As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, travel zooms and pro digicams. The Canon PowerShot SX30 IS's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the Coolpix P100 and the D3100) and Canon (such as the PowerShot SX530 HS and the PowerShot SX410 IS)

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX30 IS compared to other super zoom competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.7 vs f/3.4), has better image stabilization (lens vs sensor shift), has a screen which flips out, has higher quality type of viewfinder (digital vs none) and supports an external flash.

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 920k dots), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps) and doesn't record movies in 24p.

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

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

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS
4 years newer
$254 - $279

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

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

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

Canon PowerShot SX410 IS

Canon PowerShot SX410 IS
4 years newer
$192

Significant advantages of the SX410 IS (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the SX410 IS (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.7
  • Screen does not flip out
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the SX410 IS and SX30 IS

  • None found

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
4 years newer
$338 - $449

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

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

Canon Powershot SX40

Canon Powershot SX40
1 year newer
$420

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

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

Nikon Coolpix P500

Nikon Coolpix P500
4 months newer
$499

Significant advantages of the P500 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the P500 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.7
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the P500 and SX30 IS

  • Flip-out screens
  • 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 @ 24fps), has a much smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 460k dots), takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 14.2 MP) and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
similar age
$503 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3100 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 30fps
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital

Significant disadvantages of the D3100 (vs the SX30 IS)

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

common strengths of the D3100 and SX30 IS

  • Inexpensive: $400.00 vs $389.97

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5
3 years newer
$325 (body only)
$379 18-55mm lens

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

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital

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

  • Inexpensive: $325.00 vs $389.97

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 less shutter lag: 164 ms vs 320 ms
  • Much thinner: 2.6" vs 4.3"

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

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

common strengths of the Rebel XS and SX30 IS

  • None found

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi
2 years older
$500 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 less shutter lag: 160 ms vs 320 ms

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

  • Inexpensive: $499.99 vs $389.97

Nikon D3000

Nikon D3000
1 year older
$499 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3000 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the D3000 (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 D3000 and SX30 IS

  • Inexpensive: $499.00 vs $389.97

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
4 months newer
$500 (body only)
$759 18-55mm 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: $499.99 vs $389.97

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 16x), has a slightly wider wide angle lens (24 mm vs 28 mm), has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.7 vs f/3.3), has a screen which flips out and has a viewfinder (digital vs none).

However, on average it has a significantly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 922k dots), is significantly 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 ELPH 190 IS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 190 IS
5 years newer
$125 - $149

Significant advantages of the PowerShot ELPH 190 IS (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Significantly smaller: Compact (95×57×24 mm) vs Professional size (123×92×108 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 0.9" vs 4.3"
  • Significantly lighter: 138 g vs 601 g

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot ELPH 190 IS (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Less zoom: 10x vs 35x
  • Screen does not flip out
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the PowerShot ELPH 190 IS and SX30 IS

  • None found

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS
5 years newer
$251 - $349

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX720 HS (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX720 HS (vs the SX30 IS)

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

common strengths of the PowerShot SX720 HS and SX30 IS

  • Great zoom: 40x vs 35x
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS
4 years newer
$259

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

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

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

Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

Canon PowerShot SX130 IS
similar age
$249

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)

  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 24 mm
  • Less zoom: 12x vs 35x
  • Screen does not flip out

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)

  • Significantly 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 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 5x), has a significantly wider wide angle lens (24 mm vs 28 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 slightly larger (professional size (123×92×108 mm) vs mid size (112×76×48 mm)), doesn't record movies in 24p and is thicker (4.3" vs 1.9").

Konica Minolta DiMAGE 7i

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8 years older

Significant advantages of the 7i (vs the SX30 IS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 7i (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Much smaller screen: 1.8" vs 2.7"
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Less zoom: 7.1x vs 35x

common strengths of the 7i and SX30 IS

  • Built-in flashes
  • Each supports an external flash
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Canon PowerShot G12

Canon PowerShot G12
similar age
$584

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)
  • Significantly thinner: 1.9" vs 4.3"

Significant disadvantages of the G12 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Less zoom: 5x vs 35x
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 24 mm

common strengths of the G12 and SX30 IS

  • Built-in flashes
  • Each supports an external flash
  • Viewfinders: Tunnel vs Digital