Digital Still Camera
Instruction Manual
Learning more about the camera (“Cyber-shot
User Guide”)
“Cyber-shot User Guide” is an on-line manual. Refer to it for
in-depth instructions on the many functions of the camera.
1 Access the Sony support page.
2 Select your country or region.
3 Search for the model name of your camera within the
support page.
• Check the model name on the bottom of your camera.
Checking the supplied items
The number in parentheses indicates the number of pieces.
• Camera (1)
• Rechargeable battery pack NP-BG1 (1)/Battery case (1)
• Micro USB cable (1)
• AC Adaptor AC-UB10/UB10B/UB10C/UB10D (1)
• Power cord (mains lead) (not supplied in the USA and Canada) (1)
• Wrist strap (1)
• Instruction Manual (this manual) (1)
Owner’s Record
The model and serial numbers are located on the bottom. Record the serial number in the
space provided below. Refer to these numbers whenever you call your Sony dealer
regarding this product.
Model No. DSC-HX20V/DSC-HX30/DSC-HX30V
Serial No. _____________________________
Model No. AC-UB10/AC-UB10B/AC-UB10C/AC-UB10D
Serial No. _____________________________
To reduce fire or shock hazard, do not expose the unit to rain or
If the shape of the plug does not fit the power outlet, use an attachment plug adaptor of the
proper configuration for the power outlet.
[ Battery pack
If the battery pack is mishandled, the battery pack can burst, cause a fire or even chemical
burns. Observe the following cautions.
• Do not disassemble.
• Do not crush and do not expose the battery pack to any shock or force such as
hammering, dropping or stepping on it.
• Do not short circuit and do not allow metal objects to come into contact with the battery
• Do not expose to high temperature above 60°C (140°F) such as in direct sunlight or in a
car parked in the sun.
• Do not incinerate or dispose of in fire.
• Do not handle damaged or leaking lithium ion batteries.
• Be sure to charge the battery pack using a genuine Sony battery charger or a device that
can charge the battery pack.
• Keep the battery pack out of the reach of small children.
• Keep the battery pack dry.
• Replace only with the same or equivalent type recommended by Sony.
• Dispose of used battery packs promptly as described in the instructions.
[ AC Adaptor
Connect the AC Adaptor to the nearest wall outlet (wall socket).
If some trouble occurs while using the AC Adaptor, immediately shut off the power by
disconnecting the plug from the wall outlet (wall socket).
The power cord (mains lead), if supplied, is designed specifically for use with this camera
only, and should not be used with other electrical equipment.
For Customers in the U.S.A. and Canada
Lithium-Ion batteries are recyclable.
You can help preserve our environment by returning your used
rechargeable batteries to the collection and recycling location nearest
For more information regarding recycling of rechargeable batteries,
call toll free
1-800-822-8837, or visit http://www.rbrc.org/
Caution: Do not handle damaged or leaking Lithium-Ion batteries.
[ Battery pack
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following
two conditions:
(1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any
interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
For Customers in the U.S.A.
UL is an internationally recognized safety organization.
The UL Mark on the product means it has been UL Listed.
If you have any questions about this product, you may call:
Sony Customer Information Center
1-800-222-SONY (7669).
The number below is for the FCC related matters only.
[ Regulatory Information
Declaration of Conformity
Trade Name: SONY
Model No.: DSC-HX20V, DSC-HX30V
Responsible Party: Sony Electronics Inc.
16530 Via Esprillo,
San Diego, CA 92127 U.S.A.
Telephone No.: 858-942-2230
This device complies with Part15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2)
this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause
undesired operation.
This equipment must not be co-located or operated in conjunction with any other antenna
or transmitter.
The available scientific evidence does not show that any health problems are associated
with using low power wireless devices. There is no proof, however, that these low power
wireless devices are absolutely safe. Low power Wireless devices emit low levels of radio
frequency energy (RF) in the microwave range while being used. Whereas high levels of
RF can produce health effects (by heating tissue), exposure of low-level RF that does not
produce heating effects causes no known adverse health effects. Many studies of low-level
RF exposures have not found any biological effects. Some studies have suggested that
some biological effects might occur, but such findings have not been confirmed by
additional research. This equipment has been tested and found to comply with FCC
radiation exposure limits set forth for an uncontrolled environment and meets the FCC
radio frequency (RF) Exposure Guidelines in Supplement C to OET65 and RSS-102 of the
IC radio frequency (RF) Exposure rules.
You are cautioned that any changes or modifications not expressly approved in this manual
could void your authority to operate this equipment.
[ Note:
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital
device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in
a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency
energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause
harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that
interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful
interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the
equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or
more of the following measures:
– Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
– Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
– Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected.
– Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
The supplied interface cable must be used with the equipment in order to comply with the
limits for a digital device pursuant to Subpart B of Part 15 of FCC Rules.
For Customers in Canada
This device complies with RSS-310 of Industry Canada. Operation is subject to the
condition that this device does not cause harmful interference.
This device complies with Industry Canada licence-exempt RSS standard(s).
Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause
interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference, including interference that
may cause undesired operation of the device.
Under Industry Canada regulations, this radio transmitter may only operate using an
antenna of a type and maximum (or lesser) gain approved for the transmitter by Industry
Canada. To reduce potential radio interference to other users, the antenna type and its gain
should be so chosen that the equivalent isotropically radiated power (e.i.r.p.) is not more
than that necessary for successful communication.
For Customers in Europe
Hereby, Sony Corporation, declares that this DSC-HX20V/HX30V Digital Still Camera is
in compliance with the essential requirements and other relevant provisions of the
Directive 1999/5/EC. For details, please access the following URL:
[ Notice for the customers in the countries applying EU Directives
The manufacturer of this product is Sony Corporation, 1-7-1 Konan Minato-ku Tokyo,
108-0075 Japan. The Authorized Representative for EMC and product safety is Sony
Deutschland GmbH, Hedelfinger Strasse 61, 70327 Stuttgart, Germany. For any service or
guarantee matters please refer to the addresses given in separate service or guarantee
This product has been tested and found compliant with the limits set out in the R&TTE
Directive for using connection cables shorter than 3 meters (9.8 feet).
[ Attention
The electromagnetic fields at the specific frequencies may influence the picture and sound
of this unit.
[ Notice
If static electricity or electromagnetism causes data transfer to discontinue midway (fail),
restart the application or disconnect and connect the communication cable (USB, etc.)
[ Disposal of Old Electrical & Electronic Equipment (Applicable in
the European Union and other European countries with separate
collection systems)
This symbol on the product or on its packaging indicates that this product
shall not be treated as household waste. Instead it shall be handed over to
the applicable collection point for the recycling of electrical and electronic
equipment. By ensuring this product is disposed of correctly, you will help
prevent potential negative consequences for the environment and human
health, which could otherwise be caused by inappropriate waste handling
of this product. The recycling of materials will help to conserve natural
resources. For more detailed information about recycling of this product,
please contact your local Civic Office, your household waste disposal service or the shop
where you purchased the product.
[ Disposal of waste batteries (applicable in the European Union
and other European countries with separate collection systems)
This symbol on the battery or on the packaging indicates that the battery
provided with this product shall not be treated as household waste.
On certain batteries this symbol might be used in combination with a
chemical symbol. The chemical symbols for mercury (Hg) or lead (Pb) are
added if the battery contains more than 0.0005% mercury or 0.004% lead.
By ensuring these batteries are disposed of correctly, you will help prevent
potentially negative consequences for the environment and human health which could
otherwise be caused by inappropriate waste handling of the battery. The recycling of the
materials will help to conserve natural resources.
In case of products that for safety, performance or data integrity reasons require a
permanent connection with an incorporated battery, this battery should be replaced by
qualified service staff only. To ensure that the battery will be treated properly, hand over
the product at end-of-life to the applicable collection point for the recycling of electrical
and electronic equipment.
For all other batteries, please view the section on how to remove the battery from the
product safely.
Hand the battery over to the applicable collection point for the recycling of waste batteries.
For more detailed information about recycling of this product or battery, please contact
your local Civic Office, your household waste disposal service or the shop where you
purchased the product.
Notice for customers in the United Kingdom
A moulded plug complying with BS 1363 is fitted to this equipment for your safety and
Should the fuse in the plug supplied need to be replaced, a fuse of the same rating as the
supplied one and approved by ASTA or BSI to BS 1362, (i.e., marked with an
mark) must be used.
If the plug supplied with this equipment has a detachable fuse cover, be sure to attach the
fuse cover after you change the fuse. Never use the plug without the fuse cover. If you
should lose the fuse cover, please contact your nearest Sony service station.
For Customers in Italy
Use of the RLAN network is governed: - with respect to private use, by the Legislative
Decree of 1.8.2003, no. 259 (“Code of Electronic Communications”). In particular Article
104 indicates when the prior obtainment of a general authorization is required and Art. 105
indicates when free use is permitted; - with respect to the supply to the public of the RLAN
access to telecom networks and services, by the Ministerial Decree 28.5.2003, as amended,
and Art. 25 (general authorization for electronic communications networks and services) of
the Code of electronic communications.
For Customers in Norway
Use of this radio equipment is not allowed in the geographical area with in a radius of
20 km from the centre of Ny-Alesund, Svalbard.
Identifying parts
A Shutter button
B Mode dial
(Intelligent Auto)/
(Superior Auto)/
(Program Auto)/ (Manual
Exposure Shooting)/
(Memory recall mode)/
(iSweep Panorama)/
(Movie Mode)/
C For shooting: W/T (Zoom) lever
For viewing:
(Index) lever/
(Playback zoom) lever
D Self-timer lamp/Smile Shutter
lamp/AF illuminator
E CUSTOM (Custom) button
F Power/Charge lamp
G ON/OFF (Power) button
H Flash
• Do not hold your fingers near the
• When using the flash, the flash
pops up automatically.
• The flash goes down
automatically when the power is
turned off, the camera is switched
to playback mode or the shooting
mode is changed.
LCD screen
GPS sensor (built-in, DSCHX20V/HX30V only)
(Playback) button
O MOVIE (Movie) button
P HDMI mini jack
Q Wi-Fi sensor (built-in, DSCHX30/HX30V only)
R Hook for wrist strap
S Control wheel
T MENU button
U / (In-Camera Guide/Delete)
V Battery insertion slot
W Battery eject lever
X Tripod receptacle
• Use a tripod with a screw less
than 5.5 mm (7/32 inches) long.
Otherwise, you cannot firmly
secure the camera, and damage to
the camera may occur.
Y Access lamp
Z Memory card slot
(TransferJet™) mark
wk Micro USB connector
wl Battery/memory card cover
Inserting the battery pack
Battery eject lever
1 Open the cover.
the battery pack.
2 Insert
• While pressing the battery eject lever, insert the battery pack as
illustrated. Make sure that the battery eject lever locks after insertion.
• Closing the cover with the battery inserted incorrectly may damage the
Charging the battery pack
For customers in the USA
and Canada
Power cord
(Mains lead)
For customers in countries/regions
other than the USA and Canada
Power/Charge lamp
Lit: Charging
Off: Charging finished
Charging error
Charging paused due to
the camera to the AC Adaptor (supplied),
1 Connect
using the micro USB cable (supplied).
the AC Adaptor to the wall outlet (wall socket).
2 Connect
The Power/Charge lamp lights orange, and charging starts.
• Turn off the camera while charging the battery.
• You can charge the battery pack even when it is partially charged.
• When the Power/Charge lamp flashes and charging is not finished,
remove and re-insert the battery pack.
• If the Power/Charge lamp on the camera flashes when the AC Adaptor is
connected to the wall outlet (wall socket), this indicates that charging is
temporarily stopped because the temperature is outside the recommended range.
When the temperature gets back within the appropriate range, the charging
resumes. We recommend charging the battery pack in an ambient temperature of
between 10°C to 30°C (50ºF to 86ºF).
• The battery pack may not be effectively charged if the terminal section of the
battery is dirty. In this case, wipe any dust off lightly using a soft cloth or a cotton
swab to clean the terminal section of the battery.
• Connect the AC Adaptor (supplied) to the nearest wall outlet (wall socket). If
malfunctions occur while using the AC Adaptor, disconnect the plug from the wall
outlet (wall socket) immediately to disconnect from the power source.
• When charging is finished, disconnect the AC Adaptor from the wall outlet (wall
• Be sure to use only genuine Sony brand battery packs, micro USB cable (supplied)
and AC Adaptor (supplied).
x Charging time (Full charge)
The charging time is approximately 175 min. using the AC Adaptor
• The above charging time applies when charging a fully depleted battery pack at a
temperature of 25°C (77°F). Charging may take longer depending on conditions of
use and circumstances.
x Charging by connecting to a computer
The battery pack can be charged by connecting the camera to a computer using
a micro USB cable.
• Note the following points when charging via a computer:
– If the camera is connected to a laptop computer that is not connected to a power
source, the laptop battery level decreases. Do not charge for an extended period
of time.
– Do not turn on/off or restart the computer, or wake the computer to resume from
sleep mode when a USB connection has been established between the computer
and the camera. The camera may cause a malfunction. Before turning on/off, or
restarting the computer or waking the computer from sleep mode, disconnect the
camera and the computer.
– No guarantees are made for charging using a custom-built computer or a
modified computer.
x Battery life and number of images that can be
recorded and played back
Battery life
Number of images
Shooting (still images)
Approx. 160 min.
Approx. 320 images
Viewing (still images)
Approx. 230 min.
Approx. 4600 images
Shooting (movies)
Approx. 75 min.
• The above number of images applies when the battery pack is fully charged. The
number of images may decrease depending on the conditions of use.
• The number of images that can be recorded is for shooting under the following
– Using Sony “Memory Stick PRO Duo” (Mark2) media (sold separately)
– The battery pack is used at an ambient temperature of 25°C (77°F).
– [GPS setting] is set to [Off] (DSC-HX20V/HX30V only).
– [Disp. Resolution] is set to [Standard].
• The number for “Shooting (still images)” is based on the CIPA standard, and is for
shooting under the following conditions:
(CIPA: Camera & Imaging Products Association)
– DISP (Display Setting) is set to [ON].
– Shooting once every 30 seconds.
– The zoom is switched alternately between the W and T ends.
– The flash strobes once every two times.
– The power turns on and off once every ten times.
• The battery life for movies applies shooting under the following conditions:
– Movie quality: AVC HD HQ
– When continuous shooting ends because of set limits (page 27), press the
MOVIE (Movie) button again and continue shooting. Shooting functions such as
the zoom do not operate.
x Supplying power
The camera can be supplied with power from the wall outlet (wall socket) by
connecting to the AC Adaptor, using the micro USB cable (supplied).
You can import images to a computer without worrying about draining the
battery pack by connecting the camera to a computer using the micro USB
In addition, you can use the AC Adaptor AC-UD10 (sold separately) for
shooting to supply power when shooting.
• Power cannot be supplied when the battery pack is not inserted in the camera.
• When the camera is connected directly to a computer or to a power outlet using the
supplied AC Adaptor, power supply is available only in playback mode. If the
camera is in shooting mode or while you are changing the settings of the camera,
power is not supplied even if you make a USB connection using the micro USB
• If you connect the camera and a computer using the micro USB cable while the
camera is in playback mode, the display on the camera will change from the
playback screen to the USB connection screen. Press
(Playback) button to
switch to the playback screen.
Inserting a memory card (sold separately)
Ensure the notched corner
faces correctly.
1 Open the cover.
the memory card (sold separately).
2 Insert
• With the notched corner facing as illustrated, insert the memory card
until it clicks into place.
3 Close the cover.
x Memory cards that can be used
Memory card
For still images
For movies
Memory Stick PRO Duo
Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo
a (Mark2 only)
Memory Stick Duo
Memory Stick Micro (M2)
Memory Stick Micro (Mark2)
SD memory card
a (Class 4 or faster)
SDHC memory card
a (Class 4 or faster)
SDXC memory card
a (Class 4 or faster)
microSD memory card
a (Class 4 or faster)
microSDHC memory card
a (Class 4 or faster)
• In this manual, the products in the table are collectively referred to as follows:
A: “Memory Stick Duo” media
B: “Memory Stick Micro” media
C: SD card
D: microSD memory card
• When using “Memory Stick Micro” media or microSD memory cards with this
camera, make sure to use with the appropriate adaptor.
x To remove the memory card/battery pack
Memory card: Push the memory card in once to eject the memory card.
Battery pack: Slide the battery eject lever. Be sure not to drop the battery pack.
• Never remove the memory card/battery pack when the access lamp (page 10) is lit.
This may cause damage to data in the memory card/internal memory.
Setting the clock
ON/OFF (Power)
Power/Charge lamp (green)
Control wheel
Select items: v/V/b/B
Set the numeric value of date and
time: /
Set: z
the ON/OFF (Power) button.
1 Press
Date & Time setting is displayed when you turn on the camera for the first
• It may take time for the power to turn on and allow operation.
2 Select a desired language.
a desired geographic location by following the
3 Select
on-screen instructions, then press z on the control
[Date & Time Format], [Daylight Savings] or
4 Set
[Summer Time] and [Date & Time], then select [OK] t
• Midnight is indicated as 12:00 AM, and noon as 12:00 PM.
the instructions on the screen.
5 Follow
• The battery pack will run out quickly when:
– [GPS setting] is set to [On] (DSC-HX20V/HX30V only).
– [Disp. Resolution] is set to [High].
Shooting still images/movies
Shutter button
Mode dial
: Intelligent Auto
: Movie Mode
W/T (Zoom)
W: zoom out
T: zoom in
Do not cover the flash (A).
Shooting still images
the shutter button halfway down to focus.
1 Press
When the image is in focus, a beep sounds and the z indicator lights.
2 Press the shutter button fully down to shoot an image.
Shooting movies
the MOVIE (Movie) button to start recording.
1 Press
• Use the W/T (zoom) lever to change the zoom scale.
• Press the shutter button to shoot still images while continuing to record
the movie.
2 Press the MOVIE button again to stop recording.
• Do not push down or pull up the flash manually. This may cause a malfunction.
• The sound of the lens and lever operating will be recorded when the zoom function
operates while shooting a movie. The sound of the MOVIE button operating may
also be recorded when movie recording is finished.
• Continuous shooting is possible for approximately 29 minutes at one time at the
camera’s default settings and when the temperature is approximately 25°C (77°F).
When movie recording is finished, you can restart recording by pressing the
MOVIE button again. Recording may stop to protect the camera depending on the
ambient temperature.
Viewing images
W: zoom out
T: zoom in
Control wheel
Select images: B (next)/b (previous) or turn
the control wheel
Set: z
(Playback) button.
1 Press
• When images on a memory card recorded with other cameras are played
back on this camera, the registration screen for the data file appears.
x Selecting next/previous image
Select an image by pressing B (next)/b (previous) on the control wheel or by
turning the control wheel. Press z in the center of the control wheel to view
x Deleting an image
1 Press / (Delete) button.
2 Select [This Image] with v on the control wheel, then press z.
x Returning to shooting images
Press the shutter button halfway down.
In-Camera Guide
This camera is equipped with a built-in instruction guide. This allows you to
search the camera’s functions according to your needs.
(In-Camera Guide)
1 Press the MENU button.
the desired MENU item, then press the
2 Select
Camera Guide) button.
The operation guide for the selected item is displayed.
• If you press the / (In-Camera Guide) button when the MENU screen
is not displayed, you can search the guide using keywords or icons.
Introduction of other functions
Other functions used when shooting or playing back can be operated using the
control wheel or MENU button on the camera. This camera is equipped with a
Function Guide that allows you to easily select from the functions. While
displaying the guide, you can use various functions.
Control wheel
Function Guide
x Control wheel
DISP (Display Setting): Allows you to change the screen display.
(Cont. Shooting/Self-Timer): Allows you to use the self-timer and
burst shooting mode.
(Photo Creativity): Allows you to change [Brightness], [Color],
[Vividness] and [Picture Effect] when shooting mode is set to [Intelligent
Auto] or [Superior Auto].
(Flash): Allows you to select a flash mode for still images.
Center button (Tracking focus): The camera tracks the subject and adjusts
focus automatically even when the subject is moving.
x Menu Items
Movie shooting
Select movie recording mode.
3D Shooting
Select the 3D image shooting mode.
Scene Selection
Select pre-set settings to match various scene conditions.
Memory recall
Select a setting you want to recall when the mode dial is
set to [Memory recall mode].
Picture Effect
Shoot a still image with an original texture according to
the desired effect.
Easy Mode
Shoot still images using minimal functions.
Defocus Effect
Set the level of background defocus effect when
shooting in Background Defocus mode.
Still Image
Size(Dual Rec)
Set the still image size shot while recording a movie.
Still Image Size/
Panorama Image
Size/Movie Size/
Movie Quality
Select the image size and the quality for still images,
panoramic images or movie files.
HDR Painting
When [HDR Painting] is selected in Picture Effect, sets
the effect level.
Area of emphasis
When [Miniature] is selected in Picture Effect, sets the
part to focus on.
Color hue
When [Toy camera] is selected in Picture Effect, sets the
color hue.
Extracted Color
When [Partial Color] is selected in Picture Effect, selects
the color to extract.
Watercolor Effect
When [Watercolor] is selected in Picture Effect, sets the
effect level.
Illustration Effect
When [Illustration] is selected in Picture Effect, sets the
effect level.
Adjust the exposure manually.
Adjust the luminous sensitivity.
White Balance
Adjust color tones of an image.
White Balance
Adjust color tones according to the adjusted value set
based on the selected White Balance tone.
Select the focus method.
Metering Mode
Select the metering mode that sets which part of the
subject to measure to determine the exposure.
Cont. Shooting
Select the number of images taken per second for Burst
Bracket Setting
Set the type of the bracket shooting.
Scene Recognition
Set to automatically detect shooting conditions.
Soft Skin Effect
Set the Soft Skin Effect and the effect level.
Smile Shutter
Set to automatically release the shutter when a smile is
Smile Detection
Set the Smile Shutter function sensitivity for detecting
Face Detection
Select to detect faces and adjust various settings
Color Mode
Select the vividness of the image, accompanied by
Color Saturation
Adjust the vividness of the image.
Adjust the contrast of the image.
Adjust the sharpness of the image.
Anti Blink
Set to automatically shoot two images and select image
in which the eyes are not blinking.
Movie SteadyShot
Set the strength of SteadyShot in movie mode. If you
change the setting for [Movie SteadyShot], the angle of
view will change.
Check the GPS triangulating status and update the
position information.
Record the route taken while carrying the camera.
Register Setting
Register the desired modes or camera settings.
Send to
Back up images by transferring them to a computer
connected to a network.
In-Camera Guide
Search the camera’s functions according to your needs.
*1 DSC-HX20V/HX30V
*2 DSC-HX30/HX30V
Select a method of continuous playback.
View on
Upload and transfer images to a smartphone.
View on TV*
View images on a network-enabled TV.
Send to Computer*
Back up images by transferring them to a computer
connected to a network.
Send by
Transfer data by closely aligning two products equipped
with TransferJet.
Delete an image.
Retouch an image using various effects.
Picture Effect
Add various texture on images.
3D Viewing
Set to play back images shot in 3D mode on a 3D TV.
View Mode
Select the display format for images.
Display Cont.
Shooting Group
Select to display burst images in groups or display all
images during playback.
Protect the images.
Print (DPOF)
Add a print order mark to a still image.
Rotate a still image to the left.
In-Camera Guide
Search the camera’s functions according to your needs.
* DSC-HX30/HX30V only
Setting items
If you press the MENU button while shooting or during playback,
(Settings) is provided as a final selection. You can change the default
settings on the
(Settings) screen.
Shooting Settings
Main Settings
Network Settings*2
Memory Card
Clock Settings
Movie format/AF Illuminator/Grid Line/Clear Image
Zoom/Digital Zoom/Wind Noise Reduct./Micref Level/
Red Eye Reduction/Blink Alert/Write Date/Expanded
Focus/Custom Button/Disp. Resolution
Beep/Panel Brightness/Language Setting/Display color/
Demo Mode/Initialize/Function Guide/HDMI
Resolution/CTRL FOR HDMI/Eco Mode/USB Connect
Setting/USB Power Supply/LUN Setting/Download
Music/Empty Music/Airplane Mode/GPS setting*1/GPS
assist data*1/Dlt. GPS Log Data*1/TransferJet/Eye-Fi/
WPS Push/Access point settings/Edit Device Name/
View on Smartphone/Disp MAC Address
Format/Create REC.Folder/Change REC.Folder/Delete
REC.Folder/Copy/File Number
Area Setting/Date & Time Setting/Auto Clock ADJ*1/
Auto Area ADJ*1
*1 DSC-HX20V/HX30V
a memory card is not inserted,
and only [Format] can be selected.
*2 DSC-HX30/HX30V
*3 If
(Internal Memory Tool) will be displayed
Install PC application (Windows)
The built-in software “PlayMemories Home” allows you to import still images
and movies to your computer and use them.
You can shoot or play back images on this camera even if you do not install
“PlayMemories Home”, however, “PlayMemories Home” is required to
import AVCHD movies to your computer.
1 Connect the camera to a computer.
7: [Computer] t camera icon t media icon
2 Windows
t Double-click [PMHOME.EXE]
Windows XP/Vista: [Computer] (in Windows XP, [My
Computer]) t [PMHOME] t Double-click
the instructions on the screen to complete the
3 Follow
• “PlayMemories Home” is not compatible to Mac OS. If you play back images on a
Mac, use the applications that are installed on your Mac.
For details, see http://www.sony.co.jp/imsoft/Mac/
x Features of “PlayMemories Home”
Below are examples of the functions available when you use “PlayMemories
Home”. To take advantage of the various “PlayMemories Home” functions,
connect to the Internet and install the “Expanded Feature”.
• You can import images shot with the camera to a computer and display them.
• You can display images stored on a computer by shooting date in a calendar
• You can correct (Red Eye Correction, etc.) still images, print the images,
send images by e-mail, and change the shooting date and time.
• You can save and print images with the date.
• You can create a disc from AVCHD movies imported to a computer.
(Expanded Feature)
Number of still images and recordable time of
The number of still images and recordable time may vary depending on the
shooting conditions and the memory card.
x Still images
(Units: Images)
Internal memory
Memory card
Approx. 105 MB
2 GB
x Movies
The table below shows the approximate maximum recording times. These are
the total times for all movie files. Continuous shooting is possible for
approximately 29 minutes. The maximum size of an MP4-format movie file is
up to approximately 2 GB.
(h (hour), m (minute))
Internal memory
Memory card
Approx. 105 MB
2 GB
(9 m)
10 m
(10 m)
25 m
(15 m)
MP4 12M
15 m
MP4 3M
1 h 10 m
The number in ( ) is the minimum recordable time.
• The recordable time of movies varies because the camera is equipped with VBR
(Variable Bit Rate), which automatically adjusts image quality depending on the
shooting scene. When you record a fast-moving subject, the image is clearer but
the recordable time is shorter because more memory is required for recording.
The recordable time also varies depending on the shooting conditions, the subject
or the image quality/size settings.
Notes on using the camera
Functions built into this camera
• This manual describes each of the functions of TransferJet compatible/
incompatible devices, 1080 60i-compatible devices and 1080 50i-compatible
– To determine whether your camera supports the GPS function, check the model
name of your camera.
GPS-compatible: DSC-HX20V/HX30V
GPS-incompatible: DSC-HX30
– To check if your camera supports the TransferJet function, and whether it is a
1080 60i-compatible device or 1080 50i-compatible device, check for the
following marks on the bottom of the camera.
TransferJet-compatible device:
1080 60i-compatible device: 60i
1080 50i-compatible device: 50i
• This camera is compatible with 1080 60p or 50p-format movies. Unlike standard
recording modes up to now, which record in an interlacing method, this camera
records using a progressive method. This increases the resolution, and provides a
smoother, more realistic image.
• While aboard an airplane, set [Airplane Mode] to [On].
• Do not watch 3D images shot with this camera for extended periods of time on
3D-compatible monitors.
• When you view 3D images shot with this camera on a 3D-compatible monitor,
you may experience discomfort in the form of eye strain, fatigue, or nausea. To
prevent these symptoms, we recommend that you take regular breaks. However,
you need to determine for yourself the length and frequency of breaks you require,
as they vary according to the individual. If you experience any type of discomfort,
stop viewing the 3D images until you feel better, and consult a physician as
necessary. Also refer to the operating instructions supplied with the device or
software you have connected or are using with this camera. Note that a child’s
eyesight is still at the development stage (particularly children below the age of 6).
Consult a pediatrician or ophthalmologist before letting your child view 3D
images, and make sure he/she observes the above precautions when viewing such
On GPS-compatible devices (DSC-HX20V/HX30V only)
• Use GPS in accordance with regulations of countries and regions where you use it.
• If you do not record the direction or location information, set [GPS setting] to
On use and care
Avoid rough handling, disassembling, modifying, physical shock, or impact such as
hammering, dropping, or stepping on the product. Be particularly careful of the lens.
Notes on recording/playback
• Before you start recording, make a trial recording to make sure that the camera is
working correctly.
• The camera is neither dust-proof, nor splash-proof, nor water-proof.
• Avoid exposing the camera to water. If water enters inside the camera, a
malfunction may occur. In some cases, the camera cannot be repaired.
• Do not aim the camera at the sun or other bright light. It may cause the
malfunction of the camera.
• If moisture condensation occurs, remove it before using the camera.
• Do not shake or strike the camera. It may cause a malfunction and you may not be
able to record images. Furthermore, the recording media may become unusable or
image data may be damaged.
Do not use/store the camera in the following places
• In an extremely hot, cold or humid place
In places such as in a car parked in the sun, the camera body may become
deformed and this may cause a malfunction.
• Under direct sunlight or near a heater
The camera body may become discolored or deformed, and this may cause a
• In a location subject to rocking vibration
• Near a location that generates strong radio waves, emits radiation or is strongly
magnetic place. Otherwise, the camera may not properly record or play back
• In sandy or dusty places
Be careful not to let sand or dust get into the camera. This may cause the camera to
malfunction, and in some cases this malfunction cannot be repaired.
On carrying
Do not sit down in a chair or other place with the camera in the back pocket of your
trousers or skirt, as this may cause malfunction or damage the camera.
Notes on the screen and lens
The screen is manufactured using extremely high-precision technology so over
99.99% of the pixels are operational for effective use. However, some tiny black
and/or bright dots (white, red, blue or green) may appear on the screen. These dots
are a normal result of the manufacturing process, and do not affect the recording.
Notes on the flash
• Do not carry the camera by the flash unit, or use excessive strength on it.
• If water, dust or sand get into the open flash unit, it may cause a malfunction.
On camera’s temperature
Your camera and battery may get hot due to continuous use, but it is not a
On the overheat protection
Depending on the camera and battery temperature, you may be unable to record
movies or the power may turn off automatically to protect the camera.
A message will be displayed on the screen before the power turns off or you can no
longer record movies. In this case, leave the power off and wait until the camera and
battery temperature goes down. If you turn on the power without letting the camera
and battery cool enough, the power may turn off again or you may be unable to
record movies.
On charging the battery
If you charge a battery that has not been used for a long time, you may be unable to
charge it to the proper capacity.
This is due to the battery characteristics, and is not a malfunction. Charge the battery
Warning on copyright
Television programs, films, videotapes, and other materials may be copyrighted.
Unauthorized recording of such materials may be contrary to the provisions of the
copyright laws.
No compensation for damaged content or recording failure
Sony cannot compensate for failure to record or loss or damage of recorded content
due to a malfunction of the camera or recording media, etc.
Cleaning the camera surface
Clean the camera surface with a soft cloth slightly moistened with water, then wipe
the surface with a dry cloth. To prevent damage to the finish or casing:
– Do not expose the camera to chemical products such as thinner, benzine, alcohol,
disposable cloths, insect repellent, sunscreen or insecticide.
Image device: 7.76 mm (1/2.3 type)
Exmor R CMOS sensor
Total pixel number of camera:
Approx. 18.9 Megapixels
Effective pixel number of camera:
Approx. 18.2 Megapixels
Lens: Sony G 20× zoom lens
f = 4.45 mm – 89 mm (25 mm –
500 mm (35 mm film equivalent))
F3.2 (W) – F5.8 (T)
While shooting movies (16:9):
27.5 mm – 550 mm*
While shooting movies (4:3):
34 mm – 680 mm*
* When [Movie SteadyShot] is set
to [Standard]
SteadyShot: Optical
Exposure control: Automatic exposure,
Manual exposure, Scene Selection
(15 modes)
White balance: Automatic, Daylight,
Cloudy, Fluorescent 1/2/3,
Incandescent, Flash, One Push,
White Balance Shift
Signal format:
For 1080 50i:
PAL color, CCIR standards HDTV
1080/50i, 1080/50p specification
For 1080 60i:
NTSC color, EIA standards HDTV
1080/60i, 1080/60p specification
File format:
Still images: JPEG (DCF, Exif,
MPF Baseline) compliant, DPOF
3D still images: MPO (MPF
Extended (Disparity Image))
Movies (AVCHD format):
AVCHD format Ver. 2.0
Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio: Dolby Digital 2ch,
equipped with Dolby Digital Stereo
• Manufactured under license from
Dolby Laboratories.
Movies (MP4 format):
Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio: MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2ch
Recording media: Internal Memory
(Approx. 105 MB), “Memory Stick
Duo” media, SD cards, “Memory
Stick Micro” media, microSD
memory cards
Flash: Flash range (ISO sensitivity
(Recommended Exposure Index)
set to Auto):
Approx. 0.4 m to 7.1 m
(1 ft 3 3/4 inches to 23 ft
3 5/8 inches) (W)
Approx. 1.5 m to 3.9 m
(4 ft 11 1/8 inches to 12 ft
9 5/8 inches) (T)
[Input and Output connectors]
HDMI connector: HDMI mini jack
Micro USB connector:
USB communication
USB communication: Hi-Speed USB
(USB 2.0)
LCD screen:
7.5 cm (3.0 type) TFT drive
Total number of dots:
921 600 dots
[Power, general]
Power: Rechargeable battery pack
NP-BG1, 3.6 V
NP-FG1 (sold separately), 3.6 V
AC Adaptor AC-UB10/UB10B/
UB10C/UB10D, 5 V
Power consumption (during shooting):
1.1 W
Operating temperature: 0 °C to 40 °C
(32 °F to 104 °F)
Storage temperature: –20 °C to +60 °C
(–4 °F to +140 °F)
Dimensions (CIPA compliant):
106.6 mm × 61.9 mm × 34.6 mm
(4 1/4 inches × 2 1/2 inches ×
1 3/8 inches) (W/H/D)
Mass (CIPA compliant) (including NPBG1 battery pack, “Memory Stick
Duo” media):
Approx. 254 g (9.0 oz)
Microphone: Stereo
Speaker: Monaural
Exif Print: Compatible
PRINT Image Matching III:
[Wireless LAN] (DSC-HX30/HX30V
Supported format: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
AC Adaptor AC-UB10/UB10B/
Power requirements: AC 100 V to
240 V, 50 Hz/60 Hz, 70 mA
Output voltage: DC 5 V, 0.5 A
Operating temperature: 0 °C to 40 °C
(32 °F to 104 °F)
Storage temperature: –20 °C to +60 °C
(–4 °F to +140 °F)
Approx. 50 mm × 22 mm × 54 mm
(2 inches × 7/8 inches ×
2 1/4 inches) (W/H/D)
For the USA and Canada: Approx.
48 g (1.7 oz)
For countries or regions other than
the USA and Canada: Approx. 43 g
(1.5 oz)
Rechargeable battery pack
Used battery: Lithium-ion battery
Maximum voltage: DC 4.2 V
Nominal voltage: DC 3.6 V
Maximum charge voltage: DC 4.2 V
Maximum charge current: 1.44 A
typical: 3.4 Wh (960 mAh)
minimum: 3.3 Wh (910 mAh)
Design and specifications are subject to
change without notice.
• The following marks are trademarks
of Sony Corporation.
, “Cyber-shot,”
“Memory Stick PRO Duo,”
“Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo,”
“Memory Stick Duo,” “Memory
Stick Micro”
• “AVCHD Progressive” and
“AVCHD Progressive” logotype are
trademarks of Panasonic Corporation
and Sony Corporation.
• Windows is registered trademark of
Microsoft Corporation in the United
States and/or other countries.
• Mac is registered trademark of Apple
• SDXC logo is a trademark of SD-3C,
” and “PlayStation” are
registered trademarks of Sony
Computer Entertainment Inc.
• In addition, system and product
names used in this manual are, in
general, trademarks or registered
trademarks of their respective
developers or manufacturers.
However, the ™ or ® marks are not
used in all cases in this manual.
Additional information on this
product and answers to frequently
asked questions can be found at
our Customer Support Website.
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