Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Review

October 11, 2010 | Mark Goldstein | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star


The Canon PowerShot SX30 IS is a brand new super-zoom camera sporting an incredible 35x zoom lens equivalent to a focal length of 24-840mm. The lens construction comprises multiple special lens elements including an Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) element as well as a Hi-UD element, compensating for light aberrations while maintaining high image quality across the entire zoom range. Also onboard is a 4.5-stop image stabilisation system and Ultrasonic Motor (USM) and Voice Coil Motor (VCM) technologies that promise fast, accurate and quiet zooming and focusing. Replacing the previous SX20 model, the 14 megapixel SX30IS also features full manual controls, 720p HD movie recording with a dedicated record button, stereo sound and a HDMI port, a 2.7 inch vari-angle LCD screen, an electronic viewfinder and a flash hot shoe. The Canon PowerShot SX30 IS is available in black priced at £449.00 / €549.00 / $429.99.

Ease of Use

Following on from last year's SX20 model, at launch the SX30 IS officially costs slightly more than its predecessor. This is a DSLR-styled compact camera with the world's longest lens, an incredibly versatile 35x image stabilized optical zoom, providing a broad 35mm equivalent focal range of 24mm to 840mm, and making it a direct challenger to the likes of the Fujifilm FinePix HS10, Panasonic DMC-FZ45, Samsung WB5000, Olympus SP-590UZ and the Casio EX-FH25. It's new higher price-tag also means that the SX30 is competing against entry-level DSLRs and the new breed of compact system cameras.

The SX30 IS features built-to-last hard plastic bodywork with a large hand-grip, although it's not as big as the SX20's thanks to the replacement of that camera's four AA batteries with a more conventional lithium-ion battery. The overall weight of 600g adds a definite feeling of solidity, while the matt black finish lends an overall air of sophistication. If you're looking for a camera that will slot into a jacket pocket, however, think again. At 122.9 x 92.4 x 107.7mm the SX30 IS' dimensions are not much more compact than an entry-level DSLR, so it's a case of attaching the provided strap for over-the-shoulder portability, or investing in a dedicated camera bag to protect it from the elements and prying eyes when out taking photographs.

There's no full hard copy manual provided out of the box, just a very rudimentary getting started pamphlet, with the full manual on CD. While the latter is fine if you're chained to a PC, when you're outside shooting and can't track down the setting you want, not having a manual to hand to quickly flick through is a real pain. The Hints & Tips feature incorporated within the user interface partly makes up for the this, providing short descriptions of key functions, but it's obviously not as in-depth as the full manual. More positively a hotshoe for an accessory flash is offered in addition to the built-in raised variety, plus a flip out and twist (or in Canon parlance 'vari angle') 2.7-inch LCD screen at the rear, slightly bigger than the SX20's. This monitor tilts forward through 180° and backwards through 90° in order to achieve those otherwise awkward angle shots when users can't quite get their eyes level with its electronic viewfinder, such as when shooting low to the ground or over the heads of a crowd.

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Front Rear

As touched on earlier, the Canon SX30 IS offers a frankly incredible zoom range that's much more portable and cheaper when compared with its equivalent on a DSLR. With 24mm available at the wide-angle end and 840mm at the other, the SX30 IS truly is a one-stop-shop for all your photography needs. The massive focal range is backed up by respectably bright apertures of f/2.7 and f/5.8 at either end, while the 4.5-stop image stabilisation system is better than many Canon pro lenses. An optional lens filter adapter allows the attachment of 67mm filters such as the Canon PL-C B 67mm polarizer filter.

The SX30 IS also offers the advantage over some models of being able to shoot video clips. Although it still falls short of full HD 1920x1080 pixel video, the 720p HD video quality is more than adequate for most users and situations. It boasts stereo sound courtesy of microphones positioned either side of its lens, plus a dedicated button at the rear that activates the video feature whichever shooting mode you're in. Marked by a red dot that universally signifies a record button, this falls readily under the user's thumb at the rear of the camera. You can also take advantage of the 35x zoom during recording and also use some of the creative filters, such as Miniature and and Colour Swap, to spice up your footage.

While it is capable of shooting JPEG stills and high definition video however, one thing the SX30 IS still omits that several competing super-zoom cameras include is RAW capture, which really would have made this an appealing proposition for current DSLR owners looking for a second camera.

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Front Side

Looking down on the SX30 IS, you're presented with a fairly busy but well-spaced smattering of clearly labeled and sufficiently large buttons and dials. These run in an L-shape from the lozenge-shaped flash button at the far left, across the familiar DSLR-like hump housing the electronic viewfinder, built-in flash and hotshoe (complete with plastic cover), to a shooting dial on the other side featuring no less than 12 user selectable modes. Canon have improved the feel of the mode dial so that it no longer accidentally moves into another position when placed inside a pocket or bag.

The aforementioned shooting modes range from full Auto, through Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority and Manual to to user-attributable custom settings – and, as you twist the physical dial, a virtual version appears in the top right hand corner of the rear screen if it's in operation, or in the EVF above if it's not, so you don't need to take your eyes off the subject. This is handy as being able to re-compose a couple of times without missing the shot is a bonus. Further, the pre-optimised modes also include dedicated settings for shooting portraits, landscapes, night snapshot, sports mode, a grouped selection of scene modes, including the familiar likes of a dedicated fireworks setting among others, a stitch assist mode to help with shooting a sequence of shots for compositing together later as a single panorama, and four new 'creative modes', Fish-eye, Miniature, Poster and Super Vivid. The final mode on the dial is for capturing movie clips.

Adjacent to the shooting mode dial is the on/off button, and on the forward slope of the grip itself we find the shutter release button encircled by a rocker switch for controlling the whopping zoom. Press the power button and the responsive SX30 IS primes itself for an initial shot in just over a second, the zoom barrel extending to maximum wideangle setting and the rear 230k-dot LCD, or 202k-dot EVF, bursting into life for composing the image. Unlike rivals, there's no obvious EVF/LCD button for switching between the two – as the camera's default, this task falls to the display button. Instead the camera can be set up so if the LCD screen is facing into the body upon power up, the EVF automatically bursts into life. Alternatively, if the screen is facing out at the user, then it provides that method of shot composition.

As you'd expect from an enthusiast model, shutter delay is imperceptible and committing of full resolution images to memory takes less than a second at the 14 megapixel highest resolution– so no complaints as far as operational speed is concerned. Sound-tracked by a low mechanical whirr the zoom is also very responsive, so much so that determining an exact point in its range can be tricky, though, unusually, markings detailing incremental steps throughout its range are etched onto the top of the lens barrel. You can tab through these in baby steps with a gentle nudge of the lever. An Ultra Sonic Motor (USM) ensures your zoom transitions are commendably smooth and jerk free. Given the Canon's relative bulk, it feels most natural to hold the camera with both hands, and fortunately there is enough of a ridge to the left, when viewing the camera from the rear, and at the back by the hinge for the LCD, for the user to do so without inadvertently smearing the screen with thumbprints.

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Flip-out LCD Screen Top

Moving to the back of the SX30 IS, top left of the LCD is a direct print button that will be familiar to users of the Canon PowerShot range. This more helpfully doubles up in shooting mode as a user assignable shortcut key to the likes of red-eye reduction or auto exposure lock. Adjacent to this is a rubber eye relief for the electronic viewfinder, just set back from a partly recessed dioptric adjustment wheel, while on the right hand side of the EVF we find the aforementioned one-touch record button for shooting video clips. Luckily, the full extent of the optical zoom can be deployed when filming, and coupled with the stereo sound, this means that, while no match for a dedicated camcorder, video clips look better than expected from your average compact.

Top right of the camera back are a trio of buttons set into the back of the curved grip whereby they fall immediately under the thumb. A press of the top one accesses the new and very useful Zoom Framing Assist function. It can be difficult to keep track of your subject when using the long zoom - a quick press of this button retracts the lens to one of three preset zoomed-out positions, allowing you to find the subject and then recompose the shot as the lens quickly extends back to its zoomed position once the button is released. Unfortunately the position of this button makes it easy to inadvertently press, leading to a few missed shots as we wondered why the camera had zoomed out. Alternatively if the user is still in playback mode, it allows a sequence of images to be 'jumped' to find the one you're looking for more rapidly in this age of ever larger card capacities, search criteria determined either by a number of images, categories or folders.

The middle one is self evidently for image playback, its positioning meaning you can quickly check the results of a capture while your finger remains hovering over the shutter release button for the next possible shot. The bottom and last of the three smaller buttons is for deleting images when in playback mode, or when in capture mode, lets the user move the otherwise central AF point to another portion of the screen. This is effected in conjunction with the four-way control pad with central Function / Set button and scroll wheel that encircles it just below.

At four points around this pad are, at 12 o'clock, a means of bringing up an exposure compensation slider (+/- 2EV), at three o'clock is a setting for adjusting ISO – here a range that moves from ISO 80 through ISO 1600 – while at six o'clock is a means of switching from single to continuous shooting or choosing one of the available self timer options. Moving around to nine o'clock we find the Focus mode, with either Macro, Normal or Manual settings possible. Select Manual and you're presented with a distance slider on the right hand side of the screen and an enlarged central portion of the image so focus can be more accurately determined. The rather over sensitive scroll wheel is used for moving through the available range.

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Memory Card Slot Battery Compartment

Press the Function/Set button at its centre when in any of the capture modes, and an L-shaped toolbar that will be familiar to Canon users appears on the screen, offering pull out toolbars with further options from the range when you come to rest on a particular setting. In auto mode, only resolution/image size for stills and video is highlighted from the range, whereas if you move into one of the more creative PASM modes and press the button again, you can choose from any of the now fully accessible options. These include being able to adjust white balance, select from the familiar Canon 'My colors' modes, the chance to bracket exposures or focus, choose the burst mode, tweak the intensity of the flash, plus switch between evaluative, centre weighted and spot metering, and set the image size and quality.

Beneath this control pad and wheel are two more familiarly marked buttons, this time for image display and menu. With subsequent presses the Disp. button turns the display on off, or calls up a nine zone compositional grid with live histogram. A press of Menu meanwhile provides the user with the ability to select from four separate folders – the first containing a comprehensive list of shooting options, the second being the fairly generic set up menu, the third a rather superfluous list of start up images and sound peculiar to the Canon range, and the fourth for accessing user-defined My Menu settings. Again the PowerShot SX30 IS is as quick and responsive as you could hope for as you tab though and effect the various options.

While the left hand side of the SX30 IS, if still viewing it from the back, features a built-in speaker and catch for attaching the provided strap, the right hand (grip) side is slightly busier, featuring a single plastic flap covering its AV Out / USB port and mini-HDMI port. Flipping the camera upside down you find a familiar metal screw thread for a tripod at its base, and slightly stiff (and so awkward) sliding cover for the compartment that houses the lithium-ion batter needed for power and the SD, SDHC or SDXC cards needed for image storage.

As with the near-identical SX20, anyone used to handling a budget DSLR will find the SX30 IS reasonably easy to use, sharing many familiarities in its control layout. Anyone upgrading from a point-and-shoot compact will be faced with an initial learning curve, but once you've got used to the operational quirks you'll soon be confidently shooting candids and close ups thanks to the creative flexibility that the amazing long lens affords.

Image Quality

All of the sample images in this Review were taken using the 14 megapixel JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 4Mb.

The Canon PowerShot SX30 IS produced images of above average quality during the review period. The Canon PowerShot SX30 IS's main drawback in terms of image quality is noise, with ISO 400 showing some noise, blurring of detail and slight colour desaturation. The noise and loss of detail get progressively worse as you go from ISO 800 to the fastest 1600 setting.

The Canon PowerShot SX30 IS handled chromatic aberrations firly well with well-controlled but widespread purple and green fringing effects appearing in high contrast situations. The 14 megapixel images were just a little soft straight out of the camera at the default sharpen setting and either require some further sharpening in an application like Adobe Photoshop, or you should increase the in-camera sharpening level.

The night photograph was excellent, with the maximum shutter speed of 15 seconds allowing you to capture enough light for most situations. Macro performance is a stand-out highlight, allowing you to focus as close as 0cms away from the subject, although there is a lot of lens distortion and shadowing at such a close distance. The built-in flash worked well indoors, with no red-eye and good overall exposure. The 4.5-stop anti-shake system works very well when hand-holding the camera in low-light conditions or when using the telephoto end of the huge zoom range.


There are 6 ISO settings available on the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting.

ISO 80 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)


ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)


ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

Focal Range

The Canon PowerShot SX30 IS's 35x zoom lens has a massive focal range of 24-840mm, as illustrated by these examples:




Here are two 100% crops which have been Saved as Web - Quality 50 in Photoshop. The right-hand image has had some sharpening applied in Photoshop. The out-of-the camera images are just a little soft at the default sharpening setting. You can change the in-camera sharpening level if you don't like the default look.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)


File Quality

At full resolution, there are two JPEG quality settings available including Fine and Normal.

Fine (3.16Mb) (100% Crop)

Normal (1.41Mb) (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations

The Canon PowerShot SX30 IS struggled withchromatic aberrations throughout the review, with well-controlled but widespread purple and green fringing present around the edges of objects in high-contrast situations, as shown in the examples below.

Example 1 (100% Crop)

Example 2 (100% Crop)


Example 3 (100% Crop)

Example 4 (100% Crop)


The Canon PowerShot SX30 IS allows you to focus on a subject that is just 0cms away from the camera. The first image shows how close you can get to the subject (in this case a compact flash card). The second image is a 100% crop.

Macro Shot

100% Crop


The flash settings on the Canon PowershotSX30 IS are Auto, Manual Flash On / Off, and Slow Sync Speed, with Red-eye Reduction options available in the main menu. These shots of a white coloured wall were taken at a distance of 1.5m.

Flash Off - Wide Angle (24mm)

Flash On - Wide Angle (24mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

Flash Off - Telephoto (840mm)

Flash On - Telephoto (840mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

And here are some portrait shots. As you can see, neither the Flash On or the Red-eye-Reduction settings caused any red-eye.

Flash On

Flash On (100% Crop)

Red-eye Reduction

Red-eye Reduction (100% Crop)


The Canon PowershotSX30 IS's maximum shutter speed is 15 seconds, which is great news if you're seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 15 seconds at ISO 80. I've included a 100% crop of the image to show what the quality is like.

Night Shot

Night Shot (100% Crop)

Anti Shake

The Canon PowershotSX30 IS has an anti-shake mechanism, which allows you to take sharp photos at slower shutter speeds than other digital cameras. To test this, I took 2 handheld shots of the same subject with the same settings. The first shot was taken with anti shake turned off, the second with it turned on. Here are some 100% crops of the images to show the results. As you can see, with anti shake turned on, the images are much sharper than with anti shake turned off. This feature really does seem to make a difference and could mean capturing a successful, sharp shot or missing the opportunity altogether.

Shutter Speed / Focal Length Anti-Shake Off (100% Crop) Anti-Shake On (100% Crop)
1/25th sec / 24mm
1/8th sec / 840mm

Sample Images

This is a selection of sample images from the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS camera, which were all taken using the 14 megapixel Fine JPEG setting. The thumbnails below link to the full-sized versions, which have not been altered in any way.

Sample Movie & Video

This is a sample movie at the quality setting of 1280 x 720 pixels at 30 frames per second. Please note that this 20 second movie is 60.8Mb in size.

Product Images

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Front of the Camera

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Front of the Camera / Flash Raised

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Isometric View

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Isometric View

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Rear of the Camera

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Rear of the Camera

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Rear of the Camera / Image Displayed

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Rear of the Camera / Turned On

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Rear of the Camera / Function Menu


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Rear of the Camera / Main Menu

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Rear of the Camera / Flip-out Screen
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Rear of the Camera / Flip-out Screen
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Rear of the Camera / Flip-out Screen
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Top of the Camera
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Bottom of the Camera
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Side of the Camera
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Side of the Camera
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Front of the Camera
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Front of the Camera
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Memory Card Slot
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Battery Compartment


The Canon PowerShot SX30 IS leaves other super-zooms trailing in its wake in terms of sheer focal length, with the 24mm wide-angle and 840mm telephoto settings providing more than enough versatility to meet most people's needs. Thankfully Canon's engineers have also implemented a very effective image-stabilisation system, which along with respectably bright maximum apertures helps to keep the majority of your shots sharp. Unfortunately the longer lens and move to a 14 megapixel sensor doesn't do the SX30's image quality any favours, especially in low-light, and the official price increase puts it into direct competition with other premium super-zooms, entry-level DSLRs and compact system cameras.

Being able to shoot 720p high-definition video complete with image stabilisation, stereo sound and the ability to make full use of that incredible 35x zoom is a real attraction and something that no other compact camera can currently match. Unfortunately the story isn't quite so rosy with regards to the SX30's still images, with noise and loss of fine detail appearing at the relatively slow speed of ISO 400. It seems that the move to more megapixels has compromised the overall image quality at higher ISO speeds, limiting this camera's ability in low-light environments. Also of concern is the now more obvious chromatic aberrations which rear their purple and green ugly heads wherever there's an area of high contrast in the image.

As with the SX20, several key features have been sensibly retained - the tilt-and-swivel LCD screen, dedicated record button for instant video clips, electronic viewfinder and external hotshoe all make the SX30 IS an appealing digicam for the keen hobbyist, especially with a full range of manual shooting modes on offer. The only fly in the ointment is the continued absence of a RAW file format, pushing would-be Canon buyers to the G12 or S95, currently the only Canon compacts that offer RAW shooting. Several rival super-zoom cameras also support RAW, most notably the Panasonic FZ45, Fujifilm HS10 and Olympus SP-590 UZ, so there are other alternatives in the same category if this is a must-have feature.

So while the 35x lens is a real headline-grabber that lives up to most of its promise, the SX30 as a whole still suffers from a few notable problems - less than stellar still images, lack of RAW shooting, a significant price increase on launch and few real upgrades over the previous model. Ultimately the SX30 proves the old adage that there's no such thing as the perfect camera, despite featuring the most versatile focal range ever seen on a compact.

4 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4.5
Features 5
Ease-of-use 4
Image quality 3.5
Value for money 3.5


Type 1/2.3 type CCD
Effective Pixels Approx. 14.1M
Colour Filter Type Primary Colour
Type DIGIC 4 with iSAPS technology
Focal Length 4.3 - 150.5 mm (35 mm equivalent: 24 - 840 mm)
Zoom Optical 35x. Digital Approx. 4x (with Digital Tele-Converter Approx. 1.5x or 2.0x and Safety Zoom¹). Combined Approx. 140x
Maximum f/number f/2.7-f/5.8
Construction 13 elements in 10 groups (1 Hi-UD lens, 1 UD lens and 1 double-sided aspherical lens)
Image Stabilisation Yes (lens shift-type), 4.5-stop. Dynamic IS (in Movie)
Ultrasonic Motor (USM) Yes, zoom
Type TTL
AF System/ Points Face Detection, 1-point AF (Any position is available, fixed to centre or Face Select and Track)
AF Modes Single, Continuous, Servo AF/AE¹
AF Point Selection Manual selection using FlexiZone AF/AE, Size (Normal, Small)
AF Lock On/Off Selectable
AF Assist Beam Yes
Manual Focus Yes
Focus Bracketing Yes
Closest Focusing Distance 0 cm (W) from front of lens in Macro
Metering modes Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame), Centre-weighted average, Spot (centre or linked to Face Detection AF or FlexiZone AF frame)
AE Lock Yes
Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments
Enhanced i-Contrast for automatic dynamic range correction
AEB 1/3 - 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments
ISO sensitivity* AUTO, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Speed 1 - 1/3200 sec. (factory default)
15 - 1/3200 sec. (total range - varies by shooting mode)
Type TTL
Settings Auto (including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Custom
Viewfinder Approx. 202,000 dots
Dioptre Correction Yes
Monitor Vari-angle 6.8 cm (2.7") PureColor II VA (TFT), Approx. 230,000 dots
Coverage Approx. 100%
Brightness Adjustable to one of five levels. Quick-bright LCD
Modes Auto, Manual Flash On / Off
Slow Sync Speed Yes. Fastest speed 1/2000 sec.
Red-Eye Reduction Yes
Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments. Face Detection FE. Safety FE.
Flash Exposure Lock Yes
Manual Power Adjustment 3 levels with internal flash (up to 19 levels with external EX Speedlites 270EX and 430EX II. 22 levels with 580EX II [4])
Second Curtain Synchronisation Yes
Built-in Flash Range 50 cm - 5.8 m (W) / 1.4 m - 2.8 m (T
External Flash E-TTL with EX series Speedlites¹
Modes Auto*, Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Custom1, Custom2, Portrait, Landscape, Sports, SCN ( Smart Shutter(Smile, Wink Self-Timer, FaceSelf-Timer), Low Light (2.0MP), Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Beach, Foliage, Snow, Fireworks, Stich Assist), Movie *with Scene Detection Technology and Motion Detection Technology
Photo Effects My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color)
Drive modes Single, Continuous, Self-Timer
Continuous Shooting Approx. 1.3 shots/sec.¹, AF: Approx. 0.6 shots/sec.¹, LV: Approx. 0.6 shots/sec.¹ (until memory card becomes full)²
Image Size (L) 4320 x 3240, (M1) 3072 x 2304, (M2) 1600 x 1200, (S) 640 x 480, (W) 3744 x 2104. Resize in playback (M2, S, 320 x 240)
Compression Fine, Normal
Movies (HD) 1280 x 720, 30 fps, (L) 640 x 480, 30 fps, (M) 320 x 240, 30 fps
Miniature Effect (HD, L) 6fps, 3fps, 1.5 fps
Movie Length Up to 4 GB or 29 min. 59 sec. (HD)¹
Up to 4 GB or 1 hour (L, M)²
Still Image Type JPEG compression, (Exif 2.3 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system, Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
Movies MOV [H.264 + Linear PCM (stereo)]
Canon Printers Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers and Canon Inkjet Printers supporting PictBridge (ID Photo Print, Fixed Size Print and Movie Print supported on SELPHY CP & ES printers only)
PictBridge Yes
Red-Eye Correction Yes, during shooting and playback
My Camera / My Menu Start-up image and camera sounds customisation. Menu customisation
My Category Image tagging feature
Intelligent Orientation Sensor Yes
Histogram Yes, live histogram
Playback Zoom Approx. 2x - 10x
Self Timer Approx. 2 or 10 sec., Custom
Menu Languages English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Chinese (traditional), Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Ukrainian, Romanian, Farsi
Computer Hi-Speed USB (MTP, PTP) dedicated connector (Mini-B compatible)
Other HDMI Mini Connector. A/V output (PAL/NTSC)
Type SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, MMCplus, HCMMCplus
PC & Macintosh Windows 7/ Vista SP1-2/ XP SP3
Mac OS X v10.4 – 10.6
Browsing & Printing ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser
Other PhotoStitch
Batteries Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-7L (battery and charger supplied)
Battery life Approx. 370 shots¹
Approx. 600 min. playback
A/C Power Supply Optional, Power adapter ACK-DC50
Cases / Straps Soft Case DCC-850
Lenses Filter Adapter FA-DC67A (Compatible with Canon 67mm Filters: Circular Polarizing PL-C B, Protect Filter)
Flash Canon Speedlites (including 220EX, 270EX, 430EX II, 580EX II¹)
Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2
Speedlite bracket SB-E2
Off-Camera Shoe Cord OC-E3
Power Supply & Battery Chargers AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC50
Other Lens Hood LH-DC60
Canon HDMI Cable HTC-100
Operating Environment 0 - 40°C, 10 - 90% humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD) 122.9 x 92.4 x 107.7 mm
Weight Approx. 601 g (including battery/batteries and memory card)
Zoom ¹ Depending on the image size selected.
AF Modes ¹ Some settings limit availability.
External Flash ¹ Not all functions of the flash are supported.
Continuous Shooting ¹ Under conditions where the flash does not fire.
² Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.
Movie Length ¹ The following Speed Class memory cards are required for maximum record time: 1280 x 720, 30 fps Speed Class 4 or above. 1920 x 1080, 30 fps Speed Class 6
² Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.
Battery life ¹ Using the batteries and memory card format supplied with the camera (where included), except where indicated.
Flash ¹ Not all functions of the flash are supported.
* Standard Output Sensitivity / Recommended Exposure Index.
According to ISO 12232:2006 (20th April 2006) which specifies the method for assigning and reporting ISO speed ratings for digital still cameras.
All data is based on Canon standard testing methods (according to CIPA Standards) except where indicated.

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