Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Review - Zoom, Contrast and Colour Review

“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

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Score in detail

  • Value 7
  • Image Quality 8

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