Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX30V
A powerful point and shoot camera
For ages, a certain camera made by Sony was the device of choice for a lot of consumers. The Cyber-Shot HX9V was its name. Everybody praised it and it deserved every single one of those praises. They will be beyond pleased to know that the product has a very worthy successor. The Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V is a camera which makes its predecessor proud on all the levels that truly matter. As it is a successor, the device offers the standard improvements. How does this unit work on a daily basis? Find out from our review below.
20x optical zoom
Sony is a name that stands out from the crowd. It has managed to produce gadgets that were bought by all kinds of categories of consumers who want quality or just functionality. The newest camera, the Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V, offers a design that is perfectly nice without being at all glamorous or over the top. But two things this device is not: light and slim. But the fact that it is very compact compensates for that. And, all things considered, it still finds enough space in a pocket without making you feel uncomfortable.
Because it’s larger than the norm, the DSC-HX30V comes with an impressive 20x zoom lens. And there is still space let for a 3″ LCD. This screen poses no problem when read in broad daylight. But if it is used with the sun directly above it, it will need a bit of brightness adjustment.
Exmor R sensor
Moving on to navigation, the camera offers menus that everyone can use. They are that user-friendly, no joke.
The CyberShot DSC-HX30V is practically a great source of features, options and so on. It is an almost complete camera in that respect. At one point in our tests we were overwhelmed by that, so we just used the auto modes. But that does not mean we didn’t like the variety we saw in this review. So we’ll talk about them in a bit.
Shooting options are many. And they use the Bionz image processors and Exmor R sensors very well. There are also a lot of Scene options. One can easily adjust shutter speed from 1/1,600 second to 30 seconds. The Manual and Program modes let the camera’s owner have control over shutter speed and aperture. The movie mode on this device will be remembered for a while. Because it is among the best. Clips can be recorded in full high definition at 1080/60p at 28Mbps in AVCHD.
Impressive image quality
Images had superb quality. And it kept being awesome no matter if we took photos outside or inside. Videos were blessed with the same stellar image quality. Below ISO 400, pics were good-looking. But once the ISO is over that value, results are not that good anymore. In Handheld Twilight mode, the camera can easily deliver excellent high-ISO pics. Colors were vivid and bright. However, accuracy is not a forte with the DSC-HX30V.
The camera features both Wi-Fi and integrated GPS. The latter did very well in tests, so it was a pro we were proud of. But it is an option which is going to drain the battery for sure.
Autofocus on this model is eons faster than on preceding cameras. Shutter lag was a very fast 0.3 second when light was bright. Time between the first shot and the second one was only 1.5 seconds.
The Sony CyberShot DSC-HX30V is a point-and-shoot that we recommend wholeheartedly. But expect a $394.99-$419.99 price.