• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 18.2 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 500.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2 inch 30.7mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 500.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Sony HX30V advantages over Fujifilm F850EXR

  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 320 vs 250 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 8 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 9.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    10 vs 5 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Fujifilm F850EXR advantages over Sony HX30V

  • Less expensive
    $300 vs $420 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • 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
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Solid build; Fast autofocus; Excellent zoom range and functionality; Built-in Wi-Fi and GPS; Useful creative effects modes.

  • Image quality not as good as predecessor; No electronic viewfinder; Confusing menu system and user manual.

The Competition

Compared to Fujifilm F750EXR

Sony HX30V
Fujifilm F750EXR
  • $477
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $287
  • 1/2 inch
  • Less expensive
Fujifilm F850EXR
Fujifilm F750EXR
  • $280
  • 1/2 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More dots on screen
  • $287
  • 1/2 inch
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Sony HX10V

Sony HX30V
Sony HX10V
  • $477
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $375
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
Fujifilm F850EXR
Sony HX10V
  • $280
  • 1/2 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $375
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Longer exposure

Compared to Sony HX20V

Sony HX30V
Sony HX20V
  • $477
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $326
  • 1/2.3 inch
Fujifilm F850EXR
Sony HX20V
  • $280
  • 1/2 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $326
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in GPS
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Fujifilm F900EXR

Sony HX30V
Fujifilm F900EXR
  • $477
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in GPS
  • $269
  • 1/2 inch
  • RAW file ability
  • Faster JPEG shooting
Fujifilm F850EXR
Fujifilm F900EXR
  • $280
  • 1/2 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More dots on screen
  • $269
  • 1/2 inch
  • RAW file ability
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

Compared to Panasonic ZS35

Sony HX30V
Panasonic ZS35
  • $477
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in GPS
  • Manual focus
  • $338
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
Fujifilm F850EXR
Panasonic ZS35
  • $280
  • 1/2 inch
  • More dots on screen
  • Shoots 60p video
  • $338
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
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