The Canon PowerShot SX30 IS is able to record 720p HD movies with stereo sound using the complete zoom range of the camera. Switching from video to still mode is easy and the camera comes with a mini-HDMI port to allow connection to a High Definition TV. In video mode there is a “Miniature Effect” setting that allows you to take movies at a reduced frame rate of either 6, 3. Or 1.5 frames per second. Using this mode will create the effect of a high-speed or time-lapse movie of a miniature scale model.
At the heart of the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS is a 14.1 megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CCD image sensor and Canon’s DIGIC 4 image processor. This combination allows the SX30 to have improved performance as well as processing speed.
|Camera||Dimensions (W x H x D, excluding protrusions)||Volume (bulk)||Mass (empty)|
|Canon PowerShot SX30 IS||4.8 x 3.6 x 4.2 in.||72.6 cu in.||552 g|
|Fuji FinePix HS10||5.1 x 3.6 x 5.0 in.||91.8 cu in.||636 g|
|Kodak EasyShare Z981||4.9 x 3.3 x 4.1 in.||66.3 cu in.||519 g|
|Leica V-LUX 2||4.9 x 3.1 x 3.7 in.||56.2 cu in.||496 g|
|Nikon Coolpix P100||4.5 x 3.3 x 3.9 in.||57.9 cu in.||481 g|
|Olympus SP-800 Ultra Zoom||4.2 x 2.9 x 3.3 in.||40.2 cu in.||416 g|
|Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40||4.7 x 3.1 x 3.6 in.||52.5 cu in.||454 g|
|Pentax X90||4.4 x 3.3 x 4.3 in.||62.4 cu in.||400 g|
|Samsung HZ50W||4.6 x 3.3 x 3.6 in.||54.6 cu in.||396 g|
|Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1||4.6 x 3.4 x 3.6 in.||56.3 cu in.||453 g|
Despite these issues the Canon Powershot SX30 IS is still a very good camera and one worth considering for those in the market for a super-zoom digital camera.
Let's get something straight: the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS is basically little more than a compact point-and-shoot camera with a long lens. It may look like a digital SLR, but outside of that, they have almost nothing in common. If you're expecting dSLR-like speed and photo quality, you won't find it here or on any other current megazoom camera. However, if you need a 35x lens and only have $430, this is the camera to buy. That doesn't mean it's great, just that it's more affordable than a digital SLR with comparable lenses. Though the SX30's lens range does allow for a lot of framing flexibility and has excellent image stabilization, shooting with it can be a trying experience. Everything about this camera is slow; from the lens to its movement to shooting speeds, it's just not a fast camera. Also, though photo quality is very good in bright light, there's a noticeable drop-off at ISO 400 and above. That's unfortunate since you'll need those higher sensitivities when using that long lens.