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Sony HDR-TD30V

3D full-HD camcorder

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Our take on the Sony HDR-TD30V

This is a camcorder that presents you with an easy decision. If you choose to buy it just for its abilities as a 2D camcorder, you'll be getting a fine value. But the Sony Handycam® HDR-TD30V is more than that — it's one of the best consumer 3D camcorders you're likely to find.

The Sony Handycam® HDR-TD30V has two full-HD sensors for high-resolution 3D imaging

The Sony Handycam® HDR-TD30V has two full-HD sensors for high-resolution 3D imaging.

The choice is yours

This is a camcorder that presents you with an easy decision. If you choose to buy it just for its abilities as a 2D camcorder, you'll be getting a fine value. But the Sony Handycam® HDR-TD30V is more than that — it's one of the best consumer 3D camcorders you're likely to find.

Get the full picture

What do we mean by full picture? Let's look at one essential specification: dual, full HD (1920 x 1080) sensors, fed by dual Sony "G" wide-angle lenses. So many 3D camcorders on the market split an HD signal into two 960 x 540 streams managed by one sensor, thereby halving your resolution when you look at the combined output. But the 'TD30V essentially captures two full-size HD frame sizes, so the final output has every bit as much resolution as two normal 2D HD signals. This creates immersive 3D captures with outstanding clarity, color fidelity, and low-light performance.

Sony Handycam® HDR-TD30V camcorder

The large LCD touchscreen displays 3D images without any need for special glasses.

No glasses required

And check this out: You can watch the 3D you capture on a spectacular 3-1/2" LCD screen without any need for special glasses. Your playback will feature all the depth and dimension you've come to expect from 3D technology.

Switch hitter

If you're wondering whether you can share videos with friends who might not have a 3D-capable television, you can stop worrying. With the flip of a switch, this camcorder will play back a crisp, clean 2D signal from 3D captures. And, if you decide that what you're shooting wouldn't benefit from 3D capture, or if you need to conserve your media storage by shooting in regular 2D, you can use that same dedicated switch on the back of the 'TD30V to make it perform like a standard HD camcorder. (Plus, switching to 2D lets you increase your capture quality from 60i to 60p.

Memory for your memories

The Sony HDR-TD30V takes Sony Memory Stick® media and SD/SDHC/SDXC cards for extra flexibility when you can't stop the event. Need more recording time? Just pop in a new memory card.

Some fancy tricks, too

The 'TD30V is loaded with creative options you'll want to explore. Sony's Intelligent Auto mode automatically selects from 180 different scene combinations, so you'll always have the right setting no matter what your surroundings and light give you. The Golf Shot option will turn a few seconds of time into 22 discrete still images, so you can take a quick moving event and dissect it for detailed analysis. Improve your audio, either by using the on-board zooming 5.1-surround mic, or by attaching a specialized shotgun or lavalier-type microphone for professional sound results. And monitor your audio along the way with the dedicated headphone stereo minijack.

Product Highlights:

    Storage and Formats:
    • 2 x 1/3.91" (4.6mm) back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensors for substantially improved detail and low light performance
    • Optical Steady Shot™ image stabilization compensates for handheld camera shake
    • Dual Wide Angle Sony G 10X optical zoom lenses (17X extended mode; digital zoom [2D only] to 120X)
    • captures 20.4-megapixel still images in photo mode
    • on-board flash for still shooting
    • built-in GPS tags your shooting locations and updates your system clock
    • Dolby® Digital 5.1-channel audio from built-in zoom microphone
    • 3D-ready 3.5" Xtra Fine LCD™ (1229K dots) widescreen touch-panel LCD enables you to watch 3D without special glasses
    • face detection mode with Smile Shutter™ helps you capture great portraits (2D only)
    • Intelligent Auto mode features 180 scene modes for easy, worry-free shooting
    • autofocus tracking locks onto a moving subject and keeps the subject in focus
    • Golf Shot mode captures a few seconds of motion as a sequence of up to 22 still images for in-depth analysis
    • Highlight Playback mode identifies key scenes from your shoot and creates a short movie complete with music and transitions
    Connections, Supplied Accessories and Dimensions:
    • built-in high-speed USB cable for video transfer to a computer
    • external microphone input and headphone output (stereo minijack)
    • Active Interface Shoe hosts intelligent accessories like external microphones and lights
    • 3D-ready mini HDMI output (cable included) for watching your videos on a compatible HDTV
    • AC adapter/charger and rechargeable lithium ion battery (NP-FV50)
    • remote control
    • includes power cord
    • operating guide and software DVD
    • 3-3/8"W x 2-1/2"H x 5-3/16"D
    • weight: 16.0 oz. without battery
    • warranty: 1 year parts, 90 days labor
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

    What's in the Box:

    • 3D Digital HD video camcorder
    • RMT-835 Wireless remote control
    • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed in remote)
    • NP-FV50 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (6.8V/7.0Wh/1030mAh)
    • AC-L200D AC adapter with attached 67" DC output cord (DC output: 8.4V/1.7A)
    • 40" AC power cord
    • 40" USB extension cable (Male Type A USB on one end and female Type A USB on other end)
    • 39" HDMI cable (full-sized HDMI on one end and mini-HDMI on other end)
    • Operating Guide (Eng)
    • Operating Guide (Span)
    • Limited Warranty (US)
    • Consumer 1 Year Warranty (Canada)
    • Online registration sheet

    Sony HDR-TD30V Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (1 Review)

    3d video

    rett v from lisle il on 7/5/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    camera works quite well

    Pros: like 3d video

    Cons: not easily figued out


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    General Features
    Video Camcorder Features
    Digital Still Camera Features
    Battery Information
    Input and Output Notes

    General Features

    3D Digital HD: The Sony HDR-TD30V utilizes two Full HD sensors to capture true 1920 x 1080 3D video. Most 3D cameras achieve the 3D effect by splitting the 1920 x 1080 signal into two 960 x 540 channels in order to squeeze them onto one sensor, thereby limiting resolution on the final output. 3D video can be viewed directly on the 3.5" LCD without the need for 3D glasses.

    Memory Card Slot: You can record video and photos onto Memory Stick PRO Duo and PRO-HG Duo cards up to 32 GB in capacity, as well as Class 4 or faster SD, SDHC, and SDXC Memory Cards up to 64 GB. There is no internal memory in the camcorder.

    3.5" Touch Panel LCD Screen: The 3D-ready 3.5" touch panel Xtra Fine LCD screen with TruBlack technology provides excellent viewing clarity with improved resolution. You can view 3D video on the LCD screen without the need for 3D glasses. The high resolution, 1,229,000 dot (2562 x 480) LCD screen rotates up to 270 degrees for multiple viewing angles providing sharp and detailed images for monitoring or playback. In addition, the touch panel LCD allows you to navigate through the menu system by touching the LCD screen. The LCD also features an adjustable brightness and color level. You can also power on this camcorder by simply opening its LCD display.

    Note: The camcorder does not have a separate viewfinder.

    Imaging Device: The HDR-TD30V features advanced 1/3.91" (4.6mm) back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS imaging sensors with 5,430,000 gross pixels. The 5,020,000 effective pixels for 2D video, and 3,980,000 for 3D, provide excellent detail and clarity. The unique image processing system of Sony's BIONZ and ClearVid pixel array allow still image resolution equivalent to a maximum of 20.4 megapixels (6016 x 3384).

    Dual Wide Angle G Lenses: The camcorder features two wide angle G lenses for superior optical performance, accurate color reproduction, and sharp detailed images. It has a 29.8mm-298 focal length for 2D video and photos, and 33.4-400.8mm for 3D videos for enhanced wide angle shooting.

    Zoom: The camcorder has a 10x optical and 12x extended zoom for 3D videos. The zoom for 2D video is 10x optical and 17x extended (with Active Steady Shot). Combined with the digital zoom, the total zoom capability is 120x. Because the digital zoom processes the image digitally, the picture quality deteriorates the more you zoom in. The power zoom lever can be moved slightly for a slow zoom, or moved further for a faster zoom.

    Global Positioning System: The TD30V is equipped with a built-in GPS which receives location data from any of the 24 GPS satellites located above the earth and records it onto your movies and photos. You can locate movies and photos with embedded GPS data on a map. You can also use the data to display a map of your current location. The camcorder can use the GPS data to automatically set the clock and the time zone.

    Active Interface Shoe: The Active Interface Shoe located on the top of the camcorder supplies power to accessories such as a video light, a flash, or a microphone. The accessory is turned on and off as you open and close the LCD screen of the camcorder.

    Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization: Optical SteadyShot image stabilization system compensates for greater degrees of camera shake to deliver smooth video from wide angle to full telephoto shooting. The 3-way Shake-Canceling adds electronic roll stability for even smoother video capture. You can choose between Standard SteadyShot, Active SteadyShot, or Off.

    Face Detection: The camcorder's Face Detection technology recognizes faces and optimizes the camera settings for videos and still photos. Videos and photos recorded using Face Detection are indexed according to the faces detected in each scene. This allows you to search for what you want by selecting the faces displayed in the index.

    Focus Modes: The Sony Handycam HDR-TD30V features Auto Focus and Manual Focus modes. When using Auto Focus, you can choose to focus on a subject in the center of the screen or with Spot Focus, focus on an off-centered object. If you are recording subjects other than people, you can touch the subject on the touchscreen, and the camcorder will adjust the focus automatically as it moves within the frame. For more difficult focusing situations, you can manually adjust the focus of the camcorder using the touch panel.

    Spot Meter: You can adjust and fix the exposure to the subject, so that it is recorded in suitable brightness even when there is strong contrast between the subject and the background, such as subjects in the spotlight on a stage.

    Scene Selection Modes: The following Scene Selection modes are available to suit your specific shooting requirements: Face Detection (Portrait, Baby) and Scene Detection (Backlight, Landscape, Night Scene, Spotlight, Low Light, Macro).

    CinemaTone: For extra control over image expression, CinemaTone technology is used to deepen the color to re-create film-like color tones. Combined with 24p recording, you'll have some of the tools you'll need for cinematic expression.

    White Balance Adjustment: Sets the color balance to the brightness of the recording environment. Your choices are:

    • Auto: The white balance is adjusted automatically.
    • Outdoor (5800K): The white balance is adjusted for the following conditions: Outdoors, night views, neon signs and fireworks, sunrise, sunsets, under daylight fluorescent lamps.
    • Indoor (3200K): The white balance is adjusted for the following conditions: Indoors, party scenes and studios where lighting conditions change quickly, and under the video lamps or incandescent-like color lamps.
    • One Push: The white balance will be adjusted according to the present ambient light.

    Back Light: You can use the Backlight function to adjust the exposure for backlit subjects.

    Guide Frame: The Guide Frame displays a frame and grid around your subject and allows you to check the horizontal and vertical position.

    Data Code Function: The camcorder automatically records time codes along with the images you shoot, so you can display the date and time during playback or editing.

    Protect: You can protect movies and photos to avoid deleting them by mistake.

    Direct Copy to External HDD: With an optional VMC-UAM1 USB adapter cable, you can save movies and photos on an external hard disk drive (HDD). Once you have saved them to the HDD, you can also playback the images and videos through the camcorder to a connected HDTV.

    Power On By LCD: You can set the camcorder to automatically power on when you open the LCD, and turn off when you close the LCD.

    Video Camcorder Features

    Video Recording: The HDR-TD30V records 3D and 2D High Definition video in 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios with various image sizes and bit rates to choose from. A Standard Definition recording mode is also available. The following recording modes are available:

    Image QualityBit RatePixelsAspect Ratio
    3D High Definition
    3D Movie28 Mbps1920 x 108016:9
    2D High Definition
    PS28 Mbps1920 x 108016:9
    FX24 Mbps1920 x 108016:9
    FH17 Mbps1920 x 108016:9
    HQ9 Mbps1440 x 108016:9
    LP5 Mbps1440 x 108016:9
    Standard Definition
    HQ9 Mbps720 x 48016:9, 4:3

    Built-In 5.1-channel Mic: The built-in 5.1-channel microphone captures sounds coming from all directions to allow you to experience your home videos the way they were experienced in real life. A 3.5mm minijack is provided for connecting an optional external stereo microphone.

    Closer Voice: When recording people and faces are detected, the Closer Voice feature records the voice more clearly. Closer Voice is only available when using the built-in microphone. It will not function when an external mic is used.

    Divide Movies: The Divide Movies feature allows you to divide movies on the internal flash memory of the camcorder or on an inserted memory card. You cannot restore movies once they are divided.

    Smooth Slow Record: Fast-moving subjects and actions which cannot be captured under ordinary shooting conditions can be shot in smooth slow-motion for about 3 seconds. The 3-second movie is recorded as a 12-second slow-motion movie.

    Golf Shot: Using the same technology as the Smooth Slow Recording, the Golf Shot feature captures a few seconds of motion as a sequence of up to 22 still images. These images can be viewed or printed individually or as a composite sequence shot image. This feature is helpful in analyzing a golf swing, tennis serve, or other fast action.

    Digital Still Camera Features

    Digital Still Image Recording: The HDR-TD30V can record still images on either the unit's built-in 64 GB flash memory or on an optional memory card (sold separately).

    Image Resolution: Still images are recorded in the following resolutions, depending upon the selected aspect ratio:

    • 16:9: 6016 x 3384, 4224 x 2376, 1920 x 1080, 640 x 360
    • 4:3: 4512 x 3384, 2592 x 1944, 640 x 480

    Capturing Still Images From Video: You can capture still images from recorded video. The image size is fixed depending upon the aspect ratio of the movie: 1920 x 1080, 640 x 360, or 640 x 480. The recording date and time of the captured photos is the same as the recording date and time of the movie. If there is no data code on the movie, the recording date and time will be the date/time you captured the photo from the video.

    Self Timer: This feature allows you to record a still image about 10 seconds after the "Photo" button is depressed.

    Slide Show: You can automatically play back images stored on the HDR-TD30V's internal flash memory or from a memory card in a slide-show fashion.   

    Battery Information

    Battery: This unit comes with an NP-FV50 InfoLithium battery. The InfoLithium system exchanges data about its actual power consumption with the camcorder for a more accurate estimate of recording time available. Cold temperatures will increase battery consumption. The battery can be charged in the camera using the AC adapter, or via USB. The HDR-TD30V is compatible with Sony InfoLithium V-series batteries:

    BatteryImage QualityRecording TimePlayback TimeCharging Time
    (980 mAh)
    3D70 min35 min110 min155 min280 min
    HD105 min50 min130 min
    STD110 min55 min140 min
    (1960 mAh)
    3D150 min75 min235 min195 min545 min
    HD220 min110 min270 min
    STD235 min115 min290 min
    (3700 mAh)
    3D300 min150 min470 min390 min1000 min
    HD440 min220 min535 min
    STD470 min235 min580 min

    Auto Shut Off: When powered by the battery the camcorder can be set to turn off automatically if not used for 5 minutes.

    Input and Output Notes

    HDMI: The TD30V is equipped with a mini-HDMI (Type C) output for connecting your camcorder to an HDTV. A 39" HDMI cable is included with the camcorder. When connecting the camcorder to a Bravia Sync-compatible TV via HDMI, you can control play back on the camcorder by aiming the TV's Remote Commander at the TV.

    A/V Output: The camcorder features a proprietary Audio/Video connection for use with an optional A/V connecting cable for displaying the camcorder's contents on your television. You can change the aspect ratio of the camcorder's video output from 16:9 or 4:3 according to the screen aspect ratio of your TV. You can also choose to display the camcorder's information, such as the time code on the screen of your TV during playback from the camcorder. The supplied A/V cable has a proprietary plug on one end and male stereo RCA audio and RCA composite video connections on the other end.

    Built-in USB: The camcorder has a built-in male USB Type A plug and a 40" USB extension cable (Type A USB female-to-Type A USB male) for connecting to a PC. Connecting to a PC via USB allows you to download still images and video files on the memory card. You can edit and save your video files onto your computer, then make DVDs of them using the downloadable PlayMemories Home software.

    Microphone Input: A 3.5mm minijack microphone input is included for connecting an external microphone. When an external mic is connected, it takes precedence over the built-in microphone.

    Headphone Output: The camcorder has a 3.5mm stereo minijack for use with headphones. When headphones are plugged in, the camcorder's speaker is muted.

    DC In Jack: The DC In Jack is for use with the supplied AC adapter and charger.


    Downloadable Software: The camcorder has no built-in software for importing images and video from the camcorder to your computer. Instead, the PlayMemories Home software can be downloaded directly to your computer via the Internet (URL provided in the supplied Operating Guide). With PlayMemories Home, you can:

    • Import images from your camcorder
    • View images on a calendar
    • Share images on "PlayMemories Online"
    • Upload images to network services, such as Facebook and YouTube
    • Create a disc

    Compatible Operating Systems: PlayMemories Home is compatible with the following Windows Operating Systems: Windows 8, Windows 7 (SP1), Windows Vista¹ (SP2), Windows XP² (SP3)

    ¹ Starter (Edition) is not supported
    ² 64-bit editions and Starter (Edition) are not supported. Windows Image Mastering API (IMAPI) Ver.2.0 or newer is required to use disc creation function, etc.

    Macintosh: PlayMemories Home software is not supported with Mac computers. You should use the appropriate software on your Mac to import images from the camcorder to your Mac and play them.

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