Samsung HZ30W vs Sony A68

Samsung HZ30W front
Sony SLT-A68 front

Samsung HZ30W vs Sony A68 Key Specs

Samsung HZ30W
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-360mm (F3.2-5.8) lens
  • 245g - 107 x 61 x 28mm
  • Revealed January 2010
  • Alternative Name is WB600
Sony A68
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.7" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 610g - 143 x 104 x 81mm
  • Released November 2015
  • Older Model is Sony A65
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Samsung HZ30W vs Sony A68 Overview

Below, we are matching up the Samsung HZ30W vs Sony A68, former being a Small Sensor Superzoom while the other is a Entry-Level DSLR by companies Samsung and Sony. There is a substantial difference between the image resolutions of the HZ30W (12MP) and A68 (24MP) and the HZ30W (1/2.3") and A68 (APS-C) possess totally different sensor measurements.

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The HZ30W was introduced 6 years before the A68 and that is quite a big difference as far as tech is concerned. Both of these cameras come with different body type with the Samsung HZ30W being a Compact camera and the Sony A68 being a Compact SLR camera.

Before delving through a more detailed comparison, below is a short synopsis of how the HZ30W matches up vs the A68 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Samsung HZ30W over the Sony A68

 HZ30W A68 
Display dimension3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")

Reasons to pick Sony A68 over the Samsung HZ30W

 A68 HZ30W 
ReleasedNovember 2015January 2010Fresher by 70 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution461k230kClearer display (+231k dot)

Common features in the Samsung HZ30W and Sony A68

 HZ30W A68 
Focus manually Very accurate focus
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch display Lack of Touch display

Samsung HZ30W vs Sony A68 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is aiming to carry your camera often, you will need to factor its weight and dimensions. The Samsung HZ30W features outside dimensions of 107mm x 61mm x 28mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.1") and a weight of 245 grams (0.54 lbs) and the Sony A68 has dimensions of 143mm x 104mm x 81mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.2") and a weight of 610 grams (1.34 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you have chosen at that time. Below is the front view measurements comparison of the HZ30W compared to the A68.

Samsung HZ30W vs Sony A68 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability grade of the HZ30W and A68 is 91 and 64 respectively.

Samsung HZ30W vs Sony A68 top view buttons comparison

Samsung HZ30W vs Sony A68 Sensor Comparison

Often, it is difficult to see the contrast between sensor sizing only by reading specifications. The visual underneath will provide you a more clear sense of the sensor sizes in the HZ30W and A68.

To sum up, both the cameras have got different megapixels and different sensor sizing. The HZ30W having a tinier sensor will make achieving shallower DOF trickier and the Sony A68 will deliver greater detail using its extra 12MP. Greater resolution will let you crop pics much more aggressively. The older HZ30W is going to be behind in sensor technology.

Samsung HZ30W vs Sony A68 sensor size comparison

Samsung HZ30W vs Sony A68 Screen and ViewFinder

Samsung HZ30W vs Sony A68 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Samsung HZ30W
Portrait photography with Sony A68
has manual focus
cannot use external flash
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
focusing manually
good resolution (24MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
features face detect focus
supports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Samsung HZ30W as a Street photography camera
Sony A68 as a Street photography camera
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than others in class (245g)
screen is fixed
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
has a tilting screen
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
above average ISO range (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Samsung HZ30W
Sports photography with Sony A68
amazing zoom range (24-360mm 15.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes tracking autofocus
megapixel count low (12MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good resolution (24 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
features tracking focus
comes with phase detect auto focus
low battery pack (510 CIPA)
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Travel Comparison

Samsung HZ30W Travel photography highlights
Sony A68 Travel photography highlights
lighter than others in class (245 grams)
built-in flash
rather wide (24mm)
long zoom (360mm)
lack of Time Lapse mode
megapixel count low (12MP)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
good resolution (24 megapixels)
flash built-in
missing Time Lapse function
low battery pack (510 per charge)
does not offer selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Samsung HZ30W
Landscape photography with Sony A68
has manual focus
rather wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
lack of Time Lapse mode
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good resolution (24MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
above average ISO range (25,600)
supports RAW files
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inch)
low battery pack (510 per charge)
missing Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Samsung HZ30W
Vlogging with Sony A68
rather wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than others in class (245 grams)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
video quality not great (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of external mic socket
image stabilization (Sensor based)
features face detect focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does have mic socket
does not offer selfie friendly display
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Samsung HZ30W vs Sony A68 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Samsung HZ30W and Sony A68
 Samsung HZ30WSony SLT-A68
General Information
Manufacturer Samsung Sony
Model Samsung HZ30W Sony SLT-A68
Also called WB600 -
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Entry-Level DSLR
Revealed 2010-01-19 2015-11-06
Physical type Compact Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - Bionz X
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 24 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 4000 x 3000 6000 x 4000
Max native ISO 3200 25600
Lowest native ISO 80 100
RAW files
Manual focus
Touch focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points - 79
Cross focus points - 15
Lens mounting type fixed lens Sony/Minolta Alpha
Lens focal range 24-360mm (15.0x) -
Highest aperture f/3.2-5.8 -
Macro focus distance 3cm -
Total lenses - 143
Crop factor 5.8 1.5
Type of display Fixed Type Tilting
Display size 3 inches 2.7 inches
Resolution of display 230k dots 461k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 1,440k dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.57x
Min shutter speed 16 secs 30 secs
Max shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter rate - 8.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 5.00 m 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync Flash off, Auto, Fill-flash, Slow sync, Red-eye reduction, Rear sync, Wireless, High Speed sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash synchronize - 1/160 secs
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (60, 30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60i, 30p, 24p), 1440 x 1080, 640 x 480
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video file format H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Mic port
Headphone port
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 245 gr (0.54 lbs) 610 gr (1.34 lbs)
Dimensions 107 x 61 x 28mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.1") 143 x 104 x 81mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.2")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested 79
DXO Color Depth score not tested 24.1
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 13.5
DXO Low light score not tested 701
Battery life - 510 pictures
Form of battery - Battery Pack
Battery model SLB-11A NP-FM500H
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double, Motion) Yes (Yes (2 or 12 sec))
Time lapse feature
Storage type SC/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo
Card slots One One
Retail price $280 $581