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...
Excerpt: Ashley Kramer zooms in on this compact To a DSLR user, the zoom range on a modern superzoom compact camera is a thing of wonder. Take Canon’s PowerShot SX30IS for example. To match the 24mm wide angle aspect of the lens is easy enough but to reach out all the way to 840mm takes some doing.
Pros: Massive zoom range, Good manual controls, Exceptional detail levels, Very capable stabilisation
Cons: Average EVF, Best results at lower ISO settings
Conclusion: This is probably the best super-zoom we’ve had our hands on. There’s slight issues of noise indoors, the odd kink here and there that might have been a little smoother given an almost infinite amount of product development time but, ultimately, it is a winner.
Pros: Ridiculous zoom, good screen, bags of fun and very hard to take bad shots on
Cons: Too noisy at high ISO, the AF doesn’t always hit at high zoom