Record menu

Pressing the MENU button while in one of the record modes displays the record menu over the live preview image. While the menu is similar to that seen on other Sony digital cameras it does appear to have been refined some what.

White Balance

Selects one of the four white balance settings:

One Push (aim at a neutral coloured subject and press the 4-way controller upwards measures a new white balance preset)


Selects one of four ISO sensitivity settings:
Auto (100-300)

Image Size

Selects one of five image sizes:

2048 x 1536 (Native)
2048 x 1360 (3:2 Cropped)
1600 x 1200 (reduce scaled)
1280 x 960 (reduce scaled)
640 x 480 (reduce scaled)

JPEG Image Quality

At last Sony have given us an option of a Standard or Fine quality JPEG:

Fine(approx. 1.2 MB @ 2048 x 1536)
Standard (approx. 800 KB @ 2048 x 1536)

Record Mode (Image Type)

Select output image type:

TEXT (2 colour GIF)
VOICE (JPEG + 5 sec MPEG audio)
E-MAIL (JPEG + 640 x 480 JPEG)
EXP BRKTG (3 JPEG's exposure bracketed)
BURST 3 (3 JPEG's about 0.7 sec apart)

Flash Level

Adjust the flash output power up or down a single level, this does not affect the exposure values (shutter speed / aperture) but simply controls the amount of power supplied to the flash.

Picture Effect

Allows you to select a picture effect to be applied to the image after it's taken, the live preview changes to reflect the selected picture effect:

OFF (Normal colour)


Allows you to control the camera's internal sharpening algorithm +/- two levels, sharpening is normally applied by a digital camera after the CFA Bayer interpolation stage, this allows you to control the amount of sharpening applied.

Playback Menu

The playback menu is relatively simple offering a limited number of options which appear along the bottom of the review image, detailed below.


Deletes the current image, requires confirmation. Deleting the last image from a CD-RW recovers the space taken up by the image (you get the space back) **. On a CD-R deleting an image only marks it as deleted, you don't get any space back on the disc.

Protect Toggles protection flag for current image (read-only attribute)
Print Toggles the printing flag for the current image (updates a DPOF text file on the disc), can only be used with DPOF compatible printers
Slide Commences a slide show of all images on the disc, allows you to select delay times of 3, 5, 10, 30 or 60 secs and if the slideshow repeats
Resize Create a resized copy of the current image: 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480
Rotate Rotate the current image 90 degrees left or right, doesn't actually rotate the JPEG file but rather flags the image rotation in the EXIF header (only understood by the camera)

** On further investigation it turns out that the CD300 can only recover space by deleting images in a sequence from the last you took, for example if you take ten shots and delete the first five you won't get any space back, however if you delete the last five you will.

Setup Menu

Another new sight on a Sony digital camera is a dedicated Setup mode, taking some of the less often changed settings away from the record menu and putting them away in a dedicated menu makes a lot more sense and allows for greater flexibility and expansion later. A welcome sight. The menu itself is split into four categories:

Setup: Disc Tool

Finalize Finalize prepares the disc to be used in a standard (at least, most modern) CD-ROM drive. With a CD-R disc you can perform the initialize / finalize sequence more than once (though each time you lose some storage space). With a CD-RW disc this space is recovered with an "Unfinalize".
Format CD-RW only: Because CD-RW discs are "Read/Write" they can be completely erased, selecting the FORMAT option (from the SETUP menu) completely erases the contents of the CD-RW so it can be used again afresh.
Initialize Before you can use a CD-R/RW disc it must be "Initialized", this writes basic header information onto the CD-R so that the camera can recognise it and begin to write a file table when images are saved.
Unfinalize In order to write to a CD-RW after it's been finalized the camera will automatically prompt you to unfinalize it, this restores the space used by the finalize process.

Setup: Camera

Scene Selection Specifies the SCN exposure mode:

Twilight (low light shots, long exposures)
• Landscape (focus locked to infinity, small apertures, flash cancel)
• Portrait (large apertures)
Moving Image Selects the movie image format:

MPEG Movie (320 x 240, 320 x 240 HQ or 160 x 120)
• Clip Motion (Animated GIF @ 160 x 120 or 80 x 60)
Date / Time Enables / Disables stamping of a date and/or time onto image:

Day & Time
• Date
• Off
Digital Zoom Enables / Disables digital zoom:

• Off
Bracket Step Sets the exposure step for bracket exposures:

+/- 1.0 EV
• +/- 0.7 EV
• +/- 0.3 EV
Red Eye Reduction Enables / Disables red eye reduction flash:

• Off
AF Illuminator Enables / Disables AF Illuminator lamp:

• Off

Setup: Setup 1

File Number Selects file numbering system:

Series (images are numbered in a continuous sequence)
• Normal (numbers reset after each change of Memory Stick)
Conversion Sets up the cameras focusing and zoom system to work correctly with conversion lenses:

• On
• Off
Language Selects menu language:

• Japanese
Clock Set Sets the camera's internal clock:

• Cancel

Setup: Setup 2

LCD Brightness Controls LCD image brightness:

• Normal
• Dark
LCD Backlight Controls strength of the LCD backlight:

• Bright (at the expense of battery life)
Beep Sets the cameras beep:

• Shutter (enables the annoying "cuurchk" shutter noise)
• On
• Off
Video Out Selects video output format:

USB Connect Sets USB connection type:

• Normal

Kudos to Sony for the LCD Backlight control, it makes a HUGE difference to the visibility of the (already good) LCD in bright ambient light, obviously there's a price to pay in shorter battery life but it's what we've been asking for and they've delivered.