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Canon PowerShot S30 3MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom

by Canon

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  • 3-megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create prints up to 11 x 14
  • 3x optical plus 3.2x digital (for 9.6x total) zoom lens with autofocus
  • Included 16 MB CompactFlash card holds 16 images at default resolution; camera is Microdrive compatible
  • Connects with Macs and PCs via USB port
  • Uses proprietary NB-2L lithium-ion rechargeable battery (included)
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Technical Details

  • Audio Recording
  • DPOF
  • Macro
  • Mini-Movie

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  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1.6 x 2.3 inches ; 11.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00005QFZF
  • Item model number: 634795
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,583 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 17, 2005

Product Description

Product Description

Discover digital technology with this Canon PowerShot S30 camera. With its 3.2 megapixel CCD, you'll get film-like quality whether you're shooting a close-up or a panoramic vista. A digital teleconverter takes the 3x optical zoom lens up to 10x zoom. The S30 features movie mode that shoots sound-and-motion digital movies up to 2 minutes long and voice memo for attaching commentary to your memories. Other features include: creation of postcard-size images so densely detailed, the pixilation is invisible to the eye; zoom is equivalent to 35-105mm in 35mm format 30 sec, movies at high resolution, 2-min. at lower resolution; selectable start-up screen; selectable sounds for start-up, shutter and other functions; solution CD for camera options; TTL autofocus or manual focus, macro focus, autofocus lock; 1-2/3" LCD viewfinder and real-image viewfinder; 15 to 1/1500 sec. shutter speeds; evaluation, center-weighted average or spot metering; program auto exposure, shutter priority AE, aperture priority AE or manual exposure control; TTL auto white balance, pre-set white balance or custom white balance; built-in flash with red-eye reduction and selectable flash modes; auto, portrait, landscape, night scene, high-speed shutter, slow shutter, black & white, sepia, neutral color, vivid color, stitch assist and movie shooting modes; self-timer. Compatible with Windows 98/2000/Me/XP; Mac 8.6-9.1. No. S30. Imported. 2-1/4Hx4-1/2Wx1-3/4D".


Canon's S30 and S40 cameras fill a gap in the company's digital lineup. Nestled between the ultra-tiny Elph models and the feature-packed PowerShot G and Pro models, the S30 and S40 combine most of the portability of the former with nearly every advanced feature of the latter.

With the exception of their CCD sensors (the S30 is a 3-megapixel model, while the S40 is 4-megapixel), the cameras are essentially identical. Each features a brushed aluminum body with a sliding clamshell lens cover, a 3x optical zoom Canon lens, and a 1.8-inch LCD on the back of the camera for previewing and reviewing shots.

For beginners, the cameras are point-and-shoot simple. Just twist the dial to Auto and start snapping pictures. For more experienced photographers, both models include aperture priority, shutter priority, and full manual modes, plus manual focus, exposure compensation, slow-sync flash, spot metering, and adjustable ISO (from 50 to 400 on the S40, and 50 to 800 on the S30).

Movie mode lets you capture video clips with sound. At 320 x 240 or 160 x 120 pixels, the movies aren't camcorder quality, but they're fun and convenient, and they're perfect as e-mail attachments. The cameras also include an unusual voice-memo feature, which lets you record up to 60 seconds of audio with each image.

To provide maximum battery life in the smallest possible space, the cameras use a proprietary lithium-ion battery (both the battery and a charger are included). The battery charges quickly and holds a reasonably long charge, but if you're planning to use the camera for extended outings, a spare NB-2L battery is a good idea. A larger-capacity memory card is also advisable if you want to shoot more than a dozen photos at a time or if you decide to really take advantage of the Movie mode. The cameras use Type I or Type II CompactFlash cards, including the Microdrive. To print your photos at home, the S30 and S40 connect directly to Canon's CP-10 and S820D printers for easy printing--you don't even need a computer.

If you're looking for a camera with the sleek, compact style of a point-and-shoot with the extensive manual controls of an advanced amateur camera, the S30 and S40 are both great choices.

Customer Reviews

Takes excellent pictures and is fairly easy to use.
I would recommend this camera to anyone looking for a great all around digital camera that can do everything an SLR can do.
The controls, menus and manual are so easily laid out that you can use the camera without a lot of studying.
Maoming Mom "Ashley"

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

132 of 133 people found the following review helpful By Christopher T. Slaterbeck on November 20, 2001
I have been playing around with my Powershot S30 for a couple of weeks now, and I must say I am very impressed. This is my first digital camera. 35mm photography has been a hobby of mine for over 10 years now, so I wanted to get a digicam that wouldn't let me down. And the S30 hasn't. It has almost all the features of my Canon Rebel 2000 (except interchangeable lenses, filters, and a hotshoe), but with a fraction of the size. The pictures are great. I have noticed that indoor flash pics tended to be a little too bright, but that was easily fixed by adjusting the flash exposure compensation down by 1/3 or 2/3. The camera takes pictures quickly (not as fast as my SLR, but that's to be expected) and the pics are of high quality. The battery life is relatively short, but a fully charged battery was more than enough to get me through over 100 shots, using the LCD screen for all of them, the flash for most, and spending a fair bit of time reviewing the photos. I *love* the fact that the camera records all the settings you used along with the shot.
The camera is small and rugged, so it can easily be taken everywhere. Even the battery charger is fairly small. I definitely recommend getting a 256MB card (check out newegg.com) and a USB reader. At highest resolution and least compression, I can fit 157 pics on the 256MB card. The only thing I've used the 16MB card that comes with the camera for was to transfer some pics to it so a friend who wanted "doubles" could go to Ritz camera and print them out for herself. Definitely recommend!!!!!!!
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146 of 148 people found the following review helpful By Rob Deep on November 19, 2001
I picked this camera up a few days ago after doing pretty extensive research online and talking to some people on bulletin boards. I wanted 3mp camera in as compact form as possible that used CF cards and had a rechargeable battery. Then I discovered Canon's new S30/S40. No doubt the S40 is a great successor to the S30, but I have no need for 4mp. I've only had the camera a few days and I'm already very content with my decision.
It has a build quality like no other camera I've held. I'd say it has a 95% metal casing, only the battery door is plastic, and they mesh perfectly with the design. The sliding lens cover is great. Works flawlessly as a on/off switch and protection for the lens. Gives the camera a great smooth finish too. The LCD is bright and has good visibility in sun light. The buttons are well placed and easy to work with. My only minor complaint is the rubber door covering the usb and power jack. I question it's durability after long term use, but it should be ok.
So how do the pictures looks? Fantastic. If I could sum it up in 3 words, I would say: Sharp, bright and clear. The flash is powerful enough to take great low-light/night shots. Just don't get to far away :) Battery life is average. One of the drawbacks to such a small camera, but the battery recharges fairly quickly. Keep the LCD off for mucher greater battery life! Oh, and get a large CF card. The 16mb that is included won't cut.
No problems using the camera with Windows XP Pro through my monitor's USB hub. Canon's software is kind of bloated, but functional. If you prefer, just use XP's built in Digital Camera support.
Overall, excellent camera for people who want something portable (like the S110, although not quite as small), and a 3 megapixel resolution.
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91 of 91 people found the following review helpful By the limey on January 4, 2002
This is my first digital camera and I am so happy with it.
This is what you get...
A heavier weight than most digital cameras. I wanted to know that I was holding a camera, not a plastic toy.
Nice, easy to use software. The stitch assist software that comes with the camera is fantastic!!
The ability to take mini movies (if a little small and short) The microphone picks up the ambient sound pretty well.
Multiple choices of picture resolution, but why not use the max resolution if you have the memory (see below).
Fully automatic to fully manual settings, so you you can practice your photography without wasting expensive film.
Uses standard compact flash memory (no expensive proprietary memory or limited to 128MB)
This camera will pay for itself (in terms of saving money on picture development) in about a year.
A LOT of fun using it and recording some great memories!
Using it...
I took about 400 shots over two days at Sea World at various resolutions. The high speed picture mode captured the action perfectly under many different light conditions.
It's great for taking long exposure shots (use a tripod).
The 3x zoom doesn't sound a lot but really helps to get better pictures at lower resolutions.
The stitch mode on the camera really helps you line up the next shot for panoramas and completely takes the guess work out of it.
The flash seems pretty strong (much better than my old standard compact camera)
It really drains the battery. I went through three in one day. Which is why I recommend getting two more when you purchase (if you can afford it)
The cover for the USB port on the camera looks a little flimsy, so I wouldn't use it too much
What I would recommend.
128MB, or 256MB memory cards
At least three batteries
A dedicated card reader for the PC
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