Excerpt: Ultra zoom cameras are a most interesting niche. For one, this category is synonymous with very long zooms (obviously!) and (not so obviously) a lot more manual control than ultra compacts give you.
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.
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.
Summary: The Canon Powershot SX30 IS is
a 14 Megapixel super-zoom with a 35x optical zoom lens and a fully articulated 2.7in screen.
An update to the hugely successful PowerShot SX20 IS, it adds significantly to the older model's zoom range at both ends with a 24mm ultra-wide-angle extending a long, long way...
Conclusion: The Canon Powershot SX30 IS is about more than just an extra long lens. There are plenty of features to get your teeth into and photo quality is very good too. If extreme zoom is something you need then this camera ticks all the right boxes.
Pros: Long lens - general features - picture quality
Summary: The Canon PowerShot SX30 IS is a great travel camera let down a little by having an overpopulated sensor.
However, for many people this camera could be the ideal first step into photography.
Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Our Verdict: Score - 3 out of 5