As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS is also often compared to pro DSLRs, pro digicams, entry-level DSLRs, ultra compacts and digicams. The Canon PowerShot SX30 IS's top rivals come from Canon (such as the Powershot SX40 and the PowerShot SX60 HS) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix P100 and the Coolpix L330)

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX30 IS compared to other super zoom competitors include: it has a screen which flips out, has higher quality type of viewfinder (digital vs none), supports an external flash and has a faster max shutter speed (1/3200 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second).

However, on average it has slightly less zoom (35x vs 50x), has a much smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps) and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (1.1 fps vs 10 fps).

Canon Powershot SX40

Canon Powershot SX40
1 year newer
$410

Significant advantages of the SX40 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the SX40 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the SX40 and SX30 IS

  • Light weight: 600 g vs 601 g
  • Each supports an external flash

Nikon Coolpix P100

Nikon Coolpix P100
7 months older
$599

Significant advantages of the P100 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the P100 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • No external flash support
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

common strengths of the P100 and SX30 IS

  • Light weight: 481 g vs 601 g

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
4 years newer
$349 - $479

Significant advantages of the SX60 HS (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Much more zoom: 65x vs 35x
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the SX60 HS (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

common strengths of the SX60 HS and SX30 IS

  • Each supports an external flash

Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

Canon PowerShot SX500 IS
1 year newer
$249

Significant advantages of the SX500 IS (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the SX500 IS (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • No external flash support
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the SX500 IS and SX30 IS

  • Light weight: 341 g vs 601 g

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300
2 years newer
$400

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX300 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX300 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • No external flash support

common strengths of the DSC-HX300 and SX30 IS

  • None found

Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

Canon PowerShot SX520 HS
3 years newer
$222

Significant advantages of the SX520 HS (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the SX520 HS (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • No external flash support
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the SX520 HS and SX30 IS

  • Light weight: 441 g vs 601 g

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX30 IS compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it has a much larger screen (2.7" vs 1.8"), has image stabilization (lens vs none), takes slightly higher resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 6.3 MP), has a screen which flips out and is newer (september 2010 vs february 2003).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm vs APS-C 22.7x15.1mm), has a lower quality type of viewfinder (digital vs pentaprism), has a built-in lens, has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS) and is thicker (4.3" vs 3").

Canon EOS 10D

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7 years older
$200 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 10D (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the 10D (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Much smaller screen: 1.8" vs 2.7"
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the 10D and SX30 IS

  • Fairly small: Professional size (150×107×75 mm) vs Professional size (123×92×108 mm)
  • Very inexpensive: $200.00 vs $330.00
  • Light weight: 875 g vs 601 g

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX30 IS compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has significantly more zoom (35x vs 3.6x), has a significantly wider wide angle lens (24 mm vs 35 mm), has better image stabilization (lens vs none), has a screen which flips out and is newer (september 2010 vs july 2008).

However, on average it has a significantly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 922k dots), is significantly larger (professional size (123×92×108 mm) vs compact (100×59×29 mm)), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO) and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Canon PowerShot G12

Canon PowerShot G12
similar age
$630

Significant advantages of the G12 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Supports 24p
  • Significantly smaller: Mid size (112×76×48 mm) vs Professional size (123×92×108 mm)
  • Larger screen: 2.8" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the G12 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 24 mm

common strengths of the G12 and SX30 IS

  • Built-in flashes
  • Support external flash
  • Viewfinders: Tunnel vs Digital

Canon PowerShot G15

Canon PowerShot G15
2 years newer
$549

Significant advantages of the G15 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the G15 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 24 mm
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the G15 and SX30 IS

  • Built-in flashes
  • Support external flash
  • Viewfinders: Tunnel vs Digital

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120
2 years newer
$480

Significant advantages of the S120 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the S120 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • No external flash support
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the S120 and SX30 IS

  • Built-in flashes

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX150

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX150
2 years older
$200

Significant advantages of the DMC-FX150 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Significantly smaller: Compact (97×54×25 mm) vs Professional size (123×92×108 mm)
  • Supports 24p
  • Significantly thinner: 1" vs 4.3"

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FX150 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 24 mm
  • Screen does not flip out
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the DMC-FX150 and SX30 IS

  • Built-in flashes
  • Inexpensive: $200.00 vs $330.00

Canon PowerShot S30

Canon PowerShot S30
9 years older

Significant advantages of the S30 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Significantly smaller: Mid size (112×58×42 mm) vs Professional size (123×92×108 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 1.7" vs 4.3"
  • Lighter: 323 g vs 601 g

Significant disadvantages of the S30 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Much smaller screen: 1.8" vs 2.7"
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 24 mm

common strengths of the S30 and SX30 IS

  • Built-in flashes
  • Viewfinders: Tunnel vs Digital

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX30 IS compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has better image stabilization (lens vs none) and has a screen which flips out.

However, on average it records lower quality movies (720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a much smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 920k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 17.9 MP) and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
5 years newer
$317 - $649 (body only)
$376 - $399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the Rebel T6 and SX30 IS

  • Inexpensive: $317.48 vs $330.00

Sony Alpha DSLR-A330

Sony Alpha DSLR-A330
1 year older

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A330 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A330 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Does not take movies: None vs 720p @ 30fps
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the DSLR-A330 and SX30 IS

  • None found

Canon Rebel T2i

Canon EOS Rebel T2i
7 months older
$399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T2i (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the T2i (vs the SX30 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the T2i and SX30 IS

  • Inexpensive: $399.00 vs $330.00

compared toUltra compact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX30 IS compared to ultra compact competitors include: it has way more more zoom (35x vs 1x), records lower quality movies (720p @ 30fps vs 480p), has a much wider wide angle lens (24 mm vs 39 mm), has a much larger screen (2.7" vs 1.5") and has image stabilization (lens vs none).

However, on average it is much larger (professional size (123×92×108 mm) vs ultra compact (90×47×19 mm)), is thicker (4.3" vs 0.7"), is much heavier (601 g vs 140 g) and is slightly more expensive ($330.00 vs $174.99).

Canon PowerShot SD20

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6 years older
$175

Significant advantages of the SD20 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SD20 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the SD20 and SX30 IS

  • None found

compared toDigicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX30 IS compared to digicam competitors include: it has slightly more zoom (35x vs 5.1x), has a much wider wide angle lens (24 mm vs 37 mm), has a much larger screen (2.7" vs 1.8"), has better image stabilization (lens vs none) and has a screen which flips out.

However, on average it is significantly larger (professional size (123×92×108 mm) vs mid size (100×62×42 mm)), is thicker (4.3" vs 1.7") and is slightly heavier (601 g vs 255 g).

Canon PowerShot SX100 IS

Canon PowerShot SX100 IS
3 years older
$410

Significant advantages of the SX100 IS (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Significantly smaller: Mid size (109×71×47 mm) vs Professional size (123×92×108 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 1.9" vs 4.3"
  • Lighter: 316 g vs 601 g

Significant disadvantages of the SX100 IS (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Much worse wide angle: 36 mm vs 24 mm
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.5" vs 2.7"
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the SX100 IS and SX30 IS

  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Pentax Optio 750Z

Pentax Optio 750Z
6 years older

Significant advantages of the 750Z (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Significantly smaller: Mid size (100×62×42 mm) vs Professional size (123×92×108 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 1.7" vs 4.3"
  • Significantly lighter: 255 g vs 601 g

Significant disadvantages of the 750Z (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Much smaller screen: 1.8" vs 2.7"
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much worse wide angle: 37 mm vs 24 mm

common strengths of the 750Z and SX30 IS

  • Viewfinders: Tunnel vs Digital