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

Winner
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

64

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

60

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

Battery life
Great battery life
450 shots
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens

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 Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

Travel zoom

$448

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Size Significantly smaller
Zoom Significantly less zoom
Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

Super zoom

$178 - $268

Battery life Longer battery life
Lowest price Cheaper
Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

Super zoom

$398

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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V Competitors

Nikon Coolpix B500

Nikon Coolpix B500

Super zoom

$195 - $257

Battery life Much longer battery life
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
GPS No built-in GPS
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Super zoom

$418

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Zoom More zoom
Screen size Significantly smaller screen
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

Super zoom

$398

Zoom More zoom
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Battery life Much shorter battery life

discussion

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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.