Sony DSC-W300 Review

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300

Record Mode Screens & Menus

The screen display when in the AUTO (point-n-shoot) mode. Minimal information is displayed and only a few parameters such as image size or recording mode can be changed. Upper left is the battery level that's constantly displayed. The image size is 13 "M"egapixels, Face detection is enabled, the AF assist lamp is on and will fire, the flash is set to Forced Off, and there's enough room for 91 shots on our Sony 1GB MS Duo Pro card.

Sony DSC-W300

Record options in Auto mode:

    Image Size - 13M, 8M, 5M, 3M, VGA, 3:2 (12M), 16:9+ (10M), 16:9 (2M)

    Face Detection - Off, Auto, Children priority, Adult priority

    REC Mode - Normal or Burst

    iSCN - Automatic Scene recognition (Off, Auto, Advanced)

    Exposure Compensation - ±2.0EV

    Red Eye Reduction - Auto, On, Off

    Setup - Enters the Setup menu

Sony CyberShot DSC-W300

Program AE mode is also automatic but it offers the user a wealth of options, like white balance, ISO speed, metering, etc. All of this information can be cleared off the screen by pressing "Up" (DISP) on the 4-way controller.

Sony CyberShot DSC-W300

Half-pressing the shutter will activate the autofocus system, if successful the AF marks turn "green" and a green dot s also displayed. You can also see the shutter speed and aperture values.

Sony CyberShot DSC-W300

Manual mode allows you to have almost complete control over the exposure process. You select both the shutter speed and aperture values. To assist you, the W300 shows a small EV (Exposure Value) indicator (-1.3EV shown above) that will allow you to "dial in" our settings to achieve the correct exposure. Pressing "Up" on (DISP) will also enable the live histogram display.

Sony CyberShot DSC-W300

Here you can see Smile Shutter mode. It allows you to press the shutter button, but the camera will not capture an image until your subject is smiling; kind of like a "Smile" self-timer. This is a very useful and "cool" feature that is becoming more popular on various models.

Sony DSC-W300

Home menu options:

    Shooting - If in playback, will take you to record mode.

    View Images - Date View, Folder View, Favorites

    Slide show - Slideshow, Music tool

    Printing, Other - Print

    Manage Memory - Memory tool

    Settings - Choose Main, Shooting, Clock or Language settings

Sony CyberShot DSC-W300

The W300 features two special 16:9 HDTV modes, 16:9+ (10-megapixels) and 16:9 (2-megapixels). These modes are perfect for displaying images on a wide screen HDTV set.

Sony DSC-W300

Record options (except in Auto mode):

    Image Size - 13M, 8M, 5M, 3M, VGA, 3:2 (12M), 16:9+ (10M), 16:9 (2M)

    Face Detection - Off, Auto, Children priority, Adult priority

    REC Mode - Normal, Burst, Bracketing (±0.3, ±0.7, ±1.0)

    Exposure Compensation - ±2.0EV

    ISO - Auto or manually locked at 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200

    White Balance - Auto, Flash, One Push, One Push Set

    Flash Level - High, Normal or Low

    Red Eye Reduction - Auto, On, Off

    D-Range Optimizer - Off, Standard, Plus

    Noise Reduction - Low, Normal or High

    Color Mode - Normal, Vivid, Real, Sepia, B&W

    Color Filter - Off, Red, Green, Blue, Warm, Cool

    Color Saturation - Low, Normal or High

    Contrast - Low, Normal or High

    Sharpness - Low, Normal or High

    Steady Shot - Shooting, On, Off

    Setup - Enters the shooting settings menu

Sony DSC-W300

Shooting Settings menu:

    AF Illuminator - Autofocus assist lamp: Auto or Off

    Grid Line - On, off

    AF Mode - Single, Monitor (continuous AF when LCD is on)

    Digital Zoom - Enable or disable the Smart or Precision digital zoom

    Conversion lens - Off, Wide, Tele

    Auto Orientation - On, off

    Auto Review - On, Off (auto review after capture)

Sony CyberShot DSC-W300

The W300 features Auto Macro (close-up) focus, allowing you to shoot subjects much closer than normal, without changing the focus mode. You can still enable macro focus, which only helps the camera focus faster at point-blank range. The minimum focus range is from 1.96 in. (5cm) to infinity.

Sony DSC-W300

Record motion video with audio. The 640×480 "VX Fine" mode is 30fps and requires the use of Memory Stick Duo Pro media to insure that it can stream the data fast enough from the camera. The VX standard mode is also VGA resolution (640×480) but at a lesser 16fps frame rate and can be recorded on regular Memory Stick Duo media. The length of recording is limited only by the space available on the Memory Stick being used.

Movie clips can also be recorded in 320×240 resolution at 8.3fps, these movies will playback in a smaller window. The advantage is that the file sizes are smaller and more practical for e-mail purposes.

Sony DSC-W300

Movie mode options:

    Image Size - 640(fine), 640(standard), 320

    Exposure Compensation - Offset the exposure metering by ±2.0EV in 1/3EV steps

    Metering - Multi-pattern (default), center

    Focus - Multi AF, or fixed focus at infinity

    White Balance - Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Fluorescent (1, 2, 3), Incandescent

    Color Mode - Normal, Sepia, B&W

    Steady Shot - On, Off

    Setup - Enters the shooting settings menu

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