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Canon IXUS i Zoom / PowerShot SD30 / IXY L3

alaTest has collected and analyzed 529 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the image quality and performance. The design and portability also get good feedback, but there are some negative reviews about the zoom and memory.

usability, portability, design, performance, image quality

flash, features, viewfinder, memory, zoom

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon IXUS i Zoom / PowerShot SD30 / IXY L3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

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PowerShot SD30


Cute but Disappointing Point-and-Shoot Camera

Compact size. Fashionable camera-body colors ; Image quality isn't bad - but it isn't great, either. No optical viewfinder

Image quality isn't bad - but it isn't great, either. No optical viewfinder

The SD30 started a lot of conversations when we hit the party circuit - its small size and attractive colors generate a lot of interest. However, beyond the cosmetics lies the brutal truth: For its price, the SD30 doesn't quite reach the same high...

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Canon PowerShot SD30 Digital Elph


Megapixels: 5, Included Memory Amount: 16 MB, Included Memory: Media Card, Media Format: Secure Digital, Maximum Re...

Very portable, lightweight, and stylish. Good daylight picture quality.

Small LCD. Average performance. Poor video features.

The Canon PowerShot SD30 Digital Elph makes a nice impression, but its packaging may outshine its performance.

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Canon Powershot SD30


The PowerShot SD30 Digital ELPH incorporates a great measure of functional beauty and sense of lightness, thanks to the adoption of the latest design techniques and new color variations. The PowerShot SD30 includes a full range of high-performance feature

Bottom line - if you're in the market for a stylish little point-n-shoot that can be tucked away just about anywhere, the Canon PowerShot SD30 Digital Elph might be the camera for you. It offers great image quality and performance, all with the features a


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Canon PowerShot SD30


The new Canon PowerShot SD30 features the great looks and sharp design that are a signature of Canon's ELPH cameras. The "Perpetual Curve Design" of the SD30 has few flat surfaces or right-angled corners on the camera body -- consequently giving it a...

Compact size, Solid build, In-camera image stabilization makes all lenses better for low light shooting, Same sensor as 7D, Kit lens covers 18-70mm 35mm equivalent range, Very good to excellent low-light capability, Excellent battery life, Decent...

Proprietary hot shoe, No PC sync port, No video recording (a fact of life with SLRs), Hand grip may be uncomfortably small for some users, Image noise slightly high at ISO 1600, RAW+JPEG option only saves fine-mode JPEGs. (But that's not a bad...

The Canon SD30 features a 2.4x, 6.3-14.9mm zoom lens, equivalent to a 38-90mm zoom on a 35mm camera. Aperture is automatically controlled, but the maximum setting ranges from f/3.2 at full wide angle to f/5.4 at full telephoto. A maximum 4x digital...

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Canon PowerShot SD30 Digital ELPH


The PowerShot SD30 ($399) is smaller than most of the ultra-compact cameras out there, and it really can go anywhere that you do. It also comes in four colors, so you can find one that fits your personality. How does the SD30perform? Find out in our...

Very good photo quality in good lighting ; Compact, stylish body comes in four colors ; Unlimited continuous shooting mode ; LCD visible in low light ; AF-assist lamp ; Includes camera dock with remote control for viewing photos on your television ;...

Some corner softness; noise in long exposures is above average ; Weak flash ; Redeye is a big problem ; Unimpressive movie mode ; Dock required for USB and A/V output ; Battery life could be better ; Tiny memory card included with camera

If you want a camera that you can carry around for everyday outdoor shots, then I can recommend the PowerShot SD30. If you're looking for something small that performs when you need to use the flash, you'll likely be disappointed with the SD30. While...

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Canon PowerShot SD30


The Canon PowerShot SD30 Digital ELPH is here - This time with optical zoom, a larger LCD, a new faster processor and a more stylish design.

Ultra-compact and stylish ; Camera dock and remote control included ; Great LCD performance ; Extremely fast ; Unlimited continuous shooting ; Overall sharp photos

Weak flash ; Limited manual controls ; Few external controls (ie. zoom controller is combined with 4 way controller) ; Movies, though unlimited, are choppy ; So-so battery life ; Red-eye ; Some soft edges

The Canon SD30 is one stylish, ultra-compact camera which is head-turning, though it lacks "real" manual controls and has a weak flash. The SD30 is fast and has a great LCD. Photos are great but a little noisy and there's lots of red-eye. Also, the...

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Not a good camera for heavy use


compact and cute

stopped working after one year

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Owners Opinion: Canon PowerShot SD30 (Will Benedict, 6 Aug 07)


I had an SD10 and when it broke, I figured I'd upgrade. The SD30 has more megapixels, but otherwise the image quality is the same. The autofocus speed is significantly slower on the SD30 than the SD10, as is the picture-to-picture flash recharge....

No problems, the camera does what it says...I just wish it did it a bit faster.

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Owners Opinion: Canon PowerShot SD30 (Luca Monterzino, 21 May 07)


I bought this camera for my daughter. I was impressed how a 8-year children was able to get the camera and to shot photos in so little time (few minutes). Very good construction quality, good image quality if the light is good!

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Canon PowerShot SD30 Digital ELPH (purple)


I was reluctant to buy this camera because of the user opinion rating it got but I just got back from a two week trip abroad and I absolutely LOVED this camera. It is easy to carry around, and doesn't stand out as a touristy camera. Like any camera the...

great pictures for such a little guy

small screen

Product Specifications

Sure it's a fashion statement, but the PowerShot SD30 Digital ELPH lives up to its looks with impressive features including a 5.0 Megapixel CCD, high quality optical zoom and a cool new Camera Station. You'll carry this camera for its style, but use it for its easy interface and consistently gorgeous images.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon NB-4L

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.8in
Diagonal Size (metric):4.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Fireworks / Foliage / Indoor / Kids & pets / Landscape / Macro / Night snapshot / Portrait mode / Snow / Stitch assist / Underwater

Flash Memory

Form Factor:MultiMediaCard
Storage Capacity:16MB


Model:SD30 Digital ELPH
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon PowerShot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.2-5.4
Max Focal Length:14.9mm
Min Focal Length:6.3mm
Optical Zoom:2.4
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Glamour gold/Rockstar red/Tuxedo black/Vivacious violet

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:5Megapixel

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Low Sharpening / Neutral / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None