Canon Powershot SX30IS

Canon Powershot SX30IS

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We've given the SX30 a grade of B+.
This product is ranked
5th of 29 in Extended Zoom
22nd of 34 in Canon
12th of 23 in $300 - $400
15th of 96 in 13 & 14 MP

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Canon's SX30 superzoom sports a whopping 24-840mm lens, the longest focal range on the market. The tradeoff for that huge range seems to be soft image quality, according to expert and user reviews. Since its built around a standard CCD sensor, it lags behind its competitors in terms of high-ISO image quality, speed, and video ability (it "only" shoots 720p video, where most upcoming competitors shoot 1080i or 1080p). For a few months after its release, it was one of the better superzooms out there, and it's still generally a good camera. But now that the market has caught up and the SX30 remains at a stiff $400, we have to knock it down a peg.

The body is built from components typically reserved for dSLRs, like an ultrasonic motor and several special lens elements. The optical image stabilization is said to be the most effective Canon has ever included in a camera, compensating for an equivalent of 4.5 stops' worth of camera shake. If those last couple specs went over your head, trust us when we say that means it's a really good camera. The reviews we've seen so far indicate that the picture quality is quite soft at the tip of the telephoto end, which is frustrating with a camera at this price, but that's a sacrifice that you'll have to make for that kind of zooming capability. It's still one of the best superzooms that money can buy at the moment.


  • 14.1 megapixels
  • 35x optical zoom
  • Optical (lens-shift) image stabilization
  • 24mm wide-angle
  • 2.7-inch articulating LCD monitor
  • 720p HD video (in-video zooming)
  • Automatic and full manual control, including manual focus
  • Continuous/Servo auto-focus
  • Zoom-framing assist
  • DIGIC IV image processor
  • Hot-shoe port
  • Mini-HDMI output
  • Captures to SD/SDHC/SDXC media cards
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: Sep 30, 2010

Canon Powershot SX30IS Reviews

Canon Powershot SX30IS Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 4.0 out of 5
all in one (caner — 11/01/2010)
hi guys, i own this camera for a week now. it is all in one, super zoom camera that can satisfy most unprofessional users. shots are better than a compact camera, but do not compare it to a dslr. from macro to telephoto and 720p hd video,gives you all you want. if you want more, buy a dslr (costs more of course) one bad thing: it has a small ccd sensor, it would be better with a cmos sensor. manual zoom is a bit slow. ( or am i? lol).
  • 2.0 out of 5
Same old Canon problem - Chromatic Abberation. (humpty — 10/12/2010)
I used this camera for 2 days, it's the same time it took to sell it. It has the same problem as all cheaper Canon zooms, the dreaded purple fringes on buildings. I should have seen the samples in the dpreview forums before I bought it. oh well.