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, entry-level DSLRs and compacts. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V's top rivals come from Sony (such as the Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V and the Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V) and Canon (such as the Powershot S100 and the PowerShot SX400 IS)

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 has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (25 mm vs 4 mm), has a much smaller screen (3" vs 4.8"), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 120 fps), doesn't have a screen which flips out and lacks and external mic jack.

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
  • High resolution screens: 921k dots vs 921k dots
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V
similar age
$499

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX20V (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX20V (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-HX20V and DSC-HX30V

  • Built-in GPS
  • High resolution screens: 921k dots vs 921k dots
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"

Sony Cyber-Shot HX60V

Sony Cyber-Shot HX60V
1 year newer
$2,389

Significant advantages of the HX60V (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • Much better wide angle: 4 mm vs 25 mm
  • Supports an external flash
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the HX60V (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • None found

common strengths of the HX60V and DSC-HX30V

  • Built-in GPS
  • High resolution screens: 921k dots vs 921k dots
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"

Nikon Coolpix S9900

Nikon Coolpix S9900
2 years newer
$297

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

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Much 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
  • High resolution screens: 921k dots vs 921k dots
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"

Samsung Galaxy Camera

Samsung Galaxy Camera
6 months newer
$110

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

  • Much larger screen: 4.8" vs 3"
  • Records high-speed movies: 120 fps vs None
  • Has an external mic jack

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

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 3,200 ISO vs 12,800 ISO

common strengths of the Camera and DSC-HX30V

  • Built-in GPS
  • Larger than average screens: 4.8" vs 3"
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS6

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS6
2 years older

Significant advantages of the DMC-ZS6 (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • Significantly longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 30 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-ZS6 (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • No built-in GPS
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 921k dots

common strengths of the DMC-ZS6 and DSC-HX30V

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSC-HX30V compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has a slightly wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 28 mm), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD), has a slightly longer battery life (320 shots vs 240 shots) 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/2), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20 MP) and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100
5 months older
$470

Significant advantages of the S100 (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3.2

Significant disadvantages of the S100 (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 461k dots vs 921k dots
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 200 shots vs 320 shots

common strengths of the S100 and DSC-HX30V

  • Built-in flashes
  • Built-in GPS

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
3 months newer
$448 - $650

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

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

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

  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and DSC-HX30V

  • Built-in flashes
  • Great battery life: 330 shots vs 320 shots

Canon PowerShot G9 X

Canon PowerShot G9 X
3 years newer
$379 - $391

Significant advantages of the PowerShot G9 X (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • Significantly larger sensor: Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3.2
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot G9 X (vs the DSC-HX30V)

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

common strengths of the PowerShot G9 X and DSC-HX30V

  • Built-in flashes

Canon PowerShot G12

Canon PowerShot G12
1 year older
$530

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 smaller screen: 2.8" vs 3"
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 461k dots vs 921k dots

common strengths of the G12 and DSC-HX30V

  • Built-in flashes
  • Great battery life: 350 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 slightly smaller (compact (107×62×35 mm) vs professional size (122×93×100 mm)), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (12,800 ISO vs 1,600 ISO), shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 1.2 fps) and has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD).

However, on average it has significantly less zoom (20x vs 60x), lacks and external mic jack, is older (february 2012 vs february 2014), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital) and has a slower max shutter speed (1/1600 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second).

Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

Canon PowerShot SX400 IS
2 years newer
$212

Significant advantages of the SX400 IS (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SX400 IS (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 921k dots
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the SX400 IS and DSC-HX30V

  • Fairly small: Standard size (104×69×80 mm) vs Compact (107×62×35 mm)
  • Light weight: 313 g vs 254 g
  • Thin: 3.1" vs 1.4"

Nikon Coolpix L810

Nikon Coolpix L810
similar age
$296

Significant advantages of the L810 (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the L810 (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • No built-in GPS
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 1,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO

common strengths of the L810 and DSC-HX30V

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (111×76×83 mm) vs Compact (107×62×35 mm)
  • Thin: 3.3" vs 1.4"
  • Light weight: 430 g vs 254 g

Nikon Coolpix P610

Nikon Coolpix P610
2 years newer
$279 - $480

Significant advantages of the P610 (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • Much more zoom: 60x vs 20x
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the P610 (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • Significantly larger: Professional size (125×85×107 mm) vs Compact (107×62×35 mm)
  • Significantly thicker: 4.2" vs 1.4"
  • Significantly heavier: 565 g vs 254 g

common strengths of the P610 and DSC-HX30V

  • Built-in GPS

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v
1 year older
$337

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX100v (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • Significantly longer battery life: 410 shots vs 320 shots
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/1600 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX100v (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • Larger: Prosumer size (122×87×93 mm) vs Compact (107×62×35 mm)
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 3,200 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
  • Significantly thicker: 3.7" vs 1.4"

common strengths of the DSC-HX100v and DSC-HX30V

  • Built-in GPS

Sony CyberShot DSC-H400

Sony CyberShot DSC-H400
1 year newer
$268

Significant advantages of the DSC-H400 (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • Much more zoom: 64.6x vs 20x
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-H400 (vs the DSC-HX30V)

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

common strengths of the DSC-H400 and DSC-HX30V

  • None found

Fujifilm FinePix S4800

Fujifilm FinePix S4800
1 year newer
$220

Significant advantages of the S4800 (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the S4800 (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 921k dots
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (122×93×100 mm) vs Compact (107×62×35 mm)

common strengths of the S4800 and DSC-HX30V

  • Light weight: 518 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 better image stabilization (lens vs sensor shift), has a slightly longer battery life (320 shots vs 255 shots) and has a built-in GPS.

However, on average it doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 1,200 fps), takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 17.9 MP), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Olympus PEN E-PL2

Olympus PEN E-PL2
1 year older
$459 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-PL2 (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Supports an external flash
  • Significantly longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 30 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the E-PL2 (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 921k dots
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the E-PL2 and DSC-HX30V

  • Fairly small: Mid size (115×73×42 mm) vs Compact (107×62×35 mm)
  • Light weight: 362 g vs 254 g
  • Thin: 1.7" vs 1.4"

Nikon 1 J3

Nikon 1 J3
10 months newer
$500 10-30mm lens

Significant advantages of the J3 (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • Records high-speed movies: 1,200 fps vs None
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the J3 (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the J3 and DSC-HX30V

  • Fairly small: Compact (101×61×29 mm) vs Compact (107×62×35 mm)
  • Light weight: 224 g vs 254 g
  • Thin: 1.1" vs 1.4"

Canon EOS M10

Canon EOS M10
3 years newer
$439 15-45mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS M10 (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the EOS M10 (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the EOS M10 and DSC-HX30V

  • Fairly small: Mid size (108×67×35 mm) vs Compact (107×62×35 mm)
  • Light weight: 301 g vs 254 g
  • Thin: 1.4" vs 1.4"

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSC-HX30V compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs none), has a much larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), has a much higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 230k dots), has better image stabilization (lens vs none) and shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 2.5 fps).

However, on average it takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 12.2 MP), has a much smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.7mm), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs pentamirror), has a slightly shorter battery life (320 shots vs 700 shots) and users slower contrast detection autofocus (contrast detection vs phase detection).

Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

Sony Alpha DSLR-A230
2 years older

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A230 (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Has more storage slots: 2 vs 1

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A230 (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 921k dots
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the DSLR-A230 and DSC-HX30V

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (128×97×68 mm) vs Compact (107×62×35 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.7" vs 1.4"
  • Light weight: 490 g vs 254 g

Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3
1 year older
$634 (body only)
$487 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T3 (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the T3 (vs the DSC-HX30V)

  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 921k dots
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the T3 and DSC-HX30V

  • Light weight: 459 g vs 254 g

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSC-HX30V compared to compact competitors include: it has significantly more zoom (20x vs 3.6x), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 848 x 480 @ 30fps), has a significantly wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 28 mm), has a much larger screen (3" vs 2.5") and has a significantly higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 207k dots).

However, on average it is much larger (compact (107×62×35 mm) vs super compact (95×52×22 mm)), is thicker (1.4" vs 0.9"), is significantly heavier (254 g vs 162 g), has a slower max shutter speed (1/1600 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second) and much shorter exposures (30 seconds vs 60 seconds).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX30

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX30
5 years older
$356

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

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

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

  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • Lower resolution movies: 848 x 480 @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Significantly less zoom: 3.6x vs 20x

common strengths of the DMC-FX30 and DSC-HX30V

  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 30 seconds