Sony DSC-HX30V 18.2 Megapixel Extended Zoom Reviews Roundup

Sony announces five new "H-Series" Cyber-shot SuperZoom cameras - the DSC-HX200V, DSC-HX30V, DSC-HX20V, DSC-HX10V and DSC-H90. The HX200V (30x zoom), HX30V (20x zoom), HX20V (20x zoom) and HX10V (16x zoom) all have a new Sony 18.2 Megapixels Exmor R CMOS sensor featuring fast AutoFocus speeds of approximately 0.13 seconds in daylight and 0.21 seconds in low-light shooting situations. It features Clear Image Zoom digital zoom technology, which boosts optical zoom to 2x virtual capabilities while maintaining full resolution. These new models has Optical Steady Shot to reduce any blurring caused by camera shake during shooting.

The HX200V features Extra High Sensitivity technology which enhances low-light shooting capabilities. It comes with a 3.0-inch 921k dot resolution tilting LCD screen and supports Full HD Movie Shooting capability (1920x1080/60p) and Optical SteadyShot Active Mode (3 way shake cancelling). there's an embedded GPS functionality as well as the Photo Creativity interface and 9 Picture Effect options for creating unique, custom-styled photos and video. The DSC-HX200V is available in black this March for $480.

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Sony DSC-HX30V Camera Reviews Roundup


digitalcameraHQ - Jan 22 2013
"Sony has done an admirable job of marrying automatic features with customizable manual operation in the HX30v, managing to appeal to a wide swath of market by being as dead simple or complex as the user wishes. Despite a few minor usability issues, the HX30v is easy to operate and the in-camera guide comes in handy if you have any questions. The camera's vi..." More »
80out of 100
Digital Camera Info - Dec 02 2012
"In our labs, the HX30V produced very accurate colors, and its automatic white balance system worked well under a wide variety of lighting conditions. The camera did struggle in our sharpness tests, with images becoming softer as you zoom in further. The unexpected surprise with the HX30V was its excellent bright-light video quality--it shoots very sharp 108..." More »
91out of 100
CNET US - May 23 2012
"The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V produces excellent photos both indoors and out for a compact megazoom, though pixel peepers probably won't agree. If you're considering buying this instead of a high-resolution digital SLR, you'd be disappointed. There's plenty of usable resolution, though, particularly if you're shooting with plenty of light. Below ISO 400, sh..." More »
80out of 100

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408 user reviews


User Review of the camera - Sony DSC-HX30V

  • 2014-08-15 07:00
    Excellent High End, High ZOOM Power, Full Features, Steven Z "StevenZ"
    The HX-30 and (20, 10 and later models too) are simply astounding for the class of camera called "Compact Super Zoom." While no match ultimately for a DSLR Micro Four Thirds system, this is a high end "point and shoot" camera that is perfect for what I got it for -- traveling or events where I want a compact, quality camera. It's got all the bells and whistles you'll want - whether you are a point and shoot person, or a camera buff who likes to use all the options and features. One thing this camera excels at - low light shots. And the telephoto zoom power -- I wouldn't travel with less than this camera offers.
  • 2014-07-31 07:00
    Five Stars, Neil McNab
    Love it.
  • 2014-07-26 07:00
    Great until control wheel makes unusable, M. Jenkins
    Prior to two months ago, the camera was amazing - great features, zoom, all worked perfectly. Then, the control wheel started acting weird, skipping images and zooming through the menu items. I've re-initialized the camera to no avail. I purchased he camera from Amazon in December 2012 (just over 18 months ago), now Sony wants to charge me $141+tax to repair a faulty control wheel (never dropped, no damage to the camera). My suggestion, if you're going to purchase this device make sure you purchase additional insurance for it as well; otherwise don't purchase.
  • 2014-07-20 07:00
    Highly recommend this camera, M. Mcmurray
    Verified Purchase(
    This is one of the best cameras I have ever purchased. The photos are amazing and the movies are great.
  • 2014-07-14 07:00
    Excellent, Jonathan
    Small, compact, easy to use, the best pictures ever. What is not to like. And I particularly like that the owner manual is built into the camera. Anytime you can't remember a function, the manual is one button away.
  • 2014-07-09 07:00
    Best compact camera!, EKR
    Verified Purchase(
    Best camera I've ever owned!
    I love this camera!!!
  • 2014-07-02 07:00
    I love this camera, D. Smith
    Verified Purchase(
    I love this camera. It takes very clear shots, even in low light. The zoom is great. The pictures rival those taken by DSLRs but it's a size I can still fit in my purse.
  • 2014-05-04 07:00
    No Aperture or Shutter Priority, RLB_RVSM "Bob"
    This was a deal breaker for me. Amazing how a company like Sony could introduce a camera in this price and capability range and leave those modes off. I first looked at this model at Fry's in Sacramento when looking for a walk around camera. I shoot with a Canon 50D DSLR normally and consider myself a semi-pro shooter. Not one Sony at the time had these modes - and every other vendor comparable cameras did have them. Prior reviewers write that these are settings the beginner does not need - and for a beginner that wants to stay a beginner I would agree.
    Most purchasers it would seem to me would want to move up one day to a DSLR, or, be able to have the flexibility to learn more controlled shots with Aperture and Shutter priority modes with whatever point and shoot they purchase. My niece has this camera and has asked that I show her some of the techniques I use - but the best I can do is how her how to overcome the lack of these modes in other ways. A beginner should be able to move in the direction that the more advanced camera they may one day buy would afford them. Also, if going to a school or reading on line tutorials, traditional and long time uses of these modes would not work with this camera.
    I finally purchased a Canon 260SX for my walk around. It does a great job - and with most every other camera in this class, has Manual, Shutter, and Aperture priority modes. And finally, Sony has seen the light and includes these modes on the latest model -- their HX50V. Unfortunately, they still do not have a RAW format so that's a bummer for a pro that wants a walk around.
    So my recommendation is that if you could care less about ever moving up with a camera or learning photography past point and shoot -- this would be an excellent camera. Otherwise, the HX50V would be a much better choice.
  • 2014-03-12 07:00
    2 warranty repairs for the SAME issue, and now it needs another repair for the SAME issue but it's out of warranty!, RC
    Verified Purchase(
    Somehow dust or particles are getting inside the lens causing dark spots to appear in my images. I always keep it in a case (never directly in a pocket). In the first year that I owned it, I had to send it to Sony twice for the same issue. They replaced the lens, and the dark spots went away. Now it's after the 1-year warranty, and it is doing the same thing again! Again, I keep my camera very clean, so it's possible that the source of the particles is internal. I have owned numerous other digital cameras, and this is not a common problem for me.
    If you want to check your camera to see if it has this issue, point it at the ceiling or a blank wall, and watch the screen as you zoom in and out. Don't allow it to focus on the ceiling or wall because that will make the spots less visible. If you notice any dark shadows or spots, you probably have the same issue. The flat rate repair cost is $141 plus the cost of shipping the camera to Sony.
    If it weren't for this issue, this would be one of my favorite "point & shoot" cameras!
    And just as a reference, my main camera is a Nikon D600, so I am no stranger to dust & particle issues.
  • 2014-03-12 07:00
    2 warranty repairs for the SAME issue, and now it needs another repair for the SAME issue but it's out of warranty!, RC
    Somehow dust or particles are getting inside the lens causing dark spots to appear in my images. I always keep it in a case (never directly in a pocket). In the first year that I owned it, I had to send it to Sony twice for the same issue. They replaced the lens, and the dark spots went away. Now it's after the 1-year warranty, and it is doing the same thing again! Again, I keep my camera very clean, so it's possible that the source of the particles is internal. I have owned numerous other digital cameras, and this is not a common problem for me.
    If you want to check your camera to see if it has this issue, point it at the ceiling or a blank wall, and watch the screen as you zoom in and out. Don't allow it to focus on the ceiling or wall because that will make the spots less visible. If you notice any dark shadows or spots, you probably have the same issue. The flat rate repair cost is $141 plus the cost of shipping the camera to Sony.
    If it weren't for this issue, this would be one of my favorite "point & shoot" cameras!
    And just as a reference, my main camera is a Nikon D600, so I am no stranger to dust & particle issues.
  • 2014-03-06 08:00
    Defective Design, Jessica
    Verified Purchase(
    I have no idea if it is just my camera, but when I take photos with the flash, I have a dark shadow in the corner of my photo from the lens. I have sent my camera into Sony twice already and no one has addressed my repair issue. I have been told that management in the repair department will not talk to anyone on the phone and I have had numerous emails and phone calls completely ignored.
    I would NEVER buy another Sony product again. The customer service and warranty repair departments are the worst I've every experienced.
  • 2014-03-06 08:00
    Defective Design, Jessica
    I have no idea if it is just my camera, but when I take photos with the flash, I have a dark shadow in the corner of my photo from the lens. I have sent my camera into Sony twice already and no one has addressed my repair issue. I have been told that management in the repair department will not talk to anyone on the phone and I have had numerous emails and phone calls completely ignored.
    I would NEVER buy another Sony product again. The customer service and warranty repair departments are the worst I've every experienced.
  • 2014-02-18 08:00
    LOVE, Emily123
    Verified Purchase(
    We bought this camera previously and my husband lost it. We researched cameras again and ended up buying the same one again because we loved it so much. It takes amazing photos and even better video. We use it as our video camera as well because it is so nice. We absolutely love this camera!
  • 2014-02-18 08:00
    LOVE, Emily123
    We bought this camera previously and my husband lost it. We researched cameras again and ended up buying the same one again because we loved it so much. It takes amazing photos and even better video. We use it as our video camera as well because it is so nice. We absolutely love this camera!
  • 2014-01-27 08:00
    Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V 18.2 MP Exmor R CMOS Digital Camera with 20x, Jeff
    Verified Purchase(
    Don't buy it for the wifi functionality. Its a gimmick. Took awhile to get working and its tremendously slow between connecting and transferring its much quicker to just plug in the wire. I wish it would upload to skydrive/dropbox or some other service if you just turned it on. Its too much user interaction to start the process.
    The camera however is great. Takes great photos. We were considering a DSLR but went this route instead. I am happy with that as this is much smaller and does what we need well.
  • 2014-01-27 08:00
    Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V 18.2 MP Exmor R CMOS Digital Camera with 20x, Jeff
    Don't buy it for the wifi functionality. Its a gimmick. Took awhile to get working and its tremendously slow between connecting and transferring its much quicker to just plug in the wire. I wish it would upload to skydrive/dropbox or some other service if you just turned it on. Its too much user interaction to start the process.
    The camera however is great. Takes great photos. We were considering a DSLR but went this route instead. I am happy with that as this is much smaller and does what we need well.
  • 2014-01-25 08:00
    Solid point and shoot with awesome zoom, martinoff
    Verified Purchase(
    I really do like this camera. The x20 zoom is awesome; the camera starts up quick and focuses right up. Loaded with features (that I really never use) offers cross between tiny point-and-zoom and a hybrid camera. The case is solid and feels like it can withstand a drop or 2, which in my case, has been tested and the test passed. The LCD is great and very clear. Movies look and sound great on big screen TV. Wifi does not work on a mac and the GPS is slow and takes more juice so I don't use any of these features. Camera has lots of shooting modes and does pretty well in low light. I prefer the Intelligent auto vs. Superior auto mode, think the superior auto looks more grainy, especially when magnified. The original battery lasts very long and is highly recommended over a non-OEM replacement.
    I've had this camera for 1.5years and it's still working great. Dirt got in between the lenses once but Sony replaced the whole lens assembly under warranty. I do recommend this camera.
    Took away 1 star for gimmicky wifi, hungry gps and issue with dirt in lens assembly. Still love this camera, make sure you read the manual for all extra features!
  • 2014-01-25 08:00
    Solid point and shoot with awesome zoom, martinoff
    I really do like this camera. The x20 zoom is awesome; the camera starts up quick and focuses right up. Loaded with features (that I really never use) offers cross between tiny point-and-zoom and a hybrid camera. The case is solid and feels like it can withstand a drop or 2, which in my case, has been tested and the test passed. The LCD is great and very clear. Movies look and sound great on big screen TV. Wifi does not work on a mac and the GPS is slow and takes more juice so I don't use any of these features. Camera has lots of shooting modes and does pretty well in low light. I prefer the Intelligent auto vs. Superior auto mode, think the superior auto looks more grainy, especially when magnified. The original battery lasts very long and is highly recommended over a non-OEM replacement.
    I've had this camera for 1.5years and it's still working great. Dirt got in between the lenses once but Sony replaced the whole lens assembly under warranty. I do recommend this camera.
    Took away 1 star for gimmicky wifi, hungry gps and issue with dirt in lens assembly. Still love this camera, make sure you read the manual for all extra features!
  • 2014-01-21 08:00
    This camera is wonderful, JayMac
    Verified Purchase(
    I love this camera. I bought this camera to take to New York. I wanted a camera that shot the best low light photos and videos I could find. This camera more than succeeded in doing so. I have been using this camera for over a year now. It still works great. The zoom really still does amaze me. I did try the panoramic mode with no success though, but that is not what I bought it for.
  • 2014-01-21 08:00
    This camera is wonderful, JayMac
    I love this camera. I bought this camera to take to New York. I wanted a camera that shot the best low light photos and videos I could find. This camera more than succeeded in doing so. I have been using this camera for over a year now. It still works great. The zoom really still does amaze me. I did try the panoramic mode with no success though, but that is not what I bought it for.