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Sony CyberShot DSC-U30
Sony CyberShot DSC-U30

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Sony CyberShot DSC-U30

Editor's Review

The ultra-compact Sony CyberShot DSC-U30 offers a stylish design that will fit right in on a night out at the clubs and bars. Available in blue, black, or silver (check the retailers' websites for black and silver) and sporting a mirror on the front to help aim self-portraits (or fix one's hair), the 2-megapixel U30 should appeal to those looking for a tiny point & shoot camera to snap pictures of their party-going friends.


  • 2.0 megapixels (effective)
  • no zoom
  • auto and 4-step manual focus
  • program exposure only
  • JPEG file format only
  • auto ISO
  • 2 AAA batteries
  • movie mode (no sound)
  • Part Number: DSCU30S
  • UPC: 00027242629080
  • Release Date: Jul 09, 2003

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Sony CyberShot DSC-U30 Reviews

Sony CyberShot DSC-U30 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 3.0 out of 5
just a couple complaints (Lauren — 08/28/2006)

I bought this camera a few years ago, and overall it works pretty well. Its small size is a definite plus, because it's convenient and also really cool! One problem I've had with this camera is that if you want to take a pic in bright sunlight, you can't see the screen and there is no old-fashioned viewfinder. Same with pictures in the dark... and expect those pictures to have red-eye, pretty much every time. The only other inconvenience is that the video feature is perfectly awful... bad quality, and no sound. Don't buy this camera expecting great videos, but I think that it takes quality pictures. Mine worked well; I wish I hadn't lost it!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Note on cameras that stopped working (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have had one of these for 3 years and it also stopped working while not being used.

The sensor got broke and all I got was a strange image on the lcd and pictures taken.

I searched for these kind of behaviour and it was explained in the sony website that this is because of a defective batch of sensors used in the camera.

The sensor was replaced free of charge (out of warranty already), I just had to pay for the shipping to the sony repair center.

Of the camera I can say it is a great point and shoot device. Id does that great, you carry the camera everywhere, 2mp are enough for regular prints and batteries last he whole wekend worth of pictures.

In the end, if you just want to take quick pictures about your trips, friends, special moments, this is a great camera to carry around.

People with more speficic demands should look for a more feature rich (usually bigger) device.

  • 5.0 out of 5
I hope mine doesn't just stop working because I love it (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I am an obsessive snapper. I have snapped thousands of pictures with my CyberShot and I am very pleased with most of the results.
The only thing I don't like is the delay between pressing the go button ("shutter") and the picture getting took.
It is my first digital camera and I am at a loss to imagine what my next will be. I hope it doesn't break!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Good for awhile (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I recived this camera for a Christmas gift two years ago. I really loved my camera but barely ever used it. I tryed to take pics with it and for some reason it mysteriously stopped working do to bad lens. Don't waste your money.

  • 4.0 out of 5
excellent camera for close pictures!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have this camera for almost 3 years!! over 5000 photos taken and I only have to change the original batteries once cause I lost the originals. Thea only things I have to complain on this camera is that it's not good for long distance pictures and the movie feature is really bad.

  • 1.0 out of 5
camera broke after just 200 photos! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Simply stopped working after just under 2 years, I've heard of other do the same.

  • 5.0 out of 5
I love it (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera is really convenient due to it's size (i always get comments from other people when i take it on a night out - they can't believe its a real camera!)

It takes great quality photo's which can be enlarged to approx A4 size without becoming too grainy.

Close up pictures are really good quality, and i have managed to take some brilliant spontaneous photo's as it is quick to start.

I have had no problems with the battery life - my rechargable batteries last ages and ages.

I have a 128mb card and it holds around 300 pictures.

Only draw back is the lack of zoom, but that is a sacrifice that has to be made to keep the camera so small.

All in all i love it!

  • 4.0 out of 5
any picture better than no picture (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera is so small and light I find I throw it in my pocket or my wife in her purse any time we are going out with family or traveling any where interesting. So we have a camera with us much more often than before owning this camera. I don't always like lugging around my higher res. Nikon camera. The camera is very easy to use, pictures printed at 4x6 are very sharp, and uses rechargeable batteries so I haven't had to buy any.

  • 2.0 out of 5
possible to lost photos (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I don't know how many photos I can take although i got a 128 MB memery card. Instead of telling me when the memery is full and cannot take any more photos it will continue take photos and just take place of the old photos. It's horrible!

  • 4.0 out of 5
perfect for going out (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

consider this camera a cheap alternative to a disposable camera. with my 128 card i can hold almost 300 pics. that's more than a months worth of pics. they are only 2mp's. not something you want to take the family portrait with but great for so much. smaller than every cell phone. make sure you get some li-ion batteries to go with it. if you review your pics it eats batteries. when you can hold 300 pics, why bother. look at them on your computer later.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Average Pics. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

My first Picture quality can be enhanced by almost 90% by the use of Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro. Its so small it can be brought anywhere. I like it and every aspect of the camera worked. Tip: Make sure to switch off after every shot and view your pics. on the P.C. This will add to the battery life. Also invest in a larger memory card.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Doesn't last (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I thought it was a pretty good. little convenient camera and talked my sister and daughter into also buying one for themselves. Now 2 out of 3 don't work on camera mode.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Not a good buy! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I was given this camera as a gift, and from day one I found it to be somewhat irritating. Without the feature of a zoom, your picture taking abilities are very limited. If you're trying to take pictures from any distance, the quality is very low. The movie feature is basically worthless, due to the short recording time you are given, and the lack of sound. Trying to keep this small camera in batteries is terrible as well. I have purchased tons of rechargeable batteries, including the sony pack for this camera, and can only take two or three pictures max on them. Even brand new batteries are drained instantly. I contacted sony about this and they were no help. I would suggest you take your money and invest it in a camera you can actually use!

  • 3.0 out of 5
Average Pics. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

No zoom which is a negative. Size and easy to use are a plus. Make sure to purchase a bigger memory card size. Battery life is quiet low. Picture quality can be improved by the use of Photoshop or equivalent program

  • 5.0 out of 5
Photographer's blessing in disguise (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
When I first glanced upon the cyber shot I was speculative about whether or not this small Sony camera could live up to previous cameras I have used and owned and I have to say that it has and I am extremely pleased what the camera is capable of.