Sony HDR-AS300R

Sony HDR-AS300R

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The HDR-AS300R was introduced by Sony in December 2016. It belongs to the outdoor and action cams category.

Sony is well-known and shouldn't require further introduction, please see our manufacturer's page for more digital cameras by Sony.

CategoryOutdoor & Action

Being a typical action cam the Sony HDR-AS300R is environmentally sealed and features dedicated protection against the elements.

Water proof- meter
Drop test- meter
Temp. range from0.00 °C

The HDR-AS300R's image sensor has an effective resolution of around 8 megapixel. The resolution is somewhat below average but will be sufficient for most purposes. Photos with this resolution can easily be printed to A3 size.

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.

Resolution8.00 Megapixel
Continuous10 FPS
RAW support

The HDR-AS300R has a built-in lens that can not be changed.

The wide-angle lens with a focal length of 17mm has a largest aperture of F2.8.

Focal length17mm

The HDR-AS300R's shutter speeds range from 1/10000s to 1/30s.

The highest shutter speed of the Sony is just 1/10000s. That's no longer state of the art and may cause problems in challenging light conditions.

Max. shutter speed1/10000s
Min. shutter speed1/30s

The HDR-AS300R's usable sensitivity ranges from 100 ISO to only 1600 ISO.

Min. sensitivity100 ISO
Max. sensitivity1600 ISO

The HDR-AS300R supports all common metering modes.

Center weight

The HDR-AS300R doesn't feature a built-in flash. That is not unsusual in this camera category.

A flash or a trigger for remote flashes can be attached to the Sony's hotshoe.

Hot shoe

When recording videos with the HDR-AS300R, the highest supported resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixel, in other words Full HD Video. 4K videos are not supported by the Sony.

The camera features a connector for an external microphone, a neccessity for good video sound. A built-in mike will record everything in front and to the sides of the camera which is mostly not desired. Internal microphones also tend to record camera sounds like focus beeps.

Videos with the Sony HDR-AS300R at a glance:

Max. resolution1920 x 1080 pixel
...with frame rates25 frames/second
30 frames/second
50 frames/second
60 frames/second
External microphone

The HDR-AS300R has Wifi connectivity already built-in. Use Wifi to transfer images to a smartphone or computer and to remote control the camera. With NFC, camera and smartphone can be paired without the need for passwords.

Another option to transfer images to the smartphone is Bluetooth (Note: Bluetooth connections will not always transmit images or videos with full resolution.)

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:

Remote (wired)
Remote (infrared)
HDMI (standard)
HDMI (mini)
HDMI (micro)
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
USB Micro
USB Mini

What memory cards can be used with the Sony HDR-AS300R?

The HDR-AS300R will only accept Micro SD cards. The Sony does not support SD cards.

With an average image size of 5 megabytes (JPEG, fine) a 32 GByte memory card would hold up to 6400 images.

Supported memory cards at a glance:

Memory cardsMicro SD

Let's have a look at some other features of the Sony HDR-AS300R:

GPS is already built into the HDR-AS300R; that will make it easy to categorize and tag photos afterwards. However, using the GPS receiver can reduce battery life considerably.

The HDR-AS300R features a built-in stabilizer. With a 1x zoom, that's not necessarily a requirement, but nice to have nonetheless.

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 HDR-AS300R 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:

Image stabilizer
Level indicator

The Sony HDR-AS300R works with a NP-BX1 battery. The battery lifetime is a generous 500 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 HDR-AS300R's battery at a glance:

In-camera charging
Battery life500 photos

The Sony HDR-AS300R's dimensions are 29 x 47 x 83mm³. (1.1" x 1.9" x 3.3"). This includes the lens. The camera's weight is only 114 grams (3.7 oz.), lens included.

Front and top view of the HDR-AS300R with dimensions:

Sony HDR-AS300R Dimensions (Width / Height)
Sony HDR-AS300R Dimensions (Width / Depth)

To put the size of the camera in context, here it is next to a typical ID card (c. 86mm x 55mm, about the size of a credit card).

The HDR-AS300R is not much bigger:

Sony HDR-AS300R size comparison
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