Rated 5 out of 5 by Kazuhiro Upgrade from DSC-HX9V
I bought DSC-HX9V on May last year, because SONY Canada couldn't get me DSC-HX30V before going for vacation in Japan. (HX9V is also wonderful picture, but I'd waited for HX30V price going down, now less than $300 at Futureshop etc, originaly this camera priced more than $400)
OK, everything fine. I can see a lot of improvement on this camera. SONY even redesined button and switches, now I can power-on-off much easier, and mode switch (round on top) position can be changed with one finger. In addtion to that, this camera has standard micro USB connector, means I can charge with the same charger as my cell phone while I am driving.
Zoom focus is very nice and quick, it is amazing compare with other brand. even on shooting movie, camera itself is working so hard to capture steady hand movie.
Panorama photo is nice and easy too, especially for captureing the mountain and ocean.
In addtion to that, GPS works much better and quicker, in fact, it locks even in my living room. (yes, it is much quicker than my cell phone GPS function)
Wife...it works but very slow, need to be patient.
Only sad part is there is only limited chjoice of language on menu (from setup), English, Francas, Espanol, Italiano and Chinese... Yes, SONY is Japanese company, but no Japanese language built-in.
January 5, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Benji Loving it
Personally I love this camera. Takes great pictures,light, comfortable to hold for a long period of time. But needs a longer lasting battery. Great work on this camer, I recommend it. It was simple to use too.
March 17, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 Best small size portable I've owned
I currently have an Alpha 99 / 77 / 55 with more lenses than I can carry. But this little portable is my go-to camera when I can't be bothered lugging around all my equipment. It gives me an image that is very close to the professional result my SLTs provide. I have even produced some very wonderful 13x19 quality prints from this little gem. It has been exposed to very cold weather (Churchill Manitoba) and worked flawlessly. And, It worked well during many Toronto heat waves.
I had a Nikon CoolPix before, but the HX30V is significantly superior. The only downside (an upside for some) is that there are too many options available. So many that I often forget that there are some very unique and user friendly functions available. It's a great buy at the current price.
March 27, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by dougmurdoch WiFi
The WiFi is difficult to set up and not very user friendly, some work required here, also App on IOS is not that great only down loads small file not the full resolution, also not very user friendly, not automatic, need to make a bunch of settings before it will actually work.
February 25, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by SonuGunjan First hand review
I have bought the capera very recently. After taking it in my hand for first hour, I realzed that (Cons)
*The flesh light which pops out may be an issue in future
* viewing glass (3 inches) has no border protection, would catch up scratches faster.
* Navigational button is so cheap in quality, it metal sounds while using it. (could be more finished)
* Paranomic view is tough to capture
* GPS & wi-fi is just a sailer, not much of use.
* I miss my old Sony DSC which had carl zies lenses.
Picture quality is good
March 14, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
by VegasRealtor Makes me a better photographer
I LOVE this camera! I bought it to take pictures of my listings but I took a quick trip to Napa and could not believe the results.
Everything you need to do for any setting is displayed right on the camera's screen. Panoramas require no stitching, special effects like spot color or black and white take a second to switch to.
The optical zoom is so far reaching and keeps incredible focus. I have a separate HD camcorder and will only use it when I need an external microphone. The camera's video resolution is stunning.
The only negative is that when the flash pops up, it pushes your finger away from the edge of the camera. I rarely had the flash come up, so every time it did, it startled me.
Other than that, I give this an A+ and have recommended it to everyone I know.
May 22, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5
by Mark1328 Excellent Camera - Price Can't Be Beat
I purchased this camera after my last 2 Sony Cameras always produced good results. I had thought of taking a jump to the A77 but expense and fact still not a professional I researched and came up with this model. The zoom is unreal as shown in my sample. That person is actually from the same picture located in the middle on the top of the stairs by the tree. NO LIE HE REALLY IS!!!!
My only complaints are where the flash is located but with the EXMOR processor I take 95% of my photos with no flash anyways. I will agree the screen is tough to view in sunlight so an optical view finder would have been nice.
The 3D photos and Panoramic if you have a 3D TV is awesome. I've shown people when in my house and they are blown away. Also traditional panorama takes nice seamless shots.
My only other complaints on the camera are when zoom in on photos the images look almost "painted". That is only way I can explain it. But normal zoom 100% it isn't noticeable. It also does it on full zoom which you might notice in the zoomed picture. When I do use the flash it is so strong it does tend to white wash some areas.
The ability to select primary colors and have only those appear with rest black and white is a neat tool. Background defocus has been tough to learn as most of the time it says "Can Not Perform Defocus".
Overall I am very impressed by this camera and capabilities with its compact size. I didn't think I'd use the wifi but I upload all my pictures to my PC that way. No more cables is nice.
August 15, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5
by LindaK Excellent small camera
I never leave home without a small camera in my bag. Though there are smaller "pocket" cameras out there and I have owned several of them over the last couple of years, the DSC-HX30 is far and away the best small camera I have owned even though it is larger. It's low light capabilities are excellent. Battery life is very good. Artistic features are fun. Manual settings should be easier to find and use. LCD screen is good in bright light. The menu/settings have a learning curve and could be more intuitive. I do not shoot video so cannot comment on that function. Given that no camera is perfect, for my purposes this camera exceeds my expectations. I would definitely recommend this camera and am happy with my purchase
January 3, 2013