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.
Summary: Canon PowerShot SX30 old model Canon SX40 HS new model: While the SX30 maybe a good camera, Canon updated, replaced or fixed the problems in low lighting, speed, etc. The SX40 HS is a few dollars more, but you get a FIVE Star camera.
Summary: I purchased this camera because I had been using an earlier version (S2IS)and liked it. I found the auto setting resulted in poor quality and at times wanted to return to my older camera. Unfortunately I took the camera to the park and left it there and when I returned it was gone..
Summary: I was very disappointed - this camera is not up to the standard set by the SX10IS. The pictures too grainy at long telephoto (500-840mm) and shutter works slow on normal (HH) people shots. There is a noticeable delay from when you shoot to when it snaps pic. Oh well.
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...
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...
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...
Summary: I have spent some time trying to sort out the chromatic aberration (CA) which causes purple and green fringing around bright objects or for example leaves in a bright sky. This is particularly noticeable at wide angles.
Summary: I had this camera for less than a fortnight and even then I didn't take it back earlier because I wasn't able to get to the shop. Yes, it's got a great zoom (it got a star for that). It is very impressive and images at 840 mm come out ok considering the distance.