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Sony DSC-QX30 Digital Camera

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20.4MP 30x CMOS Sep 2014
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
Get Closer Than Ever Before With The QX30Capture beautiful shots, whatever the distance, with the DSC-QX30 featuring 30x optical zoom, Optical SteadyShot, and Lock-on AF. Now you can shoot images... More
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28 Reasons For

One Industry Award

This Sony digital camera received an "Outstanding" award from Chip.com.my.

Expert Reviews Are Average

Based on seven expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine and Techradar this camera has an average expert rating of 71 out of 100.

Owner Reviews Are Excellent

On average, DSC-QX30 owners rated this digital camera as brilliant. This means that owners think this camera is one of the very best digital cameras of a similar type and age.

Good Quality Pictures

A number of Sony DSC-QX30 reviewers who reviewed it concluded that it was able to produce good images. Amazon Customer scored it 5 stars and mentioned in their review of this digital camera “This lense is fantastic with excellent images in all conditions with little or no noise on any photos.”. Amazon Customer also wrote “I'm really impressed with this device as in full zoomed in pictures are again of high quality”. Katia wrote “The pictures are good even at low light” and scored the product 5 stars.

Several Sony DSC-QX30 reviewers who purchased this digital camera thought it had a good image sensor. Pocket-Lint.com wrote in their review on expert website Pocket Lint “The idea is to give you a high quality sensor with prope”.

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Good Quality Lens

Some Sony DSC-QX30 owners who bought it considered that it had a good lens. Ephotozine.com said on expert website Ephotozine “The Sony Cyber-shot QX30 is one of Sony's "Smart Lens" cameras, designed to be used with a smartphone” but they only gave it a rating of 60 out of 100. Ephotozine.com also wrote “It gives you an impressive 30x optical zoom lens, vastly improving the reach of your camera”. Two years ago Techradar.com wrote on Techradar “It looks like a giant add-on lens for your smartphone.” in their review.

A few customers who reviewed it wrote that it had a good zoom. One customer said in their reviews that it had a good autofocus. Katia gave the Sony DSC-QX30 a rating of 5 stars and she said in her Sony DSC-QX30 review on Amazon “The focus is fast”.

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Easy to Use

A number of Sony DSC-QX30 owners who reviewed the product considered that it was easy to use. In November last year Adbona said on Amazon “Slow shutter speeds make it fun to use”. Katia wrote on Amazon “Fast and easy to use!”. In November last year Ephotozine wrote “Easy to use with app” yet they only rated it 60 out of 100.

One Sony DSC-QX30 owner thought the product had a good experience. Techradar.com wrote “Neither was a seamless, particularly quick experience”.

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Good Product Quality

Some Sony DSC-QX30 reviewers who reviewed it agreed that it was good quality. Adbona said on Amazon “The zoom is amazing and the picture quality is great”. In November Amazon Customer wrote “What i really wanted this for was the zoom to get better quality wildlife and country pics” and rated the product 5 stars. Hsn1989 said on Amazon “Can take high quality images ( get use to be asked which app you are using for these picturesXD”.

Good Brand

Sony is one of the superior digital camera manufacturers according to average expert and user reviews, and Sony also has good reviews for its cameras.

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Good Size

Three Sony DSC-QX30 reviewers reckoned that the Sony DSC-QX30 was compact. Expert website Photographyblog.com scored it 70 out of 100 and mentioned “The Cyber-shot DSC-QX30 is another camera from Sony which fits into the “lens camera” category of the company's compact camera line-up”. Techradar.com mentioned in their review on expert review site Techradar “It seemed like an interesting solution to the problem of declining compact camera sales”.

Nice Design

One Sony DSC-QX30 owner said in their reviews that the product was good looking. Hsn1989 said in their review of the Sony DSC-QX30 “Works as charms very beautiful images compared to smarphones camera”.

Acceptable Noise Level

One Sony DSC-QX30 owner who purchased it considered that it was noisy.

Good Technical Features

One Sony DSC-QX30 owner who bought the Sony DSC-QX30 considered that it had good features. Last year Baitman wrote on Amazon “He loves it, always discovering new and interesting features” and rated it as excellent.

Robust

One Sony DSC-QX30 owner who purchased it reckoned that it was well made. Last year expert website Ephotozine.com wrote “A built in screen” but despite that they gave it a score of 3 stars.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One Sony DSC-QX30 reviewer who bought it considered that it had a good screen.

Good Video Capture

One Sony DSC-QX30 reviewer thought it was good for video recording. Steves-Digicams.com said in their Sony DSC-QX30 review on expert review site Steve's Digicams “The press photographs says "Exmor R" implying this is a 10.2-megapixel CMOS image sensor capable of recording Full HD 1080/60p videos”.

Price Has Dropped by £41.60

In the last 15 days the price of the DSC-QX30 has dropped by £41.60.

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The DSC-QX30 supports Full HD video, unlike most of the other similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the DSC-QX30 which do not support Full HD video.

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Supports WiFi Connectivity

The Sony DSC-QX30 supports WiFi connectivity, which is unusual. Most of the other cameras of this age and type do not support WiFi connectivity.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Sony DSC-QX30 has an image stabiliser, which is unusual. Most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to the DSC-QX30 do not have an image stabiliser.

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Very High Megapixel Count

When compared to other cameras that are a comparable age to the DSC-QX30 that we have checked, the DSC-QX30's megapixel count of 20.4 megapixels is one of the highest. Cameras of a similar spec and age to the DSC-QX30 have megapixel counts of between 1.3MP and 21MP, and the average megapixel count is 10MP.

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Very Big Optical Zoom

The average optical zoom of cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the DSC-QX30 is 14x, and the optical zooms range from 3x to 30x. When compared to other cameras that have been around for around the same time as the DSC-QX30, the optical zoom of the Sony DSC-QX30 of 30 times zoom factor is one of the biggest.

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Very High JPEG Frame Rate

Across all the cameras that are a comparable age to the DSC-QX30 the JPEG frame rates range from 10fps to 60fps, and the average JPEG frame rate is 31fps. When compared to other cameras that were released more than two years ago that we have checked the JPEG frame rate of, the DSC-QX30's JPEG frame rate of 60 frames per second is one of the highest.

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Has Four White Balance Modes

The DSC-QX30 has a greater number of white balance modes than most digital cameras of this type and age. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on cameras of a comparable spec and age to the DSC-QX30. The white balance modes "Daylight", "Cloudy" and "Incandescent" are also found on this digital camera.

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5184 X 3888 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum image resolution of 5184 x 3888 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum image resolution on comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to it.

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Supports Two ISO Speeds

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Sony DSC-QX30 is more than most digital cameras that were released around the same time as it. The most frequently supported ISO speed is 10,000, but this ISO speed is not supported by this camera. The ISO speeds 80 and 12800 are also supported by this Sony digital camera.

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Features One Auto Focus

The DSC-QX30 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. The most frequently featured auto focus is Centre weighted Auto Focus, but this auto focus is not featured on this digital camera. The auto focus Single Auto Focus are also featured on this camera.

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MP4 Video Format

This digital camera supports an MP4 video format, which is the most frequently supported video format on similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Very Narrow

Across all the comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the DSC-QX30 the widths range from 59mm to 620mm. The DSC-QX30 is one of the narrower cameras that came out around the same time as the DSC-QX30 (only 68.4 millimeters) amongst digital cameras of this age.

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11 Reasons Against

A Bit Expensive

One Sony DSC-QX30 reviewer who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was not a bargain for the price. Amazon Customer mentioned “It's not cheap” in their review of this digital camera. One customer wrote that the Sony DSC-QX30 was not good value for money.

Poor Battery Life

One Sony DSC-QX30 owner who purchased it concluded that it did not have a good battery life.

Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The DSC-QX30 does not have a built-in flash, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the DSC-QX30 also do not have a built-in flash.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

The DSC-QX30 does not support video recording, although keep in mind that most of the other cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the DSC-QX30 also do not support video recording.

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Not Waterproof

Most similar spec cameras that were launched around the same time as the DSC-QX30 are not waterproof. The DSC-QX30 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other digital cameras of this type and age, the DSC-QX30 is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a GPS

Like most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the DSC-QX30, the Sony DSC-QX30 does not have a GPS.

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Only 640 X 480 Still Image Resolution

The Sony DSC-QX30 has a 640 x 480 still image resolution which is higher than the 2736 x 1824 still image resolution found on most similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. The best still image resolution of all similar spec cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the DSC-QX30 is 6016 x 4016 and the worst is 384 x 480.

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Only 200 Shots Per Battery Charge

The Sony DSC-QX30 is a camera that takes 200 shots shots per battery charge. Most of the other digital cameras of this type and age take between 200 and 479 shots per battery charge.

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Only Has Two Light Exposure Modes

The DSC-QX30 has a greater number of light exposure modes than most cameras of this age and type. This Sony digital camera has a Shutter priority AE light exposure mode, which is the most commonly found light exposure mode found on similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the DSC-QX30. The light exposure mode "Aperture priority AE" is also found on this camera.

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Expensive

Cameras of a comparable spec and age range in price from £65 to £1,636. We think that this Sony camera looks expensive compared to other cameras of a comparable spec and age.

3 Other reasons to consider the Sony DSC-QX30

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when Sony released the DSC-QX30.

Average Weight

The DSC-QX30 has a fairly average weight (178 grams) compared to most of the other cameras that have been available for a similar time to the DSC-QX30.

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Focal Length Range
Focusing
Auto Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Video Recording
HD Type
Memory
Memory Card
Display
Display
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
USB Connector Type
HDMI Port
USB Version
USB Connector
Camera
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Self-Timer
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery Size
Shot Per Battery Charge
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Near Field Communication
Technical Details
Image Processor
Lens System
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Technical Details
Optical Zoom
White Balance
Shooting Modes
Image Processor

1 Award

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Expert Reviews

(17)
9 December 2015

The Sony Cyber-shot QX30 is an easy way to add a 30x optical zoom lens camera to a smartphone, although for roughly the same price, you could get the Sony Cyber-shot WX500 , which offers a 30x...

Adds 30x optical zoom lens to your smartphone or tablet
Optical Image Stabilisation
Builtin tripod socket
WiFi and NFC
MicroUSB charging
Quite large
Doesn't add a flash, for that you need the Q 1
No filters, scene modes or panoramic shooting modes
WiFi connection can be disrupted
No screen
4 August 2015

In something smaller than a can of soda, you get a camera with 30x zoom reach. What is not to like about this thing?(previously published in issue July 2015)...

Chip.com.my

7 November 2014

At a glance 20.4-million-pixel Exmor R CMOS sensor Sony G Lens with 30x optical zoom 10fps burst-mode shooting Sony QX30 with an iPhone 4S attached Sony has followed its entirely original take on... Read more…

5 November 2014

The Cyber-shot DSC-QX30 is another camera from Sony which fits into the ?lens camera? category of the company's compact camera line-up. It doesn't include a screen, or a standard grip as you might... Read more…

23 October 2014

Ultimately, the success of this camera relies on the device that you're using it with. We used it with both an Android phone with NFC and an iPhone with Wi-Fi, and neither was a seamless,...

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User Reviews

(11)
Reviewed 12 May 2015 by Geoman
Geoman would recommend the Sony CyberShot DSC-QX30 (Verified Purchase)

This camera give a whole new perspective to point and shoot. One can take some interesting angle pictures and in some hard to reach areas that other cameras are not able to do...

Reviewed 6 October 2015 by Bryandd
Bryandd would recommend the Sony CyberShot DSC-QX30 (Verified Purchase)

Fantastic lens/camera and a great addition to my iPhone. For those shots you just can't get without a zoom. My big problem is that I updated to an iPhone 6s Plus and the clap adapter will not fit... Read more…

Reviewed 5 May 2015 by Moretti
Moretti would recommend the Sony CyberShot DSC-QX30

It's an excellent solution in case you need a good camera that t's easy to carry and with a very good zoom. This attached camera in "partnership" with your smartphone makes the role of a full... Read more…

(Verified Purchase)

Bought my qx30 lense with Techcom through Amazon it was slightly cheaper with been a demonstration model but was in as new condition so well pleased with the prompt service and overall condition... Read more…

Reviewed 21 May 2016 by Ernie
(Verified Purchase)

Excellent. It is sony...

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony dscqx30, sony dscqx30b, sony dscqx30bce7
Barcodes 00795871621958, 04905524989144

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