As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V is also often compared to pro digicams, super zooms, mirrorless and compacts. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V's top rivals come from Sony (such as the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI and the Cybershot DSC-RX100) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix S9700 and the Coolpix S9900)

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSC-HX30V compared to other travel zoom competitors include: it has a built-in GPS, slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO) and is slightly less expensive ($348.59 vs $1,198.00).

However, on average it doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 220 fps), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't have a screen which flips out, doesn't have an OLED screen (LCD vs OLED) and has slightly fewer focus points (9 vs 315).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI

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6 years newer
$1,198

Significant advantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Much higher true resolution: 20 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Many more focus points: 315 vs 9

Significant disadvantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • No built-in GPS
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 240 shots vs 320 shots

common strengths of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI and DSC-HX30V

  • None found

Nikon Coolpix S9700

Nikon Coolpix S9700
1 year newer
$530

Significant advantages of the S9700 (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD

Significant disadvantages of the S9700 (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 1,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO

common strengths of the S9700 and DSC-HX30V

  • Built-in GPS

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V
3 years newer
$448

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX90V (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • Supports 24p
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX90V (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-HX90V and DSC-HX30V

  • Built-in GPS

Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20
similar age
$498

Significant advantages of the ZS20 (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • Records high-speed movies: 220 fps vs None
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the ZS20 (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 921k dots
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 3,200 ISO vs 12,800 ISO

common strengths of the ZS20 and DSC-HX30V

  • Built-in GPS

Nikon Coolpix S9900

Nikon Coolpix S9900
2 years newer
$399

Significant advantages of the S9900 (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/1600 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the S9900 (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • None found

common strengths of the S9900 and DSC-HX30V

  • Built-in GPS

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V
similar age

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX10V (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX10V (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-HX10V and DSC-HX30V

  • Built-in GPS

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSC-HX30V compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has a significantly wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 28 mm), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD), is newer (february 2012 vs january 2011) and has a built-in GPS.

However, on average it has a slightly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs 1" 13.2x8.8mm), has a significantly narrower aperture (f/3.2 vs f/1.8), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
3 months newer
$368 - $607

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.2
  • Much larger sensor: 1" 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
  • Much higher true resolution: 20 MP vs 9.7 MP

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and DSC-HX30V

  • Great battery life: 330 shots vs 320 shots

Canon PowerShot G12

Canon PowerShot G12
1 year older

Significant advantages of the G12 (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Supports an external flash
  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the G12 (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 461k dots vs 921k dots

common strengths of the G12 and DSC-HX30V

  • Great battery life: 350 shots vs 320 shots

Olympus XZ-1

Olympus XZ-1
1 year older
$484

Significant advantages of the XZ-1 (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.2
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD
  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the XZ-1 (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the XZ-1 and DSC-HX30V

  • Great battery life: 320 shots vs 320 shots

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSC-HX30V compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a slightly higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 460k dots), is significantly smaller (compact (107×62×35 mm) vs large (130×97×118 mm)), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD) and is thinner (1.4" vs 4.6").

However, on average it has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (25 mm vs 20 mm), doesn't have a screen which flips out, has a slightly shorter battery life (320 shots vs 400 shots), is older (february 2012 vs february 2014) and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital).

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300
1 year newer
$140 - $178

Significant advantages of the DSC-H300 (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-H300 (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Significantly larger: Large (130×95×122 mm) vs Compact (107×62×35 mm)
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 921k dots

common strengths of the DSC-H300 and DSC-HX30V

  • Fairly small: Large (130×95×122 mm) vs Compact (107×62×35 mm)
  • Light weight: 590 g vs 254 g
  • Inexpensive: $139.95 vs $348.59

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70
1 year newer
$425

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ70 (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • Much better wide angle: 20 mm vs 25 mm
  • Significantly longer battery life: 400 shots vs 320 shots
  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ70 (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • Significantly larger: Large (130×97×118 mm) vs Compact (107×62×35 mm)
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 921k dots
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the DMC-FZ70 and DSC-HX30V

  • Fairly small: Large (130×97×118 mm) vs Compact (107×62×35 mm)
  • Light weight: 606 g vs 254 g
  • Inexpensive: $425.09 vs $348.59

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300
1 year newer
$465

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX300 (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/1600 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX300 (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • Significantly larger: Professional size (130×93×103 mm) vs Compact (107×62×35 mm)
  • No built-in GPS
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 3,200 ISO vs 12,800 ISO

common strengths of the DSC-HX300 and DSC-HX30V

  • Fairly small: Professional size (130×93×103 mm) vs Compact (107×62×35 mm)
  • Thin: 4.1" vs 1.4"
  • Light weight: 650 g vs 254 g

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSC-HX30V compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has image stabilization (lens vs none), shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 2.5 fps) and has a built-in GPS.

However, on average it takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 24.7 MP), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't have a screen which flips out and has a significantly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm).

Sony NEX F3

Sony NEX F3
similar age
$449 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the F3 (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the F3 (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the F3 and DSC-HX30V

  • Fairly small: Mid size (117×67×42 mm) vs Compact (107×62×35 mm)
  • Light weight: 314 g vs 254 g
  • Thin: 1.7" vs 1.4"

Sony Alpha A5100

Sony Alpha A5100
2 years newer
$448 (body only)
$500 - $548 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5100 (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.7 MP vs 9.7 MP

Significant disadvantages of the A5100 (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the A5100 and DSC-HX30V

  • Fairly small: Compact (110×63×36 mm) vs Compact (107×62×35 mm)
  • Light weight: 224 g vs 254 g
  • Thin: 1.4" vs 1.4"

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSC-HX30V compared to compact competitors include: it has way more more zoom (20x vs 3.6x), has a much wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 37 mm), has a slightly higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 230k dots), much higher maximum light sensitivity (12,800 ISO vs 2,000 ISO) and has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD).

However, on average it is significantly larger (compact (107×62×35 mm) vs super compact (95×56×20 mm)), is thicker (1.4" vs 0.8") and is significantly heavier (254 g vs 139 g).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX30

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX30
5 years older
$335

Significant advantages of the DMC-FX30 (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • Significantly smaller: Super compact (95×52×22 mm) vs Compact (107×62×35 mm)
  • Much thinner: 0.9" vs 1.4"
  • Significantly lighter: 162 g vs 254 g

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FX30 (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • Much less zoom: 3.6x vs 20x
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm

common strengths of the DMC-FX30 and DSC-HX30V

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 30 seconds

Sony Cybershot WX9

Sony Cybershot DSC-WX9
1 year older
$343

Significant advantages of the WX9 (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • Significantly smaller: Super compact (95×56×20 mm) vs Compact (107×62×35 mm)
  • Much thinner: 0.8" vs 1.4"
  • Significantly lighter: 139 g vs 254 g

Significant disadvantages of the WX9 (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • Much less zoom: 5x vs 20x
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 3,200 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the WX9 and DSC-HX30V

  • Great zoom: 5x vs 20x
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"

Nikon Coolpix S700

Nikon Coolpix S700
4 years older
$322

Significant advantages of the S700 (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • Significantly smaller: Super compact (89×53×23 mm) vs Compact (107×62×35 mm)
  • Much thinner: 0.9" vs 1.4"
  • Significantly lighter: 170 g vs 254 g

Significant disadvantages of the S700 (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • Much less zoom: 3x vs 20x
  • Much worse wide angle: 37 mm vs 25 mm
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

common strengths of the S700 and DSC-HX30V

  • Each has a built-in flash