Conclusion: The Canon SD30 is one stylish, ultra-compact camera which is head-turning, though it lacks "real" manual controls and has a weak flash. The SD30 is fast and has a great LCD. Photos are great but a little noisy and there's lots of red-eye. Also, the movie mode is not that great as other recent Canon cameras. If you prefer style over substance and enjoy turning heads when they see you and your camera, then the Canon PowerShot SD30 Digital ELPH is for you.
Pros: Ultra-compact and stylish, Camera dock and remote control included, Great LCD performance, Extremely fast, Unlimited continuous shooting, Overall sharp photos
Cons: Weak flash, Limited manual controls, Few external controls (ie. zoom controller is combined with 4 way controller), Movies, though unlimited, are choppy, So-so battery life, Red-eye, Some soft edges
Summary: The Canon PowerShot SD30 Digital ELPH
is a beautifully designed digital camera that
will feel at ease in those special occasion events.
Available in 4 metallic finishes, this camera
is more than a fashion item and also takes great
pictures with ease. Flash portrait pictures come
out very pleasant. The Canon SD30 is ultra compact in size, and
its smooth design makes it fit easily into a jeans
pocket or small purse.
Excerpt: The Canon PowerShot SD30 Digital ELPH (also known as the Digital Ixus i Zoom) is an ultra-compact camera with a 5 Megapixel CCD, 2.4X zoom lens, DIGIC II image processor, and a 1.8" LCD display. The SD30 replaces the PowerShot SD20, with the main difference being the inclusion of a zoom lens instead of a fixed one.
Pros: Very good photo quality in good lighting, Compact, stylish body comes in four colors, Unlimited continuous shooting mode, LCD visible in low light, AF-assist lamp, Includes camera dock with remote control for viewing photos on your television, USB 2.0 High Speed support, Optional underwater case and external slave flash
Cons: Some corner softness; noise in long exposures is above average, Weak flash, Redeye is a big problem, Unimpressive movie mode, Dock required for USB and A/V output, Battery life could be better, Tiny memory card included with camera