Canon PowerShot SX30 IS review

  • £449

Is the new Canon SX30 the best bridge camera?

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As part of our image quality testing for the Canon Powershot SX30 IS, we've shot our resolution chart.

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 100 the Canon Powershot SX30 IS is capable of resolving up to around 20 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

Canon powershot sx30 is resolutuion iso 100
Canon powershot sx30 is resolutuion iso 100

Canon powershot sx30 is resolutuion iso 80
Canon powershot sx30 is resolutuion iso 80

ISO 80, score: 22 (see full image)

Canon powershot sx30 is resolutuion iso 100
Canon powershot sx30 is resolutuion iso 100

ISO 100, score: 20 (see full image)

Canon powershot sx30 is resolutuion iso 200
Canon powershot sx30 is resolutuion iso 200

ISO 200, score: 20 (see full image)

Canon powershot sx30 is resolutuion iso 400
Canon powershot sx30 is resolutuion iso 400

ISO 400, score: 20 (see full image)

Canon powershot sx30 is resolutuion iso 800
Canon powershot sx30 is resolutuion iso 800

ISO 800, score: 18 (see full image)

Canon powershot sx30 is resolutuion iso 1600
Canon powershot sx30 is resolutuion iso 1600

ISO 1600, score: 16 (see full image)

Tech Specs

Product TypeBridge Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution14.1 Megapixel
USBYes
HDMIYes
Wide AngleNo
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyPowerShot SX
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), MultiMediaCard (MMC), MMCplus, HC MMCplus
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom35x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesFace Detection, Manual White Balance, Aperture Priority
Screen Size6.9 cm (2.7")
Video FormatsQuickTime MOV
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)601 g
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4320 x 3240
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height92.4 mm
Width122.9 mm
Depth107.7 mm
Product SeriesSX
Focal Length4.30 mm to 150.50 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModelSX30 IS
Product NamePowerShot SX30 IS Bridge Camera
Product LinePowerShot
Exposure Control
  • Auto
  • Program AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberSX30IS
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.canon.co.uk
Marketing Information

PowerShot SX30 IS showcases Canon optical expertise with an ultra-wide 35x optical zoom. A 4.5-stop optical Image Stabilizer and Zoom Framing Assist make high zoom stills and HD movie shooting a breeze.

Package Contents
  • PowerShot SX30 IS Bridge Camera
  • NB-7L Rechargeable Battery
  • Battery Charger CB-2LZE
  • USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
  • AV Cable AVCDC400ST
  • Neck Strap NS-DC4
  • Lens Cap
  • Digital Camera Solution Disc
Limited Warranty1 Year