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Sony DSC-QX30
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Sony DSC-QX30 Digital Camera

chip.com.my Outstanding
20.4MP 30x CMOS Sep 2014
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
Get Closer Than Ever Before With The QX30Capture beautiful shots, whatever the distance, with the DSC-QX30 featuring 30x optical zoom, Optical SteadyShot, and Lock-on AF. Now you can shoot images... More
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27 Reasons For

One Industry Award

The writer at one expert review site concluded that this digital camera was good. Chip.com.my gave this camera an "Outstanding" award.

Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on seven expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine and Techradar this Sony camera has an overall expert rating of 71%.

Excellent Owner Reviews

The average owner rating of this Sony digital camera is excellent based on 18 owner reviews. This puts this digital camera in the top 4% of all the cameras that have been on the market for more than two years when ranked by average owner review score.

Good Quality Lens

A number of people wrote in their reviews that it had a good lens. Ephotozine.com mentioned in their review of the Sony DSC-QX30 on expert review site Ephotozine “The Sony Cyber-shot QX30 is one of Sony's "Smart Lens" cameras, designed to be used with a smartphone” but they only gave the Sony DSC-QX30 a rating of 3 stars. Ephotozine.com also mentioned “It gives you an impressive 30x optical zoom lens, vastly improving the reach of your camera”. Techradar.com mentioned in their review “It looks like a giant add-on lens for your smartphone.”.

Several Sony DSC-QX30 owners who reviewed this digital camera mentioned that it had a good zoom. One customer said in their reviews that this digital camera had a good autofocus. In November last year Katia said in her review of the Sony DSC-QX30 “The focus is fast”.

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Good Quality Pictures

Several people mentioned in their reviews that the Sony DSC-QX30 was able to produce good images. Amazon Customer wrote in their Sony DSC-QX30 review on Amazon in November this year “This lense is fantastic with excellent images in all conditions with little or no noise on any photos.”. Amazon Customer also said “I'm really impressed with this device as in full zoomed in pictures are again of high quality”. Katia wrote in November last year “The pictures are good even at low light” and scored it 5 stars.

Two people reckoned that the product had a good image sensor. Pocket-Lint.com mentioned in their review on Pocket Lint two years ago “The idea is to give you a high quality sensor with prope”. Steves-Digicams.com mentioned on Steve's Digicams “The press photographs says "Exmor R" implying this is a 10.2-megapixel CMOS image sensor capable of recording Full HD 1080/60p videos”.

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Easy to Use

Four customers who purchased it wrote that it was easy to use. Last year Adbona gave this digital camera a score of 5 stars and mentioned “Slow shutter speeds make it fun to use” in their review of this digital camera. Katia wrote “Fast and easy to use!” in her review of the Sony DSC-QX30. Ephotozine mentioned in their review of the Sony DSC-QX30 “Easy to use with app” but despite that they only rated it 3 stars.

One Sony DSC-QX30 owner who purchased it thought it had a good experience. Techradar.com wrote on expert review site Techradar “Neither was a seamless, particularly quick experience”.

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Good Product Quality

Four Sony DSC-QX30 reviewers who reviewed it wrote that it was good quality. Adbona said in their review of the Sony DSC-QX30 on Amazon “The zoom is amazing and the picture quality is great”. Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon “What i really wanted this for was the zoom to get better quality wildlife and country pics”. Hsn1989 wrote on Amazon last year “Can take high quality images ( get use to be asked which app you are using for these picturesXD” in their review of this digital camera.

Sony Cameras Have Good Reviews

Digital cameras produced by Sony have good ratings on average compared to other brands. We also checked the reviews for all cameras (not just digital cameras) and found that Sony also has good ratings across its entire range.

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Good Size

A few Sony DSC-QX30 owners who bought this digital camera reckoned that it was compact. Photographyblog.com wrote on PhotographyBlog.com two years ago “The Cyber-shot DSC-QX30 is another camera from Sony which fits into the “lens camera” category of the company's compact camera line-up”. Also two years ago Techradar.com said “It seemed like an interesting solution to the problem of declining compact camera sales” in their review of this digital camera.

Nice Design

One customer who reviewed the product said that it was good looking. Hsn1989 rated the product 5 stars and wrote in their review “Works as charms very beautiful images compared to smarphones camera”.

Acceptable Noise Level

One person who reviewed the product thought it was noisy.

Robust

One person wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was well made. Expert website Ephotozine.com said in their review of the Sony DSC-QX30 “A built in screen”.

Good Technical Features

One person who purchased the product thought it had good features. Baitman wrote “He loves it, always discovering new and interesting features” and rated the product 5 stars.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One person concluded that the product had a good screen.

Good Video Capture

One Sony DSC-QX30 reviewer wrote that the product was good for video recording.

Supports WiFi Connectivity

The DSC-QX30 supports WiFi connectivity, unlike most of the other cameras of this age and type which do not support WiFi connectivity.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The DSC-QX30 supports Full HD video, unlike most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec which do not support Full HD video.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The DSC-QX30 has an image stabiliser, which is unusual. Most of the other digital cameras that have been around for more than two years do not have an image stabiliser.

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Very Big Optical Zoom

When compared to other digital cameras that came out more than two years ago, the DSC-QX30's optical zoom of 30 times zoom factor is one of the biggest. The smallest optical zoom of cameras that came out around the same time as the DSC-QX30 is 3x and the biggest is 30x.

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Very High Megapixel Count

Digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the DSC-QX30 have megapixel counts of between 1.3MP and 21MP, and the average megapixel count is 10MP. When compared to other digital cameras that came out around the same time as the DSC-QX30, the DSC-QX30's megapixel count of 20.4 megapixels is one of the highest.

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Very High JPEG Frame Rate

The average JPEG frame rate of cameras of a similar spec and age to the DSC-QX30 is 31fps. When compared to other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the DSC-QX30 that we have assessed, the Sony DSC-QX30's JPEG frame rate of 60 frames per second is one of the highest.

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Has Four White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the DSC-QX30 is more than most digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on cameras of a comparable spec and age to the DSC-QX30. The white balance modes "Daylight", "Cloudy" and "Incandescent" are also found on this Sony camera.

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5184 X 3888 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum image resolution of 5184 x 3888 pixels, which is typical of many cameras of a comparable type and age to it.

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Supports Two ISO Speeds

The DSC-QX30 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it. The most frequently supported ISO speed is 8,000, but this ISO speed is not supported by this Sony camera. The ISO speeds 80 and 12800 are also supported by this camera.

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Features One Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the DSC-QX30 is more than most digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. The most frequently featured auto focus is Centre weighted Auto Focus, but this auto focus is not featured on this camera. The auto focus Single Auto Focus are also featured on this Sony digital camera.

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MP4 Video Format

This camera supports an MP4 video format, which is the most frequently supported video format on digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Very Narrow

Across all the digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago the widths range from 59mm to 620mm. With a width of only 68.4 millimeters, the DSC-QX30 is one of the narrower digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the DSC-QX30 amongst digital cameras of this age.

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9 Reasons Against

Poor Battery Life

One person who bought the Sony DSC-QX30 thought it did not have a good battery life.

Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The DSC-QX30 does not have a built-in flash. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the DSC-QX30 also do not have a built-in flash.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

Most digital cameras that came out more than two years ago do not support video recording. The DSC-QX30 is no exception to this as it too does not support video recording.

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Not Waterproof

Most digital cameras that are a similar age to the DSC-QX30 are not waterproof. The DSC-QX30 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Not 3D Compatible

The DSC-QX30 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other digital cameras that have been around for more than two years are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a GPS

Most digital cameras that came out more than two years ago do not have a GPS. The DSC-QX30 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS.

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Only 640 X 480 Still Image Resolution

The DSC-QX30 has a higher still image resolution than most similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This Sony camera has a 640 x 480 still image resolution, whereas most cameras of this age and spec have a 2816 x 1880 still image resolution. Across all similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago the worst still image resolution is 384 x 480 and the best is 6016 x 4016.

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Only 200 Shots Per Battery Charge

The DSC-QX30 is a digital camera that takes 200 shots shots per battery charge.

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Only Has Two Light Exposure Modes

The DSC-QX30 has a greater number of light exposure modes than most similar spec cameras that came out more than two years ago. This Sony digital camera has a Shutter priority AE light exposure mode, which is the most commonly found light exposure mode found on similar spec cameras that were launched around the same time as the DSC-QX30. The light exposure mode "Aperture priority AE" is also found on this digital camera.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Sony DSC-QX30

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when Sony released the DSC-QX30.

Average Weight

With a weight of 178 grams, the DSC-QX30 has a fairly average weight compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Focal Length Range
Focusing
Auto Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
HD Type
Memory
Memory Card
Display
Display
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
USB Connector Type
HDMI Port
USB Version
USB Connector
Camera
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Self-Timer
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery Size
Shot Per Battery Charge
Networking
Technical Details
Image Processor
Lens System
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Technical Details
Optical Zoom
White Balance
Shooting Modes
Image Processor

1 Award

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Expert Reviews

(17)
9 December 2015

The Sony Cyber-shot QX30 is an easy way to add a 30x optical zoom lens camera to a smartphone, although for roughly the same price, you could get the Sony Cyber-shot WX500 , which offers a 30x...

Adds 30x optical zoom lens to your smartphone or tablet
Optical Image Stabilisation
Builtin tripod socket
WiFi and NFC
MicroUSB charging
Quite large
Doesn't add a flash, for that you need the Q 1
No filters, scene modes or panoramic shooting modes
WiFi connection can be disrupted
No screen
4 August 2015

In something smaller than a can of soda, you get a camera with 30x zoom reach. What is not to like about this thing?(previously published in issue July 2015)...

Chip.com.my

7 November 2014

At a glance 20.4-million-pixel Exmor R CMOS sensor Sony G Lens with 30x optical zoom 10fps burst-mode shooting Sony QX30 with an iPhone 4S attached Sony has followed its entirely original take on... Read more…

5 November 2014

The Cyber-shot DSC-QX30 is another camera from Sony which fits into the ?lens camera? category of the company's compact camera line-up. It doesn't include a screen, or a standard grip as you might... Read more…

23 October 2014

Ultimately, the success of this camera relies on the device that you're using it with. We used it with both an Android phone with NFC and an iPhone with Wi-Fi, and neither was a seamless,...

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 12 May 2015 by Geoman
Geoman would recommend the Sony CyberShot DSC-QX30 (Verified Purchase)

This camera give a whole new perspective to point and shoot. One can take some interesting angle pictures and in some hard to reach areas that other cameras are not able to do...

Reviewed 6 October 2015 by Bryandd
Bryandd would recommend the Sony CyberShot DSC-QX30 (Verified Purchase)

Fantastic lens/camera and a great addition to my iPhone. For those shots you just can't get without a zoom. My big problem is that I updated to an iPhone 6s Plus and the clap adapter will not fit... Read more…

Reviewed 5 May 2015 by Moretti
Moretti would recommend the Sony CyberShot DSC-QX30

It's an excellent solution in case you need a good camera that t's easy to carry and with a very good zoom. This attached camera in "partnership" with your smartphone makes the role of a full... Read more…

(Verified Purchase)

Bought my qx30 lense with Techcom through Amazon it was slightly cheaper with been a demonstration model but was in as new condition so well pleased with the prompt service and overall condition... Read more…

Reviewed 21 May 2016 by Ernie
(Verified Purchase)

Excellent. It is sony...

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers dscqx30bce7
Barcodes 00795871621958, 04905524989144
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