Sony S930

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S930 front
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.4" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 320 x 240 video
  • 38-108mm (F2.9-5.4) lens
  • 167g - 90 x 61 x 26mm
  • Introduced January 2009
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Sony S930 overview

Sony S930 is Sony's Small Sensor Compact digital camera first announced on January of 2009. It has got a 10 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a peak resolution of 3648 x 2736.

The S930 ranks at #244 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and all around #1236 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. You can try our Smart camera filter to find camera listings based on your personal factors.

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Below is a chart of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.

Sony S930 history

The Sony S930 comes with a history of related cameras. Down below, you can discover all older and latest models along with important features.

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S930 vs S2100
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-S980 front thumbnailSony S980
S930 vs S980
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S930 vs S950
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-S930 front thumbnailSony S93038-108mm

Sony S930 Pros and Cons

Here is a shortlist of pluses and minuses of the Sony S930 based on factors that are generally seen as crucial in a digital camera.

good min ISO (100)
has built in flash
image stabilization (Optical)
in built zoom lens (38-108mm 2.8 x zoom)
manual focus
does not have HDMI support
does not have headphone jack
does not have microphone jack
does not have Timelapse function
external flash not possible
fixed screen
has no phase detect AF
has no RAW support
lack of aperture priority mode
lack of shutter priority mode
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low resolution screen (112 k dot)
max frames per second very slow (2.0 frames/s)
max zoom aperture not good (f5.4)
megapixel count low (10MP)
no manual mode
screen is not selfie friendly
screen is somewhat small (2.4")
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.9)
video quality not great (320 x 240 pxls)
wide angle not the best (38mm)
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Sony S930 Sensor information

The measurement of the sensor on the Sony S930 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 3648 x 2736 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is better than digital stabilization since the latter may cause cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 10MP and provides a standard ISO range of 100 to 3200. Sadly, RAW photos are not saved so you have less margin for error.

The graphic below shows the S930's sensor size compared to other popular sizes. The S930 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is pointed out in green.

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To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sony S930 dimensions

Sony S930 weighs 0.37 lbs (167 grams or 5.89 ounces) and features external size of 90mm x 61mm x 26mm (3.5" x 2.4" x 1.0"). The weight of general Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams and the Sony S930 is very similar when compared to other competitors.

Photography Glossary

Below is a pic of the Sony S930 beside a soda to help you have a feel for its size.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S930 dimensions scale

The top view here will show you the button layout on the S930.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S930 topview buttons dials

Sony S930 Lens information

The S930 features a fixed lens giving a focal range of 38-108mm giving it a 2.8 x zoom which is definitely not amazing nevertheless it will be invaluable in some scenarios.

At it's widest 38mm, it will have an aperture of f2.9 and that's rather sluggish and not ideal in low light circumstances and you might find it hard to capture good bokeh. You will probably also have to up your ISO setting which causes noisy shots. At the long end, 108mm comes to f5.4 making it pretty sluggish and you will have to apply slower shutter speeds.

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Sony S930 Connectivity

The S930 has the following connectivity:

    Cameras that feature NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be used wirelessly by smartphones. You are able to copy images and oftentimes adjust settings without connecting straight with the camera.

    Certain apps also stream a Liveview and press the shutter if you aren't close to the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI out, it can easily be hooked up to an external screen. A lot of cameras will allow you to charge the battery using the USB port.

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    Sony S930 Video information

    The highest video resolution on the Sony S930 is 320 x 240 and it can save in Motion JPEG file format. 240p is awful by today's requirements. You should really try to get at least FUll HD resolution for video. The body doesn't include a mic and / or headphone port so you get zero control over your sound. It is probably a better idea to get an alternative camera in case you need good sound in your videos.

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    Sony S930 Weather Sealing

    Sony S930 doesn't have weather proofing so rainy conditions could ruin the camera.

    Sony S930 Screen and Viewfinder

    The Sony S930 has got a 2.4" fixed display screen with a resolution of 112k dots.

    Please be aware that the display offers no touch support.

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    The View Finder details regarding Sony S930 are as follows:

    • ViewFinder None

    Viewfinders can be quite beneficial for bright outdoor situations which can easily make the camera screen washed out and difficult to view.

    Sony S930 Shutter information

    Sony S930 has the ability to shoot continuously at 2.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.

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    Sony S930 Flash and Hot shoe information

    Sony S930 boasts just built-in flash with missing external flash ability.

    Sony S930 Autofocus information

    Sony S930 boasts only Contrast Based AF and lacks Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is more snappier and precise compared to Contrast Based autofocusing.

    It has got 9 focus points to choose from. Sony S930 includes manual focusing when needed for low light occasions or you need more accurate focusing control.

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    Sony S930 Battery life

    The typical Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 offers the highest (470) battery life for this kind of cameras.

    Following is a collection of Small Sensor Compact cameras that have the highest battery life:

    Sony S930 for specific types of photography

    The following graph shows a analysis of the Sony S930 for specific types of photography. To find out more, browse to the specific section below.

    Sony S930 Portrait photography information

    The Sony S930 gets a points total of 26 which is low, and means the camera is not appropriate to use for portrait photos. Photographing portraits leans greatly towards sensor dimensions, RAW support together with the potential to work with off-camera lighting.

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    focusing manually
    manual exposure not available
    no external flash support
    low resolution (10 megapixels)
    sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
    does not have RAW files

    Sony S930 as a Street photography camera

    Coming in at a moderate rating of 56, the Sony S930 is reasonably suited to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera offers a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.

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    image stabilization (Optical)
    no articulating screen
    small sensor size (1/2.3")
    no RAW format

    Sony S930 as a Sports photography camera

    A low sports photography points tally of 24 indicates the Sony S930 is not appropriate for shooting sports. A camera needs excellent tracking and continuous shooting for sports photography.

    Photography Glossary
    image stabilization (Optical)
    max frames per second very slow (2.0 frames per second)
    no shutter priority mode
    sensor resolution not great (10 megapixels)
    sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
    lack of phase detect auto focus

    Sony S930 Travel photography features

    Weight is super important when getting a camera for travel. Over-all, the Sony S930 gets a moderate 50 as a travelling camera which is fairly appropriate to take with you on your trips.

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    has built in flash
    missing Timelapse mode
    sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
    doesn't have selfie friendly display
    wide angle not the best (38mm)
    slow maximum aperture (f2.9)

    Sony S930 Landscape photography details

    For anybody who is looking to buy a camera for landscape photography, the biggest aspect is going to be image quality. The Sony S930 with it's low score of 31 for a landscape camera is not appropriate compared to its competition.

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    focusing manually
    built in image stabilization (Optical)
    lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
    wide angle not fantastic (38mm)
    sluggish max aperture (f2.9)
    tiny screen (2.4 inch)
    no manual control
    low resolution (10MP)
    small sensor size (1/2.3")
    lack of RAW format
    no Time Lapse function

    Sony S930 Vlogging information

    A camera for vlogging ought to offer a moving screen, microphone input and ideally image stabilization. Considering everything, the Sony S930 is not appropriate for vlogging as it gets a low rating of 25.

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    built in image stabilization (Optical)
    wide angle not fantastic (38mm)
    sluggish maximum aperture (f2.9)
    screen is not selfie friendly
    low quality video (320 x 240 pxls)
    doesn't have external mic socket

    Sony S930 Alternatives

    If you want alternatives to the S930, below is a number of the highest ranked cameras that fall in to the family of Small Sensor Compact.

    The line graph here will give you a summary of the S930 compared to it's top ranked rivals shown above.

    These are various other cameras you may consider as alternatives. To look at a thorough comparison, click the "compare" link.

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    General Information
    Model type
    Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S930
    Small Sensor Compact
    Body design
    Sensor Information
    Sensor type
    Sensor size
    Sensor measurements
    6.17 x 4.55mm
    Sensor area
    Sensor resolution
    Anti alias filter
    Aspect ratio
    4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
    Full resolution
    3648 x 2736
    RAW data
    Max native ISO
    Min native ISO
    Manual focusing
    AF touch
    AF continuous
    Single AF
    AF tracking
    Selective AF
    Center weighted AF
    Multi area AF
    AF live view
    Face detection focusing
    Contract detection focusing
    Phase detection focusing
    Total focus points
    Lens support
    fixed lens
    Lens zoom range
    38-108mm (2.8x)
    Maximal aperture
    Macro focusing range
    Focal length multiplier
    Range of screen
    Fixed Type
    Screen size
    Resolution of screen
    112k dot
    Selfie friendly
    Touch capability
    Viewfinder Information
    DXO scores
    DXO All around rating
    not tested
    DXO Color Depth rating
    not tested
    DXO Dynamic range rating
    not tested
    DXO Low light rating
    not tested
    Lowest shutter speed
    1/8 secs
    Highest shutter speed
    1/2000 secs
    Continuous shooting speed
    2.0 frames/s
    Shutter priority
    Aperture priority
    Manually set exposure
    Change WB
    Image stabilization
    Integrated flash
    Flash distance
    3.00 m (Auto ISO)
    Flash settings
    Auto, Forced Flash, Slow Syncro, No Flash
    Hot shoe
    Auto exposure bracketing
    WB bracketing
    AF area
    Center weighted
    Video features
    Supported video resolutions
    320 x 240 (30 fps)
    Max video resolution
    Video format
    Motion JPEG
    Microphone input
    Headphone input
    Environmental seal
    Water proofing
    Dust proofing
    Shock proofing
    Crush proofing
    Freeze proofing
    167 gr (0.37 pounds)
    Physical dimensions
    90 x 61 x 26mm (3.5" x 2.4" x 1.0")
    Battery ID
    2 x AA
    Self timer
    Yes (2 or 10 sec)
    Time lapse shooting
    Storage media
    Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo / PRo-HG Duo, Internal
    Storage slots
    Launch price