Canon PowerShot SX30 IS review

Is the new Canon SX30 the best bridge camera?

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man in boat
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Man in a canal boat, shot at 840mm: 1/400sec at f/5.8, ISO 200

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Shooting at the 24mm end of the Canon SX30's lens captures a stunning perspective, but note the canal boat on the opposite side of the river. That dot in the window on the right is the man in the image above, which demonstrates just how impressive the SX30's zoom range really is: 1/200sec at f/5.6, ISO 200

Veg stall
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Colours direct from the SX30 IS are generally quite vibrant as seen in this image using the Canon SX30's tilt and shift effect option: 1/500sec at f/4, ISO 80

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Again using the Canon PowerShot SX30's tilt and shift effect you can manipulate the size and orientation of the zone that's sharp: 1/125sec at f/4, ISO 320

low angle
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The hinged 2.7in articulated LCD screen on the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS makes it easier to shoot from a range of angles: 1/50sec at f/4, ISO 400

Tech Specs

Product TypeBridge Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution14.1 Megapixel
Wide AngleNo
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 Address
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