The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300 takes all of Sony’s photography know-how, shoves it in a shiney titanium case, and offers up a compact camera that’s so idiot-proof it’d make David Beckham look like David Bailey.
Just because it’s idiot-proof, though, doesn’t make the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300 simple. Far from it in fact. Inside that body you’ll find a pro-level 13.6-megapixel sensor and an array of features to help you take the best pictures Marcello Mastroianni would have been proud of.
We’ll get onto the performance in a minute, though. Let’s stop now to savour the looks. This thing is beautiful. Tiny enough for the tightest jeans pocket, it sports a shiny titanium finish and a plush 2.7-inch LCD on the rear.
Looks aren’t the end of the story here, though. Below the look-at-me skin lurks a fantastic lens and that 13.6MP sensor which delivers superb shots in most conditions. However, the 5fps shooting and the ISO 6400 levels don’t live up to their reputations, with both only working at a reduced three-megapixel resolution. The 3x zoom is nothing to write home about either, struggling to cope with the 13.5MP chip’s power.
Still, with features like Super SteadyShot stabilisation cutting out blur from your shaky hands, smile shutter ensuring you don’t miss a single smirk, and near-instantaneous focusing and shooting for all those candid snaps, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300 is a heady mix of style, size and performance.