This review is devoted to Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V that Sony has first introduced to the public in Feb 28, 2012. This model is a Small Sensor Superzoom camera with a resolution of 18.0 MP and a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.
Initially, Sony developed this model to replace their older product HX20V and, after some time, Sony has replaced this upgraded model with their most recent one HX20V.
In Small Sensor Superzoom cameras (Top 10 SuperZoom Cameras) this model has taken rank #9 out of 249. Its Overall Score has reached 46/100 and it takes a rank of #290 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.
In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Superzoom cameras.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V has the following external dimensions 107 x 107 x 35 mm (42.13 x 24.41 x 13.78″) with the weight of 254 g.
The typical weight for average Small Sensor Superzoom type cameras is 387g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.
Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 35mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Unfortunately, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.
Unfortunately, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V comes with BIONZ processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 18.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.
The base of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V has the following ISO range 100 - 12800 .
Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V. However, if you are looking specifically for a Compact camera with a RAW file support, you should check out one of the following models from the same class and within similar price range .
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V features a 18.0 MP 1/2.3" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.
Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.3" sensor featured in Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V with other standard sensor sizes.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 922k dots.
In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.
Some of the other highlights of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V are its 10.0 fps max speed and 1/1600 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
Unlike some other cameras from this category, Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.
In addition, Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.
As for the video quality characteristics of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and AVCHD formats.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.
One more advantage of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.
In addition, Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V with suitable external devices.
In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V provides a shooting life of 320, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 316 shots.
Compared to all models in the Small Sensor Superzoom category, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V offers the highest battery life that reaches 320 shots.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V to the average SuperZoom camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 58. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 17. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 23. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V can be called a 23 model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 59. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 12. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V can be called a 12 model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.
No Significant Advantages
|Announced||Feb 28, 2012|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||1|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||922k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/1600 s|
|Continuous Shooting||10.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Slow Sync|
|Sensor Dimensions||6.17 x 4.55 mm|
|Sensor Area||28.07 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||18.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4896 x 3672|
|Max Native ISO||12,800|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||100|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||9|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, AVCHD|
|Physical Dimensions||107 x 62 x 35 mm|
|Battery Life||320 shots|
|Battery Type||320 shots|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo|