Canon PowerShot SX430 IS Review

June 6, 2017 | Gavin Stoker |


The main selling point here is a big zoom reach from a relatively tiny camera – one that it’s hard for its promotional press images to really portray accurately in terms of its size and handling. You really do need to try the Canon PowerShot SX430 IS out for yourself. In that sense this Canon feels like a marvel of engineering and miniaturisation. Yet obviously for a selling price just north of £200 there are compromises; the zoom is relatively noisy in operation and the image relayed to the back LCD screen towards maximum telephoto setting jumps around so much if you’re attempting to shoot handheld that it’s tricky to get your compositional framing spot on. Then there is the fact that light sensitivity tops out at a so-so ISO1600 (you won’t want to stray above ISO800 max anyway in terms of performance), the sensor is the small 1/2.3-inch CCD fancied by pocket compact cameras since the year dot, and there isn’t a great deal you can do with this camera beyond point and shoot.

In fairness, its target audience won’t be buying the Canon PowerShot SX430 IS expecting the DSLR its design resembles. There’s no eye level viewfinder for one. But, for the undemanding photographer – or the family that fancies having a greater zoom reach than most compacts, and indeed their smartphone, can provide – this hits some of the sweet spots. Plus, if you are going to be released an inexpensive digital compact in 2017, you’d better make it stand out from a smartphone. By virtue of its whopping zoom, this compact Canon does just that.

3.5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 3
Features 3.5
Ease-of-use 4
Image quality 3
Value for money 3.5