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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300

alaTest has collected and analyzed 619 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the performance and design. The image quality and usability are also appreciated, whereas the storage and energy efficiency get negative views. Opinions about the focus and lens are mixed.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony DSC-W300


Sony's new Cyber-shot DSC-W300 digital camera is expected to be among the industry's most pocket-able, high-resolution point-and-shoot digital cameras featuring niche performance options

The W300 camera newly features an "extra high-speed" burst mode that can shoot three-megapixel photos at five frames per second, ideal for fast-action shooting of sports, pets or children


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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300


It's hard to believe you can buy a 13.6-megapixel point-and-shoot digicam for under $349 USD from a top brand—not simply a piece of junk from some godforsaken outfit working in the farthest depths of this globalized world. Think 13 or 14MP is a lot?...

Affordable; responsive 13.6MP compact camera

Noisy in low light; LCD hard to see in direct sunshine

You get plenty of pixels, very fast response, optical image stabilization and quick focusing in good light.

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Sony DSC


This point and shoot has it all-and then some. The DSC-W300 includes a wide range of convenient features, including Smile Shutter Mode which captures smiles the moment they happen. The compact and scratch-resistant titanium-coated body features an...

Attractive, compact design. Fast performance. Vivid and sharp daylight shots.

Inconsistently exposed flash pictures. Tiny menu dial can be tough to operate. Menu system is a bit confusing.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300


In conclusion, the Cyber-shot DSC-W300 is a great point-and-shoot camera that can play with the big boys. It offers users a wealth of handy functions in a great package. If you are looking for the portability of a point-and-shoot with the added...

Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 3x optical zoom2.7 in Clear Photo LCD ScreenFace detectionIn Camera Photo RetouchIntelligent Scene Recognition

If you like the simple look and feel of a point-and-shoot camera, but love


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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300 Review


The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300 is the top of the range model in Sony's W-series of premium compact digital cameras. The W300 is a new 13.6 megapixel model with a scratch-resistant titanium coating, 3x optical zoom lens equivalent to 35-105mm, and a large...

As ever with Sony's Cyber-shot range, the DSC-W300 is as much about style as substance. The metal build quality suggests this is a camera that you'll still be using a few years down the line, a feeling backed up by that whopping 13+ megapixel ...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300 Digital Camera - Review - The Imaging Resource!


The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300 features a 13.6-megapixel 1/1.7-inch CCD image sensor which is coupled to a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar-branded 3x optical zoom and a 2.7-inch LCD display

Titanium body resists scratching ; Image-stabilized zoom lens ; Extra high-speed burst mode captures five 3-megapixel shots per second ; ISO extends to 6,400 but shows improved noise and detail at lower sensitivities ; User-selectable noise reduction...

Menu system with Home and Menu options is confusing ; Only a 3x optical zoom ; HD output but no HD movies ; No HD cable or dock included ; No zoom in Movie mode ; Optical viewfinder is extremely inaccurate ; Sluggish startup and shutdown ; Slow flash...

The Cyber-shot W300 includes Sony's face detection technology, not only capable of detecting up to eight faces simultaneously, but of differentiating between adults and children, and of automatically triggering the shutter when your subject smiles....

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300 Review


With 13.6 megapixels, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300 certainly packs the resolution to handle just about any shooting situation you can throw at it.

Compact ; 13.6 megapixels ; Excellent images with fairly neutral color ; Simple operation ; Broad appeal

Expensive ; Clunky menus

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300 is a pretty impressive little digital camera. While it is clearly targeted at photo enthusiasts, with lots of user input into the exposure process and features like full manual exposure and in-camera editing (cropping,...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300 Review at Steve's Digicams


With a street price of USre one who wants all the latest technologies, stuffed in the tiniest of packages.49 or less, it offers a good value if you're one who wants all the latest technologies, stuffed in the tiniest of packages.

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Sony Cybershot W300 Review at DP Expert


OK, let's go out on a limb here – this is the best compact that we have tested. The Sony W series has always been good, but this one is amazing.

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Sony DSC-W300 Review at Luminous Landscape


How come nobody is talking about how astonishingly good this little camera is? Image quality is really fine up to ISO 400 on Super A3 sized prints, or even larger. Quite remarkable.

Product Specifications

This point and shoot has it all - and then some. The DSC-W300 includes a wide range of convenient features, including Smile Shutter Mode which captures smiles the moment they happen. The compact and scratch-resistant titanium-coated body features an astounding 13.6 megapixel resolution, 2.7" Clear Photo LCD display, Carl Zeiss 3x optical zoom lens, and Sony's Double Anti-Blur solution for crisp, clear images. In addition, it has Face Detection technology that optimizes flash, focus, exposure and color for up to eight faces, as well as Intelligent Scene Recognition that automatically detects five different types of scenes and takes a picture with the optimal camera settings.

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Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-BG1

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo

Digital Storage Media

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Fireworks / Hi-speed shutter / High sensitivity / Landscape / Smile shutter / Snow / Soft snap / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait / Underwater


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Cyber-shot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-5.5
Max Focal Length:22.8mm
Min Focal Length:7.6mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.7"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):14.9 mm ( 1/1.7 ) / 14.9 mm ( 1/1.7" )
Optical Sensor Type:Super HAD CCD
Sensor Resolution:13.6Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (Super Steady Shot)

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG VX
Digital Zoom:2
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):6400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 6400 (3Mpix) / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical