Updated 21 Nov 2016

Sony

Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

Snapshot: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30 compact camera has a touchscreen, is water resistant and can shoot Full-HD video. But how’s the image quality?

Cyber-shot DSC-TX30
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$550

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Test results

Overall score
56
Image quality
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Screen
?/10
Video quality
?/10
Flash
?/10

Good points

  • OK image quality.
  • OK screen.
  • OK video quality.
  • OK flash.
  • Has a high-resolution monitor.
  • Can shoot Full-HD video.
  • Is water resistant.

But

  • Just OK ease of use.
  • Has uses fiddly micro-sd memory cards and no flash.

How we test

Our test was a joint international consumer test, conducted by a laboratory in Europe.

Overall score includes:

Image quality (50%): Unless otherwise stated the cameras are set to full automatic function – including exposure, white balance and focus – with maximum resolution and image quality setting in JPEG.
Ease of use (30%): An evaluation of the manual, viewfinder, monitor, data transfer, shutter delay, inserting/removing memory, changing settings, controls and batteries.
Screen (10%): A rating of image quality of the screen, and the difference between the height and width displayed and what is recorded on the final image.
Video quality (10%): A rating of the quality of short video clips.
Flash (0%): A rating of the strength and evenness of the flash lighting at different distances. Does not add to overall score.

Price is based on a survey of online retailers.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$550
Type
Compact

Specifications

Battery type
Lithium-ion
Megapixels (MP)
18
Sensor
1/2.3" CMOS
Memory card
Micro-SD
ISO range
80 - 12800
Optical zoom
5
Aperture range
3.5 - 4.8
Zoom range
27 - 131
Shutter range
1/1600 - 4
Dimensions (cm)
96 x 16 x 61
Weight (g)
143
Depth (mm)
16

Features

Water resistant
Yes
Raw support
No
GPS tagging
No
PASM modes
No
Manual focus option
No

Monitor

Monitor size (inches)
3.3
Monitor pixels
1,229,760
Touchscreen
Articulated monitor
×

Viewfinder

Viewfinder type
-
Viewfinder pixels
-

Video

Resolution
1920 x 1080
Microphone input
×

Flash

Flash type
None
Connection for external flash
×

More info

Notes
-