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SonyCyber-shot DSC-TX30 Digital Camera (Blue)
 
4.3

(based on 84 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (45)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (28)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (54)
  • Easy to use (46)
  • Great resolution (39)
  • Large clear LCD (37)
  • Fast shutter speed (29)

Cons

  • Limited zoom (8)
  • No viewfinder (8)
  • Poor in low light (7)
  • Short battery life (7)
  • Lag / shutter delay (5)

Best Uses

  • Travel (46)
  • Family photos (33)
  • Macro photography (24)
  • Video (22)
  • Sports/action (18)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (22), Casual photographer (14), Semi-pro photographer (13), Pro photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (51), Yes (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I love this camera!

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...Read complete review

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Incapable of producing good image

Purchased TX30 after my Canon S95 was stolen. Have had it 10 days. Though sporting 18 mp, it produced jpg images so over processed that cropping is very limited by pixilation. My iPhone...Read complete review

Purchased TX30 after my Canon S95 was stolen. Have had it 10 days. Though sporting 18 mp, it produced jpg images so over processed that cropping is very limited by pixilation. My iPhone 4s is superior. The many shooting modes are nonsense. In daylight the main mode, "intelligent", uses ISO 80, aperture will be from f/3.5 to f/5.6, and shutter around 1/640". Since I use this camera mainly to shoot while bicycling, I also tried "fast shutter". This doubles ISO to 160 and shutter to around 1/1200". Either way, results are atrocious, unacceptable. It is the worst digital camera I have ever owned. Shall return and will be using a second hand Canon S100, shooting RAW. The Canon, even at ISO 800, is infinitely better than this toy at ISO 80.

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5.0

Very good camera

By Leonardo

from Hartford, CT

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Limited Zoom

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Travel
  • Video

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

Easy to use and very good battery life

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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4.0

Excellent choice

By Solivares

from Chile

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

I'm from Chile, and request this espectacullar camera in the site. It arrives well and without problems

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4.0

Great Little Camera

By Blacksheep

from Fairborn OH

About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Great Resolution
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    Bought this to replace my TX-5 on which the touch capability on the screen had died.

    So far, it's another great little camera from Sony. Small, great photos.

    What I don't care for is the micro SD card that I have to put in an adapter to download the photos. Another thing I'm not really happy about is the video button. It's out there where I touch the camera when I open it up to take stills. Nine times out of ten when I open it, it starts shooting video and I have to stop the video, delete it, shut the camera, re-open it-- carefully and then shoot the stills I want. Not enough to make me want to ditch the camera, but a constant, royal pain.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Excellent for what it is and prize

    By Ricardo

    from Mexico

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Great Hdr And Panorama
    • Great Resolution
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Resistant
    • Small / Compact
    • Very Fast To Use
    • Water Resistant

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Macro Photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Under Water
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife photos

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

      it not only produces great images. the HD video is excellent and the audio is impressive.on top of it it has HDR and an array of functions. the panorama feature is excellent as well.
      the video does use up the battery but you buy more batteries. problem solved
      all in all i feel it is a great buy for only 200+

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      • No

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      5.0

      Awesome camera

      By Yael the traveler

      from New York City, NY

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • No Viewfinder

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Wildlife photos

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

      I originally purchased this camera for underwater pictures, but during my vacation to Fiji and New Zealand, this camera took amazing pictures in and out of the water. It is so light and fits in your pocket. I absolutely love this camera!

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      • No

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      4.0

      Nice little machine

      By Ed

      from Pennsylvania

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Macro Photography

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

        Work requires regular unplanned photographs
        Hate using smart phones.
        This is more versatile as well as small.

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        • No

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        2.0

        Well..........

        By Jeff

        from Providence RI

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            Purchased for Vacation and after 2 days while on vacation it fell off the coffee table and I could't close the battery cover - There goes the water proof and what about that rugged concept.

            LCD screen is hard to see in bright light as most have said.

            Waiting for replacement but if this is any indication ...

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            2.0

            TOUGH... RUGGED.... Not so much

            By Jeff

            from Boston

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

            I bought this camera specifically for my vacation and for the fact that it was rugged and waterproof. After two days of having it and on my vacation the camera fell off a coffee table less than 3 feet off the ground and the battery door would no longer close. So I use tape to keep it closed and use the camera while on vacation. I love the size and the pictures where decent. I was not able to try it in water because of what happened. My replacement is on its way and I will see how it works but I'm also going to do my own research and purchase some other cameras to check on the quality of the pictures and the product.

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            2.0

            Ok small point and shoot, but don't expect a lot!!!

            By jas G.

            from Westlake Village, CA

            About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Lag / Shutter Delay
            • Low Light Images Noisy
            • Poor Image Quality
            • Poor Image Stabilization
            • Poor in Low Light
            • Short Battery Life
            • Slow to focus

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel

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

            I purchased this camera for the specific purpose of photographing under water while snorkeling. I did not find this camera capable of shooting well in low light situation, which you will find yourself in 80% percent of the time when shooting in a water environments i.e. Cloud cover and setting sun situations… The glass of the display screen does not react well while in the water, and does not react at ALL underwater if you are trying to change settings. This is most frustrating!!! If you do purchase this camera do yourself a big favor and purchase a protective glass cover-up for the display so you don't scratch and gouge the surface accidentally, which you will do… ;) This would be the same protective covering material that you do for your phone to protect the display surface. This is not a good camera if you want to work in low light and don't expect the digital zoom of any quality or consequence. Image contrast is over sensitive to dynamic shifts for landscapes (Sky and Land) not well controlled with contrast settings available that actually function well. The imagery can look over saturated on the display screen with little or no contrast control for the screen it self only the image and then it does not give a good adjustment to work with subtle nuance situations that require good quality sensitivity to pickup. If you are shooting movies the battery life goes quiet quickly, so purchase an extra one and keep it charged. This is just a simple general purpose camera for novice use and nothing more… final note don't expect a lot!!!

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            4.0

            great little waterproof camera

            By Tom Hart

            from Hackensack NJ

            About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Small / Compact
            • waterproof

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Whitewater Kayaking

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

              Got this camera for whitewater kayaking and it incidentally as a pocket point and shoot with a short zoom.
              Though you can't really use the touch screen with wet hands you can easily open it up and operate zoom and movie mode one handed. I'm getting pretty good at hitting an eddy, grabbing a stick or rock to hold myself steady and pulling out the camera and shooting my buddies.
              Though it's not the best underwater camera and not the best pocket point and shoot it's a pretty good combination. Yea, the image quality isn't much better than my phone, but my phone doesn't have a 5 x zoom nor can I get it soaking wet or operate it soaking wet.

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              5.0

              5 years and counting....

              By Rich in San Francisco

              from San Francisco, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • No Viewfinder

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel

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

              Durable: Mine dropped out of my pocket while at full gallop on a cow pony, skipping and bouncing for 20 ft. Picked it up...still worked fine. Needed a bit of contact glue for the cover of the battery door. 100's of exposures; trophy catches in the Patagonia, Montana, Wyoming, etc. Several drops into moving water; still works fine! Imaging quality is superb, snapshots of grand kids and other family and friends are uniformly perfect.

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              5.0

              perfect size!

              By Esra

              from Sebring, FL

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Travel

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

                It fits in my jeans pocket and takes awesome pictures. It is perfect for those of you who likes to take beautiful indoor/outdoor pictures and sick of bad quality cell phone images.

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                5.0

                Excellent fun camera

                By Ruth

                from New York

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

                Bought this for my ten year old daughter.
                She loves the compact size, the fun editing tools and that it's waterproof.
                I like the cmos sensor and the little or no shutter lag compared to other cameras in this price bracket.
                The white balance is not too great, but in this price range, it's difficult to find better.
                For a child who wants to have fun with a camera, it's perfect!

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                4.0

                Very adaptable camera

                By justvideo

                from Frankfort, KY

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Good Battery Life
                • Good flash
                • Good resolution
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • Lag / Shutter Delay
                • Micro Sd

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Travel
                • Underwater

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

                I owned a previous model for several years and used it for snorkling, and a pocket camera for when you don't want to carry around the big camera. Although it was only a 10 megapixels it took good photos and video. When it crashed recently I looked at other alternatives and felt this was still the best buy. It's ungraded to 18 megapixels and offers a better range of auto and manual features. I have not tried this one under water so far. A change that caught me off guard was going from an SD card to the Micro SD. Also, you have to charge the battery with the supplied charger via the open battery/card door. I happend to have a seperate charger from the previous camera so I'm able to charge the battery seperate from the camera. A convenience if nothing else.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Fun Compact Camera

                By d'Avalonia

                from Hilo, HI

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • 10 Pfs Burst
                • Easy to Use
                • Great Zoom
                • Industrial Design Of Body
                • Panorama Function
                • Shock Dust Waterproof
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • Macro Photography
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel

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

                The TX30 is fun on dry land and in water with a panorama function that allows for a unique perspective on some ordinary things. Its size is perfect for my fingers where some people with larger hands had complained about its usability. The LCD screen on back is a little dimmer than I would prefer. The battery runs out after 250 shots so I purchased 3. There aren't any flaws with this camera that can't be compensated with a little forethought. Love the 10fps photo burst.

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                4.0

                Extreme Hiker

                By Lamont Cranston

                from Los Angeles

                Verified Buyer

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

                This was a gift for someone who is a long distance, off the beaten path, hiker. He has dropped cameras off mountains and complained of dust and moisture issues with many other good cameras. It is early yet, but this cameras seems tough and tight, with no exposed zoom lens to collect dust. If any issues arise I will add new comments.

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                • Yes

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                2.0

                Very disappointed

                By Josie

                from Hasbrouck Heights NJ

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

                Had this camera for 2 years (earlier version I think) and it took great pictures both in the water and out. Then all of sudden while taking pictures under water in the ocean the gaskets gave out, the camera flooded and was destroyed. I was able to salvage our pictures but we had no camera for the rest of our vacation.

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                4.0

                Awesome Camera

                By sam

                from queens, ny

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Good Battery Life

                Cons

                • No Viewfinder

                Best Uses

                • Travel
                • Video

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

                Long battery life!
                Amazing underwater photos!
                Tons of different settings to play with!
                ONLY downfall is its small size & gets dirty super quick(smudging and such)

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                • No

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                4.0

                under water camera

                By The Handy Fox

                from Sherman, CT

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • In Or Around Water
                  • Travel
                  • Wildlife photos

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

                  Not only easy to use, forget the manual? It's right there on the screen. Small, light weight and simple. That's for me.

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                  2.0

                  "Too much whiz and not enough bang"

                  By Emmanouel

                  from Australia

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Lag / Shutter Delay
                  • Poor Image Quality
                  • Short Battery Life

                  Best Uses

                  • Macro Photography
                  • Travel

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

                  bought this models to add it in to my collection on TX30 , I have all the colours (TX20much better)

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                  • No

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