As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, travel zooms, pro digicams and compacts. The Canon PowerShot SX30 IS's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the Coolpix P100 and the Coolpix L830) and Canon (such as the PowerShot SX510 HS and the PowerShot SX60 HS)

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 a slightly 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), doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (1.1 fps vs 10 fps).

Nikon Coolpix P100

Nikon Coolpix P100
7 months older
$599

Significant advantages of the P100 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Shoots faster: 10 fps vs 1.1 fps

Significant disadvantages of the P100 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Worse wide angle: 26 mm vs 24 mm
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the P100 and SX30 IS

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (114×83×99 mm) vs Professional size (123×92×108 mm)
  • Light weight: 481 g vs 601 g
  • Thin: 3.9" vs 4.3"

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS
2 years newer
$275

Significant advantages of the SX510 HS (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the SX510 HS (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.4 vs f/2.7
  • Screen does not flip out
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the SX510 HS and SX30 IS

  • Fairly small: Standard size (104×70×80 mm) vs Professional size (123×92×108 mm)
  • Light weight: 349 g vs 601 g
  • Thin: 3.1" vs 4.3"

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
4 years newer
$338 - $429

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

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Significantly better wide angle: 21 mm vs 24 mm
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 230k dots

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

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.4 vs f/2.7

common strengths of the SX60 HS and SX30 IS

  • Fairly small: Large (128×93×114 mm) vs Professional size (123×92×108 mm)
  • Light weight: 650 g vs 601 g
  • Thin: 4.5" vs 4.3"

Nikon Coolpix L830

Nikon Coolpix L830
3 years newer
$239

Significant advantages of the L830 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots
  • Better wide angle: 22 mm vs 24 mm

Significant disadvantages of the L830 (vs the SX30 IS)

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

common strengths of the L830 and SX30 IS

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (111×76×91 mm) vs Professional size (123×92×108 mm)
  • Light weight: 508 g vs 601 g
  • Thin: 3.6" vs 4.3"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
1 year newer
$554

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ200 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Shoots significantly faster: 12 fps vs 1.1 fps

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ200 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-FZ200 and SX30 IS

  • Fairly small: Professional size (125×87×110 mm) vs Professional size (123×92×108 mm)
  • Light weight: 588 g vs 601 g
  • Thin: 4.3" vs 4.3"

Canon Powershot SX40

Canon Powershot SX40
1 year newer
$290

Significant advantages of the SX40 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Shoots faster: 10.3 fps vs 1.1 fps

Significant disadvantages of the SX40 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the SX40 and SX30 IS

  • Fairly small: Professional size (123×92×108 mm) vs Professional size (123×92×108 mm)
  • Light weight: 600 g vs 601 g
  • Thin: 4.3" vs 4.3"

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX30 IS compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records lower quality movies (720p @ 30fps vs none), has better image stabilization (lens vs none) and has a screen which flips out.

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 460k dots), takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 18 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (1.1 fps vs 5 fps).

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300
3 years newer
$500 - $549 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5300 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 30fps
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the D5300 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the D5300 and SX30 IS

  • Flip-out screens

Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

Sony Alpha DSLR-A300
2 years older

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A300 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Much thinner: 3" vs 4.3"

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A300 (vs the SX30 IS)

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

common strengths of the DSLR-A300 and SX30 IS

  • Flip-out screens

Sony Alpha DSLR-A330

Sony Alpha DSLR-A330
1 year older
$917 (body only)

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 T3

Canon Rebel T3
4 months newer
$350 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T3 (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 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

  • None found

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS
2 years older
$259 18-55mm lens

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

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Much thinner: 2.6" vs 4.3"
  • Has interchangeable lenses

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 EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5
3 years newer
$399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
  • Much higher resolution screen: 460k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the SX30 IS)

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

common strengths of the Rebel T5 and SX30 IS

  • None found

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX30 IS compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has a much wider wide angle lens (24 mm vs 36 mm), has a screen which flips out, has a viewfinder (digital vs none) and supports an external flash.

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 922k dots), is slightly larger (professional size (123×92×108 mm) vs mid size (113×66×35 mm)), has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS) and is older (september 2010 vs january 2015).

Canon PowerShot SX120 IS

Canon PowerShot SX120 IS
1 year older
$318

Significant advantages of the SX120 IS (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Smaller: Mid size (111×71×45 mm) vs Professional size (123×92×108 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 1.8" vs 4.3"

Significant disadvantages of the SX120 IS (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Much worse wide angle: 36 mm vs 24 mm
  • Screen does not flip out
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the SX120 IS and SX30 IS

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.7

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS
4 years newer
$340

Significant advantages of the SX710 HS (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 230k dots
  • Significantly smaller: Mid size (113×66×35 mm) vs Professional size (123×92×108 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the SX710 HS (vs the SX30 IS)

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

common strengths of the SX710 HS and SX30 IS

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

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX30 IS compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has a much wider wide angle lens (24 mm vs 35 mm), has a slightly larger screen (2.7" vs 1.8"), has better image stabilization (lens vs none), takes slightly higher resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 3.1 MP) and has a screen which flips out.

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 461k dots), is slightly larger (professional size (123×92×108 mm) vs mid size (112×58×42 mm)), doesn't record movies in 24p, is thicker (4.3" vs 1.7") and is slightly heavier (601 g vs 323 g).

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"

Significant disadvantages of the S30 (vs the SX30 IS)

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

common strengths of the S30 and SX30 IS

  • Viewfinders: Tunnel vs Digital

Canon PowerShot G12

Canon PowerShot G12
similar age
$394

Significant advantages of the G12 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Smaller: Mid size (112×76×48 mm) vs Professional size (123×92×108 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 1.9" vs 4.3"

Significant disadvantages of the G12 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Much worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 24 mm

common strengths of the G12 and SX30 IS

  • Flip-out screens
  • Support external flash
  • Viewfinders: Tunnel vs Digital

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX30 IS compared to compact competitors include: it has way more more zoom (35x vs 3.6x), has a slightly wider wide angle lens (24 mm vs 28 mm), has a screen which flips out, is newer (september 2010 vs january 2007) and has a viewfinder (digital vs none).

However, on average it is much larger (professional size (123×92×108 mm) vs super compact (96×56×20 mm)), is thicker (4.3" vs 0.8"), is much heavier (601 g vs 119 g), is significantly more expensive ($602.55 vs $308.46) and slightly shorter exposures (15 seconds vs 60 seconds).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6
1 year newer
$308

Significant advantages of the DMC-FH6 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (96×56×20 mm) vs Professional size (123×92×108 mm)
  • Much thinner: 0.8" vs 4.3"
  • Much lighter: 119 g vs 601 g

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FH6 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Much less zoom: 5x vs 35x
  • Screen does not flip out
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the DMC-FH6 and SX30 IS

  • Great zoom: 5x vs 35x
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Good wide angle: 24 mm vs 24 mm

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX30

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX30
3 years older
$337

Significant advantages of the DMC-FX30 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (95×52×22 mm) vs Professional size (123×92×108 mm)
  • Much thinner: 0.9" vs 4.3"
  • Much lighter: 162 g vs 601 g

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FX30 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Much less zoom: 3.6x vs 35x
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 24 mm
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the DMC-FX30 and SX30 IS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens