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Sony HX300 HELP!!!!

johnlillburne Avatar
16 May 2019 6:43AM
i have been fiddling with my camera and i seem to have altered something that i dont seem to be able to rectify.
about a few hours ago [before i started fiddling] the image completely filled the screen top to bottom.

since fiddling, the image is now a lot narrower, up and down narrower i mean,with some of the screen, top and bottom, not being used ,

can anyone help me with what i have done and how to change it back to full screen ?

bornstupix2 Avatar
bornstupix2 6 131 1 France
16 May 2019 7:04AM
sounds like you have changed the shooting setting....check your ins book or disc under camera settings or search the net for changing shooting settings on Sony HX seems to be under "image size when shooting still images!".........stuart
joshwa Avatar
joshwa Plus
13 927 1 United Kingdom
16 May 2019 8:03AM
It sounds like you've changed the aspect ratio - there should be a choice of 4:3 or 16:9 in the settings.

If you get completely stuck you can reset the camera to default settings (in the menus).

Also, make sure that you're not in video mode (as that by default is a 16:9 aspect ratio).
MentorRon Avatar
MentorRon 5 102 Canada
17 May 2019 3:14AM
The HX300 has a 4:3 shaped LCD ("Screen Type 2.95 in (3.0 type) (4:3) / 921,600 dots / Xtra Fine / TFT LCD.", per the specs).
If you change the ratio to 3:2 or 16:9 you will get black bands at the top and bottom of the LCD, as you do on TV when watching a 4:3 video on a 16:9 screen, except then the black bands are on the sides. See the 2 samples below and the appropriate Sony Camera Manual page...


johnlillburne Avatar
17 May 2019 6:00AM
thank you so much for going to all that trouble for me. I followed your advice and have now rectified the problem.
what would we do without helpful people like yourself
johnlillburne Avatar
17 May 2019 7:17AM
i have tried the web but cant get straight answer to the video aspects of me camera

the camera gives me a choice of 1080 720 VGA. for the best result what should i use

my videos are perhaps a bit jerky any help or advice greatly received
Tianshi_angie Avatar
17 May 2019 10:29AM
The videos are probably jerky because of your movements. Getting smooth videos takes some practice - remember the camera is being guided by you and if you jerk then the video will too. As for which resolution you use for your video it depends to some extent on what equipment you have to play them on. If it is the TV then probably 1080, but try both and see which you like the most.

Sony own advice is here

but when choosing between the AVCHD and MP4 then AVCHD is the better quality. I believe there are now AVCHD players available for download on the net which are free.
MentorRon Avatar
MentorRon 5 102 Canada
17 May 2019 3:36PM

Quote: when choosing between the AVCHD and MP4 then AVCHD is the better quality. I believe there are now AVCHD players available for download on the net which are free.

That is true, but being old and a cheapskate, I have an older video DVD assembly program (free download) that will only accept up to 720p and won't do AVCHD. So I am stuck with MJPEG at 720 (from my Canon TX-1). This works fine on a 40" LED TV from a DVD-R disc, which the program has necessarily down-converted to 480. The Canon has OIS, but probably not as good as current models of cameras. My newer Sony SLT-a58 SLR can also do videos, but I normally just leave the files on the SDHC card and use Chromecast from my laptop to the TV, as I don't do much video any more (just on vacation, for waterfalls etc.). That gives me better quality, but no assembly of shots into a single multi-shot video.
johnlillburne Avatar
17 May 2019 4:45PM
WestCamera Avatar
WestCamera 4 121 United States
26 May 2019 5:41PM
It is good to know you can come here for some help. Nice people on this site.Grin
johnlillburne Avatar
27 May 2019 6:09AM
yes it is

I have only been a member for about a month and they have got me out of many a technical hole

god bless them


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