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Sony launches Cyber-shot WX300, HX300 and TX30 compact cameras

By dpreview staff on Feb 20, 2013 at 04:00 GMT

Sony has announced the Cyber-shot DSC-WX300, DSC-HX300 and DSC-TX30 compact cameras. The HX300 is a 50x superzoom with a 24-1200mm equivalent lens in front of a 20MP CMOS sensor. Meanwhile the WX300 is a compact superzoom that Sony says is the slimmest 20x camera. It has an 18MP CMOS chip behind its 25-500mm equiv. lens. Finally, the tough, waterproof card-style TX30 shares the same sensor and offers a 26-130mm equiv zoom.

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Capture all the action with three power-packed new Cyber-shot™ cameras from Sony

Sony Cyber-shot TX30
  • WX300: slim and super-stylish, world's smallest and lightest1 with powerful 20x optical zoom, enhanced image stabilisation and speedy autofocus
  • HX300: ultra-powerful 50x optical zoom with DSLR-style handling and manual controls, enhanced image stabilisation and speedy autofocus
  • TX30: World's slimmest digital compact camera2 with waterproof to 10m, freeze- and shock-proof3

Give your photography a serious boost with the stylish, feature-packed new Cyber-shot™ WX300, HX300 and TX30 compact digital cameras from Sony.

With newly-refined optical image stabilisation and faster autofocus, the WX300 and HX300 are more effective than ever at grabbing those fleeting moments… even when you're zoomed in close.

Cyber-shot™ WX300

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

The slim, super-stylish Cyber-shot™ WX300 is the world's smallest, lightest1 digital still camera that packs a powerful 20x optical zoom range.

A perfect pocket-sized travel partner, the WX300 features a high-quality G Lens by Sony that effortlessly handles wide-angle landscapes, portraits and dramatic close-ups. If you're holding the camera at arm's length, walking along or zoomed in, Optical SteadyShot cuts the effect of shaky hands for crisp, blur-free stills. Stabilisation is now around twice4 as effective at high-zoom settings as the previous-generation Cyber-shot™ HX20V with 20x zoom. It's enhanced by Active Mode that ensures handheld movies look smooth and steady, too.

You'll grab even more special moments with super-fast autofocus that's now approximately 3.6x quicker 5 than the Cyber-shot™ HX20V when fully zoomed in.

Built-in Wi-Fi lets you use your smartphone as a handy wireless remote to control the camera. It's ideal for self-portraits and group shots when you want to be in on the action. You can also send photos and videos right to your smartphone or tablet for easy viewing and sharing, using the PlayMemories™ Mobile app by Sony. View still images stored in your camera wirelessly on a networked TV; or backup photos and videos straight from Cyber-shot™ to your PC using PlayMemories™ Home.

Despite its tiny size, the Cyber-shot™ WX300 packs enough stamina to shoot up to 500 photos5 from a single battery charge: plenty for a busy day's shooting when you're out and about.

Cyber-shot™ HX300

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300

Standing out with purposeful DSLR-style looks and handling, the power-packed Cyber-shot™ HX300 lets you travel light without the hassle of carrying extra lenses. With a huge 50x optical zoom range – among the highest for any compact camera – the Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens covers a wide range of shooting possibilities, from holidays and safari trips to sports and outdoor concerts. The T* coating on lens surfaces cuts reflections and 'flare', while Super ED and ED glass elements minimise chromatic aberration for satisfyingly sharp, high-contrast images.

In a Cyber-shot™ first, the HX300 features newly-enhanced Optical SteadyShot for stress-free composition and clearer photos even at high zoom settings. The position of a second group of lens elements shifts rapidly to correct for tiny hand tremors, making it twice as easy7 to frame shots comfortably.

Also improved for 2013, high-speed autofocus at telephoto settings locks onto your subject around twice5 as quickly as its predecessor model, the Cyber-shot™ HX200V. You'll find it easier than ever to grab those spontaneous moments with crisp, blur-free results.

The lengthiest shooting sessions are made a pleasure by the camera's balanced DSLR-style body and moulded ergonomic grip that fits comfortably in your hand. There's also a full range of intuitively-placed controls including manual ring, custom button, jog dial and Memory Recall mode, just like you'd expect from a DSLR camera.

The HX300 also features the versatile new 'Multi Terminal' interface that allows intelligent communication between the camera and a growing range of shooting accessories.

Cyber-shot™ TX30

Great for swimming, snorkelling, skiing or just having fun, the Cyber-shot™ TX30 with 5x optical zoom is the world's slimmest digital compact camera2 that's waterproof to a depth of 10m. The chic, stylish camera also handles dust, bumps and freezing temperatures3 , helping you catch the action in virtually any situation with beautiful, detail-packed still images and smooth Full HD video.

New to Cyber-shot™, Magnifying Glass Plus mode zooms right in for a fascinating super-size view – magnified6 up to 15x – of colourful fish, plants and insects or tiny print on a restaurant menu. The camera's powerful LED lights up dim scenes for really clear, detailed close-ups.

Sparkling picture quality made simple

The Exmor R™ CMOS sensor inside all three new Cyber-shot™ models captures richly-detailed, stills and Full HD video with very low picture noise, even if you're shooting without flash at dusk or in dimly-lit interiors. You don't have to be an expert photographer to get impressive results in the trickiest shooting conditions. Superior Auto on all models helps capture dimly-lit action, even recognising when your subject's moving. Camera settings are adjusted automatically for crisp, blur-free images every time – from sun-drenched beaches to moody interiors and twilight scenes.

Picture Effect makes it easy to spice up photos, movies and panoramas with a range of fun, impressive artistic treatments like Toy Camera, Pop Colour, Soft High Key and Partial Colour. Everything's instant and automatic, with no need to fiddle around with smartphone apps or image editing downloads.

Portraits of friends and family look better than ever with Beauty Effect (WX300 and TX30) that automatically re-touching photos to remove skin blemishes, widen half-closed eyes and whiten teeth.

All models feature Advanced Flash that boosts the camera's sensitivity, effectively extending flash range to make further-away subjects appear brighter. It's ideal for party shots, indoors or at dusk where your camera's built-in flash can struggle to reach the action.

Also featured on all new Cyber-shot™ models, Triluminos™ Colour gives a rich, vivid palette of supremely natural colours when viewing photos on your compatible BRAVIA TV with support for Triluminos™ Display.

There's a full range of style-matching accessories for Cyber-shot™, including high-quality carry cases, sports and marine packs, memory cards, spare batteries and chargers. See the full range at http://www.sony.co.uk/hub/cyber-shot-digital-cameras/accessories

The new Cyber-shot™ WX300, TX30 and HX300 compact digital cameras from Sony are available for pre-order from today and will be on general sale in Europe from March 2013.

1 Among digital compact still cameras with optical zoom of 20x or higher. Based on internal Sony survey, as of announcement date.
2 As of announcement date. Among waterproof compact digital cameras with optical zoom. Based on Sony survey.
3 Waterproof equivalent to IEC60529 IPX8. The camera is operable up to a water depth of 10m for 60 minutes. Dust-proof equivalent to IEC60529 IP6X. Freeze-proof to -10 degrees C. Shock resistance conforms to MIL-STD 810F Method 516.5-Shock standards. This product has passed testing when dropped from a height of 1.5m above a 5-cm thick plywood board. Depending on use conditions and circumstances, no guarantee is made regarding damage to, malfunction of, or waterproof performance of this camera. Battery life may decrease at low temperatures.
4 Shutter speed comparison at telephoto end of zoom range; Based on Sony internal testing.
5 CIPA standard, internal measurement. Approximate figure: actual value depends on shooting conditions.
6 Maximum magnification ratio, 35 mm equivalent; with digital zoom and lens/subject distance of 1 cm. Due to the nature of digital zoom, image quality is degraded.
7 Compared with DSC-HX200V at 30x optical zoom. Comparison of amount of shake in % of LCD panel (Sony measurement)
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300, WX300 and TX30 specifications

 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30
Price
MSRP$329$499$349
Body type
Body typeCompactSLR-like (bridge)Ultracompact
Sensor
Max resolution4896 x 3672
Image ratio w:h4:3, 16:9
Effective pixels18 megapixels20 megapixels18 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors21 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
Image
ISO Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Custom white balanceYes (One Push Set)
Image stabilizationOptical
Image stabilization notesOptical SteadyShot with 2-way Active Mode
Uncompressed formatUnknown
File format
  • JPEG
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)25–500 mm24–1200 mm26–130 mm
Optical zoom20×50×5×
Maximum apertureF3.5 - F6.5F2.8 - F6.3F3.5 - F4.8
Autofocus
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Face Detection
Digital zoomYes (40x)
Normal focus range5 cm (1.97)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixedUnknownFixed
Screen size33.3
Screen dots460,000921,0001,229,000
Touch screenNoYes
Screen typeOLED monitor
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNoneElectronicNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed4 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/1600 sec
Built-in flashYesYes (Pop-up)
Flash range4.30 m
Continuous drive10 fps
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60, 50 fps)
FormatAVCHD
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
WirelessBuilt-In
Physical
Environmentally sealedYes
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionNP-BX1
Weight (inc. batteries)166 g (0.37 lb / 5.86 oz)
Dimensions96 x 55 x 25 mm (3.78 x 2.16 x 0.98)
Other features
GPSNone
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Comments

Total comments: 28
Imtiaz Jamil
By Imtiaz Jamil (Feb 22, 2013)

I am planning to buy a bridge camera, should I wait for the Sony HX300 or buy the Canon SX50 ?

Your advice be will greatly appreciated. Thanks.

0 upvotes
Timmbits
By Timmbits (Feb 21, 2013)

no matter how much buzzwords and marketing spin you put on this... with such small sensors these are just more noisy cameras

0 upvotes
jcmarfilph
By jcmarfilph (Feb 21, 2013)

Oh another toyzoom from Sony with 20Mega-interpolated pixels on a mediocre sensor. That is so nice Sony!

Wait! Is that really manual zoom? =D

Comment edited 8 minutes after posting
3 upvotes
mugupo
By mugupo (Feb 20, 2013)

Why no f2.8 zoom like fz200?

0 upvotes
Timmbits
By Timmbits (Feb 21, 2013)

with such a small sensor, who cares!

0 upvotes
ogl
By ogl (Feb 20, 2013)

18 and 20 MP at 1/2.3"....It's new crazy level

1 upvote
rowlandw
By rowlandw (Feb 20, 2013)

No aperture range spec in the above summary???
I found from another source the HX300 runs f/2.8 - f/6.3.
The constant f/2.8 Lumix FZ200 still looks better to me than the HX.

0 upvotes
Steen Bay
By Steen Bay (Feb 20, 2013)

"Viewfinder type - None". Doesn't the HX300 have an EVF?

0 upvotes
g7star
By g7star (Feb 20, 2013)

It seems it has an EVF..
http://www.techradar.com/reviews/cameras-and-camcorders/cameras/compact-cameras/sony-hx300v-1131365/review/

0 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (Feb 20, 2013)

They want $349 for TX300? This is a new MSRP for Olympus TG-1, an tough/underwater camera so much better it is not even funny.

Comment edited 29 seconds after posting
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peevee1
By peevee1 (Feb 20, 2013)

First I thought that WX300 is a good competitor for SX50 (the lens certainly is), but then I saw that there is no EVF...

0 upvotes
Digital Suicide
By Digital Suicide (Feb 20, 2013)

Don't see point of TX30. This segment has been killed by smartphones long ago.

0 upvotes
jayliu
By jayliu (Feb 20, 2013)

Not sure if your smartphone can dive 10m and survive.

8 upvotes
digifan
By digifan (Feb 20, 2013)

Oh My G .. 20,4Megapixels on a 1/2,3" sensor.

1 upvote
MirosIav
By MirosIav (Feb 20, 2013)

More TX30 specs and images can be found at http://www.zone-numerique.com/sony-cyber-shot-dsc-tx30.html .

Since it's only 96,4 x 59,3 x 15,4 mm, I'd like to see a SIM card and other related phone electronics added, enlarged a bit and it would be a perfect carry-everywhere device. Until that happens I'm not parting with my TX10.

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
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Aleo Veuliah
By Aleo Veuliah (Feb 20, 2013)

Speaking only about the WX-300, in this class, to me the Panasonic Lumix FZ200 is still the winner.

3 upvotes
dpfan32
By dpfan32 (Feb 20, 2013)

20.4 Megapixels .... no comment....

1 upvote
Felix G
By Felix G (Feb 20, 2013)

Take 2

Or better wait for the Panasonic FZ300, offering 24-1200mm with constant fast f2.8, wifi smartphone control with display sync also in video rec mode, choosable 8/10/12bit recording, highspeed mode in FHD@120fps, UHD(4k)@30fps and an experimental UHD(8k)@15fps mode - of course only after a hack from Vitaliy Kiselev and a chipset modification kit for $9.95 on ebay introducing h.265 recording capability ;-)

P.S.: forgot the ETC-mode hack by Vitaliy, which boosts the 24-1200 telescope up next to Hubble spheres:
62mm-3120mm for FHD mode
94mm-4680mm for the HD+WVGA modes and finally a
115mm-5760mm for the VGA mode.

Of course for extraterrestrial life search only.

Have fun.

2 upvotes
Felix G
By Felix G (Feb 20, 2013)

Take 1

It appears to me as if Sony with its HX300 bridge camera presents a mighty successor to the Panasonic FZ50 that many FZ50-lovers expected for a long time and Panasonic itself failed to deliver for years now - at least with regard to these two requirements:
1) large grip (preventing hand spasm holding those tiny handles ...)
2) zoom ring (yet to be determined whether this is really mechanical translation or a replacement for the zoom lever with little control over the real zoom speed)

It will be interesting to compare picture and video quality, focus speed and more with the Panasonic FZ200 to see whether the two criterions mentioned above make a difference.

0 upvotes
mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (Feb 20, 2013)

Wow, these are mighty unimpressive cameras.

5 upvotes
mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (Feb 20, 2013)

F3.5-F6.5 is not powerful in my book. That sounds pretty slow to me.

4 upvotes
mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (Feb 20, 2013)

I don't need 1200mm in my telescope. Why would I need it for terrestrial work?

3 upvotes
Greynerd
By Greynerd (Feb 20, 2013)

The camera has not got a 1200mm focal length lens, it is 215mm focal length..
I have a 20 to 60x zoom on my Kowa telescope which cost more than the scope and is invaluable for bird spotting on the local reservoir. I presume you are talking about an astronomical telescope which I believe need aperture more than magnification, for stars at least.
Also as these cameras start from a wide angle so a 50x zoom probably is only 25x magnification if you take 50mm as eyesight. Happy to to be corrected on this. I did find with a SX40 that I had the magnification at full zoom did seem to be half that of the telescope.

Comment edited 24 seconds after posting
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Pat Cullinan Jr
By Pat Cullinan Jr (Feb 20, 2013)

@Greynerd

1200mm/50mm = 24 diameters magnification.

In the photographic world, this is huge.

Comment edited 12 seconds after posting
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steve_hoge
By steve_hoge (Feb 20, 2013)

HX300V "review" with more complete specs:
http://www.techradar.com/reviews/cameras-and-camcorders/cameras/compact-cameras/sony-hx300v-1131365/review

3 upvotes
Jefftan
By Jefftan (Feb 20, 2013)

to site editor

there is an error
both HX300 and TX30 specification list CCD sensor
that is most likely incorrect

0 upvotes
Jefftan
By Jefftan (Feb 20, 2013)

Can someone tell me what is the difference between TX30 and TX20
they are basically the same and TX20 is also the same as TX10
Oh wait it now has 18MP
is it actually getting worse?

0 upvotes
MirosIav
By MirosIav (Feb 20, 2013)

New sensor, better IS, 5x 26-130mm zoom, microSD instead of SD card, can go 10m under water, has LED light, 360° panorama, 3.5" OLED screen and it's "slimmer", but no one knows how slim it is... Enough updates over TX20 IMO.

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 11 minutes after posting
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Total comments: 28