sony H300 dimensions

Sony H300 weighs in at 1.30 pounds (590g or 20.81 ounces) and the over all size of the camera is 130mm x 95mm x 122mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.8"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387g so the Sony H300 is weightier compared with other competitors.

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Down below is a shot of the Sony H300 alongside a soda so you're able to have a sense of its scale.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H300 dimensions scale

The top view just below will highlight the button design on the H300.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H300 topview buttons dials

Sony H300 Lens specifications

The H300 comes with a built in lens and a focal range of 25-875mm giving it a 35.0 x zoom which is ideal and would enable you to zoom all the way in.

At the widest 25mm, the lens offers an aperture of f3 which is very slow and not good in low light conditions and you may find it difficult to capture a shallow depth of field. You might also need to boost the ISO which causes noisy photos. With the tele end, 875mm is amazing zoom and comes to f5.9 which is very slow and you may need to use slower shutter speeds.

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Sony H300 Connectivity

The H300 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that include NFC and Bluetooth support can be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You are able to transfer files and oftentimes change camera settings without connecting directly to the camera.

Certain applications even allow a Liveview and hit the shutter in case you are not near the camera. If the camera has a HDMI out, it can be connected to an external screen. Nearly all cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack using the USB port.

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Sony H300 Video specifications

The max video quality in the Sony H300 is 1280 x 720 and it can capture in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 720p is low by today's requirements. You should aim for a minimum 1080p quality for video recording. The camera does not have a mic and headphone jack which means that you have no control over your audio. It is perhaps a better idea to buy a different model if you want better audio in your videos.

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Sony H300 Weather Sealing

Sony H300 does not include environment sealing so rainy conditions might affect the camera.

Sony H300 Screen and Viewfinder

The Sony H300 has a 3" fixed screen boasting a resolution of 460k dots.

Please be aware that the screen offers no touch support.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H300 screen and viewfinder Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month

The ViewFinder specifications regarding Sony H300 are below:

  • ViewFinder None
  • Resolution 201k dots

In those sunny outdoor conditions which make the camera displays washed out and difficult to view, viewfinders can be very valuable.

Sony H300 Shutter specifications

Sony H300 continuous shooting rate is 1.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/1500 seconds.

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Sony H300 Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Sony H300 includes only in-built flash lacking external flash support.

Sony H300 Autofocusing specifications

Sony H300 includes just Contrast Detect Autofocus and is missing Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot faster and exact compared with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera has Face detection which is helpful for taking portraits of people.

It also boasts Tracking Autofocus for moving objects. Sony H300 has no manual focus. Manual focus option is useful during low light scenarios or you want to have more accurate focus control.

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Sony H300 Battery life

The battery pack for the Sony H300 is made to last for 350 images as per the CIPA benchmarks making it higher than average when compared to its class. The usual Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR comes with the maximum (600) battery life within this type of cameras.

Listed below is a number of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras having the strongest battery life:

Sony H300 for varying types of photography

The following bar chart presents a outline of the Sony H300 for varying types of photography. To read more, go to the specific paragraph underneath.

Sony H300 Portrait photography highlights

The Sony H300 has a score of 41 which is subpar, meaning that it is not really very good for portrait photos. Taking portrait photos leans heavily to sensor specs, RAW support along with the capability to work with off-camera flash.

400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
good resolution (20 megapixels)
includes face detection autofocus
focusing manually not possible
can't use external flash
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format

Sony H300 Street photography information

Coming in at a subpar rating of 43, the Sony H300 is not really very good for street photography. A decent street photography camera has a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.

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image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
heavier than others in class (590g)

Sports photography with Sony H300

A modest sports photography rating of 51 suggests the Sony H300 is fairly suitable for taking photos of sports. A camera really should have good tracking plus continuous shooting for sports photography.

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great zoom range (25-875mm 35.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
has tracking focus
great battery power (350 shots)
max fps very slow (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF

Sony H300 Travel photography details

Portability is pretty important when selecting a travel camera. All round, the Sony H300 gets a modest 56 as a travel camera which is relatively appropriate to take with you on your holidays.

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better than average battery pack (350 per charge)
decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
pretty wide (25mm)
very long zoom (875mm)
missing Time Lapse mode
heavier than competitors in class (590g)
screen isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3)

Landscape photography with Sony H300

For anyone planning to purchase a camera for landscape photography, the most important aspect is going to be image quality. The Sony H300 with it's moderate grade of 47 for a landscape camera is relatively acceptable among it's rivals.

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quite wide (25mm)
pretty good screen size (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (20MP)
good battery (350 per charge)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
no Timelapse mode

Sony H300 Vlogging features

A camera for vlogging should offer a moving display screen, mic input and preferably IBIS. Considering all the details, the Sony H300 is not really very good as a vlog camera as it gets a subpar rating of 24.

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reasonably wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
features face detect focus
sluggish max aperture (f3)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 resolution)
no microphone socket
more heavy than others in class (590 grams)

Sony H300 Alternatives

If you are shopping for replacements to the H300, below is a range of the top scored cameras which fall in to the family of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The line chart underneath will give you a bird's eye view of the H300 vs it's highest ranking competitors listed earlier.

These are some more cameras you might see as alternatives. To review a comprehensive comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand
Sony
Model
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H300
Type
Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced
2014-02-13
Physical type
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Powered by
Bionz(R)
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
20MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
5152 x 3864
RAW images
Maximum native ISO
3200
Minimum native ISO
80
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Cross focus points
0
Lens
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
25-875mm (35.0x)
Highest aperture
f/3-5.9
Focal length multiplier
5.8
Screen
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
3 inch
Resolution of screen
460k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen technology
Clear Photo LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
None
Viewfinder resolution
201k dots
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Features
Min shutter speed
30s
Max shutter speed
1/1500s
Continuous shutter rate
1.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
8.80 m
Flash options
Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off, Advanced Flash
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30p)
Maximum video resolution
1280x720
Video file format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
590g (1.30 lbs)
Physical dimensions
130 x 95 x 122mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.8")
Other
Battery life
350 photographs
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (Off, 10 sec, 2 sec, portrait1, portrait2)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Card slots
1
Launch price
$249