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.