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SonyCyber-shot DSC-TX30 Digital Camera (Black)
 
4.5

(based on 48 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (30)
  • Easy to use (24)
  • Great resolution (23)
  • Large clear LCD (22)
  • Fast shutter speed (17)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (5)
  • No viewfinder (4)
  • Complicated controls (3)
  • Short battery life (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (27)
  • Family photos (20)
  • Macro photography (15)
  • Video (15)
  • Low light (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (12), Semi-pro photographer (9), Casual photographer (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (25), Yes (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Astonishing technical advance!

I bought this from BH as a "settle for" replacement for my beloved Canon G, which I dropped in a tiny creek in the mountains of Montana. I can't...Read complete review

I bought this from BH as a "settle for" replacement for my beloved Canon G, which I dropped in a tiny creek in the mountains of Montana. I can't afford to buy a new "G", and this was the best value for me in a pocket camera that won't die if I drop it in water. It is, in fact, a better camera for me than the G9. Images are near perfect in resolution, exposure and color, the Zoom stretch of 26-130 mm equiv. of the Zeiss lens is ideal, and this device is smaller than a deck of playing cards. Only gripe is the lack of a 24X36 format option. It's either 4X3 or 16X9.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Competent, cute, compact

Use this camera as a snapshot, dirty and "camera going to get wet" circumstances.

There really are no manual controls - so it's basically like using a cell phone...Read complete review

Use this camera as a snapshot, dirty and "camera going to get wet" circumstances.

There really are no manual controls - so it's basically like using a cell phone camera with a somewhat better picture.

The weather and water resistance is great - good for bath time, for the beach (clean the sand out of the cover!) or pouring rain.

Battery life is OK, and you don't get an external charger. So, can't charge one battery and use another.

Overall, it's a fine little camera for the price, but not for expert users.

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5.0

Sony TX30 is my favorite everyday camera

By LB Picture Taker

from Philadelphia, PA

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Good Battery Life
  • Good in Low Light
  • Great Resolution
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Artwork
    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Travel
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-TX30 Digital Camera (Pink):

    I carry this camera with me daily, to capture local scenery, weather conditions, and events, and also use it to document my artwork and family activities. Video is typically of children's activities and school performances. This TX30 replaced my 3-year-old TX10 that gave out, under warranty. One of its features that engaged my interest in the first model is that the lense stays in place, rather than extending forward when in use, even when the zoom is being used. The small size fits in my purse or pocket. It's easy to use and I like being able to take photos with available, dim light, when I don't want flash reflections in the picture. Another advantage is being able to charge the battery while it's in the camera, so I don't forget to replace it.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Crbershot DSC-TX30 Digital camera

    By pogipete

    from New Jersey

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Macro Photography

        Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-TX30 Digital Camera (Black):

        I bought this camera for it's underwater feature. I have not used it underwater yet, but as i familiarize myself with its use, i like the touchscreen features and the ease to use the camera and the ? on screen.The pictures i took during our thanksgiving family dinner is very good. I also like the size of the camera, small but loaded with great features. I will highly recommend this camera to my friends and relatives, who will want a user friendly high tech camera.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

        By Papacito

        from Tracy, Ca.

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Many Shooting Modes
        • Panorama Has Many Options
        • Small / Compact
        • waterproof

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography
          • Travel
          • Under water
          • Video

          Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-TX30 Digital Camera (Orange):

          I wanted a small camera I could carry without it being cumbersome and looking like a camera geek. This camera can be slipped in a pocket with nary a perceptible bulge. Belying its small size it is packed with advanced features. It is waterproof, takes 1080 HD video, does closeups, and has a plethora of shooting modes. I would have liked direct control of shutter speed and aperture but it does have direct control for film speed. All in all I very happy with this product.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Worked well

          By Don

          from California

          Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-TX30 Digital Camera (Orange):

          Bought this for snorkeling on a Hawaii vacation. Thus far it's worked well. It could use a way to tighten the strap on your hand to make it less likely to drop while swimming, but I was able to keep ahold of it.

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          5.0

          More than I expected!

          By Glenn McF

          from Washington DC.

          Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-TX30 Digital Camera (Black):

          Needed a simple underwater camera for a cruse vacation. First I purchased a GoPro 3+ Black, which didn't work out of the box. Seems to be a common problem. In a hurry I had B&H send me this Sony, that was a piece of luck. It is a great little camera, quick, sharp and feature loaded. It has a tripod screw hole on the bottom so with a gorilla grip it can easily do what the GoPro does and so much more, plus it is reliable. If you need a camera to do something special the chances are that this one does it. As a bonus it fits in the watch pocket on my jeans so I can comfortably carry it at all times and be ready if I want to take a shot anywhere. Got this plus a spare battery, a wall charger, 2 - 32G cards, and a small spare battery holster for less than the GoPro..... Go figure!

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          4.0

          I love this camera!

          By LGFEO

          from New York, NY

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good Battery Life
          • Great Design
          • Great Resolution
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • No Viewfinder
          • Poor in Low Light

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • In Or Around The Water
          • Macro Photography
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Water
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-TX30 Digital Camera (Orange):

          Just took it out for the test drive before a long carribean vacation and was thrilled with the images I got. Had it out on the water and the pictures were clear with good color. Even used it in the water and had zero problems.
          Floating strap is a good idea too.
          I would highly recommend for anyone looking for an inexpensive waterproof point and shoot.
          Oh...The macro is amazing as well.
          Super easy to download the pictures to the computer too.
          Good luck everyone!

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great waterproof point n' shoot camera

          By Avex102

          from Sao Paulo, Brazil

          About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Battery Life
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Macro Photography
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video

            Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-TX30 Digital Camera (Orange):

            Got the orange one which has a great color! Also it is a decent waterproof and pocketlight camera that can be your best friend on your trips that needs to be remembered forever. This features are a FullHD video, nice picturing on and off water, relatively fast to be ready from power off to take a photo and accepts SD Class 10 64Gb memorycard. Has also a nice supermacro feature that can focus objects within a 1cm!

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            • No

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            5.0

            Tx30

            By Rescue diver

            from Athens

            Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-TX30 Digital Camera (Orange):

            Value for money ,very gooood!!!!

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            4.0

            Great Camera for a small Package

            By Arjay

            from NYC

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • Lag / Shutter Delay
            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Macro Photography
            • Travel

            Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-TX30 Digital Camera (Orange):

            Great little camera,
            like all point and shoots I find the shutter response time to be slow when using the flash. I always get the shot just after the moment I wanted to capture.

            Sony has a strange grain I find compared to other camera sensors.

            have not tried it under water yet so no comment there.

            last note, sometimes during a movie I tend to bump the sliding door covering the lens, then the camera shuts off and video is over. Opps.
            Did not have that problem with older cybershots.

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            • No

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            1.0

            Piece of junk

            By Totally Dissatisfied

            from Dallas, TX

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-TX30 Digital Camera (Black):

                  Great camera until I tried to download pics. Images are stored in a non-standard Sony format that requires special software to be installed from the Sony website. Furthermore these apps do not support WinXP. Because of the non-standard format used on the microSD, I can't even read the card if I plug it into my PC. So I am stuck with a [$] piece of junk that I can't pictures off of.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Good waterproof camera

                  By Hiren

                  from NJ

                  Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-TX30 Digital Camera (Orange):

                  Overall a good camera, takes great pictures and videos. Lots of features too. I had a similar unit before and became dysfunctional after few days, so I'm not sure about the longevity of it. Overall easy to carry around, nice looking camera with a lot of features..

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                  4.0

                  Great camera

                  By DJS

                  from CT

                  Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-TX30 Digital Camera (Black):

                  Picked up the tx 30 to replace my old cybershot before heading on a trip to the Rocky Mountains. I needed a camera that was everything proof. This camera lives up to its claim. Will take drops and many of the other elements you can toss at it. Picture quality is top notch. I spent a lot of time playing around with all the different effects and captured many incredible mountain shots. If you're looking for an all I one camera that you can put in your pocket and take anywhere this is the camera for you. You won't be disappointed

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                  4.0

                  Great small camera

                  By Joe Palmetto

                  from Ellenton, Fl

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good Battery Life
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Resolution
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-TX30 Digital Camera (Black):

                    A great little camera when you want to travel light. It is very easy to use and takes excellent pictures in most light conditions. Touchscreen controls (just about everything besides zoom, movie and shutter buttons) can be difficult in wet conditions. This seems necessary to keep the camera both small and waterproof.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    happy, happy, joy, joy !!!!!

                    By Vic

                    from Mioveni, RO

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Great Resolution
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                    • Short Battery Life

                    Best Uses

                    • Macro Photography
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Video

                    Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-TX30 Digital Camera (Black):

                    I bought this camera for my wife's birthday present.
                    She wanted a underwater camera and she was very very happy :).
                    Great camera! Low price for a high quality product. I like the touchscreen, good video quality (1080 60p) and the stereo sound recording.

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                    • Yes

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                    5.0

                    I will order items from B&H again!

                    By Erin

                    from Brisbane, Australia

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-TX30 Digital Camera (Orange):

                          I bought this camera for my sister as I found it to be the cheapest after all of my web searching. I live in Australia so the quality of the product and shipping time were two of my major concerns. I had nothing to be concerned about! The camera was great, it only took three days to ship internationally and my sister was happy! Thank you B&H!

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                          • Yes

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                          5.0

                          Great functional camera

                          By Jim

                          from North Pole, AK

                          About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Great Resolution
                          • Large Clear LCD
                          • Small / Compact

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Travel

                            Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-TX30 Digital Camera (Black):

                            This is a great point-and-shoot camera with great mini functions such an auto shift-tilt and panoramic option. I'm not saying your going to get full frame quality but you are going to get a fun little cam to have around.

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                            • No

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Excellent pocket camera

                            By S.Waleck

                            from Vernon, NJ

                            About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use
                            • Fast Shutter Speed
                            • Good Battery Life
                            • Small / Compact

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Macro Photography
                              • Travel
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-TX30 Digital Camera (Black):

                              First off, you need to know there's always a compromise when it comes to camera sensor size and this camera has a small sensor. That being said, I am very happy with the results I have obtained thus far. This is a camera you purchase due to it's size, not in spite of it. I love the fact that I can throw it in a pocket when wearing shorts and never know it's there. I have shot with it in the rain though I have not tested the camera under water. The image quality is really decent, especially at or near base ISO. The AF is quick to lock. The screen is a mixed blessing... while it's resolution is wonderful I found it can be a bit difficult to compose the shot in direct sunlight. Turning the screen brightness to max will deff help.

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                              • No

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                              (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              sony tx30

                              By pattin

                              from quebec

                              Verified Buyer

                              Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-TX30 Digital Camera (Black):

                              super service

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                              4.0

                              Great Camera

                              By adam

                              from new york

                              Verified Buyer

                              Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-TX30 Digital Camera (Black):

                              the camera is great. very easy to use, delivers exactly as described.

                              The image quality is great, there are fun filters to use as well.

                              I highly recommend this for a point and shoot

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                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Great little camera for traveling

                              By kingdompix

                              from Pensacola, Florida

                              About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy to Use
                              • Fast Shutter Speed
                              • Good Battery Life
                              • Great Resolution
                              • Large Clear LCD
                              • Small / Compact

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-TX30 Digital Camera (Black):

                                Bought this to go snorkeling with on a recent cruise. Didn't manage to snorkel (weather) but I ended up carrying this more than my Nikon D5000. It took some great pictures and video! I am very impressed with the quality of the camera and the pictures/video it takes.

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                                • Yes

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