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Sony Cybershot DSCW300 13.6MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom with Super Steady Shot

4.1 out of 5 stars 98 customer reviews

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  • 13.6-megapixel Super HAD CCD image sensor
  • 3x optical zoom/6x digital zoom (35mm-105mm) lens
  • BIONZ image processor delivers speed and precision
  • Large, 2.7-inch Clear Photo LCD display
  • Smile Shutter technology captures smiles
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Product Description

DSC-W300 features 13.6MP, 3x zoom lens and 2.7” Clear Photo LCD. Along with scratch resistant titanium body, W300 is powered with Smile Shutter technology to capture smile the moment they happen, Face Detection to capture faces clearly, Optical Image Stabilization to avoid blur, Intelligent Scene Recognition to avoid failure picture, and other great features like DRO Plus, EXTRA High ISO and EXTRA High Burst to take great shots. Also includes easy image management that includes calendar view and favorites and HD output to easy share and view images in amazing High Definition detail on your HDTV.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 3.7 x 1.1 x 2.3 inches
Item Weight 6.6 ounces
Shipping Weight 1.2 pounds
Item model number DSC-W300
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
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4.1 out of 5 stars 98 customer reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #19,077 in Camera & Photo
#2,085 in Camera & Photo > Point & Shoot Digital Cameras
Date first available at Amazon.com February 29, 2008

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By Chris on July 13, 2008
To start things off, please. Do not listen to the reviewers who said that the lens is poor. The lens on this camera, when compared to the lens on the Canon Sd790IS, Sd1100IS, and SD770IS, simply trumps them in every way - from middle to the extreme corners of the image. The canon, however, becomes very blury toward the edges giving a kind of "motion" feeling - not the sony.

Some say the canon shots look for colorful and eye-popping. To achieve shots like this, simply go into program mode, adjust the image sharpness to "+" and the color mode to "vivid" and the pictures are the same, if not better. The sony outdoes canon here by adding in a Dynamic range optimization in three steps: off, normal, or extra. With this, the camera can achieve a great range of colors in both the highlights and shadows of a shot.

Where as the sony doesn't have the "color-swap" wiz-bang functions, it does have more usefull settings like the Extra High Speed Burst setting, which can take 5 Frames per second! I tested this with my dog rolling around in the yard, and at each frame the camera had shot at such a high shutter speed my dog was stopped in time with out any blur. These pictures are only at 3MP, but are still very respectable for a camera that can fit in your shirt pocket. Also, the camera has program settings to bring out different colors in an image to achieve a certain look. Either Blue, Red, Green, or your can change the image to warmer or color depending on the shot you want to take. The green mode is very usefull for macro nature shots.

Also - 13.6 megapixels may be to big for some people (roughly 5-5.
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To those that are blaming the lack of sharpness on lens quality... I think the lens is phenomenal considering the size of the sensor.

I myself personally own a canon 700 IS, and this camera as well. I have spent ample time framing the same shot with both cameras and changing settings on both cameras.

In my opinion the sony IS capable of creating very sharp pictures superior in both color saturation and exposure then the canon series. It just isn't as obvious to do it as the canon as the canons don't offer near the amount of manual options that the sony offers. They pretty much lock the consumer into making good pictures and the consumers think they're the greatest.

That said, even a digital SLR can take very poor/soft pictures if you don't focus correctly. Spot, scene, average focusing can cause lots of problems with sharpness.

To make the sony perform as a Canon series camera would, place the camera into the auto mode, enable the iSCN option (not iSCN+). No muss no fuss sharp pictures just like Canons with in my opinion more vivid pictures and realistic colors. At least compared to my canon 700IS.

Either way, both cameras are great, both cameras have their shortcomings as they are compact cameras, but every digital camera is capable of taking great pictures. Just have to spend more time learning about it and trying to get the best performance out of them.
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I must start by saying that this camera (DSC-W300) is the first digital camera I have purchased. I have some experience with 35mm SLRs, but I wanted a versatile piece of kit that would enable me to upload pictures to the internet, print directly from the camera, and add images to my PlayStation 3 console.

The first thing I should note, and as indicated by the above comments, is that I think compact cameras are fundamentally utility devices. There are many people on the internet who criticise this model's unsuitability for longer-distance and wide-angle photography, and the lack of many video modes. On the first point, I would say this: compact cameras are designed for high quality close-up images (family and friends groups, primarily) and are not designed for vary-focal images (e.g., someone standing 300 yards in front of Mount Fuji and expecting both to be in focus perfectly). On the second point: movie modes on a still camera are a lovely bonus for a camera but are an add-on that should not be counted towards any final evaluation of the product. Sorry to sound snotty, but those are the basics.

So, does the W300 add up for the basics? Clearly, the Carl Zeiss lens is going to deliver on the bread and butter family snaps that is always going to be the brief for compacts. The 13.9 megapixel rating is useful, although the 8MP setting offers fantastic quality images that can be converted to 16:9 1080p for viewing on televisions. It is true that the .9 of a MP seems to have been lost in the implementation of actually taking photos, as the highest setting is the flat 13MP!

There are the usual ISO presets, automatic and night settings, as well as smile detection technology.
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After a week of owning this camera, I have been very impressed. The in-camera editing modes are actually really cool. Not sure that I needed 13.6 mp, but bragging rights are always cool. Screen has been very impressive, though I hate the half-second loading/refining delay when browsing through your photos --common to all cybershots-- though it's much improved over my old k790 cybershot. battery life has been fine. smile shutter is a lot of fun, but embarassing when it can't detect smiles (doesn't like detecting people with ugly smiles, or people with hats, I think). Movie mode works well, and the slideshow thing is pretty fancy, with different music choices, even! I miss the BestPic and landscape feature that I had on my last cybershot, though...
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