Summary Canon SX30 IS

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Screen size
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Wide angle
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Canon PowerShot SX30 ISCanon PowerShot SX30 IS


Canon has replaced the PowerShot SX30 IS with the SX40.

Canon Powershot SX40
Canon Powershot SX40 announced September 2011
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Lowest price Cheaper

Compare the new Canon SX40 vs the SX30 IS

reviewsWhat are people saying about the SX30 IS

"HD image quality is excellent and the stereo mics do a good job of picking up voices at distances of up to several metres." | talking about the camera's video-quality
"The PowerShot SX30 IS is a super-zoom truly worthy of the name. It will, without doubt, prove even more popular than its predecessors." | talking about the camera's overall-performance
"Canon has improved the camera's optical image stabilisation claiming it's the most effective optical image stabilizer." | talking about the camera's image-stabilization


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Canon Powershot SX30 IS HD movie miniature effect
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The Canon SX30 IS vs other recent digicams

Aperture Very wide aperture Help
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
  1. Lens
External flash External flash Help
Better lighting
Fastest shutter speed Fast shutter speed Help
1/3200 of a second
Wide angle Great wide angle lens Help
24 mm
Screen flips out Flip-out screen Help
Great for movies
Viewfinder Doesn't use battery, see more detail Help
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The Canon SX30 IS vs other recent super zooms

Size Quite small Help
Professional size (123×92×108 mm)
Weight Light Help
601 g
Thickness Thin Help
Lowest price Inexpensive Help


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The Canon SX30 IS vs other recent digicams

Size Slightly large Help
Professional size (123×92×108 mm)
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Sensor type Sensor type Help
Thickness Thick Help
Popularity Not so popular Help
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Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
1.1 fps
Autofocus contrast detection autofocus Help
slower focusing
Announced Old Help
September 2010
Weight Heavy Help
601 g
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The Canon SX30 IS vs other recent super zooms

Zoom Below average zoom Help
Screen size Very small screen Help
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
9.8 MP
Sensor size Slightly smaller than average sensor Help
1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm
Screen resolution Very low resolution screen Help
230k dots
Light sensitivity Very poor maximum light sensitivity Help
1,600 ISO
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack Help
Limited to the in-camera mic
Longest exposure Short exposures Help
15 seconds


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Vickie (7:56 PM, May 15, 2014)
I hope someone can help me. I have the Canon PowerShot SX30 lS & to be truthful, I am a wee bit challenged with this camera. I recharged the battery and turned camera on but the screen isn't coming on can someone help me troubleshoot?
Olinskyw (5:08 PM, May 12, 2012)
My flash is not working, what can i do to fix this
Lightning04 (7:39 AM, February 03, 2012)
can sx30IS take long exposure photos?
P Randrup (10:03 AM, December 14, 2011)
I'm in the same boat - to many choices, and so may pros and cons. Had settled on an Olympus SP-810UZ the realized it has no viewfinder!  Next I fell in love with the Fuji HS20EXR (nice features and look) but no pop up flash..and I don't want to lug one around with me.  Also do most people realize the HS20 EXR doesn't have a motorized zoom???  

According to the review I just read the HS20 "weighs almost as much as some SLRs and the adoption of a manual barrel zoom in place of the more common rocker-activated motorised zoom takes the SLR analogy a step further".  The FZ150 (newer than Fz100) also has no pop up flash. i'm trying to stay under $500, and now it looks like I'm left with the Nikon P500, the Sony HX100V, the Canon SX30IS or SX40S unless I spot more problems.   For example some shoot in RAW, but is it vital? Don't plan to buy new again for some time.
Sesa74 (8:24 PM, November 06, 2011)
hello! which better, canon sx30is or nikon coopix p500? and why?
An2ar (4:32 AM, October 26, 2011)
i am using P500 and Canon 1000D at the same moment with my friend indoor and outdoor, and we compare it :
P500 : Poor battery less than 200 shoot, great AF even at max zoom, great live view and LCD, better flash, more vivid color, shutter speed not too fast. Great video at 1080P, but too noisy, from the AF motor and zoom. Menu not friendly, no shortcut too ISO, Aperture and Shutter speed.

1000D : Great battery more than 500 shots (P500 1100mAh, 1000D 1070mAh), No video mode, not good for low light, poor flash. Better shutter speed, bright and sharp picture on when outdoor, less zoom, decrease sharpness at full zoom. Friendly interface with shortcut button to ISO, Aperture and Shutter speed. Easy using Manual to get good picture mode for new User
Faisalhashmi (6:49 PM, October 05, 2011)
Confused between Nikon p500 and Canon Sx30is? Need help Snapsort??
Hapalehapo (2:03 AM, August 09, 2011)
Sometimes I wonder if snapsort reevaluate their decision making process when ranks cameras?!Canon SX30 is #3 ?!!! 2.7" LCD with 230K resolution, only 720p movies, CCD sensor with ISO of only 1600, low image quality in every professional reviews, no RAW shooting mode, and on top of all a hefty $400 price tag! Compare that with the $250 Kodak Z990 which wins in all those categories above and is #8 !!! let's be fair a little for a change?!
KK (2:53 PM, July 15, 2011)
Hi Doug Sinnott, how is the image quality of FZ100 in low light situation ?
Peacelovezen (4:53 AM, July 14, 2011)
I want to know how to use color splash on my canon, can someone tell me how?!
Doug Sinnott (7:24 AM, July 11, 2011)
Go on U-tube and look at the Panasonic FZ100 videos,better than either the Canon or the Fuji in my opinion.
The Panasonic is quicker to focus,and has a wide range of burst modes for still pictures,( up to 60 FPS,at a reduced image size of 3.5 MP,or up to 11 FPS at full resolution,)ideal for action,wildlife,or sports. 
In video mode,it can go up to full HD (AVCHD Lite) for playback on your HD TV,or Motion Jpeg ,for playing back on your computer.
There is various video modes available,so you can experiment,and you'll find the Panasonics' Leica lens quick to zoom in for closeups,or macro shots. 
The best way is to go to your local camera shop,with a high speed SD card,and try the SX30,the new Fuji HS20.(a big improvement over the HS10),and the FZ100.
I suggest taking a spare SD card,as only by trying out a camera with a memory card in,as opposed to using the smal,l and usually slower, built in memory on the camera,can you really try out the operating speed of the various cameras.
Without a card,the HS20,for example,will only take a couple of pictures,then freeze up,as the memory's full,whereas,with a decent SD card installed,it's a different camera!
A lot is down to how a camera handles,so try them out.
Then have a look at the different pictures taken on the SD card,on your computer, when you get home,to see which you prefer.
Then have a look on the Internet for the best prices!
Good luck,and I hope this is useful to you!
Avatar for Jeff Lavenau Jeff Lavenau (5:37 AM, July 11, 2011)
Hello, I make videos for YouTube as a hobby and I usually either use just a Flip HD or a Canon Powershot SX130 is, which is a great camera in its own right and shoots lovely 720HD video...but i want/need to move up a little.  I'm looking for a solid camera with a good wide angle that has a Flip-out screen and records at least 720HD and maybe also does some higher frame rates for slow motion shots.  So far i'm between the Canon SX30 IS and the Fujifilm HS10....but, for all i know I could be right where i should be looking or in the totally wrong ballpark. ...Help? Thank you!
Doug Sinnott (8:48 AM, July 10, 2011)
Get the FZ100,you won't be disappointed!
The Canon is slow,and I didn't like the handling of the Nikon.
I've had my FZ100 for 6 months now,and it's great for all types of photography has the great Leica zoom lens,and is very quick to capture your images.
It can also take 11 full frame 14 MP images per second,or 40 or 60 FPS at 3MP,great for wild life and sports.
No DSLR can do this!
The prints,at A4,are colourful and sharp,and the HD movie clips are really nice and detailed.No DSLR can so this!
I've tried them all,and the HS20,although a slightly bigger camera,is another excellent camera,and has had some great reviews.
Doug Sinnott (8:36 AM, July 10, 2011)
I found the Canon SX30 quite slow when shooting multiple pictures,or a sequence of flash pictures.
It's not good for sport's or action photography,and both the Fuji HS20,and the Panasonic are much quicker,and are more like mini DSLRs.  
The extra zoom of the Canon does not compensate,in my view,with the ponderous multiple frame capture,and images at the long end of the zoom are hard to capture sometimes.
The LCD screen on the SX30 is not as good as the other two cameras either,and I would certainly think the FZ100 is a better all round camera for all types of photography than the Canon.
Amrmedhat116 (10:05 AM, June 06, 2011)
which better canon sx 30is or sony hx 100v  ? Thanks Alot 
Avatar for Josh Spielman Josh Spielman (11:58 PM, April 29, 2011)
You can set it on "scene," click the center button, and it's one of the options.
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (1:14 PM, April 25, 2011)
Have you seen the comparisons of these cameras?
- Canon SX30 IS vs Nikon P500
- Nikon P500 vs Panasonic DMC FZ100
- Panasonic DMC FZ100 vs Canon SX30 IS
Snapsort rates the Nikon P500 as the top camera.
Matt Ferns (5:44 PM, April 23, 2011)
Going through all the specs...Yet confused about the following 3 options :
Canon Powershot SX30IS/Nikon P500/Panasonic Lumix FZ100....Any help?
Avatar for sunita virmani sunita virmani (11:08 PM, April 22, 2011)
Hi Elie...can you solve that problem by using this camera at 10MP rather than the given 14 MP ?
Rimon69 (8:35 AM, April 19, 2011)
Hello, I'm searching for a new camera too and I agree that it's difficult to choose between theese two; I mean between the Canon SX30 and the Lumix FZ100. Then I found this site "" where there is some photo samples to compare!
LA_Ariel323 (8:35 AM, March 06, 2011)
I know for a fact that it does! i has the color splash and everything but I am having a hard time finding it! :(
jose' (6:27 AM, March 06, 2011)
Am trying to choose between the sx 30IS , the lumix Fz100 & Fuji an amateur & would be using the cam for family pics & scenery (hence the super zoom in low light conditions requirement).. what would you recommend?
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (1:20 PM, February 16, 2011)
Thanks for pointing that out but 9.8 MP is correct, Snapsort uses True Resolution which is based on the size of the cameras sensor and not the manufactures artificialy high megapixels. We feel that True Resolution is a better comparison tool. Check out our detailed article about true resolution.
Gabriel (1:38 AM, February 16, 2011)
The SX30 has 14MP , not 9.8/10 like it says in its comparison with the Sony Cybershot DSC HX1 .
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (7:15 PM, February 01, 2011)
Hi JoAnn! I assume you've seen our comparison of the G12 vs SX30?

The SX30 has a wider angle lens (24mm) than the G12 (28mm), so on that basis I'd recommend the SX30. However, the SX30 is a big bulky camera, and the main reason to buy it is for its huge zoom which won't be of any use for real estate.

Canon only has 3 recent cameras with 24mm wide angle lenses, so the SX30 looks like a good choice.

If you were willing to consider a brand other than Canon, I'd recommend the Panasonic LX5 for great wide angle and image quality (but not much zoom), or the Panasonic ZS7 for a more all round camera, with great wide angle (25mm) but still good zoom (12x).