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Canon D30 vs Sony HX7V

Portability
91
Imaging
37
Features
38
Overall
37
Canon PowerShot D30 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7V front
Portability
92
Imaging
39
Features
37
Overall
38

Canon D30 vs Sony HX7V Key Specs

Canon D30
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.9-4.8) lens
  • 218g - 109 x 68 x 28mm
  • Launched February 2014
Sony HX7V
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.5-5.5) lens
  • 208g - 102 x 58 x 29mm
  • Announced July 2011
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Canon D30 vs Sony HX7V Overview

Following is a comprehensive overview of the Canon D30 vs Sony HX7V, former is a Waterproof while the other is a Small Sensor Compact by companies Canon and Sony. There is a considerable difference among the resolutions of the D30 (12MP) and HX7V (16MP) but they enjoy the same exact sensor size (1/2.3").

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The D30 was launched 2 years after the HX7V which is a fairly large difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of the cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before delving straight into a more detailed comparison, below is a brief overview of how the D30 scores vs the HX7V in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Canon D30 over the Sony HX7V

 D30 HX7V 
AnnouncedFebruary 2014July 2011More modern by 32 months
Manual focus More accurate focusing

Reasons to pick Sony HX7V over the Canon D30

 HX7V D30 
Display resolution921k461kSharper display (+460k dot)

Common features in the Canon D30 and Sony HX7V

 D30 HX7V 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display size
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch friendly display Missing Touch friendly display

Canon D30 vs Sony HX7V Physical Comparison

When you are aiming to carry around your camera regularly, you are going to need to think about its weight and volume. The Canon D30 has physical dimensions of 109mm x 68mm x 28mm (4.3" x 2.7" x 1.1") accompanied by a weight of 218 grams (0.48 lbs) while the Sony HX7V has sizing of 102mm x 58mm x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1") and a weight of 208 grams (0.46 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you select at the time. Following is the front view overall size comparison of the D30 and the HX7V.

Canon D30 vs Sony HX7V size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability score of the D30 and HX7V is 91 and 92 respectively.

Canon D30 vs Sony HX7V top view buttons comparison

Canon D30 vs Sony HX7V Sensor Comparison

Usually, its difficult to visualize the difference in sensor sizes only by researching specs. The image here will give you a clearer sense of the sensor dimensions in the D30 and HX7V.

All in all, both cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing but different megapixels. You can expect to see the Sony HX7V to result in extra detail utilizing its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will let you crop images a little more aggressively. The younger D30 provides an advantage in sensor tech.

Canon D30 vs Sony HX7V sensor size comparison

Canon D30 vs Sony HX7V Screen and ViewFinder

Canon D30 vs Sony HX7V Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon D30 Portrait photography highlights
Sony HX7V Portrait photography highlights
33
manual focus
offers face detect autofocus
lack of manual exposure
external flash not possible
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
30
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
lack of manual mode
external flash not possible
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon D30 as a Street photography camera
Sony HX7V as a Street photography camera
61
image stabilization (Optical)
environment proof
no moving screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
56
built in image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Canon D30 Sports photography advice
Sony HX7V Sports photography advice
37
image stabilization (Optical)
offers tracking focus
environment proof
continuous shooting slow (2.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
MP count low (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
39
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
no shutter priority
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Canon D30
Travel photography with Sony HX7V
60
environment proof
built-in flash
quite wide (28mm)
no Time Lapse function
MP count low (12MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.9)
67
MP count decent (16MP)
has built in flash
reasonably wide (25mm)
great zoom (250mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Canon D30
Landscape photography with Sony HX7V
44
manual focus
quite wide (28mm)
pretty good screen size (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
environment proof
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.9)
lack of manual exposure
MP count low (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
no Time Lapse function
42
reasonably wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
lack of manual mode
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
lack of Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon D30 Vlogging advice
Sony HX7V Vlogging advice
33
quite wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.9)
display isn't selfie friendly
no mic port
32
reasonably wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen isn't selfie friendly
lack of microphone support
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Canon D30 vs Sony HX7V Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon D30 and Sony HX7V
 Canon PowerShot D30Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7V
General Information
Brand Name Canon Sony
Model Canon PowerShot D30 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7V
Category Waterproof Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2014-02-12 2011-07-19
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor DIGIC 4 BIONZ
Sensor type BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4000 x 3000 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 3200 3200
Minimum native ISO 100 125
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-140mm (5.0x) 25-250mm (10.0x)
Max aperture f/3.9-4.8 f/3.5-5.5
Macro focus range 1cm -
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3" 3"
Resolution of screen 461k dots 921k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Screen tech PureColor II LCD XtraFine LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Min shutter speed 15s 30s
Max shutter speed 1/1600s 1/1600s
Continuous shutter rate 2.0 frames per second 10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 3.50 m 4.80 m
Flash settings Auto, on, slow sync, off Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (24p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn BuiltIn
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 218 gr (0.48 lbs) 208 gr (0.46 lbs)
Dimensions 109 x 68 x 28mm (4.3" x 2.7" x 1.1") 102 x 58 x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 300 shots -
Battery style Battery Pack -
Battery model NB-6LH NP-BG1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, custom, face, wink) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Card slots One One
Pricing at release $329 $499