Summary: I gave this camera to my wife for Christmas and she loves it..It takes the best photos of any camera she has ever owned. She takes a lot of the family especially the grandkids and a lot of flower photos and this camera is great! Still haven't started using all of the options this camera has as yet, but I'm sure she will be an expert before too long.
Excerpt: Most my shots are for indoor basketball/no flash .... shooting at 1/400 to 1/600 .... in gyms that range from mediocre to excellent lighting. In this genre, compact, high zoom .... I've used the Canon, Nikon, Fuji & Pansasonic variants. Nothing touches the HX30V for high ISO performance, At ISO 3200 it produces very usable photos up to 8 X 10 ( haven't tried greater enlargement).
Excerpt: For now use the DSC-HX9V detailed camera manual that is found on line. The cameras are similar enough that you can substitute untill sony gets the 30V manual up. One would think that since the cameras are so similar that making the necessary edits would be a piece of cake, but I guess not. I still would like to see a few more manual controls, so that it is not so menu driven. More than 2 aperatures in manual would be useful.