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Sony DCR-SX30

alaTest has collected and analyzed 282 reviews of Sony DCR-SX30. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the zoom and price. The size and portability also get good feedback, but there are mixed opinions on the reliability and image quality. Some have doubts about the viewfinder.

usability, portability, size, price, zoom


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-SX30 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 34 user reviews of Sony DCR-SX30 from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the battery and design. The price and portability are also appreciated, whereas there are some less positive reviews about the image quality. Reviews are divided on the reliability.

usability, portability, price, design, battery

image quality

91% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Jan, 2017

Expert review by: Trusted Reviews (

Sony Handycam DCR-SX30E


The Sony Handycam DCR-SX30E camcorder is a relatively decent buy if you don't mind foregoing an HD resolution.

May, 2011

Red dot design award!

Expert review by: reddot ( (UK))

Handycam DCR-SX30/SX31/SX40/SX41/SX50/SX60 Flash Memory Camcorder


The Handycams in the DCR-SX series have 16 GB of internal memory and a high-capacity rechargeable battery allowing up to 12 hours of recording. The various models are shaped like a cylinder that has been trimmed flat on both sides, giving them a strong...

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Sony DCR-SX30ES Camcorder


If your looking for a good camcorder that shoots good video, is pretty small, has good battery life and a large screen but without all the features of a thousand pound camcorder this is the one for you.

Jul, 2012

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Sony DCR-SX30ER Camcorder


The good thing about the Sony DCRSX30ER is that it has a very powerful zoom that makes it so easy to focus on far away objects or zoom out on very near objects without causing blurred images. It also comes with complex and unique editing software,...

May, 2012

Expert review by: PC Pro (

Sony DCR-SX30E


Small, neat and full of useful features, but it's only a standard definition camcorder and that counts significantly against it

Jul, 2009

Expert review by: Jonathan Bray (

PC Pro: Product Reviews: Sony Handycam DCR-SX30E


Small, neat and full of useful features, but it's only a standard definition camcorder and that counts significantly against it

Jul, 2009

Consumer review by: izat (

Sony Handycam DCR-SX30


Small, light, Good grip

bad fous in dim light, bad picture in dim light

Jan, 2012

Consumer review by: Purchaser (

Sony Handycam DCR-SX30


Overall handling very good. Have not made enough use of this to make any further comments but I certainly found it easy to handle compared with my previous camcorder. Need more time to study the instructions and to make the most and best of the...

Not found any yet

Dec, 2011

Consumer review by: John (

Sony Handycam DCR-SX30


The solid state memory suggests no moving mechanical parts to wear out or become otherwise deranged

The lack of a view finder which one can view in bright light is a serious loss. One cannot focus on the distant object and the screen at the same time. You are able to do this much more easily with a viewfinder ; There is evidence of a dynamic link...

Mar, 2011

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Sony Handycam DCR-SX30


Size, weight and zoom

Image quality is poor especially when it comes to filming at night and in dark lit areas

May, 2010

Product Specifications


3 Chip Technic: No
Chip Type:CCD
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser
Sensor Size:1/1.8''
Smartphone Remote Control: No


Digital Input: No
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
Near Field Communication: No
Type of Memory Stick Interface :MS Duo / Pro Duo
Type of SD Card Interface : No
USB: Yes
USB Interface: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No
Wireless Interface: No

General Features

3D: No
Format:Flash + Memory Card
Handheld Position:Horizontal
Product Type:Camcorder
Resolution:Standard Definition


Longest Shutter Speed in s:1/3
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/3500


HD Video Format:Not Applicable
Recording Format:16:9 / 4:3