Sony DSC-W300 compact camera

CyberShot DSC-W300 Digital Camera

This point and shoot has it all—and then some. The DSC-W300 includes a wide range of convenient features, including Smile Shutter Mode which captures smiles the moment they happen. The compact and scratch-resistant titanium-coated body features an astounding 13.6 megapixel resolution, 2.7" Clear Photo LCD™ display, Carl Zeiss® 3x optical zoom lens, and Sony's Double Anti-Blur solution for crisp, clear images. In addition, it has Face Detection technology that optimizes flash, focus, exposure and color for up to eight faces, as well as Intelligent Scene Recognition that automatically detects five different types of scenes and takes a picture with the optimal camera settings.


Expanding the HD Slide Show with Music feature3, PHOTOMUSIC combines images with music to produce fun and entertaining slide shows. The five standard visual effects (Simple, Basic, Nostalgic, Active and Stylish) have been supplemented with Face1: Basic, Face2: Nostalgic and Face3: Stylish for a total of eight effects. Additionally, the number of music tracks stored in the camera memory has been doubled from four to eight, and music playback time has been extended from three to five minutes per track. More personalized slide shows are also possible by transferring music from a PC to the camera.

Stamina® Battery Power

Provides extended battery life10and shooting capacity when using a fully charged Lithium Ion battery-- enough to cover a long weekend or a whole vacation10.

HDTV Compatibility2

High-resolution images can be enjoyed in all their beauty simply by connecting the camera directly to a Sony BRAVIA® HDTV or other compatible HDTV2. This provides an excellent alternative to viewing photos as prints or on a computer monitor, and is ideal for users who want to share photos in the comfort of their living room. Optional HD solutions include a Cyber-shot® Station with component cable output, or component cable directly to your compatible HDTV. (All sold separately.)

Convenient Photo Modes

To adjust quickly for specific shooting situations, you can choose from several convenient photo modes, including Auto, Program Auto, and Scene Selections such as Twilight, Landscape, Soft Snap, Snow, High Sensitivity, and Beach environments.

13.6 MP Super HAD™ CCD

More megapixels give you greater image definition so you can make big prints and tight crops without losing detail. The advanced Sony® Super HAD™ (Hole Accumulated Diode) CCD design allows more light to pass to each pixel, increasing sensitivity and reducing noise.

2.7” Clear Photo LCD Display

A large, bright 2.7”1 Clear Photo LCD™ display includes an anti-reflective coating that provides for excellent visibility to help you compose, view, and share photos with superb clarity and color reproduction, even in bright sunlight.

9-Point Auto Focus

Because an off-center subject can make your shot more interesting, a 9-point auto focus measures auto-focus at 9 precision points instead of 5 -- giving you greater creative freedom to compose your image.

15 MB Internal Memory

Even if you forget your flash memory card, you can get the shot because 15MB internal memory lets you capture a limited number of shots with in-camera convenience, then easily transfer your shots to a PC or optional Memory Stick Duo™ media.

Memory Stick Duo™ Media Convenience

A built-in slot accepts optional Memory Stick Duo™ media or Memory Stick PRO Duo™ media -- the compact, high-capacity storage media that make it easily to upload photos to your PC and are compatible with millions of devices worldwide.

16:9 High-Resolution Mode

In addition to the standard 2-megapixel size, the convenient 16:9 aspect ratio shooting mode for HDTV2 display can now be shot in 7-megapixels, making it possible to obtain beautiful, high-definition prints with the same aspect ratio as HDTV2.

Automatic Macro Shooting

Standard Auto Focus now covers the macro focus range, eliminating the need to manually change focus modes for close-up photography. The Macro mode has not been eliminated, and enabling it accelerates Auto Focus when shooting at point-blank range.

Burst Mode-2

You can fire off three shots automatically at 1-second intervals (VGA standard mode) or 2-second intervals (full resolution mode) -- a great way to capture a child’s first steps or a pet’s best tricks.

Dynamic Range Optimization

Powered by the exclusive Sony BIONZ™ high-speed processing engine, Dynamic Range Optimization preserves image data in bright highlights and reveals more detail in shadows or backlit areas -- for great results even in difficult lighting conditions.

Easy Image Management

To help you find the right image among many, Date View Mode and Favorites Mode have been added to the standard Folder View. Date View Mode displays a calendar view, while Favorites Mode shows only user-selected images. Furthermore, you can filter photos by face types such as portrait, child, baby, and smile.

Easy Shooting Mode

A simplified camera environment especially attractive to beginners or digital camera users who want to keep things simple, Easy Shooting provides easy-to-read, on-screen instructions and limits the number of camera settings to help prevent misuse of the camera while still providing excellent results.

Face Detection-2

Face Detection technology recognizes up to 8 faces and automatically controls focus, exposure, color, and flash to help reveal faces in shadows, make skin tones look more natural, reduce red-eye, and eliminate harsh facial glare, so your photos bring out every expression on every face in every shot.

Function Guide

This beginner-friendly function helps manage various functions and settings by displaying the description of chosen functions or settings on the LCD screen. The Function Guide can also be switched off.

HD Slide Show with Music3

It’s the high-definition viewing experience that makes photos more entertaining to watch, accompanied by your choice of visual effects and any of four preset musical selections stored in memory or your favorite music downloaded from PC to your camera for use as background music3.

In-Camera Retouching

Add creative effects to photos after you shoot using any of 10 editing functions, including: Trimming, Red-Eye adjustment, Soft Focus filter, Unsharp Mask, Cross filter, Partial Color filter, Fish-eye filter, Retro, Radial Blur and Happy Face. The Happy Face effect uses photo retouching to put a smile on faces, with smile levels adjustable from 1 to 5.

In-Camera Red-Eye Reduction

Irritating “glowing eyes” can ruin even the most creative photos, but in-camera red eye reduction corrects your photos at the touch of a button to reduce lingering red-eye effect that other systems might miss.

Intelligent Scene Recognition Mode

Intelligent Scene Recognition mode automatically detects 5 different types of scenes and selects the appropriate camera setting: Backlight, Backlight & Portrait, Twilight, Twilight & Portrait, and Twilight with Tripod. Intelligent Scene Recognition has two different modes, advanced and auto. Advanced mode takes two shots, one with the standard automatic settings and the other with optimized settings. Auto mode takes a single shot, using the camera's intelligence to decide proper settings.

MPEG Movie VX Fine Mode

Capture VGA (640 x 480) audio/video clips at a high frame rate (up to 30 frames per second7), with the length of your video limited only by the capacity of your media.

Multi-Resizing Function

Resize your photos in-camera for virtually any purpose! Standard 4:3 images can be resized to widescreen 16:9 and 2 MP resolution for display on an HDTV. Conversely, high resolution, widescreen 16:9 images can be resized to 4:3 size with VGA (640 x 480) resolution -- perfect for sharing with friends and family via e-mail (internet connection required). A simple 4-direction touch-screen control also makes it easy to trim photos.

Optical Viewfinder

In addition to the LCD display, a built-in optical viewfinder lets you compose your photos in traditional rangefinder camera style, and also helps save battery power by turning off your LCD display.

PhotoTV HD

PhotoTV HD compatibility9 allows the camera to be connected to a PhotoTV HD-capable Sony BRAVIA HDTV via the optional HD output adaptor, for highly detailed, high-definition color images displayed in unprecedented realism and full HD quality. (All sold separately.)

Picture Motion Browser Software

Supplied software makes it easier to upload, organize, and search photos on your PC. When shooting photos using your camera and an optional GPS unit, the software even provides a convenient map view function that lets you sort photos by location and display their origin on a world map.

Simple Setup Controls

A quick press of the Home button opens your user-friendly graphical interface -- and you can select functions by simply moving a cursor vertically or horizontally to the appropriate icon. Function names and the on-screen Function Guide display make it easier to learn camera setup operations.

Smart Zoomî Feature

The Sony Smart Zoomî feature intelligently ÃÂÃÂcrops intoÃÂàthe central portion of interest in your photo, helping avoid the image degradation of other digital zooms.

Sony Double Anti-Blur Solution

The combination of Super SteadyShotî optical image stabilization and high ISO sensitivity helps compensate for shaky hands, minimizes blur, and allow flash-free shooting to preserve the mood.

Super SteadyShotî optical image stabilization-2

Super SteadyShotî optical image stabilization compensates for shaky hands and minimizes blur with optical sensors that detect camera movement and send correcting signals to a stabilization lens -- so thereâÃÂÃÂs no need to crop in on your shot to reduce blur.


Maximum memory card size 
16 GB


Maximum video resolution 
640 x 480 pixels
Video resolutions 
320 x 240, 640 x 480 pixels
Video formats supported 
Motion JPEG frame rate
30 fps

Technical details

USB 2.0
Colour of product 
ISO sensitivity 
80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, Auto
Aperture range (F-F) 
2.8 - 5.5
Focal length range (f-f) 
7.6 - 22.8 mm
Auto focusing (AF) modes 
Centre weighted Auto Focus, Monitoring Auto Focus, Multi Point Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus, Spot Auto Focus
Bundled software 
Picture Motion Browser 3.0 + USB Driver + Picture Package Music Transfer
Camera file system
DCF 2.0, DPOF 1.1
Camera shutter speed 
1/4 - 1/2000s
Compatible memory cards 
MS Duo, MS PRO Duo, MS Pro-HG Duo
Flash modes 
Auto, Flash off, Flash on, Forced off, Forced on, Pre-flash, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization
Internal memory 
15 MB
Light exposure control
Program AE
Light exposure correction
± 2EV (1/3EV step)
Light metering 
Centre-weighted, Spot
13.6 MP
Memory slots 
On Screen Display (OSD) languages
Optical zoom 
Scene modes 
Beach, Fireworks, Landscape, Night, Night portrait, Portrait, Self-portrait, Snow, Twilight, Underwater
Sensor type 
Video capability 
Viewfinder type 
White balance 
Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Incandescent

Ports & interfaces

Built-in microphone 


Power source type 
Battery type 
Battery life (max) 
Number of batteries supported 


Display resolution (numeric) 
230000 pixels
Field of view

Technical details

Display diagonal 
6.86 cm (2.7")

Lens system

Extra/Smart zoom
Focus adjustment
Digital zoom 
Focal length (35mm film equivalent)
35 - 105 mm
Image stabilizer 


Camera type 
Compact camera
Camera playback
Movie, Single image, Slide show
Multi burst mode 
Image editing
Built-in processor


Macro focusing range (tele)
0.34 - ∞
Macro focusing range (wide)
0.05 - ∞

Light exposure

Light exposure modes 


Built-in flash 
Flash range (tele)
0.4 - 2.8m
Flash range (wide)
0.2 - 5.5m

System requirements

Mac compatibility 
Windows operating systems supported 
Windows 2000 Professional, Windows ME, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Professional
Mac operating systems supported 
Mac OS 9.1, Mac OS 9.2, Mac OS X 10.1 Puma, Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar, Mac OS X 10.3 Panther, Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard


Battery life (CIPA standard)
300 shots
Battery capacity 
960 mAh

Packaging content

Battery technology 
Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Hand strap
Batteries included
Battery charger included

Picture quality

Image sensor size
25.4/43.2 mm (1/1.7")
Image formats supported 
Still image resolution(s) 
640 x 480, 1920 x 1080, 1920 x 1080, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1536, 2592 x 1944, 3264 x 2448, 4224 x 2376, 4224 x 2376
Supported aspect ratios 
3:2, 16:9

Weight & dimensions

Filter size 
7.4 cm
Weight (including battery)
9.43 cm
2.68 cm
5.9 cm

Other features

USB 2.0 ports quantity 
Lens system 
Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar