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Sony DSC-TX30 Digital Camera

$429.09
Compact Camera 18.2MP 5x CMOS Apr 2014
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Sensor Type Release Date
Two industry awards
Sealed
Poor support
109 Reviews + 2 Awards
technlologyx.com Editor's Choice Ephotozine Recommended
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Reviews

Two Industry Awards

The experts at two expert review sites liked this Sony camera. This high megapixel digital camera received a "Recommended" award from review website Ephotozine and it received an "Editor's Choice" award from website Technlologyx.com.

Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on thirteen expert reviews from sites including DP Review, Ephotozine, Digital Versus and 01net.com the average expert rating of this high megapixel digital camera is 73 out of 100.

Owner Reviews Are Good

Based on 99 owner reviews this Sony camera has an average owner rating of 87%. Over 88% of reviewers gave this digital camera either 4 or 5 stars and 90% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

We checked 23,045 expert and user reviews (including 7,132 verified purchases) for Sony cameras and found that on average Sony has good ratings compared to other brands. We also found that Sony has good ratings specifically for its high megapixel cameras. 92% of those that bought a Sony camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports PictBridge

The DSC-TX30 supports PictBridge. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and type also support PictBridge.

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Picture Quality

Only 640 X 480 Still Image Resolution

The DSC-TX30 has a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 1920 x 1080 still image resolution(s) found on most cameras of this age and type. This camera also have a still image resolution(s) of 2592 x 1944 and 3648 x 2736. Across all similar spec cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera the worst still image resolution is 640 x 360 and the best is 6000 x 4000.

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1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

This camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is the most commonly found optical sensor size on high megapixel cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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Camera

Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Like most of the other similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera, the DSC-TX30 does not have a GPS (satellite).

We think you might also be interested in other cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) including the Sony DSC-HX200 which also has a higher rating.

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Audio

Unacceptable Noise Level

One owner who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was noisy. Resuri said four years ago “Also, you can take pictures while filming and you don't get that annoying pause or shutter noise in the video playback of where you took the picture”.


Support

Poor Support

Two customers who reviewed it concluded that it did not have good technical guidance. Leicaboss wrote “There really are no manual controls - so it's basically like using a cell phone camera with a somewhat better picture”.


Power

Good Battery Life

Seven owners said in their reviews that this digital camera had a good battery life. Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Good Battery Life”. Sam said in his Sony DSC-TX30 review on Bhphotovideo.com “Long battery life! Amazing underwater photos! Tons of different settings to play with! ONLY downfall is its small size & gets dirty super quick(smudging”. Ptk wrote in their review of this digital camera two years ago “The battery meter will be "full" for a good couple of hours of intermittent shooting.” .


Light Exposure

Supports Four ISO Sensitivities

The Sony DSC-TX30 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most digital cameras of this age and type. The most commonly supported ISO sensitivity is 100, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this Sony camera. The ISO sensitivities 80, 1600, 3200 and 12800 are also supported by this camera.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The Sony DSC-TX30 has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been around for a similar time to this digital camera.

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Has a Batteries Included

The DSC-TX30 has a batteries included, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Good Video Capture

Thirteen people who bought the Sony DSC-TX30 said that it was good for video recording. Lg mentioned “Videos are great too” in their review of this digital camera. Hiren gave this digital camera a score of 5 stars and mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “Overall a good camera, takes great pictures and videos” in their review of the Sony DSC-TX30. Kingdompix said on Bhphotovideo.com “It took some great pictures and video! I am very impressed with the quality of the camera” and scored it 8 stars.

Good Picture Resolution

Fourty-nine owners who purchased this digital camera mentioned that it was able to produce good images. Lgfeo wrote “Super easy to download the pictures to the computer too”. Lgfeo also said “Had it out on the water and the pictures were clear with good color” in their review. Lgfeo also mentioned “Just took it out for the test drive before a long carribean vacation and was thrilled with the images I got” in their review.

Seven people who purchased the Sony DSC-TX30 concluded that it had a good picture resolution. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera three years ago “Many Shooting Modes” yet they gave it a rating of 1 stars. Justvideo gave the product a rating of 7 stars and wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “It's ungraded to 18 megapixels and offers a better range of auto”. S.waleck mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com three years ago “While it's resolution is wonderful I found it can be a bit difficult to compose the shot in direct sunlight” in their review of this digital camera.

Two people reckoned that the product was good in low light. Three years ago Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Good in Low Light” in their Sony DSC-TX30 review although they only gave it a score of 18.8 out of 100. Dre gave this digital camera a rating of 7 stars and wrote “The pictures are very sharp and the camera is great in low light conditions” in their review of this digital camera.

Two customers said in their reviews that this digital camera had a good ISO range. Evergreen Richard rated it 5 stars and mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “The Canon, even at ISO 800, is infinitely better than this toy at ISO 80”. Evergreen Richard also said “In daylight the main mode, "intelligent", uses ISO 80, aperture will be from f/3.5 to f/5.6” in their review.

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Good Flash

One customer said in their reviews that it had a good flash.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Five owners who purchased the Sony DSC-TX30 agreed that it had a good screen. Resuri said in their Sony DSC-TX30 review four years ago “The touch screen is also really great compared to other touch screen cameras I've tested” . Mr Wind wrote two years ago “A couple of cons though - the screen marks quite easily” and rated it 7 stars. Artk wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “Excellent screen, macro and zoom lever”.

Good Autofocus

Five customers who reviewed the product thought it had a good zoom. Srk1977 said in their review of the Sony DSC-TX30 four years ago “Haven't used it underwater yet.I love how small it is and the zoom is pretty good” and gave the product a rating of 7 stars. Martin Pedler gave it a score of 7 stars and he mentioned three years ago “The x20 zoom is highly effective” in his review of this digital camera. Alicia scored it 7 stars and she wrote “It takes great shots, great zoom, compact and you can clunk it around a bit” in her review of this digital camera.

Three customers who purchased it agreed that it had a good autofocus. Bhphotovideo.com said three years ago “Fast Focus” in their Sony DSC-TX30 review but they scored the product 18.8 out of 100. Resuri gave this digital camera a score of 7 stars and mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Walmart.com four years ago “The auto-focus is super fast”.

Three customers who purchased this digital camera said that it had a good lens. Kemosabi mentioned “I love the lens cover, I had a case for my T-10 which still works(FYI)but my wife never would use it” in their Sony DSC-TX30 review and scored it 8 stars. Four years ago Rich in San Francisco gave this digital camera a score of 7 stars and he wrote in his review of this digital camera “Of the Zeiss lens is ideal”. David B. mentioned “The cover over the lens is nice if you keep the camera in your pocket, like I do” in his review of this digital camera.

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Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The DSC-TX30 has a built-in flash. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this digital camera also have a built-in flash.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available including because of it's better review score, the DSC-RX100, or the DSC-RX100 ($999.99) both from Sony.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Sony DSC-TX30 has a USB 2.0 port. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Has an HDMI Port

The DSC-TX30 has an HDMI port. Most of the other digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago also have an HDMI port.

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Lens System

Fairly Big Digital Zoom

High megapixel cameras that were released more than two years ago have digital zooms of between 2x and 810x, and the average digital zoom is 33x. The Sony DSC-TX30 has a quite big digital zoom (20 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camera.

If you are looking for a digital camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to consider the DSC-RX100 ($999.99) (54x), the DSC-HX60V ($375.65) (120x), or the DSC-HX90 ($428) (120x) all from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Small Minimum Aperture Number

With a minimum aperture number of only 2.8, the DSC-TX30 has one of the smaller minimum aperture numbers amongst digital cameras of this age. The average minimum aperture number of digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera is 4.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

Across all the cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera the optical zooms range from 0.34x to 65x. With an optical zoom of only 5 times zoom factor, the DSC-TX30 has one of the smaller optical zooms amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age.

Cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might be worth considering include the Nikon D7100 (5.8x), or the Sony DSC-WX220 ($159.99) (10x) which also has a higher rating.

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Video

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Sony DSC-TX30 supports Full HD video, as do most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras which support Full HD video and we think the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1, the Sony ILCE-7R ($1,899.99), and the Samsung NX300 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Sony DSC-TX30 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels digital camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by high megapixel cameras that came out more than two years ago. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this Sony digital camera. This Sony camera also supports a video resolutions of 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 amongst all digital cameras of a similar type and age to this camera.

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

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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 commonly found maximum video resolution on high megapixel cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Display

Quite Large Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3.3 inches, the DSC-TX30 has a quite large display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type. High megapixel cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera have display diagonals of between 2.5" and 4.8".

Cameras with a larger display diagonal that might also be worth considering include the NX300 (3.31"), the NX300M ($425.36) (3.31"), or the NX2000 ($900) (3.7") all from Samsung which also has a higher rating.

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Quite High Display Resolution (numeric)

The lowest display resolution (numeric) of high megapixel cameras that were launched more than two years ago is 460 pixels, the highest is 6,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 820,000 pixels. The DSC-TX30 has a very high display resolution (numeric) (1,229,760 pixel) compared to most of the other high megapixel cameras that came out around the same time as this camera.

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Weight & Dimensions

Compact

Twelve people who reviewed the product reckoned that it was compact. Three years ago Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Small Compact”. Lg said in their review of this digital camera two years ago “I looked at some online reviews for this and others while in the store and compared to the variety of other compact, waterproof cameras” . Raquel wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “It is a very compact machine, water proof, full of features to play around with the photos such as frames, black” and gave it a rating of 8 stars.

Three people mentioned in their reviews that it was heavy and bulky. Ptk mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com two years ago “Most waterproof cameras are goofy, bulky, rubberized cameras that look like they were made for kids”. Resuri said “They're all so bulky and cumbersome.” . Dse mentioned in their Sony DSC-TX30 review “The waterproof case is very nice; I was caught in a heavy downpour and didn't have to worry about the camera at all” .

Two customers wrote that this digital camera was thin. Lg said “Also because it was the smallest and thinnest of the group” in their review of the Sony DSC-TX30. Two years ago Dse mentioned “Although this is super small/slim”.

One owner who reviewed it reckoned that it was a good body shape. Bhphotovideo.com wrote three years ago “Industrial Design Of Body” in their review of this digital camera. One person reckoned that it was easy to carry around. Hiren mentioned three years ago “Overall easy to carry around, nice looking camera with a lot of features” in their review of this digital camera.

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Very Light

The average weight of cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera is 400g. With a weight of only 125 grams, the Sony DSC-TX30 is one of the lighter digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this digital camera amongst high megapixel cameras of this age.

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Features

Good Technical Features

Eight customers wrote in their reviews that the product had good features. Papacito mentioned “Belying its small size it is packed with advanced features” in their review of the Sony DSC-TX30. Pogipete said in their review of the Sony DSC-TX30 on Bhphotovideo.com “Loaded with great features”. Pogipete also said “As i familiarize myself with its use, i like the touchscreen features and the ease to use the camera” in their review.


Design

Easy to Use

Twenty customers reckoned that this digital camera was easy to use. Lb Picture Taker mentioned in their review of the Sony DSC-TX30 on Bhphotovideo.com “It's easy to use and I like being able to take photos with available, dim light, when I don't want flash reflections in the picture”. Three years ago Joe Palmetto wrote “It is very easy to use and takes excellent pictures in most light conditions” in his review of this digital camera and scored it 8 stars. Two years ago Rich in San Francisco scored the product 8 stars and he wrote in his review of this digital camera “Quick, easy to use, extremely fine resolution”.

One owner who reviewed it said that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Lg said in their Sony DSC-TX30 review on Bhphotovideo.com “I grabbed it the other day for a separate outing and forgot it was in my jacket pocket because of the comfortable size and weight”.

One owner who bought it mentioned that it was easy to use the menus. Ptk said in their review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “If i used a flashlight and gave the camera a few seconds to automatically focus and pick the best settings, then the shots came out alright” and scored it 8 stars.

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Sealed

Twenty-five people who reviewed this digital camera wrote that it was good at resisting water ingress. Four years ago Digitalversus.com gave it a rating of 5 stars and said “The TX30 is a stylish, responsive, hard-wearing underwater snapper that's progressed in many ways”. Ephotozine.com gave it a score of 5 stars and mentioned “It is waterproof, dustproof, freezeproof”. Expert review site Technlologyx.com wrote “The TX-30 is waterproof, dustproof, shockproof” in their review of the Sony DSC-TX30.

Eight people said in their reviews that this digital camera was strong and durable. Eleven years ago expert review site Dpreview.com mentioned “One of the fastest growing segments in the digital camera market is compact, rugged cameras” and rated this digital camera 70 out of 100. Ephotozine.com mentioned on Ephotozine four years ago “This doesn't mean the TX30 isn't tough”. Ephotozine.com also mentioned “The Sony Cybershot DSC-TX30 is a tough camera which was announced in February 2013” in their review.

Two owners who reviewed the product agreed that it was easy to damage or scratch. Josie wrote in her review of this digital camera “The camera flooded and was destroyed” . Ptk said “A place where regular cameras would most likely get destroyed by the water/environement” in their review of this digital camera.

One customer who purchased the product considered that it was sealed. Bhphotovideo.com said in their review of this digital camera “Water And Weather Sealed”. One owner wrote in their reviews that it was well made.

One customer wrote in their reviews that it was reliable. Glenn Mcf gave the product a rating of 7 stars and he wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “It has a tripod screw hole on the bottom so with a gorilla grip it can easily do what the GoPro does and so much more, plus it is reliable”.

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Good Product Quality

Twenty-three customers who reviewed this digital camera agreed that it was good quality. Lg mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “Picture quality is excellent” in their review of this digital camera. Jc wrote in his review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “Great build quality” and rated the product 6 stars. Three years ago Jim said in his Sony DSC-TX30 review on Bhphotovideo.com “I'm not saying your going to get full frame quality”.

Well Designed

Nine owners who bought it concluded that it was good looking. Saadi gave it a rating of 8 stars and said on Bhphotovideo.com “It takes beautiful pictures, films are steady without shakes, Its small my wife keeps it in her bag” in their review of this digital camera. Sk8erj wrote “The results were pretty impressive” and rated the Sony DSC-TX30 8 stars. Ptk scored it 8 stars and said in their review of this digital camera “As soon as one of the battery level bars goes away (there are maybe 4 or 5 bars) the rest disappear pretty quickly after that”.

Four people who bought the product mentioned that it was well designed. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Great Design” although they gave it a score of 18.8 out of 100. Phattycow scored it 8 stars and wrote in their review of this digital camera “Beautiful design -Good quality -Video recording is amazing -Has simi 3D capability -HDMI out -Can add music”. Artk said “Compact and well designed” in their review of this digital camera.

One owner thought it was rough. Crash scored it 7 stars and said on Bhphotovideo.com “It wasn't great at night in rough lighting conditions (i.e” in their review of this digital camera.

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Released Over Three Years Ago

This Sony camera was released in April 2017.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony dsctx30bbdl, sony dsctx30p
Barcodes 00027242862265, 00027242862272, 00027242862296, 00616348050784, 00845251051407, 00845251051414, 00845251051421, 00905524939170, 00905524939286, 04905524939170, 04905524939187, 04905524939248, 04905524939286, 04905524939316, 04905524939323, 04905524983098, 05053973548241, 05053973928333, 05053973928340

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