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Sony HX30V vs Sony HX9V

Portability
90
Imaging
42
Features
50
Overall
45
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V front
Portability
91
Imaging
39
Features
46
Overall
41

Sony HX30V vs Sony HX9V Key Specs

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
  • Revealed February 2012
  • Succeeded the Sony HX20V
  • Later Model is Sony HX50V
Sony HX9V
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-384mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 245g - 105 x 59 x 34mm
  • Announced July 2011
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Sony HX30V vs Sony HX9V Overview

Lets take a deeper look at the Sony HX30V vs Sony HX9V, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras and they are both offered by Sony. The sensor resolution of the HX30V (18MP) and the HX9V (16MP) is pretty well matched and they enjoy the same exact sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The HX30V was brought out 8 months after the HX9V which means that they are of a similar generation. Both the cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before delving in to a full comparison, below is a simple highlight of how the HX30V scores against the HX9V when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Sony HX30V over the Sony HX9V

 HX30V HX9V 
AnnouncedFebruary 2012July 2011Newer by 8 months
Screen resolution922k921kClearer screen (+1k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony HX9V over the Sony HX30V

 HX9V HX30V 

Common features in the Sony HX30V and Sony HX9V

 HX30V HX9V 
Manually focus Very accurate focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen sizing
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Lacking Touch friendly screen

Sony HX30V vs Sony HX9V Physical Comparison

In case you're intending to travel with your camera often, you'll need to factor its weight and volume. The Sony HX30V features physical dimensions of 107mm x 62mm x 35mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.4") and a weight of 254 grams (0.56 lbs) and the Sony HX9V has sizing of 105mm x 59mm x 34mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3") along with a weight of 245 grams (0.54 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you are utilising at the time. Underneath is the front view over all size comparison of the HX30V vs the HX9V.

Sony HX30V vs Sony HX9V size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability grade of the HX30V and HX9V is 90 and 91 respectively.

Sony HX30V vs Sony HX9V top view buttons comparison

Sony HX30V vs Sony HX9V Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it's tough to see the difference between sensor dimensions just by looking at specs. The pic here should give you a stronger sense of the sensor dimensions in the HX30V and HX9V.

As you can plainly see, both of these cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing albeit not the same resolution. You should expect the Sony HX30V to give greater detail having its extra 2MP. Higher resolution will also make it easier to crop photographs a little more aggressively. The younger HX30V is going to have a benefit with regard to sensor tech.

Sony HX30V vs Sony HX9V sensor size comparison

Sony HX30V vs Sony HX9V Screen and ViewFinder

Sony HX30V vs Sony HX9V Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony HX30V Portrait photography information
Sony HX9V Portrait photography information
45
you can focus manually
good megapixels (18 megapixels)
provides face detection focusing
can't use external flash
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
39
has manual focus
good MP (16MP)
external flash not possible
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Sony HX30V Street photography details
Sony HX9V Street photography details
61
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than others in class (254 grams)
no moving screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
61
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (245 grams)
screen is fixed
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sony HX30V Sports photography advice
Sony HX9V Sports photography advice
49
amazing zoom range (25-500mm 20.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (18MP)
provides tracking autofocus
lack of shutter priority mode
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
44
great zoom range (24-384mm 16.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16 megapixels)
no shutter priority
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Sony HX30V Travel photography advice
Sony HX9V Travel photography advice
69
lighter than others in class (254g)
good megapixels (18MP)
built-in flash
decently wide (25mm)
long reach (500mm)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
does not posses selfie friendly display
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.2)
69
lighter than competition (245 grams)
good MP (16MP)
flash built-in
quite wide (24mm)
great reach (384mm)
no Time Lapse recording
does not have a selfie friendly display
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Sony HX30V
Landscape photography with Sony HX9V
50
you can focus manually
decently wide (25mm)
good sized screen (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (18MP)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.2)
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
doesn't have Timelapse mode
49
has manual focus
quite wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16MP)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
no Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony HX30V as a Vlogging camera
Sony HX9V as a Vlogging camera
34
decently wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than others in class (254 grams)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.2)
does not posses selfie friendly display
doesn't have external microphone support
33
quite wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competition (245 grams)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
does not have a selfie friendly display
no external mic socket
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Sony HX30V vs Sony HX9V Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony HX30V and Sony HX9V
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30VSony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V
General Information
Manufacturer Sony Sony
Model type Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2012-02-28 2011-07-19
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by BIONZ BIONZ
Sensor type BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 18MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4896 x 3672 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 12800 3200
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-500mm (20.0x) 24-384mm (16.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.2-5.8 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focusing range 1cm -
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3" 3"
Display resolution 922k dots 921k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Display technology XtraFine TruBlack TFT LCD XtraFine LCD display with TruBlack technology
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Min shutter speed 30s 30s
Max shutter speed 1/1600s 1/1600s
Continuous shutter rate 10.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 7.10 m 4.00 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30fps), 640 x 480 (30fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In 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 proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 254 grams (0.56 pounds) 245 grams (0.54 pounds)
Dimensions 107 x 62 x 35mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.4") 105 x 59 x 34mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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 type Battery Pack -
Battery ID NP-BG1 NP-BG1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Card slots Single Single
Cost at release $420 $328