Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

Last updated (21 April’13):
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Canon PowerShot SX30 IS is a 14.1MP Digital Camera features 35x wide-angle optical zoom (24-840mm) with Optical Image Stabilizer, ISO 80-3200, and 2.7-inch TFT color LCD. The camera measures (W x H x D) 4.84 x 3.64 x 4.24 in. / 122.9 x 92.4 x 107.7mm and weighs Approx. 21.2 oz. / 601g (camera, including batteries and memory card).

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

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Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Reviews

ImagingResource reviews the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS and writes;
“Overall, the Canon SX30 IS does better than we expected, producing better-than-usable shot at all ISO settings. Prints from several of the gallery images also showed better quality than the onscreen image implied. For the tricks it performs, the Canon SX30 turns out a surprisingly good image. ”
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AmateurPhotographer reviews the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS and writes;
“Canon’s PowerShot SX30 IS is a great travel camera let down a little by having an overpopulated sensor. However, for many people it could be the ideal first step into photography. ”
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ePhotozine reviews the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS and writes;
“At the end of the telephoto end the quality is okay. It isn’t sharp at all, it can be a bit grainy looking and there’s not a lot of contrast but there’s enough detail to keep most people happy. Contrast is fine at wide angles… If all you want is the biggest zoom on a compact with reasonable image quality, then stop reading, you’ve found your camera.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

GoodgearGuide reviews the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS and writes;
“Overall, the PowerShot SX30 IS a very good digital camera for anyone who wants a model with a huge zoom. It’s perfect for travellers who want a long-reaching lens but who don’t want to lug a digital SLR, and sports lovers and plane spotters should also get a lot out of it. It won’t produce stellar images (they won’t be crystal clear) but it will produce decent enough results that you’ll be able to share with your friends online, and even print them at fairly large sizes. ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

TrustedReviews reviews the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS and writes;
“Overall when it comes to results from the SX30 IS, any grumbles we have to level at it are the usual ones. Images appear a little flat and distinctly two dimensional straight out of the camera, so require some modest tweaking for brightness and contrast at the image editing stage. ”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS and writes;
“Picture quality is very good, even at the wide and long ends of the zoom range – although pixel peepers who zoom in to check may spot a lack of sharpness in the corners. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

ComputerActive reviews the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS and writes;
Verdict: A great camera with a powerful zoom lens, although outdoor shots are susceptible to problems. Good points Extra-long zoom; easy to use; good range of manual settings; HD video mode. Bad points: Outdoor shots suffered from purple fringing; slow continuous shooting mode”
Rating: ★★★★☆

WDC reviews the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS and writes;
“Images from the SX30IS are bright and punchy with a good level of detail from the 14MP sensor. On close inspection, there are signs of JPEG compression or artefacts even on the low ISO files and this increases as the ISO is raised. This is not obvious in the printed images, however, and even shots at ISO 800 remain noise free.”
Rating: ★★★★½ reviews the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS and writes;
“Verdict: A great camera with a powerful zoom lens, although outdoor shots are susceptible to problems. Good points: Extra-long zoom; easy to use; good range of manual settings; HD video mode. Bad points: Outdoor shots suffered from purple fringing; slow continuous shooting mode”
Rating: ★★★★☆

TechRadar reviews the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS and writes;
“Still images may only be saved as JPEGs on the SX30, which is a little disappointing, but not entirely surprising. At high sensitivity settings there’s little sign of chroma noise, but when examined at 100% on screen, even toned areas of images captured at ISO 200 have a slight granular texture caused by luminance noise.”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS and writes;
“The Canon Powershot SX30 IS is about more than just an extra long lens. There are plenty of features to get your teeth into and photo quality is very good too. If extreme zoom is something you need then this camera ticks all the right boxes. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotoRadar reviews the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS and writes;
“Canon’s PowerShot SX30 IS is capable of producing excellent images, but it’s best to keep to the lower sensitivity settings if you want to make A3-size prints. It’s also a shame that images cannot be recorded as raw files. However, overall the Canon SX30 is very easy to use, and although the focusing can be slow when the lens is at its longer point, the incredible focal length makes it great for family outings.”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS and writes;
“The good: Flexible lens range; excellent image stabilization; features for every kind of user. The bad: Generally soft, noisy photos at full size; overall slow performance; no raw capture. The bottom line: 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.”
Rating: ★★★½☆ reviews the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS and writes;
“The first signs of noise appeared at ISO 400 in long exposures. By ISO 800, noise was obvious in long exposures, although barely visible in flash exposures. At ISO 1600, image softening was evident in both long exposures and flash shots.”
Rating: ★★★★½

PhotographyBlog reviews the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS and writes;
“The Canon PowerShot SX30 IS produced images of above average quality during the review period. Main drawback in terms of image quality is noise, with ISO 400 showing some noise, blurring of detail and slight colour desaturation. The noise and loss of detail get progressively worse as you go from ISO 800 to the fastest 1600 setting.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Canon PowerShot SX30 IS User Manual (PDF)

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Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Features

The PowerShot SX30 IS has got you prepared for your next extreme photo opportunity. This point-and-shoot digital camera comes with a massive 35x Wide-Angle (24-840mm) Optical Zoom lens–a first for any PowerShot! It also comes with a 2.7-inch Vari-angle LCD, 14.1 Megapixels, High Dynamic Range, Zoom Framing Assist and much more.

Canon PowerShot SX30 Highlights

35x wide-angle optical zoom (24-840mm) with Optical Image Stabilizer
The PowerShot SX30 IS is equipped with a 35x Optical Zoom lens with a focal length of 4.3-150.5mm (35mm equivalent: 24-840mm) that allows you to shoot any scene from wide-angle to telephoto. The camera uses a VCM (Voice Coil Motor) for high-speed, quiet, energy-efficient lens movement with precise control. Focal length is conveniently indicated on the lens barrel.

The lens is optimized to fully exploit its zoom length and wide shooting angle in concert with the camera’s high 14.1 Megapixel resolution. UD glass effectively suppresses chromatic aberration, while enhanced negative refractive power ensures that distortion at the wide-angle is also corrected. Further aberration is controlled with the inclusion of a double-sided aspherical glass-molded lens and ultra-high refraction index lens.

The SX30 IS is equipped with Canon’s acclaimed Optical Image Stabilizer Technology that automatically detects and corrects camera shake–one of the leading causes of fuzzy or blurred shots. Even when zoomed in, you can get the steady, crisp, brilliant images you’ll be proud to shoot and share. And Canon’s Optical Image Stabilizer Technology is convenient to use. It functions perfectly with or without a flash.

Improvements to Movie modes: Dynamic mode enables users to use the Optical Image Stabilizer while shooting video
Dynamic IS allows you to capture video with more precision and ease than ever before! Without having to make any additional camera adjustments, Dynamic IS automatically operates the moment you start recording video. This image stabilizer continuously readjusts throughout the camera’s entire zoom range to correct a broad range of motion — especially when shooting in the wide-angle end, so footage comes out steady and clear even while you’re walking and recording at the same time!

And with a powerful 35x Optical Zoom, you’ll never be too far away from capturing your greatest memories! Best of all, the Optical Zoom can now be used while shooting video–a first for any of the Canon PowerShot SX digital cameras! So no matter the distance or environment, Canon lets you stay confident that you’ll capture the footage you want.

Shoots superb 720p HD video with stereo sound; HDMI output
The PowerShot SX30 IS lets you record video in beautiful high definition (1280 x 720 pixels). The camera also makes it easy to enjoy HD videos (and still photos) on your HDTV with a mini-HDMI connector for direct connection to a high-definition TV monitor. You’ll enjoy the HD experience with no degradation of image or audio in the signal, plus the ability to display up to 130 still images at once.

New Zoom Framing Assist button
With its 35x Optical Zoom lens, the SX30 IS can certainly capture subjects located at a very far distance; however, even with a powerful zoom lens it can often be tricky to track a moving subject while zoomed out to the maximum telephoto range and attempting to steady the camera. To counter this problem, Canon created the Zoom Framing Assist function. By simply pressing and holding the convenient Zoom Framing Assist function button, the camera will automatically zoom out to a wider focal point, allowing you to look for your elusive subject. Once found, releasing the button will cause the camera to return to its original position and intelligently keep the subject in focus, so you don’t have to trouble yourself with any of the controls. Recording video and images has never been easier with a Canon PowerShot!

Advanced Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper settings
Just set the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS to Smart AUTO and you’re ready for maximum enjoyment from your picture taking every time. It’s a relaxing and satisfying way to shoot because you can completely concentrate on your subject knowing that the camera has the technical details covered. Advanced Canon technology intelligently analyzes your situation and shooting conditions. Then it automatically selects an appropriate setting from 28 specially defined settings. So whether you’re photographing flowers, a captivating sunset, or your friends at the park, you can be confident that you’re getting dramatic, memorable images.

DIGIC 4 Image Processor and 14.1 megapixels
The PowerShot SX30 IS is equipped with many of the same features as a higher-end camera: an ultra-powerful zoom, eye-popping resolution and advanced picture-improving technology. 14.1 Megapixels of resolution gives your photography incomparable depth and ensures that any section of any shot can be enlarged and cropped with no loss in quality when you edit the image or even if you choose to print the image. It can create crisp, clear 13″ x 19″ posters.

Canon’s proprietary DIGIC Image Processors have long set its cameras apart from the competition, and the new DIGIC 4 sets the bar even higher. Faster, more accurate noise reduction delivers better image quality, even at high ISO speeds.

iSAPS Technology is an entirely original scene-recognition technology developed for digital cameras by Canon. Using an internal database of thousands of different photos, iSAPS works with the advanced DIGIC 4 Image Processor to improve focus speed and accuracy, as well as exposure and white balance.

Large 2.7-inch Vari-angle LCD enables easy viewing
The camera’s 2.7-inch PureColor System LCD screen gives you the big picture, whether you’re shooting, reviewing or showing off your images. This high-resolution screen offers a crisp, clear picture to make shooting, playback and using the camera’s menu functions especially convenient. The clear and bright LCD also features Night Display for easy viewing in low light. It also has an electronic viewfinder that provides sharp images when you shoot up close during Macro photography.

Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries, which makes powering up simple
The PowerShot SX30 IS now uses a rechargeable lithium-ion NB-7L battery. For ultimate convenience and simplicity, just charge the batteries and you’re ready for your next photographic adventure!

What’s in the Box
* PowerShot SX30 IS Camera body
* Lithium-ion Battery Pack NB-7L
* Battery Charger CB-2LZ
* Neck Strap NS-DC11
* Lens Cap
* Case for Hot Shoe Cap
* AV Cable AVC-DC400ST
* USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
* Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM


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16 Responses to “Canon PowerShot SX30 IS”

  1. pritham dsouza says:

    hello and thanks for the review
    the previous model Canon Powershot SX20 IS didnt have a battery indicator display and so it was a must to carry another set of batteries just incase the ones in the camera died.. does the SX30 IS at least have a battery life indicator on the display?

    please let me know… thanks

  2. Nitin says:

    Yes it has ..and battery life is good too..

  3. pritham dsouza says:

    thanks Nitin… i have already purchased it and the battery life is excellent….cheers

  4. CR says:

    I was looking through the manual last night and I couldn’t seem to find the symbol for the Vivid Colour option on the camera itself – is it something I would find in the menu section or am I just not ‘seeing’ it?

    Looking at the instructions there is no indication it is hidden somewhere within the menu.

  5. Jeremy says:

    I’ve posted a full zoom test video. Enjoy.

  6. N J Reddy says:

    Hi, I am having little bit knoledge about camaras and I am having one 9 years old Nikon digital camera. Now I am interested in a high zoom camara and decided to buy “Canon Powershot SX30 IS”. Do you advise me to go for it? Do you think that I can manage to use it? I want to use the camara in auto mode and not in manual mode. Some body please advise me. I am from India.

    Thanks in advance.

  7. Ratana123 says:

    Presently, I had order this camera (Canon SX30IS). For me, I had search a lot of images and videos from this camera: the result is fine! Amazing that it can capture the moon picture that why I want to buy.

  8. frank says:

    Hello CR,

    The vivid color is well hidden in the scene mode, look for an icone that looks like a bird’s heads (a bit like the froot loops bird).



  9. Devendra says:

    Please suggest me a camera which has excellent image quality and which can shoot in low light.
    It should have a zoom of at least 24x and 10 Mp.

    1.Canon power-shot Sx30 IS
    2.Panasonic Fz40
    3.Nikon coolpix P100
    4.Fuji film finepix HS10

  10. Inam-ul-Haq says:

    I used this camera for the first time(after buying & keeping in closet for 1 mnth).

    Check out the pictures on the following link, i am truly in love with the bottom of my heart with another gadget in my collection.

  11. Frank says:

    Hello Inam,

    We are not allowed on your picassa page. Perhaps, recheck the permission on your page?



    i love this camera and am sharing my photos clicked using the Canon Powershot SX30 IS….

    thanks for the review..

    cheers from India

  13. Aswin says:

    Canon sx 30 is an excellent camera for those who want to learn photography. 35 x zoom really helps u to capture lots of subjects and even if you zoom the image clarity doesnt get affected. 720 hd video is really awesome.. those who want to get started go for this.. u can get dslr or slr after going through this model thoroughly and snapping pictures after learning all the features in this camera

  14. harry says:

    I am harry, I have to buy good camera so after see all camera i decide two modal one is Panasonic fz40 & second is Canon PowerShot SX30 IS but i am very confuse between two modal so someone please give me advice which one is better camera.


    Tengo esta camara cual es el iso correcto para tomar fotos de personas de dia o de noche? es correcto el iso 100?

  16. Carol Recker says:

    Custom WB doesn’t seem to work. I’m following the instructions – set WB to custom, fill the screen with white (I’m using a white card), push the DISP button, tone of screen changes, but my pictures have an orange hue.

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