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Sony QX30 vs Sony W710

Portability
91
Imaging
45
Features
37
Overall
41
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX30 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710 front
Portability
96
Imaging
40
Features
33
Overall
37

Sony QX30 vs Sony W710 Key Specs

Sony QX30
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • " Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.5-6.3) lens
  • 193g - 68 x 65 x 58mm
  • Announced September 2014
Sony W710
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.2-6.5) lens
  • 114g - 97 x 55 x 20mm
  • Released January 2013
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Sony QX30 vs Sony W710 Overview

In this write-up, we will be matching up the Sony QX30 vs Sony W710, one being a Lens-style and the latter is a Small Sensor Compact and both of them are manufactured by Sony. There is a huge difference between the sensor resolutions of the QX30 (20MP) and W710 (16MP) but they feature the same exact sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The QX30 was revealed 21 months later than the W710 which makes the cameras a generation apart from each other. Both of the cameras offer different body type with the Sony QX30 being a Lens-style camera and the Sony W710 being a Compact camera.

Before delving through a step-by-step comparison, below is a short summation of how the QX30 grades versus the W710 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Sony QX30 over the Sony W710

 QX30 W710 
ReleasedSeptember 2014January 2013Fresher by 21 months

Reasons to pick Sony W710 over the Sony QX30

 W710 QX30 
Screen sizing2.7""Bigger screen (+2.7")
Screen resolution230k0kClearer screen (+230k dot)

Common features in the Sony QX30 and Sony W710

 QX30 W710 
Manually focus No manual focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Sony QX30 vs Sony W710 Physical Comparison

In case you're planning to carry your camera often, you're going to have to think about its weight and volume. The Sony QX30 has outside measurements of 68mm x 65mm x 58mm (2.7" x 2.6" x 2.3") having a weight of 193 grams (0.43 lbs) whilst the Sony W710 has sizing of 97mm x 55mm x 20mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.8") along with a weight of 114 grams (0.25 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you select at that moment. Below is the front view dimensions comparison of the QX30 versus the W710.

Sony QX30 vs Sony W710 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability score of the QX30 and W710 is 91 and 96 respectively.

Sony QX30 vs Sony W710 top view buttons comparison

Sony QX30 vs Sony W710 Sensor Comparison

Often, it is tough to visualise the contrast between sensor sizing purely by reading a spec sheet. The visual below may give you a far better sense of the sensor measurements in the QX30 and W710.

Clearly, the 2 cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing albeit not the same MP. You should count on the Sony QX30 to offer extra detail because of its extra 4MP. Higher resolution can also allow you to crop pictures far more aggressively. The younger QX30 will have an advantage with regard to sensor tech.

Sony QX30 vs Sony W710 sensor size comparison

Sony QX30 vs Sony W710 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony QX30 vs Sony W710 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony QX30 Portrait photography info
Sony W710 Portrait photography info
38
MP count decent (20 megapixels)
includes face detection focusing
no manual focus
no manual control
no external flash support
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
35
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
comes with face detection focusing
manual focus not available
no manual exposure
external flash not possible
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Sony QX30 as a Street photography camera
Sony W710 as a Street photography camera
62
has image stabilization (Optical)
offers touch focus
fixed screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
67
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides touch focus
lighter than competitors (114 grams)
fixed screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sony QX30 Sports photography details
Sony W710 Sports photography details
47
amazing zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (20 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
terrible battery life (200 shots)
lacks phase detect AF
41
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
comes with tracking autofocus
slow fps (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Sony QX30 Travel photography information
Sony W710 Travel photography information
65
offers touch focus
MP count decent (20MP)
rather wide (24mm)
very long reach (720mm)
lack of Time Lapse mode
terrible battery life (200 shots)
screen is not selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.5)
71
lighter than competitors (114g)
provides touch focus
megapixel count good (16MP)
built-in flash
quite wide (28mm)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
does not have selfie friendly display
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony QX30 Landscape photography info
Sony W710 Landscape photography info
39
rather wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (20MP)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
tiny screen ( inch)
no manual control
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
terrible battery life (200 shots)
lack of Time Lapse mode
39
quite wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
manual focus not available
can't switch lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
screen is small (2.7")
no manual exposure
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
doesn't have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Sony QX30
Vlogging with Sony W710
35
rather wide (24mm)
touch screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
screen is not selfie friendly
lack of external mic support
34
quite wide (28mm)
screen is touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection focusing
lighter than competitors (114g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
does not have selfie friendly display
video res low (1280 x 720 resolution)
doesn't have external microphone jack
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Sony QX30 vs Sony W710 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony QX30 and Sony W710
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX30Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710
General Information
Manufacturer Sony Sony
Model type Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX30 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710
Class Lens-style Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2014-09-03 2013-01-08
Body design Lens-style Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Bionz X -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
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 20MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution 5184 x 3888 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 3200 3200
Minimum native ISO 80 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-720mm (30.0x) 28-140mm (5.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.5-6.3 f/3.2-6.5
Macro focusing distance - 10cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal - 2.7"
Display resolution 0k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display tech - TFT LCD display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 4 seconds 2 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/1600 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 10.0 frames/s 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance no built-in flash 2.80 m
Flash settings None Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync, Advanced Flash
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video file format MPEG-4 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 193 gr (0.43 pounds) 114 gr (0.25 pounds)
Dimensions 68 x 65 x 58mm (2.7" x 2.6" x 2.3") 97 x 55 x 20mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.8")
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 200 photographs 240 photographs
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NP-BN, NP-BN
Self timer Yes (2, 10 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse recording
Storage media microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC, Memory Stick Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots Single Single
Cost at release $348 $90