FI­NALLY, A STEADY 50X ZOOM

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - COVER STORY -

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

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