A friend of mine decided to buy a digital camera, and since he is in fact “a complete zero,” then asked me to pick him “something worthwhile”, of course, specifying the budget and basic needs. After going through a lot of models that focus on the following models: Samsung WB110, Nikon Coolpix L330, Olympus SP-620UZ and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H300. Each unit had its pluses and minuses, but by and large the difference between them was very small. In the end I was for Nikon, but my companion chose Sony.
So, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H300 was eventually acquired by the company Sulpak, the purchase itself deserves a separate discussion – although it is not related to the device itself. In short: Sulpak has 11 retail stores in the city of Almaty. Before you go to one of them should call on a single telephone company. Call and refine presence. We are told that in those stores and those of the camera is not available, and in those of the left one copy on display here and there are so many … I chose the most closest store Sulpak on Dzhandosova-Auezova, they have one instance in the window, the second stock. But … were both in the window … And as a result – the shortage … but it was found only at home.
This means that the camera was purchased as a gift to him put the SDHC 8GB – if I had not reminded about it, the manager probably would have forgotten about this promotion! Was memory card is Good Ram, 8GB, SDHC and standard class 4, produced in Poland (as far as it is Polish, Chinese, or rather – the question) … The price of the camera Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H300 was 34945 tenge (or 6947 Russian rubles, or 192 dollars at the exchange rate at the end of August 2014) . Warranty – 12 months. Seller smartly twisted in our faces the camera, packed, and the house was found the absence of paper “Operating Instructions” – of course, this is nonsense, and because of it go back stupid. Visited the site of the manufacturer and download!
Proceed to a visual inspection of purchase. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H300 is packaged in a small cardboard box, which shows the unit itself, just shows the main characteristics: 20.1 megapixel, 35 x optical zoom and so on. Just on the package to the recommended accessories such as bag for camera and LCS-U11 Tripod VCT-R100 (and the cost of these items is clearly not a friendly, well above exactly the same third-party).
Inside the box we find, with the exception of the said manual, self camera Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H300 in a sturdy cellophane bag, the lens cap strap to the lid, shoulder strap with logo SONY, USB cord with some non-standard connector, similar to micro USB, but those are not … and the last – four simple batteries size AA (instead of batteries is better to use rechargeable batteries, for example, I immediately bought four Ni-MH battery 2500 mAh).
Camera Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H300, many belong to the so-called “soap box” that design forged by reflex, but, in fact, remain the same “soap box”, with only superzoom … general, this is true. All the main characteristics in this and similar devices are identical to everyone there “Soap”))).
But it certainly looks quite different – apparently Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H300 looks solid, large and relatively heavy. Great lens, flash lift above it, the handle on the side … We will consider all elements of the camera. Lens – it certainly attracts attention. On the outer ring, we see the inscription: Sony Lens, 35x Optical Zoom and 3,0-5,9 / 4,5-157,5 (data on aperture and focal length of the lens). The side of the lens we see eye – there is an AF illuminator. The protruding part of the lens – it hides the flash, close button to open it. The outbreak of a series of holes – there is a microphone.
The so-called pen – ledge in front of the case – does not have a rubber lining, which is somewhat bad, because the machine can slip out of hand … on top of this ridge controls: the dial to select shooting modes – just six points. Shutter button. There’s also a zoom lever – increase or decrease at the same time it performs other functions when viewing photos and videos. Nearby is the on / off button of the camera.
On each side of the unit two loops – for attaching the belt. Also on the left God has a lid, under which there is a single slot – USB (the same non-standard). Next to this cover several holes in a circle – is hidden beneath the speaker.
On the other side of the camera Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H300 see a large LCD display and control buttons again: the top button with a red label – starts and stops recording. Below is a menu button – for setting. Next comes the joystick button in the center – for menu navigation, selection – DISP (setting the display), timer, smile detection and switching on / off the flash. Below are two buttons – shopping cart (delete the picture or video) play button.
At the bottom of the camera has a label where the manufacturer’s logo, model name, country of manufacture – China, the serial number of the product. Nearby are threaded socket – for a tripod. Large lid with lever lock. Under her room for four batteries size AA and a slot for memory cards.
Put the batteries according to the diagram in the instructions on the unit the polarity of the batteries is not listed … Gently close the lid. Hit the power button and appears on the screen of the original settings – language, time zone, date and time. All – can be removed. In Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H300 has an internal memory of 55 MB ~ … So you can try to shoot without a memory card.
All settings and modes will not describe – their description is available in the online manual on the manufacturer’s website …
During the development of the camera Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H300 were some of the comments, of course, a few days of work, albeit intense, can not give a complete picture, but there is, and the share.
Shooting in the dark, even with the flash – a third of the pictures will be sent to your cart. The unit can not focus properly in automatic mode, not to mention the manual mode. Images are obtained naturally noisy.
Flow batteries. Four new battery 2500 mAh, fully charged may not be enough even for a day of shooting, especially if you use the zoom or conduct videotaped … just enough AA batteries much more, but … you can splurge on their continued purchase. So going on a hike or photohunting do not forget the spare set of batteries or batteries.
I used this kind of cases did not have cameras because he liked me, but … with reservations. Firstly the camera needs some cover, otherwise it will quickly lose its attractive appearance, and the display has no protruding frame – quickly scratched. For normal shooting with the zoom need a tripod – or hand shake makes it difficult to focus (the same thing when shooting movies). Another point – when shooting with the zoom, the machine is not able to focus – apparently the fault was hot air, fluctuations in the hot air … Focus can easily bring down the front of the lens flown fly – he begins to focus on her …
The next moment, I absolutely do not like – the battery cover is sparse. It obviously will not last long … cover that covers the lens easily slips – lace it mandatory, you’ll lose it! And when shooting to put up with dangling on a string cover removed for a long time … Sometimes the camera “thinks”, and are not always properly focused. Microphone in the device nice and very accurately record sound when shooting movies. Video itself leaves a dual impression – superzoom running a video, but can be a very long time to focus … then again it all depends on the circumstances – light, a tripod is used or not … Although, continuous shooting from the window of a moving car, despite the constant hum of the lens generally gave a good result.
Next minus that annoying – no detailed instructions. The accompanying set (though it and I have not been through the care Sulpak), very superficial. More deployed on the web site, but it frankly curtailed and besides, you can save only one page (which does not make a normal Sony, not ugly – is unknown).
On the other hand, the functional Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H300 is simple and you can learn on their own, only occasionally resorting to manual … This unit works well in automatic mode, and all of these “clever” settings are needed primarily for manual mode. The camera lives up to its price and demand from him the merits of SLR – naive or stupid.
The camera is not bad, but … well, grumblers who believe only for SLR cameras, made mention of the cost. The cheapest reflex camera – Canon EOS 1100D Kit – should have a minimum of 60 thousand tenge.
P.S. Of course, this review can not be a full – too little time I have used this camera and tried all of its features in different ways … I do not have a tripod, because normal images with the maximum optical zoom, I did not get as night photos with great … Examples of exposure shots camera Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H300 I would of course could lead – but then again, as appropriate, when I have not had time to learn it? And upload photos “just because,” God knows what quality – it will mislead readers …
In the Internet there are comparative examples of photos taken by this unit. I also did not describe its specifications – it’s all there, at least on the website of the manufacturer.
Oh, and be careful – this camera is very often confused with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300, not noticing the extra letter “X” in the title – Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 very different and much more expensive machine …
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