• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 18.2 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 500.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.3 megapixels
  • 23.00mm - 483.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Sony HX30V advantages over Samsung Galaxy Camera

  • Less expensive
    $420 vs $500 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Fast startup
    ~1.50 vs 3.5 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Less shutter lag
    0.11 vs 0.72 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 16 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 4.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Samsung Galaxy Camera advantages over Sony HX30V

  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Thinner
    19 mm vs 34 mm
    Thinner
  • Higher-res screen
    922k vs 307k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    20 vs 10 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in GPS
    Both provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • 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

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.

  • Powerful zoom lens; Fast processor; Huge and bright display; Modern Android operating system; Vast selection of available apps.

  • Large, heavy body; Expensive pricetag; 3G/4G data plan adds to cost; Sedate performance; Image quality doesn't compare well to other similarly sized / priced cameras.

The Competition

Compared to Samsung WB850F

Sony HX30V
Samsung WB850F
  • $477
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • HDMI out
  • $486
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Thinner
Samsung Galaxy Camera
Samsung WB850F
  • $359
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Thinner
  • $486
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Slower slow-motion

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
Samsung Galaxy Camera
Sony HX10V
  • $359
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $375
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • 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
Samsung Galaxy Camera
Sony HX20V
  • $359
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $326
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer exposure

Compared to Samsung Galaxy Camera 2

Sony HX30V
Samsung Galaxy Camera 2
  • $477
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer exposure
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Bluetooth
Samsung Galaxy Camera
Samsung Galaxy Camera 2
  • $359
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Headphone jack

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
Samsung Galaxy Camera
Panasonic ZS35
  • $359
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Larger lens aperture
  • $338
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Longer exposure
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