- 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
- 3.3" Fixed Screen
- ISO 80 - 12800
- Optical Image Stabilization
- 1920 x 1080 video
- 26-130mm (F3.5-4.8) lens
- 141g - 96 x 59 x 15mm
- Introduced July 2013
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- Size Comparison
Sony TX30 summary
Sony TX30 is Sony's Ultracompact digital camera first announced on July of 2013. The camera features a 18MP, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a full resolution of 4896 x 3672.
The TX30 is scored #9 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras & over all #593 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our list. Please look at our Advanced camera filter to see camera ratings based on your personalized criteria.
Below is a graph of various factors used in the rating system.
Sony TX30 history
The Sony TX30 has a history of related digital cameras. Down below, you can identify all older and the latest models as well as key specifications.
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TX30 vs TX200V28-140mm
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Sony TX30 Gallery
You can view the TX30 from different angles in the gallery here.
Sony TX30 Pros and Cons
Here is a selection of advantages and disadvantages of the Sony TX30 based on factors that are often regarded as crucial in a digital camera.
Sony TX30 Sensor features
The measurement of the sensor in the Sony TX30 is 6.16mm x 4.62mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4896 x 3672 pixels . The camera has Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is better than digital stabilization as the latter might cause cropping.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
The BSI-CMOS sensor has 18 megapixels and includes a standard ISO range of 80 - 12800. Unfortunately, RAW format is not supported therefore the user has less room to maneuver in post.
The image below illustrates the TX30's sensor size compared to other popular sizes. The TX30 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is presented in green.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Sony TX30 dimensions
Sony TX30 has a weight of 0.31 pounds (141g or 4.97 ounces) & has outer dimensions of 96mm x 59mm x 15mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.6"). The weight of average Ultracompact camera is 121g so the Sony TX30 is heavier compared to various rivals.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Below is a photo of the Sony TX30 with a softdrink so you're able to get a sense of its size.
The top view here will show the button design on the TX30.
Sony TX30 Lens features
The TX30 comes with a built in lens giving a focal range of 26-130mm giving it a 5.0 x zoom which isn't significant however it will probably be handy in some conditions.
At it's widest 26mm, the lens has an aperture of f3.5 making it pretty sluggish and not good for low light situations and you will probably find it hard to get a shallow depth of field. You will probably also need to raise your ISO resulting in noisy photos. For the long end, 130mm comes with f4.8 which is really slow and you would have to set slower shutter speeds.
Sony TX30 Connectivity
The TX30 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Digital cameras that include NFC or Bluetooth connectivity can easily be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You can copy files and in some cases adjust settings with no need to connect physically with the camera.
Several apps also enable a Liveview and release the shutter whenever you are not near the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI port, it could be hooked up to an external screen. A lot of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack with the USB port.
Sony TX30 Video features
The highest possible video quality in the Sony TX30 is 1920 x 1080 and you can save in file format. 1080p quality offers a decent balance in video quality and file size but 1080p is not going to give you any room to crop. The body does not offer a microphone or headphone jack which means that you have got zero control over the sound. It is perhaps best to find another camera in case you need decent sound for your videos.
Sony TX30 Weather Sealing
Sony TX30 has got weather proofing making it a very good selection for use in challenging locations. This is especially valuable if you are not sure about the conditions you may encounter in outdoor photography.
Sony TX30 Screen and Viewfinder
The Sony TX30 features a 3.3" fixed display screen with a resolution of 1,229k dots.
Moreover the display screen is touch friendly which means you are able to shift focus point and change settings with your fingertips.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
The ViewFinder specifications for Sony TX30 are the following:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders can be pretty helpful in bright outdoor conditions which might make the camera screen washed out and difficult to see.
Sony TX30 Shutter features
Sony TX30 continuous shooting speed is 10.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/1600 seconds.
Sony TX30 Flash and Hot shoe features
Sony TX30 has just built-in flash lacking external flash support.
Sony TX30 Autofocusing features
Sony TX30 has no Auto focusing. Phase Detection focusing is more faster and exact compared to Contrast Based focusing.
Sony TX30 includes manual focusing when needed in low light situations or you require more accurate focusing control.
Sony TX30 Battery life
The average Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 features the best (320) battery life in this category of cameras.
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Sony TX30 for various styles of photography
The following diagram indicates a outline of the Sony TX30 for various styles of photography. To find out more, go to the specific paragraph below.
Sony TX30 Portrait photography information
The Sony TX30 has a score of 39 which is low, meaning that it is simply not appropriate for portrait images. Taking portrait images favors heavily to sensor resolution, support for RAW files together with the capability to work with external lighting.
Sony TX30 as a Street photography camera
Having a very good points tally of 64, the Sony TX30 is a respectable fit to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera provides a fine balance of picture quality and portability.
Sony TX30 Sports photography factors
A average sports photography points tally of 46 means the Sony TX30 is somewhat acceptable for shooting sports. A camera should have great focusing plus shutter speeds for sports photography.
Sony TX30 Travel photography details
Size is pretty critical when buying a camera for travel. Over-all, the Sony TX30 gets a very good 69 as a travelling camera which is a good option for your journeys.
Landscape photography with Sony TX30
For anybody looking to buy a digital camera for landscape photos, the most important factor is going to be image quality. The Sony TX30 with it's decent rating of 51 for a landscape camera is somewhat acceptable in the current marketplace.
Sony TX30 Vlogging information
A vlogging camera should posses a articulating display, microphone input and if possible IBIS. Taking everything in to account, the Sony TX30 is simply not appropriate as a vlog camera as it delivers a low score of 34.
Sony TX30 Alternatives
If you need replacements to the TX30, below is a range of the top rated cameras which fall within the family of Ultracompact.
The line graph here will give you an overview of the TX30 vs it's top ranking competitors suggested previously.
Following are additional cameras you might have a look at as alternate options. To read through a thorough comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.