Rated 3.5 out of 5 by 18
Rated 3 out of 5
by TravlynWomyn Not up to Sony's high standards
After enjoying my 30x zoom Sony for two years, I was excited to see the 50X zoom which I treated myself to last Christmas. Its response is not as quick as the 30x was, and if I'm not using a burst, it is much slower in recovering, often causing me to lose better images - especially with birds and waves.
The stabilizer is weak when the zoom is fully extended - photos of an eagle family near me in the Catskills are shaky - one of my major reasons for the upgrade to this model.
One other aggravation is having to reset the camera to default about once a month. I prefer shooting in manual. The camera is super for awhile for the most part, then it seems to forget how to focus - in both auto and manual mode - and only resetting the thing brings it back. After several Sony camera of my own, and purchasing them for others - who are still getting stellar images, this one just does not make the grade on a consistent basis.
I do like the fact that I can pull stills from Video, but even those don't quite come up to the Sony standards I've always enjoyed - not even in post-editing.
I'm enclosing 2 photos of the South Haven Light I took in Michigan in early April. The winds were fierce that day and the weather so bitterly cold that I had to shoot from my truck. With the truck shaking in the wind, the stabilizer was unable to give me the clarity I was after for these images, even using a tripod.
June 1, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5
by Daoco11 This is an amazing camera
I got this a few days ago. It is my 5th Sony. It is very easy to use and has incredible features. I purchased the Canon Cybershot 50X 2 weeks ago to compare the 2. Without a doubt the Sony is much more user friendly. Similar features,panorama and effects. The Sony has more and they are easier to use. The zoom goes digital as well up to 200X. I thought it was listed 50X opt and 100X dig, so good news. Certainly larger and heavier than Canon. Have to be careful with shutter button, it is very light touch and you may take a photo while trying to focus by mistake. The zoom not as fast as other Sonys. Now for the sad news, the zoom ( image ) on the Canon is better at the higher magnifications, 50x, 100x and 200x. Regular shots,Sony is excellent. I bought this to take shots of birds and the focus and clarity is just not there.Macro, flawless. Do not know what to do, thought I was a Sony customer for life. I do use a Canon T4i for portraits but wanted a quick 50X for the wildlife. I am shooting the 2 side by side hoping the Sony will win.
March 26, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5
by USAPatriot First Impressions
(I've owned the HX100V for 2 years and have taken slightly more than 8,000 photos with it.)
I JUST got the HX300B a few days ago and while I have yet to put it through it's paces, I'm so far amazed at how good this camera is. The zoom is amazing though I've not yet investigated this 100x aspect of it. At 50x I'm getting results as good or better than my HX100V at it's max of 30x. Crystal clear telephoto from a tripod...important...and the color is very close to actual. I played with a few of the features...such as watercolor...and found them interesting though not especially useful to me at this time. I did find that once I selected one of those special features, I was unable to undo it and shut it off without first shutting the camera off and then re-entering the menu system. I've not yet tried the video. The battery looks smallish, and I have an extra, but the specs imply that there's at least as much power as the battery of the HX100V, if not more. It would have been nice if the camera came with a harnessed lens cap. I'm not used to removing the cap and either having to palm it or pocket it. The HX100V allowed you to just remove the cap and drop it, attached to the strap, it wasn't going anywhere. Ergonomically, like all of the DSC's, this camera can't be beat, but once again, Sony manages to mess it up with a misplaced button. Somehow, they need to find a better place to put the power button, that or change the method of opening the battery/memory card hatch. A show of hands, please, for all who have turned the camera on accidentally while opening that hatch. And how many times? I thought so. Where to put it, then? How about where the MENU button is, then move the menu button back up where it was on the HX100V?
If I had to buy this camera again, I certainly would. I've owned 5 cameras in 50 years: A Yashica 35mm SLR for 20 years, A Kodak DC210 was my first digital in roughly 1992, that I still have but may or may not work. After that, a Sony DSC-S60, which is still have and still works, a Sony HX100V, which I also still have and still works and now the Sony HX300B. If nothing else, I'm brand loyal, and will continue to be as long as the products give me good value for my money and accomplishes what I need them to accomplish.
September 29, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5
by KevinWilson631 one of my first shots
great overall camera
July 1, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by cntry I really wanted to love this camera but...
I bought this camera with high expectations based on Sony quality, photos I'd seen online that were taken using this camera, reviews, and my own experience with Sony cameras. This camera replaced a DSC-H4 that finally gave up and I also have a Sony A65 dslr. I have been sorely disappointed. The camera takes forever to focus, IF it can find what you're trying to focus on even in center spot mode. The image stabilization is pretty much non-existent. I bought it to carry when my dslr was too big, but with this I also have to carry a tripod that I don't need with my dslr. The Auto modes are useless, colors are washed out and it takes f-o-r-e-v-e-r to write to the card - and I use Class 10 UHS 1 cards. I do a lot of bird shots and I'd better catch it with the first shot because by the time the camera is ready for a second shot, the bird is long gone. With my a65 I can get 5-8 shots as the bird goes overhead and all will be in focus, with this camera I'll get one and I'm lucky if its in focus.
The manual focus and settings work well, but I'm not quick enough to capture birds in flight in manual mode, that's why I buy one with AF. The Zeiss lens is sharp, once the camera focuses. As long as you're not trying to catch moving objects and you either don't zoom or use a tripod, it's a decent camera. But I have another bridge camera I paid 1/3 as much for that focuses and writes faster with a 42x zoom that takes pictures as good or better as this one.
August 2, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by SCNC Flash Stops Camera
Upgraded to this camera for the zoom lens and multi shooting modes. I found that when using the flash, the camera has an 8 - 10 second lag during flash recharge were you are unable to take the next picture. Regardless of the positive features of the camera, you will miss many shots while waiting for the flash to recharge. I sent the camera in for repair after one month of use. It was returned with documentation that it met factory specs. I was told by customer service that it was actually a point and shoot camera and if I needed something to recharge faster I should have purchased a DSLR. Since I had already purchased the camera based on Sony Web site information. I am stuck with a camera that misses a lot of pictures I would have taken quickly with a flash that charges quickly.
December 20, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by GenevaDave Great camera
I purchased this camera before going on an overseas trip. I was limited to the amount of luggage to take and wanted a camera with a high capacity optical zoom lens. This camera exceeded my expectations. I was able to take excellent long range photos. I found the auto settings worked in most of the settings, without having to make manual settings.
December 12, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by mommies2girls What happened to the review that I've written?
I wrote a very detailed review of all of the things wrong with this camera 2 weeks ago and it's not listed here on the website. Do you pick and choose which reviews you will publish? I guess if you didn't, no one would purchase this camera. I will try again and see if this makes it to the site.
I will say, do not buy this camera. If you're upgrading from a previous model, you will be disappointed!! To make a long story short. They have not upgraded the quality. If anything, it is NOT as good as previous models. The pictures are not clear like they should be. When using the flash, the pictures will be flash burned. EVERY time! There is a red tint because they're so blown out from the flash. You can't take a photo while videoing like previous models. You can't zoom in or out after taking a photo or you will go to a calendar screen or a gallery screen. So, if you take a shot , zoomed in and decide...oh, I need to zoom out, I'm too close. You have to wait for the photo to disappear off of the screen or you have to push the shutter down before zooming out or in. This is extremely frustrating and you will definitely miss an important moment because of this!! It is much heavier than previous models. Big zoom is worthless unless you have a tripod or a super super steady arm. Colors aren't as vibrant as previous models. It seems to have a cheap point and shoot picture quality. I am pretty sure that my Samsung Galaxy S3 phone takes better pictures than this camera!!
As of now, the only positive thing that I have to say is that the video quality is better than the previous models but if you want this camera for mostly photos then...DO Not BUY !! I will be returning it!
May 10, 2014