In case you are on the lookout for a point and shoot camera with affordability being one of the key decision factors, look no further because Sony has introduced the all new DSC H 300 point and shoot camera that costs around Rs.13,000*/- . Announced in February 2014, the DSC H 300 is a nice point and shoot camera for those who are looking to shoot candid memories without having to spend a fortune on it. Its DSLR like styling combined with telephoto reach, and a great zoom and a comfortable grip with a fair amount of technology, read the following review for details.
Based around a Super HAD-branded, 20.1-megapixel (f/3.0 - f/5.9 Aperture), 1/2.3-inch type CCD image sensor, the Sony H300 homes the CCD sensor that is a little more expensive than the more commonplace CMOS chips but they are typically much slower. The H300's very modest full-resolution burst capture rate of just 0.8 frames per second is not very bad for its range, the ISO ranges up to 3200 on this camera. On the front is the 35x zoom optic with a generous 25mm-equivalent wide angle and a powerful 875mm-equivalent telephoto. Maximum aperture varies from f/3.0 at wide angle to f/5.9 at telephoto. Sony has also included its Optical Steady Shot image stabilization in the H 300 camera that features a new Intelligent Active mode which is said to stabilize movies even better than the Active mode of past models.
This camera also has a contrast-detection autofocus system that offers up multi-point, center, and spot AF modes, and includes both tracking and face tracking functions, this also includes AF illuminator that gives you the best and the sharpest possible snaps of subjects that are close by and when you shoot in low light. Apart from imaging, this camera also supports video capture. Albeit this camera’s disability to shoot Full HD video, most likely due to the use of a slow CCD imager, the H300 can capture HD (1,280 x 720 pixel; 720p) video at a 30 frames-per-second rate. Videos recorded by the H300 include monaural audio. The camera offers two wired connectivity options: The USB2.0 High Speed data or the standard-definition video output that can be connected using the same port. The camera supports digital cards such as; Sony's own Memory Stick Duo cards, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo - High Speed, Memory Stick PRO HG Duo SD / SDHC / SDXC / Memory Stick XC-HG Duo / Memory Stick Micro / Memory Stick Micro (Mark 2) / Micro SD / Micro SDHC / Micro SDXC cards that can store all you Images and videos /movies. This camera has 9 White Balance Options like Auto, Fluor, Cloudy, Daylight, One Push, Flash and Incandescent.
You can also choose among i Auto, Program Auto and Manual shutter speed. You can also click great self shots with the 10 second, 2 second, portrait 1 and portrait 2 self timer options. Overall it has decent features but it does not have all the anticipated tech-friendly features. But it does fine for its price range.
Design, Display and Modes:
Although it looks just like a DSLR, the H300 lacks a viewfinder and it has just an LCD monitor that is based around a 3.0-inch Clear Photo LCD panel with 460k dot resolution (480 X 320) this camera also lacks external flash connectivity but it does include a built-in popup flash that is sufficient for most shots. The H 300 has a dimension of 127.5 x89x 91.7 mm and has a weight of 590 grams (with Battery & Memory Stick) or 495 grams (body only).
It also has auto ISO sensitivity that has a working range of around 29 feet at wide angle or 15 feet at telephoto. This camera offers only the PM (Program and Manual) shooting modes and lacks the Aperture-priority and Shutter-priority modes, even though this camera has plenty of room on the sparsely-populated Mode dial for both the modes, it is definitely a sad ignorance. The single-shot Intelligent Auto mode is one of the most sought after mode in this camera that is absolutely reliable but you can also choose the Panorama and Scene modes that include High Sensitivity, Night Scene, Night Portrait, Landscape, Soft Snap, Soft Skin, Beach, Snow, Fireworks, Gourmet, and Pet Mode. As far as exposure sensitivity goes, this camera’s exposures are determined with Multi-pattern, Center-weighted, or Spot metering, and +/-2.0EV of exposure compensation and these are provided in 1/3EV steps. This camera also has Sony’s Dynamic Range Optimizer function that helps maintain the highlights and shadow details even when the lighting conditions are not in your favor. This camera also shoots great close-up shots with its face detection mode that detects up to 8 faces in a single shot; it also has other modes that help you retain your beautifully cherished movies with clarity.
The camera is admittedly not the best of Nikon and has just those features that are required to click decent photographs. With 720p video recording at 30 fps, which is not HD, you will find that the video performance is not the best. Also, this camera lacks 24 fps shooting support. There is an external mic jack on this camera and you can shoot 480 p videos as well as 720 p videos @ 30 fps. When it comes to imaging, you can shoot great panorama shots but this camera lacks HDR and 3D shot taking abilities. Also, since there is no raw file support, you can click Jpeg images only. Overall, this is an average performing camera that lacks most of the fun and excitement.
Powered by 4 AA size batteries, this camera can click up to 350 shots per charge (according to CIPA standards).
If you are looking for basic photography with no technicalities and more importantly if you are budget conscious, this camera would serve your purpose.
Sony Cybershot Dsc H300 Rivals:
Nikon Coolpix L830
Nikon Coolpix L330
Canon PowerShot SX500