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

Winner
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

82

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

76

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
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
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light

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 - $257

Battery life Longer battery life
Lowest price Much cheaper
Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
Sony CyberShot DSC-H400

Sony CyberShot DSC-H400

Super zoom

$415

Zoom Significantly more zoom
External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Super zoom

$322

Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
Zoom More zoom
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V Competitors

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Entry-level DSLR

$649 with 18-55mm lens

Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
True resolution Much higher true resolution
GPS No built-in GPS
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Travel zoom

$646

Size Significantly smaller
Thickness Significantly thinner
Aperture Narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot SX1 IS

Canon PowerShot SX1 IS

Super zoom

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
External flash Supports an external flash
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.