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SonyCyber-shot DSC-TX30 Digital Camera (Pink)
 
4.4

(based on 64 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (39)

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    (19)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (2)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (40)
  • Easy to use (33)
  • Great resolution (31)
  • Large clear LCD (28)
  • Fast shutter speed (24)

Cons

  • Limited zoom (7)
  • Poor in low light (6)
  • No viewfinder (5)
  • Short battery life (4)
  • Complicated controls (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (34)
  • Family photos (26)
  • Macro photography (19)
  • Video (19)
  • Low light (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (14), Casual photographer (11), Semi-pro photographer (10), Pro photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (37), Yes (8)

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

Best camera to date!!

By Ed

from Cranston, RI

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography

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

    Just got this camera from B&H, have only taken a handful of pics, but they are AWESOME!! The detail and clarity of the pics are better than any pics i have seen from other point and shoot cameras. Will be taking this camera on vaca to Six Flags, should be grreat!!

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    • No

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    4.0

    Excellent camera for underwater use

    By artbsn

    from Seattle

    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

    • Limited Zoom
    • No Viewfinder

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Macro Photography
    • Travel

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

    The camera is VERY small and light. It is waterproof to a reasonable depth. The image quality is excellent, and good enough to use in normal use apart from underwater. You do have to get accustomed to the touch screen, but otherwise I find the camera to be a pleasure to use.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Best point and shoot I ever had.

    By Saadi

    from Bahrain

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Resolution
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Limited Zoom

    Best Uses

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

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

    It takes beautiful pictures, films are steady without shakes, Its small my wife keeps it in her bag.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Size does not matter!

    By DSE

    from Toronto

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast Focus
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Battery Life
    • Great Resolution
    • Slim
    • Small / Compact
    • waterproof

    Cons

    • Limited Zoom
    • No Wifi

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel

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

    Although this is super small/slim, it functions very, very well.
    I love the speed of the focus and shutter for hip-shooting high action sports in very bright sunlight, such as volleyball and motorsports.

    I wish it had wifi capabilities for direct upload to social media sites, but for the cost, it's understandable. A wifi card will make this easier.

    The waterproof case is very nice; I was caught in a heavy downpour and didn't have to worry about the camera at all.

    I appreciate the very bright color; it's very easy to spy on a grassy picnic spot or on a dark desktop.

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    • Yes

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    5.0

    I would buy this product again and again

    By Cadu Amorim

    from Miami FL

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          Great Product

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          • No

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          5.0

          Prefect travel camera

          By Ben

          from St. Paul, MN

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Limited Zoom

          Best Uses

          • Travel

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

          I have TX10 which has been great. I bought this one for a trip and it is probably even a little better...some extra features like having photo editing built into the camera.

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          • Yes

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          4.0

          The best "cheap" waterproof camera I have used so far.

          By PTK

          from Burbank, CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Limited Zoom
          • Poor Image Quality
          • Poor in Low Light
          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Macro Photography
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Wildlife photos

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

          I needed a somewhat cheap camera that was waterproof for a trip to the Bayano Caves in Panama, where there is a lot of cascading water, areas where you have to swim through pitch black caves, etc. A place where regular cameras would most likely get destroyed by the water/environement. Most waterproof cameras are goofy, bulky, rubberized cameras that look like they were made for kids. And the image quality is usually that of a camera from 5 years ago. This Sony cyber shot TX30 has pretty good (not great) image quality and nice styling. You can use it in non-underwater situations and not look like you're carrying around a cheap toy.
          It worked alright for my needs, though the low-light image quality is usually pretty grainy. If i used a flashlight and gave the camera a few seconds to automatically focus and pick the best settings, then the shots came out alright.
          takes great underwater video, good video in general.....Also found myself using the panoramic function a lot on my trip.
          All in all I am pretty happy with this camera, my only complaints would be the occasional graininess and battery life....I'm not sure if my camera is deffective or anything but the battery meter will be "full" for a good couple of hours of intermittent shooting, but as soon as one of the battery level bars goes away (there are maybe 4 or 5 bars) the rest disappear pretty quickly after that.
          In otherwords, lets say I get maybe 4 or 5 hours of using the camera on and off throughout the day, The first 3 hours or so, all 4 bars of the battery are lit up, showing full battery...but within that last 1 or 2 hours those bars will disappear one after the other in a matter of 15 or 20 minutes.....I dont' know if my battery meter is wonky or what.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Portable, Functional, and High Quality

          By Tiffany

          from Sierra Vista, AZ

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Great Resolution
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              I had gotten this camera before, but recently lost it. There wasn't a second thought in my head when I went to get a replacement-I ordered the same camera! The cyber-shot by Sony is a wonderful Point and Shoot. The resolution of the pictures is comparable to DSLRs and the dpi for photos of the JPGs is great for editing capabilities in photo editing programs like Lightroom and Photoshop. This camera is perfect for sticking in your pocket or gear for a trip or outdoor adventures-much more convenient than the bigger DSLRs. Very user friendly for anyone who does not have any formal photography training or knowledge. Highly recommend.

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              2.0

              Incapable of producing good image

              By Evergreen Richard

              from Evergreen, CO

              Verified Buyer

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

                    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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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Great pocket camera for fishing!

                    By Rich In San Francisco

                    from San Francisco CA

                    Pros

                    • easy to use

                    Cons

                    • A Viewfinder Would Be Net

                    Best Uses

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

                      Quick, easy to use, extremely fine resolution. Will instantly forgive a drop into the stream. It'd be better with some sort of viewfinder, but at this price point it isn't realistic.

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                      • No

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                      1.0

                      Dissapointing

                      By Derek

                      from New York, NY

                      Verified Buyer

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                        Cons

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

                            About 290 frames into my vacation, the camera completely gave up. The back panel stayed on and I couldn't turn the camera off. Tried pulling out the battery, which did shut everything down, but then couldn't get the camera to come back on. Tried charging, and it got quite warm, but would never power up again.

                            Dissapointing, because I was left high and dry in a remote part of the big island of Hawaii with no 'plan b' for a weatherproof camera.

                            As always B&H was totally awesome about a return (but of course not a return to Hawaii to re-take all the shots I missed :-)

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                            3.0

                            Easy to use, but...

                            By water tight

                            from Turks and Caicos

                            Verified Buyer

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                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                  I purchased this camera specifically use underwater. The pictures came out great and the camera is quite easy to use. However, it was difficult to see what I was shotting given the glare that eminated off the OLED Monitor!

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                                  5.0

                                  amazing

                                  By whit

                                  from houston

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

                                  Got this camera for our cruise. It is amazing. Takes great underwater photos as well as normal

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                                  5.0

                                  Just what I was looking for

                                  By LG

                                  from NY

                                  About Me Casual Photographer

                                  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

                                    • Family Photos
                                    • Indoors/Low Light
                                    • Macro Photography
                                    • Sports/Action
                                    • Travel
                                    • Video
                                    • Weddings/Events
                                    • Wildlife photos

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

                                    Picked this up last minute , day before a trip to the Galapagos, beacuse I needed something small and waterproof. I looked at some online reviews for this and others while in the store and compared to the variety of other compact, waterproof cameras.
                                    Got this one because reviews regarding the images were very good. Also because it was the smallest and thinnest of the group. It lived up to all my expectations. Picture quality is excellent. Sharp with rich colors. Good flash. Very fast to start up and shoot quickly. Videos are great too. And this camera performs very well underwater in both regards (video and pics) as well.
                                    I grabbed it the other day for a separate outing and forgot it was in my jacket pocket because of the comfortable size and weight. Fits nicely with a ruggard soft case that I picked up that same first day too.
                                    Only thing I wish it had that it does not is a way to upoad/send the photos wifi. That would really make it perfect for my purposes.
                                    Lastly .. the price. Very fair and reasonable for what you get. I've already recommended it several times to others.

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                                    5.0

                                    Versatile and Practical

                                    By sk8erj

                                    from Florida

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

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

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

                                      I was looking for a versatile, no-fuss, convenient camera that was discreet enough to fit in my pocket for work and could take decent enough photos in almost darkness or facing sunlight, and be tough enough to handle rainstorms. I was hoping the camera could also photograph our high activity kids without the blur because the kids always seem to be in motion. This camera is impressive. I read a page or two of the instructions, set the camera to a simple mode, and took a photo without the flash in an almost completely dark room. The results were pretty impressive. My next photos were facing directly into the sun at the beach. Perfect, I took it out of my back pocket and didn't have to worry about keeping it dry. There are so many other things this camera can do and I will learn them when I have time, but at least I know I can count on this camera to handle my everyday photos very well.

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                                      5.0

                                      PERFECT POCKET CAMERA

                                      By car fanatic

                                      from Tennessee

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

                                      Easy to use, great pictures, perfect compact camera.

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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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                                        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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                                            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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                                              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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