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Sony DSC-TX30 Digital Camera

technlologyx.com Editor's Choice Ephotozine Recommended
18.2MP 5x Oct 2013
Megapixel Waterproof Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
TX30 Digital Compact Camera Take on any conditions with style Water, dust, freeze and shock-proof, 18.2MP, 5x optical zoom, Full HD, 8.3cm (3.3 ") OLED touchscreen - Take great pictures as you... More
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Review Sony-cybershot DSC-TX30
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41 Reasons For

Two Industry Awards

This waterproof camera received an Ephotozine "Recommended" award and it received a Technlologyx.com "Editor's Choice" award.

Average Expert Reviews

On average, based on thirteen expert reviews from sites including DP Review, Ephotozine, Digital Versus and Chip.de this waterproof camera has an overall expert rating of 73%.

User Reviews Are Good

Based on 99 user reviews this waterproof camera has an average user rating of 87%.

Robust

A few Sony DSC-TX30 owners said in their reviews that the product was good at resisting water ingress. Neil F gave the Sony DSC-TX30 a very good review score and he said in his review “Wicked little camera + waterproof to 10m - excellent !”. Ephotozine.com rated the product 80 out of 100 and said on expert review site Ephotozine four years ago “It is waterproof, dustproof, freezeproof” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Digitalversus.com said “The TX30 is a stylish, responsive, hard-wearing underwater snapper that's progressed in many ways” in their review of the Sony DSC-TX30.

Several Sony DSC-TX30 reviewers wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was strong and durable. Expert website Ephotozine.com rated the product 80 out of 100 and said “The Sony Cybershot DSC-TX30 is a tough camera which was announced in February 2013”. Ephotozine.com also said “This doesn't mean the TX30 isn't tough”. Dpreview.com said on expert review site DP Review “One of the fastest growing segments in the digital camera market is compact, rugged cameras”.

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Good Quality Pictures

Several Sony DSC-TX30 owners reckoned that this digital camera was able to produce good images. Julie Mackenzie scored it very highly and she wrote “Takes excellent photos too!” in her Sony DSC-TX30 review. Julie Mackenzie also said “Great photos, excellent choice of commands at fingertips”. Mr Wind mentioned on Amazon “The images it takes are good (certainly good enough to print A4 size” in his review and rated it 5 stars.

Good Size

A few Sony DSC-TX30 reviewers who reviewed it concluded that it was compact. Alicia wrote “It takes great shots, great zoom, compact and you can clunk it around a bit” in her review of this digital camera and gave this digital camera a rating of 5 stars. Martin Pedler said in his review of the Sony DSC-TX30 “This is an amazingly clever bit of miniature technology”.

Easy to Use

Some people who purchased the product concluded that it was easy to use. Alicia wrote three years ago “It's easy to use AND the best part”. In the same month Martin Pedler rated the product 5 stars and he mentioned “The x20 zoom is highly effective and easy to use”.

Good Quality Lens

Some people who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it had a good zoom.

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

Based on 13,635 expert and user reviews, Sony has good ratings for its cameras. Sony also has good ratings specifically within its waterproof cameras range.

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Reasonably Priced

One customer who purchased the Sony DSC-TX30 concluded that it was good value for money. Three years ago Martin Pedler said in his review on Amazon “It takes great pics!Exceeded expectation Amazing value” and rated this digital camera 5 stars.

One Sony DSC-TX30 reviewer said that the Sony DSC-TX30 was a bargain for the price. Mr Wind mentioned on Amazon “You can use multiple card types within the camera (I opted for Micro SD) so it's cheap enough to run” in his review of this digital camera.

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Nice Design

Several Sony DSC-TX30 reviewers considered that the product was good looking. Mr Wind mentioned on Amazon “I'm pretty sure it'll work just fine” in his review of this digital camera.

Good Product Quality

One Sony DSC-TX30 owner mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was good quality. Mr Wind mentioned “First impressions are a good quality, small” in his review.

Good Battery Life

One person who reviewed this digital camera said that it had a good battery life.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One Sony DSC-TX30 reviewer said in their reviews that this digital camera had a good screen. Mr Wind rated the product 5 stars and he wrote in his review on Amazon “A couple of cons though - the screen marks quite easily”.

Good Support

One customer who reviewed it thought it had good technical guidance. Three years ago Martin Pedler mentioned on Amazon “Very versatile with highly effective point-and-shoot through sophisticated manual modes”.

Good Connectivity

One Sony DSC-TX30 reviewer said in their reviews that the product was good in terms of USB connections. Mr Wind said “The supplied wire t charge is only usb (with no plug for the wall” in his review and gave the product a rating of 5 stars.

Quite Large Display Diagonal

The display diagonals of waterproof cameras that have been available for more than two years range from 1.8" to 7.7", and the average display diagonal is 3". The DSC-TX30 has one of the largest display diagonals (3.3 inches) amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Sony DSC-TX30 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago also have an image stabilizer.

Alternative cameras with an image stabilizer currently available that you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the AW130[pl_1147127_price], or the Coolpix S8200[pl_1656150_price] both from Nikon.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Sony DSC-TX30 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

We compared all the other cameras with a built-in flash to this camera and we think the AW130[pl_1147127_price], and the Coolpix S8200[pl_1656150_price] both from Nikon which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Waterproof

The Sony DSC-TX30 is waterproof, as are most of the other waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to the DSC-TX30.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other waterproof cameras currently available including the AW130[pl_1147127_price], or the Coolpix S8200[pl_1656150_price] both from Nikon which has better reviews.

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Very Big Digital Zoom

The average digital zoom of comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the DSC-TX30 is 5.9x. When compared to other digital cameras of this type and age, the digital zoom of the DSC-TX30 of 20 times zoom factor is one of the biggest.

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Very High Megapixel

With a megapixel of 18.2 megapixels, the DSC-TX30's megapixel is one of the highest amongst similar spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The lowest megapixel of comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the DSC-TX30 is 5MP, the highest is 19MP, and the average megapixel is 14MP.

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

The average optical zoom of cameras of this type and age is 4.7x, and the optical zooms range from 3x to 10x. At 5 times zoom factor, the DSC-TX30 has a quite big optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the DSC-TX30.

We compared all the other 5x optical zoom digital cameras to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850[plb_2167574_price] is also worth considering.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to it.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras that have a CMOS sensor and we think because of it's better review score, the EOS 7D[pl_420993_price], and the EOS 1D X[pl_1384067_price] both from Canon or the Nikon Coolpix S8200[plb_1656150_price] is also worth considering.

Digital cameras with a better sensor type that might also be worth considering include the Nikon AW130[plb_1147127_price] (CCD) which is also higher rated.

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Very High Display Resolution (numeric)

When compared to other cameras of this age and type that we have checked, the display resolution (numeric) of the Sony DSC-TX30 of 1,229,760 pixel is one of the highest. Cameras of this spec and age have display resolution (numeric)s of between 460 pixels and 1,300,000 pixels.

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Six Number of Aspheric Elementss

Most digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the DSC-TX30 have between 4 and 10 number of aspheric elementss, including the DSC-TX30 which has six number of aspheric elementss.

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Quite Small Maximum Aperture Number

At 8, the DSC-TX30 has a fairly small maximum aperture number compared to most of the other digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The average maximum aperture number of digital cameras of this age and type is 6.8, and the maximum aperture numbers range from 2.7 to 38.

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Very Light

The Sony DSC-TX30 is quite light (only 125 grams) compared to most of the other cameras that came out around the same time as the DSC-TX30. Across all the digital cameras of this type and age the weights range from 36g to 1.4kg, and the average weight is 230g.

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Quite High ISO Sensitivity (max)

The Sony DSC-TX30 has one of the higher ISO sensitivity (max)s (12,800) amongst digital cameras of this age. Across all the digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the DSC-TX30 the ISO sensitivity (max)s range from 200 to 52,000, and the average ISO sensitivity (max) is 6,900.

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OLED Display

The DSC-TX30 has an OLED display which is better than most cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. Most waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago have an LCD display. OLED is a newer technology for displays and has much better colour reproduction, faster response times, wider viewing angles and higher brightness compared to LED displays.

An OLED display is in fact the best display across all waterproof cameras that are a similar age to the DSC-TX30.

The worst display amongst similar types of camera is LCD.

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Quite Many Total Megapixels

With a total megapixels of 18.9 megapixels, the DSC-TX30 has one of the more total megapixelss amongst waterproof cameras of this age. Cameras that have been available for more than two years have total megapixelss of between 5MP and 20MP, and the average total megapixels is 15MP.

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Fairly Long Battery Life (max)

Cameras that are a comparable age to the DSC-TX30 have battery life (max)s of between 2h and 680h. With a battery life (max) of 4 hours, the Sony DSC-TX30 has a fairly long battery life (max) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the DSC-TX30.

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Supports Four ISO Sensitivitys

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Sony DSC-TX30 is more than most waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago. The most frequently supported ISO sensitivity is 160, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this Sony digital camera. The ISO sensitivitys 80, 1600, 3200 and 12800 are also supported by this camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

The highest video resolution supported by the DSC-TX30 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels. This camera also support a video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels and 1440 x 1080 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best supported video resolution across all cameras that came out more than two years ago.

A 320 x 240 pixels video resolutions is the worst supported video resolution amongst similar types of camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many waterproof cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modess

The number of light exposure modes found on the Sony DSC-TX30 is more than most waterproof cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This Sony camera has an Auto light exposure modes, which is the most commonly found light exposure modes found on waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago. The light exposure modess "Aperture priority AE", "Manual" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this digital camera.

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± 2EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

This digital camera has a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is typical of many similar spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Quite Small Minimum Aperture Number

The average minimum aperture number of cameras of a similar age and type to the DSC-TX30 is 3.4. With a minimum aperture number of only 2.8, the Sony DSC-TX30 has a fairly small minimum aperture number compared to most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Supports One Power Source Type

The number of power sources supported by the DSC-TX30 is more than most waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago. This digital camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most commonly supported power source type supported by cameras of a comparable spec and age to the DSC-TX30.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camera has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is typical of many digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Quite Small ISO Sensitivity (min)

The DSC-TX30 has one of the smaller ISO sensitivity (min)s (only 80) amongst similar spec cameras of this age. The average ISO sensitivity (min) of cameras that have been around for more than two years is 100.

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10 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Video Capability

Most digital cameras of this age and type do not support video capability. The DSC-TX30 is no exception to this as it too does not support video capability.

It is worth also looking at other digital cameras which also support video capability including the AW130[pl_1147127_price], or the Coolpix S8200[pl_1656150_price] both from Nikon.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The DSC-TX30 does not have a GPS (satellite), although it is worth noting that most of the other similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the DSC-TX30 also do not have a GPS (satellite).

It is worth also looking at alternative digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) including the Nikon AW130[plb_1147127_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Sony DSC-TX30 does not support Full HD video, although keep in mind that most of the other waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as the DSC-TX30 also do not support Full HD video.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The DSC-TX30 does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other waterproof cameras that are a similar age to the DSC-TX30 also do not support wi-Fi.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with a wi-Fi and we think the Nikon AW130[plb_1147127_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not 3D

Most cameras of this age and type are not 3D. The DSC-TX30 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

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Only 640 X 480 Still Image Resolution(s)

This digital camera has a still image resolution(s) of 640 x 480|2592 x 1944|3648 x 2736, which is typical of many cameras of a comparable type and age to it.

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Only Features Four Flash Modess

The number of flash modes featured on the Sony DSC-TX30 is more than most waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to it. This digital camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on waterproof cameras that came out around the same time as the DSC-TX30. The flash modess "Flash off", "Flash on" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this camera.

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Very Small Battery Capacity

The battery capacitys of cameras of this type and age range from 630mAh to 1,300mAh, and the average battery capacity is 790mAh. The DSC-TX30 has one of the smaller battery capacitys (only 630 milliamperes * hour) amongst waterproof cameras of this age.

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Only Features Four Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The Sony DSC-TX30 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most cameras of this age and type. The most commonly featured auto focusing (AF) modes is Face detection, but this auto focusing (AF) modes is not featured on this camera. The auto focusing (AF) modess Centre weighted Auto Focus, Flexible Spot Auto Focus, Multi Point Auto Focus and Spot Auto Focus are also featured on this Sony camera.

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Only Has One Image Editing

The number of image editing modes found on the DSC-TX30 is more than most digital cameras that came out around the same time as it. The most frequently found image editing is Resizing, but this image editing is not found on this camera. The image editings Trimming are also found on this Sony camera.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Sony DSC-TX30

Released Over Three Years Ago

This camera has been on the market for over three years.

MS Micro (M2) Compatible Memory Cards

MS Micro (M2) compatible memory cards

This digital camera supports a MicroSD (TransFlash)|MicroSDHC|MS Micro (M2) compatible memory cards, which is the most commonly supported compatible memory cards on cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Waterproof
Colour of Product
Dustproof
Shock Resistant
Freezeproof
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Number of Aspheric Elements
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Focus Adjustment
Smile Detection
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Wind Filter
Audio Formats Supported
Audio System
Noise Reduction
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Field of View
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
AV Output
HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
USB Version
Camera
GPS (satellite)
White Balance
Self-Timer Delay
Histogram
Anti-Dust Function
Image Quality Adjustment
Image Editing
Multi Burst Mode
Saturation Adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
Brightness Adjustment
Start-Up Time
Scene Modes
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Type
Battery Life (max)
Battery Capacity
Battery Voltage
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Hand Strap
Other Features
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
Face Detection
Panorama
Manual Focus
Optical Viewfinder
Trimming
Electrical Viewfinder
Cool Shot Function
Conversion Function

2 Awards

technlologyx.com Editor's Choice Ephotozine Recommended

Expert Reviews

(21)
20 December 2013

Look around you and tell us if you also see these: hellish traffic, crowded streets and malls, mga mandurukot, and scary accidents!Sorry if we're being nega, bro! Again, look around you, this time... Read more…

If you seek the thrill and adrenaline of the great outdoors, the Sony Cybershot DSC -TX30 rugged camera is the one for you (even if you are just plain clumsy)!REVIEWIn this age where you take...

3 June 2013

One of our most popular reports on Technology X has been our review of the new Sony Cyber-shot TX-30 Digital Camera and the number of e-mails we have received, as well as product purchases... Read more…

8 May 2013

All the main camera manufacturers have produced waterproof cameras, but Sony's tend to stand out from the crowd as they look more like a normal camera, rather than some of the tough models that...

Ephotozine

2 May 2013

Why are people still buying these cameras? Is it the big screen, the colors? We know it's not the user experience. So... what then? We've heard it before: Touchscreens move units. But why? This...

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User Reviews

(88)
Reviewed 16 March 2015 by Derek
(Verified Purchase)

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... Read more…

Reviewed 26 April 2013 by Spaceman
Spaceman would recommend the Sony Cybershot DSC-TX30 (Verified Purchase)

I use the camera solely as a quick candid catching camera when I don't want to lug around a larger SLR or medium size point-and-shoot. It's size, weight, and the no protruding lens feature are... Read more…

Reviewed 1 October 2014 by LGFEO
LGFEO would recommend the Sony Cybershot DSC-TX30 (Verified Purchase)

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... Read more…

Reviewed 5 December 2014 by LB Picture Taker
LB Picture Taker would recommend the Sony Cybershot DSC-TX30 (Verified Purchase)

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... Read more…

Reviewed 3 June 2014 by S.Waleck
S.Waleck would recommend the Sony Cybershot DSC-TX30 (Verified Purchase)

First off, you need to know there's always a compromise when it comes to camera sensor size and this camera has a small sensor. That being said, I am very happy with the results I have obtained... Read more…

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