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Sony DCR-SX30

alaTest has collected and analyzed 380 reviews of Sony DCR-SX30. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the memory and price. The size and portability also get good feedback, but the viewfinder and image quality get critical opinions.

usability, portability, size, price, memory

image quality, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-SX30 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 34 user reviews of Sony DCR-SX30 from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Comments about the battery and design are generally positive. The price and portability also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the image quality. There are some mixed reviews about the reliability.

usability, portability, price, design, battery

image quality

91% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Jul, 2017

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Sony Handycam DCR-SX30E


The Sony Handycam DCR-SX30E camcorder is a relatively decent buy if you don't mind foregoing an HD resolution.

May, 2011

Red dot design award!

Expert review by: reddot ( (UK))

Handycam DCR-SX30/SX31/SX40/SX41/SX50/SX60 Flash Memory Camcorder


The Handycams in the DCR-SX series have 16 GB of internal memory and a high-capacity rechargeable battery allowing up to 12 hours of recording. The various models are shaped like a cylinder that has been trimmed flat on both sides, giving them a strong...

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Sony DCR-SX30ES Camcorder


If your looking for a good camcorder that shoots good video, is pretty small, has good battery life and a large screen but without all the features of a thousand pound camcorder this is the one for you.

Jul, 2012

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Sony DCR-SX30ER Camcorder


The good thing about the Sony DCRSX30ER is that it has a very powerful zoom that makes it so easy to focus on far away objects or zoom out on very near objects without causing blurred images. It also comes with complex and unique editing software,...

May, 2012

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Sony DCR-SX30E


Small, neat and full of useful features, but it's only a standard definition camcorder and that counts significantly against it

Jul, 2009

Expert review by: Jonathan Bray (

PC Pro: Product Reviews: Sony Handycam DCR-SX30E


Small, neat and full of useful features, but it's only a standard definition camcorder and that counts significantly against it

Jul, 2009

Consumer review by: izat (

Sony Handycam DCR-SX30


Small, light, Good grip.

bad fous in dim light, bad picture in dim light.

Mar, 2012

Consumer review by: Andy (

Sony Handycam DCR-SX30


East to use, light weight and compact.

Feb, 2012

Consumer review by: izat (

Sony Handycam DCR-SX30


Small, light, Good grip

bad fous in dim light, bad picture in dim light

Jan, 2012

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Sony Handycam DCR-SX30


Overall handling very good. Have not made enough use of this to make any further comments but I certainly found it easy to handle compared with my previous camcorder. Need more time to study the instructions and to make the most and best of the...

Not found any yet

Dec, 2011

Product Specifications

Records up to 2 hours 55 min of high quality standard definition video on 4-Gb internal flash memory plus HYBRID recording on optional Memory Stick 800 k pixel CCD sensor Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens with 60x optical zoom/2000x digital zoom SteadyShot image stabilization for clearer video and stills when shooting handheld Face Index and Film Roll Index for quick, easy searches 2.7


Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y / Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery Type:NP-FH30
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FH30

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes


Minimum illumination:6


Colour of product:Red / Silver

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo

Dimensions & Weight



Display diagonal:6.858 / 6.86 / 68.6

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Candle / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait mode / Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunrise / Sunset / Twilight mode

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated
Storage Capacity:4GB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:1/0.315 / 25.4 / 8 / 25.400 / 8
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:0.8

Lens System

Digital Zoom:2000
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):44 - 2640
Focal length range (f-f):1.08 - 108 / 1.8 - 108 / 1.800 - 108
Image stabilizer:Y / Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-6.0
Max Focal Length:108mm
Min Focal Length:1.8mm
Optical Zoom:60
Optical Zoom:60
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:0.49Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:410Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:800Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/8"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):3.2 mm ( 1/8" ) / 3.2 mm ( 1/8 )
Optical Sensor Type:Advanced HAD CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic (Steady Shot)

Other features

Aperture range (F-F):1.8 - 6
Audio output:1
Auto Focus:Y / Yes
Internal Memory:4096
Manual Focus:Y / Yes
Noise Reduction:Y / Yes
Sports:Y / Yes
Spotlight:Y / Yes
Twilight:Y / Yes
Video Out:1

Ports & interfaces

PictBridge:Y / Yes
S-Video Out:Y / Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/3 - 1/3500

Still image

Still image resolution(s):640 x 480


Compatible memory cards:MS Duo

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None


Video formats supported:MPEG2

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:2000
Faders:Black fader / White fader
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Type: None

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:10.7 / 10.700 / 107
Height :5.9 / 5.900 / 59
Width:5.7 / 5.700 / 57

White balance

Indoor white balance:Y / Yes
Onepush white balance:Y / Yes
Outdoor white balance:Y / Yes