As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS is also often compared to travel zooms, waterproofs, entry-level DSLRs and pro digicams. The Canon PowerShot SX30 IS's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot SX610 HS and the PowerShot SX60 HS) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix P100 and the Coolpix P900)

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), 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 significantly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (1.1 fps vs 6.4 fps), has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS) and lacks and external mic jack.

Nikon Coolpix P100

Nikon Coolpix P100
7 months older
$489

Significant advantages of the P100 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • 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

  • 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 SX60 HS

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
4 years newer
$431 - $449

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

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.4 vs f/2.7
  • 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

  • Fairly small: Large (128×93×114 mm) vs Professional size (123×92×108 mm)
  • Light weight: 650 g vs 601 g
  • Each supports an external flash

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS
2 years newer
$289

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

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

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

  • Significantly 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 SX20 IS

Canon PowerShot SX20 IS
1 year older

Significant advantages of the SX20 IS (vs the SX30 IS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SX20 IS (vs the SX30 IS)

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

common strengths of the SX20 IS and SX30 IS

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (128×88×87 mm) vs Professional size (123×92×108 mm)
  • Light weight: 600 g vs 601 g
  • Thin: 3.4" vs 4.3"

Nikon Coolpix P900

Nikon Coolpix P900
4 years newer
$458 - $597

Significant advantages of the P900 (vs the SX30 IS)

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

Significant disadvantages of the P900 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • No external flash support

common strengths of the P900 and SX30 IS

  • Inexpensive: $458.00 vs $581.88

Canon Powershot SX40

Canon Powershot SX40
1 year newer
$429

Significant advantages of the SX40 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the SX40 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the SX40 and SX30 IS

  • Wide aperture: f/2.7 vs f/2.7
  • Fairly small: Professional size (123×92×108 mm) vs Professional size (123×92×108 mm)
  • Light weight: 600 g vs 601 g

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX30 IS compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has a slightly wider wide angle lens (24 mm vs 28 mm), has a significantly wider aperture (f/2.7 vs f/3.8), has a screen which flips out, has a viewfinder (digital vs none) and supports an external flash.

However, on average it has a much smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 922k dots), is significantly larger (professional size (123×92×108 mm) vs compact (105×61×27 mm)), has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS) and is older (september 2010 vs january 2014).

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS
4 years newer
$254

Significant advantages of the SX610 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 SX610 HS (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Much narrower aperture: f/3.8 vs f/2.7
  • Screen does not flip out
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the SX610 HS and SX30 IS

  • None found

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS
5 years newer
$179 - $249

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX620 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 SX620 HS (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.2 vs f/2.7
  • Screen does not flip out
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the PowerShot SX620 HS and SX30 IS

  • None found

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS
3 years newer
$359

Significant advantages of the SX600 HS (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Significantly smaller: Compact (104×61×26 mm) vs Professional size (123×92×108 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the SX600 HS (vs the SX30 IS)

  • Much narrower aperture: f/3.8 vs f/2.7
  • Screen does not flip out
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the SX600 HS and SX30 IS

  • None found

Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

Canon PowerShot SX130 IS
similar age
$320

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

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • 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
  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.4 vs f/2.7
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the SX130 IS and SX30 IS

  • None found

compared toWaterproof competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX30 IS compared to waterproof competitors include: it has a significantly wider aperture (f/2.7 vs f/3.9), has way more more zoom (35x vs 5x), has a significantly wider wide angle lens (24 mm vs 28 mm), has better image stabilization (lens vs sensor shift) and has a screen which flips out.

However, on average it is much larger (professional size (123×92×108 mm) vs compact (99×68×24 mm)), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 3,200 ISO), is older (september 2010 vs january 2012), is thicker (4.3" vs 0.9") and is much heavier (601 g vs 162 g).

Fujifilm FinePix XP20

Fujifilm FinePix XP20
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the XP20 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the XP20 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the XP20 and SX30 IS

  • None found

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3
4 months newer
$394 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T3 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the T3 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the T3 and SX30 IS

  • None found

Canon Rebel T2i

Canon EOS Rebel T2i
7 months older

Significant advantages of the T2i (vs the SX30 IS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the T2i (vs the SX30 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the T2i and SX30 IS

  • None found

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
4 months newer

Significant advantages of the T3i (vs the SX30 IS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the T3i (vs the SX30 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the T3i and SX30 IS

  • None found

Nikon D40

Nikon D40
3 years older
$975 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D40 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D40 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the D40 and SX30 IS

  • None found

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
5 years newer
$310 - $549 (body only)
$393 - $399 18-55mm lens

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the Rebel T6 and SX30 IS

  • None found

Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500
4 years newer
$475 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D5500 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D5500 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the D5500 and SX30 IS

  • None found

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX30 IS compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has a slightly wider wide angle lens (24 mm vs 28 mm), has a much larger screen (2.7" vs 2"), has better image stabilization (lens vs none), has a screen which flips out and is newer (september 2010 vs february 2004).

However, on average it has a marginally smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm vs 2/3" 8.8x6.6mm), has a significantly narrower aperture (f/2.7 vs f/1.8), has a significantly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 922k dots), is slightly larger (professional size (123×92×108 mm) vs mid size (105×68×36 mm)) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Canon PowerShot Pro1

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6 years older

Significant advantages of the Pro1 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Pro1 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the Pro1 and SX30 IS

  • None found

Canon PowerShot N100

Canon PowerShot N100
3 years newer

Significant advantages of the N100 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the N100 (vs the SX30 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the N100 and SX30 IS

  • None found