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Sony DSC-HX30V Digital Camera

Compact Camera 18.2MP 20x May 2012
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Three industry awards
Supports video recording
Shoots stills while recording video
12 Reviews + 3 Awards
reviewed.com Editor's Choice PC Mag Editor's Choice insidegeeks.net Recommended

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Reviews

Three Industry Awards

Two expert review sites both decided that this high megapixel camera was superb and gave it their highest award. This Sony digital camera received an "Editor's Choice" award from both PC Mag and Reviewed.com.

The expert at one other expert review site concluded that they would endorse this Sony digital camera. Insidegeeks.net gave this camera a "Recommended" award.

Expert Reviews Are Good

On average, based on seven expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, PC Mag, insidegeeks.net and reviewed.com the average expert rating of this camera is 81 out of 100.

Sony Digital Cameras Have Good Reviews

We checked 23,306 user and expert reviews (including 7,110 verified purchases) for Sony digital cameras and found that on average Sony has good reviews. We also found that Sony has good reviews specifically for its high megapixel cameras. 92% of those that bought a Sony digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Shoots Stills While Recording Video

Two customers who bought it considered that it was good for video recording. Five years ago Pc Mag wrote in their review of this digital camera “Shoots stills while recording video” and scored the Sony DSC-HX30V 4 stars out of 5.

Sharp Images

Two owners who reviewed it wrote that it was able to produce good images. Pc Mag said “Sharp images” . Expert review site Cnet.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “It takes good photos and video to boot” and scored the product 4 stars out of 5.

Two customers said in their reviews that it had a good picture resolution. Five years ago website Cnet.com.au said “Plenty of shooting options for every kind of user”. Also five years ago expert website Cnet.com mentioned “It has a nice lens, great shooting options”.

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

The Sony DSC-HX30V has a fairly average display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to this digital camera.

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Other

Released Over Five Years Ago

It was May 2012 when this Sony camera was released.


Video

Supports Video Recording

The Sony DSC-HX30V supports video recording. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera also support video recording.

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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 comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this camera. In addition, this Sony 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.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions is in fact the best supported video resolution across all high megapixel cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this digital camera.

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

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum video resolution on cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Weight & Dimensions

Average Weight

The DSC-HX30V has a pretty average weight (221 grams) compared to most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this digital camera.

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Lens System

Fairly Big Digital Zoom

The average digital zoom of high megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera is 34x. The Sony DSC-HX30V has one of the bigger digital zooms (40 times zoom factor) amongst high megapixel cameras of this age.

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Average Optical Zoom

The DSC-HX30V has a fairly average optical zoom (20 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera.

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Very Big Maximum Aperture Number

The maximum aperture numbers of digital cameras of this spec and age range from 1.8 to 130, and the average maximum aperture number is 13. At only 5.8, the DSC-HX30V has a fairly big maximum aperture number compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Fairly Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of high megapixel cameras that have been on the market for more than two years range from 3.5mm to 75mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 26mm. At 27.5 millimeters, the Sony DSC-HX30V has a quite long minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other high megapixel cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The DSC-HX30V has a built-in flash, as do most of the other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to this camera.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The DSC-HX30V has a USB 2.0 port. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been around for more than two years also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Has an HDMI Port

The DSC-HX30V has an HDMI port. Most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also have an HDMI port.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The DSC-HX30V has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera.

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4896 X 3672 Still Image Resolution

The Sony DSC-HX30V has a 4896 x 3672 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most similar spec cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. Most high megapixel cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 1920 x 1080 still image resolution(s). This Sony digital camera also have a still image resolution(s) of 2592 x 1944 and 3648 x 2736. Across all cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this digital camera the worst still image resolution is 640 x 360 and the best is 6000 x 4000.

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18.2 Megapixels Megapixel

This is an 18.2 megapixels digital camera.

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Focusing

Features Smile Detection

The DSC-HX30V features smile detection, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera.

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Camera

Features Multi Burst Mode

The DSC-HX30V features multi burst mode, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The Sony DSC-HX30V features brightness adjustment, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Features Histogram

The DSC-HX30V features histogram. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been around for a similar time to this digital camera also feature histogram.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports PictBridge

The DSC-HX30V supports PictBridge. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this camera also support PictBridge.

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Packaging Content

Has a Wrist Strap Included

The DSC-HX30V has a wrist strap included, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to this digital camera.

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Has an AC Adapter Included

The DSC-HX30V has an AC adapter included. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also have an AC adapter included.

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Has a Batteries Included

The DSC-HX30V has a batteries included. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and type also have a batteries included.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Microphone

The Sony DSC-HX30V has a built-in microphone. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to this camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Light Exposure

Supports Nine ISO Sensitivities

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Sony DSC-HX30V is more than most cameras of this age and type. This camera supports a 100 ISO sensitivity, which is the most frequently supported ISO sensitivity supported by cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camera. The ISO sensitivities "200", "400", "800", "1600", "3200", "6400", "12800" and "Auto" are also supported by this Sony camera.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony dschx30vb
Barcodes 00017856396836, 00027242843912

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