FINALLY, A STEADY 50X ZOOM
This new camera from Sony has a 50x optical zoom — and 50x more on digital — but is undoubtedly the steadiest we have tested so for. This is a camera with a 1200mm equivalent zoom that you can use without the tripod. And that is a killer feature. While most other cameras take ages to lock on the subject in the full zoom, the HX300 has a very fast auto-focus. In fact, as you zoom to 50x it feels as if the camera is continuously locking focus on the way. This is true even when you are using the zoom in video mode. We tried to capture a mynah sitting on a tree in the adjacent apartment complex and the results were stunning. Of course, there is some blurring as we were not using a tripod, but detail on the bird was still impressive thanks to the new Optical SteadyShot. All manual modes are also available on this camera. At 650 grams, the HX300 does not feel heavy in anyway.
Overall, this is an ideal camera for those who want a compact for all occasions. From forest treks to wild weddings, this camera can handle it all.
BAG IT OR JUNK IT: Steady 50x zoom is a killer feature