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.
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.
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 public’s ongoing love affair with portable high-tech gadgets is beyond doubt. On-the-go people who talk (and text) on cell phones, listen to music (and watch videos) on MP3 players and shoot pictures and/or video clips with digital cameras while they work, walk, run, shop, drive, relax and watch...
Pros: Long optical zoom, 720p HD video, Feature-rich
Cons: Slightly soft images, Expensive, Noise at ISO 400
Canon PowerShot SX30 IS review: This compact Canon camera has a massive 840mm zoom lens!
Good Gear Guide.au
25 May 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.
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
Excerpt: 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.
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