Sony DSC-W300 Review

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300

Playback Mode Screens & Menus

Here you can see a typical Playback screen with icons for battery condition, date view mode, picture number / total number of pictures taken on this day, Memory Stick Duo memory being used, file name and the date & time of capture. Pressing "left" and "right" on the 4-way controller allows you to scroll through stored images, and pressing "down" adjusts the volume.

Sony DSC-W300

Pressing the Monitor button toggles the amount of information displayed. Here you can see icons for ISO speed (80), exposure compensation (0EV), flash mode (Forced Off), white balance (AWB), shutter speed (320), aperture (F5.6) and the histogram graph. Press it again to clear all of the overlay information for playback on a TV screen.

Sony DSC-W300

While viewing a picture fullscreen you can toggle the telephoto zoom control and zoom-in to the image in multiple steps up to 8x. Once magnified you can scroll around inside of the image using the onscreen 4-way selector.

Sony DSC-W300

Press the wide angle zoom control button to enter index mode, 12 or 20 thumbnail size images are displayed per page. This allows you to quickly search through your pictures.

Sony DSC-W300

You can also search through stored images by using the Date list or "calender" view function via the playback menu (shown below).

Sony DSC-W300

Still image playback mode options:

    Delete - This image, Multiple images, All in this folder

    View Mode - Date view (default), Folder View, favorites

    Date List - Displays a calendar style index view (option only appears when in Date view mode, not shown above)

    Filter - Filter by faces (Off, All people, Children, Infants, Smiles)

    Slide Show - Start slideshow

    Retouch Edit your images (Trimming, Red Eye correct, Unsharp masking, Soft focus, etc.)

    Multi-Purpose Resize - Reduce the size or aspect of an image for Web use or displaying pictures on a HDTV

    Protect - This image, Multiple images

    DPOF - This image, Multiple images

    Print - Print

    Rotate - Rotate portrait mode images for TV display

    Select Folder - Change the current image folder

Sony DSC-W300

The retouch menu allows you to edit your images in-camera. This is great for those who like to be creative or want to spend less time on their PC or Mac correcting/processing images.

Sony DSC-W300

Here you can see the filter menu option, which lets you filter through your stored images by face, smile, children, infants, etc.

Sony DSC-W300

You can resize images to fit a HDTV (16:9 aspect) or to a smaller size for emailing or web use.

Sony DSC-W300

The Rotate option lets you rotate portrait mode images for correct playback on the LCD or TV screen. This model features an automatic orientation sensor, so you won't need to use this feature much.

Sony DSC-W300

Movies are played back full-screen, audio is replayed through the speaker. Once playing, you can stop, rewind, fast-forward or adjust the volume.

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