Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

Winner
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

63

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

56

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

Great zoom
Zoom
50x
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
Large screen
Screen size
3"
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

Battery life
Great battery life
450 shots
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Screen size
Large screen
3"
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots

galleries

Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V.

competitors

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300 Competitors

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

Super zoom

$178 - $212

Battery life Longer battery life
Lowest price Cheaper
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX350

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX350

Super zoom

Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Zoom Less zoom
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

Super zoom

$398

External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Battery life Slightly shorter battery life

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V Competitors

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Entry-level DSLR

$307 - $649 body only

$379 - $549 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Faster autofocus
Supports 24p Supports 24p
GPS No built-in GPS
Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

Super zoom

$344

Wide angle Better wide angle
Size Slightly smaller
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Nikon Coolpix P520

Nikon Coolpix P520

Super zoom

$380

Screen size Much larger screen
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Battery life Much shorter battery life

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Yiming (7:06 PM, January 26, 2014)
Just want to share a few observations on sony hx300:

The good: easy menus and operations, easy access to buttons, the super zoom, the auto plus mode so that blurs caused by motion can be reduced, super macro function for sharp close distance shooting, very good HD movie, ability to adjust the focus with the focus ring, smile shutter and face detection, panorama (not tested) and 3d picture (not tested).

The bad: the major problem is the preset auto and scene modes cannot create sharp images: they always look hazy. Clear and sharp pictures can only be done in P/M/S/A mode with adjustment to the contrast and sharpness with iso setting less than 125 and sometimes manual point focus but the problem is the aperture adjustment can only go as small as f8. The super zoom (which is the best feature people are attracted to this camera) is good but only good for super steady hand and experienced person as it is very difficult to get a sharp image at larger zoom (>30X), even with auto plus mode to correct the blur so a tripod is needed in super zoom. Any picture with iso >125 shows strong noise. For indoor pictures, the flash is too bright and the pictures taken without flash are either too bright or too dark with a lot of noise due to high iso used. The battery charging can only be done through the camera with a very short usb cable which could be inconvenient so extra external charger is needed. The lens cap can easily scratch the lens when put it on so a protective filter is suggested to protect the lens. As a bridge camera, it is rather bulky, almost like a DSLR so may not be carried around easily.

The conclusion: if one only intends to use it for casual shooting and recording family events, then it is a good camera to use with a lot of easy-to-use functions and the pictures are ok to view but don't expect to have super sharp pictures if you want to have a large print unless you know how to and are willing to adjust the functions manually.