Sony HX9V vs. HX30V: Which camera should you buy?

The question I’ve been asked the most over the past couple months was, “Should I buy the Sony HX9V or wait for the HX30V?” Having now tested and reviewed the HX30V, I can answer that question: it depends.

After all, the cameras are very similar, at least on the surface, as they have a lot of features in common and nearly the same size and weight. There are differences, but are they enough to pay more than $ 100 for? The Sony HX9V is currently about $ 300, while the HX30V is around $ 420.

The biggest hardware differences between the two — at least those to do with photo and video quality — are the lens and the sensor and image processor. The HX9V has a 16-megapixel Sony Exmor R BSI CMOS sensor and a 16x, f3.3-5.9, 24-384mm lens, while the HX30V gets a 20x, f3.2-5.8, 25-500mm lens and its sensor is 18 megapixels.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V sample photos

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