Nikon D850 vs Sony HX30V

Portability
54
Imaging
80
Features
87
Overall
82
Nikon D850 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V front
Portability
90
Imaging
43
Features
50
Overall
45

Nikon D850 vs Sony HX30V Key Specs

Nikon D850
(Full Review)
  • 46MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 64 - 25600 (Expand to 102400)
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 1015g - 146 x 124 x 79mm
  • Introduced August 2017
  • Earlier Model is Nikon D810
Sony HX30V
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • 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  • Superseded the Sony HX20V
  • Updated by Sony HX50V
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Nikon D850 vs Sony HX30V Overview

The following is a in depth comparison of the Nikon D850 vs Sony HX30V, former is a Advanced DSLR while the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom by companies Nikon and Sony. There is a considerable difference among the image resolutions of the D850 (46MP) and HX30V (18MP) and the D850 (Full frame) and HX30V (1/2.3") feature totally different sensor sizes.

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The D850 was launched 5 years after the HX30V which is a fairly large difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both the cameras offer different body type with the Nikon D850 being a Mid-size SLR camera and the Sony HX30V being a Compact camera.

Before going through a step-by-step comparison, below is a simple introduction of how the D850 matches up vs the HX30V when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Nikon D850 over the Sony HX30V

 D850 HX30V 
IntroducedAugust 2017February 2012Newer by 67 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display sizing3.2"3"Larger display (+0.2")
Display resolution2359k922kCrisper display (+1437k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Sony HX30V over the Nikon D850

 HX30V D850 

Common features in the Nikon D850 and Sony HX30V

 D850 HX30V 
Manual focus Dial precise focusing
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen

Nikon D850 vs Sony HX30V Physical Comparison

For anybody who is aiming to travel with your camera regularly, you'll have to factor its weight and measurements. The Nikon D850 has exterior dimensions of 146mm x 124mm x 79mm (5.7" x 4.9" x 3.1") having a weight of 1015 grams (2.24 lbs) whilst the Sony HX30V has proportions 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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Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you are utilizing at the time. Underneath is the front view dimensions comparison of the D850 vs the HX30V.

Nikon D850 vs Sony HX30V size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability rating of the D850 and HX30V is 54 and 90 respectively.

Nikon D850 vs Sony HX30V top view buttons comparison

Nikon D850 vs Sony HX30V Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is tough to see the contrast in sensor dimensions just by seeing specs. The picture underneath will give you a more clear sense of the sensor sizes in the D850 and HX30V.

All in all, each of the cameras enjoy different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The D850 because of its larger sensor will make shooting shallower depth of field less difficult and the Nikon D850 will show extra detail utilizing its extra 28 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also allow you to crop images far more aggressively. The fresher D850 will have an advantage with regard to sensor innovation.

Nikon D850 vs Sony HX30V sensor size comparison

Nikon D850 vs Sony HX30V Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon D850 vs Sony HX30V Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Nikon D850
Portrait photography with Sony HX30V
88
manual focus
MP count fantastic (46 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
supports face detect focusing
exports RAW files
45
focusing manually
megapixel count decent (18 megapixels)
offers face detect focus
external flash not possible
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Street Comparison

Nikon D850 as a Street photography camera
Sony HX30V as a Street photography camera
66
screen tilts
big sensor size (Full frame)
exports RAW files
offers focus via touch
environment proofing
great high ISO (25,600)
does not have image stabilization
more heavy than competition (1,015 grams)
62
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average in class (254g)
no articulating screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Nikon D850 Sports photography features
Sony HX30V Sports photography features
83
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000 seconds)
MP count fantastic (46MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
supports tracking focus
environment proofing
good battery power (1,840 shots)
sensor has phase detect AF
does not have image stabilization
50
long zoom range (25-500mm 20.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (18 megapixels)
offers tracking focus
no shutter priority
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon D850 Travel photography factors
Sony HX30V Travel photography factors
66
good battery power (1,840 CIPA)
environment proofing
supports bluetooth
offers focus via touch
MP count fantastic (46MP)
more heavy than competition (1,015 grams)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
69
lighter than average in class (254 grams)
megapixel count decent (18 megapixels)
flash built-in
pretty wide (25mm)
great reach (500mm)
lack of Time Lapse recording
does not posses selfie friendly screen
slow max aperture (f3.2)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon D850 Landscape photography details
Sony HX30V Landscape photography details
83
manual focus
swap lenses (Nikon F mount)
decent sized screen (3.2 inch)
MP count fantastic (46MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
no anti-alias filter
great high ISO (25,600)
exports RAW files
environment proofing
good battery power (1,840 shots)
2 card slots
does not have image stabilization
51
focusing manually
pretty wide (25mm)
decent sized screen (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (18MP)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.2)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
lack of Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon D850 Vlogging information
Sony HX30V Vlogging information
30
touchscreen enabled
supports face detect focusing
great video quality (3840 x 2160 resolution)
includes microphone support
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
does not have image stabilization
more heavy than competition (1,015g)
34
pretty wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect focus
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than average in class (254 grams)
slow max aperture (f3.2)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
lack of mic socket
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Nikon D850 vs Sony HX30V Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon D850 and Sony HX30V
 Nikon D850Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V
General Information
Company Nikon Sony
Model type Nikon D850 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V
Type Advanced DSLR Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced 2017-08-24 2012-02-28
Physical type Mid-size SLR Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Expeed 5 BIONZ
Sensor type BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size Full frame 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 35.9 x 23.9mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 858.0mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 46 megapixels 18 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 5:4, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Peak resolution 8256 x 5504 4896 x 3672
Highest native ISO 25600 12800
Highest enhanced ISO 102400 -
Min native ISO 64 100
RAW files
Min enhanced ISO 32 -
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points 153 9
Cross type focus points 99 -
Lens
Lens mount type Nikon F fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 25-500mm (20.0x)
Maximal aperture - f/3.2-5.8
Macro focusing range - 1cm
Available lenses 309 -
Focal length multiplier 1 5.8
Screen
Screen type Tilting Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3.2 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 2,359 thousand dots 922 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen technology - XtraFine TruBlack TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism) None
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.75x -
Features
Min shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/8000 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 7.0 frames per sec 10.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance no built-in flash 7.10 m
Flash options Front-curtain sync (normal), Rear-curtain sync, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction with slow sync, Slow sync Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Max flash synchronize 1/250 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 3840x2160 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 1015 gr (2.24 lbs) 254 gr (0.56 lbs)
Dimensions 146 x 124 x 79mm (5.7" x 4.9" x 3.1") 107 x 62 x 35mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.4")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 100 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 26.4 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 14.8 not tested
DXO Low light rating 2660 not tested
Other
Battery life 1840 pictures 320 pictures
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID EN-EL15a NP-BG1
Self timer Yes (2, 5, 10, 20 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II supported) + XQD SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Card slots 2 One
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