• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 18.2 megapixels
  • 5.0x zoom 26mm - 130mm (35mm equiv.)
  • $249 Average Retail $350 MSRP
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • 7.0x zoom 26mm - 182mm (35mm equiv.)
  • $63 Average Retail $140 MSRP

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Advantages

Sony TX30 over Nikon S3500

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Love or hate them, they can be useful
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • High-res screen
    1229k vs 230k dots
    Better screen fidelity makes you a better photographer
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Higher boost ISO
    12800 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher boost ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Nikon S3500 over Sony TX30

  • Lens zoom ratio
    7.0x vs 5.0x
    Zooming is easier than walking

Review Excerpt

  • Good image and video quality for a compact waterproof camera; Stylish, pocketable design; Improved ruggedness; Speedy performance including 10 fps continuous shooting at full resolution.

  • Touchscreen unusable and unviewable while submerged; Slim, slick design makes it unwieldy to hold (and difficult to hang onto!) underwater; Poor battery life.

The Competition

Compared to Sony WX80

Sony TX30
Sony WX80
  • $249
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Manual focus
  • $151
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Wi-Fi
Nikon S3500
Sony WX80
  • $63
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More pixels
  • $151
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Wi-Fi

Compared to Panasonic TS25

Sony TX30
Panasonic TS25
  • $249
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • $164
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Longer shutter
Nikon S3500
Panasonic TS25
  • $63
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • More pixels
  • $164
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Higher boost ISO
  • Longer shutter

Compared to Nikon S5200

Sony TX30
Nikon S5200
  • $249
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Touchscreen
  • $130
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Wi-Fi
Nikon S3500
Nikon S5200
  • $63
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • More pixels
  • $130
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Wi-Fi
  • 1080p

Compared to Fujifilm JX680

Sony TX30
Fujifilm JX680
  • $249
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Touchscreen
  • $93
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer shutter
Nikon S3500
Fujifilm JX680
  • $63
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • More pixels
  • $93
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer shutter

Compared to Sony W830

Sony TX30
Sony W830
  • $249
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Manual focus
  • $118
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
Nikon S3500
Sony W830
  • $63
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer shutter
  • $118
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
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