• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 224.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 18.2 megapixels
  • 26.00mm - 130.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon N advantages over Sony TX30

  • Less expensive
    $129 vs $219
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.54 vs 1.26 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Larger lens aperture
    f/3.0 vs f/3.5
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • More telephoto lens reach
    224 mm vs 130 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Longer exposure
    15 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Sony TX30 advantages over Canon N

  • Waterproof
    Yes vs No
    Take photos underwater without destroying your camera!
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 250 vs 200 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Thinner
    15 mm vs 29 mm
    Thinner
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Lighter weight
    141g vs 195g
    Lighter weight
  • More dots on screen
    1229k vs 461k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More pixels
    18.2 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 2.3 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Common Weaknesses

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Head-turning (funky, but cool) design and solid build; 8x optical zoom lens with 28-224m-equivalent reach; Built-in Wi-Fi for easy image sharing (Facebook Ready version posts directly to the social site); Full HD 1080p video at 24fps.

  • Unintuitive (almost clumsy) physical controls; Inconsistent exposure and decision-making in Auto mode; Image quality not that much better than good smartphone cameras; Poor battery life (just 200 shots); Only uses microSD cards; Weak LED flash.

  • 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 DSC-TX10

Canon N
Sony DSC-TX10
  • $129
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Touchscreen
  • $330
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Longer stills battery life
Sony TX30
Sony DSC-TX10
  • $219
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Touchscreen
  • $330
  • 1/2.3 inch

Compared to Olympus VR-340

Canon N
Olympus VR-340
  • $129
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Touchscreen
  • $150
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More pixels
  • Wider angle lens
Sony TX30
Olympus VR-340
  • $219
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Focus peaking
  • $150
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger lens aperture
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Sony TX200V

Canon N
Sony TX200V
  • $129
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Larger lens aperture
  • $363
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Manual focus
Sony TX30
Sony TX200V
  • $219
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $363
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • Shoots 60p video

Compared to Canon A4000 IS

Canon N
Canon A4000 IS
  • $129
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Touchscreen
  • $200
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lighter weight
  • More pixels
Sony TX30
Canon A4000 IS
  • $219
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Focus peaking
  • $200
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger lens aperture
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Canon 330 HS

Canon N
Canon 330 HS
  • $129
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $169
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Thinner
  • HDMI out
Sony TX30
Canon 330 HS
  • $219
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Focus peaking
  • $169
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
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