Canon PowerShot SX30 IS, Digital Camera, 14.1 Megapixel, 35x Optical Zoom, Optical Image Stabilizer System

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About Canon SX30 IS

A PowerShot with an Extreme Zoom.
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

The Canon SX30 IS is commonly used for Family photos, Landscape/scenery, Low light, Sports/action, Travel, Video, Weddings, Wildlife and more.The Canon SX30 IS is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Casual photographer, Photo enthusiast, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Canon SX30 IS is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon SX30 IS: Compact, Durable, Easy to use, Excellent image quality, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Features, Good battery life, Good image quality, Good in low light, Good low-light performance, Image stabilization, Large clear LCD, Lightweight/portable, Nice features/settings, Short lag time, Simple controls/menu and Zoom range/performance

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Easy to use (134),Large clear LCD (128),Good battery life (118),Nice features/settings (113),Excellent image quality (111),Simple controls/menu (88),Good low-light performance (83),Durable (80),Lightweight/portable (77),Image stabilization (31),Good image quality (21),Zoom range/performance (20) Fast / accurate auto-focus (17),Compact (9),Good in low light (6),Short lag time (5),Features (4),Nice body color (3),Optical zoom (3),Zoom (3) View All
No (21),Complicated controls/menu (19),Poor low-light performance (19),Heavy/bulky (18),Poor image quality (16),Missing features/settings (8),Difficult to use (7),Short battery life (6),Lag / shutter delay (5),No paper manual (4),LCD screen (3),Poor flash (3)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (23),Family photos (22),Travel (19),Wildlife (15),Low light (12),Sports/action (10),Video (7),Weddings (7)
Reviewer Profile:
Casual photographer (9),Photo enthusiast (9),Semi-pro photographer (4)

Canon SX30 IS Features

  • Improvements to Movie modes: Dynamic mode enables users to use the Optical ImageStabilizer while shooting video in the wide-angle setting, and the Optical Zoom is now available while shooting video
  • Canon's first high-powered 35x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom (24-840mm) with Optical Image Stabilizer reduces camera shake to achieve amazing images whether you are up close or far away.
  • 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.
  • Shoots superb 720p HD video with stereo sound so you can fully capture those fun, memorable moments, and then view them with an HDMI output connector for easy playback on your HDTV
  • Using the new Zoom Framing Assist button aids the user in tracking and capturingsubjects during super telephoto photography
  • Advanced Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper settings for the camera based on 28 predefined shooting situations.
  • This classically-styled camera has a powerful DIGIC 4 Image Processor and 14.1 Megapixels, which makes it a perfect device for any shooter!
  • Large 2.7-inch Vari-angle LCD enables easy viewing.
  • For the first time, this camera comes with Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries, which makes powering up simple.

Canon SX30 IS Specifications

Camera Type
Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 35x Optical/4x Digital/140x Combined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer System
14.1 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)
Total Pixels
Approx. 14.5 Megapixels
Effective Pixels
Approx. 14.1 Megapixels
Focal Length
35x zoom: 4.3 (W) - 150.5 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 24 (W) - 840 (T) mm)
Digital Zoom
Focusing Range
Auto: 0 in./0 cm - infinity (W), 4.6 ft./1.4 m - infinity (T);
Normal: 2.0 in./ 5 cm - infinity (W), 4.6 ft./1.4 m - infinity (T);
Macro: 0 in. - 1.6 ft./ 0 - 50 cm (W)
Manual Focus: 0 in./0 cm - infinity (W), 4.6 ft./1.4 m - infinity (T)
Autofocus System
TTL Autofocus, manual focus
Electronic Viewfinder available
LCD Monitor
2.7-inch TFT color LCD (Vari-angle type with wide viewing angle)
LCD Pixels
Approx. 230,000 pixels
LCD Coverage
Maximum Aperture
f/2.7 (W) - f/5.8 (T)
- The following f/numbers are available in Av or M: W: f/2.7, 3.2, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0, 5.6, 6.3, 7.1, 8.0 T: f/5.8, 6.3, 7.1, 8.0
Shutter Speed
1-1/3200 sec.
15 - 1/3200 sec. (Total shutter speed range)
- Shutter speeds differs depending on the shooting mode.
- Shutter speeds available in Tv and M:
15, 13, 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3.2, 2.5, 2, 1.6, 1.3, 1, 0.8, 0.6, 0.5, 0.4, 0.3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/6, 1/8, 1/10, 1/13, 1/15, 1/20, 1/25, 1/30, 1/40, 1/50, 1/60, 1/80, 1/100, 1/125, 1/160, 1/200, 1/250, 1/320, 1/400, 1/500, 1/640, 1/800, 1/1000, 1/1250, 1/1500, 1/1600, 1/2000, 1/2500, 1/3200 (Units: sec.)
ISO Sensitivity
Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600 equivalent
(Camera automatically sets the optimal ISO speed according to shooting mode.)
Light Metering Method
Evaluative*, Center-weighted average, Spot**
* Control to incorporate facial brightness in Face Detection AF
** Metering frame is fixed to the center *2 Fixed to center
Exposure Control Method
AE Lock
Exposure Compensation
+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
White Balance Control
Auto*, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Custom
*Facial color is evaluated in Face AiAF.
Built-in Flash
Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Auto Red-eye Correction, Flash On, Flash Off; FE lock, Slow Synchro, Smart Flash
Flash Range
1.6 - 19 ft. (W), 4.6 - 9.2 ft. (T), (50 cm - 5.8 m (W), 1.4 - 2.8 m (T))
Recycling Time
10 sec. or less (battery voltage=7.4V)
Flash Exposure Compensation
+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Shooting Modes
Smart AUTO, P, Tv, Av, M, C1, C2, Portrait, Landscape, Sports, SCN*1, Movie*2
*1Smart Shutter*3, Low Light, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap, Fisheye Effect, Miniature Effect, Beach, Foliage, Snow, Fireworks, Stitch Assist
*2Smart AUTO available
*3 Smile, Wink,
Photo Effects
My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter SkinTone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color*
* Adjustment of contrast, sharpness, saturation, red, green, blue and skin tone are available
Custom*/approx. 10-sec. delay/approx. 2-sec. delay
* Delay time (0 - 10 sec. (in one-second increments), 20/25/30 sec.) and number of shots (1 - 10 shots (in one-shot increments)) can be specified.
Continuous Shooting
Normal: Approx. 1.3 shots/sec. (when shooting in P mode), Approx. 3.6 shots/sec. (when shooting in Low Light mode)
AF: Approx. 0.6 shots/sec. (when shooting in P mode), Approx. 1.0 shots/sec. (when shooting in Low Light mode)
LV: Approx. 0.6 shots/sec. (when shooting in P mode), Approx. 1.1 shots/sec. (when shooting in Low Light mode)
- Under conditions where the flash does not fire automatically.
- Differs depending on the zoom posititon
Storage Media
SD/SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MMC Plus Card, HC MMC Plus Card
File Format
Design rule for camera file system, DPOF Version 1.1 compliant
Image Recording Format
Normal, Fine
Number of Recording Pixels
Still Image: 4320 x 3240 (Large), 3072 x 2304 (Medium 1), 1600 x 1200 (Medium 2)*, 640 x 480 (Small), 3744 x 2104 (Widescreen),
* Same as when shooting in Low Light
Playback Modes File
- Easy, Auto Rotate (Automatic vertical/horizontal detection), Resume Playback, Image Advance (Operation Tools, Transition effects, Scroll Display), Rotate, Favorites, My Category, Jump, Slide Show (Playback Interval, Repeat, Effect, Playlist), Smart Shuffle
- Still Images: Single, Index, Magnification, Trimming, Resize, Focus Check, Histogram, Overexposure Warning.
Video Playback Modes File
- Videos: Normal Playback*, Editing, slow motion **, pause, first frame, last frame, next frame, previous frame, fast forward, fast rewind
* Auto settings available in 5 levels
** 5 levels (including normal playback), sound not available.
Erase Modes
Still Image: single image, select range, all images
Video: any video file
Computer Interface
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed USB (dedicated female connector with unified type of digital, audio and video) *2 mini-B compatible.
Video Out
Analog: NTSC/PAL, digital: HDMI mini connector
Audio Out
Memory card slot; direct connection to Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Inkjet Photo Printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via camera's USB 2.0 Hi-Speed cable
Power Source
1. Battery Pack NB-7L
2. AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC50 Approx. 400 shots (electronic viewfinder) Approx. 370 shots (LCD monitor) Approx. 10 hours
Shooting Capacity
Approx. 400 shots (electronic viewfinder)
Approx. 370 shots (LCD monitor)
Playback Time
Approx. 10 hours
Operating Temperature
Operating Humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD)
4.84 x 3.64 x 4.24 in. / 122.9 x 92.4 x 107.7mm
Approx. 21.2 oz. / 601g (camera, including batteries and memory card)
26 display languages provided (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish,Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Ukrainian, Farsi).

Canon SX30 IS Reviews

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Most Liked Positive Review


Almost Perfect

Just don't shoot in Auto Mode. Picture quality in auto mode leaves a lot to be desired. I used to own a Powershot SX10, Auto Mode was awesome in that model. The SX30 in Auto mode only gives you ISO400 and ISO800 grainy pictures. I hope Canon can fix this with a firmware update. If you set the camera to P and ISO80/100/200 you will get really crisp and beautiful pictures.


Most Liked Negative Review


no manual

I got a SX30 as a precursor to a T3i. I already have a T1i. I was amazed to find that there is no physical, paper manual for this overly complex (for an alleged P & S camera) unit. This would not be too bad, except that Canon assumes that I have photographic memory (no pun intended) or that my laptop is surgically implanted under my arm for handy and very frequent reference. I bought the SX30 because I was quite disappointed with n-word P100. It, unfortunately, is far better than the SX30. Ho...

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I got a SX30 as a precursor to a T3i. I already have a T1i. I was amazed to find that there is no physical, paper manual for this overly complex (for an alleged P & S camera) unit. This would not be too bad, except that Canon assumes that I have photographic memory (no pun intended) or that my laptop is surgically implanted under my arm for handy and very frequent reference. I bought the SX30 because I was quite disappointed with n-word P100. It, unfortunately, is far better than the SX30. However, Canon really lost me as a customer when they decided to save a few nickels by forgoing the paper manual.

Reviewed by 218 customers


Best camera!


from Minneapolis Mn

We have had our Cannon since early 2011. This is our first camera with memory and we are very much enjoying the features. Simple features like instant review of pictures, easy editing for printing, very nice. Ease of watching photos on larger screen, etc., sweet. Very happy with our purchase, and no trouble with this camera. Also...the adjustable lens is really fun for closeups. Very good for details of subjects (butterflys, blossoms on flowers, etc) Great for detail.


the one I got is a lemon


from washington State  -  Semi-pro Photographer

The one I purchased takes great pics however I have had it in for repair 5, yes five times for the same thing and they say nothing is wrong with it--if so what am I doing wrong--NOTHING--the zoom will zoom back to wide angle as I am trying to take a zoomed shot--so I miss the shot I wanted-and then it will zoom all by itself when I don't want it to zoom--I want to slam the camera on the ground but haven't yet--I am sure if I had one that works properly I would love it.


Even a beginner like me can take picture


from illinois  -  Casual Photographer

This is my 2nd powershot,the first is over 10 years old and still takes great shots. I wanted something with a more powerful zoom.and this does a great job. I am still learning...only had it a week, but my family and friends say my pictures look so isn't me, it is the camera! I also took some videos at my Grand daughter's soccer game : )I don't think anyone would be disappointed to get one of these as a gift.


Great General Purpose camera


from Southern Indiana  -  Pro Photographer

Bought this for my parents to use as a travel camera. My Dad loves the long zoom. Both parents have taken consistently outstanding photos. Neither would be considered an expert, so this is a great choice for the casual photographer.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)




from Phila. Pa.

Easy to use for anyone from the casual shutter bug to a pro. Change your settings or allow the camera to do it all for you. If you have any problems Canon is always there to help you. I would highly recommend this for all.




from Portland, OR  -  Photo Enthusiast

This camera is probably GREAT as NEW, but I made the mistake of buying it used. Apparently it was not a refirb either. The Zoom motor and stabilization is messed up. I would simply encourage buyer-beware .. New is better, used it's a gamble at best! :(

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Love it


from San Antonio,TX

Best camera I ever spent money on. I Love this camera it shoots the best photos I've ever taken.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Perfect for an African Safari and MORE!!


from Michigan

I purchased this camera in September 2010 when it first came out. The shop was sold out of the camera I had chosen and they had just received three of these. All were sold before I left the shop! I wanted a camera of manageable size that could perhaps get close ups of wild life on safari. It was perfect, our guide in Tanzania, purchased one for himself after taking some shots with my camera. It was a lucky choice for that trip and I am still enjoying it.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Something in-between a traditional P&S and DSLR


from NC

I love this camera it is a excellent long range zoom camera, something in between a traditional P&S and DSLR. This camera has a lot of handy features for everyday and also for semi-professional photography. The display is huge and lets you narrow your zoom object. This camera is mart investment, another excellent product from Canon.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Best camera for not being an SLR


from San Antonio,TX

Great for indoor use and Excellent photos for bird watching, sporting and when hiking.


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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
BILLY G  I like Canon cameras and this camera had a rebate and I like the 35X lens and I don't have to carry a bag full of lenses in my older years.
lana r  The date stamp on pictures is too large. Can it be made smaller?
James W  In looking at the control panels on my SX30 I see no feature for reducing the size of the date stamp. You may want to look through the camera's manual which is available through the Canon web site. (I tried to give you the link to the manual but this program won't allow it.) Other than that, Photoshop is an alternative, although somewhat labor intensive for doing multiple images. Sorry I don't have a better answer for you.
Shopper  How does this camera handle sports (football) shots? Hows the best way to take sports shots with this model. Does it have a continuos shooting feature. Frames per sec.?
JOHN H  The camera has a "sport" mode that makes taking action photos a breeze. It also has a continous shooting mode. I would recommend this camera if you don't want an SLR camera with multiple lens.
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