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Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

alaTest has collected and analyzed 990 reviews of Canon PowerShot SX30 IS. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the price and image quality. The performance and usability also get good feedback, but reviews about the color and battery are different. Many are less positive about the exposure and shutter.

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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 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 65 user reviews of Canon PowerShot SX30 IS from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the price and image quality. The performance and zoom are also mentioned favorably. The memory and shutter get negative opinions. The reliability and focus get mixed views.

usability, zoom, performance, image quality, price

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92% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2020

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 168 user reviews of Canon PowerShot SX30 IS from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the portability and zoom. The performance and price are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the focus. There are some mixed views about the usability.

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83% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2020

Expert review by : Joe Osborne (pcmag.com)

Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

 

The 14.1 megapixel Canon PowerShot SX30 IS comes equipped with an optical viewfinder and a 24 millimeter, 35x zoom lens that can record 720p HD video.

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Jan, 2011

Expert review by : Joshua Goldman (cnet.com)

Canon PowerShot SX30 IS (Black) review: 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.

Oct, 2010

Expert review by : Josh Fate (steves-digicams.com)

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...

Oct, 2010

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Expert review by : Mark Goldstein (photographyblog.com)

Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Review

 

The Canon PowerShot SX30 IS is a brand new super-zoom camera sporting an incredible 35x zoom lens equivalent to a focal length of 24-840mm. The lens construction comprises multiple special lens elements including an Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) element as...

The Canon PowerShot SX30 IS leaves other super-zooms trailing in its wake in terms of sheer focal length, with the 24mm wide-angle and 840mm telephoto settings providing more than enough versatility to meet most people's needs. Thankfully Canon's...

Oct, 2010

Expert review by (imaging-resource.com)

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...

Expert review by : dodge11 (epinions.com)

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

Mar, 2012

Expert review by : Jeff Keller (dcresource.com)

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...

Dec, 2011

Expert review by : Christopher Snow (reviewed.com)

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...

Aug, 2011

Expert review by : thinkdigit.com (thinkdigit.com)

Canon SX30 IS Review

 

At an MRP of Rs. 28,995, the Canon SX30IS is the camera for you if you need a very wide zoom range to work with - versatility is the key here. Image quality is pretty good for a compact camera, but if you're really discerning about quality, you might...

Massive zoom range to play with, Well laid out controls, Good image quality, More versatile than a dSLR + kit lens at this price range

At this price you can buy an entry level dSLR, As expected ISO range above 400 is of limited use, Quality doesn't match up to similarly priced dSLR

Apr, 2011

Expert review by : Digital Camera Review (digitalcamerareview.com)

Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Review

 

The Canon PowerShot SX30 IS was designed as the ultimate general purpose digicam - this camera can capture images of just about anything - from expansive ultra-wide landscapes to super telephoto close-ups. The SX30 IS should also appeal to family...

Longest optical zoom in the world, 720p HD video, Feature-rich

Slightly soft images, Expensive

Nov, 2010

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