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Sony TX30 vs Sony ZV-1

Portability
96
Imaging
43
Features
43
Overall
43
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30 front
 
Sony ZV-1 front
Portability
88
Imaging
55
Features
86
Overall
67

Sony TX30 vs Sony ZV-1 Key Specs

Sony TX30
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 26-130mm (F3.5-4.8) lens
  • 141g - 96 x 59 x 15mm
  • Launched July 2013
Sony ZV-1
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Raise to 25600)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-70mm (F1.8-2.8) lens
  • 294g - 105 x 60 x 44mm
  • Introduced May 2020
  • New Model is Sony ZV-1 II
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Sony TX30 vs Sony ZV-1 Overview

Lets look a little more in depth at the Sony TX30 and Sony ZV-1, one is a Ultracompact and the other is a Large Sensor Compact and both are created by Sony. The image resolution of the TX30 (18MP) and the ZV-1 (20MP) is very comparable but the TX30 (1/2.3") and ZV-1 (1") have totally different sensor measurements.

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The TX30 was brought out 7 years earlier than the ZV-1 which is a fairly serious gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Both cameras feature different body design with the Sony TX30 being a Ultracompact camera and the Sony ZV-1 being a Large Sensor Compact camera.

Before delving straight to a full comparison, here is a brief summation of how the TX30 grades vs the ZV-1 for portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Sony TX30 over the Sony ZV-1

 TX30 ZV-1 
Display size3.3"3"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution1229k922kCrisper display (+307k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony ZV-1 over the Sony TX30

 ZV-1 TX30 
IntroducedMay 2020July 2013Newer by 83 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Selfie screen Take selfies

Common features in the Sony TX30 and Sony ZV-1

 TX30 ZV-1 
Focus manually Dial exact focusing
Touch display Easily navigate

Sony TX30 vs Sony ZV-1 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is going to travel with your camera frequently, you'll have to think about its weight and dimensions. The Sony TX30 provides outside measurements of 96mm x 59mm x 15mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.6") and a weight of 141 grams (0.31 lbs) while the Sony ZV-1 has dimensions of 105mm x 60mm x 44mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.7") with a weight of 294 grams (0.65 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you have at the time. The following is a front view dimension comparison of the TX30 against the ZV-1.

Sony TX30 vs Sony ZV-1 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the TX30 and ZV-1 is 96 and 88 respectively.

Sony TX30 vs Sony ZV-1 top view buttons comparison

Sony TX30 vs Sony ZV-1 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it can be difficult to see the difference in sensor dimensions just by going through technical specs. The image underneath will provide you a clearer sense of the sensor sizing in the TX30 and ZV-1.

As you can tell, both cameras feature different megapixel count and different sensor dimensions. The TX30 featuring a smaller sensor will make achieving shallower depth of field tougher and the Sony ZV-1 will show more detail having its extra 2MP. Greater resolution will also enable you to crop photos way more aggressively. The more aged TX30 will be behind with regard to sensor innovation.

Sony TX30 vs Sony ZV-1 sensor size comparison

Sony TX30 vs Sony ZV-1 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony TX30 vs Sony ZV-1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Sony TX30
Portrait photography with Sony ZV-1
39
has manual focus
decent megapixels (18MP)
lack of manual mode
can't use external flash
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
73
has manual focus
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
sensor size is good (1")
includes face detect focus
supports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Sony TX30
Street photography with Sony ZV-1
64
built in image stabilization (Optical)
environment proof
no articulating screen
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
85
screen articulates fully
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is good (1")
supports RAW files
offers touch focus
lighter than average in class (294 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Sony TX30 Sports photography info
Sony ZV-1 Sports photography info
46
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (18 megapixels)
environment proof
no shutter priority
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
71
quiet shutter (1/32,000 seconds)
max frames per second high (24.0 frames per second)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (20MP)
sensor size is good (1")
includes tracking focus
sensor has phase detect auto focus
not so great battery pack (260 per charge)
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Travel Comparison

Sony TX30 Travel photography advice
Sony ZV-1 Travel photography advice
69
environment proof
decent megapixels (18MP)
flash built-in
really wide (26mm)
no Timelapse function
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
slow max aperture (f3.5)
81
lighter than average in class (294 grams)
connects via bluetooth
offers touch focus
megapixel count good (20MP)
screen is selfie friendly
quite wide (24mm)
great max aperture (f1.8)
not so great battery pack (260 per charge)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Sony TX30
Landscape photography with Sony ZV-1
51
has manual focus
really wide (26mm)
screen size is decent (3.3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (18MP)
environment proof
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
lack of manual mode
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
no Timelapse function
70
has manual focus
quite wide (24mm)
great max aperture (f1.8)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (20MP)
sensor size is good (1")
supports RAW files
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
not so great battery pack (260 shots)
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony TX30 Vlogging details
Sony ZV-1 Vlogging details
34
really wide (26mm)
touchscreen enabled
built in image stabilization (Optical)
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
no external microphone support
86
quite wide (24mm)
great max aperture (f1.8)
screen is selfie friendly
touchscreen enabled
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect focus
video res high (3840 x 2160 pxls)
includes mic support
lighter than average in class (294g)
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Sony TX30 vs Sony ZV-1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony TX30 and Sony ZV-1
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30Sony ZV-1
General Information
Company Sony Sony
Model Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30 Sony ZV-1
Category Ultracompact Large Sensor Compact
Launched 2013-07-26 2020-05-27
Physical type Ultracompact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - Bionz X
Sensor type BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1"
Sensor dimensions 6.16 x 4.62mm 13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor surface area 28.5mm² 116.2mm²
Sensor resolution 18 megapixels 20 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio - 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4896 x 3672 5472 x 3648
Maximum native ISO 12800 12800
Maximum enhanced ISO - 25600
Minimum native ISO 80 125
RAW images
Minimum enhanced ISO - 80
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points - 315
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 26-130mm (5.0x) 24-70mm (2.9x)
Largest aperture f/3.5-4.8 f/1.8-2.8
Macro focus range - 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 2.7
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Display size 3.3" 3"
Display resolution 1,229 thousand dots 922 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display technology OLED monitor -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Min shutter speed 4 secs 30 secs
Max shutter speed 1/1600 secs 1/2000 secs
Max quiet shutter speed - 1/32000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 10.0fps 24.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range - no built-in flash
Flash settings - Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Rear Sync, Flash Off
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 50 fps) 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 60 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 60 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 60 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 120p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 120p / 60 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 100p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 100p / 60 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 28 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 28 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital1920 x 1080 @ 60i / 24 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital1920 x 1080 @ 60i / 17 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 28 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 3840x2160
Video file format - MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Mic 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 None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 141 gr (0.31 lb) 294 gr (0.65 lb)
Physical dimensions 96 x 59 x 15mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.6") 105 x 60 x 44mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life - 260 images
Type of battery - Battery Pack
Self timer - Yes
Time lapse recording
Type of storage - SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Card slots One One
Cost at release $230 $750