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Canon SX30IS 14.1MP Digital Camera with 35x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7 Inch Wide LCD

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  • 35x wide-angle optical zoom (24-840mm) with Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Improvements to Movie modes: use the Optical Image Stabilizer in the wide-angle setting;Optical Zoom is now available while shooting video
  • 720p HD video with stereo sound; HDMI output
  • New Zoom Framing Assist button; DIGIC 4 Image Processor and 14.1 megapixels
  • Capture images and video to SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card, MultiMediaCard, MMC Plus Card, HC MMC Plus Card (not included)
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Technical Details

  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Flash
  • Image Stabilization
  • Video Capability
  • Mac Compatible

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 4.8 x 3.7 inches ; 1.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0041RSPR8
  • Item model number: SX30IS
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (372 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,650 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 13, 2010

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

The PowerShot SX30 IS has got you prepared for your next extreme photo opportunity. This point-and-shoot digital camera comes with a massive 35x Wide-Angle (24-840mm) Optical Zoom lens--a first for any PowerShot! It also comes with a 2.7-inch Vari-angle LCD, 14.1 Megapixels, High Dynamic Range, Zoom Framing Assist and much more.

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35x wide-angle optical zoom (24-840mm) with Optical Image Stabilizer
The PowerShot SX30 IS is equipped with a 35x Optical Zoom lens with a focal length of 4.3-150.5mm (35mm equivalent: 24-840mm) that allows you to shoot any scene from wide-angle to telephoto. The camera uses a VCM (Voice Coil Motor) for high-speed, quiet, energy-efficient lens movement with precise control. Focal length is conveniently indicated on the lens barrel.

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The lens is optimized to fully exploit its zoom length and wide shooting angle in concert with the camera's high 14.1 Megapixel resolution. UD glass effectively suppresses chromatic aberration, while enhanced negative refractive power ensures that distortion at the wide-angle is also corrected. Further aberration is controlled with the inclusion of a double-sided aspherical glass-molded lens and ultra-high refraction index lens.

The SX30 IS is equipped with Canon's acclaimed Optical Image Stabilizer Technology that automatically detects and corrects camera shake--one of the leading causes of fuzzy or blurred shots. Even when zoomed in, you can get the steady, crisp, brilliant images you'll be proud to shoot and share. And Canon's Optical Image Stabilizer Technology is convenient to use. It functions perfectly with or without a flash.

Improvements to Movie modes: Dynamic mode enables users to use the Optical Image Stabilizer while shooting video
Dynamic IS allows you to capture video with more precision and ease than ever before! Without having to make any additional camera adjustments, Dynamic IS automatically operates the moment you start recording video. This image stabilizer continuously readjusts throughout the camera's entire zoom range to correct a broad range of motion -- especially when shooting in the wide-angle end, so footage comes out steady and clear even while you're walking and recording at the same time!

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And with a powerful 35x Optical Zoom, you'll never be too far away from capturing your greatest memories! Best of all, the Optical Zoom can now be used while shooting video--a first for any of the Canon PowerShot SX digital cameras! So no matter the distance or environment, Canon lets you stay confident that you'll capture the footage you want.

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Shoots superb 720p HD video with stereo sound; HDMI output
The PowerShot SX30 IS lets you record video in beautiful high definition (1280 x 720 pixels). The camera also makes it easy to enjoy HD videos (and still photos) on your HDTV with a mini-HDMI connector for direct connection to a high-definition TV monitor. You'll enjoy the HD experience with no degradation of image or audio in the signal, plus the ability to display up to 130 still images at once.

New Zoom Framing Assist button
With its 35x Optical Zoom lens, the SX30 IS can certainly capture subjects located at a very far distance; however, even with a powerful zoom lens it can often be tricky to track a moving subject while zoomed out to the maximum telephoto range and attempting to steady the camera. To counter this problem, Canon created the Zoom Framing Assist function. By simply pressing and holding the convenient Zoom Framing Assist function button, the camera will automatically zoom out to a wider focal point, allowing you to look for your elusive subject. Once found, releasing the button will cause the camera to return to its original position and intelligently keep the subject in focus, so you don't have to trouble yourself with any of the controls. Recording video and images has never been easier with a Canon PowerShot!

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Advanced Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper settings
Just set the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS to Smart AUTO and you're ready for maximum enjoyment from your picture taking every time. It's a relaxing and satisfying way to shoot because you can completely concentrate on your subject knowing that the camera has the technical details covered. Advanced Canon technology intelligently analyzes your situation and shooting conditions. Then it automatically selects an appropriate setting from 28 specially defined settings. So whether you're photographing flowers, a captivating sunset, or your friends at the park, you can be confident that you're getting dramatic, memorable images.

DIGIC 4 Image Processor and 14.1 megapixels
The PowerShot SX30 IS is equipped with many of the same features as a higher-end camera: an ultra-powerful zoom, eye-popping resolution and advanced picture-improving technology. 14.1 Megapixels of resolution gives your photography incomparable depth and ensures that any section of any shot can be enlarged and cropped with no loss in quality when you edit the image or even if you choose to print the image. It can create crisp, clear 13" x 19" posters.

Canon's proprietary DIGIC Image Processors have long set its cameras apart from the competition, and the new DIGIC 4 sets the bar even higher. Faster, more accurate noise reduction delivers better image quality, even at high ISO speeds.

iSAPS Technology is an entirely original scene-recognition technology developed for digital cameras by Canon. Using an internal database of thousands of different photos, iSAPS works with the advanced DIGIC 4 Image Processor to improve focus speed and accuracy, as well as exposure and white balance.
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Large 2.7-inch Vari-angle LCD enables easy viewing
The camera's 2.7-inch PureColor System LCD screen gives you the big picture, whether you're shooting, reviewing or showing off your images. This high-resolution screen offers a crisp, clear picture to make shooting, playback and using the camera's menu functions especially convenient. The clear and bright LCD also features Night Display for easy viewing in low light. It also has an electronic viewfinder that provides sharp images when you shoot up close during Macro photography.

Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries, which makes powering up simple
The PowerShot SX30 IS now uses a rechargeable lithium-ion NB-7L battery. For ultimate convenience and simplicity, just charge the batteries and you're ready for your next photographic adventure!

What's in the Box

  • PowerShot SX30 IS Camera body
  • Lithium-ion Battery Pack NB-7L
  • Battery Charger CB-2LZ
  • Neck Strap NS-DC11
  • Lens Cap
  • Case for Hot Shoe Cap
  • AV Cable AVC-DC400ST
  • USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
  • Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM

Product Description

Canon's 4344B001 PowerShot SX30 IS 14.1MP Compact Digital Camera has got you prepared for your next extreme photo opportunity. This point-and-shoot digital camera comes with a massive 35x wide-angle (24-840mm) optical zoom lens - a first for any PowerShot. It also comes with a 2.7-inch Vari-angle LCD, 14.1 megapixels, Zoom Framing Assist and much more. Shoot superb 720p HD video with stereo sound and then view them with an HDMI output connector for easy playback on your HDTV.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

This camera does way more than i bargained for. The pictures are crisp and clear and the videos are also fabulous. the most interesting though is the battery life. I… Read more ›
That is to be expected. Most of my photos were clear inspite of the "shake" warning in the display. I dug out my old tripod and will be setting up the camera to take… Read more ›
The zoom is super and produces clear photos, as if you were right next to your subject. My vacation pictures were awesome! I was able to get intricate details of… Read more ›
At most time, I used the manual mode setting the sharpness and contrast to the highest. The picture is crisp clear and sharp. I liked the super zoom of lense very much. Read more ›
After reading several reviews and personally test this camera, I returned it. Video and Zoom quality are excellent, no doubt. But, not worth to pay this price because of… Read more ›
(2) If I don't have to learn to use DSLR, there is no point to spend…Most of my photos were taken in good light condition and the quality of those photos were excellent. Read more ›
Great camera as all the Canons are. The zoom is fantastic and I am really enjoying it. Read more ›
The quality of the photos , the zoom and stability of the camera at full zoom is amazing . Read more ›
And is still working. The zoom is amazing. Read more ›
I am a amateur photographer, but this camera make taking great pictures very easy. The zoom feature is great when used with a tripod on higher levels of zoom. Battery life… Read more ›
The zoom is fantastic! I was able to get really great pictures of the Statue of Liberty from the Empire State Building. Read more ›
The optical zoom is great on this camera. I think the design could have been better as far as the photo preview. Read more ›
I wish I had bought the Nikon for the same price. The zoom settings are good but it is not enough to make up for not trusting this camera to take a good shot when I need it. Read more ›
Zoom assist button is real nice addition. All the face recognition software and features is another plus, but, will probably not be used by me. General layout of buttons,… Read more ›
The camera is very simple to use. The manual modes are very intuitive. Really nice zoom lens with image stability. Read more ›
It's very lightweight, which makes it easy to have around your neck…The controls are very intuitive, with more than enough menu/function options for the average amateur. Read more ›
This camera gives you just enough manual adjustment to make…Some of the features are so fun to use because they are unusual (I haven't had a new camera for about 6 years). Read more ›
This one was the next step down. Had some great manual features and was great as an automatic. Read more ›
This is another great Canon camera. Pics and video are great. No complaints here. Read more ›
Other than that, pictures and video are quite good. Read more ›
Overall this is an OK camera that has a very powerful zoom and easy to…The video quality is good but you will need conversion software to play or upload it to your PC. H… Read more ›
The controls on these camera's have been basically the same for the last five years. The video is great and the audio performance is magnificent. With a 32G SDHC I think I… Read more ›
Excellent the camera you sent me. I am too happy with this camera,because its pictures are very good and the video is excellent. Really, I made a very good purchising… Read more ›
A whole weeks' vacation can be captured by simply carrying a fanny pack! Video quality is also exceptional; with great motion stability and smooth, gradual zoom. While on… Read more ›
Still using it several years later as my backup camera. Easy to use and takes great pics. 35x zoon is great. Read more ›
It's a great little camera and it's fairly simple to use but for the same price you could get yourself a Canon in the rebel series that takes much better pictures than one… Read more ›
This camera is all I hoped it would be. Easy to use and takes great photos and great videos as well. Read more ›
I bought this a few years ago. I find it very easy to use & really like the zoom. It takes pretty good video also. Read more ›
Worth the price and it is very durable. Super easy to use. Love love love it. Read more ›
this camera is awsome i take it with me everywhere it is so easy to use and takes wonderful pictures Read more ›
For the price it is a great all around camera, I have recommended it to several friends. Read more ›
the price was great couldnt beat and being a newer camera i was glad it could use the SDXC memory card format so we were able to get a 64GB memory stick instead of standard… Read more ›
The strength of this camera which is unmatched by any other camera at almost any price is the amazing 140x zoom. The higher MP count further helps digital zoom. Read more ›
good product woks very well and it have a good quality, good materials and good price i recommend it always Read more ›
This camera has everything I wanted and more, all for a great price. Transation through Amazon was perfect. Read more ›
This camera is really a good hybrid, its very good value and looks just like a dslr. The form factor is lighter and more user friendly than most dslrs. Read more ›
Lately the quality hasn't been so good, I attribute that to…I love that it's relatively lightweight, takes great photos without having to change lenses and is easy to use. Read more ›
It works beautifully, and it's user friendly. The Canon lenses are the best, and this camera stands true to the brand. I thank Pups Discount Electronics for their prompt,… Read more ›
We were so happy with the results we got... the wide angle lens was great for taking group shots, ensuring everybody is "in" the picture as well as landscape shots while… Read more ›
I bought lenses too and they are really affordable to buy. Wide angle lens is really superb! Read more ›
I have had a Canon 20D and…I am trying to find my perfect camera. this is close so far. having 24mm-840mm in one lens is amazing. still playing with the camera but so far. Read more ›
I hope Canon fixes these problems in the next SX release. Again, the range of the lens is absolutely amazing. Read more ›
I also do find myself getting frustrated at times with the auto-focus, either not getting a lock or locking on the…However the Face Detection Focus works surprisingly well. Read more ›
The zoom and focus points are truly incredible. We have a couple of PnS's that have pretty decent zoom and great focus, and this camera is untouchable in both those aspects. Read more ›
It's very likely you'll miss those quick grab shots of junior doing…Sometimes the focus is spot on while other times it is off by a hair or worse, totally out of focus. T… Read more ›
I had hoped that the picture quality would rival those that I take with my Canon SLR with Canon zoom lens. The autofocus is quick, but the focus is not sharp. The Zoom… Read more ›
The eye…It's difficult to see good sharp focus because of the lack of detail in the finder, but autofocus is so accurately, I trust it and have rarely been disappointed. Read more ›
I also was always willing to accept user error here and at this stage I think I may have solved…Earlier I don't think I ever 'half-clicked' to secure the green focus box. Read more ›
The Canon, for example, fits nicely in my hands; the lens cap comes off with ease; the view-finder/door in the back open easily; and viewing photos on the screen is… Read more ›
I did like that I could manipulate my own settings in C1 and C2 and the reversing LCD monitor is cool. Read more ›
The features sound great and seemed to have great potential but many of them just turned out to be extraneous bells and whistles. The swing and pivot LCD is a great idea. It… Read more ›
It make it easier to take pictures hand held. The ability to rotate and reposition the viewing screen is a great improvement over many cameras on the market today. It… Read more ›
- The menu is easy to use and intuitive. The LCD Flip-out screen is the best among the competitors, being very clear. Read more ›
Being about 100 gms lighter than my E8800 makes it easier to carry around and, if necessary, to hold & operate with one hand. The articulated screen is very useful. The… Read more ›
With the lens…The colors are crisp and the added optical zoom of 4X, for a total zoom of 140X or a whopping 3360 mm, worked fairly well on some of those far-off leopards. Read more ›
I've had lots of fun with the fish-eye effect and taken some…Color swap is fun and can produce some awesome results, but for me it's tricky to set up the colors to swap. Read more ›
The results were awful! Grainy, very poor sharpness and color balance that was nowhere near the mark. I returned it for service and Canon replaced the guts. Read more ›
Some night shots gets realy good, but some gets fuzzy when is set to auto. Day's photos are nice, with vibrant colors, no cromatic aberration so far. The camera came with a… Read more ›
The zoom is amazing, i had taken moon pictures very…It has a fish mode, miniature, flower, vivid colors... so many modes that you have to take your time to know the camera. Read more ›
I use the SX30is for wildlife photography so I do…The outdoor quality is superb, the focus is very good and almost all the images are sharp, clear and colors are true. L… Read more ›
Like any other canon DSLR camera near to that. Colors and details are very good. Read more ›
Trying not to set expectations too high for this machine was impossible, considering the exemplary product details and descriptions Canon set forth. For the $$$ I'd paid… Read more ›
It froze the image (and for being in a rocking boat, that is a feat in itself). It showed the water cutting his ski and flying up behind him in great detail. It is… Read more ›
On balance, I will use the sx30 when I need the extreme zoom and will use my Canon G12 for everything else. The G12 does produce really sharp and detailed pictures. 720… Read more ›
This is with a tripod…The camera just does not produce crisp details and the photos do not have the color, depth and details I am used to even with my compact Leica camera. Read more ›
Positives: Excellent pictures, shortest shutter (non-existent) shutter lag, low light…Only way to go for professional looking pictures that require greater detail. If… Read more ›
For those things, I use a DSLR. In most photos from this camera, I notice both graininess and softness when viewed at full size. The zoom 35x is a good feature to have, but… Read more ›
And the pictues look great on the LCD screen but on the computer they…Some pros are the zoom, when pictues come out good they are good, and the LCD screen is a good size. Read more ›
I considered going back to the full size EOS but, I found I didn't use a camera as much as I used too and I did not want to haul a lot of weight around when I wanted to use… Read more ›
It simply amazes me and I feel like a professional carrying it around and taking amazing shots. It is the perfect size and the zoom is great. I really wish that it came… Read more ›
A different camera bag I got for it is a Targus. Find a good size bag from them or another company before making your purchase. Read more ›
Med. is 7MP but well worth it. Besides, why take photographs so huge you can make a good sized billboard out of them? I normally don't shoot past 5MP do to the size and all… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1,003 of 1,023 people found the following review helpful By Coolkayaker TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 8, 2011
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I'm a just a fellow who wants to take nature photos, and my kid at soccer and stuff for eBay and such. I owned a Canon EOS 7D with fancy lenses, the whole works--about $3000 worth of Canon stuff. all I needed was this camera.

The EOS DSLR is heavy, "fixy", and not good for nature walks and plenty of mobility at sporting events. Rarely would I use the 8 frames per second shooting rates. I watched the DVDs on EOS 7D, and played with it and took some pretty artsy photos that I blew up and put in my office. It's a great camera, the pricey EOS DSRL. But it had plenty of drawbacks: price, size, bulk, complex attachments, battery life, compact flash rather than SDR cards, and on and on.

But for what I need, this Canon here is stellar, and I sold all my EOS stuff, and extra lenses on eBay!! I'm totally thrilled with the size, build, and photo quality of this camera. Frankly, it's one of those situation where, to get the highest level of quality you have to pay exponentially more (the EOS 7D), with plenty of limitations (bulk, attachments, multiple lenses, etc.), when for most of us who just want to take quality photos, this is plenty enough. I pop this into a Lowepro camera fannypack and I'm good to shoot and walk and hike all afternoon. I adore the zoom, and as the reviewer below me states, when I zoom, of course there's less light entry into the camera and the images will be "hazy". So, you must select a very bright subject at top zoom. I can easily take my son on the bench across the entire field in soccer, and it's amazing.

I wish the lens wouldn't move in and out whenever you turn the camera on, but rather just when you need zoom.
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650 of 664 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Brewer on October 19, 2010
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I purchased this camera as a replacement for my Panasonic FZ-35. After having taken a few hundred pictures - including some side-by-side comparisons with the FZ35, here is my impression.

The canon image processor is much better at color balance and overall image capture than the FZ35 - images are brighter and so capture more details otherwise lost in shadow or just a tendency the FZ35 has towards gray-scale processing in order to get the excellent sharpness the FZ35 is known for.

Having said that - I would not recommend using the Auto setting on the Canon. Its choice of focal point within an image tends towards creating images where the background is just as likely to be more in focus than the subject. Typically the camera tries to focus around the edge of the subject rather than the subject itself. Sometimes this can work to improve clarity by improving depth of focus a bit, sometimes it creates an image where nothing is in focus and sometimes it causes the camera to focus on "edgy" subjects that may not really be the subject at all - like a lamp post in the background, tree trunks in the background, etc. In the playback mode you can select a display which shows you the cameras focal point - which can help explain why some of your images look they way they do in Auto. Auto mode will also adjust the color of an entire image when it senses facial recognition to improve skin tones, but honestly the color balance of the Canon is so good anyway this is almost unnecessary and sometimes tends towards overcompensation so your entire image takes on a sickly green/brown hue.

However, if you switch from auto to P - or in fact any other of the SCN or mode selections on the dial, these annoying Auto features are disabled and you can get some really great photos.
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1,068 of 1,104 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Ogiba on October 10, 2010
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First handheld test of my Canon SX30IS with 35x optical + 4x digital zoom (140x) 3360mm (35mm eqiv) on a windy day at sunset.
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288 of 295 people found the following review helpful By Josh Bieker on October 11, 2010
I scouted the camera's release back in September and have been waiting impatiently for it's arrival in early October! I finally got it last week and couldn't be more pleased! I've taken well over 2000 pics and at least 20 videos so far. Can't seem to put it down (literally- i've yet to use a tripod, even at 35 and 140x zooms)! I have shaky hands, so I was pleasantly surprised at the quality in any shooting situation! The zoom seems to be the most reviewed feature, but this thing is far from done there! It has a million features from fully automated shooting to complete manual functionality! Tons of effects and modes (check Canon's site). I had looked at several DSLR cameras, and even tested a few out, and for beginner to intermediate usage this camera is gonna be tough to beat! Especially with that price tag. Here are some of the features that appealed to me: 14.1 MP, 35x wide angle zoom, 720p HD video, TV, AV , Manual mode (especially this- complete control of aperture, shutter, and focus), all the common photo effects, 4.5 stop Image Stabilization. If you're looking for a professional quality camera, but aren't ready for DSLR pricing this is the camera to own! You won't be disappointed!!

UPDATE 10/26/10:
I have taken well over 4000 pics now. Still loving the overall performance and quality. I don't own previous versions of this camera so I can't compare it to the other models.
I sent about 50 shots in to be printed turned out amazing on 4x6 and 5x7. 8x10's to follow soon!
Anybody interested in lens accessories, i found a link on another review for this site:
They have some great options for all three versions of this camera (as well as some other brands). I just ordered the 58mm filter adapter and the Hoya HMC Circular Polarizer (6 coats) 58mm. should be here this week. i'll update on those. should help a lot with my landscape shots!
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