Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300
A compact camera with a big sensor.
- Small and well built, easy to use, manual aperture and shutter control, good low-light performance
- Slow and imprecise zoom control, sometimes hard to focus, battery life is a little short, manual aperture only has three stops to select from
The DSC-W300's pictures are clear, vibrant and free of noise and distortion. It performs well in almost any situation and is well-built to handle the rigours of travel.
Price$ 549.00 (AUD)
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300 is a small camera with a huge sensor. It can capture 13.6-megapixel (Mp) images, yet the camera itself is small enough to be carried in your pocket.
Its lens has a focal length of 35mm to 105mm (35mm equivalent) with an aperture of f/2.8 at its widest point, and f/5.5 at the maximum zoom point. With its 3x optical zoom, the DSC-W300 won't get you up close and personal with your subjects, so if you plan on taking detailed shots from afar you'll want a camera with a bigger zoom. The shallow zoom works in the camera's favour in terms of image quality, as images did not suffer from noticeable distortion on either the horizontal or vertical planes.
The zoom function isn't very smooth to use. You also need to be mindful of the digital zoom, which the camera will switch to seamlessly if you press the zoom button after you reach the 3x mark.
Because the camera has a 13.6Mp sensor and takes photos at a resolution of 3264x2448, there isn't too much need to zoom in on your subjects in most situations, as you can easily crop images. As long as you don't crop out a massive portion of a photo, you'll still be left an image that is suitable for a 4x6in print.
For everyday shots around the home, at parties and even at sporting events, the DSC-W300 does a great job. Its images are relatively sharp and unaffected by noise, and its colours are vibrant without being over-saturated. It's also capable of taking clear and well-lit night shots, and its built-in image stabilisation does a good job of keeping hand-held shots well defined even at shutter speeds around 1/15th of a second.
However, it does sometimes struggle to find the focus point in landscape shots, which can be hard to see on the 2.7in LCD screen (especially when it's a bright day). It focuses quickly for the most part, even in indoor situations, and its focus assistants, such as face detection and the smile shutter, are effective.
The shutter and power buttons are the only buttons on the top of the unit, while the rear has the zoom, mode and menu navigation controls. There is a manual mode, as well as auto and various scene modes to choose from. The manual mode is most useful when taking shots in a dark environment if you don't want to overdose on ISO speed. The camera did a good job of exposing photos in its auto and program modes, and we didn't really get too many over-exposed shots during our tests.
There are three metering modes you can choose from when the camera is in manual or program modes (spot, centre-weighted and entire frame), as well as different focusing modes (entire frame, centre, central point). You can even set the focus according to distance (0.5m, 1m, 3m, 7m and infinity), which can be a little hard to work with.
The camera is swift when starting up and taking photos; it doesn't take long to save photos to its Memory Stick Pro DUO and let you get on with shooting the next shot. The speed of its menu system is adequate, but the camera does take a long time to delete photos, which is perhaps understandable considering their large resolution.
Apart from taking crisp and vibrant still shots, the DSC-W300 also does a good job of capturing video. It captures it at 640x480 in fine mode, and we observed smooth frame rates, clear audio and accurate exposure when filming in stadium conditions at a sporting event. It also did well around the office and outdoors. It's great for capturing little clips for use on YouTube.
For $549, the DSC-W300 will give you clear and vibrant shots in pretty much any situation and also do a good job of capturing video. It's easy to use, and it's built to withstand the rigours of travel. It's worth considering if you're in the market for a high-resolution compact camera and don't require a big zoom lens.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Samsung portable 1TB T3 drive
Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive
Linksys AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router
Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop
Everki ContemPRO Roll Top Laptop Backpack
Epson EcoTank Expression ET-2500
Smart LED Bulb LB130
Google Daydream VR headset
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
Huawei Mate 9
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Lexar® Portable SSD
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
Acer Swift 7
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Surface Pro 4
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
Dell XPS 13 laptop
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
HP Pavilion x360 13”
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Star Wars Death Star Bluetooth levitating rotating speaker review
- 2 Finally! LG OLED TV 2016 range review
- 3 Fetch TV Mighty review: Better than Foxtel
- 4 Fetch TV Mini review: Make your TV a smart TV
- 5 Panasonic Viera DX900U UHD 4K smart TV review
Latest News Articles
- Boom: SanDisk just dropped the world's largest SD card
- Camera app makers tap into RAW power with iOS, and look forward to dual lenses
- Google Camera 3.2 lets you snap pictures while recording video
- CES 2016: Top 10 trends
- Sony α7S II aimed film-makers and low light photographers
PCW Evaluation Team
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
- Horizon Zero Dawn review
- How to quit Pokemon Go (or to start enjoying it again)
- Japan's pop culture, anime-friendly, J-Pop shrine, Kanda Myojin
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTDynamics AX Functional Consultant (Sales & Marketing Modules)WA
- FTLevel 3 Support AnalystVIC
- FTSenior Java DeveloperNSW
- TPIT Project ManagerNSW
- CCData Migration Consultant - LeadNSW
- CCSenior .NET DeveloperNSW
- TPProject ManagerOther
- CCSystem EngineerSA
- TPInfrastructure Project ManagerNSW
- TPTechnical ConsultantNSW
- CCNetIQ Development & SupportNSW
- FTLife/400 Resource - PermanentNSW
- FTSAP BOBJ ConsultantACT
- TPAEM DeveloperNSW
- CCCommercial Contract AdministratorACT
- FTApplication Support SpecialistNSW
- TPSAP Helpdesk SupportACT
- TPTechnical WriterQLD
- FTDynamics AX Functional Consultant (Supply Chain Modules)QLD
- CCTechnical Consultant - ITSM/HP Service ManagerACT
- FTDynamics AX Functional ConsultantQLD
- CCBusiness AnalystQLD
- CCInfrastructure Solution Designer - Azure/AWSVIC
- FTSalesforce AdministratorQLD
- CCFront-End DeveloperQLD