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Canon PowerShot D30

Tough-style 12.1-megapixel digital camera with 5X optical zoom

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Item # 280D30

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Our take on the Canon PowerShot D30

Canon really pushed the envelope when they created the PowerShot D30. This rugged camera is waterproof to an incredible 82 feet, far eclipsing the depths at which other waterproof cameras can function. Take it snorkeling to shoot amazing underwater landscapes and life forms. It's also great for the beach, the boat, the pool, or simply shooting outdoors in rain, sleet, or snow.

Taking photography way off the deep end

Canon really pushed the envelope when they created the PowerShot D30. This rugged camera is waterproof to an incredible 82 feet, far eclipsing the depths at which other waterproof cameras can function. Take it snorkeling to shoot amazing underwater landscapes and life forms. It's also great for the beach, the boat, the pool, or simply shooting outdoors in rain, sleet, or snow.

Freeze- and drop-proof

In addition to underwater performance, the PowerShot D30 can also handle extreme temperatures. Going skiing or sledding? Fear not, as the D30 can withstand temperatures as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit. It can also handle the heat — up to 104 degrees. The D30 is also drop-proof, making it tough enough to keep up with your adventures in all kinds of tough conditions.

On-board GPS

Ever find yourself mentally recording names of places when you're photographing your travels? By the time you get home, it's all a blur — unless you have GPS. The PowerShot D30's built-in GPS automatically records location information for all your photos. That takes the pressure off having to figure out where you were when, so you can shoot first and figure out the details later.

Right for low light and bright light

With its CMOS sensor and DIGIC 4 processor, the PowerShot D30 is optimized for low-light photography. It helps make the most of underwater settings as well as evening and indoor shots. When you're outdoors in the bright sunlight, framing and reviewing shots on your camera's LCD monitor can be a challenge. The D30's Sunlight LCD mode reduces glare when you're outside, so you can better admire your last shot and set up your next one.

    • 12.1-megapixel effective recording CMOS sensor
    • 3" LCD screen (461,000 dots)
    • 5X optical zoom (4X digital zoom/20X combined zoom)
    • 35mm equivalent lens focal length: 28-140mm
    • records photos and video onto optional SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory cards
    Special Features:
    • waterproof to depths of 82 feet
    • shock-proof up to 6.5 feet
    • freeze-proof to 14° F
    • dustproof
    • built-in GPS records location information for each photo and tracks your route between shots
    • Sunlight LCD mode reduces glare in bright sunlight
    • optical image stabilization minimizes blur from shaky hands
    • high-definition movie mode (up to 1080/24p resolution)
    • record high-speed video up to 240 frames per second for smooth slow-motion playback
    • DIGIC 4 image processor and CMOS sensor for enhanced detail and low noise, even in dimly lit environments
    • Smart AUTO mode adjusts camera settings based on 32 preset shooting situations
    • 12 photo effects filters for creative still shots
    Connections and Dimensions:
    • mini HDMI output for connecting the camera to a compatible HDTV (cable not included)
    • USB 2.0 interface
    • 4-5/16"W x 2-11/16"H x 1-1/8"D
    • weight: 7.7 oz.
    Supplied Accessories

    What's in the Box:

    • Digital camera (blue)
    • NB-6LH Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery pack (3.7V 1060mAh 4.0Wh)
    • CB-2LY Battery Charger (Output: 4.2V 0.7A)
    • Wrist strap
    • Getting Started booklet
    • Warranty card

    Canon PowerShot D30 Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (2 Reviews)

    Great easy pictures from a rugged camera!

    capkris from San Juan, PR on 1/6/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This camera gives great pictures and is very easy to use. It also has great SD card compatibility and I was able to put a 64GB xSD card in it with no problem at all. I don't think I'll ever need to delete pictures or buy more memory than that for the life of the camera. I pickled it after reading all reviews for similar cameras, and although this was a bit more $$, I understand it was worth it due to Canon's reputation for extraordinary sharpness and clarity of images. I definitely think I made the best choice after seeing the pictures it takes and how easy it is to use.

    Pros: Great, sharp and easy pictures. Great additional features.

    Cons: The LCD protrudes from the camera, so I'm not so sure how break resistant it would be if dropped and it actually lands on the LCD and I'm not sure how well an LCD protector will stick to it to minimize scratching. It comes with no memory at all, so it doesn't work out-of-box unless you already have an SD card on hand to plug into it.

    versatile canon powershot d30

    Les T from Scottsdale, AZ on 8/5/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Incredible versatility. Took it on our family vacation to Grand Cayman because I am tired of lugging around my Canon 60D with two lenses, and I also wanted a camera for underwater. Land shots are very good, though I did not shoot any macro shots of lizards, fish or flowers. I accidentally took the camera to a depth of 100 feet on one of our dives, and found it to be in good health later in the day. Underwater shots were decent to a depth of 50 feet, then there was too much loss of light and color to make them good. The video option was also very useful, and easily replaced my Canon Vixia camera. The camera came with a nice Lowepro bag included, free of charge, big enough to carry the camera and the battery charger. Another online retailer had the camera but it cost more and did not include a carrying bag. I would recommend finding a strap to slip through the slots on the edge of the camera for more secure carrying. This is a new model, but had it come out a couple years ago it could have saved me from several camera purchases, including underwater cameras that were not nearly as good as this model.

    Pros: Overall versatility, including good land shots, decent underwater shots, great depth tolerance, and decent video capabilities.

    Cons: None that I can think of.


    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    LCD Screen Size 3"
    Adjustable-angle LCD No
    Wi-Fi No
    Touchscreen No
    Waterproof Yes
    GPS-enabled Yes
    Lens 35mm Equivalent 28-140mm
    Optical Zoom 5x
    Digital Zoom 4x
    Filter Diameter N/A
    Manual Focusing Yes
    Manual Exposure No
    Built-in Flash Yes
    HDMI Output Mini
    Internal Memory None
    Memory Media SD/SDHC/SDXC
    Sensor Size 1/2.3" CMOS
    Megapixels 12.1
    Image Stabilization Optical
    Highest Resolution 4000 x 3000
    4K Video No
    Video Resolution 1920 x 1080/24p
    Width (inches) 4-5/16
    Height (inches) 2-11/16
    Depth (inches) 1-1/8
    Weight With Battery (ounces) 7.69
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year

    Product Research

    Recording Features
    Play, Edit, and, Print Functions
    Battery Information
    Supplied Software

    Recording Features

    Rugged Design: The Canon PowerShot D30 digital camera's rugged design allows you to take it almost anywhere. It is waterproof to 82 feet for up to 60 minutes (IPX8 equivalent), temperature resistant down to 14°F or up to 104°F, shockproof up to 6.5 feet, and dustproof (IP6X standard).

    LCD Monitor: The Canon PowerShot D30 has a 3" TFT color LCD monitor featuring approximately 461,000 dots with approximately 100% picture coverage. This extra-durable, high-resolution screen with tough scratch-resistant coating on the anti-reflective LCD screen offers a crisp, bright, clear picture to make shooting, playback, and using the camera's menu functions convenient even at an angle. The LCD display's brightness can be manually adjusted.

    Note: This camera does not feature a separate viewfinder.

    12.1 MP Image Sensor: For optimal image quality, the camera uses a 1/2.3" CMOS image sensor with approximately 12.8-million total pixels and 12.1-million effective pixels giving your shots added depth and detail.

    DIGIC 4 Image Processor: The PowerShot D30 features the DIGIC 4 Image Processor. The DIGIC 4 chip gives you superior image quality, faster image writing to the SD card, more efficiency to extend battery life, and higher definition for the LCD monitor.

    Intelligent Contrast Correction: DIGIC 4 also makes possible the i-Contrast (Intelligent Contrast Correction) system. Excessively bright or dark image areas can be detected and automatically adjusted to the optimal brightness level. Insufficient overall image contrast can be corrected before shooting. The camera can also use i-Contrast in playback mode to adjust images that were shot without the setting activated.

    Global Positioning System (GPS): The camera has a built-in GPS receiver. Camera location information (latitude, longitude, and elevation) can be added to your images and movies as your shoot. This information can be used with the supplied software to see the shooting location on a map.

    Optics: The camera features a Canon F3.9-F4.8 lens with 5x optical zoom and a 4.0x digital zoom (20x total zoom). The 5-25mm focal length (35mm equivalent: 28-140mm) can be increased by approximately 1.5x or 2.0x by engaging the digital tele-converter. The equivalent focal lengths when using the 1.5x and 2.0x teleconverter are 42-210mm and 56-280mm, respectively.

    Intelligent Image Stabilization: The PowerShot D30 is equipped with the latest advance in Canon's acclaimed Optical Image Stabilizer Technology. Intelligent IS analyzes camera movement and applies the best shake correction method for the shooting situation. For still images, the system automatically selects Normal, Panning, Macro (Hybrid), and Tripod IS modes. If you're shooting video, the camera chooses from Dynamic, Powered, Macro, or Tripod IS modes.

    Recording Media: The camera records still images and moving images with stereo audio on SD, SDHC, and SDXC Memory Cards. You can also use Eye-Fi cards, which enables automatic wireless transfer of images to a computer or uploading to a photo-sharing website. The camera has no internal memory, and does not include an SD card, so you will have to obtain a memory card before recording.

    Still Image Resolution: Still images are recorded in JPEG format in four aspect ratios. You can choose from the following still image resolutions:

    Image SizeAspect Ratio
    Large4000 x 30004000 x 22484000 x 26642992 x 2992
    Medium 12816 x 21122816 x 15842816 x 18802112 x 2112
    Medium 21600 x 12001920 x 10801600 x 10641200 x 1200
    Small640 x 480640 x 360640 x 424480 x 480

    Movies: Movies are recorded in MOV format (Image data: H.264, Audio data: 2-channel monaural LPCM). You can record in Full HD (1920 x 1080, 24 fps), HD (1280 x 720, 30 fps), or SD (640 x 480, 30 fps). Other movie modes include iFrame movie (1280 x 720, 30 fps, recommended for Macs), Super Slow Motion (320 x 240 at 240 fps or 640 x 480 at 120 fps), or Miniature Effect.

    Drive Modes: The Canon PowerShot D30 offers the following modes:

    • Single Shot: The digital camera captures a single image each time the shutter button is fully pressed and released.
    • Continuous Shooting Mode: You can shoot successive frames, at approximately 1.9 frames per second, while the shutter button is fully depressed. The interval depends upon shooting conditions and settings.
    • Self Timer: You can choose a 10-second self timer for self portraits or to include yourself in a group photo. A 2-second self timer can be used to avoid camera shake. The custom self timer lets you set the delay time between 0 to 30 seconds, and the number of photos taken between 1 and 10 shots.
    • Face Self-Timer: For group shots that include the photographer, the camera will take up to three consecutive shots approximately two seconds after it detects an additional face has entered the picture.
    • Wink Self-Timer: The camera will take a picture about two seconds after a wink is detected. This allows the subject in the picture to control when the photo is taken.

    Blink Detection: The camera will alert you if it detects that someone in the photo may have closed their eyes when the picture was recorded. For multiple shots, the blink detection function works for the final shot only.

    AF Frame Modes: The camera offers manual and auto focusing. You can choose from the following AF Frame modes:

    • Manual: When Auto Focus is not possible, you can switch to manual focus, and use the up/down buttons to adjust the focal position.
    • Face AiAF: The camera automatically detects the position of a face (up to 9) and uses the data to set the focus and exposure while shooting.
    • Center: The camera fixes the AF frame at the center; this is recommended when the target subject is at the center of the composition.
    • Tracking AF: The focus is maintained on a moving subject while you press the shutter-button halfway.

    Focusing Range: The camera features the following focus ranges:

    • Auto (incl. Manual): 0.4" to infinity (W); 3.3' to infinity (T)
    • Underwater/Macro: 0.4" to 1.6' (W)
    • Normal: 2" to infinity (W); 3.3' to infinity (T)

    Auto Focus Lock: The focus can be locked. After locking the focus, the focal distance will not change even when you release your finger from the shutter button.

    AF Assist Beam: The built-in AF Assist lamp will automatically light to assist focusing in low-light conditions when your press the shutter button halfway.

    Shooting Modes: You can choose between several shooting modes. In the Smart Auto mode, the camera will automatically select the best settings for the scene, detect and focus on faces, and set the color and brightness to optimal levels. Other shooting modes to choose from include: Program, Underwater, Underwater Macro, Snow, Portrait, Smart Shutter, Handheld Night Scene, Low Light, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap, Fireworks, Long Shutter, Stitch Assist, Movie Digest, iFrame Movie, and Super Slow Motion movie.

    Exposure Compensation: If you are shooting against a bright background or strong backlight, you may need to correct the exposure so that the subject doesn't come out too dark. You can set the adjustments from -2 to +2 in 1/3-step increments.

    Locking the Exposure Setting (AE Lock): You can set the exposure and focus separately. This is effective when the contrast is too strong between the subject and background, or when a subject is backlit.

    Long Exposures: You can set the shutter speed to a range between 1 and 15 seconds to shoot long exposures. However, you should attach the camera to a tripod to prevent the camera from moving and blurring the image.

    Metering Modes: You can select from the following metering modes:

    • Evaluative Light Metering: Used for standard conditions. The area within the frame is divided into several zones and light is measured based on subject position, brightness, direct light and backlighting..
    • Center-Weighted Averaging: Averages the exposure from the entire image, but places more weight on the subject at the center.
    • Spot: Meters the area within the spot AE point at the center of the LCD monitor.

    White Balance: You can choose from the following white balance settings:

    • Auto: The camera sets the white balance automatically according to shooting conditions.
    • Daylight: For recording outdoors on a bright day.
    • Cloudy: For recording under overcast, shady or twilight skies.
    • Tungsten: For recording under tungsten and bulb-type 3-wavelength fluorescent lighting.
    • Fluorescent: For recording under warm-white, cool-white or warm-white (3-wavelength) fluorescent lighting.
    • Fluorescent H: For recording under daylight fluorescent, or daylight fluorescent-type (3-wavelength) fluorescent lighting.
    • Underwater: Sets the optimum white balance for taking pictures underwater; reduces blue tones to produce natural, vibrant hues.
    • Custom: Allows you to manually set the white balance and store the settings.

    Built-In Flash: The camera features a built-in flash with a range of approximately 12" to 11' at the maximum wide angle and 3.3' to 9.8' at the maximum telephoto zoom. You can choose from the following flash modes.

    • Auto: The flash fires automatically as required by the light level
    • Flash On: The flash fires with every shot
    • Flash Off: The flash will not fire
    • Slow Synchro: You can make the main subject, such as people, appear bright by having the camera provide the appropriate illumination with the flash. At the same time, you can use a slow shutter speed to brighten the background that the light from the flash cannot reach.

    Flash Lock: You can lock the camera's flash exposure so that the exposure settings are correctly set regardless of the composition of your subject.

    ISO Speed: The ISO speed can be set to 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, or Auto to reduce the effects of camera shake or avoid blurry subject or to turn the flash off when shooting in a dark area.

    My Colors: You can choose the look and feel of the photos you take by using My Colors to add the following effects to the image you are currently recording or have already recorded: Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, B/W, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, and Custom Color.

    Histogram Display: The Histogram is a graph that allows you to check the brightness of the image. The greater the bias toward the left in the graph, the darker the image. The greater the bias toward the right, the brighter the image.

    Play, Edit, and, Print Functions

    Review: After an image is recorded, it will appear in the LCD monitor for a preset number of seconds for reviewing. You can select the review time from 2 to 10 seconds. It will also display until you press the shutter button down halfway for the next shot.

    Focus Check Display: Focus Check display allows you to check the focus of image taken and allows you to easily check facial expressions and whether a subject's eyes are closed. This feature can be set to allow you to check the focus of an image taken right after shooting the subject.

    My Category: You can categorize your recorded images for simpler playback. You can select from People, Scenery, or Events. There are also 3 unnamed categories and a "to do" category.

    Image Search: When you have a lot of images recorded onto a memory card, you can speed up your search by specifying specific groups of images:

    • Favorites: displays images tagged as favorites
    • Shot Date: displays images shot on a specific date
    • My Category: displays images in a specific category
    • Still Image/Movie: displays still images only or movies only

    Slide Show: You can automatically play back images recorded to a memory card. You can set the interval, transition effects, and set the slideshow to repeat. You can also select which images to play back (category).

    Index Replay: The Index Replay feature allows you to view 4, 9, 36, or 100 images at once on the LCD monitor so that you can search for an image quickly. Movies cannot be played in the index playback mode.

    Image Magnification: When viewing a still picture in Single Image Replay mode, you can magnify the image to get a closer look at the picture's detail. You can also pan around the zoomed image to view a particular portion of the picture.

    Rotating Images: You can rotate an image by 90, 180 or 270 degrees clockwise in the LCD monitor.

    Red-Eye Correction: You can correct red eyes in already recorded images. However, red eyes may not be automatically detected in some images such as faces near the screen edge, faces that appear extremely small, larger dark or bright in relation to the overall image and faces turned to the side or at a diagonal and faces with a portion hidden which prevents the Red-Eye Correction from working.

    Trimming: You can trim a required portion of a recorded image and save it as a new image file.

    Resizing Images: You can save images a lower recording pixel than the original image. You can change high resolution images to Medium 2, Small, or Extra Small.

    Erase Images: You can select and erase images one at a time or all at once. Please note that erased image cannot be recovered.

    Protecting Images: The protect feature allows you to protect important images from accidental erasure. You can protect images by the image itself, by a specific date, a category or folder, or select All Images.

    PictBridge Printing Capability: Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer. PictBridge is a new standard that allows you to connect a PictBridge compliant camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer and make prints, regardless of brand.

    Battery Information

    Power Requirements: The Canon PowerShot D30 powered by the supplied NB-6LH rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery pack (3.7V/1060mAh). A fully charged battery is good for approximately 300 shots, 1 hour of typical movie recording time, 1 hour 40 minutes of continuous movie recording, or 6 hours of playback time. The battery pack can be charged in the supplied CB-2LY battery charger. Charging time is approximately 2 hours. For long periods of continuous use, or when connected to a computer, it is recommended that the camera be connected to the optional AC adapter kit (ACK-DC40).

    Power Saving Functions: This camera is equipped with a power saving function, which can automatically turn off the power or LCD monitor.

    • Power Saving During Shooting: The monitor will turn off approximately 1 minute after the camera is last operated. After about 2 more minutes, the power will turn off.
    • Power Saving During Playback: The power will turn off approximately 5 minutes after the camera is last operated.

    Note: The Power Saving Function will not activate during a Slide Show or while the camera is connected to a computer


    HDMI: The PowerShot D30 has a mini-HDMI output for connecting it to an HDTV. A mini-HDMI-to-HDMI cable is required. When the camera is connected to an HDMI-CEC-compatible TV, you can control the camera's functions with the TV remote.

    AV Output/Digital Terminal: The camera has a Mini-B Version 2.0 USB terminal to allow you to connect the camera to a compatible computer or compatible Canon printer via a USB cable (not included). This USB 2.0 Hi-Speed-compatible terminal allows you to rapidly download images to your computer or printer. The camera's Mini-B USB port also allows you to connect the camera to a TV or video monitor using the optional AVC-DC400 audio/video cable. You can set the video output to NTSC or PAL.

    Supplied Software

    Software: The PowerShot D30 does not include software. Instead, you can download the following software from the Canon website:

    • CameraWindow: import images and change camera settings
    • ImageBrowser EX: manage images: view, search, and organize; print and edit images

    Compatible Operating Systems:

    • Windows 8/8.1
    • Windows 7 (SP1)
    • Windows Vista (SP2)
    • Windows XP (SP3)
    • Mac OS X v10.7
    • Mac OS X v10.8
    • Mac OS X v10.9

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