As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, pro digicams, travel zooms, ultra compacts and digicams. The Canon PowerShot SX30 IS's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot SX60 HS and the Rebel T5i) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix P100 and the Coolpix P520)

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX30 IS compared to other super zoom competitors include: it 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 significantly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 120 fps) and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (1.1 fps vs 6.4 fps).

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
4 years newer
$350 - $449

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

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Much more zoom: 65x vs 35x

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

  • Flip-out screens
  • Each supports an external flash
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

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

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

  • Flip-out screens
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS
4 years newer
$220 - $279

Significant advantages of the SX530 HS (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • More zoom: 50x vs 35x

Significant disadvantages of the SX530 HS (vs the SX30 IS)

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

common strengths of the SX530 HS and SX30 IS

  • None found

Nikon Coolpix P520

Nikon Coolpix P520
2 years newer
$370

Significant advantages of the P520 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 2.7"
  • Records high-speed movies: 120 fps vs None

Significant disadvantages of the P520 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • No external flash support

common strengths of the P520 and SX30 IS

  • Flip-out screens
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300
2 years newer
$500

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

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

  • Flip-out screens
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

Canon PowerShot SX10 IS
2 years older
$375

Significant advantages of the SX10 IS (vs the SX30 IS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SX10 IS (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.5" vs 2.7"
  • Worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 24 mm

common strengths of the SX10 IS and SX30 IS

  • Flip-out screens
  • Each supports an external flash
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital 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 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 significantly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 17.9 MP) and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
2 years newer
$435 - $649 (body only)
$529 - $599 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T5i (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 T5i (vs the SX30 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the T5i and SX30 IS

  • Flip-out screens
  • Inexpensive: $434.60 vs $330.00

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
1 year newer
$299 (body only)
$419 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.1 MP vs 9.8 MP

Significant disadvantages of the D3200 (vs the SX30 IS)

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

common strengths of the D3200 and SX30 IS

  • Inexpensive: $299.00 vs $330.00

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi
2 years older
$650 18-55mm lens

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

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Much thinner: 2.4" vs 4.3"

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

  • Does not take movies: None vs 720p @ 30fps
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the Rebel XSi and SX30 IS

  • None found

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS
2 years older

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

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Much thinner: 2.6" vs 4.3"
  • Shoots RAW

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

  • Does not take movies: None vs 720p @ 30fps
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 2.7"

common strengths of the Rebel XS and SX30 IS

  • None found

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
4 months newer
$500 (body only)
$752 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the T3i (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 T3i (vs the SX30 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the T3i and SX30 IS

  • Flip-out screens
  • Inexpensive: $500.00 vs $330.00

Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3
4 months newer
$479 (body only)
$340 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T3 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Shoots RAW

Significant disadvantages of the T3 (vs the SX30 IS)

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

common strengths of the T3 and SX30 IS

  • Inexpensive: $340.00 vs $330.00

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 3x), has a significantly wider wide angle lens (24 mm vs 35 mm), has a significantly 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 has a significantly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 922k dots), is significantly larger (professional size (123×92×108 mm) vs mid size (112×58×42 mm)), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps), doesn't have a touch screen and has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS).

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120
2 years newer
$650

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

Canon PowerShot G11

Canon PowerShot G11
1 year older
$648

Significant advantages of the G11 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Significantly smaller: Mid size (112×76×48 mm) vs Professional size (123×92×108 mm)
  • Larger screen: 2.8" vs 2.7"
  • Significantly thinner: 1.9" vs 4.3"

Significant disadvantages of the G11 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 24 mm

common strengths of the G11 and SX30 IS

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

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 toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX30 IS compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has slightly more zoom (35x vs 12x), has a slightly wider wide angle lens (24 mm vs 28 mm), has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.7 vs f/3.5), has a screen which flips out and has a viewfinder (digital vs none).

However, on average it has a much smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), is significantly larger (professional size (123×92×108 mm) vs mid size (108×71×44 mm)), is older (september 2010 vs august 2013), is thicker (4.3" vs 1.7") and is slightly heavier (601 g vs 251 g).

Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

Canon PowerShot SX130 IS
similar age
$233

Significant advantages of the SX130 IS (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Significantly smaller: Mid size (113×73×46 mm) vs Professional size (123×92×108 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 1.8" vs 4.3"

Significant disadvantages of the SX130 IS (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 SX130 IS and SX30 IS

  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/2500 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

Canon PowerShot SX170 IS
2 years newer
$200

Significant advantages of the SX170 IS (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Significantly smaller: Mid size (108×71×44 mm) vs Professional size (123×92×108 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 1.7" vs 4.3"

Significant disadvantages of the SX170 IS (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 24 mm
  • Narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.7
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the SX170 IS and SX30 IS

  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

compared toUltra compact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX30 IS compared to ultra compact competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.7 vs f/3.2), 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) and has a much larger screen (2.7" vs 1.5").

However, on average it is much larger (professional size (123×92×108 mm) vs ultra compact (50×22×54 mm)), is thicker (4.3" vs 0.7"), is much heavier (601 g vs 125 g) and is slightly more expensive ($330.00 vs $109.99).

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

Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

Sony CyberShot DSC-W800
3 years newer
$120

Significant advantages of the DSC-W800 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W800 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-W800 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 significantly more zoom (35x vs 2.8x), has a much wider wide angle lens (24 mm vs 35 mm), has a much larger screen (2.7" vs 1.8"), has better image stabilization (lens vs none) and takes slightly higher resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 3.9 MP).

However, on average it is significantly larger (professional size (123×92×108 mm) vs mid size (94×65×41 mm)), is thicker (4.3" vs 1.6"), is slightly heavier (601 g vs 225 g) and is slightly more expensive ($330.00 vs $125.27).

Canon PowerShot A590 IS

Canon PowerShot A590 IS
2 years older
$125

Significant advantages of the A590 IS (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Significantly smaller: Mid size (94×65×41 mm) vs Professional size (123×92×108 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 1.6" vs 4.3"
  • Significantly lighter: 225 g vs 601 g

Significant disadvantages of the A590 IS (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 24 mm
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.5" vs 2.7"
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the A590 IS and SX30 IS

  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Viewfinders: Tunnel vs Digital

Sanyo DSC-AZ1

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9 years older

Significant advantages of the DSC-AZ1 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Significantly smaller: Mid size (106×41×63 mm) vs Professional size (123×92×108 mm)
  • Thinner: 2.5" vs 4.3"
  • Lighter: 340 g vs 601 g

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-AZ1 (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 DSC-AZ1 and SX30 IS

  • Viewfinders: Tunnel vs Digital