Sony qx 30

Sony qx 30

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The Sony qx 30 is a lens shaped camera. This is not a camera to the smartphone but actually a lens and a camera in the body which looks like only a lens. On the other hand a smartphone is really needed to operate the camera.

Sony qx 30 specification
Sony qx 30 usage

The camera only can be used with a smartphone (no screen on the camera), and the Playmemories app also needed, which required automatically at the first connection. The camera can be physically attached to the smartphone, but can be used as well if it is not attached together if we want to use extreme angles for example. In this case or if we want to use the long end of the zoom range, some support is beneficial.

Sony qx 30

Sony qx connection with the smartphone

You can connect the camera to the smartphone two ways: either by Wifi, or NFC.
To establish a connection by NFC is simpler.


The Sony qx 30 has 20.4 megapixel 1/2.3″ sized CMOS sensor. This sensor size is the normal standard compact camera sensor size, which means it is not better than the many other camera regarding sensor size, not like the Sony Rx100 III for example, which has a bigger 1 inch sensor. There is a newer Sony Qx1 camera with an Aps-C sized sensor, which is the same size as the one in Dslr cameras.


The max resolution is 5184 x 3888 pixel. More than enough for such a tiny sensor.

ISO range

The native ISO range is 80-3200 (12,800 in extended mode.) For such a camera ISO 400 or max 800 is usable.

Shutter speed

The max shutter speed is 1/1600s. It is normal for such a camera. The slowest shutter speed is 30s in shutter priority mode.

Sony qx 30 lens

The lens has a range of 24-750mm.
This is really cool. Real wide angle and a really long telephoto as well. I bet the long end is not as sharp as I would like it to be.


The weight of the camera is 179g (6.3 oz.). Not heavy at all.


The camera size is 68.6 x 66.0 x 58.4 mm (2.7 x 2.6 x 2.3″).


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The camera has USB 2.0 and Mini USB connections.

The lens has the Optical steady shot stabilizer which is absolutely needed at the long end.

Self timer

The camera has a self timer, which can be adjusted either in 2s or 10s, which is a usual setup. It is useful for selfie photos.

The 24mm wide end is very nice for a compact camera but it is not ultrawide, like the ultrawide and fisheye lenses on the Dslr cameras, which gave a really wide perspective, but need to be very careful about camera position. The 24mm is quite usable for landscapes for example, much better than the 28mm which was a standard for compact cameras several years ago or even longer around 30-35mm in earlier models.

The 750mm is really long, it like an 450mm on Aps-C Dslr camera which is quite long, enough even in bird photography.

Lens brightness

The lens has an aperture range of f/3.5 (wide end )-f/6.3 (telephoto) and stops down to f/8. This is a usual setup.

Close focus distance

At wide angle from 5cm (2″) to infinity. At telephoto 2m (6.56′) to infinity.

Sony qx 30 video

According to the secification the camera can record HD video (1920 x 1080) at 30 and 60 frames per second. The 60 frames per second is for slow motion usually.

Sony qx 30 image processor

The camera has a BIONZ image processor, which is a standard Sony algorithm.

Sony qx 30 speed

The time between two shots is slow.

Sony qx 30 price

The price of the Sony qx is around 300 USD (May 2015) which seems realistic at first if everything works as it should. For the same price it is possible to get a normal compact superzoom camera with the same sensor size, but with normal look and controls. The Sony qx30 looks more stylish though.

Sony qx 30 Pros

-Picture quality ok for a compact camera
-Huge zoom range
-Good close focus distance

Sony qx 30 Cons

-Connectivity issues
-No screen
-Few buttons

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