Capture and share all the action with the ultra-zoom DSC-HX30V. Its advanced 18.2MP sensor records 2D or 3D still photos and Full HD 1080/60p videos, while its 20X Optical/40X Clear Zoom lens features 3-way stabilization for movies. Share images quickly with WiFi. Capture 18.2MP ultra-high definition images even in low-light
18.2MP Exmor R CMOS sensor
The 18.2MP Exmor R CMOS sensor captures ultra-high definition images that take full advantage of the camera?s sharp Sony G lens. The sensor enables advanced processing that reduces noise levels up to 6 times more than other sensors, resulting in stunning low light images with incredible details.
High speed AF
To improve focusing speed and sensitivity, the Exmor R CMOS sensor uses its rapid throughput to deliver high-quality image signals to the cameras BIONZ processor. The result is fast, DSLR-like focusing speeds, even in low light.
Optical zoom plus Clear image zoom
Most digital zooms use electronic cropping to get closer to the subject, resulting in unsharp images. With Clear Image Zoom the powerful processor compares patterns found in adjacent pixels and creates new pixels to match selected patterns, resulting in more realistic, higher-quality images. Clear Image Zoom doubles optical zoom for closer photos.
Full HD 1080/60p
Record crystal clear movies at the highest resolution available with capabilities for 60p in 1080 AVCHD video.? This provides stunning, fast motion video with less distortion for playback on your HD TV.2 With dual record of stills and movies, you can shoot both at the same time.
Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with 3-way Active Mode
Optical SteadyShot image stabilization reduces shake and blur by countering camera movements in both horizontal and vertical directions. Active 3-Way stabilization adds digital rolling control that counters clockwise and anti-clockwise rotation, resulting in more stable videos even at long focal lengths.
WiFi sharing WiFi lets you quickly upload photos and videos directly to social media sites, back them up on a network-connected PC, or view them on a large screen TV. WiFi-enabled smartphones and tablets can also pull images from your camera and upload them to social media.
GPS and Compass
GPS and compass record location data and camera direction as you shoot movies and photos. GPS Log lets users track a photographic journey and later view the path and images on a map. Map View in ?PlayMemories Home? software, allows users to view images on a map showing where they were taken. The logged path and images can also be displayed on Google Earth.
Capture the decisive moment with up to 10fps
Capture full 18.2 megapixel resolution images at up to 10 frames per second, helping to ensure that the decisive moment is captured such as the soccer ball flying into the goal. In addition, a mechanical shutter helps reduce distortion when continuously shooting moving subjects.
3D Still Image and 3D Sweep Panorama mode
Produce awe-inspiring images with 3D Still Image and 3D Sweep Panorama capabilities.3 Photos will take on a new dimension of creative capabilities for viewing the world in a whole new way.
Picture Effect adds a new level of expression to photos, making ordinary landscapes and portraits come to life by heightening mood and emphasizing certain attributes. Select camera models have up to nine different effects.
Photo Creativity allows you to fine-tune your exposure settings, such as brightness, color, and vividness, and quickly choose the right enhancement for your subject. Now you can view Picture Effects and Photo Creativity effects in real time on the camera?s monitor or in the viewfinder before shooting.
DSLR photographs are often beautiful because they blur the background, putting the emphasis on the subject. Now our point-and-shoot cameras can deliver this signature DSLR benefit. The system takes two shots, identifies the background and applies a defocused background keeping the subject crisp and clear
Superior Auto mode
Get cleaner, more dynamic pictures and fewer missed shots. The camera automatically recognizes the correct scene mode, then quickly shoots and combines up to six shots to produce images with greater clarity, optimum dynamic range using Backlight Correction HDR technology and lower image noise using 6 shots layering technology. Superior Auto intelligently detects 33 scenes for still images and 44 scenes for movies, making it easy to get the best shot.
Face Detection technology
Face Detection technology detects up to eight individual faces and adjusts focus, exposure, and white balance to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends.
Smile Shutter technology
Smile Shutter technology captures a smile the moment it happens. Simply press the Smile Shutter button and the camera does the rest. You can also select adult and child priority and indicate the degree of Smile Detection sensitivity. Intelligent Scene Recognition can be used together with Smile Shutter mode when the Intelligent Auto mode is on. This means that beautiful smiles can be captured with settings optimized for the particular scene, even in difficult conditions such as twilight and backlighting.
It?s frustrating to capture the perfect shot, only to review it later and discover subjects blinked during the photo. The Anti-blink function works to help counter blinking and squinting. When the camera is set to Soft Snap, the Anti-blink function captures two images, recording only the photo with less squinting. If a blink is detected in other shooting modes, a warning will be displayed after you take the shot.
Soft Skin mode
Portrait subjects will love the results. Soft Skin mode recognizes skin tones and reduces the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles without affecting the rest of the shot.
Intelligent Scene Recognition Mode
Intelligent Scene Recognition (iSCN) Mode automatically detects 33 different types of scenes and selects the appropriate camera settings. iSCN has two modes: Auto and Advanced. In Auto Mode, the camera takes a single shot using the optimal settings. In Advanced Mode, the camera takes a photo with the optimal settings and, if in difficult lighting (low light or back light) immediately takes a second photo with another optimized setting so you can choose which to keep.
Conventional point-and-shoot camera flash shots just don't capture colors the way the eye sees them.. Natural Flash controls the white balance of both the background and main subjects.
Motion Detection, along with Face Motion Detection adjusts ISO sensitivity and increases the shutter speed when movement is detected, reducing blur in moving subjects and faces.
Sweep Multi Angle mode
In Sweep Multi Angle mode, the camera takes 15 images at different angles as it sweeps across the scene. By tilting the camera during playback, the camera?s Gyro Sensor detects motion and displays the image in a 3D-like view on the camera?s LCD.
Camera Type: High Zoom
Imaging Sensor: 1/2.3" Exmor R CMOS Sensor
Pixel Gross: 18.9MP
Effective Picture Resolution: 18.2MP
Color Filter System: RGB primary color filters
Media Type: optional ?Memory Stick Duo? (No movie recording), optional ?Memory Stick PRO Duo? (Mark 2 only for movie recording), optional ?Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo?, optional SD Memory Card (Class 4 or higher), optional SDHC Memory Card (Class 4 or higher), optional SDXC Memory Card (Class 4 or higher)
Still Image Max Effective Resolution: Approx. 18.2 Megapixels
Still Image Size 16:9: 13M(4,896?2,752) / 2M(1,920 x 1,080)
Still Image Size 4:3: 18M(4,896?3,672) / 10M(3,648 x 2,736) / 5M(2,592 x 1,944) / VGA
Panorama Still Image Size: Sweep Panorama:HR(10,480 x 4,096) / Wide(7,152 x 1,080/4,912 x 1,920) / Standard(4,912 x 1,080/3,424 x 1,920)
Sweep Multi Angle Image Size: 2M (1,920 x 1,080)
Video Mode: AVCHD 60i:28M PS(1,920?1,080/60p)/24M FX/17M FH(1,920?1,080/60i)/9M HQ(1,440?1,080/60i),MP4:12M(1,440?1,080/30fps)/6M(1,280?720/30fps)/3M VGA(640?480/30fps)
Photo Capture from Movie: Yes
Dual Record: Yes
Audio Format: AC3 (Stereo)
Wind Noise Reduction: Off/on
Lens Type: Sony G
Aperture: f 3.2-5.8
Optical Zoom: 20x
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): Still 16:9: 27.5-550mm / Still 4:3: 25-500mm / Movie 16:9: 27.5-550mm(SteadyShot Standard), 28-784mm(SteadyShot Active) / Movie 4:3: 34-680mm(SteadyShot Standard), 35-980mm(SteadyShot Active)
Lens Construction: 12 elements in 9 groups
Minimum Focus Distance: iAuto:AF(W:Approx.1cm(0.03') to Infinity, T:Approx.170cm(5.58') to Infinity) / Program Auto:AF(W:Approx.1cm(0.03') to Infinity, T:Approx.170cm(5.58') to Infinity)
Aspheric Elements: 4
Clear Image Zoom: 40x
Steady Shot Mode:Active: Yes
LCD Type: 3.0? Xtra Fine LCD TruBlack display (921K dots)
Brightness Control: 5(Bright) / 4 / 3(Normal) / 2 / 1(Dark)
Grid Display: Yes (Off / On)
AF Modes: Multi Point AF / Center Weighted AF / Flexible Spot AF / Manual / Semi Manual / Tracking Focus / Face Tracking Focus
AF Illuminator: Auto / Off
Metering Modes: Multi Pattern / Center Weighted / Spot
Exposure Compensation: Plus / Minus 2.0EV, 1 / 3EV step
Scene Mode(s): High Sensitivity / Soft snap / Soft Skin / Landscape / Night Portrait / Night Scene / Handheld Twilight / Gourmet / Beach / Snow / Fireworks / Pet mode /Anti-motion blur / Backlight Correction HDR / Advanced sports shooting
D-Range Optimizer: Standard
ISO: Auto / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800
White Balance Mode: Auto (Intelligent) / Daylight / Cloudy / Fluorescent 1 (White Fluorescent Lighting) / Fluorescent 2 (Natural White Fluorescent Lighting) / Fluorescent 3 (Day White Fluorescent Lighting) / Incandescent / Flash / One Push, One Push Set / White Balance Shift
Self-timer: Off / 10sec. / 2sec. / portrait1 / portrait2
Shutter Speeds: iAuto(4" - 1/1600) / Program Auto(1" - 1/1600) / Manual(30" - 1/1600)
Burst Mode: Approx 10 fps at 18.2MP (Maximum 10 shots)
Flash Modes: Auto / Flash On / Slow Synchro / Flash Off
Flash Coverage: ISO Auto: Approx.0.4m to 7.1m(1 feet 3 3/4 inches to 23 feet 3 5/8 inches)(W) / Approx.1.7m to 3.9 m(5feet 7 inches to 12 feet 9 5/8 inches)(T), ISO3200: up to Approx.10.0 m(32 feet 9 3/4 inches)(W) / Approx.5.5 m(18 feet 5/8 inches)(T)
Red-Eye Reduction: Auto / On / Off
Erase/Protect: Erase: Single / Select / Date / Folder / AVCHD, Protect: Single / Select / Date / Folder / AVCHD
Anti Motion Blur: Yes
Sweep Panorama: Intelligent Sweep Panorama / 3D Sweep Panorama
Face Detection: 8 Faces (Auto / Off / Child Priority / Adult Priority / Key Selected Face Memory)
Smile Shutter technology: Yes
Image Stabilization: Optical SteadyShot with 3-way Active Mode Image Stabilization
In-Camera Editing: Trimming / Red Eye Correction / Unsharp Masking
Intelligent Auto: Yes
Shooting Tips: Yes
Background Defocus: Yes
Tracking Focus: Off / Auto
Blink Detection: Yes
Photo Creativity: Yes
Picture Effects: HDR Painting / Richtone Monochrome / Miniature / Toy camera / Pop Color / Partial Color / Soft High-key / Watercolor / Illustration
Memory Card Slot: MS Duo and SD/SDHC/SDXC Compatible
HD Output: Micro HDMI
USB Port(s): Micro USB, Hi-Speed USB(USB2.0)
TransferJet: Send: Yes, Receive: Yes
Weights and Measurements
Dimensions (Approx.): 4 1/4" x 2 1/2" x 1 3/8" (106.6 x 61.9 x 34.6mm)
Weight (Approx.): 9.0oz (254g)
Weight(Approx) (Main unit only): 2.7oz (221g)
Battery Type: LITHIUM ION NP-BG1 3.6V
Battery Capacity: typical:3.4Wh(960mAh), minimum:3.3Wh(910mAh)
Power Consumption (in Operation): Approx. 1.1W
Power Requirements: AC 100V to 240V, 50/60 Hz, 70mA
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By novice photog
Great overall camera
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Great Camera at this price point
By Camera user
from Dallas, TX
Takes great pictures and has an awesome feature list.
Awesome pictures! Slow record time.
from Tampa, FL
I got this camera because I do a lot of photos and video of the gymnastics team that I coach. So far, it has not disappointed me! Quality is excellent, and of course all of my stuff is done with high motion and no flash! However, I have 2 complaints: My much cheaper Olympus Tough camera does low light "continuous shots" until I release the shutter button, allowing me to get numerous shots during one gymnastics routine. This Sony does not do that... it will only take up to 10 shots, but then takes at least 5-10 seconds to record them to the SD card before I can start shooting more. It's a little frustrating. My other complaint is the record time- I have a brand new Sony class 10 SD card in it, and it still takes a few seconds to record each picture. Also, you CAN snap still photos during video, but I had no idea that it would take about 10 seconds for each to record, so you can only snap one maybe ever 10 seconds. MAYBE I can try a lower quality video and improve that... will have to test it out. Overall, I would definitely recommend the camera to others! It's worth the image quality and has a quick startup time, so you never miss that initial shot!
I would buy this product again
from los angeles, ca
missing raw features, other than that perfect
Great camera overall
from Charlotte, NC
Use the camera for family pictures. Great pictures and crystal clear. My only complaint is every time I use the flash I get a lens shadow in every picture, its horribly annoying. Wifi feature is awesome.
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Focus forward business
By Easier guy
Expect some affair in forward future,due to you refund all price back into my account.so far, you OK.I alway thought NO BODY PERFECT,so that I keep patience,respect,and simplified all matters.once again,thanks.Happy holidays.dingnguyen
Good 2nd camera to carry in your pocket
from Payson, AZ
It's hard to get use to the pop up flash right where I normally hold with left hand. I would have paid extra for a good user manual/guide. Haven't used the video, GPS or WiFi as yet. A little weather protection would have been nice. Like how fast the camera focuses and shoots. Overall I'm pleased with the camera and would probably buy again.
from Brooklyn, NY
Seller responds quickly.
A lot of camera for the money
By Old Dog
from St. Johns, FL
Wish for Raw capture and the location of the flash gets in the way of holding the camera. Zoom range is great, fast and smooth. Would like better low light resolution.
Great vade mecum!
Perfect camera to always take with you for grab shots of unexpected photo ops.