Updated (September, 2011): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS vs Canon Powershot SX40

Canon PowerShot SX30 IS vs Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

Winner
Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

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Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

45

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.7
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
320 ms shutter lag
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.8
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
External flash
External flash
Better lighting

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS.

differences

Advantages of the Canon SX20 IS

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Size
Smaller
128x88x87 mm vs 123x92x108 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
3.4" vs 4.3"
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Around 20% thinner
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Advantages of the Canon SX30 IS

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Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Zoom
More zoom
35x vs 20x
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More than 3x more zoom
Screen size
Larger screen
2.7" vs 2.5"
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Around 10% larger screen
Aperture
Slightly wider aperture
f/2.7 vs f/2.8
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Almost the same
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent super zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              SX20 ISf/2.8
              SX30 ISf/2.7
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              0 cm
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/3200 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX20 IS600 g
              SX30 IS601 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX20 IS3.4"
              SX30 IS4.3"
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SX20 IS540 ms
              SX30 IS320 ms
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SX20 IS0.7 fps
              SX30 IS1.1 fps
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Size Large Help
              SX20 IS128x88x87 mm
              SX30 IS123x92x108 mm
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              SX20 IS2.5"
              SX30 IS2.7"
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SX20 IS20x
              SX30 IS35x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $319 - $430

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $359

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $499 - $500

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $286

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Super zoom

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $612 with 75-300mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Super zoom

              $144

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder

              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Super zoom

              $700

              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

              Super zoom

              $329

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Larger
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $340

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Super zoom

              $199

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

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