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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

alaTest has collected and analyzed 75 reviews of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Comments about the image quality and usability are generally positive. The portability and zoom are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some mixed reviews about the screen and battery. There are some critical views about the storage and shutter.

performance, zoom, portability, usability, image quality

flash, viewfinder, shutter, storage

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V from The average user rating for this product is 1.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

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Dec, 2018

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by : Jim Fisher (

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V


With its Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V, Sony packs a long 20x zoom lens, Wi-Fi, and GPS into one decidedly svelte camera. It's one of the more expensive compact superzoom models you'll find, but all those features along with high performance warrant the price.

Sharp images. Good high ISO performance. Wi-Fi. GPS. Long zoom range. Shoots stills while recording video


The HX30V is one of the faster compact superzooms that we've tested. It starts and shoots in about 1.5 seconds and delivers a shutter lag that is very close to zero, which is a boon for candid and action photography. The camera grabs a 10 shot burst at...

Jul, 2012

Expert review by : Joshua Goldman (

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V review


Sony's Cyber-shot HX9V has long been the most popular camera on CNET, and for good reason. It has a nice lens, great shooting options, and fast performance, and it takes good photos and video to boot. Its successor, the HX30V, is pretty much more of...

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V has excellent photo and video quality for its class, fast shooting performance, and plenty of shooting options for every kind of user.

The HX30V is expensive, especially compared with competing models. It's not always the easiest camera to use and the feature set is so deep it might be too much for some users.

The feature-rich Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V has a great mix of speed and photo quality.

May, 2012

Expert review by : Staff (

Sony Cyber-shot HX30V


Sony's HX30V performs well, but there are better options out there for the price.

The HX30V doesn’t lag behind the competition, but it doesn’t do much to rise above its peers, either.

Oct, 2012

Expert review by : Digital Camera-HQ (

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V


The HX30V is Sony's high-end travel zoom camera, and comes with the same lens and essentially the same feature set as the less expensive HX20V. A 20x zoom fits in a pretty small body that, with its 18 megapixel CMOS sensor, should perform well in low...

Mar, 2012

Consumer review (

"Great quality, ultra-zoom, and not heavy."


In summary, the Sony HX30V is a great camera but with a bit of flaws when using it in detail. With a price of $3290HKD (424USD), it is considered quite cheap compared to many other cameras in Hong Kong. Though this camera isn't the best camera with...

Not heavy

Long time required when using Superior Auto mode

Oct, 2012

Consumer review (

Great quality, ultra-zoom, and not heavy.


In summary, the Sony HX30V is a great camera but with a bit of flaws when using it in detail. With a price of $3290HKD (424USD), it is considered quite cheap compared to many other cameras in Hong Kong. Though this camera isn't the best camera with...

Not heavy 20x optical zoom, 20x digital zoom Camera modes Picture effects 18MP images and 1080P videos Camera modes Battery enough for normal usage GPS support Affordable price Specific place made to hold when capturing images Tripod compatible

Long time required when using Superior Auto mode Aperture not great (f3.2 - f5.8) Lag when in Playback Circle scroll button malfunctions in Playback Taking videos use up battery quickly Movie button not that easy to press Wifi not that useful

Oct, 2012

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awesome product!


agree with all reviews, this camera is awesome, quality pics, fast performance, great zoom range highly recommend

usuable zoom right to 20x nice size stabilization is nice quality feel fast,fast and fast

screen hard to see in sunlight remembering to not block flash pop up with hand

Aug, 2012

Consumer review (

The best quality in the compact zuperzoom.


Clear images, superzoom, stabilization mode, supermacro, stereo mic and full hd video in a stunning small factor. GPS and WIFI as good addons.

1cm macro, image quality, hd video and stereo recording, 20x crisp zoom

Small battery

Jul, 2012

Consumer review (

Great camera


I have been using this camera for several weeks now and love it. Cristal clear picture, natural color, super "image stablization" great Low light photos. Over all I am very happy with this wonderful camera.Over all I am very happy with this wonderful...

-Wide angle lens and optical zoom(20x)are great -Great photo and video quality for a pocket megazoom camera -Stunning display with beautiful color and resolution -Background defocus takes great portraits -Backlight Correction HDR mode works very well

-Photo review zoom in is slow to get going -Batteries are charged in-camera

Jun, 2012

Consumer review (

First hand review



picture quality is good

build and durability is less

Mar, 2013

Product Specifications


Built-in Microphone: Yes


Battery Capacity:960
Battery performance:960
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:NP-BG1
Battery voltage:3.6
Power source type:Battery


Brightness adjustment: Yes
Built-in processor:BIONZ
Histogram: Yes
Image editing:Trimming
Image processor:BIONZ
Multi burst mode: Yes
Scene modes:Beach, Fireworks, Landscape, Night portrait, Snow, Twilight
Self-timer:2, 10
Self-timer delay:2,10
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Incandescent


Color of product:Black
Energy Star certified:N


Display Diagonal:3
Display resolution (numeric):921000


Flash modes:Auto, Flash off, Flash on, Slow synchronization
Flash range (tele):66.9 - 153.5
Flash range (wide):15.7 - 279.5


Auto focusing (AF) modes:Face detection, Face tracking, Tracking Auto Focus
Smile detection: Yes

Lens System

Digital Zoom:40
Lens structure:12/9
Lens structure (elements/groups):12/9
Maximum aperture number:5.8
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):21.7
Minimum aperture number:3.2
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):1.08
Number of aspheric elements:4
Optical Zoom:20

Light Exposure

ISO sensitivity:100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, Auto
ISO sensitivity (max):12800
ISO sensitivity (min):100
Light exposure correction:± 2EV (1/3EV step)
Light exposure modes:Auto
Light metering:Centre-weighted, Evaluative (Multi-pattern), Spot


Compatible memory cards:MS Duo, SD, SDHC, SDXC

Other Features

Built-in flash: Yes
HDMI ports quantity:1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Batteries included: Yes
Cables included:USB
Wrist strap included:Y

Picture Quality

Camera Type:Compact camera
Image sensor size:1/2.3
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Maximum image resolution:4896 x 3672
Scan technology:CMOS
Sensor Type:CMOS
Still image resolution(s):1920 x 1080, 2592 x 1944, 3648 x 2736, 4896 x 3672
Supported aspect ratios:4:3, 16:9
Total megapixels:18.9

Ports & interfaces

PictBridge: Yes
USB connector:Micro-USB A
USB connector type:Micro-USB A
USB version:2.0


Fastest camera shutter speed:1/1600
Slowest camera shutter speed:30


Full HD: Yes
HD type:Full HD
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Motion JPEG frame rate:30
Video compression format:AVCHD
Video formats supported:AVCHD
Video Frame Rate:30
Video recording: Yes
Video Resolutions:640 x 480, 1280 x 720, 1440 x 1080, 1920 x 1080

Weight & Dimensions

Weight (including battery):8.96