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Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Digital Camera Review

 

The excellent Canon PowerShot SX30 IS comes equipped with one of the longest zoom ratios we've yet seen. Image quality takes a hit as a result of such magnification, but overall the model is a great value and a joy to shoot with.

The Canon PowerShot SX30 IS is a fine camera that's fun to shoot with and offers a compelling midpoint between the portability of a point-and-shoot and the performance of a DSLR. As this model likely nears the end of its product life, the SX30 now...

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Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Review

 

As one of the most powerful mega-zoom cameras on the market, The SX30 IS features a 35x wide optical zoom, 14-Megapixel imaging sensor and a 2.7-Inch Vari-Angle LCD. With great image quality and outstanding performance, this is the perfect camera to...

35x optical zoom is the most versatile lens currently on the market ; Captures nice 14-megapixel still photos ; Excellent performance for its class ; Optical Image Stabilization is easy for handheld shooting and video ; 720p HD video captures excellent...

Chromatic Aberrations in most images ; Face detection struggled a little with moving faces ; No audio input for HD video recording

As one of the most powerful mega-zoom cameras on the market, The SX30 IS features a 35x wide optical zoom, 14-Megapixel imaging sensor and a 2.7-Inch Vari-Angle LCD. With great image quality and outstanding performance, this is the perfect camera to...

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Canon PowerShot SX30 IS (Black)

 

Let's get something straight: the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS is basically little more than a compact point-and-shoot camera with a long lens. It may look like a digital SLR, but outside of that, they have almost nothing in common. If you're expecting...

Flexible lens range; excellent image stabilization; features for every kind of user.

Generally soft, noisy photos at full size; overall slow performance; no raw capture.

The Canon PowerShot SX30 IS is a point-and-shoot camera with a 35x zoom lens. As long as you're not expecting much more than that, it's a very good megazoom.

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Canon SX30 IS

 

The Canon SX30 IS follows up 2009's SX20 IS model -- itself an update of 2008's SX10 IS. Compared to the SX20 IS, Canon has again raised the resolution ever so slightly, taking the SX30 from a twelve-megapixel CCD sensor to a fourteen megapixel CCD,...

Unreal 35x Canon zoom lens (24-840mm) ; Attractive design ; Quality 720p HD movie mode with stereo sound ; Very good Optical Image Stabilization ; Zoom Framing Assist button makes reacquiring a subject easier ; Smart Auto works well (28 options) ; Very...

Uneven zoom operation ; No RAW option ; Only 1.3 fps in full-res continuous mode ; LCD should be more than 230K dots ; Small electronic viewfinder compared to past models ; Mild vignetting at full telephoto ; Some unintuitive controls ; Sometimes...

Flash: Our manufacturer-specified testing (shown at right) doesn't work well at wide-angle when the reported distance goes beyond 16 feet, because that takes the camera out of the main lab, so the wide-angle result is somewhat inconclusive, though very...

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A nice upgrade

 

I was looking for a camera to travel with that would be able to capture beautiful pictures with a higher quality than most point and shoot cameras, with little-to-no additional experience needed. For the most part, I was able to find just that! I think...

35x zoom

Image stabilizer needs some improvement on max zoom

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PowerShot SX30 IS

 

($429) is currently the "big gun" in the super zoom camera world. Packing a whopping 35X optical zoom lens (covering a focal range of 24 - 840 mm), the SX30 can be used in virtually any shooting situation that may arise. Other features include optical...

Decent photo quality at low ISOs ; Huge 35X, 24 - 840 mm zoom lens in a midsize, well-designed body ; Optical image stabilization ; Flip-out, rotating 2.7" LCD display, with good outdoor and low light visibility ; Many manual controls ; Smart Auto mode...

Photos can have strong highlight clipping and purple fringing ; Images a bit noisy at base ISO, get worse quickly once you reach ISO 400 ; Vignetting at telephoto end of lens ; Control dial on back of camera spins freely, needs to be more "notchy ; AF...

The PowerShot SX30 IS is a super zoom camera with a very ambitious spec sheet. Nobody's put a lens this big in a compact camera before, and as you've seen in this review, bigger isn't always better. The SX30 is certainly a capable camera for travel and...

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Canon SX30 IS

 

With a huge 35x zoom, great image stabilization, one of the best we've tested this year

Above average color accuracy; Effective image stabilization; Comfortable, intuitive handling and use

Major chromatic aberration issues

The Canon PowerShot SX30 IS is a fine camera that’s fun to shoot with and offers a compelling midpoint between the portability of a point-and-shoot and the performance of a DSLR. As this model likely nears the end of its product life, the SX30 now also...

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Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Review

 

With an unprecedented 35x optical zoom lens, the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS wants to be the camera that does it all.

Long optical zoom ; 720p HD video ; Feature-rich

Slightly soft images ; Expensive ; Noise at ISO 400

At the ISO 400 setting, noise levels are noticeably higher and there's a perceptible loss of minor detail. ISO 800 images are very noisy. ISO 1600 images show flat colors, fuzzy detail, reduced contrast and lots of noise.

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Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Review

 

Photography Blog published a Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Review.

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Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

 

The Canon PowerShot SX30 IS is a 14 Megapixel super-zoom with a 35x optically-stabilised zoom lens. Launched in September 2010 it replaces the hugely popular PowerShot SX20 IS. The most obvious enhancement is the extension of the zoom range from the...

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

Product Specifications

Configuration

Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:Optical / Electronic Viewfinder + LCD

Connectivity

Bluetooth: No
HDMI: Yes
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity:No / WiFi Ready

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: Yes
Chip Type:CCD
Product Type:Compact Camera
Sensor Size:1/2.3''
SLR / Compact:Compact Camera

Lens

Longest Shutter Speed in s:15
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/3200

Memory

Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: Yes
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Canon NB-7L
Battery Type:Canon NB-7L

Recording

Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face + Smile Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: No
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes
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