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The Cyber-shot HX350 was introduced by Sony in December 2016. It belongs to the Superzooms category.
Sony is well-known and shouldn't require further introduction, please see our manufacturer's page for more digital cameras by Sony.
The Cyber-shot HX350 features a CMOS sensor in Compact size that has an area of approximately 6 x 5 mm² (0.24" x 0.18").
The Cyber-shot HX350's image sensor has an effective resolution of around 20 megapixel. The resolution is above average and will be sufficient for the foreseeable future. Photos with this resolution can easily be printed in A2 size or larger, even if unwanted parts of the photo have to be cropped.
The Sony does not support recording RAW images. RAW images are stored as they come from the sensor, without any in-camera processing or sharpening. Converting to JPEG or other formats takes place on the computeand involves one extra processing step but will almost always result in superior image quality.
|Sensor area||6.17 x 4.55mm²|
(0.24" x 0.18")
|Resolution (physical)||21.00 megapixel|
|Resolution (effective)||20.10 megapixel|
|Pixel size||1.87 µm²|
The Cyber-shot HX350 has a built-in lens that can not be changed.
The Sony's focal length goes from 24mm to 1200mm, a zoom range of 50x. The aperture varies from F2.8 at the short or wide-angle end, to F6.3.
|Focal length (min)||24mm|
|Focal length (max)||1200mm|
The Cyber-shot HX350 uses an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 0.25 megapixel, close to the practical minimum for a viewfinder like this.The magnifcation is c. 0.50x, an average value for an electronic viewfinder.
The infographic illustrates the viewfinder magnification of the Cyber-shot HX350. The black area represents a magnification of 1x, corresponding to natural size. The red frame indicates the largest viewfinder magnification in any digital camera on the market today (0.85x).
Tip: If the viewfinder image of the Cyber-shot HX350 is fuzzy, us the little wheel next to the viewfinder to adjust the sharpness.
The Cyber-shot HX350's shutter speeds range from 1/4000s to 30s.
|Max. shutter speed||1/4000s|
|Min. shutter speed||30s|
The Cyber-shot HX350's sensitivity goes from 80 ISO und 3200 ISO, a very useful and practical range.
|Min. sensitivity||80 ISO|
|Max. sensitivity||3200 ISO|
The Cyber-shot HX350 supports all common metering modes.
The Sony will also allow spot metering, a must for challenging motives.
The Cyber-shot HX350's auto focus processor uses 1 AF points (or sensors). A basic rule of thumb says that the more AF points you have, the better. More AF points mean a better chance to have a point at the location of interest in a scene, a big plus in challenging situations (e.g. in low light).
Manual focus is also possible with the Sony, a plus in tricky situations or for some creative freedom.
The Cyber-shot HX350 features a built-in flash with a range of up to 8m (28 ft.). That range will work for most situations.
A hotshoe is missing from the Sony.
The Cyber-shot HX350 features a monitor with a diagonal of 75.00mm (3.0 in.) and a resolution of c. 0.92 megapixel. That's about average.
The camera's display is articulated, a plus for selfies and other challenging situations.
The Cyber-shot HX350 does not feature a touch screen.
Display characteristics at a glance:
When recording videos with the Cyber-shot HX350, the highest supported resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixel, in other words Full HD Video. 4K videos are not supported by the Sony.
A connector for an external microphone is missing from the Sony. A built-in mike will usually record everything in front and to the sides of the camera which is not always what the film maker wants. Internal microphones also tend to record camera sounds like focus beeps.
Videos with the Sony Cyber-shot HX350 at a glance:
|Max. resolution||1920 x 1080 pixel|
|...with frame rates||24 frames/second|
|CONNECTIVITY & WIRELESS|
Built-in wireless connectivity is not available with the Sony. You will need appropriate accessories to wirelessly transfer images between camera and smartphone.Connect the Sony to a monitor or TV set over HDMI.
The Sony connects to your PC over USB 2.0.
The Sony's connectivity at a glance:
What memory cards can be used with the Sony Cyber-shot HX350?
The camera will accept all common SD HC and SD XC cards. Sony MemorySticks can be used, too.
With an average image size of 8 megabytes (JPEG, fine) a 32 GByte memory card would hold up to 4000 images.
Supported memory cards at a glance:
Memory Stick Pro Duo
Memory Stick Micro
Let's have a look at some other features of the Sony Cyber-shot HX350:
The Cyber-shot HX350 doesn't have a built-in GPS receiver. If you want to add coordinates to your photos, you'll have to do so in 3rd party software like Adobe Lightroom.
The Cyber-shot HX350 features a built-in stabilizer. With a 50x zoom a must-have.
A nice addition is the Sony's electronic level. The camera displays an indicator on the monitor that makes it super-easy to level the camera horizontally, very useful when doing architectural photography.
The camera has a built-in function to facilitate creating panoramas: While panning the Sony over the scene, the camera takes a sequence of images which are then automatically assembled to form a panorama.
If you are into HDRs, the camera won't create those automatically. You will have to manually create image sequences and later assemble those sequnces in third-party software.
The Cyber-shot HX350 is not environmentally sealed against dust and moisture; keep that in mind in the rain and on the beach.
The Sony's features in a handy table:
The Sony Cyber-shot HX350 works with a NP-BX1 LiIon battery. The battery lifetime is a generous 380 shots. Usually enough for a full day or more.
The battery can be charged over USB while in camera. Very useful, especially on vacation when most people bring a USB charger for their smartphone anyway.
The Cyber-shot HX350's battery at a glance:
|Battery life||380 photos|
The Sony Cyber-shot HX350's dimensions are 129.6 x 93 x 103.2mm³. (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.1"). This includes the lens. The camera's weight is a reasonable 652 grams (21.0 oz.), lens included.
Front and top view of the Cyber-shot HX350 with dimensions:
To put the size of the camera in context, here it is next to a german ID card (c. 86mm x 55mm, about the size of a credit card).
The Cyber-shot HX350 is clearly bigger:
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