Excerpt: Of all the Canon cameras (6) compacts and SLRs I have owned this is undoubtedly the most disappointing. This is not a camera you can give to someone in AUTO mode and know that the result will be good. Chances are it will be grainy, especially in lower light conditions. When you shoot in high contrast situations, expect all your straight edges throughout the frame to have green and magenta edges (chromatic aberration.
Cons: Cnet was right. The pictures are generally soft, very basic features - not worth $369.00, and the quality of the pictures is not consistent. I definitely wouldn't say that it takes very good pictures.
A Step Back From the SX10IS; Superior Zoom, Poor Image Quality
Ryan S. Sarver "jzerot1437", Amazon
3 November 2010
Summary: About a year and a half ago I purchased the Canon SX10IS, but even before that I was an owner of the S3IS--in many ways the predecessor to the SX Superzoom line. The SX10IS produced some amazing shots of my trip to Italy, New York City's Halloween Parade, and just general scenery I shot in my spare time.
Summary: I purchased a new SX30is as a replacement and upgrade to my SX20is I had for 8 months. The 24 mm wide angle and 35X optical zoom looked quite appealing to me however reading the fact the megapixels had been bumped up to 14.1 (from the 12.1 in the SX20is) on the same image sensor had me concerned about the picture quality this new Canon SX30is had to offer.
Good pictures, but slow focusing and shots. LCD failed so returning.
3 January 2012
Summary: Bought this camera after much research. I had a Canon Ixus point-and-shoot camera for many years which only had a 3x zoom, and wasn't overly impressed with its photos but did take lots of video which seemed very good for the size of camera - eventually its died so I thought I'd go for something with better zoom, better photos and more manual adjustments.