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Fujifilm A170 vs Sony HX30V

Portability
94
Imaging
34
Features
10
Overall
24
Fujifilm FinePix A170 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V front
Portability
90
Imaging
43
Features
50
Overall
45

Fujifilm A170 vs Sony HX30V Key Specs

Fujifilm A170
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 32-96mm (F3.1-5.6) lens
  • 140g - 93 x 60 x 27mm
  • Announced July 2009
Sony HX30V
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-500mm (F3.2-5.8) lens
  • 254g - 107 x 62 x 35mm
  • Introduced February 2012
  • Superseded the Sony HX20V
  • Renewed by Sony HX50V
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Fujifilm A170 vs Sony HX30V Overview

In this write-up, we will be analyzing the Fujifilm A170 and Sony HX30V, former is a Small Sensor Compact while the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom by manufacturers FujiFilm and Sony. There is a noticeable difference between the resolutions of the Fujifilm A170 (10MP) and HX30V (18MP) but they enjoy the same exact sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The Fujifilm A170 was announced 3 years prior to the HX30V which is quite a sizable difference as far as tech is concerned. Each of the cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before diving straight into a detailed comparison, below is a concise introduction of how the Fujifilm A170 scores versus the HX30V with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Fujifilm A170 over the Sony HX30V

 Fujifilm A170 HX30V 

Reasons to pick Sony HX30V over the Fujifilm A170

 HX30V Fujifilm A170 
IntroducedFebruary 2012July 2009More modern by 31 months
Manually focus Very accurate focus
Screen sizing3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution922k230kClearer screen (+692k dot)

Common features in the Fujifilm A170 and Sony HX30V

 Fujifilm A170 HX30V 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Lack of Touch friendly screen

Fujifilm A170 vs Sony HX30V Physical Comparison

If you're aiming to carry around your camera often, you'll have to think about its weight and size. The Fujifilm A170 comes with physical measurements of 93mm x 60mm x 27mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.1") accompanied by a weight of 140 grams (0.31 lbs) while the Sony HX30V has specifications of 107mm x 62mm x 35mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.4") and a weight of 254 grams (0.56 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you have attached during that time. Here is the front view scale comparison of the Fujifilm A170 compared to the HX30V.

Fujifilm A170 vs Sony HX30V size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability rating of the Fujifilm A170 and HX30V is 94 and 90 respectively.

Fujifilm A170 vs Sony HX30V top view buttons comparison

Fujifilm A170 vs Sony HX30V Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is very difficult to imagine the contrast between sensor sizes only by reading through a spec sheet. The image underneath might give you a greater sense of the sensor sizing in the Fujifilm A170 and HX30V.

Clearly, the two cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing albeit different resolution. You can expect the Sony HX30V to give you extra detail with its extra 8 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also let you crop shots far more aggressively. The more aged Fujifilm A170 is going to be behind in sensor tech.

Fujifilm A170 vs Sony HX30V sensor size comparison

Fujifilm A170 vs Sony HX30V Screen and ViewFinder

Fujifilm A170 vs Sony HX30V Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Fujifilm A170
Portrait photography with Sony HX30V
20
focusing manually not possible
manual exposure not available
cannot use external flash
low resolution (10MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
45
focusing manually
MP count decent (18MP)
includes face detect autofocus
cannot use external flash
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Fujifilm A170 Street photography factors
Sony HX30V Street photography factors
47
screen is fixed
no image stabilization
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
62
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average in class (254g)
screen does not articulate
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Fujifilm A170 Sports photography advice
Sony HX30V Sports photography advice
17
low maximum shutter speed (1/1,400s)
lack of shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
low resolution (10MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
50
long zoom range (25-500mm 20.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (18 megapixels)
includes tracking focus
lack of shutter priority mode
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Fujifilm A170 Travel photography features
Sony HX30V Travel photography features
51
flash built-in
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
low resolution (10MP)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
wide angle not good (32mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
69
lighter than average in class (254 grams)
MP count decent (18MP)
built-in flash
really wide (25mm)
long reach (500mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.2)
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Landscape Comparison

Fujifilm A170 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony HX30V as a Landscape photography camera
23
focusing manually not possible
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (32mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
small screen (2.7")
manual exposure not available
no image stabilization
low resolution (10MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
51
focusing manually
really wide (25mm)
decent sized screen (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (18 megapixels)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.2)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
lack of Timelapse mode
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Fujifilm A170
Vlogging with Sony HX30V
22
wide angle not good (32mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
no image stabilization
video res low (640 x 480 pxls)
doesn't have external mic socket
34
really wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect autofocus
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than average in class (254 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.2)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
lack of microphone support
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Fujifilm A170 vs Sony HX30V Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Fujifilm A170 and Sony HX30V
 Fujifilm FinePix A170Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V
General Information
Manufacturer FujiFilm Sony
Model type Fujifilm FinePix A170 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2009-07-22 2012-02-28
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor - BIONZ
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixels 18 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 3:2 4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution 3664 x 2748 4896 x 3672
Max native ISO 1600 12800
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points - 9
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 32-96mm (3.0x) 25-500mm (20.0x)
Max aperture f/3.1-5.6 f/3.2-5.8
Macro focusing range 5cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 2.7 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 230k dots 922k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen tech - XtraFine TruBlack TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 8 secs 30 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/1400 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shooting rate - 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 3.50 m 7.10 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Slow sync, Red-eye reduction, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 640x480 1920x1080
Video format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 140 grams (0.31 lbs) 254 grams (0.56 lbs)
Dimensions 93 x 60 x 27mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.1") 107 x 62 x 35mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.4")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life - 320 images
Battery style - Battery Pack
Battery ID - NP-BG1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Card slots 1 1
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