Canon Powershot SX30 IS

  • Canon Powershot SX30 IS
76
Based on 37 scores, 51 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    7
  • Good:
    15
  • Average:
    11
  • Bad:
    4

Pros:

  • Good color reproduction, complete manual control, large swivel LCD screen, easy to use, excellent 35X zoom with optical image stabilization, excellent Macro mode, 720p HD video with stereo sound capture with zoom and AF, rugged build
  • Looks, Easy to use, Vari-angle screen, One button video recording, Powerful flash, Good colour reproduction, Battery
  • 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 good ...

Cons:

  • Noisy image even at ISO 200, does not support RAW image format, no automatic panorama stitch mode, a bit heavy, expensive
  • Price, Slow zoom, Blurry images at full zoom, No RAW mode, Noisy, Slow continuous shooting

Expert reviews and ratings

By TechTree on 70

Canon PowerShot SX30 IS is a worthy successor to the SX20. The user is given full manual control over every feature of the camera. As always, ease of use and ergonomics have been given proper attention. Image quality is good, but not up to the mark in...

By CIOL on

Continuing the tradition of superzoom cameras featuring DSLR like designs, the SX30 IS covers the niche quite well. The successor to the PowerShot SX20 IS, this one is a full blown prosumer camera that claims one of the top slots in the category.The...

By GadgetSpeak on 80

This is one of a long range of cameras with the ‘PowerShot’ name produced by Canon. It is also a contender for one of the best; it allows both the novice and those more advanced to get the best from it as well as from...

By DigitalVersus on 80

The Canon SX30 IS has a revamped design that's certainly very sleek, but which doesn't necessarily do anything to improve handling. It's a good camera for taking pictures and occasionally filming videos. However, the 14-Megapixel CCD is...

By What Digital Camera on

On paper the Canon SX30 IS - with its extra 5x zoom and higher resolution - may seem like the better option. However, in real-world use, the difference between 720mm and 840mm is less significant than you'd expect. And,...

By The Imaging Resource on

At around $399, the Canon PowerShot SX30 is not the most affordable Mega Zoom available. Yet it's currently the second most powerful optically in this class (the recently announced Nikon P500 is the first, at 36x). It's hard to appreciate the...

By Expert Reviews on 60

The enormous 35x zoom is tempting but neither the lens nor the sensor lives up to expectations at this price....

By ePHOTOzine on 70

If all you want is the biggest zoom on a compact with reasonable image quality, then stop reading, you’ve found your camera. If you wanted a general purpose camera then the metering, image sharpness, colour rendition, handling issues, colour...

By PC Mag on

Looking more like a camera all its own than an upgraded version of the PowerShot SX130 ($249.99 list), Canon presents its PowerShot SX30 IS ($429.99 list). Equipped with a 14.1 megapixel CCD optical sensor and 35x zoom, 24 millimeter wide-angle lens,...

By Trusted Reviews on 80

Though for the best image quality a digital SLR typically wins hands down at the consumer lever, attaching a whopping lens to such a device isn't always practical nor affordable. The alternative therefore is to invest in an enthusiast targeted...

By Stuff.tv on 80

A versatile shooter with an incredible zoom range...

By The Digital Camera Resource Page on

With their PowerShot SX30 IS, Canon has created a super zoom camera with a focal range that a few years ago seemed impossible. But somehow they managed to stuff a 35X, 24 - 840 mm lens into a midsize body, though not without some compromises in the...

By DigitalCameraReview on 70

The PowerShot SX30 boasts an impressive 35x zoom range, but image quality at long telephoto lengths and mid-to-high ISO fall...

By V3.co.uk on 80

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...

By IT Reviews on

There's no doubt the SX30 IS is a very capable camera. It's well designed, fits comfortably in the hand and has a huge range of features, while the 35x zoom lens is a great addition. It does have its fair share of issues, though, and although...

By What Digital Camera on 88

One of the main advantages of Bridge cameras is their ability to offer long zoom lengths in a small compact form and none more so than this new PowerShot model. The Canon PowerShot SX30IS delivers a 35x optical zoom, from a wide 24mm through to a...

By CNET Australia on 78

The SX30 offers the longest optical zoom to date at 35x, and is a fine camera for everyday photography. Tricky lighting and shooting at its full zoom extension is where the SX30 falls...

By CNET UK on 80

Canon's attempt to trump all comers in the superzoom market with the PowerShot SX30 IS and its 35x optical zoom is largely successful, although it suffers from inherent compromises and the same plasticky build that plagues its...

By Cameras UK on 85

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. Test...

By TechRadar on 80

We are used to digital bridge cameras having wide focal length ranges, but the 14.1-million-pixel Canon PowerShot SX30 IS is a little bit special because its 35x optical zoom gives the SX30 IS a focal length range equivalent to 24-840mm.Just to be...