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Sony DSC-HX30V
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Sony DSC-HX30V Digital Camera

reviewed.com Editor's Choice PC Mag Editor's Choice
18.2MP 20x CMOS May 2012
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
With an impressive 40x Clear Image digital zoom, faraway subjects are never out of reach with this Cyber-shot HX30V camera. Just zoom in and click away your photos and Full HD videos will sparkle... More
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30 Reasons For

Two Industry Awards

The writers at two expert review sites both thought that this compact camera digital camera was excellent and gave it their highest award. This Sony digital camera received an "Editor's Choice" award from both PC Mag and Reviewed.com.

Expert Reviews Are Good

Based on six expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, PC Mag, CNET.com.au and IT Reviews.com this Sony digital camera has an average expert rating of 81%. If all the digital cameras of this age and type are ranked by average expert review score then this digital camera is in the top 11%.

Good Quality Pictures

A few Sony DSC-HX30V owners wrote in their reviews that the Sony DSC-HX30V was able to produce good images. Cnet.com mentioned on CNET.com “It takes good photos and video to boot”. Pcmag.com wrote in their review of the Sony DSC-HX30V on PC Mag “The 18-megapixel shooter captures sharp photos, does well in dimmer light”. Reviewed.com mentioned “Sharp images” in their review of the Sony DSC-HX30V and gave this digital camera a rating of 4 stars.

Several Sony DSC-HX30V reviewers reckoned that the Sony DSC-HX30V had a good picture resolution. Four years ago expert website Cnet.com mentioned “It has a nice lens, great shooting options” in their review of the Sony DSC-HX30V and scored the Sony DSC-HX30V 80 out of 100. Reviewed.com said in their review of this digital camera “Plenty of shooting options for every kind of user” and scored the product 4 stars.

One customer who bought this digital camera thought it had a good ISO range. Reviewed.com said “Good high ISO performance” in their review of the Sony DSC-HX30V.

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Good Size

A few customers who reviewed it mentioned that it was compact. Expert website Pcmag.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V ($419.99 direct) is a compact point-and-shoot camera with a long 20x zoom lens”. Pcmag.com also said “GPS into one decidedly svelte camera”. Four years ago expert website Reviewed.com wrote in their Sony DSC-HX30V review “The Sony Cyber-shot HX30V is a compact extended zoom camera with an 18.2-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor”.

Good Quality Lens

Three people said in their reviews that this digital camera had a good zoom. Expert website Reviewed.com mentioned “It follows the same formula as previous compact HX-series cameras, fitting a long zoom lens into a compact body”. Reviewed.com also mentioned “Long zoom range”.

One person wrote that this digital camera had a good lens.

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Sony Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

On average Sony compact camera digital cameras have good ratings as do all digital cameras produced by Sony.

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Good Video Capture

Some customers who bought it thought it was good for video recording.

Good Product Quality

One customer who purchased it wrote that it was good quality. Reviewed.com mentioned in their review of the Sony DSC-HX30V “The Sony Cybershot DSCH 30V has excellent photo and video quality for its class, fast shooting performance”.

Fairly Large Screen Size

Across all the digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the DSC-HX30V the screen sizes range from 1" to 4.8", and the average screen size is 2.8". The DSC-HX30V has one of the larger screen sizes (3 inches) amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

The digital zooms of cameras that were launched around the same time as the DSC-HX30V range from 1x to 810x. The Sony DSC-HX30V has a very big digital zoom (40 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as the DSC-HX30V.

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SD Memory Card

This camera supports an MS Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most commonly supported memory card on compact camera digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

Unlike most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as the DSC-HX30V which do not support Full HD video, the DSC-HX30V supports Full HD video.

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Fairly High Megapixel Count

Across all the digital cameras of a similar type and age to the DSC-HX30V the megapixel counts range from 0.3MP to 46MP, and the average megapixel count is 14MP. With a megapixel count of 18.2 megapixels, the DSC-HX30V has one of the higher megapixel counts amongst similar spec cameras of this age.

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

Across all the similar spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago the optical zooms range from 2x to 50x, and the average optical zoom is 9.3x. With an optical zoom of 20 times zoom factor, the DSC-HX30V has a quite big optical zoom compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as the DSC-HX30V.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DSC-HX30V, the Sony DSC-HX30V has an image stabiliser.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The DSC-HX30V has a built-in flash. Most of the other cameras of this age and type also have a built-in flash.

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4896 X 3672 Still Image Resolution

The DSC-HX30V has a 4896 x 3672 still image resolution which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution found on most compact camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as it. This Sony digital camera also have still image resolutions of 1920 x 1080 and 2592 x 1944 and 3648 x 2736. The worst still image resolution of all compact camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the DSC-HX30V is 640 x 360 and the best is 5152 x 3864.

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Has Five White Balance Modes

The DSC-HX30V has a greater number of white balance modes than most cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the DSC-HX30V. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Fluorescent" and "Incandescent" are also found on this digital camera.

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Quite Long Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

With a maximum camera shutter speed of 30 seconds, the Sony DSC-HX30V has a fairly long maximum camera shutter speed compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the DSC-HX30V. The average maximum camera shutter speed of compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the DSC-HX30V is 13s.

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Supports Nine ISO Speeds

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Sony DSC-HX30V is more than most compact camera digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. The most frequently supported ISO speed is 160, but this ISO speed is not supported by this camera. The ISO speeds 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800 and Auto are also supported by this Sony camera.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length

The maximum focal lengths of compact camera digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago range from 13mm to 1,800mm, and the average maximum focal length is 250mm. At 550 millimeters, the DSC-HX30V has a quite long maximum focal length compared to most of the other cameras that have been around for around the same time as the DSC-HX30V.

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Quite High Maximum ISO Speed

Across all the digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the DSC-HX30V the maximum ISO speeds range from 3 to 52,000. The Sony DSC-HX30V has one of the higher maximum ISO speeds (12,800) amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

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Quite High Display Resolution

The lowest display resolution of cameras that were launched around the same time as the DSC-HX30V is 230 pixels, the highest is 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 400,000 pixels. At 921,000 pixels, the Sony DSC-HX30V has a fairly high display resolution compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the DSC-HX30V.

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Quite Many Total Megapixel Count

With a total megapixel count of 18.9 megapixels, the DSC-HX30V has one of the more total megapixel counts amongst comparable spec cameras of this age. Similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as the DSC-HX30V have total megapixel counts of between 10MP and 15,000,000MP, and the average total megapixel count is 52,000MP.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The DSC-HX30V has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most frequently found maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is in fact the best video resolution across all cameras of a similar age and type to the DSC-HX30V.

Across similar types of digital camera the worst video resolution is 320 x 240 pixels.

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4896 X 3672 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The DSC-HX30V has a 4896 x 3672 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than most digital cameras of a similar type and age to it. Most compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it have a 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution. Across all digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the DSC-HX30V the best image resolution is 5152 x 3864 pixels and the worst is 2592 x 1944 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the DSC-HX30V is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by cameras of a similar age and type to the DSC-HX30V. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this digital camera. This Sony camera also support a video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and 1440 x 1080 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution is actually the best supported video resolution amongst all compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

The worst supported video resolution amongst similar types of digital camera is 320 x 240 pixels.

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± 2EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

This digital camera has a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is the most commonly found light exposure correction on cameras of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Fairly Big Battery Capacity

With a battery capacity of 960 milliamperes * hour, the Sony DSC-HX30V has one of the bigger battery capacities amongst similar spec cameras of this age. Comparable spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DSC-HX30V have battery capacities of between 170mAh and 2,000mAh.

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Short

The Sony DSC-HX30V is one of the shortest digital cameras that are a similar age to the DSC-HX30V (only 34.6 millimeters) amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age. The shortest camera of this age and type is 16mm tall and the tallest is 750mm.

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10 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Video Recording

The Sony DSC-HX30V does not support video recording, unlike most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the DSC-HX30V, the DSC-HX30V does not support WiFi connectivity.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the DSC-HX30V are not 3D compatible. The Sony DSC-HX30V is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a GPS

Like most of the other compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the DSC-HX30V, the DSC-HX30V does not have a GPS.

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Not Waterproof

The DSC-HX30V is not waterproof. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the DSC-HX30V are also not waterproof.

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Heavy

The DSC-HX30V is one of the heavier cameras that were released around the same time as the DSC-HX30V (221 grams) amongst similar spec cameras of this age. The weights of comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the DSC-HX30V range from 20g to 710g, and the average weight is 170g.

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Only Features Four Flash Modes

The DSC-HX30V has a greater number of flash modes than most similar spec cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This Sony digital camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on digital cameras that came out around the same time as the DSC-HX30V. The flash modes "Flash off", "Flash on" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this camera.

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Only Has One Image Editing Mode

The number of image editing modes found on the Sony DSC-HX30V is more than most digital cameras of this spec and age. The most commonly found image editing mode is Resizing, but this image editing mode is not found on this camera. The image editing modes Trimming are also found on this Sony digital camera.

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Thick

The thinnest digital camera of a comparable spec and age to the DSC-HX30V is 13mm deep and the thickest is 2,200mm. At 61.9 millimeters, the DSC-HX30V is fairly thick compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

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Quite Big Minimum ISO Speed

The DSC-HX30V has one of the bigger minimum ISO speed (100) amongst cameras of this age. The minimum ISO speed of cameras of this age and type range from 10 to 800, and the average minimum ISO speed is 96.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Sony DSC-HX30V

Released Over Four Years Ago

Sony released the DSC-HX30V over four years ago.

MOS Sensor Type

The Sony DSC-HX30V has a MOS sensor type which is better than most digital cameras of a similar type and age to it. Most similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago have a CCD sensor type.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Lens Structure
Aspheric Element
Focusing
Auto Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Memory
Memory Card
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
USB Connector Type
USB Connector
Camera
White Balance Mode
Self-Timer
Image Editing Mode
Built-In Processor
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Battery Size
Battery Capacity
Battery Voltage
Packaging Content
Included Cable
Other Features

2 Awards

reviewed.com Editor's Choice PC Mag Editor's Choice

Expert Reviews

(10)
23 January 2013

With its Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V, Sony packs a long 20x zoom lens, Wi-Fi, and GPS into one decidedly svelte camera. It's one of the more expensive compact superzoom models you'll find, but all those...

11 October 2012

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Reviewed.com

Sharp images
Good high ISO performance
Wi-Fi
GPS
Long zoom range
Expensive
The H 30V is expensive, especially compared with competing models
It's not always the easiest camera to use and the feature set is so deep it might be too much for some users
5 July 2012

With its Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V, Sony packs a long 20x zoom lens, Wi-Fi, and GPS into one decidedly svelte camera. It's one of the more expensive compact superzoom models you'll find, but all those...

PC Mag

1 June 2012

The Sony CyberShot DSC-HX30V is a point-and-shoot that we recommend wholeheartedly. But expect a $394.99-$419.99 price...

23 May 2012

The feature-rich Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V has a great mix of speed and photo quality...

22 May 2012

The feature-rich Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V has a great mix of speed and photo quality...

6 November 2012

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17 April 2013

Si quieres una cámara compacta con gran calidad de imagen y muy buena velocidad de procesamiento y captura, la Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V es una gran opción...

Buena calidad de fotografa y video, gran velocidad de captura y varias opciones de modos, efectos y escenas
Al contar con tantas funciones puede ser un poco difcil de utilizar en un inicio
21 June 2012

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7 June 2012

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers dschx30, dschx30v, sony dschx30, sony dschx30v, sony dschx30vb
Barcodes 00017856396836, 00027242843912

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