Canon PowerShot SX30 IS reviews and prices: Compact camera

104 customer reviews

This digital camera is a good all rounder.

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8.8 out of 10 based on 104 reviews.
Canon PowerShot SX30 IS: 14.1 MP (Megapixels), 35x optical zoom, SD Card storage, Optical Image Stabilizer image stabiliser digital Compact camera. See full product description
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Colin, Orpington Photos just for hobbies

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Great camera does all it says and really good for close ups without having to change lenses. Better on a tripod for full zoom to keep it steady.
Bad points:
Makes a slight noise when zooming in but not a real problem.
Overall rating 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 23 Apr 2012

Angela, Newcastle upon Tyne Experienced amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
I am really please with the performance, quality and avlue for money of this camera.
Bad points:
Nothing to do with the camera really, the carry case is a bit on the bit side, thats the only bad point.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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6 of 7 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 21 Jul 2011

Joan, Professional photographer

Score 1.0/10
Good points:
Small size
Bad points:
Image quality is awful.
Camera has a mind of its own and disregards any setting you might make.
(I am a semi Pro photographer so perhaps my expectations were too high)
Overall rating 1.0
Ease of use 4.0
Image quality 1.0
Features 4.0
Build Quality 4.0
Value for money 1.0
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4 of 26 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 16 Jul 2011

jill, co Durham Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
The zoom lense is a great feature , i am using the camera to photograph wild life at around a 100 yards and getting some amazing shots . The camera has everything on board , great value for money .
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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4 of 6 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 08 Aug 2011

Warren, Newbury, Berkshire Experienced amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
In Summary:
A great bridge camera for those who are bored or tired of lugging their D-SLR bag to every event, and a decent evolution for those looking to step up from compacts as it has a vast array of user control functions whilst retaining a fully auto mode. Brilliant zoom range coupled with excellent image stabilisation means you can achieve hand held shots of a decent quality even at long zoom end. Clear menus, and for anyone used to Canon's SLR's the function buttons are very similar in layout. On the whole, a very convenient, competent and class leading hybrid camera which supplements my DSLR, but doesn't quite achieve highly enough to replace it.

In Detail:
Amazing 35x zoom range from a fairly compact hybrid model (compact compared to a DSLR with a hyper-zoom!). Battery life is good for well over 150 shots with flash. Flip screen monitor provides user with much more flexibility than fixed screen cameras. Fully manual (P/A/S/M) control settings in addition to fully auto and scene modes, but limited aperture control for those used to an SLR system. External flash hot-shoe for owners of Canon SLR's.
Over 4300 images from a 16Gb SDHC card (nearly 85 minutes of continuous video footage in HD720P mode). Microphones for video set away from ultrasonic zoom and focussing motors so less motor buzz in video footage (which is good quality incidentally). For those concerned about 1080P (or lack of it), after storing and uploading footage you'll be glad of 720P resolution.
Photos can be printed out up to A2, or cropped in and still retain good detail. Custom button allows user to set that button to any feature they like, very useful for regularly used options as it saves scanning through reams of menus.
Bad points:
Summary:
Images from any of these hyper-zooms lack bite, contrast and colour depth when used in anything other than brightly lit conditions. If you print directly from camera to printer your images may appear slightly dark or lack colour / contrast for photos taken with long focal lengths or low light conditions. Post processing of images with software such as Google Picasa / Adobe Elements is essential to get the best from your photos. If you do not have the above I suggest setting camera to vivid colour setting although this may incur some extra digital noise in dark shots. No in box manual, only on line of via CD-ROM; that's just tight at this price point!

Detail:
Images show signs of fringe distortion between light and shade at most focal lengths, but nothing you wouldn't expect from a camera of this kind. Images can lack colour and contrast, so ensure to post process your images and avoid where possible ISO setting of greater than 800.
Would have preferred a solid state on-off switch rather than push button, buttons are slightly to light to the touch and can be mistakenly pressed when taking photos if you have big hands. Digital zoom is pretty much a waste of time if you want proper results, so turn it off! Can't believe they don't offer RAW instead of compressed JPEG's in a crossover camera of this level, poor omission. Strap is too thin, replaced it with a neoprene one and camera feels lighter round your neck. Accessories are expensive, and lens hood / filter rings / batteries.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 7.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 03 Dec 2010

Paul, Bridgwater Experienced amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Huge zoom with effective image stabilisation. Lots of features. Nice screen.
Bad points:
Build quality and materials used not as good as Panasonic or Nikon equivalent products. Unable to limit ISO range.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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8 of 9 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 03 Aug 2011

david, leeds Keen amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
very good zoom
Bad points:
instuctions on a disc
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 4.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 01 Jul 2011

Product Features

Camera Type Compact
Resolution (Pixels) 4320x3240
Optical zoom ratio 35
Screen size (Inches) 2.7
Digital zoom ratio 4
Type of image stabiliser Optical Image Stabilizer
Touchscreen No
3D No
Colour Black
Media format MMCplus Card
Media format MMC Card
Media format HCMMCplus
Media format SDHC Card
Media format SD Card
Media format SDXC Card
PictBridge Yes
Macro Mode Yes
Video recorder Yes
Manual Focus Yes
Timer Yes
Weight (g) 601
Flash Yes
WiFi No
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/3200
Longest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/15
Waterproof No
Viewfinder Yes
USB port Yes
Dimensions (mm) 122.9x92.4x107.7
RAW Format No
GPS Receiver No
Max. Aperture Lens 1 f2.7-5.8
Release date 40452
Height in mm 9.2
Depth in mm 10.8
Serial Shot Mode Yes
Bluetooth No
Autofocus Yes
Changeable Lens No
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 840
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 24

Also known as: PowerShot SX30 IS

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