We posted about the DSLR-like Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V earlier this week from Sony. As you know, that camera is a super zoom camera capable of 30x optical zoom. That’s pretty amazing for a camera of that size. It’s by no mean’s small however. With that said, Sony is also releasing the similarly spec’d Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V to the market which is much smaller, but only features 20x optical zoom. This doesn’t mean the DSC-HX30V is any less of a camera though. In fact, the DSC-HX30V has one trick up it’s sleeve that the larger DSC-HV200V doesn’t have – WiFi.

Again, if you check out all the features below, almost all the features are exactly the same as the DSC-HX200V except for the 20x optical zoom lens and there is no electronic viewfinder. This is mainly due to the smaller size of the DSC-HX30V. Other than that, you get the same 18mp Exmor R sensor, 3.0-inch Xtra Fine view screen, HD video capabilites, and GPS geo-tagging. What you will get extra is the ability to transfer your photos wirelessly to compatible devices via its built in WiFi chip.

Again, you’ll get NEX-5N like features at a fraction of the cost. This is a really great option for those who don’t want the bulk, but still want a great shooting camera with plenty of professional features. With that said, I’m really impressed with what Sony is releasing this year with their camera lineup.


  • 18 MP “Exmor R” CMOS sensor
  • 24mm equivalent Gâ„¢ lens with 20x optical zoom, 40x virtual zoom via “Clear Image Zoom” technology
  • “Extra High Sensitivity” technology enhances low-light shooting capabilities
  • Lightning-fast AF speed of approximately 0.1 second in daylight, 0.2 seconds in low-light
  • 3.0-inch (8.3cm) Xtra Fineâ„¢ 921k dot LCD screen
  • Wi-Fi enabled for transferring content to compatible smartphone, PC, tablet, television or other devices
  • Captures 13.5 MP still images while shooting video via “Dual-Record”
  • Full HD Movie Shooting capability (1920×1080/60p) and three-way Optical image stabilization with “Active Mode”
  • Photo Creativity interface and 9 “Picture Effect” options for creating unique, custom-styled photos and video
  • GPS geo-tagging functionality

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V will be available this May in black for approximately $420. It will be available in several different color choices.

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