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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V Point-and-Shoot Camera Prices, Specifications and Reviews

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  The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V is superzoom point-and-shoot camera that combines a long zoom lens (20X optical) with Wi-Fi file sharing and GPS in a pocket-size camera. It has a relatively large 3" LCD viewer display and in addition to still images it will record up to 29 minutes of 1080/60p HD video recording with stereo audio.

The DSC-HX30V offers in-camera editing, special effects (monochrome, watercolor, etc.) and the ability to program in up to eight faces so the camera optimizes the exposure for those specific faces in a group shot. When the shutter button is held down, it takes up to 10 shots at 10 frames per second in Burst mode. This is a feature-rich superzoom point-and-shoot.


(Prices as of 11/19/2012)
DSC-HX30V  Source
$399B&H Photo Video (Typically free shipping)

Additional Costs:

$5-$25Additional SD (standard capacity) memory cards, 4GB-8GB, Class 4-6 (Class 10 is fastest)
$15-$75Additional SDHC (high capacity) memory cards, 16GB-32GB, Class 10
$50-$200+Additional SDXC (extended capacity, used for video) memory cards, 64GB-128GB, Class 10
$15-$402GB-8GB Memory Stick Pro Duo
$50-$110+16GB-32GB Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
$50 Replacement rechargeable battery pack (replacement charger $50)


DimensionsHeight: 4.25"
Width: 2.5"
Depth: 1.36"
Weight9 oz.
Included in BoxBattery, wrist strap, USB cable, AC adaptor, instruction manual
Type of MediaSD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card, memory stick Duo
Megapixels18.2 MP
Sensor 1/2.3" CMOS
(Typical point-and-shoot: 1/2.3" sensor ratio. Larger sensors: 1/1.7")
Monitor3" LCD display (921k dots)
Video1080/60 p HD video recording up to 29 minutes with stereo audio
FlashBuilt-in flash (auto, flash on, slow synchro, flash off) with 1'3.75"-23' coverage
Zoom20X optical zoom, 40X Clear Image (digital) zoom
(Basic point-and-shoots: 3X-10X optical zoom. Superzoom: 10X-40X+)
Photographic ValuesFocal length: 4.45mm-89mm (film equivalent 25mm-500mm)
Aperture: f3.2-f5.8
Shutter speed: 4 seconds to 1/1600th second; 30 seconds in manual mode
ISO: Auto, 100-12800
Manual SettingsShutter priority, aperture priority
Continuous ShootingUp to 10 frames per second in Burst mode, for a maximum of 10 shots
BatteriesLithium Ion rechargeable battery pack
Other FeaturesWi-Fi sharing
GPS and e-compass for geo-tagging photos
3D still image and 3d sweep panorama modes
9 special effects (monochrome, richtone, watercolor, illustration, etc.)
Face detection (priority exposure) for up to eight programmed faces
Blink and smile detection
In-camera editing (trimming, red eye correction, unsharp masking)
Self-timer (off, 2 second, 10 second, portrait 1, portrait 2)
Warranty1 year limited, parts and labor

The manufacturer's detailed product information is available at

What People Are Saying:

Although it can be expensive compared to similar models, critics say the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V takes great photos, has a long 20X optical zoom and offers plenty of options for just about any user. User reviews are primarily positive, calling it a fast, all-round, small camera packed with options, and praising the zoom, Wi-Fi and crisp images, although several complain that it does not have a wireless charging dock as originally advertised, and a few say the Wi-Fi was hard to use.
  • CNET: "The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V has excellent photo and video quality for its class, fast shooting performance, and plenty of shooting options for every kind of user. The bad: The HX30V is expensive, especially compared with competing models. It's not always the easiest camera to use and the feature set is so deep it might be too much for some users."
  • PC Mag: "With its Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V, Sony packs a long 20x zoom lens, Wi-Fi, and GPS into one decidedly svelte camera. It's one of the more expensive compact superzoom models you'll find, but all those features along with high performance warrant the price."
  • "If you want an attractive, coat-pocket friendly camera, don't want to sacrifice in terms of zoom reach and resolution, and don't want to fiddle around with cables or swapping flash cards around every time you want to see your photos on your phone, tablet, or PC, the Sony DSC-HX30V might be the camera for you."