Visit our Business Solutions website >>

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W30

alaTest has collected and analyzed 416 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the design and value for money. The battery and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are negative about the image stabilizer and manual image adjustments. Reviews are divided on the viewfinder.

portability, usability, battery, value for money, design

shutter, manual adjust., stabilizer

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W30 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

See all Sony Digital Compact Cameras

Review analysis

(Based on 416 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

User Reviews  

Showing 114 review(s)

Expert Reviews User Reviews
Showing 1 - 10 of 114 Show Reviews: in English | in other languages (204)

Expert review by:

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W30 Digital Camera Review


The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W30 was introduced at the Photo Marketing Association Trade Show in February 2006. Marketed as an entry-level digital camera with its simplified modes and control systems, the W30 even has a function guide for users who are only...

- Remarkably fast startup time - Slim camera at slim price - Optical viewfinder is more accurate than most - Plenty of movie mode options - Nice 80-1000 ISO range - Good battery life - Function guide explains modes and image sizes

- Optical viewfinder is tiny - Poor quality LCD - Tiny buttons - Short burst mode - Very noisy High Sensitivity mode

The W30, a fairly fresh release from Sony's redesigned point-and-shoot series,

Expert review by:

Sony DSC-W30


The Cyber-shot DSC-W30 is an affordable yet high-performance 6-megapixel digital camera that offers a Carl Zeiss 3x optical zoom lens, large 2.0-inch color LCD, automatic simplicity and advanced features that you can "grow into" later, housed in a very...

Expert review by:

Sony Cyber-shot W30 and W50 First Impressions Review


The new 6 MP W30 and W50 - the only major difference between the two is that the W30 has a 2-inch LCD and the W50 has a 2.5-inch screen - are much lighter than you might expect because they're made of a plastic-like polycarbonate that Sony calls "metal...

Nicely priced ; Small, lightweight design is good for travel ; Great ISO range for cameras in their class ; Nice to have optical viewfinders ; Text by icons in menus is helpful ; Great battery life

Unoriginal design ; Polycarbonate construction feels too much like plastic ; New Clear RAW technology has misleading name ; Resolution on LCDs is too low ; Very few custom presets

There's no two ways around it - these cameras were made to look like higher-priced models, but once you pick them up and play with them, you'll definitely notice that they're on the lower end. But that could be fine. If you're looking for a classy,...


Expert review by:

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W30 Digital Camera - Full Review - The Imaging Resource!


Thin and ultra-compact, the new Sony DSC-W30 digital camera (and its sibling the W50 model) updates the Cyber-shot line with convenient portability and fully automatic exposure control in a compact, rugged metal case. The W30 offers the excellent...

Fast, excellent shutter response, excellent shot to shot speed

Though the LCD monitor dominates the rear panel, Sony managed to keep all the main functions close at hand and fairly easy to operate. Grab the Sony W30 in your right hand and your middle and third finger naturally grab the raised ridge on the front of...

Expert review by:

Sony Cyber-Shot W30


The Sony Cyber-shot W30 is the first of 2 new compact W series cameras from Sony capable of taking photos at high sensitivities. It shares the 6 megapixel CCD, 3x optical zoom and ISO 1000 capabilities with the W50 (which retails for $20 more). The W50...

Excellent battery life ; Conversion lens compatibility ; Flash control is better than most ; Gets very close with 2 cm macro mode ; Great high ISO performance (Even ISO 1000 shots are acceptable) ; Unlimited VGA 30 FPS movie mode ; Very good image quality

LCD visibility and resolution not excellent ; Small and low resolution LCD ; Zoom lever is too easy to bump

The Sony Cyber-shot W30 is essentially a W50 with a smaller LCD. The W30 and W50 are both about 10% smaller than the W5 yet features a 6 megapixel CCD, 3x zoom lens with the same specifications, excellent battery life and can still support conversion...

Consumer review by:

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W30 (silver)


It's very compact and also takes amazing quality pictures with enhanced colour and zoom effect. The only problem I found is the setting buttons wear off to the point that the dialed setting is not kept in place making it difficult to review or take...

Takes very good pictures, small, easy to use

Buttons wear off, often blurry pictures

Consumer review by:

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W30 (silver)


Don't buy a cyber-shot camera.

Not much to say

This camera is made poorly. It appears I am one of the 1000's of people whose Cyber-Shot shutter button fell off in a whimsy. I went to a camera shop today and they told me it would cost more to repair than to buy a new one!!! RIP OFF

Consumer review by:

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W30 (silver)


I do permanent cosmetics and the date and good quality color is important. I have had Sony in the past - Old Mavica and imprinted date.

small, and good MIcro Setting, size is good. That is all this camera is good for

Does not imprint date on picture, Does not take good Night/low light shots

Consumer review by:

Good camera with some problems


Good digital camera.

Little weight

Always a grey sky

Consumer review by:

Tough to rate since it hardly works properly!


I received my camera as a gift Labor Day 2006, and out of the eight months I've had it, it's not worked properly for the last three months. First issue started with zoom - toggle was sticking in place and would not zoom at all or if it did work/zoom,...

Sleek design

Tech support useless, repair shop did more harm than good

Product Specifications

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W30 is an ideal camera for starting out right in digital photography, combining the quality of 6.0 megapixels and Carl Zeiss 3X Optical zoom, the performance of High Sensitivity mode for great low-light shots, the simplicity of on-screen Function Guide for easy setup, and the convenience of 32 MB Internal Memory for shooting images in-camera.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-BG1

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2in
Diagonal Size (metric):5.1cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Landscape / Portrait mode / Snow / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Cyber-shot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-5.2
Max Focal Length:18.9mm
Min Focal Length:6.3mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD/Super HAD CCD
Sensor Resolution:6Megapixel

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG-1
Digital Zoom:6
ISO (Max):1000
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1000 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera