Sony DSC-HX30V/B – renew your passion for photography
New Sony HX30V is improvement on HX9V I received the new Sony DSC-HX30V/B yesterday from Amazon. Like the Wifi module built into the camera. Tested sending pictures to my Galaxy Nexus and it worked great! I had the HX9V. The HX30V/B is faster and more responsive. New picture effects are ok, not great. Video looks amazing; better than the HX9V. Very disappointed that it did not include the wireless battery charger. As I write this post, it is still listed in the specs on Amazon’s website. Deal breaker? no. But do not like being mislead either. Is it worth the extra $20 (compared to HX20V) for the Wifi? Yes.Likes:- Movie button is easier to start (compared to HX9V) and not lag- When reviewing pictures, very responsive and populates the pictures quickly- Wifi built in with WiFi sharing (camera to phone, camera to tv, camera to computer)- Tog wheel is easier to turn (compared to HX9V)- Display screen is beautiful and crisp.- Improved focus speed and 20x optical magnification- GPS (works great with Google Earth/maps)- Video, for a point and shoot camera, is awesome! Looks great on HDTV.- Stereo microphones seem improved over HX9VNot a fan of:- misleading advertising concerning “Wireless battery charging is available with the included multi-station dock”- added picture effects could be better. You can alter them on the computer for the same effect. Would like to see miniature mode for making movies.Great camera! Lots of features! Amazing picture quality in image and movie mode. If you need a new camera, buy this camera. If you want to save a few bucks, get the Sony HX20V. Same camera without the Wifi.Peace and much love,Rob Blackthorn
Nice Upgrade from the HX9V I loved my DSC-HX9v so much that its still in the family, just couldn’t bring it to my heart to sell such a great camera; and believe it or not the DSC-HX30v is better!- First thing I liked about the 30v vs the 9v is the buttons on the 30v are bigger and easier to use (dummy proofing of the camera).- I haven’t tested the video out enough (review shall be updated accordingly) but it does look nice! and I believe the steady shot is a bit smoother. There is no lag when pressing the record button like the 9v. You can now also take 13 megapixel pictures while recording video without interrupting the recording (This doesn’t seem to work with 60P but only 60i).- Macro (Haven’t played with enough, but this camera has better macro specs then the 9v).- Pictures are great (I’m no pro) but I have always loved how these cameras have the ability to take quick smooth shots (especially in superior+ mode).- 20x optical is amazing, there is also the “clear image zoom” feature which provides further zoom as well as a digital zoom (I Personally have both non-optical zooms turned off).- Panoramas: everyone loves my panorama shots, they are further amazed when they realize its my little point and shoot that made it all happen.- Wifi: I have used the Wifi feature to share photos on my Android Photon 4g as well as my PC (Keep in mind you have to install the Sony Play Memory software on the device you are connecting to).- I was disappointed that there was no charging dock like advertised (I saw a review here that mentioned that but received a bunch of negative comments, I think its a legit gripe because I was disappointed when I opened my brand new camera box and found no dock).- Micro USB connection!!!! This camera was switched to a micro-usb wire for charging and sharing pictures which means I can now use the same micro-usb wire to charge my phone, mouse, headset and camera.- I also like the look of the 30v, it does not have that metal ring around the lens portion like the 9v so it looks much stealthier.- Battery feels like it lasts just about the same as my 9v.- GPS actually functions, my 9v’s GPS just couldn’t get it going on my trip to Hawaii. This GPS connects quicker.- Flash: what I like about the flash with the 30v is that it comes up flashes and goes back down instantly unlike the 9v which had the flash pop up and stay lingering for a while. (Low light performance is so good that using the flash usually makes the pics worse I noticed)The Camera itself just feels like its more responsive and quicker to the punch then the the 9v.