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: Speed aside, the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS is a staggering camera. If you're looking to step up from a compact, and want something that's still easy to point and shoot, but with the versatility of a DSLR, then the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS is worth a look. If you want a super-zoom camera, then it has to be top of the list – nothing else comes close.
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
Excerpt: Canon has finally released the successor to their popular PowerShot SX20 IS from last year, with the all new PowerShot SX30 IS. While many of the SX30's core features are similar to it's sibling, Canon has completely redesigned the exterior of this camera, along with adding some awesome new features. These included increased resolution up to 14-megapixels, a larger 2.7-inch Vari-angle LCD screen, and more importantly the World's first 35x optical zoom lens unit.