Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

(November 2010)

The SX30 is a top quality megazoom camera with excellent specifications

What’s good:

  • Hugely versatile zoom from 28mm wide angle up to massive telephoto range of 840mm
  • Very effective Image Stabilisation means you can take handheld photos at long telephoto zoom, with few worries about camera shake causing blurring.
  • A boon to the HD video capability is the Ultrasonic motor driving the zoom, that allows you to zoom in and out, without sound cutting out and with nearly silent operation.
  • Photo quality is great.

What’s disappointing:

  • A printed manual isn’t included and if you’re one of those people who like to study it, short of printing it from the disk or limiting yourself to viewing on the computer screen, you can obtain a printed copy from OTC.
  • Lack of Raw facility

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Our review rating – 84% – Recommended

Key features:
Megapixels 14.1
Optical Zoom 35x
Wide Angle (35mm equivalent) 28mm
Telephoto (35mm equivalent) 840mm
Continuous shooting (max) 0.69fps
Built in flash – max range 5.8m
Hot Shoe for external flash? Yes
Macro minimum 0mm
Raw? No
Video 720p HD, 30fps, Widescreen, Stereo
Weight 601g
Other Vari-angle LCD
Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery
Approx price (incl VAT & delivery) £355
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Memory cards – This camera is among the first to take advantage of the new SDXC cards, which are potentially both super fast and providing huge storage capacity.  Click here to view our list of recommended cards, from fast SDHCs, up to huge capacity SDXCs.