Headlining this ultra-compact Sony is the 20x optical "G" lens with a 35mm equivalent of 25-500mm and is made up of 11 elements in 10 groups. Its f/3.5-6.5 maximum aperture does pretty well with low-light situations, especially when combined with the BSI CMOS sensor. This provides an amazing amount of versatility in such a small package. Assisting with the huge zoom range is Sony's Optical Steady Shot, giving the camera stabilization on both the horizontal and vertical motion. This allows for even the full telephoto zoom to be used handheld.
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Capturing the images for the WX300 is an 18.2-Megapixel Exmor R BSI CMOS imaging sensor. The BSI sensor is great with low-light situations and the incredible resolution allows you to crop your images safely.
Assisting with your low-light photography is a very compact built-in flash unit. This unit is not very powerful, having a maximum range of up to 14ft. (W) at ISO auto, but for close portrait photography or lighting a small area it can be useful.
Composing and viewing your images is accomplished on the 3.0-inch, 460,000 dot ClearPhoto LCD screen. This screen looks huge on the back of the small body, making it a true pleasure to use. It is easy to see in all lighting conditions thanks to its 5 levels of brightness.
The top of the camera is very simple. On the far left is the stereo microphone, followed by the power button and shutter release with the zoom control coupled around it. On the far right is the camera's mode dial.
Controls on Back: At the top right of the camera you will find the dedicated video capture button, allowing you to record video at any time. Next is the Playback button, allowing you to view your saved images. The 4-way controller allows you to navigate the menu system with ease, as well as providing shortcuts to the DISP, flash, burst/self timer and the Photo Creativity (only in Superior and Intelligent Auto modes) settings. The 4-way controller also acts as a command dial for the camera.
The WX300 features two input/output ports. The top port, found on the right side of the camera is a USB multi-port, allowing you to connect the camera to a computer or printer. It is also the way the camera is charged. The HDMI port, found on the bottom of the camera, lets you connect the camera to any HDTV with an optional HDMI cable.
Storing your captured images is either a MS Duo or SD/SDHC memroy card. Sony has made the camera compatible with both to accommodate everyone with either cards at home already. The camera is shown here with the SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-1 memory card that was used to test it.
Powering the WX300 is a 3.6V, 1240mAh rechargeable Li-Ion battery. Sony claims that this battery allows the camera to capture up to 500 images on single charge, which is a big statement. Charging the camera is accomplished with the USB port, allowing it to happen anywhere with the included adapter or even a computer. This does make it a little more difficult to keep a spare battery ready to go though.