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Sony DSC-TX30 Digital Camera

Compact Camera 18.2MP 5x Apr 2014
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Two industry awards
Robust
Good video capture
109 Reviews + 2 Awards
technlologyx.com Editor's Choice Ephotozine Recommended

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Reviews

Two Industry Awards

Two expert review sites thought that this camera was good. This high megapixel camera received a "Recommended" award from review site Ephotozine, confirming their endorsement and the author at website Technlologyx.com thought that it was fantastic and gave it an "Editor's Choice" award.

Average Expert Reviews

This Sony camera has an average expert rating of 73 out of 100 based on thirteen expert reviews from sites including DP Review, Ephotozine, Digital Versus and dkamera.de.

Good Owner Reviews

This high megapixel camera has an average owner rating of 87 out of 100 based on 99 owner reviews. Over 88% of reviewers gave this camera either 4 or 5 stars and 90% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Good Brand

Based on 23,306 expert and user reviews (including 7,110 verified purchases), Sony has good reviews for its digital cameras. Sony also has good reviews specifically for its high megapixel cameras compared to other brands. 92% of those that bought a Sony digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Features

Good Technical Features

Eight people who reviewed it concluded that it had good features. Papacito rated it 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “Belying its small size it is packed with advanced features”. Three years ago Pogipete said on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “Loaded with great features” in their review of this digital camera and gave the product a rating of 5 stars out of 5. They also wrote “As i familiarize myself with its use, i like the touchscreen features and the ease to use the camera” in their review.


Design

Easy to Use

Twenty customers mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was easy to use. Three years ago Lb Picture Taker wrote in their Sony DSC-TX30 review on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “It's easy to use and I like being able to take photos with available, dim light, when I don't want flash reflections in the picture”. Joe Palmetto said on expert website Bhphotovideo.com also three years ago “It is very easy to use and takes excellent pictures in most light conditions” and gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5. Rich in San Francisco mentioned on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com two years ago “Quick, easy to use, extremely fine resolution”.

Robust

Twenty-five customers who purchased the product thought it was good at resisting water ingress. Expert review site Digitalversus.com rated the product 4 stars out of 5 and wrote in their review of the Sony DSC-TX30 four years ago “The TX30 is a stylish, responsive, hard-wearing underwater snapper that's progressed in many ways”. Ephotozine.com mentioned on expert review site Ephotozine “It is waterproof, dustproof, freezeproof” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Technlologyx.com said “The TX-30 is waterproof, dustproof, shockproof”.

Eight owners who reviewed it reckoned that it was strong and durable. Eleven years ago expert review site Dpreview.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “One of the fastest growing segments in the digital camera market is compact, rugged cameras”. Ephotozine.com wrote on expert website Ephotozine four years ago “This doesn't mean the TX30 isn't tough”. They also said “The Sony Cybershot DSC-TX30 is a tough camera which was announced in February 2013” in their review.

Two customers mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to damage or scratch. Josie mentioned “The camera flooded and was destroyed” but she gave it a rating of 40 out of 100. Ptk said “A place where regular cameras would most likely get destroyed by the water/environement”.

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Good Product Quality

Twenty-three customers said in their reviews that this digital camera was good quality. Lg scored it a maximum of 5 stars and wrote in their Sony DSC-TX30 review on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “Picture quality is excellent”. Jc mentioned in his review of this digital camera on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “Great build quality”. Jim said on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “I'm not saying your going to get full frame quality” in his review of this digital camera and scored it a maximum of 5 stars.

Well Designed

Nine people who bought it thought it was good looking. Hiren scored the Sony DSC-TX30 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned “Overall easy to carry around, nice looking camera with a lot of features” in their review of this digital camera. Saadi gave this digital camera a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and said in their review of this digital camera on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “It takes beautiful pictures, films are steady without shakes, Its small my wife keeps it in her bag”. Sk8erj mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert website Bhphotovideo.com two years ago “The results were pretty impressive” and gave the product a score of 5 stars out of 5.

Four customers reckoned that this digital camera was well designed. Website Bhphotovideo.com gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and said “Industrial Design Of Body”. They also wrote “Great Design” in their review. Phattycow said in their review of this digital camera “Beautiful design -Good quality -Video recording is amazing -Has simi 3D capability -HDMI out -Can add music” and gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5.

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Price

Reasonably Priced

Nine owners who bought this digital camera considered that it was good value for money. Lgfeo gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5 and wrote “I would highly recommend for anyone looking for an inexpensive waterproof point and shoot” in their review of this digital camera. Jc mentioned on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “Great price from B&H” and gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5. Rich in San Francisco wrote “This was the best value for me in a pocket camera that won't die if I drop it in water” and scored it 5 stars out of 5.


Weight & Dimensions

Compact

Twelve customers who reviewed it concluded that it was compact. Website Bhphotovideo.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Small Compact” and rated the Sony DSC-TX30 4 stars out of 5. Lg wrote in their review of this digital camera “I looked at some online reviews for this and others while in the store and compared to the variety of other compact, waterproof cameras”. Raquel said three years ago “It is a very compact machine, water proof, full of features to play around with the photos such as frames, black” in her review of this digital camera.

Three people who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was heavy and bulky. Ptk gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and mentioned two years ago “Most waterproof cameras are goofy, bulky, rubberized cameras that look like they were made for kids” in their review of this digital camera. Resuri said “They're all so bulky and cumbersome.”. Dse wrote on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “The waterproof case is very nice; I was caught in a heavy downpour and didn't have to worry about the camera at all”.

Two people wrote in their reviews that it was thin. Lg wrote “Also because it was the smallest and thinnest of the group” and gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5. Dse mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “Although this is super small/slim” and scored the product 80 out of 100.

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Very Light

The Sony DSC-TX30 is one of the lighter similar spec cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera (only 125 grams) amongst high megapixel cameras of this age. Cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera have weights of between 90g and 1.5kg.

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

This camera was released in April 2014.


Good Video Capture

Thirteen people who reviewed the Sony DSC-TX30 agreed that it was good for video recording. Lg scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and wrote on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “Videos are great too”. Hiren gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and mentioned on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “Overall a good camera, takes great pictures and videos” in their review of this digital camera. Kingdompix said on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “It took some great pictures and video! I am very impressed with the quality of the camera” in their review of this digital camera and scored the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

Good Picture Resolution

Fourty-nine people mentioned in their reviews that it was able to produce good images. Three years ago Leicaboss mentioned “There really are no manual controls - so it's basically like using a cell phone camera with a somewhat better picture” in their review of this digital camera however despite that they only scored it 60 out of 100. Lgfeo wrote also three years ago “Super easy to download the pictures to the computer too” and scored it 4 stars out of 5. They also said “Had it out on the water and the pictures were clear with good color” in their review.

Seven people who reviewed it agreed that it had a good picture resolution. Website Bhphotovideo.com gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and mentioned “Many Shooting Modes” in their review of this digital camera. Two years ago Justvideo said “It's ungraded to 18 megapixels and offers a better range of auto” in their review of this digital camera. S.waleck mentioned on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “While it's resolution is wonderful I found it can be a bit difficult to compose the shot in direct sunlight” in their review of this digital camera.

Two customers who bought it concluded that it was good in low light. Website Bhphotovideo.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Good in Low Light” . Dre said on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “The pictures are very sharp and the camera is great in low light conditions”.

Two customers mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good ISO range. Two years ago Evergreen Richard wrote “The Canon, even at ISO 800, is infinitely better than this toy at ISO 80” in their review of this digital camera. They also mentioned “In daylight the main mode, "intelligent", uses ISO 80, aperture will be from f/3.5 to f/5.6” in their review.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Five owners mentioned that it had a good screen. Resuri wrote “The touch screen is also really great compared to other touch screen cameras I've tested”. Mr Wind said in his review of this digital camera “A couple of cons though - the screen marks quite easily” and gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5. Four years ago Artk mentioned “Excellent screen, macro and zoom lever” in their Sony DSC-TX30 review.

Good Autofocus

Five people mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera had a good zoom. Srk1977 wrote “Haven't used it underwater yet.I love how small it is and the zoom is pretty good”. Martin Pedler said in his review of this digital camera three years ago “The x20 zoom is highly effective”. Alicia wrote in her review of this digital camera on expert website Amazon “It takes great shots, great zoom, compact and you can clunk it around a bit”.

Three customers mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera had a good autofocus. Website Bhphotovideo.com scored it 80 out of 100 and wrote three years ago “Fast Focus” in their review of this digital camera. Ptk said “If i used a flashlight and gave the camera a few seconds to automatically focus and pick the best settings, then the shots came out alright” in their review of this digital camera. Resuri mentioned on expert review site Walmart.com “The auto-focus is super fast” in their review of this digital camera and scored this digital camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

Three customers who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good lens. Four years ago Kemosabi wrote on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “I love the lens cover, I had a case for my T-10 which still works(FYI)but my wife never would use it” and gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5. Rich in San Francisco said on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “Of the Zeiss lens is ideal”. David B. scored the Sony DSC-TX30 4 stars out of 5 and he mentioned on expert review site Newegg.com four years ago “The cover over the lens is nice if you keep the camera in your pocket, like I do”.

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Camera

Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

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

It is worth considering other cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) including the Sony DSC-HX200, or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40.

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Display

Quite Large Display Diagonal

The display diagonals of comparable spec cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camera range from 2.5" to 4.8". With a display diagonal of 3.3 inches, the Sony DSC-TX30 has one of the larger display diagonals amongst high megapixel cameras of this age.

Cameras with a larger display diagonal that might be worth considering include the NX300 (3.31" and higher rated), the NX300M (£202) (3.31" and higher rated), or the NX2000 (3.7" and higher rated) all from Samsung.

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Quite High Display Resolution (numeric)

With a display resolution (numeric) of 1,229,760 pixel, the Sony DSC-TX30's display resolution (numeric) is one of the highest amongst cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera. Across all the high megapixel cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera the display resolutions (numeric) range from 1 pixels to 6,300,000 pixels.

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Lens System

Quite Big Digital Zoom

The DSC-TX30 has a quite big digital zoom (20 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age. The digital zooms of digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to this digital camera range from 2x to 810x, and the average digital zoom is 34x.

If this camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the DSC-RX100 (54x and higher rated), the DSC-HX60V (£198.99) (120x and higher rated), or the DSC-HX90 (£298.99) (120x and higher rated) all from Sony.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

At only 5 times zoom factor, the Sony DSC-TX30 has a quite small optical zoom compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera. The optical zooms of cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera range from 0.34x to 65x, and the average optical zoom is 16x.

If this Sony digital camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the Nikon D7100 (5.8x and higher rated), or the Sony DSC-WX220 (£99.99) (10x and higher rated).

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Quite Small Minimum Aperture Number

The minimum aperture numbers of comparable spec cameras that have been available for more than two years range from 1.3 to 22. The DSC-TX30 has a quite small minimum aperture number (only 2.8) compared to most of the other high megapixel cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera.

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Other Features

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 high megapixel cameras that have been available for more than two years.

We compared all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash to this camera and we think the Samsung NX20, and the Nikon D7100 which both of have better reviews are also worth considering.

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Has an HDMI Port

The DSC-TX30 has an HDMI port. Most of the other cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera also have an HDMI port.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Sony DSC-TX30 has a USB 2.0 port. Most of the other similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camera also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Video

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The DSC-TX30 supports Full HD video, as do most of the other cameras of this type and age.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras which support Full HD video currently available including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1, the Sony DSC-WX200, or the Nikon P520 which all of have better reviews.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The DSC-TX30 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). In addition, this Sony camera supports a video resolutions of 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.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions is actually the best supported video resolution amongst all cameras of this age and type.

The worst supported video resolution across comparable types of digital camera is 320 x 240 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum video resolution on comparable spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Picture Quality

1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

This camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many high megapixel cameras that are a similar age to it. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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Only 640 X 480 Still Image Resolution

The DSC-TX30 has a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 1920 x 1080 still image resolution(s) found on most cameras of a similar age and type to it. This camera also have a still image resolution(s) of 2592 x 1944 and 3648 x 2736. The worst still image resolution of all similar spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years is 640 x 360 and the best is 6000 x 4000.

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18.2 Megapixels Megapixel

This is an 18.2 megapixels digital camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 18.2MP digital cameras currently available including the Sony DSC-WX200 which has better reviews.

If this Sony camera megapixel is too low for you then you might want to consider the DSC-QX10 (18.9MP and higher rated), or the ILCE-5000 + E PZ 16-50mm + E 55-210mm (20.1MP and higher rated) both from Sony.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports PictBridge

The Sony DSC-TX30 supports PictBridge, as do most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The Sony DSC-TX30 has an AC adapter included. Most of the other similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this digital camera also have an AC adapter included.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Sony DSC-TX30 has a batteries included. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camera also have a batteries included.

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Light Exposure

Supports Four ISO Sensitivities

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Sony DSC-TX30 is more than most high megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to it. The most frequently supported ISO sensitivity is 100, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this digital camera. The ISO sensitivities 80, 1600, 3200 and 12800 are also supported by this camera.

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Power

Good Battery Life

Seven people mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera had a good battery life. Three years ago website Bhphotovideo.com gave this digital camera a rating of 4 stars out of 5 and said “Good Battery Life”. Sam mentioned “Long battery life! Amazing underwater photos! Tons of different settings to play with! ONLY downfall is its small size & gets dirty super quick(smudging”. Ptk said “The battery meter will be "full" for a good couple of hours of intermittent shooting.” and gave the product a score of 4 stars out of 5.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony dsctx30bbdl, sony dsctx30d, sony dsctx30p, sony dsctx30l
Barcodes 00027242862265, 00027242862296, 00027242865440, 00616348050784, 00845251051407, 00845251051414, 00845251051421, 00905524939170, 00905524939286, 04905524939170, 04905524939187, 04905524939248, 04905524939286, 04905524939316, 04905524939323, 04905524983098, 05053973548241, 05053973928333, 05053973928340

Sony DSC-TX30 Review Sources

To prepare this Sony DSC-TX30 review we compared this digital camera to 1,217 other models. For each digital camera that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 311,674 product attributes, 178,028 digital camera reviews and 4,186,700 historical digital camera prices from 0 digital camera retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this digital camera compared to the other models as well as any areas where this digital camera is lacking.

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