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
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: 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.
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.
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