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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 Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer 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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28 Reasons For

Two Industry Awards

This digital camera was given an "Editor's Choice" award by both PC Mag and Reviewed.com, both of which wrote that this camera was superb.

Expert Reviews Are Good

On average, based on six expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, PC Mag, CNET.com.au and IT Reviews.com the average expert rating of this Sony camera is 81 out of 100. Experts think this camera is one of the better digital cameras of a similar type and age.

Good Quality Pictures

A few Sony DSC-HX30V reviewers reckoned that the product was able to produce good images. Expert review site Cnet.com gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and wrote “It takes good photos and video to boot”. Pcmag.com said on PC Mag “The 18-megapixel shooter captures sharp photos, does well in dimmer light” and rated the Sony DSC-HX30V 80 out of 100. Reviewed.com mentioned five years ago “Sharp images” .

Two customers reckoned that the Sony DSC-HX30V had a good picture resolution. Expert website Cnet.com scored the Sony DSC-HX30V 4 stars and said five years ago “It has a nice lens, great shooting options”. Reviewed.com mentioned “Plenty of shooting options for every kind of user” in their review of the Sony DSC-HX30V.

One Sony DSC-HX30V owner who bought this digital camera considered that it had a good ISO range. Reviewed.com wrote in their Sony DSC-HX30V review “Good high ISO performance”.

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Good Size

Five people who bought the product thought it was compact. Five years ago Pcmag.com gave the product a rating of 4 stars and said on expert website PC Mag “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 wrote “GPS into one decidedly svelte camera”. Pcmag.com also mentioned “It's one of the more expensive compact superzoom models you'll find.”.

Good Quality Lens

Three Sony DSC-HX30V reviewers considered that the product had a good zoom. Expert review site Reviewed.com scored it 4 stars and wrote “The Sony Cyber-shot HX30V is a compact extended zoom camera with an 18.2-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor” in their Sony DSC-HX30V review. Reviewed.com also wrote “It follows the same formula as previous compact HX-series cameras, fitting a long zoom lens into a compact body”. Reviewed.com also said “Long zoom range”.

One Sony DSC-HX30V reviewer wrote in their reviews that the Sony DSC-HX30V had a good lens.

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Good Video Capture

A few Sony DSC-HX30V owners wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was good for video recording.

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

We calculated the average reviews for all Sony digital cameras and also specifically for Sony compact cameras and found that in both cases Sony had good reviews compared to other brands.

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Good Product Quality

One Sony DSC-HX30V owner said in their reviews that the Sony DSC-HX30V was good quality. Reviewed.com said “The Sony Cybershot DSCH 30V has excellent photo and video quality for its class, fast shooting performance” and rated this digital camera 4 stars.

Good Connectivity

One person who reviewed the Sony DSC-HX30V considered that it had gps.

Quite Large Display Diagonal

Digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years have display diagonals of between 1" and 4.8", and the average display diagonal is 2.8". At 3 inches, the DSC-HX30V has a fairly large display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the DSC-HX30V.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

The average digital zoom of compact cameras that are a comparable age to the DSC-HX30V is 11x, and the digital zooms range from 1x to 810x. With a digital zoom of 40 times zoom factor, the DSC-HX30V's digital zoom is one of the biggest amongst cameras of this age and spec.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an MS Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is the most frequently supported compatible memory cards on compact cameras that are a similar age to it. 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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Quite High Megapixel

The DSC-HX30V has a fairly high megapixel (18.2 megapixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this type and age. The megapixels of compact cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 0.3MP to 46MP, and the average megapixel is 14MP.

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

Across all the cameras of a similar spec and age to the DSC-HX30V the optical zooms range from 3x to 63x, and the average optical zoom is 9.3x. With an optical zoom of 20 times zoom factor, the DSC-HX30V has one of the bigger optical zooms amongst compact cameras of this age.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The DSC-HX30V has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the DSC-HX30V.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The DSC-HX30V has a built-in flash, as do most of the other compact cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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4896 X 3672 Still Image Resolution(s)

The DSC-HX30V has a 4896 x 3672 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most cameras of this age and spec. Most compact cameras that are a similar age to it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this camera have still image resolution(s)s of 1920 x 1080 and 2592 x 1944 and 3648 x 2736. The worst still image resolution of all compact cameras that have been around for more than two years is 640 x 360 and the best is 5152 x 3864.

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Has Five White Balances

The DSC-HX30V has a greater number of white balance modes than most cameras of this spec and age. This Sony digital camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the DSC-HX30V. The white balances "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Fluorescent" and "Incandescent" are also found on this digital camera.

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Fairly Long Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

Digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DSC-HX30V have slowest camera shutter speeds of between 0.12s and 250s. The DSC-HX30V has a quite long slowest camera shutter speed (30 seconds) compared to most of the other compact cameras that are a similar age to the DSC-HX30V.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 550 millimeters, the DSC-HX30V has a quite long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other compact cameras that came out around the same time as the DSC-HX30V. The maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of similar spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DSC-HX30V range from 18mm to 1,000mm.

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Fairly High ISO Sensitivity (max)

Comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the DSC-HX30V have ISO sensitivity (max)s of between 3 and 26,000. At 12,800, the Sony DSC-HX30V has a quite high ISO sensitivity (max) compared to most of the other compact cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Fairly High Display Resolution (numeric)

At 921,000 pixels, the DSC-HX30V has a quite high display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other cameras that were launched around the same time as the DSC-HX30V. The display resolution (numeric)s of similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the DSC-HX30V range from 230 pixels to 16,000,000 pixels.

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Four Number of Aspheric Elementss

The Sony DSC-HX30V is a four number of aspheric elements camera.

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Quite Many Total Megapixels

Similar spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the DSC-HX30V have total megapixelss of between 10MP and 48MP. With a total megapixels of 18.9 megapixels, the DSC-HX30V has one of the more total megapixelss amongst compact cameras of this age.

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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 comparable age and type to it. Most compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as it have a 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution. Cameras of a comparable type and age to the DSC-HX30V maximum image resolutions range from 2592 x 1944 pixels (worst) to 5152 x 3864 pixels (best).

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

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 compact cameras that were released around the same time as the DSC-HX30V. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this Sony digital camera. In addition, this digital camera support a video resolutions 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.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best supported video resolution amongst all similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the DSC-HX30V is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most common maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best video resolution amongst all digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the DSC-HX30V.

Amongst comparable types of digital camera the worst video resolution is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Quite Big Battery Capacity

With a battery capacity of 960 milliamperes * hour, the DSC-HX30V has one of the bigger battery capacitys amongst cameras of this age. Cameras of this age and spec have battery capacitys of between 170mAh and 1,700mAh, and the average battery capacity is 830mAh.

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11 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Video Capability

The DSC-HX30V does not support video capability. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec also do not support video capability.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Most cameras of this age and type do not support Full HD video. The DSC-HX30V is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD video.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The DSC-HX30V does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as the DSC-HX30V also do not support wi-Fi.

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Not 3D

The DSC-HX30V is not 3D. Most of the other digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the DSC-HX30V are also not 3D.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The DSC-HX30V does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Not Waterproof

The DSC-HX30V is not waterproof. Most of the other compact cameras that are a comparable age to the DSC-HX30V are also not waterproof.

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Heavy

With a weight of 221 grams, the DSC-HX30V is quite heavy compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The average weight of cameras that are a comparable age to the DSC-HX30V is 170g.

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Only Features Four Flash Modess

The DSC-HX30V has a greater number of flash modes than most digital cameras of this age and type. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the DSC-HX30V. The flash modess "Flash off", "Flash on" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Sony camera.

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Only Has One Image Editing

The number of image editing modes found on the DSC-HX30V is more than most digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. The most commonly found image editing is Resizing, but this image editing is not found on this Sony camera. The image editings Trimming are also found on this camera.

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture Number

Across all the similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the DSC-HX30V the maximum aperture numbers range from 1.8 to 87, and the average maximum aperture number is 6.9. With a maximum aperture number of only 5.8, the DSC-HX30V has a fairly big maximum aperture number compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the DSC-HX30V.

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Fairly Big ISO Sensitivity (min)

At 100, the DSC-HX30V has a quite big ISO sensitivity (min) compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to the DSC-HX30V. The average ISO sensitivity (min) of comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the DSC-HX30V is 94, and the ISO sensitivity (min)s range from 10 to 200.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Sony DSC-HX30V

Released Over Four Years Ago

This digital camera has been on the market for over four years.

MOS Sensor Type

The DSC-HX30V has a better sensor type than most compact cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This camera has a MOS sensor type, whereas most compact cameras that were released more than two years ago have a CCD sensor type.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Number of Aspheric Elements
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Smile Detection
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
USB Connector
Camera
White Balance
Self-Timer Delay
Histogram
Image Editing
Multi Burst Mode
Brightness Adjustment
Built-In Processor
Scene Modes
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Battery Type
Battery Capacity
Battery Voltage
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Wrist Strap Included
Other Features
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity

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 sony dschx30, sony dschx30v, sony dschx30vb
Barcodes 00017856396836, 00027242843912
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