Canon 35x SX30 Superzoomer – Specs & Review

Posted by on Oct 18, 2010 | Leave a Comment

The new Canon PowerShot SX30 — a monster digital camera rocks a 35x optical zoom. The surface of this superzoom’s features, specifications and review are given below.

Canon 35x SX30 Superzoomer - Specs & Review

This Canon PowerShot SX30 IS is a brand new super-zoom camera sporting an incredible 35x zoom lens equivalent to a focal length of 24-840mm. Multiple special lens elements including an Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) element as well as a Hi-UD element, are included in the lens construction which are compensating for light aberrations while maintaining high image quality across the entire zoom range.

Besides all of above, onboard is a 4.5-stop image stabilisation system. Ultrasonic Motor (USM) and Voice Coil Motor (VCM) technologies promise fast, accurate and quiet zooming and focusing. The 14 megapixel SX30IS features full manual controls, 720p HD movie recording with a dedicated record button, stereo sound and a HDMI port, a 2.7 inch vari-angle LCD screen, an electronic viewfinder and a flash hot shoe replacing the previous SX20 model.

The Canon PowerShot SX30 IS is available in black and priced at £449.00 / €549.00 / $429.99.


Sensor 1/2.3 ” Type CCD
14.1 million effective pixels
Image sizes 4320 x 3240
3072 x 2304
1600 x 1200
640 x 480
3744 x 2104.
Resize in playback (M2, S, 320 x 240)
Movie clips 1280 x 720 @ 30fps
640 x 480 @ 30fps
320 x 240 @ 30fps
Miniature Effect (HD, L) 6fps, 3fps, 1.5 fps
File formats Still: JPEG (Exif v2.3)
Movie: MOV [H.264 + Linear PCM (stereo)]
Lens 24- 840mm equiv
35x Optical zoom
F2.7 – F5.8
13 elements in 10 groups (1 Hi-UD lens, 1 UD lens and 1 double-sided aspherical lens)
Ultra Sonic Motor (USM)
Image stabilization Yes (Lens shift-type)
Conversion lenses Yes
Digital zoom up to 4x
Focus Face Detection AiAF
1-point AF (Any position is available, fixed to centre or Face Select and Track)
Manual focus
Single, Continuous, Servo AF/AE
Focus bracket
AF assist lamp Yes
Focus distance Closest 0 cm
Metering Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF)
Center-weighted average
Spot (centre or linked to Face Detection AF or FlexiZone AF frame)
ISO sensitivity Auto
ISO 80
ISO 100
ISO 200
ISO 400
ISO 800
ISO 1600
Exposure compensation +/- 2EV
1/3 stop increments
Shutter speed Auto (1 – 1/3200 sec)
15-1/3200 sec
Aperture F2.7-5.8 (max)
Modes Auto
Program AE
Shutter Priority AE
Aperture Priority AE
Scene modes Smart Shutter (Smile, Wink Self-Timer, FaceSelf-Timer)
Low Light (2.0MP)
Super Vivid
Poster Effect
Color Accent
Color Swap
Fish-eye Effect
Miniature Effect
Stitch Assist
White balance Auto (including Face Detection WB)
Fluorescent H
Self timer 2 or 10 secs
Continuous shooting Approx 0.6 fps until card is full (AF / LiveView)
Approx 1.3 fps until card is full (LCD monitor off)
Image parameters My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color)
Flash Auto, Flash On, Flash Off, Slow Sync, Red-eye reduction
Slow Sync Speed : Fastest speed 1/2000 sec
+/- 2EV in 1/3 stop increments
Face Detection FE compensation
Safety FE
Flash exposure lock
Manual Power Adjustment
Range (Auto ISO):50cm – 5.8m (wide) /1.4m- 2.8m (tele)
External Flash E-TTL with Canon EX series Speedlites
Canon’s High Power Flash HF-DC1
Viewfinder EVF
202,000 dots
LCD monitor Vari-angle 2.7″ TFT
230,000 pixels
Adjustable Brightness
100% Coverage
Connectivity USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
HDMI mini connector
AV out (PAL / NTSC switchable)
Storage SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, MMCplus, HCMMCplus
Power Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-7L (battery and charger supplied)
Weight (inc.battery & card) 601 g
Dimensions 123 x 92 x 108 mm


Smart Auto in Movie mode is used in the PowerShot SX30 which can detect 21 different scene types and automatically adjusting the settings. But the main thing of Canon PowerShot SX30 IS is its monster zoom.

Canon has managed to constrict in a 35x optical zoom lens, which enlarges from 24mm to 840mm. Connect with a 14.1MP CCD and what you have is a rather feature-packed camera which really wants to be a DSLR.

The SX30 IS costs slightly more than its predecessor following on from last year’s SX20 model. This is DSLR-styled compact camera with the world’s longest lens, an incredibly versatile 35x image stabilized optical zoom. It provides a broad 35mm equivalent focal range of 24mm to 840mm and makes it a direct challenger to the likes of the Fujifilm FinePix HS10, Panasonic DMC-FZ45, Samsung WB5000, Olympus SP-590UZ and the Casio EX-FH25.

The SX30 competes against entry-level DSLRs and the new breed of compact system cameras. It is packed with hard plastic bodywork with a large hand-grip. Its overall weight is 600g, adds a definite feeling of solidity, while the matt black finish lends an overall air of sophistication.

The SX30 IS’ dimensions, 122.9 x 92.4 x 107.7mm which are not much more compact than an entry-level DSLR so it will slot into a jacket pocket. Out of the box, there is no full hard copy manual given, only a very rudimentary getting started pamphlet with full manual on CD. If you are chained to a PC

The Canon SX30 IS offers an incredible zoom range much more portable and cheaper compare to its equivalent on a DSLR as touched on earlier. The SX30 IS is a one-stop-shop for all your photography needs with 24mm available at the wide-angle end and 840mm at the other. Right apertures of f/2.7 and f/5.8 at either end backs the massive focal range While 4.5-stop image stabilization system is better than many Canon pro lenses. The attachment of 67mm filters such as the Canon PL-C B 67mm polarizer filter is allowed in an optional lens filter adapter.

Canon 35x SX30 Superzoomer - Specs & Review

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