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 #564 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our list. You should test our Advanced camera finder to see camera results based on your personalized criteria.
The following is a chart of specific factors used in the rating system.
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.
Sony H300 Gallery
You can see the H300 from different angles in the gallery here.
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.
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.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
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.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
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.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Down below is a shot of the Sony H300 alongside a soda so you're able to have a sense of its scale.
The top view just below will highlight the button design on the H300.
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.
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.
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.
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.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.