Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Digital Camera Black
  • Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Digital Camera Black
  • Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Digital Camera Black
  • Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Digital Camera Black
  • Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Digital Camera Black
  • Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Digital Camera Black
  • Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Digital Camera Black

Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Digital Camera Black

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Key Features
  • Optical Sensor Resolution 14.1 MP
  • Optical Zoom 35x
  • Built in Flash Yes
  • Screen Size 2.7 Inches
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Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Digital Camera Black - Expert Reviews

Overall Review

Canon PowerShot SX30 IS is one of the best superzoom cameras available in the camera world featuring a 14 megapixel super-zoom alongside a 35x optically stabilized zoom lens. The most obvious enhancement is the extension of the zoom range from the SX20 IS's already impressive 20x to a whopping 35x. Canon PowerShot SX30 IS zoom extends through a 35mm equivalent of 24 – 840mm, spanning the range from ultra-wide-angle to super-telephoto. The sensor resolution has been increased by 2 Megapixels and the new model is fitted with a slightly larger 2.7 inch articulated screen. Improved image stabilisation provides a claimed four and a half stops of compensation and Canon has abandoned AA cells in favour of a proprietary Lithium-Ion battery. Scene detection, introduced in the SX20 IS, has been improved with the addition of new scenes and extended to movie shooting which also benefits from a new Dynamic IS mode. Canon PowerShot SX30 IS retains fully manual control with PASM exposure modes and also benefits from some of the new scene modes that have been introduced in Canon's compact range, such as Fish-eye and Miniature.






Design and Build Quality

There has been a significant restyling of Canon PowerShot SX30 IS over Canon PowerShot SX20 IS, the new camera is significantly more rounded and is also a bit larger. The hand grip has been slimmed down and the top panel has a more moulded shape incorporating a deep thumb recess, all of which results in a camera body that not only looks better, but is even more comfortable and secure in the hand. The contoured look isn't spoiled by the presence of the flash hot shoe which is deftly hidden underneath a removable cover. Canon very thoughtfully provides a case for this which attaches to the camera strap so you won't lose it. One will not be wrong if he/she describes the design of this device the same as that of a mini DSLR, but measuring 123mm x 92mm x 108mm, it's actually roughly the same size as an entry-level DSLR. Surprisingly it's not far-off in terms of weight too: despite the change from four AA batteries to a smaller, lighter, proprietary Li-Ion cell, Canon PowerShot SX30 IS still weighs-in at a not inconsiderable 601g with battery and card. That may be 46g less than the SX20 IS when it was fitted with four typical AAs, but both cameras still come close to an entry-level DSLR - Canon's own EOS 1000D weighs 700g with battery, card and EF-S 18-55mm IS kit lens.

Focus and Face Detection

Two autofocus modes are fancied on Canon PowerShot SX30 IS are Face Detect and Flexizone AF. Face Detect identifies faces in the frame and, as well as focusing, sets the exposure and white balance. Each detected face is framed - the main subject has a white frame and other faces have a grey frame. You can select an alternative main subject by repeated pressing of the AF frame selector button and half pressure on the shutter release locks the focus, identifying the main subjects with up to nine green frames.

Lens and Image Stabilization

Canon PowerShot SX30 comes in handy with a 4.3 – 150.5mm zoom lens which is the equivalent on a full-frame 35mm camera of 24 – 840mm and a magnification ratio of 35x. That's almost double the range of the earlier SX20 IS and by any standards an impressive sweep that will allow to frame your subject exactly the way you want in almost any situation. If you need to go wider or longer you're going to be looking at a DSLR and a bag of lenses with all the cost and weight implications that involves. When powered on, the lens extends by 18mm from its housing and the camera is ready for action in a little over a second. Like its predecessors, the zoom is powered by a two-speed USM motor which is almost silent on the slower of the two speeds and is operational during video recording. At the faster of the two speed the lens extends through the full range to 840mm in two and a half seconds and can be nudged through around 55 discrete steps. When fully extended the lens barrel produces 60mm from its housing - that's comparable with the Panasonic Lumix FZ 45 / FZ 40 and Lumix FZ100, despite its extra zoom range.

Screen and Menus

The screen that covers almost all the rear of the camera is one of the feature highlights of Canon PowerShot SX30 IS. At 2.7 inches it's a little bigger than the the 2.5in screen of its predecessor, albeit with the same 230 thousand pixel resolution. For shooting stills and standard resolution video the size and resolution of the screen are more than up to the job.


Canon PowerShot SX30 IS does well to replace the four AA batteries used in its predecessors with an NB-7L Lithium-Ion battery. Canon PoweShot SX30 IS's Lithium Ion battery provides enough power for 370 shots using the screen, or 400 if you stick to the electronic viewfinder. That's significantly fewer than you'd get from the PowerShot SX20 IS with a set of 2500mAh NiMH rechargeables, and also falls short of the Lumix FZ45, but is similar to the Lumix FZ100.


Video Mode

Canon PowerShot SX30 IS can shoot 1280 x 720 HD video at 30 frames per second and has two standard resolution video modes, 640 x 480 and 320 x 240 also at 30fps. You can use the optical zoom while recording and you'll only hear the quiet USM motor when there's no ambient noise.


Canon PowerShot SX30 IS has a 14 Megapixel 1 / 2.3in CCD sensor with an ISO sensitivity range of 80 to 1600 ISO at maximum resolution. Unlike the Panasonic rivals, there's no RAW option and all images are saved as JPEGs using a single compression mode that produces file sizes of around 3.5MB.


Massive 35x optical zoom.
Excellent optical image stabilisation.
Fully articulated screen.
Flash hotshoe.



Fringing at zoom extremes.
Poor continuous shooting.
No RAW mode.
No lens hood.

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Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Digital Camera Black Specifications

Camera Features
  • Optical Sensor Resolution 14.1 MP
  • Sensor Type CCD Sensor
  • Sensor Size 1/2.3 Inches
  • Maximum Shutter Speed 1/3200 sec
  • Minimum Shutter Speed 15 sec
  • Optical Zoom 35x
  • Digital Zoom 4x
  • Audio Video Interface Analog Audio Output (Stereo) / Analog Video Output (NTSC or PAL)
  • Auto Focus AiAF TTL
  • Focal Length 35 mm film Equivalent
Convenience Features
  • Shooting Modes Auto, Aperture Priority, Beach, Custom (C1), Custom (C2), Color Accent, Color Accent, Color Swap, Color Swap, Smile, Face Self-Timer, Fireworks, Fish-Eye Effect, Foliage, Low Light, Manual, Miniature Effect, Miniature Effect, Movie, Smart Shutter, Program, Portrait, Poster Effect, Scenery, SCN, Snow, Sports, Stitch Assist, Smart Auto, Standard, Super Vivid, Shutter Priority, Wink Self-Timer
  • Continuous Shots Up to 0.6 fps
  • Self Timer 2 sec, 10 sec, Custom
  • Metering Center-Weighted, Evaluative, Spot
Image Enhancements
  • ISO Rating Auto / 80 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600
  • Face Detection Yes
  • Macro Mode 0 - 50 cm (W)
  • Screen Size 2.7 Inches
  • Image Display Resolution 230000 dots
  • Video Display Resolution 1280 x 720 pixels (HD) @ 30 fps*, 640 x 480 pixels @ 30 fps*, 320 x 240 pixels @ 30 fps*, Miniature effect 1280 x 720 pixels (Shooting: 6 fps, 3 fps, 1.5 fps Playback 30 fps*) 640 x 480 pixels (Shooting: 6 fps, 3 fps, 1.5 fps Playback 30 fps*)
  • HDMI Yes
  • USB Yes
Images & Video
  • Video Format MOV
Media & Software
  • External Memory Yes
  • Built in Flash Yes
  • Flash Modes Pop-Up Flash
  • Flash Range 6.8m
Power Source
  • AC Adapter AC Adaptor Kit ACK-DC50
  • Battery Type Battery Pack (NB-7L )
  • Weight 601 gms
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