Sony HX350

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX350 front
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200 (Expand to 12800)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-1200mm (F2.8-6.3) lens
  • 652g - 130 x 93 x 103mm
  • Announced December 2016
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  • Alternatives
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Sony HX350 summary

Sony HX350 is Sony's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera initially announced on December of 2016. It comes with a 20 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 5184 x 3456.

The HX350 is scored #26 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and overall #453 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our list. You should test our Smart camera search to get camera rankings based on your personalized factors.

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The following is a chart of various factors used in the rating system.

Sony HX350 history

The Sony HX350 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Here, you can take a look at all older and latest models along with important specifications.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX350 front thumbnailSony HX35024-1200mm
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX80 front thumbnailSony HX80
HX350 vs HX80
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX90V front thumbnailSony HX90V
HX350 vs HX90V
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-H300 front thumbnailSony H300
HX350 vs H300
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-H400 front thumbnailSony H400
HX350 vs H400
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX400V front thumbnailSony HX400V
HX350 vs HX400V
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX50V front thumbnailSony HX50V
HX350 vs HX50V
F3.5 - 6.3
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX300 front thumbnailSony HX300
HX350 vs HX300
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-H200 front thumbnailSony H200
HX350 vs H200
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX20V front thumbnailSony HX20V
HX350 vs HX20V
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX200V front thumbnailSony HX200V
HX350 vs HX200V
Photography Glossary
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX10V front thumbnailSony HX10V
HX350 vs HX10V
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-H90 front thumbnailSony H90
HX350 vs H90
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX30V front thumbnailSony HX30V
HX350 vs HX30V
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX100V front thumbnailSony HX100V
HX350 vs HX100V
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX9V front thumbnailSony HX9V
HX350 vs HX9V
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-H50 front thumbnailSony H50
HX350 vs H50

Sony HX350 Pros and Cons

Below is a collection of pluses and minuses of the Sony HX350 based on criterias that are usually considered important in a digital camera.

above average minimum ISO (80)
amazing zoom range (24-1200mm 50.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (20MP)
focusing manually
has built in flash
high resolution screen (922 k dots)
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
includes face detection focus
includes HDMI socket
long reach (1200mm)
really wide (24mm)
screen is a decent size (3")
tilting screen
doesn't have external microphone socket
doesn't have headphone socket
doesn't have Timelapse recording
external flash not possible
lacks phase detect auto focus
lacks RAW support
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
max zoom aperture not good (f6.3)
more heavy than competition (652 grams)
screen is not selfie friendly
small sensor (1/2.3")
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
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Sony HX350 Sensor specifications

The Sony HX350 is run by the BIONZ X chip. The measurement of the sensor in the Sony HX350 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 5184 x 3456 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization as the latter may cause cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 20MP and gives a standard ISO range of 80 - 3200. This ISO can also be widened digitally to a high of 12800. Sadly, RAW files are not supported therefore you have less margin for error.

The graphic below shows the HX350's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The HX350 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is outlined in green.

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

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sony HX350 dimensions

Sony HX350 weighs 1.44 lb (652 grams or 23.00 ounces) and features exterior size of 130mm x 93mm x 103mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.1"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 grams so the Sony HX350 is more heavy in comparison with its competitors.

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The following is a pic of the Sony HX350 with a soda to help you have a feel for its scale.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX350 dimensions scale

The top view below will show the button layout on the HX350.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX350 topview buttons dials

Sony HX350 Lens specifications

The HX350 has a fixed lens and it has a focal range of 24-1200mm giving it a 50.0 x zoom which is exceptional and would enable you to zoom right in.

At the widest 24mm, the lens will have an aperture of f2.8 and that's rather slow and not the best in low light events and you might find it difficult to capture good bokeh. You will probably also need to increase the ISO causing noisy shots. For the tele end, 1200mm is superb zoom and comes to f6.3 making it very sluggish and you will need to use slower shutter speeds.

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Sony HX350 Connectivity

The HX350 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that include NFC or Bluetooth connectivity can be used wirelessly via smartphones. You are able to transfer files and oftentimes change settings with no need to connect straight to the camera.

Many applications even provide a Liveview and hit the shutter whenever you are not close to the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI out, it can be hooked up to an external display. Most cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack using the USB port.

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Sony HX350 Video specifications

The max video resolution in the Sony HX350 is 1920 x 1080 and it can shoot in MPEG-4 and AVCHD file format. 1080p resolution provides a good balance for video quality versus file sizes but 1080p will not give you much room to downsample. The camera does not have a mic or headphone port which means that you get little control over your sound. It is probably a better idea to purchase another camera if you require decent sound in your videos.

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Sony HX350 Weather Sealing

Sony HX350 does not include environment proofing so damp conditions could affect the camera.

Sony HX350 Screen and Viewfinder

The Sony HX350 comes with a 3" tilting display screen supporting a resolution of 922k dots.

Sadly the display screen isn't a touch screen.

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The View Finder specifications regarding Sony HX350 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • Resolution 202k dots
  • Coverage 100 percent

In those bright outdoor situations which make the camera displays washed out and challenging to view, viewfinders can be very helpful.

Sony HX350 Shutter specifications

Sony HX350 continuous shooting speed is 10.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.

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Sony HX350 Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Sony HX350 boasts only in-built flash without external flash support.

Sony HX350 Autofocusing specifications

Sony HX350 boasts just Contrast Based Autofocus and lacks Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more faster and accurate in comparison with Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera comes with Face detection which makes it valuable for portrait photography.

Sony HX350 supports manual focusing if needed for low light conditions or you need to have more accurate focusing control.

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Sony HX350 Battery life

The battery pack for the Sony HX350 is designed to last for 300 shots as per the CIPA requirements making it about the same as its competitors. The usual Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR has the maximum (600) battery life for this kind of cameras.

Underneath is a listing of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras that come with the highest battery life:

Sony HX350 for various types of photography

The following graph shows a summary of the Sony HX350 for various types of photography. To look at more, go to the specific paragraph below.

Sony HX350 as a Portrait photography camera

The Sony HX350 receives a score of 48 which is decent, meaning that it is relatively suited to use for portrait photography. Taking portrait photos leans heavily to sensor dimensions, RAW support plus the flexibility to use external lighting.

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you can focus manually
MP count good (20 megapixels)
has face detection focusing
no external flash support
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format

Sony HX350 as a Street photography camera

Coming in at a moderate rating of 50, the Sony HX350 is reasonably adequate for street photography. A decent street photography camera features a perfect balance of picture quality and portability.

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has a tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
more heavy than average in class (652 grams)

Sony HX350 as a Sports photography camera

A moderate sports photography points tally of 53 means the Sony HX350 is fairly adequate for shooting sports. A camera needs very good autofocus and shutter speeds for sports photography.

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great zoom range (24-1200mm 50.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (20 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF

Sony HX350 as a Travel photography camera

Portability is very crucial in choosing a camera for travel. In general, the Sony HX350 gets a average 54 for a travel camera which makes it relatively adequate to take with you on your vacations.

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good MP (20MP)
built-in flash
relatively wide (24mm)
long reach (1200mm)
no Time Lapse mode
heavier than competition (652g)
display is not selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f2.8)

Sony HX350 Landscape photography highlights

When you are looking to purchase a digital camera for landscape photography, the most critical factor will no doubt be image quality. The Sony HX350 and it's reasonable grade of 50 as a landscape camera is somewhat suitable within the current marketplace.

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focusing manually
rather wide (24mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (20MP)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
lack of Time Lapse mode

Sony HX350 as a Vlogging camera

A vlogging camera should really offer a articulating display, microphone input and if possible image stabilization. Taking all things in to account, the Sony HX350 is not acceptable as a vlog camera as it gets a bad score of 27.

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decently wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
lack of external microphone socket
more heavy than average (652 grams)

Sony HX350 Alternatives

If you are trying to find replacements to the HX350, below is a list of the highest ranked cameras that fall in to the class of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The line chart followed below offers you an overview of the HX350 versus it's top scoring competitors shown previously.

These are some more cameras you may look into as alternatives. To review a complete comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX350
Small Sensor Superzoom
Physical type
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
20 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution
5184 x 3456
RAW format
Highest native ISO
Highest enhanced ISO
Min native ISO
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
24-1200mm (50.0x)
Maximal aperture
Macro focusing range
Focal length multiplier
Screen type
Screen sizing
Screen resolution
922k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder resolution
202k dots
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Min shutter speed
Max shutter speed
Continuous shutter rate
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
8.50 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash options
Off, auto, fill, slow sync, advanced, rear sync
External flash
WB bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080
Highest video resolution
Video format
Microphone port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
652 gr (1.44 lb)
Physical dimensions
130 x 93 x 103mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.1")
Battery life
300 photos
Battery type
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, portrait)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type
SD/SDHC/SDXC + Memory Stick Pro Duo
Card slots