Summary: The Canon PowerShot SX30 IS is a compact camera but with SLR-style grip and attractive features and functions, such as zoom exceptional, high resolution, the width of the lens, the swiveling display, manual controls, viewfinder, the HD movies and various graphical effects. Too bad for the lack of support for the RAW format.
Conclusion: Canon's PowerShot SX 30 IS is an excellent choice of camera for someone who wants something a bit more than the average compact model, yet doesn't want to go down the route of having interchangeable lenses. The feature set is extensive, the camera is easy to use and the results are generally good, allowing you to make prints at sizes up to A3.
Excerpt: Quote from review: “The new Canon PowerShot SX30 IS compact camera climbs straight to the top of the super-zoom ladder with its incredible 35x, 24-840mm optical lens - truly all the focal range that most photographers will ever need or use. In addition to this, the SX30 offers a 14 megapixel image sensor , 2.7 inch vari-angle LCD screen , electronic viewfinder, flash hotshoe, full manual controls and 720p HD movies.
Summary: At an MRP of Rs. 28,995, the Canon SX30IS is the camera for you if you need a very wide zoom range to work with - versatility is the key here. Image quality is pretty good for a compact camera, but if you're really discerning about quality, you might be a bit disappointed, especially at ISO 400 and above. In such cases, we recommend an entry-level dSLR, or something like the Sony NEX-3 or Canon S95 if you're averse to bulkier bodies.
Pros: Massive zoom range to play with, Well laid out controls, Good image quality, More versatile than a dSLR + kit lens at this price range
Cons: At this price you can buy an entry level dSLR, As expected ISO range above 400 is of limited use, Quality doesn't match up to similarly priced dSLR
Excerpt: They’ve got to be kidding! No…. It’s true. The Canon PowerShot SX30 IS has a 35x zoom lens! Stabilised and with a reasonably fast f2.7 maximum aperture. I had an early preview of this gem a few months before its official release and was stunned at the range of the hyper zoom. Then, more recently, spent a day with one, chasing cars, boats and choppers.
Excerpt: The Canon PowerShot SX30 IS ($429) is currently the "big gun" in the super zoom camera world. Packing a whopping 35X optical zoom lens (covering a focal range of 24 - 840 mm), the SX30 can be used in virtually any shooting situation that may arise. Other features include optical image stabilization (naturally), a rotating 2.7" LCD, a hot shoe, manual and automatic controls, and a 720p movie recording with stereo sound and use of the optical zoom.
Summary: The Canon PowerShot SX30 IS was designed as the ultimate general purpose digicam - this camera can capture images of just about anything - from expansive ultra-wide landscapes to super telephoto close-ups. The SX30 IS should also appeal to family photographers whose children are involved in youth sports and aspiring wildlife/nature photographers looking for a light, fairly compact, all-in-one camera with lots of reach.
Pros: Longest optical zoom in the world, 720p HD video, Feature-rich