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.
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
Summary: This is one of a long range of cameras with the ‘ PowerShot ’ name produced by Canon . It is also a contender for one of the best; it allows both the novice and those more advanced to get the best from it as well as from themselves.
Canon PowerShot SX30 IS review: This compact Canon camera has a massive 840mm zoom lens!
Good Gear Guide.au
20 March 2011
Summary: The Canon PowerShot SX30 IS is a great digital camera for anyone who wants a big zoom. It has a zoom that can reach up to 840mm, and this means you can get very close to the action at sporting events and concerts. However, for best results you do need to use a tripod. Its image quality is decent, but it won't give you crystal clear pictures -- there will be some noise and purple fringing noticeable when you scrutinise your pictures closely.
Pros: Huge zoom, decent image quality and faithful colour reproduction, manual features, decent high-def video capturing
Cons: Some noticeable chromatic aberration and noise, hard to frame scenes at full zoom unless using a tripod, screen and EVF could be better
Summary: Canon's attempt to trump all comers in the superzoom market with the PowerShot SX30 IS and its 35x optical zoom is largely successful, although it suffers from inherent compromises and the same plasticky build that plagues its predecessors.
Pros: Broadest focal range of any megazoom on the market, Versatile tool for a wide range of photographic applications, Easy to use and achieve good results
Cons: Costs almost as much as an entry-level dSLR, Plasticky feel, Some loss of focus towards the edges at maximum wide-angle Images lack contrast straight out of the camera
Summary: A new Canon super-zoom digicam with a stabilised 35x zoom lens, full manual controls and 720p HD movie recording.The PowerShot SX30 IS replaces the year-old SX20 IS at the top of Canon's super-zoom line-up but is $120 cheaper than its predecessor was at launch. Its 35x zoom lens is a significant step-up from the predecessor's 20x zoom and resolution has been increased from 12.1 to 14.1 megapixels.
Pros: You're looking for an ultra-zoom digicam that can record widescreen high-definition video with stereo sound., You want plenty of adjustable controls and effective image stabilisation., You'd enjoy taking very close ‘macro' shots. Don't buy this camera if :, You want a pocketable camera., You prefer shooting raw files as well as JPEGs and RAW+JPEG pairs., You need a camera that can record a wide dynamic range in outdoor shots.