Canon PowerShot SX30 IS - Zoom, Contrast and Colour



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“Here are some general test shots taken with the SX30 IS to give an idea of performance ability when it comes to image quality, dynamic range, colour rendition and the focal range of the respective optics.”


This crop of an image taken at maximum telephoto zoom setting in the golden light of a late afternoon shows the richness of colour rendition achievable with the SX30 IS when conditions are in the photographer’s favour


And here’s an image taken with the Canon’s miniature digital effect filter applied, which reduces the area of the image in focus to a central narrow band. You’ll also notice, if comparing this with the colours of our ISO test shots, that the overall image has been automatically warmed by the camera


Generally, although we’re happy with the SX30 IS default treatment of colours, images can be a bit flat and lacking in contrast straight out of the camera, as we’ve noted. So here we’ve included an image of our wall mural before, and then after some brief Photoshop adjustment

Score in detail

  • Value 7
  • Image Quality 8


Camera type Super Zoom
Megapixels (Megapixel) 14.1 Megapixel
Optical Zoom (Times) 35x
Image Sensor 1/2.3-type CCD
Optical focal length Equivalent to 24-840mm in 35mm film terms
Shutter speed 15-1/3200 sec
Auto focus Face detection 1-point AF
Manual focus Yes
Max output resolution 4320x3240
Other resolutions 3072x2304, 1600x1200, 640x480, 3744x2104
Focus range 0cm to infinifty
Exposure control P, A, S, M
Exposure metering Evaluative, Centre Weighted average, Spot
Exposure compensation 1/3 EV step, +/- 2EV``
Image Stabilisation Optical
ISO settings Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
LCD Monitor 2.7-inch, 202k dot resolution
Viewfinder None
Flash range 50cm to 5.8 metres (wide), 1.4 metre to 2.8 metres (Telephoto)
Flash modes Auto, Manual flash on/off
White balance modes Auto, daylight, cloudy, tungsten, fluorescent, flash, custom
Drive modes Single, continuous, self-timer
Image formats JPEG
Picture adjustments Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Film Light Skin, Dark Skin, Vivid RGB, Custom
Video (max res/format) 1280x720 at 30fps
Movie length Up to 4GB or 29 minutes, 59 secs
Self timer 2, 10 secs
Memory card slot SD/SDHC/SDXC
Supplied memory None
Batteries supplied Lithium ion pack
Charger supplied Yes
A/V output HDMI, AV Out
Charging/Computer Connection USB 2.0
AV Out Yes
Manual Basic printed guide, full manual on CD

Physical Specifications

Dimensions Width (Millimeter) 122.9mm
Depth (Millimeter) 92.4mm
Weight (body only) (Kilogram) 601g including battery and memory cardkg