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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V Digital Camera

B&H # SODSCHX30VB Mfr # DSCHX30V/B
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Product Highlights
  • 18.2Mp 1/2.3" Exmor R CMOS Sensor
  • 25-500mm Sony G Lens
  • 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD TruBlack Display
  • 20x Optical Zoom
  • Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
  • 3-Way Active Mode
  • 1080/60p HD Video Capture
  • Wi-fi Sharing
  • GPS and Compass Functionality
  • MS Duo/SD/SDHC/SDXC Compatible

Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V Digital Camera is an 18.2Mp ultra-high definition camera that also features 1080/60p HD video capture, and numerous other highlights. Designed with more than just snapshots in mind, the HX30V will no doubt take a great snap, but it can do more than that. Every aspect of the camera has been planned out to help you make great-looking memories.

From the 20x optical zoom Sony G lens to the 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD TruBlack display, the HX30V has your back. Auto functions like High Speed AF ensure that you can make stellar images no matter what the situation. Other useful tools include Active 3-Way Optical Image Stabilization, iSCN - which detects 33 scenes and adjusts the camera accordingly - and Natural Flash, among many others.

The DSC-HX30V boasts WiFi sharing and also includes GPS and Compass functionality for everything from geo-tagging to storage by location shot. No matter what you choose to record, however, all files can be stored to Memory Stick Duo media and SD/SDHC and SDXC memory cards.

18.2Mp Exmor R CMOS Sensor
The 18.2Mp Exmor R CMOS sensor captures ultra-high definition images that take full advantage of the camera's sharp Sony G lens. The sensor enables advanced processing that reduces noise levels up to 6 times more than other sensors, resulting in stunning low light images with incredible details
High Speed AF
To improve focusing speed and sensitivity, the Exmor R CMOS sensor uses its rapid throughput to deliver high-quality image signals to the camera's BIONZ processor. The result is fast, DSLR-like focusing speeds, even in low light
Optical Zoom Plus Clear Image Zoom
Most digital zooms use electronic cropping to get closer to the subject, resulting in unsharp images. With Clear Image Zoom the powerful processor compares patterns found in adjacent pixels and creates new pixels to match selected patterns, resulting in more realistic, higher-quality images. Clear Image Zoom doubles optical zoom for closer photos
Full HD 1080/60p
Record crystal clear movies at the highest resolution available with capabilities for 60p in 1080 AVCHD video. This provides stunning, fast motion video with less distortion for playback on your HD TV. With dual record of stills and movies, you can shoot both at the same time
Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization with 3-Way Active Mode
Optical SteadyShot image stabilization reduces shake and blur by countering camera movements in both horizontal and vertical directions. Active 3-Way stabilization adds digital rolling control that counters clockwise and anti-clockwise rotation, resulting in more stable videos even at long focal lengths
WiFi Sharing
WiFi lets you quickly upload photos and videos directly to social media sites, back them up on a network-connected PC, or view them on a large screen TV. WiFi-enabled smartphones and tablets can also pull images from your camera and upload them to social media.
GPS and Compass
GPS and compass record location data and camera direction as you shoot movies and photos. GPS Log lets users track a photographic journey and later view the path and images on a map. Map View in "Play Memories Home" software, allows users to view images on a map showing where they were taken. The logged path and images can also be displayed on Google Earth
Capture the Decisive Moment with Up to 10 fps
Capture full 18.2 megapixel resolution images at up to 10 frames per second, helping to ensure that the decisive moment is captured such as the soccer ball flying into the goal. In addition, a mechanical shutter helps reduce distortion when continuously shooting moving subjects
3D Still Image and 3D Sweep Panorama Mode
Produce awe-inspiring images with 3D Still Image and 3D Sweep Panorama capabilities. Photos will take on a new dimension of creative capabilities for viewing the world in a whole new way
Picture Effect
Picture Effect adds a new level of expression to photos, making ordinary landscapes and portraits come to life by heightening mood and emphasizing certain attributes. Select camera models have up to nine different effects
Photo Creativity
Photo Creativity allows you to fine-tune your exposure settings, such as brightness, color, and vividness, and quickly choose the right enhancement for your subject. Now you can view Picture Effects and Photo Creativity effects in real time on the camera's monitor or in the viewfinder before shooting
Background Defocus
DSLR photographs are often beautiful because they blur the background, putting the emphasis on the subject. Now our point-and-shoot cameras can deliver this signature DSLR benefit. The system takes two shots, identifies the background and applies a defocused background keeping the subject crisp and clear
Superior Auto Mode
Get cleaner, more dynamic pictures and fewer missed shots. The camera automatically recognizes the correct scene mode, then quickly shoots and combines up to six shots to produce images with greater clarity, optimum dynamic range using Backlight Correction HDR technology and lower image noise using 6 shots layering technology. Superior Auto intelligently detects 33 scenes for still images and 44 scenes for movies, making it easy to get the best shot
Face Detection Technology
Face Detection technology detects up to eight individual faces and adjusts focus, exposure, and white balance to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends
Smile Shutter Technology
Smile Shutter technology captures a smile the moment it happens. Simply press the Smile Shutter button and the camera does the rest. You can also select adult and child priority and indicate the degree of Smile Detection sensitivity. Intelligent Scene Recognition can be used together with Smile Shutter mode when the Intelligent Auto mode is on. This means that beautiful smiles can be captured with settings optimized for the particular scene, even in difficult conditions such as twilight and backlighting
Anti-Blink Function
It's frustrating to capture the perfect shot, only to review it later and discover subjects blinked during the photo. The Anti-blink function works to help counter blinking and squinting. When the camera is set to Soft Snap, the Anti-blink function captures two images, recording only the photo with less squinting. If a blink is detected in other shooting modes, a warning will be displayed after you take the shot
Soft Skin Mode
Portrait subjects will love the results. Soft Skin mode recognizes skin tones and reduces the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles without affecting the rest of the shot
Intelligent Scene Recognition Mode
Intelligent Scene Recognition (iSCN) Mode automatically detects 33 different types of scenes and selects the appropriate camera settings. iSCN has two modes: Auto and Advanced. In Auto Mode, the camera takes a single shot using the optimal settings. In Advanced Mode, the camera takes a photo with the optimal settings and, if in difficult lighting (low light or back light) immediately takes a second photo with another optimized setting so you can choose which to keep
Natural Flash
Conventional point-and-shoot camera flash shots just don't capture colors the way the eye sees them. Natural Flash controls the white balance of both the background and main subjects
Motion Detection
Motion Detection, along with Face Motion Detection adjusts ISO sensitivity and increases the shutter speed when movement is detected, reducing blur in moving subjects and faces
Sweep Multi Angle Mode
In Sweep Multi Angle mode, the camera takes 15 images at different angles as it sweeps across the scene. By tilting the camera during playback, the camera's Gyro Sensor detects motion and displays the image in a 3D-like view on the camera's LCD
Panorama Still Image Size
Sweep Panorama: HR (10,480 x 4,096) / Wide (7,152 x 1,080 / 4,912 x 1,920) / Standard(4,912 x 1,080 / 3,424 x 1,920)
Video Mode
AVCHD 60i: 28Mp PS (1,920 x 1,080/60p) / 24Mp FX / 17Mp FH (1,920 x 1,080/60i) / 9Mp HQ(1,440 x 1,080/60i), MP4:12Mp (1,440 x 1,080/30fps) / 6Mp (1,280 x 720/30fps) / 3Mp VGA(640 x 480/30fps)
Focal Length (35mm Equivalent)
Still 16:9: 27.5-550mm / Still 4:3: 25-500mm / Movie 16:9: 27.5-550mm (SteadyShot Standard), 28-784mm (SteadyShot Active) / Movie 4:3: 34-680mm (SteadyShot Standard), 35-980mm (SteadyShot Active)
AF Modes
Multi Point AF / Center Weighted AF / Flexible Spot AF / Manual / Semi Manual / Tracking Focus / Face Tracking Focus
Exposure Compensation
Plus / Minus 2.0 EV, 1 / 3 EV step
Scene Modes
High Sensitivity / Soft snap / Soft Skin / Landscape / Night Portrait / Night Scene / Handheld Twilight / Gourmet / Beach / Snow / Fireworks / Pet mode /Anti-motion blur / Backlight Correction HDR / Advanced sports shooting
Imaging
Pixels Actual: 18.9 Megapixel
Effective: 18.2 Megapixel
Sensor 1/2.3" CMOS
Bit Depth Not Specified By Manufacturer
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, MPO
Movies: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, MPEG-4 AVCHD
Audio: AAC
Max Resolution 18MP: 4896 x 3672
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
Image Stabilization Optical
Color Spaces sRGB
Optics
Lens 12 elements in 9 groups
4 Aspherical
EFL: 4.45-89 mm (35 mm equivalent: 25-500 mm)
Aperture: f/3.2 (W) - 5.8 (T)
Filter Thread None
Zoom Optical: 20x
Advanced: 40x 1
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Clear Image Zoom: 40x

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Focus Range Wide: 0.03' (1.0 cm) - Infinity
Telephoto: 5.58' (1.70 m) - Infinity
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-12800
Shutter 4 - 1/1600 seconds
1 - 1/1600 seconds
30 seconds in Manual Mode 2
Please Note:

iAuto, Program Auto and Manual respectively

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Exposure Metering Center-weighted, Multi, Spot
Exposure Modes Modes: Auto, Manual, Programmed Auto
Compensation: -2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Natural White), Fluorescent (White), Incandescent 3
Please Note:

Also: One Push, One Push Set, White Balance Shift

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Burst Rate Up to 10 fps at 18.2 MP for up to 10 frames
Self Timer 10 Seconds, 2 Seconds
Interval Recording No
Remote Control None
Flash
Flash Modes Auto
Flash On
Off
Slow Sync
Built-in Flash Yes
Maximum Effective Flash Range Wide: 1.31 - 23.29' (0.4 - 7.1 m)
Telephoto: 5.58 - 12.80' (1.7 - 3.9 m)
Up To 32.81' (10 m)
Up To 18.04' (5.5 m) 4
Please Note:

At ISO Auto (wide, tele) and ISO 3200(wide, tele) respectively

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External Flash Connection None
Memory
Built-in Memory 105MB
Memory Card Type Memory Stick Duo
Memory Stick Pro Duo
Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo
SD
SDHC
SDXC 5
Please Note:

Memory Stick Pro Duo for Movie mode only

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Still Images per GB JPEG: 3200
Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
Video
Video Clip Length Up to 29 Minutes
Audio Recording With Video, Stereo
Viewfinder/Display
Screen 3.0" LCD Rear Screen (921,600 pixels)
Connectivity/System Requirements
Connectivity 1x HDMI C (Mini)
USB 2.0 6
Please Note:

Also: Micro USB, Transfer Jet

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Connectors 1x HDMI C (Mini), USB 2.0
Software System Requirements Not Specified By Manufacturer
Environmental
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Storage
-4 to 140°F (-20 to 60°C)
Waterproofing Not Specified By Manufacturer
Certifications CE
FCC
Power
Battery NP-BG1 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.6VDC, 960mAh
AC Power Adapter ACUB10 (Included)
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.2 x 2.4 x 1.4" / 106.6 x 61.9 x 34.6 mm
Weight 8.96 oz / 254 g with battery and card
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V Digital Camera
  • NP-BG1 Lithium-ion Battery
  • ACUB10 AC Adapter
  • Micro USB Cable
  • Wrist Strap
  • Instruction Manual
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    SonyCyber-shot DSC-HX30V Digital Camera
     
    4.5

    (based on 51 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (30)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (17)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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      (1)

    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good image quality (45)
    • Zoom range/performance (41)
    • Easy to use (39)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (34)
    • Image stabilization (33)

    Cons

    • No viewfinder (14)
    • Short battery life (6)

    Best Uses

    • Family photos (39)
    • Travel (38)
    • Landscape/scenery (32)
    • Low light (22)
    • Video (22)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual photographer (19), Photo enthusiast (18), Semi-pro photographer (10), Pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (42), Yes (6)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great back up camera!

    It has the best photos out of a point and shoot that I have had experience with. I use it as back up to my digital slr. I find I can shoot photos with...Read complete review

    It has the best photos out of a point and shoot that I have had experience with. I use it as back up to my digital slr. I find I can shoot photos with this camera that I cannot with my slr without changing lenses. The versatility of this camera is nothing short of amazing.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good Photos, Slow Writing To Memory

    I take mostly sports photos. The results are good with this camera, it's easy to use, possibly helped because I own other Sony's and the menus and controls are siilar. The one drawback...Read complete review

    I take mostly sports photos. The results are good with this camera, it's easy to use, possibly helped because I own other Sony's and the menus and controls are siilar. The one drawback for me is that it takes a noticeable time for the photos to be written to memory. This won't be a problem if you're doing portraits or landscapes but it has bothered me somewhat doing sports action where I'd like to take as many shots as possible in the shortest period of time. But, if otherwise the camera fits your usage patterns, I'd recommend it. I would suggest getting more than one battery.

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    1.0

    don't buy this product.

    By elise

    from new york, ny

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Poor Image Stabilization
      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos

      Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V Digital Camera:

      confusing, slow.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 2
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      3.0

      Good Photos, Slow Writing To Memory

      By Bill

      from Georgetown, MA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • No Viewfinder

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel

      Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V Digital Camera:

      I take mostly sports photos. The results are good with this camera, it's easy to use, possibly helped because I own other Sony's and the menus and controls are siilar. The one drawback for me is that it takes a noticeable time for the photos to be written to memory. This won't be a problem if you're doing portraits or landscapes but it has bothered me somewhat doing sports action where I'd like to take as many shots as possible in the shortest period of time. But, if otherwise the camera fits your usage patterns, I'd recommend it. I would suggest getting more than one battery.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 7
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Excellent quality and easy to use

      By TRJ

      from simsbury, CT

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Great Zoom

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Good In All Conditions

        Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V Digital Camera:

        many options from simple point and clink to using addition photo featurs

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 9
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        good but pricy

        By shanu

        from detroit, MI

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Image Quality
        • Great Zoom
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Poor Image Stabilization
        • Pricey poor value

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V Digital Camera:

        This is my first review :)I researched a lot on compact camera which can take really good pictures and fit in my handbag easily. After much thought I got this sony hx30v. I am happy on my purchase. You should really sit with this camera for some time as it got some good features. But I feel this camera is too pricy. You can get same range camera for $[$]-$[$].Bottom line: Good one. Great zoom

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Great camera

        By Stephen

        from Indio, ca

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V Digital Camera:

          The best pictures with lots of options to improve and learn.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 8

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          4.0

          DSC-HX30V

          By Smiles

          from Northern Michigan

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Image Quality
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • No Viewfinder

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel

          Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V Digital Camera:

          Allot of the times can't carry the big camera and this fits well in any pocket. Love the whole camera. One thing I miss is a view finder/eye piece. Had it out in the sun/snow and I can't see what I am shooting.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 9
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          more complicated than a point and shoot

          By Melba

          from San Juan, PR

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Zoom
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • No Viewfinder
          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Travel

          Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V Digital Camera:

          This camera takes pictures comparable to my husband's expensive lens removable camera. It is more complicated than a point and shoot, but still user friendly enough. Had a few glitches and contacted sony support and received excellent step by step guidance.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 7
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          What a deal!

          By Rusty Bolt

          from San Antonio, TX

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Short Lag Time
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • No Viewfinder

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel

          Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V Digital Camera:

          Great features and great photos from this little point and shoot. When I don't want to lug around my big DSLR, this thing is the ticket and I can't believe all the features it is packed with. GPS is great to have and wifi too. Has many great in camera features that work will with little effort, like HDR. And the video is very crisp and clear in full HD.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V : Nice camera

          By HKUMAR

          from LA, CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Zoom

          Cons

          • No Viewfinder

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Video

          Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V Digital Camera:

          I liked the HD Video and Grate Zoom. Missing the RAW image type.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 9
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Body feels cheap and hollow

          By Little Bill

          from West Virgiinia

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Image Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Travel

            Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V Digital Camera:

            It may play great on review sites, but I held my girlfriend's Canon sx230 the other day and it was like fondling a bar of gold; and the Sony is like holding a box of Altoids. There is more to camera ownership than just the end result. Sure it performs well, the wireless feature is a true pain in the rear on the ipad, but you have to carry this thing around with you all day. The Canon is a "put it in your jeans pocket" kind of camera. The Sony is a "go buy some kind of protective case" camera. This is not a camera to be put in one's pants pocket nor would I have the brass to lightly even bump it. In the end, none of these little travel cameras will match my Panny GH3 or my old 5D, so it comes down to a camera for carrying all the time. You know, the one you have with you... I was very disappointed to say the least. Almost sent it back 20 times already for its total lack of tactile ergonomics.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 5
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Best point n shoot by far!

            By So-Cal

            from San Diego

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Nice Body Color
            • Short Lag Time
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V Digital Camera:

              Upgraded from HX7V. Use this mostly for sports. Zooms & focuses very quickly. I always grab this over my SLR and could not be happier! My wife basically only uses it on auto and gets some amazing photos! There's really no other point n shoot that compares... I've recently switched from Canon to Sony and have found out that Sony has a lot more features and also is easier for my wife to use. My next purchase will be a Sony NEX-7! If your looking for a compact camera that has a good zoom and decent sensor size with a lot of features you will actually use... This is it!

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 10
              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              5.0

              Great Camera, Excels in Low Light

              By David Amir

              from Allentown, PA

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Short Lag Time
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Travel
                • Video

                Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V Digital Camera:

                We are an active family that is putting this camera to the test. After looking at compact DSLRs, we chose the cyber-shot.

                Highlights:
                - the wifi is awesome and has solved our number one problem of getting pics backed-up to the pc in a timely/organized fashion
                - the low light quality is excellent and was the main reason we bought this camera. the camera takes excellent pictures even when there is limited light.
                - the additional scene selections and camera settings work great when taking a pic of a fast moving subject, capturing sequence shots, blurring the background, onboard editing, and recording high quality video
                - time to first shot is very fast. we are able to capture the events as they are happy
                - compact but with a 20x zoom. I love that we can fit it in our pocket while our friend/family have to lug around a bookbag.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 7
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Love this camera!

                By Miranda

                from Noble, Il

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V Digital Camera:

                  I wanted more than a point and shoot but not as much as a DSLR. This is a perfect "bridge" camera. It is bigger than a point and shoot but still fits in my purse nicely. It is not hard to use. It did take me little while to get use to keeping my finger out of the way of the pop up flash. I haven't tried the wifi yet. This camera has some pretty awesome features such as smile and blink detection. Most importantly it takes amazing pictures and the zoom is fantastic!

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 8
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Excellent Point and Shoot Camera

                  By joystoy

                  from Southern USA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                  • No Viewfinder

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel
                  • Video
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V Digital Camera:

                  Excellent point and shoot camera, the photos are crisp and clear with good color. Scene modes work well, image stabilization is good. This camera shoots great video too!!

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 8
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Very satisfied

                  By jasymon

                  from hilton, ny

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Short Lag Time

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos

                    Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V Digital Camera:

                    Family group photos

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Beautiful little camera!

                    By Koru

                    from Stacy, MN

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V Digital Camera:

                      I love taking snaps for home photo albums and social network sites. a lot of outdoor shots, we live on a hobby farm and train border collies for sheep work and Trials.
                      This camera is essentially an upgrade on my 6 yr old Sony Cyber-shot. The HX30V fits in a pocket, has a decent zoom lens and is wi-fi compatible. Controls are handy, camera feels right.
                      So far I am having touble getting it all set up as the manual is hard to read on-line. Wi-fi in particular does not seem to set up the way instructions lead you to believe. Also can't seem to tansfer internal memory photos to PC. Once those tech bugs get worked out I'm going to love it!

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 8
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes

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                      5.0

                      I NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT

                      By PHOTOLARS

                      from FISHKILL NY

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Good picture quality
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Nice Body Color
                      • Short Lag Time
                      • Small / Compact
                      • Small And Fast

                      Cons

                      • Short Battery Life

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel
                      • Video
                      • Wildlife photos

                      Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V Digital Camera:

                      I CARRY A CAMERA ALMOST ALWAYS WHEN DOING MY DAILY ROUNDS, BECAUSE THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING TO SHOOT.
                      THIS IS MY UMPTEENTH SONY DSC POCKET SIZE CAMERA - I USE THEM AS BACK-UPS FOR MY BIG SONY ALPHA 55 SLR ON LOCAL MODEL AND STUDIO SHOOTS -
                      MY WIFE AND I ARE SO CALLED "LIFE TIME EXPLORERS" IN THE BOOKS OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPEDITIONS AND WE TRAVEL A LOT,
                      BUT WITH INCREASING AGE I PREFER NOT TO CARRY HEAVY CAMERA BAGS, WHICH ALSO ATTRACT POTENTIAL MUGGERS AND LIKE. THEREFORE, LAST YEAR I 'DARED' TRAVEL WITH ONLY A SONY DSC HX9V ON A CRUISE FROM BUDAPEST TO THE BLACK SEA. I TOOK SOME GOOD SHOTS AND THANKS TO THE GPS I COULD FIND OUT WHERE ON THE DANUBE WE WERE.

                      I HAVE ONLY USED THIS NEW HX30V SINCE DEC 9 AND TAKEN 268 PICTURES UNDER VARYING CONDITIONS DAY AND NIGHT - I AM VERY HAPPY WITH THE RESULT - I OFTEN PHOTOGRAPH BIRDS AND THIS LITTLE CAMERA IS VERY FAST AND THE ZOOM IS GREAT (500 MM EQ). OF COURSE IT IS NOT AS FAST AS THE ALPHA 55 BUT ..I AM VERY HAPPY WITH MY HX30V - I THINK I WILL AGAIN ONLY TAKE THIS LITTLE CAMERA ON OUR NEXT CRUISE TO PANAMA AND COSTA RICA IN FEBRUARY
                      PHOTOLARS OF NEW YORK

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 10
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      excellent camera, would buy again

                      By bobby

                      from stoke,qc

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Short Lag Time

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Video
                        • Wildlife photos

                        Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V Digital Camera:

                        excellent quality all around

                        merry xmas

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 8
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        i will have another is the best

                        By juan bric

                        from venezuela

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good in Low Light
                        • Large Clear LCD

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Sports/Action

                          Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V Digital Camera:

                          its great what i can do with this camera

                          • Ease of Operation:
                          • 9
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Amazing

                          By Antobio Henrique

                          from Goiania, Goias, Brasil

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Great Zoom
                          • Large Clear LCD

                          Cons

                          • Poor Flash

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V Digital Camera:

                          I use in home.
                          Its a great camera.

                          • Ease of Operation:
                          • 10
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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