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Sony HX30 Cyber Shot Digital Camera - DSCHX30VB

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Sony HX30 Cyber Shot Digital Camera - DSCHX30VB

Capture and share all the action with the ultra-zoom DSC-HX30V. Its advanced 18.2MP sensor records 2D or 3D still photos and Full HD 1080/60p videos, while its 20X Optical/40X Clear Zoom lens features 3-way stabilization for movies. Share images quickly with WiFi.

Key Features:

  • 18.2-Megapixel
  • High Speed AF
  • 20x/40x Clear Image Zoom
  • Full HD 1080/60p With Dual Record
  • GPS And Compass Functionality
  • 10fps
  • 3D Still Image
  • 3D Sweep Panorama™ Mode
  • 3.0" Display

Features:

  • 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.¹ This provides stunning, fast motion video with less distortion for playback on your HD TV.2 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 “PlayMemories 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 10fps 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.3 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

Specifications:

Camera

  • Camera Type High Zoom

Imaging Sensor

  • Imaging Sensor 1/2.3” Exmor® R CMOS Sensor
  • Processor BIONZ®
  • Pixel Gross 18.9MP
  • Effective Picture Resolution 18.2MP
  • Color Filter System RGB primary color filters

Recording

  • Media Type optional “Memory Stick Duo” (No movie recording), optional “Memory Stick PRO Duo” (Mark 2 only for movie recording), optional “Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo”, optional SD Memory Card (Class 4 or higher), optional SDHC Memory Card (Class 4 or higher), optional SDXC Memory Card (Class 4 or higher)
  • Still Image Max Effective Resolution Approx. 18.2 Megapixels
  • Still Image Size 16:9 13M(4,896×2,752) / 2M(1,920 x 1,080) Still Image Size 4:3 18M(4,896×3,672) / 10M(3,648 x 2,736) / 5M(2,592 x 1,944) / VGA
  • Panorama Still Image Size Sweep
  • Sweep Multi Angle Image Size 2M (1,920 x 1,080)
  • Video Mode AVCHD 60i:28M
  • Photo Capture from Movie
  • Dual Record
  • Audio Format AC3 (Stereo)
  • Microphone/ Speaker Stereo/mono
  • Wind Noise Reduction Off/on

Optics/Lens

  • Lens Type Sony G
  • Aperture f 3.2-5.8
  • Optical Zoom 20x
  • Focal Length (35mm equivalent) Still 16:9: 27.5- 550mm / Still 4:3: 25-500mm / Movie 16:9:
  • Lens Construction 12 elements in 9 groups
  • Minimum Focus Distance
  • Aspheric Elements 4
  • Clear Image Zoom 40x
  • Steady Shot Mode:Active

LCD Display

  • LCD Type 3.0” Xtra Fine LCD™ TruBlack™ display (921K dots)
  • Brightness Control 5(Bright) / 4 / 3(Normal) / 2 / 1(Dark)
  • Histogram
  • Grid Display (Off / On)

Focus Control

  • AF Modes Multi Point AF / Center Weighted AF / Flexible Spot AF / Manual / Semi Manual / Tracking Focus / Face Tracking Focus
  • AF Illuminator Auto / Off

Exposure System

  • Metering Modes Multi Pattern / Center Weighted / Spot
  • Exposure Compensation Plus / Minus 2.0EV, 1 / 3EV step
  • Scene Mode(s) 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
  • D-Range Optimizer Standard
  • ISO Auto / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800
  • White Balance Mode Auto (Intelligent) / Daylight / Cloudy / Fluorescent 1 (White Fluorescent Lighting) / Fluorescent 2 (Natural White Fluorescent Lighting) / Fluorescent 3 (Day White Fluorescent Lighting) / Incandescent / Flash / One Push, One Push Set / White Balance Shift

Drive System

  • Self-timer Off / 10sec. / 2sec. / portrait1 / portrait2
  • Shutter Speeds iAuto(4" - 1/1600) / Program Auto(1" - 1/1600) / Manual(30" - 1/1600)
  • Burst Mode Approx 10 fps at 18.2MP (Maximum 10 shots)

Flash

  • Flash Modes Auto / Flash On / Slow Synchro / Flash Off
  • Flash Coverage ISO Auto: Approx.0.4m to 7.1m(1 feet 3 3/4 inches to 23 feet 3 5/8 inches)(W) / Approx.1.7m to 3.9 m(5feet 7 inches to 12 feet 9 5/8 inches)(T), ISO3200: up to Approx.10.0 m(32 feet 9 3/4 inches) (W) / Approx.5.5 m(18 feet 5/8 inches)(T)

Convenience Features

  • Red-Eye Reduction Auto / On / Off
  • Erase/Protect Erase: Single / Select / Date / Folder / AVCHD, Protect: Single / Select / Date / Folder / AVCHD
  • Red-Eye Reduction Auto / On / Off Erase/Protect
  • Erase: Single / Select / Date / Folder / AVCHD, Protect: Single / Select / Date / Folder / AVCHD

Advanced Features

  • Anti Motion Blur
  • Sweep Panorama Intelligent Sweep Panorama / 3D Sweep Panorama
  • Face Detection 8 Faces (Auto / Off / Child Priority / Adult Priority / Key Selected Face Memory)
  • Smile Shutter™ technology
  • Image Stabilization Optical SteadyShot™ with 3-way Active Mode Image Stabilization
  • In-Camera Editing Trimming / Red Eye Correction / Unsharp Masking
  • Intelligent Auto
  • Shooting Tips
  • Background Defocus
  • Tracking Focus Off / Auto
  • Blink Detection
  • Photo Creativity

Interface

  • Memory Card Slot MS Duo and SD/ SDHC/SDXC Compatible
  • HD Output Micro HDMI
  • USB Port(s) Micro USB, Hi- Speed USB(USB2.0)
  • TransferJet Send, Receive

Power

  • Battery Type LITHIUM ION NPBG1 3.6V
  • Battery Capacity
  • Power Consumption (in Operation) Approx. 1.1W
  • Power Requirements AC 100V to 240V, 50/60 Hz, 70mA

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 2 lbs
  • Shipping: 5 lbs

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Depth: 1.38"
  • Height: 2.50"
  • Width: 4.25"

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): 1 Year Parts And Labor
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TypePoint And Shoot
Effective Pixels18.2 Megapixels
Records VideoYes
Records HD VideoYes
Height (inches)2.50"
Width (inches)4.25"
Depth (inches)1.38"
Optical Zoom20x
Built-In FlashYes
Focal LengthStill 16:9: 27.5- 550mm / Still 4:3: 25-500mm
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
Image StabilizationYes
LCD Screen Size (inches)3.0"
LCD TypeXtra Fine LCD™ TruBlack™ Display
Red-Eye ReductionYes
Self TimerYes
Self Timer Delay10/2 seconds
Shutter SpeediAuto(4" - 1/1600) / Program Auto(1" - 1/1600) / Manual(30" - 1/1600)
Power SourceLithium-Ion Battery
White BalanceAuto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Incandescent
  

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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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4.2

(based on 20 reviews)

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    (2)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Zoom range/performance (5)
  • Large clear LCD (4)
  • Easy to use (3)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (3)
  • Good image quality (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Travel (4)
    • Family photos (3)
    • Landscape/scenery (3)
    • Sports/action (3)
    • Wildlife (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Excellent small camera

    I never leave home without a small camera in my bag. Though there are smaller "pocket" cameras out there and I have owned several of them over the last couple of...Read complete review

    I never leave home without a small camera in my bag. Though there are smaller "pocket" cameras out there and I have owned several of them over the last couple of years, the DSC-HX30 is far and away the best small camera I have owned even though it is larger. It's low light capabilities are excellent. Battery life is very good. Artistic features are fun. Manual settings should be easier to find and use. LCD screen is good in bright light. The menu/settings have a learning curve and could be more intuitive. I do not shoot video so cannot comment on that function. Given that no camera is perfect, for my purposes this camera exceeds my expectations. I would definitely recommend this camera and am happy with my purchase

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Amazing HD video but poor audio

    I purchased the DSC-HX30V hoping that Sony addressed the one glaring weakness that was apparently ignored in the DSC-HX9V product design - namely audio recording quality for video. But before I discuss that in...Read complete review

    I purchased the DSC-HX30V hoping that Sony addressed the one glaring weakness that was apparently ignored in the DSC-HX9V product design - namely audio recording quality for video. But before I discuss that in detail, I would like to note that for my use, I was hoping that the 24 mm minimum wide angle focal length in the HX9V would be kept since this was very useful for close range indoor shots. Unfortunately, it appears that Sony decided to extend the maximum focal length (16x to 20x) at the expense of the minimum wide angle (25 mm). I would have also liked to have seen Sony increase the 1/2.3" sensor size to compete with the larger 1/1.7" sensor used in the Canon S100 for improved image quality #this specification has more significance than the total megapixel count, which is a marketing ploy for the unknowing camera buyer# which is especially noticeable when printing photos 8"x10" or larger. That being said, I generally agree with the other reviewers' comments about the improvements, so I will not re-state them in my review. The main reason why I purchased the HX30V was to hopefully get better audio quality for my HD video use. Unfortunately, this did not happen. The HX30V still records audio with the same low audio recording bit rates #128 kbps for mp4 and 256 kbps for AVCHD#, which translates into highly compressed audio. This is what makes the audio almost un-listenable when played back on a full range system. Live music sounds very thin and distorted while human voices sound very "tinny". I suspect that Sony purposely avoids using uncompressed PCM audio for the sake of conserving available memory space, but at the expense of audio quality. I've only owned 1 other camera that had outstanding uncompressed PCM audio #Canon SX1 IS#, so it's definitely not impossible. However, that camera does not have the HX9V's strengths in the image stabilization and low light performance. Even the Casio EX-ZR100 has better audio #less audio compression#, but does not have Sony's noted strengths, either. I just hope that in time, Sony will make audio recording quality less than an afterthought in product design. Update 5/25/12 - When I contacted Sony Technical Support on this matter, the Rep told me that the audio sampling rate is fixed and cannot be changed. This is very disappointing for those looking for CD-quality audio in their video recordings. Update 5/26/12 - To put this camera to the audio test, I tried shooting video at a local karaoke night club that I knew would test if this camera was up to the challenge when it came to demanding audio. As confirmed, the audio recording was no better than the HX9V. In fact, the recorded audio clipped so badly that it was un-usable for post production editing. As with most AVCHD and mp4 that I've used, the most noticeable areas that the camera struggled to accurately record was from the low bass to the upper midrange, especially at higher volumes. In comparison with the audio recorders of the Canon SX1 IS and Casio EX-ZR100 cameras and the Olympus LS-20M PCM digital audio recorder, the HX30V was not even close to matching them in terms of being able to record studio-quality audio. There is no reason why Sony could not design this camera to match the amazing HD video with CD-quality audio. I suspect that they figured that most buyers would not pay much attention to this critical area of product design to a point where it became an afterthought, as stated earlier.

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    5.0

    quality of this product is excellent.

    By Al

    from Schaumburg,Illinois.

    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
    • 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

      Customer service is excellent @Abt.
      I took some pictures on a vacation to dc with
      Sony HX30 digital camera,results are excellent.
      Its easy to carry & has 20x zoom with many shooting
      modes which helped me capture sharp pictures around
      the monuments during the day & night.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love my Camera!

      By KBCO

      from St Paul, MN

      The zoom is so great on this camera and it takes clear pictures without having to use a tripod. I love using the different pictures effects. It took some time to learn how to do everything but having the manual right in the camera makes is convenient. Also, the WiFi is excellent because I can upload pictures to my computer and phone so easily. I would recommend this camera to anyone who wants to take amazing pictures without much effort.

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      (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      this is one great little ...

      By Pictures

      from Boston ,MA

      this is one great little camera that not only takes an awsome pic but the pictures I have developed are fantastic, the color is beautiful, not grainy at all! Video's are great too...zoom spectacular for such a small camera. The body of the camera is solid and feels well made, Features are totally user friendly. not hard to figure out at all! If you are looking for a digital camera that you can develop and print pictures from and have them look fantastic this is the camera for you

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      (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Excellent small camera

      By LindaK

      from Adirondacks, NY

      I never leave home without a small camera in my bag. Though there are smaller "pocket" cameras out there and I have owned several of them over the last couple of years, the DSC-HX30 is far and away the best small camera I have owned even though it is larger. It's low light capabilities are excellent. Battery life is very good. Artistic features are fun. Manual settings should be easier to find and use. LCD screen is good in bright light. The menu/settings have a learning curve and could be more intuitive. I do not shoot video so cannot comment on that function. Given that no camera is perfect, for my purposes this camera exceeds my expectations. I would definitely recommend this camera and am happy with my purchase

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      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great

      By Rachytigger

      from New York, NY

      I enjoy this camera very much and look forward to taking many picture with it. It has many great features that top many other cameras for the same price or more.

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      4.0

      Great Fun

      By LCA

      from Somers CT

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • No Viewfinder

      Best Uses

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

      I use a Nikon Coolpix P300 for indoor photos as it has the fastest lens I could find. The problem is that it only has a 4X soom. The Sony has 20X zoom clear photos and fast for a small point and shoot. I am using it for all outside photos vacation and nature shooting. Panerama is fun to play with.

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      • No

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Wonderful Camera-Easy to Use

      By MarinaCat

      from Los Angeles, CA

      Pros

      • Love the zoom, great low-light photos

      Cons

      • Pop-up flash takes some getting used to

      Best Uses

        I am a casual photographer, but my new HX30 makes me feel like a pro! I purchased this camera to replace an older model Sony Cybershot that has a 5x zoom. So far, the pictures taken by the new HX30 are incredible! The 20x zoom is amazing! I took pictures in a room that was almost completely dark, and the photos came out beautifully, perfectly lit. My only complaint is the flash because I have always had my finger on the top left of my old camera when I take pictures - I just have to learn to reposition my hand with this new camera. The Wi-Fi is great, too - I connect my camera to my phone and send great quality pictures that I can instantly email or upload to FB. I give a 110% recommendation to the HX30 if you're looking for a new camera.

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        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent Camera - Price Can't Be Beat

        By Mark1328

        from Hudson, MA

        Pros

        • Zoom is UNREAL and 18.2 Mega Pixels

        Cons

        • Flash Location - No Optical Viewfinder

        Best Uses

          I purchased this camera after my last 2 Sony Cameras always produced good results. I had thought of taking a jump to the A77 but expense and fact still not a professional I researched and came up with this model. The zoom is unreal as shown in my sample. That person is actually from the same picture located in the middle on the top of the stairs by the tree. NO LIE HE REALLY IS!!!! My only complaints are where the flash is located but with the EXMOR processor I take 95% of my photos with no flash anyways. I will agree the screen is tough to view in sunlight so an optical view finder would have been nice. The 3D photos and Panoramic if you have a 3D TV is awesome. I've shown people when in my house and they are blown away. Also traditional panorama takes nice seamless shots. My only other complaints on the camera are when zoom in on photos the images look almost "painted". That is only way I can explain it. But normal zoom 100% it isn't noticeable. It also does it on full zoom which you might notice in the zoomed picture. When I do use the flash it is so strong it does tend to white wash some areas. The ability to select primary colors and have only those appear with rest black and white is a neat tool. Background defocus has been tough to learn as most of the time it says "Can Not Perform Defocus". Overall I am very impressed by this camera and capabilities with its compact size. I didn't think I'd use the wifi but I upload all my pictures to my PC that way. No more cables is nice.

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          5.0

          best compact megazoom out there!

          By richmasn

          from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

          Pros

          • long,long zoom, very fast

          Cons

          • screen can be hard to see in sunlight

          Best Uses

            love, love this camera, exceptionally fast, long long zoom, pics look great so far. have to remember not to put your left hand on top left corner as it blocks the flash from popping up when needed, otherwise an excellent choice.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Fabulous!

            By SwissSusy

            from Cape Cod

            I just love this camera! I'm not a professional photographer, but I'm a camera junky, always looking for the latest and best. The HX30 wins on all fronts for me. I don't feel like I have had to compromise on anything with this camera. Thanks, Sony!

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