Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Review

October 11, 2010 | Mark Goldstein | |

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#201 Ron Robbins

I got my sX30 just a few months ago and have already surpassed my many years of amateur photo-attempts with this amazing camera.  One issue no one mentions is ergonomics, and this camera-body design is very comfortable to hold compared to the competition.  My first test shots have been superior in every way to my old Rebel DSLR and the other fantastic feature of my new toy is the LCD which pivots and swings in all directions (I thought I’d never get used to not having to squint into an eyepiece but I would never go back!

6:38 am - Tuesday, June 7, 2011

#202 Stella

#201, One of the things I like most about the SX30IS is the choice between the LCD and the eyepiece. Sometimes you just need to look through the eyepiece (like at a concert when you don’t want to bother your neighbors with the bright LCD or a sunny day when it’s difficult to fully see the LCD image.) The fact that there was no eyepiece was the biggest negative for my old SX100.

5:56 pm - Tuesday, June 7, 2011

#203 Ron Robbins

Still don’t get all the navigation and features on this SX-30, but here’s one old-schooler who LOVES all the different shooting angles made possible with this versatile LCD.  Admittedly I like Photoshopping a bit but check out my first gallery on Flickr at Ronaldo58oc, there was a lot of super-zooming going on with no tripod at all.  Love this camera!

8:51 pm - Friday, June 10, 2011

#204 Stella

#203 Ron your photos are lovely. Did you put a lens filter on your SX30?

2:28 am - Sunday, June 12, 2011

#205 Ron Robbins

Thanks Stella, actually, I don’t even have a protection-filter yet.  All I did was use the VIVID setting cuz I hate drab photos- and then boost color-saturation (didn’t add any hue or change any colors)and bump up contrast a little in Photo-Shop.  I always wanted my scenic photos to look like paintings and now it’s easy with this set-up.  I think the combination of the camera’s VIVID setting along with some Photo-Shop (color-saturation & contrast) is the ticket.

8:47 pm - Sunday, June 12, 2011

#206 Ron Robbins

Thanks Stella, just used the VIVID camera setting and some photo-shop later, bumping up the contrast and color-saturation. Don’t even own any filters for this camera yet but plan to get a protective skylight one.

9:23 pm - Sunday, June 12, 2011

#207 Peyton

Have always liked the Canon SX line, but when moving to the SX 30 I really miss the ability to use readily available AA batteries.  After a couple of months, I lost the battery charger included with the camera and have been unable to find a store that can sell me a replacement.

7:44 am - Sunday, June 19, 2011

#208 Stella

#207, Peyton, have you tried ebay for your charger and batteries? I agree, I’d rather have AA batteries since I bought a whole bunch of inexpensive rechargeables. I just ordered three batteries from Hong Kong through ebay. Takes about a month to get here, but the batteries work just as well.

4:33 pm - Monday, June 20, 2011

#209 Russell McNeil

I am amused at how the nastiness of the comments slowly abated as this camera acquired some acceptance. I’ve been using the SX30 IS for two days now but alternating between my entry level Sony A200 DSLR for different projects. I love both cameras for different reasons. The Canon is pure joy. The 840 mm images are generally more than acceptable, and as such have been redefining what a camera can do - there’s a whole world of unexplored territory at these long settings and this is what is truly revolutionary about this camera. It is a trend setter and is opening doors to entirely new avenues of photographic exploration to the amateur - many of whom will one day migrate into the professional ranks because of the opportunity for experimentation afforded by this remarkable Canon. Hats off to Canon for redefining photographic possibility and making it accessible to those of us with modest means. I do not sell my photographic images - that’s not what this love means to me - but I work hard at it, and once in a while I find that illusive sweet place I call photographic nervana. Incidentally I am not a photo snob. I have four cameras on the go, including my first Lumix DMC-LC40 which I still use on a daily basis as I bicycle about the city.

5:59 am - Monday, July 11, 2011

#210 Kobie

Does anyone know where you may find the SX20 IS?
Does anyone know if it is better then the SX30 IS? (: Thank you!

7:55 pm - Monday, July 11, 2011

#211 A.Jayamohan

I bought the Canon sx30yesterday. excellent camera with nice zoom. love that :)

6:58 pm - Tuesday, July 12, 2011

#212 Kobie

No problems with it yet?

7:31 pm - Tuesday, July 12, 2011

#213 Kobie

Have you had any problems with it?
That is good :) Have fun with it!

7:36 pm - Tuesday, July 12, 2011

#214 Kobie

Have you had any problems with it yet? :)

7:39 pm - Tuesday, July 12, 2011

#215 Dirty Harry

I’ve had my sx30 since October, and I am getting pretty good with it, I love the extra zoom and better IS over my sx20. The miniature movie mode is a hoot.

7:43 pm - Tuesday, July 12, 2011

#216 Dirty Harry

It was suppose to show this image:

8:08 pm - Tuesday, July 12, 2011

#217 Kobie

Oh great. I think I might buy it! :) And sorry for all the comments earliar…..My computer was being a pain

8:16 pm - Tuesday, July 12, 2011

#218 A.Jayamohan

@Kobie, Hi mate I am not a professional photographer…I like SX30’s simple operation.So I avoided a SLR for time being. It perform just like an SLR..Great pictures with great zoom :)

2:20 am - Wednesday, July 13, 2011

#219 Ron Robbins

Hi gang, I’m still loving this SX30 but finding some features confusing as I’m old-school (just old?). On Flickr, find my gallery at “Canon Powershot SX30 Fan”. For instance, I haven’t been able to figure out the manual focus or focus-lock yet, and don’t know why in Landscape Mode the smallest aperture doesn’t seem to get picked for max depth-of-field.  And am still wondering why F8 is the smallest camera aperture when I was expecting something like F22. But the only real beef is with the lens-cap, is that a joke?

7:38 am - Wednesday, July 13, 2011

#220 Kobie

Okay thank you. Sounds great Ron…....SO where do I go to see your gallery??

4:11 pm - Wednesday, July 13, 2011

#221 Ron Robbins

Hi Kobie, go to Flickr and join up for free, my handle is “Canon Powershot XS30 Fan”, you should be able to see my shots there.  I don’t use a tripod and everything you see was random and unplanned (except for some photo-shopping afterwards I must confess).  I’m not even a serious hobbyist, just love photography and this camera has brought me back after a long time away from it.

6:54 am - Thursday, July 14, 2011

#222 Ron Robbins

Hi Kobie, at Flickr (join for free) see :
Canon Powershot SX30 Fan, that’s me, a rank amateur who loves taking random unplanned shots of just about anything, and NO TRIPOD.

7:01 am - Thursday, July 14, 2011

#223 clif

I’ve been all over the place using different digital cameras over the years, probably had about 15 of them. I’ve had the s5is the sx10is the sx20is the fuji s5000 the fuji s5100, the fuji s6000fd, HS10 and I could go on and on. I bought the canon sx30 last fall and used it for a couple of day’s pictures were too soft so took it back. I bought a fuji s1800, used it for a couple of months and decided it was not enough camera for me even though it took decent pictures and video. I sold it on ebay and bought a Nikon P500 which was ok but the video was not so good and pictures on full zoom not very good. I sold that one on ebay and decided to try the canon sx30 again since I didn’t feel a couple of days was a fair trial, and I always liked canon quality. The sx30 is quality built with a very good lens as were the sx10 and 20. If you sit down and take your time, read the manual and try different settings this camera can do very well. I didn’t like the first one because of soft pictures but after searching through the menus, found the sharpening mode and what a difference it made. It’s not easy to find unless you read the manual, it’s kind of hidden. I think the camera is better than it’s earlier siblings and intend to make this my main camera,no more trading around. As far as DSLRs go they are too expensive bulky and heavy to carry around when you get the lenses to match what the Canon SX30 has to offer. I feel the Bridge camera is the wave of the future. I know the camera manufacturers don’t like to hear that because they want to sell you all of the expensive DSLR stuff, the lenses especially. I don’t think I would be happier with any other camera than this one.

7:20 am - Thursday, July 14, 2011

#224 Russell McNeil

@cliff: please be more specific about what changed your mind - what settings exactly? This is a discussion about the SX30IS and we all have the manual. I run through your specific experience would be useful to hear about.

8:18 am - Thursday, July 14, 2011

#225 Russell McNeil

@cliff - also your link leads nowhere. Perhaps when you respond you’d be so kind to enter a functioning URL? We’d all love to see the images you have made. It’s all well and good to return a camera after a “couple of days” (without reading the manual!) because the “pictures were too soft,” but we would sure like to see those “too soft” images - and compare those to what you are now making. The way to do that is to actually give us the images. Surely if you have had 15 cameras you must know how to enter a functioning URL?

2:55 pm - Thursday, July 14, 2011

#226 Stella

Dirty Harry, You have some sweet shots in your album. Thanks for sharing.

4:49 pm - Friday, July 15, 2011

#227 Mark

I waited several months before deciding to buy an SX30, and finally did, based mainly on a sale price of $379 at my local Best Buy, and Clif’s reference to a place in the manual that supposedly discusses a “sharpening mode” that is “kind of hidden,” addressing the well-known image quality problems of the SX30.

Well, the imaging problem certainly exists, and Clif’s answer for it sure is hidden…

I have owned a range of Canons over the years: A40, SX100, SX10, SX210, in addition to several Pannys, Pentax’s, etc., and I’ve been happy with them all.

I’m hardly a novice, yet I cannot produce even one acceptable image with the SX30.

Goes back tomorrow.

9:55 pm - Sunday, July 17, 2011

#228 Ron Robbins

Mark, I feel your pain! But I still love this camera and wouldn’t trade it for anything.  Check out my first casual shots at:
or “canon powershot sx30 fan” at Flickr
I think this camera has way too many options and the settings are too hard to find, but once you customize it and store your preferences, it might be a different story.  I’m ready to take mine back to the store, but only for hands-on tutoring.

10:58 pm - Sunday, July 17, 2011

#229 Dirty Harry

Thank you Stella, I also have a Panasonic FZ35, so now having enough experience with these two p&s cameras I am looking at a Canon T1i. I really want to shoot more scenic and wide angle pics with crispy detail and better color. For zoom I’ll always go for my p&s because they’re lite and very powerful for the low cost involved.

11:07 pm - Sunday, July 17, 2011

#230 amda

Pls tell me which is better? Fuji HS20ESR or Canon SX30IS ??

2:07 pm - Monday, July 18, 2011

#231 Mark

Thanks for your comments, Ron.,,really enjoyed your pix on Flickr. You have an innate ability to frame a compelling image.

FYI: I have worked in print and video for decades for national news syndicates and advertisers, and am reasoably adept at this stuff.

I have since shot an additional 100 or so pix with the SX30, and seem to have stumbled on my own fix for the most egregious fringing and softness issues. For me, at least, the problem rests not with the lens system or the CCD, but rather the built-in software that manipulates the image AFTER it has been captured!

I shut down every color choice (except neutral), and stay away from every other scene or auto “enhancement.”

Shooting only in my now cleaned-up manual mode, I have been rewarded with quite acceptable photo renderings. Any image manipulation is now under MY control in post, and is often unnecessary, only demanding a small increase in saturation, or even more rarely, minor sharpening from time to time.

Again, thanks for motivating me to go out and give the SX30 another chance. It is a remarkable instrument!

3:33 pm - Monday, July 18, 2011

#232 Ron Robbins

Right on, Mark! Thanks for the info, and by the way the camera-store solved a few SX30 mysteries for me today (namely, how to get the flash to always fire when raised, and how to switch the LCD back on when viewfinder decides to take over). I never thought I’d get used to using the LCD, but now really appreciate the different shooting angles and candids it allows for.  I haven’t tried it yet, by also plan to try shooting some stills while shooting video, is that a cool feature?  By the way, how do you “sharpen”?

7:56 am - Tuesday, July 19, 2011

#233 Mark


Happy to hear of your progress with the SX30. I’ve been using the video button with my SX10 and SX210 for awhile now, and it is really a handy and effective extra. Since I rarely take a camera out thinking I’m going to do video, it’s nice to be able to switch to it on the spur of the moment.

While the flexible viewscreen is a great improvement over a fixed version, except in special circumstances, I still prefer the viewfinder, especially for added stability. Sadly, the SX30 EVF is hugely inferior to the one on the SX10.

Cannon has a nasty habit of giving something new (the marvelous 35X lens system) and great with one hand, but at the same time taking away an old favorite (the SX 10 EVF) with the other.

In this regard, I still have a fondness for my first Canon digital, the 10-year old 4mpg, all-metal PowerShot with optical viewfinder that shoots in both JPEG AND RAW formats!!!

Oh well…

Regarding sharpening issues,there are so many video editing programs that help you sharpen photos (pretty much all of them) that I’m not sure in which direction to point you. I think I’ve seen mention of some dedicated sharpening programs in earlier discussions on this thread.

However, I’m not a pixel peeper when I work in amateur mode, so I go for “good enough” rather than perfection, utilizing an all-in-one photo editor. I also NEVER pay for software, although I do contribute to developers of excellent freeware.

For ease of use with a pretty good selection of basic tools, I use FastStone, a free download that is remarkably intuitive. When I want to put a little more work (professionalism) into my final product, I go to Paint.Net, which lets me work at a level of detail that approaches PhotoShop, but like that program, has a definite learning curve.

Hope this helps…


4:45 am - Wednesday, July 20, 2011

#234 Ron Robbins

Mark, thanks a million for your advice-
I actually have become hooked on the flexible LCD and the different shooting angles plus love the candids you can grab when someone thinks you’re just checking the screen for review . . . sneaky?

7:42 am - Wednesday, July 20, 2011

#235 Mark


Any owner of an SX30 joins the ranks of the Paparazzi whether he or she wishes to or not. I can’t believe some of the stuff that I find when I zoom in on what I think is just a run-of-the-mill scenic shot.


3:33 pm - Wednesday, July 20, 2011

#236 Jan, Amsterdam

I did buy this Canon PowerShot SX IS some days ago and in the end I was not satisfied with some things… The view-finder is a disaster, far too small for me… There is also no possibility to start numbering the pictures with a personal startnumber… on my pc all my pictures have there own number and for me it is a good thing if I buy a new camera, that the numbering goes on.
I now own a Panasonic FZ50 and the immage quality is better: sharper, bright & vivid colors…
After a few days I did sent the Canon-camera back.

1:02 pm - Saturday, August 20, 2011

#237 Inam

Guys, check out some shots by canon powershot sx30 & don’t forget check the moon shot. Specially for those ppl who i see not much happy with this camera.

3:09 am - Sunday, August 21, 2011

#238 Taushif

which one would be better among Canon SX30Is and Sony DSC HX100V? Mainly from the image quality point of view…

6:56 pm - Saturday, August 27, 2011

#239 Taushif

which one would be the better one, mainly with respect to image quality - Canon SX30IS and sony DSC HX100V?

6:59 pm - Saturday, August 27, 2011

#240 tim777jet

Hi taushif, a friend of mine wanted to buy a camera yesterday, in Riyadh. He liked the Canon, the Nikon P500 and the Sony HX100. I have the sony and a Nikon P7000. I took the Sony and P7000 with me and a spare SD card. We took shots with full zoom and wide angle and macro. i tried the manual focus and general usebility of the cameras. He decided on the Nikon P500, due to it being slioghtly smaller and fits your hand very well, a really good designed hand hold. Also the image quality semmed a little sharper than the Canon, but it was hard to tell,as the image you look at is only as good as the back screen of the camera. He did not want to wait to check the pics on a laptop, so just bought the P500. Back home i loaded the Sony Hx100, the canon, the Nikon P500 and the Nikon P7000 pics.
The pictures from the P500 were better than the Canon, they were slightly sharper and better exposed with slightly more punchy colours
The Sony Hx100, was better than the Canon and the P500.
The Nikon P7000 pics were better than all the others up to its 7X zoom.
I pushed the Nikon P7000 up to its max enhanced digital zoom, which is around 28X, and it did very well compared to the other super zoom cameras, but was obviously not as good, but very usable.
These tests were real time tests, but i have not used the Canon or the P500, and as everyone knows, you need to experiment to get the best out of your camera. i took comparible pics in Auto modes, auto ISO and exposure to be fair, but people used to cameras will know how to push the quality up and what settings to use for colour/saturation etc. The pics could also be maipulated slightly on the computer to enhase things, but these were straight out of the camera findings .
There is very little difference really, it comes down to personal prefernce, they all do an amazing job, best to go and try them out, take an SD card and snap away. i find camera stores around the world are very helpfull.
Aside form this, i took a 30X picture with the HX100 the other day. I also took the same shot with my P7000, digitally expanded to 28X. I put the 2 pics together on the computer screen, and my friend could instantly see which one was the Sony. I then opened up the Windows Photo Gallery, altered the saturation and tweeked the P7000 picture. I then showed him the same pictures and he could not tell me which pict was the sony and which was the P7000. I find that Sonys software is very clever, in that it makes the most of the information recorded, to give you a nice pleaseant looking picture which might not be quite as detailed as another cameras picture. i do like the Sony (hard to find in the shops though) and do love the P7000,  but again i get good shots and bad shots with both of them, but i am no expert, just experimenting and having fun.
The HS20EXR he ruled out straight away due the manual zoom control.
The P7000 has a larger sensor than the other cameras at 1/1.7 as opposed to 1/2.3, so does a little extra detail in lower light and the shoots RAW as well, if thats your thing.
cheers tim

1:23 pm - Sunday, August 28, 2011

#241 imark

nice $80.00 camera!

8:24 am - Thursday, September 1, 2011

#242 Russell McNeil

How do we post here?

1:30 pm - Thursday, September 1, 2011

#243 Russell McNeil

I am beginning to find many of these posts vaguely suspicious. There is nothing quantitative offered in the evaluations of image quality when comparing cameras. tim777jet for example offers these two gems: “Also the image quality semmed (sic) a little sharper than the Canon” and “The pictures from the P500 were better than the Canon, they were slightly sharper and better exposed with slightly more punchy colours.” What the hell??? What do those comments mean? All of the cameras cited have so many variables that assessments like these are completely meaningless. I’ve been using the Canon SX30IS for two months now and after perhaps 1,000 pictures I still have not hardly begun to explore the image variables with this camera. I also have a DSLR (Sony A200) and often take both with me when I shoot in the real world. I love both cameras for different reasons. Lens interchangeability with the Sony allows me to use a fast fixed lens (a very old one actually from my old manual camera days) and the bokeh effects I get with that combination is stunning - but that is an attribute of the lens, not the camera. But I cannot reach 30x with the DSLR so it is in those applications (as well as wide angle) that the Canon shines.

2:36 pm - Thursday, September 1, 2011

#244 Russell McNeil

By way of illustration on the previous post here are several images taken with both cameras (Sony 200 & Canon SX30IS). First are two images taken with the Sony A200 in which the lens choice allows for a particular effect or mood:

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and here is an image taken with the Canon SX30IS at full zoom

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These are two completely different situations but situations where both cameras are called upon to do what they do best. Here are a few others taken with the Canon:

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These illustrate the range of possibilities the Canon offers and the impossibility of making comparisons that are remotely meaningful. All I can say is that I am very happy with the Canon and as far as making comparisons with the camera I feel completely unable to do so even after two months of use. I would not even venture to compare the Canon with the Sony and I’ve been using the Sony for three years! What I can say is that both cameras are amazing. The effects you get are a function of the many variable you have and the creative choices you make. The Canon is an amazing tool. I love it - but to be honest, although I take hundreds of images every week I cannot quantitatively tell you why I love it! Perhaps it is sufficient to say that this camera is awesome.

4:19 pm - Thursday, September 1, 2011

#245 Stella

@Russell, I’m with you. I think it odd that anyone can decide in the store which is the better camera based on what they think they see at that moment on the LCD. The LCD may not truly reflect the captured photo.

And for those who find the viewfinder ‘too small’, there’s the LCD (although I think the viewfinder is much the same in the 30IS as any other camera viewfinder).

I think Tim777jet has the right idea when he compared the exact same photo taken on two different cameras on his computer. Take your own memory card into the store. Take the exact same photo on the cameras you want to compare using the ‘auto’ setting (so that neither has the advantage of any tweaking). Then go home and compare them on your computer or the hardware that will display the photos.

I think Canon SX30IS will win the comparison, particularly for concert footage, but I, too, am a rank amateur (despite more than 500GB of photos). I take pictures for my own enjoyment. Not to impress anybody or to sell them. Not even to show them to anyone (although I have posted to youtube). Just to keep as memories of my time.

I’m not impressed with camera envy, you know, people who buy cameras to impress others, not really to take great photos. I’ve seen fantastic, amazing photos taken with the cheapest of cameras. And I’ve seen terrible photos (mainly my own) taken with DSLRs. It’s not necessarily the camera, it’s the shooter.

That said, you’d have to grab my SX30IS out of my cold dead hands before I’d be willing to give it up.

5:11 pm - Thursday, September 1, 2011

#246 A.Jayamohan

Stella, Hi you snatched the words from my mind :) Most of the people buy cameras for posing only.Years back,man is the boss behind the camera…and they have taken lot of pain for making a good picture…But atpresent most of the people think camera is the ultimate Boss of them
:( I strongly accept as true that the man behind the camera is only making good frames:) I am using Canon SX30 and I can take the quality picture just like a DSLR :) Happy and enjoying every shot with SX30 :) No offence please.

12:32 pm - Friday, September 2, 2011

#247 Jan, Amsterdam

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11:01 am - Monday, September 5, 2011

#248 cdslr

Nice and informative review thanks

4:42 pm - Monday, September 5, 2011

#249 ian buss

does anyone do just macro work ? i do - and would love to know the best camera for that purpose. i have had an canon a480, but after one month it let me down, now it seems there is a problem with this particular camera ?

1:37 pm - Tuesday, September 6, 2011

#250 akbar

plz help me
i wanna buy a cam but i can’t choos one
which one is better?
p500 sx30is hs20
the quality of pics is very important for me
should i buy d3100?or i will be satisfied by one of these??

12:03 pm - Friday, September 9, 2011

#251 stella

@akbar I think you will have to do your own research by reading all three of these pages. In the end I think you will find we are all supporters of the SX30IS.

9:24 pm - Friday, September 9, 2011

#252 Murat


photos which obtained by shooting with high zoom with Canon SX30 are mimicking to VGA camera photos.

Many user preferring to Panasonic FZ100.


12:02 pm - Monday, September 26, 2011

#253 NiteshTlrja
Pics taken by me with my sx30

6:44 pm - Wednesday, September 28, 2011

#254 saibal

Hi, I am Saibal ,I want to purchase a super zoom digital camera. I have choose Nikon p500 and canon sx30.My all well wisher said to purchase Nikon p500.
but Nikon p500 image stabilization is very poor.But Others feature better than Canon sx30 and sony Hx100v .I prefer canon sx30. Please Guide me.

10:50 am - Thursday, September 29, 2011

#255 Murat

Mike B (comment 54)was wrote a very nice summary of the ideas. Thanks for sharing this useful comment.

11:38 am - Thursday, September 29, 2011

#256 Slabs

You should now consider the Canon SX40HS it’s the next generation & state of the art.

7:08 pm - Friday, September 30, 2011

#257 Manojit

which camera is the best among the three given below ?

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100V

Canon Powershot SX30IS

Nikon Coolpix P500

can you help me please ??


6:29 pm - Friday, November 25, 2011

#258 Iman:)

I am looking for a camera; doesn’t have to be amazing, just for use every so often and not too heavy…
any suggestions?
(also my budget is not too high - i’m still a student!)

7:43 pm - Thursday, December 15, 2011

#259 Pulak

Macro is not good…..

10:39 am - Wednesday, December 21, 2011

#260 Jen

I’ve been offered this camera by a friend for the price of £150. I realise professional photographers have come across a few problems with it but, as an amateur photographer who only wants a camera primarily for holiday and wildlife photos, this seems to be a big step up from my current compact point-and-shoot.

I’d be very grateful if someone could give their opinion on paying £150 for this.


4:43 pm - Thursday, February 9, 2012

#261 aidin

idont know which one is better sx40hs or sx30
color quality..zoom ability and quality…and maybe battery consume are important for me
help me
whats ur idea about p.shot g12??

4:07 pm - Sunday, April 22, 2012

#262 stella

Go for the sx40hs. I don’t know anything about the g12.

12:50 am - Monday, April 23, 2012

#263 Russell McNeil

Still loving this camera after a year - but refuse to abandon my other cameras including a sweet Sony Cybershot F717 from 2002 and two amazing Lumix Panasonic Leica-lens mounted cameras from 2003 (FZ10 & DMC-LC40)! I’ve organized all of my images into camera based sets on Flickr. Here’s the one relevant to this post on the Canon:

3:48 pm - Sunday, May 20, 2012

#264 stella

@Russell McNeil, your photos are lovely. I really like that you didn’t include the moon when you shot the night photo of the moon’s rays on the water. Too often the moon is included when leaving it out adds to the ‘story’ behind the photo. My nephew is an amazing, heralded, painter. His photographs all tell stories and they are just amazing, like his paintings. He makes it look effortless. I try to do that with my photos, tell a story, not just ‘a pretty picture’. But it’s so hard to do well. Nice job Russell!

7:39 pm - Sunday, May 20, 2012

#265 Jane D

I bought this camera to get better photos for food photography.  I wish I hadn’t.  Picture this:  I have my props set up, photo booth…camera..tripod…lighting…food arranged perfectly…all focused, settings chosen, and ready to fire.  I fire off 15-30 shots rearranging things as I go. Now I want to check my photos on the laptop using the memory card. I have to remove the camera from the tripod, and unscrew the tripod base plate from the camera just to get to the memory card that goes directly into the computer.  Now, to begin taking pictures again I have to replace the card, base plate, mount to the tripod and reset the camera position all over again! Oh, and if the battery fails and needs quick charging…same process. Time consuming and irritating to say the least.  Why did they put the battery and card on the bottom of the camera where it would be completely blocked from access if you are using tripods for professional shoots? I have tried 3 different tripod base plates and every one of them blocks that access door.
The other two things that I am really dissatisfied with are that it is almost impossible to get any decent DOF with this camera.  Unless I want to use a 6’ long table runner and place my background items 6’ away to get them out of focus, well it’s just not doable without extreme hassles. When you try to use the long focal length to achieve it, the image quality is sacrificed by softened subjects. You will lose a great amount of sharpness in your main subject.
And, the settings to adjust the mode for correcting tungsten lighting…nice to have but you will not have true colors in some situations. I recently photographed some fresh Salmon roe, which is orange to burnt orange in color…when I used the setting to correct for tungsten the eggs came out a yellow color. I have examples on my site on the how to make caviar page. The difference in true color is dramatic. Salmon eggs are NOT yellow. So this feature is a bit limited too.
All in all, I am not happy with this particular camera for usage as well as high price for the limited usage I can get from it in what I want to do. I’ll be looking for a different camera, with interchangeable lenses and easier access to the card/battery.

5:52 pm - Thursday, July 19, 2012

#266 Printing companies Alameda County

awsome camera . i m personally using it , its result is mush better then samsung st200f

11:21 am - Thursday, August 30, 2012

#267 steven

Its an excellent camera simple as that. Its great value and even going past the optical range into digital it takes fantastic clear shots. Love it.

11:33 am - Tuesday, December 25, 2012

#268 Bosco

Canon Powershot SX30IS

A friend gave me a camera to look at, I hope someone has an answer for us.
She can’t get anything to focus properly?
Looked in the manual and it says to go under “tools” and then look at “autoflex” zone, but it looks like it’s no longer on the camera? 
I can’t find it anywhere and also, now when I zoom in to do a macro, or just a regular close-up I can’t get it to focus clearly on anything?

It’s really strange, I did go to the “Default settings” and hit OK to reset to Default, but the autofocus is still not coming back?

12:56 am - Saturday, February 23, 2013

#269 Smriti

I have a question. Does this camera have changeable lens system ?

4:38 pm - Sunday, March 31, 2013

#270 Stella

Smriti it doest NOT have a changeable lens system.

7:22 am - Monday, April 1, 2013

#271 Mithun Joshi


I am having Canon SX20IS from last two years. But recently somehow its Battery Compartment got damaged and hence i gave it for servicing. That time i was informed that SX20IS production is now stopped and replacement for damaged part is not available. Since it still comes under service warranty, company people have offered me that they will replace my camera with SX30IS only if i am ready to pay the service amount.So I would like to know whether i should take SX30IS or do you recommend any other for me.

9:44 am - Wednesday, November 6, 2013

#272 mark


It’s a no-brainer…get the SX30. The increased zoom is a revelation. I also own an SX40, the successor to the SX30, and I still like the SX30 better for images taken in good light. It also allows for more flexibility in manual mode. The SX40 beats it in low light and for frame-per-second shooting.

However, for quality of images taken in good light, I still believe the CCD chip is superior to the CMOS chip, especially the small chip size used in these cameras, and the SX30 gives you that.

2:14 pm - Wednesday, November 6, 2013

#273 Mithun Joshi

@mark thanks for your suggestion

8:47 am - Thursday, November 7, 2013

#274 tara

I bought this camera a few years ago and was disappointed with the quality of pictures.  I thought the zoom and take a picture quality would be a lot better for the price I paid.  Now I am shopping for a new camera since it will no longer recognize any memory cards, a damaged memory card got stuck inside and now it doesn’t work.  I’ve heard it’s not worth repairing or paying to be told to just buy a new one, plus I wasn’t impressed with the camera to begin with so maybe it’s a good thing.  I had an old Kodak camera before this one and it used AA batteries the only downside which is why I bought the Canon, I have to tell you the old Kodak with it’s 10.0 MP had way better picture quality than my Canon 14.1 MP.  I may try and get away from Canon or look towards Samsung.  Wish me luck.  I do not recommend this Canon XS 30IS is the bottomline.

5:27 pm - Friday, July 4, 2014

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