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Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Digital Camera (14.1 MP, 35x Ultra Wide-angle Optical Zoom) 2.7 Inch Vari-angle Purecolor LCD

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  • 35x ultra wide-angle (24-840 mm) optical zoom lens for Canon quality telephoto images
  • Outstanding hand-shake correction with 4.5-stop optical Image Stabilizer
  • 14.1 Megapixels for high detail shots
  • 6.8 cm (2.7 Inch) vari-angle PureColor II VA LCD, plus electronic viewfinder
  • HD Movies (720p) with optical zoom, Dynamic IS, stereo sound and HDMI

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Colour black black black black Black
Connectivity Technology Yes Yes Yes
Digital Zoom 4x 126x 4x 4x 70x 2x
Display Size 2.7 inches 3 inches 3 inches 3 inches 3 inches 3 inches
Effective Still Resolution 14.1 megapixels 20.1 20.2 16 20.1 16.2 megapixels
Has Image Stabilization Yes Yes Yes Yes
Item Dimensions 10.77 x 12.29 x 9.24 cm 71.7 x 6.1 x 42.9 cm 8.33 x 11.1 x 7.62 cm 73.5 x 6 x 44.6 cm 11.62 x 12.26 x 8.69 cm
Item Weight 0.6 kg 0.63 kg 426 grams 418 grams 495 grams 0.58 kg
Max Focal Length 840 mm 1,550 mm 630 mm 1,200 mm 954 mm 215 mm
Min Focal Length 24 mm 24 mm 22 mm 24 mm 157.5 mm 4.3 mm
Model Year 2010 2014 2015 2015
Optical Sensor Resolution 14.5 megapixels 20.1 20.48 16.8 20.1 16.79 megapixels
Optical Zoom 35x 63x 28x 50x 35x 50x
Removable Memory Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card; MultiMediaCard Memory Stick Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card Memory Stick; Secure Digital card Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card
Special Feature Serial Shot Mode; Shutter Priority; Aperture Priority Serial Shot Mode Serial Shot Mode - Shutter Priority^Aperture Priority

Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 10.8 x 9.2 cm ; 599 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.5 Kg
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Item model number: 4344B009AA
  • ASIN: B0042RUAQ6
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 14 Sept. 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,216 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Smart Auto selects settings from 28 different scenes allowing you to take great pictures without having to worry about the settings. The camera automatically analyses the subject and decides what is best for optimum results. New shooting modes have been added to make creative experimentation more enjoyable. Give the impression of a smaller scale with Miniature Effect, get better results with Low Light mode and take full control with Manual modes. When shooting with maximum zoom it can be difficult to keep...

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The freedom of SLR technology in a compact camera

The innovative PowerShot SX30 IS bridges the gap between digital still cameras and digital SLRs with the world's first 35x optical zoom (24 - 840mm) lens in a compact camera. Let the camera do the work using intelligent Smart Auto which will analyse conditions and select one of 28 scenes to help you take the best picture. Alternatively, take control in full manual mode. With complete control over exposure settings you can really make your photos your own, exploring not only the full potential of this powerful camera but the limits of your own imagination.

The world's first fitted lens with 35x optical zoom
In low light, camera shake is controlled
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The world's first compact camera with 35x optical zoom

The PowerShot SX30 IS showcases Canon's optical expertise with an ultra-wide 35x optical zoom - a world first for a compact camera. With a zoom capability equivalent to a 24mm x 840mm lens and a huge 14.1 megapixel capacity, you can really explore your creativity. From breathtaking landscapes to long range close ups and sharp macro photography, you have the power to capture truly stunning photos, and view them back on a 2.7" vari-angle PureColor II VA LCD screen.

Trust in market-leading Image Stabilization technology

The PowerShot SX30 IS incorporates Canon's best-in-class Image Stabilisation technology with outstanding hand-shake correction to keep your images clear and steady, even at super high zoom. So whether you're catching life in motion, taking a close up or shooting in low light, the 4.5-stop Image Stabilizer and hybrid macro photography means you can be sure you’re getting the best possible shot every time.

Zoom Framing
Zoom Framing Assist keeps focus on subjects and re-locates them if they move.

Make taking high-quality photos easier with Zoom Framing Assist

With such an incredible zoom capacity keeping track of distant or moving subjects when shooting with long zoom could pose a challenge. This is where Zoom Framing Assist steps in. If you have zoomed in on a subject and then it moves you can just press a button and the camera quickly zooms out, relocates the subject and zooms back in to re-capture it in the frame - ensuring the perfect shot is not missed. This feature is especially useful at full zoom where subjects can easily be lost due to the small angle of view available at 840mm. So if you are a nature enthusiast or like to take photos on safari (where you often only have one opportunity to get the perfect shot) you will find this feature invaluable.

Miniature effect
Miniature Effect transforms normal landscapes into miniature look-alikes.

Record stunning High Definition videos with stereo sound

With the PowerShot SX30 IS you can now create breathtaking, 720p High Definition movies with stereo sound at the touch of a button. The Voice Coil Motor (VCM) allows you to zoom during recording with minimum audio interference, while the intelligent Dynamic Image Stabilizer is designed to reduce the effects of camera shake if you need to move with your scene. You can also experience a cinematic playback of your stills and videos on a high-definition monitor or HDTV via a HDMI connector - so every colour can be appreciated as you intended them.

Using the various shooting modes in movie can add an interesting dynamic to your footage. In Smart Auto mode, the camera automatically analyses conditions and selects the optimal settings from 21 different options - so you don't have to. And Miniature Mode adds a completely new dimension to video – resulting in dramatic and compelling miniature-style, timelapse videos.

Give yourself more freedom with the flexibility of an SLR

The PowerShot SX30 IS opens up a world of filter and lighting possibilities including a hot shoe allowing accessories such as Canon Speedlites and flash guns to be used plus the option of a 67mm Lens Filter Adapter, giving you the same creative freedom you’d expect from an SLR. So whether you need protection from UV glare or just day-to-day life, simply screw on the adapter to use any filter.

Smart Flash
Smart Flash Exposure controls flash levels according to shooting conditions
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Let the camera do the work with Smart Auto

The PowerShot SX30 IS features upgraded Smart Auto technology which automatically analyses shooting conditions and applies the scene most suitable for your frame, now from 28 specific variables – so you focus on capturing the perfect shot. It also detects movement of subjects in a scene, activating Servo Auto Focus and Auto Exposure to ensure that the focus and exposure are locked onto them if they move. With Smart Flash Exposure, flash levels are controlled according to shooting conditions, ensuring perfectly exposed shots in all situations.

Experiment with creative shooting modes

Canon’s advanced technologies incorporate numerous creative shooting modes. Miniature Effect makes landscapes appear ‘model like’ for an interesting perspective and Fish-Eye Effect gives the effect of a fish-eye lens for an artistic view of landscapes and subjects.

Fish-Eye Effect
Get creative with Fish-Eye Effect
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Store and share your masterpieces with ease

Because Canon understands that taking photos is only half the fun, it supports both SDXC and Eye-Fi memory cards. With storage of up to 2000 gigabytes, the SDXC card allows you to snap away without worrying about running out of memory, and the Eye-Fi card lets you transfer pictures and videos online, directly from your camera, via its own Wi-Fi transmitter. You can also use the mini HDMI cable to play your HD videos on widescreen TV or send them wirelessly to your own PC.

A world of advantages with Canon technology

Experience intelligent technology with DIGIC 4

The fast processing capability of the DIGIC 4 processor facilitates a range of technologies which enhance the quality and creativity of your images. It enables intelligent evolved Face and Object Detection Technology, which finds and tracks moving subjects until you're ready to shoot, adjusting the camera settings for optimal results. Faces will have natural-looking skin tones and additional Blink Detection lets you avoid the disappointment of mis-timed people shots by displaying a 3 second warning if a person in the frame has their eyes closed. Red-Eye Correction is an integral feature to ensure flawless photos as well as Canon's i-Contrast feature, which offers improved contrast and greater detail in tricky lighting conditions.

Capturing self-portraits has never been easier with Smart Shutter, which utilizes Face Detection Technology, allowing you to trigger the shutter using a smile or a wink of the eye. With Face Self-Timer, you can set the camera to shoot automatically after detecting a new face in the frame, meaning nobody's left behind in group shots. And if you're at a more advanced level and require additional levels of creative control, the PowerShot SX30 IS also offers control over shutter speed or aperture settings in Tv and Av modes respectively.

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I bought the Sx30 because we were going for a holiday in the Middle East. I have a Canon Eos with a number of lenses, but wanted a single piece of kit to save weight and to avoid having to change lenses. The camera has done exactly what I wanted: a pretty good wide angle and a fantastic telephoto. The video performed quite adequately too. OK, do not expect to have the speed of an SLR, so trying to take pictures of a horse race would be frustrating. The longest lens does search a bit for focus, but I have taken a number of shots at full telephoto without a tri/monopod which are entirely acceptable for what they are - holiday pictures. We were driving a lot, but I found I could take perfectly good shots from the moving car using a fast setting. I have taken hundreds of pictures and consider that some of the critical reviews about this camera are misplaced. Get this camera for what is - a great fun piece of kit that will not disappoint. If you want A3 pictures or are trying to capture F1 cars, stick with an SLR, if not, I can see no reason not to add this to the camera bag.
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With a camera as good as this and with the amount of features it boasts, this review could run into pages. However there are plenty of professional reviews out there that sing the praises of the camera so my personal view will be brief. Firstly it's a Canon which means quality. Secondly it's got a 35x optical zoom which means, in 35mm lens equivalent, a range of 24 - 840mm which is the biggest zoom on the market. Thirdly it shoots HD video at 720p which is more than adequate for the enthusiastic amateur. 1080p would be better but then it would have to wear its underpants outside its trousers and leap tall buildings in a single bound!

I have been a fan of bridge camera. For a long time and this is my third (the previous 2 being an Olympus 10x and a Panasonic Lumix 18x) Whilst they were good cameras this one now sets the standard for all others. As a casual birdwatcher and a new grandparent this camera more than serves my needs and I would recommend it to anyone who wants amazing performance and doesn't want to fork out the £1000+ that a DSLR with this specification would cost.
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Despite all the Christmas weather received the item well in advance of its target date. The camera appears to be performing well so far having just taken it to Lisbon for a few days. Slightly heavier than the bridge camera I used to use but, so what. Love the swivel viewfinder which makes picture taking more flexible. Love the automatic switch between optical and LCD viewfinder. The Zoom is smooth and very powerful, as is the wideangle.
All in all, a nice piece of kit which I can thoroughly recommend to all you serious photographers out there who don't wish to lug a suitcase of equipment around with you.
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I bought this camera in order to get the highest possible telephoto range available without having to change lenses. I have a handicapped right hand that has made it very difficult for me to change lenses on cameras in the past, so the SX30 is ideal for me. The Image Stabilisation system is great. Even at full magnification I can get crystal clear shots when the camera is hand held, which in my case is a real bonus as lugging a tripod around is literally a pain. This camera is so good that I am at a loss as to why any casual photographer should go to the expense of buying a DSLR such as one of the Canon EOS series with the necessary extra lenses. Much to my surprise I won a competition recently with a landscape taken on my SX30, so I'm doubly satisfied with my purchase!
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I can't give a technical review because I'm not qualified. This camera was bought to give me more control over my pictures than my Canon Ixus 900 Ti does and it does just that. You have to read the instruction manual otherwise the pictures are disappointing because you're on the wrong setting. The zoom lens has allowed me to frame some interesting shots that were impossible before. I've taken good moonlight photographs and had a sunrise photo used on the TV weather forecast. The body is plastic but it keeps the weight down and I find the camera sits nicely in the hand when taking a photo (I did handle the other cameras in this class but found the Canon the most comfortable - easiest to grip firmly). Strangely, I haven't used the video mode yet. The flash unit catches on the new camera bag as I put the camera away (with the tripod "adapter" still on the camera) and I worry that I may damage it. You will need a tripod for the zoomed in photos. Disappointing thing - you need to buy the Canon adapter if you want to fit a filter (to protect the lens if nothing else) and it costs a fortune for a plastic ring! You will need to buy a decent camera bag and a spare battery (the first one I bought had to be sent back - beware). The camera strap supplied is too narrow. Overall I love using the camera and I am very pleased with the results.
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I wanted a camera for taking holiday photos - buildings and views, but also and equally importantly for photographing birds, animals and flowers when out walking. I read a range of reviews and took advice from camera shops and realised that I did not want or need the complexity of a digital SLR and did not wish to acquire the technical expertise needed to make best use of one (despite these being better quality cameras).

The Canon SX30 has proved perfect. I have taken better quality photographs than ever before; the basic wide angle lens makes architectural shots much easier that they were on the previous small Sony I used, and the zoom made photographing birds (and squirrels) achievable for the first time.

Great value and a pleasure to use.

One drawback - the viewfinder, which I prefer to use, is a little too small.
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