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Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

14.1-megapixel digital camera with 35X optical zoom

8 Reviews

Item # 280SX30

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Our take on the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

A super zoom lens
It's a weekend hike in the mountains, and you're determined to get both portraits of your family and detailed shots of local wildlife. The Canon PowerShot SX30 IS has an incredible 35X optical zoom lens that can resolve details like the feathers of a soaring bird or the scale patterns of a snake sunning itself on a distant rock. Built-in image stabilization helps keep your shots steady, which is especially helpful for long-zoom photography. This camera also features a wide-angle lens for shooting sweeping mountain vistas or a large group of fellow hikers. And Canon's latest DIGIC 4 image processor makes for speedy operation, so you're more likely to catch those great photo opportunities when they happen.


A super zoom lens
It's a weekend hike in the mountains, and you're determined to get both portraits of your family and detailed shots of local wildlife. The Canon PowerShot SX30 IS has an incredible 35X optical zoom lens that can resolve details like the feathers of a soaring bird or the scale patterns of a snake sunning itself on a distant rock. Built-in image stabilization helps keep your shots steady, which is especially helpful for long-zoom photography. This camera also features a wide-angle lens for shooting sweeping mountain vistas or a large group of fellow hikers. And Canon's latest DIGIC 4 image processor makes for speedy operation, so you're more likely to catch those great photo opportunities when they happen.

Compose your photos and high-def videos on the fold-out, rotating LCD screen, or set up your shots using the electronic viewfinder. Face detection helps you take true-to-life portraits and group photos. The camera focuses on the faces in your frame and adjusts exposure, flash, and white balance settings to accurately capture skin tones, regardless of the surrounding light. Manual modes let you customize settings for creative, artistic photographs.

The SX30 IS doesn't include any type of memory, so make sure to pick up an SD or SDHC memory card.

Product Highlights:

  • 14.1-megapixel effective recording
  • 2-11/16" LCD screen rotates and swivels
  • 35X optical zoom (4X digital/140X total zoom)
  • optical image stabilization
  • electronic viewfinder
  • wide-angle lens for shooting landscapes or large groups
  • 35mm equivalent lens focal length: 24-840mm
  • DIGIC 4 image processor for fast camera response and detailed photos
  • face detection automatically sets focus, exposure, flash, and white balance for better portraits
  • zoom framing assist button helps get close-ups of a subject in action
  • aperture and shutter priority modes
  • full manual mode
  • high-definition movie mode (up to 720p resolution)
  • mini HDMI output for connection to an HDTV (cable not included)
  • ultrasonic and voice coil motors for quieter and faster zooming and focusing
  • variable ISO (film speed equivalent) settings, including a high sensitivity setting for better low-light shooting
  • custom white balance settings
  • compatible with PictBridge-enabled printers
  • high-speed USB interface
  • accepts SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards — no memory included
  • 4-7/8"W x 3-3/4"H x 4-1/4"D
  • weight: 21.2 oz. (with battery and media)
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

This is a new challenge for me, but I am loving it. I love the clarity of the pictures, the zoom is fantastic, I am still a amateur but it makes me look like a professional. Love this camera!

delighted, CA

What's in the Box:

  • Digital camera (black)
  • NB-7L Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (7.4V/1050mAh/7.8Wh) with plastic terminal cover
  • CB-2LZ battery charger (Output 8.4V/0.7A)
  • Lens cap (with attached string)
  • 6.5' USB cable with in-line ferrite core (has a USB Type-A connector on one end and a Mini-B USB 2.0 connector on the other end)
  • 50" Audio/Video cable with a composite video and stereo RCA connectors on one end and a Mini-B USB 2.0 connector on other end
  • Adjustable neck strap
  • Hot Shoe cover (attached)
  • Hot Shoe Cover case
  • Digital Camera Solution Disk ver.70.0 CD-ROM
  • Getting Started Guide (English)
  • Warranty card
  • Canon Customer Support/Online Product Registration card
  • USB Cable caution sheet

Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(8 Reviews)

Excellent Camera

haywoman from Texas on 5/26/2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I have only taken a few pictures so far and am just learning about what all this camera can do. sure you get a Class 6 or above ScanDisk card for the HD-it does make a difference and thanks to the folks here I got a Class 10 card and I am so glad. The pictures I have taken so far are beautiul-there are a few things I don't like-the flash is not an automatic pop-up-you have to pull it up when the camera says use a flash-don't think I will like this at all but there have been times with my Sony that I didn't want the flash on in the Auto mode and you could not change it-so I will hold my final opinion of the flash until a later time-just something you might want to know. Other than that-it is a sturdy feeling camera-doesn't feel like a toy-great size and love love love the LCD screen. I think when I learn everything about the camera I will really enjoy using it but still alittle disappointed about the flash-not sure why just alittle quirk for me-also don't really like the location of the zoom button - it is on the front around the button to take the picture-on my Sony it was on the back easy to see and easy to reach-but I guess that is all in the getting use to part-still think it rates a 5!



Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

JMNY from Commack, NY on 5/4/2011

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This camera is an up-grade from a Power Shot G2. This camera is light years ahead of my old one but it was still very easy to get comfortable with. Canon has kept all the great features and added more to make shooting pictures as easy or as artistic as you want. I haven't had any proplems yet and I just love the range of te 35x lens.




delighted from CA on 2/28/2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is a new challenge for me, but I am loving it. I love the clarity of the pictures, the zoom is fantastic, I am still a amateur but it makes me look like a professional. Love this camera!



Nice camera

Anonymous from Ukiah Ca on 2/20/2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is a nice camera. I still have a lot to learn about using it, but so far it meets my expectations.



Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

altap from So California on 1/18/2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I have a full set up of slr gear including a 100-400 zoom and tripod which I don't take with me because of the size and weight. I use this superzoom for taking shots of birds at distance for later identification. A little slow on startup and sometimes can be fussy when trying to focus. But, its the biggest zoom available and I can always take it with me on long hikes and short trips when I dont want to carry the big gear.



Great Service Great Camera

Anonymous from Richmond Va. on 12/31/2010

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I purchased this camera on a wed. night and received it the next day. It was easy to order on line and the price was competive. What more could you ask? The camera is very easy to use and takes great pictures. The zoom is fantastic. A friend of mine has a nikon p100 and the canon pics are better, much better. Great Value!



Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

Bird Shooter 77 from Depauw, Indiana on 12/19/2010

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I got this camera because of the powerful zoom. So I could take close up pictures of birds, insects, etc. As usual Cruthfield advisors out do themselves again with excellent service. Eddie found me the perfect camera, not only for shooting quality photos, but it's been a long time since I got a camcorder. Man, the HD video mode on this thing is better than my camcorder, now I don't have to spend money on one of those! Shewww! Thank you Canon! And Merry Christmas to anybody reading this review.



Well worth the price

CC Harte from Kansas on 10/21/2010

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Images are very good, love the long zoom. Not crazy about the location of the frame assist button, keep hitting it accidentally because it's next to the thumb grip. Thought I would miss having AA's, but the proprietary battery lasts a good long time. Get a high-speed SDHC card for this camera - it matters.




Hands-on research

Features and Specs

LCD Screen Size 2.7"
Adjustable-angle LCD ---
Wi-Fi No
Touchscreen No
Waterproof No
GPS-enabled No
Lens 35mm Equivalent 24-840mm
Optical Zoom 35x
Digital Zoom 4x
Filter Diameter N/A
Manual Focusing Yes
Manual Exposure Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
HDMI Output Mini
Internal Memory None
Memory Media SD/SDHC/SDXC
Sensor Size 1/2.3" CCD
Megapixels 1.41e+007
Image Stabilization Optical
Highest Resolution 4320 x 3240
4K Video No
Video Resolution Yes
Width (inches) 4-13/16
Height (inches) 3-3/4
Depth (inches) 4-1/4
Weight With Battery (ounces) 21.2
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research

Playback, Editing and Print Functions
Battery Information
Inputs and Outputs Notes
Supplied Software

Recording Features

Variangle LCD Monitor: The Canon PowerShot SX30 IS has a 2.7" TFT LCD monitor, featuring 230,000 dots with approximately 100% picture coverage. The monitor can be folded out nearly 180° and rotated forward or backward up to 270°, making it easier to frame your shots from difficult low or high angles. The LCD display's brightness can be adjusted to one of five levels. The LCD display also features a Night Display feature that when shooting in dark conditions, the camera automatically brightens the LCD monitor to suit the brightness of the subject, making it easier to frame the subject.

Electronic Viewfinder: In addition to the 2.7" LCD monitor, the SX30 IS has an electronic viewfinder with approximately 202,000 dots. It has a 5-step brightness adjustment, and a diopter for adjusting the viewfinder to your eyesight.

Image Sensor: The camera is equipped with a 1/2.3" CCD image sensor with 14.5-million total pixels, and 14.1-million effective pixels. Along with the DIGIC 4 Image Processor, the SX30 IS gives you clear photos with accurate colors and less noise.

Face Detection Technology: The DIGIC 4 chip's Face Detection Technology finds and tracks the faces of moving subjects until you're ready to shoot, then delivers perfect focus. In addition, exposure, flash, and white balance are compensated, so that faces exhibit natural skin tones and backgrounds are properly exposed.

Smart Shutter: Smart Shutter technology automatically takes a picture a short time after the camera detects a specific change in the scene. There are three Smart Shutter functions:

  • Face Self-Timer: The Face Self-Timer automatically detects an increase in the number of faces, and makes the appropriate adjustments. When the Face Detection Self-Timer is set, the camera waits for the photographer's face to get on-camera before it takes the shot. The camera will shoot, two seconds after the new face is detected.
  • Smile Self-Timer: The Smile Self-Timer captures smiles by tracking your subject's face and automatically releases the shutter as smiles are detected.
  • Wink Self-Timer: The Wink Self-Timer lets you set the camera in a "shooting standby" mode after the shot is composed. When a designated person in the frame winks, the camera takes a picture, two seconds after the wink is detected.

Optics and Stabilization: The SX30 IS has a 35x optical zoom lens with a 4.3-150.5mm focal length (35mm equivalent is 24-840mm). The built-in lens shift-type Image Stabilizer helps control camera shake to give you clear images when you're zoomed way in. Image Stabilization can be set to Continuous, Shoot Only, or Panning.

Zoom: In addition to the 35x optical zoom, the camera features a 4x digital zoom. When used in combination, the total zoom is approximately 140x.

Digital Teleconverter: The focal length of the lens can be increased by an equivalent of 1.7x or 2.1x through the use of the Digital Teleconverter. The equivalent focal lengths of the lens (35mm equivalent) are 40.8-1428mm when using the 1.7x digital teleconverter, and 50.4-1764mm with the 2.1x teleconverter. The digital zoom and digital teleconverter cannot be used simultaneously.

Recording Media: The camera records still images or moving images with stereo audio on SD Memory Cards (2GB or less), SDHC Memory Cards (4GB to 32GB), SDXC Memory Cards (32GB and higher), MultiMediaCards, MMCplus Cards, HC MMCplus Cards, and Eye-Fi cards. Still images are recorded in JPEG format, and the movies are recorded in MOV format (Image data: H.264, Audio data: Linear PCM (stereo)). No memory card is included with the camera.

Still Image Resolution/Compression: The SX30 IS can record still images in 5 different resolutions: Large (4320 x 3240), Medium 1 (3072 x 2304), Medium 2 (1600 x 1200), Small (640 x 480), and Widescreen (3744 x 2104). For each resolution, you can set the compression to Fine or Normal. The estimated number of still images that can be recorded on SDHC Memory Cards is as follows:

Still Image
Resolution and Aspect Ratio
Compression SDHC Memory Card Size
4 GB 16 GB
4320 x 3240
Fine 1058 4334
Normal 2194 8985
Medium 1
3072 x 2304
Fine 1978 8101
Normal 4022 16473
Medium 2
1600 x 1200
Fine 6352 26010
Normal 12069 49420
640 x 480
Fine 20116 82367
Normal 30174 123550
3744 x 2104
Fine 1856 7602
Normal 3771 15443

Movies: Movies can be shot in High Definition at 1280 x 720 at 30 fps with stereo audio. Standard definition movies can be recorded at 640 x 480 pixels or 320 x 240 pixels, with a frame rate of 30 frames per second and stereo audio. Recording will automatically stop when either the clip file size reaches 4 GB or the recording time reaches approximately 30 minutes for HD, and 1 hour for SD. SD Speed Class 4 or higher memory cards are recommended. The estimated length of movies that can be recorded on SDHC Memory Cards is as follows:

Movie Quality 4 GB 16 GB
1280 x 720, 30 fps 20 min 43 sec 1 hr 24 min 54 sec
640 x 480, 30 fps 43 min 43 sec 2 hrs 59 min 03 sec
320 x 240, 30 fps 1 hr 58 min 19 sec 8 hrs 04 min 30 sec

Continuous Shooting Mode: You can use the continuous shooting mode to shoot successive frames while the shutter button is fully pressed. You can shoot continuously at approximately 1.3 image per second in Program Mode. In the Low Light mode, the rate increases to 3.6 shots per second.

AutoFocus Frame Modes: The camera utilizes TTL (through-the-lens) automatic focusing with two focusing methods:

  • Face AiAF: The camera automatically detects the position of a face and uses the data to set the focus, exposure (evaluative metering only) and white balance (auto). When the camera is pointed at subjects, a white frame appears on the face the camera judges to be the main subject, and up to 2 gray frames will appear on other faces.
  • FlexiZone/Center: A single AF frame in the center of the frame is used. This is effective for focusing on a specific point. FlexiZone allows you to change the size and position of the AF frame.

AF-Point Zoom: You can magnify the AF frame and check the focus. In Face Detect mode, the face selected as the main subject will appear magnified in the monitor. In Center mode, the contents of the center AF frame will appear magnified.

Auto Focus Lock: If it becomes difficult to focus on the subject due to low contrast to the surroundings, close up and far away subjects in the same shot, or quickly moving subjects, you can choose to lock the focus or auto focus on an object at a similar distance, then shoot the picture after recomposing the shot.

Focusing Range: The camera features the following focus ranges (from the end of the lens):

  • Normal: 0.0" to infinity (W), 4.6' to infinity (T)
  • Macro: 0.0" to 1.6' (wide)

Shooting Modes: Using the mode dial on the top, you can switch between the following shooting modes:

  • Auto: The camera will automatically select the best settings for the scene.
  • Program: The camera sets both the aperture value and shutter speed.
  • Aperture Priority: You can set the aperture to a value at which you want to shoot, and the camera sets the appropriate shutter speed for the aperture you set. Aperture values can be set between F2.7 to F8.0.
  • Shutter Priority: You can set the shutter speed to a value at which you want to shoot, and the camera sets the appropriate aperture value for the shutter speed you set. Shutter speeds can be set between 15 and 1/3200 seconds.
  • Manual: You can manually set the shutter speed and aperture.
  • Custom Modes(C1/C2): You can register commonly used shooting modes and setting to your preference in either of the two positions on the Mode Dial: C1 or C2.
  • Portrait: The camera produces a soft effect when photographing people.
  • Landscape: For shooting majestic landscapes with a real sense of depth.
  • Sports: For shooting continuous images while focusing automatically.
  • Scene: Select from the following, according to the scene or effects desired: Low Light, Beach, Foliage, Snow, Fireworks, Super Vivid, and Poster Effect.
  • Movies: Record movies in High Definition or Standard Definition in Standard Mode, or with Miniature Effect, Color Accent, or Color Swap effects.

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 or viewfinder.

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. Flash Exposure Lock (FE Lock), just as with the AE lock, lets you lock the exposure for shooting with the flash.

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
  • Flash: for shooting with the flash.
  • Custom: allows you to manually set the white balance and store the settings

Flash Modes: The PowerShot SX30 IS has a built-in pop-up flash. You can select Auto (flash fires in low light), Slow-synchro, On (flash always fires), or Off (flash doesn't fire). The built-in flash has a range of 1.6' to 19' in Wide Angle and 4.6' to 9.2' in Telephoto. In the menu, you can turn on the Red-Eye Reduction lamp for the flash, and apply Red-Eye Correction to the images that have been taken. As with Exposure Compensation, you can adjust the Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 2 stops in 1/3-stop increments when using the flash.

ISO Speed: The ISO speed can be set Automatically (ISO Auto), or manually to ISO 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, or 1600. Lowering the ISO speed results in sharper images but there's a greater chance of subject or image blurring in certain shooting conditions. Raising the ISO speed results in a faster shutter speed, reducing blurred images. The images, however, will appear more coarse.

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: Emphasizes the contrast and color saturation to record in bold colors
  • Neutral: Tones down the contrast and color saturation to record neutral hues
  • Sepia: Records images in sepia tones
  • B/W: Records images in black and white
  • Positive Film: Makes red, green, and blue colors more intense.
  • Lighter Skin Tone: Makes skin tones lighter.
  • Darker Skin Tone: Makes skin tones darker.
  • Vivid Blue: Emphasizes blue tints to make blue subjects, such as the sky or ocean, more vivid.
  • Vivid Green: Emphasizes green tints to make green subjects, such as the mountains, new growth, flowers and lawns, more vivid.
  • Vivid Red: Emphasizes red tints to make red subjects, such as flowers or cars, more vivid
  • Custom Color: Lets you adjust the contrast, sharpness, or saturation settings or the color balance between red, green, blue, and skin tones
  • My Colors Off: Records with no effect

Display Overlay: You can customize the display with the following overlays:

  • Shooting Info: A wide range of information on the shooting conditions and settings will display on the viewfinder or LCD monitor.
  • Grid Lines: Displays gridlines dividing the monitor into 9 areas, allowing you to check the subject's horizontal and vertical alignment
  • 3:2 Guide: Gray bars appear on the top and bottom of the screen, indicating which areas will not print with printing on paper with a 3:2 aspect ratio.
  • Histogram: A graphic display that shows the distribution of brightness in an image horizontally.

Self-Timer: The SX30 IS utilizes a 10-second, 2-second, and a custom self-timer to allow the photographer to be included in the shot, or to avoid camera shake when using a tripod. The custom self-timer allows you to set the time delay to 1-15, 20, 25, or 30 seconds for up to 10 shots.

Special Movie Modes: There are four Movie Modes from which to choose:

  • Standard: Normal mode
  • Miniature Effect: By effectively blurring upper and lower portions of the scene and slightly speeding up the playback speed, normal movies are made to look like moving miniature models. One minute clips are recorded and played back at 5x, 10x, or 20x normal speed.
  • Color Accent: Lets you change all colors except the chosen color to black and white.
  • Color Swap: Lets you exchange the chosen color for another color.

Playback, Editing and Print Functions

Slide Show: Images stored on a memory card can automatically be displayed one-by-one using the Slide Show function. You can set the playback parameters as follows:   

  • Repeat: On/Off
  • Play Time: Set to 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 ,10 , 15, or 30 seconds
  • Effect: Set to fade, bubble, cross, letterbox, scroll, slide, or off

Index Display: This 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. You can view the index display by rotating the zoom lever toward wide angle while the camera is in playback mode.

Filtered Playback: When there are many images on the memory card, you can filter and display them by a specified filter. You can also protect or delete all images at once while filtered. Available filters include:

  • Favorites: tag images as favorites and view, protect, or erase only those
  • Date: view images shot on a specific date
  • Category: categorize images as people, scenery, or events, or assign to custom categories
  • Type: filter by still images or movies
  • Number of Images: allows you to jump over 10 or 100 images at a time

Playback Displays: You can choose from three types of displays:

  • No Information: no information is displayed with the image
  • Simple Information: screen includes basic information about the image
  • Detailed Information: screen include a histogram display as well as detailed information about the settings used when the image was captured.
  • Focus Check: magnifies the area of a recorded image that was inside the AF frame so you can check the focus.

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. You can choose to overwrite the file with the corrected image, or store the image as a new file, retaining the original image.

Resizing Images: You can save images a lower recording pixel setting than the original image, saving the resized image as a separate file.

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

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

Movie Playback Options: When playing back movies, you can play them in normal speed, 5 speeds of slow motion (without sound), frame-by-frame (forward or reverse), and display the first or last frame.

PictBridge/Direct Print: Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge-compatible printer of any brand, or a Canon printer that supports the Direct Print function. You can also connect the camera directly to certain Canon SELPHY compact photo printers and PIXMA inkjet photo printers. In this way, you can make prints directly from the camera without having to connect to a computer.

Exif Print (Exif 2.3): The Canon PowerShot SX30 IS conforms to "Exif Print", a worldwide standard. Vital camera settings (such as: exposure mode, white balance, exposure time) and scene data are recorded to the image file when it is captured. Printers compatible with "Exif Print" are able to use this information to produce high quality photographs, exactly the way they were intended at the time of capture. This intelligent communication process also allows the printer to correct for poor lighting or mistakes, resulting in photos that can be even better than the originals.

DPOF Print Settings: On your memory card, you can select which image or images you want to print and how many copies you want. This is convenient for printing images all at once on optional photo printers or at participating photo labs.

DPOF Transfer Order: You can use the camera to specify settings for images that you wish to download to a computer. The settings used on the camera comply with the Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) standards. A maximum of 998 images can be selected per memory card, and are transferred in order from oldest to newest by shooting date.

Battery Information

Power Requirements: The Canon PowerShot SX30 IS powered by the NB-7L Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery. The camera includes the CB-2LZ battery charger, which can charge the NB-7L battery in approximately 2 hours 20 minutes. For long periods of continuous use, or when connected to a computer, it is recommended that the camera be connected to the optional ACK-DC50 AC adapter kit. The typical performance of the battery is as follows:

Battery Approximate Number of Recorded Images Approximate
Playback Time
LCD Monitor On Viewfinder On
370 shots 400 shots 10 hours

Date/Time Battery: The camera uses a built-in backup battery for maintaining the date and time data for about three weeks after the battery pack has been removed. By inserting a charged battery or connecting an AC adapter kit, the date/time battery can be charged in approximately 4 hours, even if the camera is not turned on.

Power Saving Functions: The camera is equipped with the following power saving functions:

  • Auto Power Down for Shooting Mode: The screen will turn off approximately 1 minute after the camera is last operated. You can "wake" the camera at this point by pressing the shutter button halfway to turn on the screen and continue shooting. After about 2 more minutes, if no buttons are pressed, the lens will retract and the power will turn off.
  • Auto Power Down for Playback Mode and Connection to a Printer: The camera power down approximately 5 minutes after the last control is accessed on the camera.

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

Inputs and Outputs Notes

HDMI Output: The PowerShot SX30 IS is equipped with a mini-HDMI (Type C) for connecting the camera to your HDTV. An optional mini-HDMI-to-HDMI cable, such as the Canon HTC-100 (item # 280HTC100), is required.

A/V 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 the supplied USB cable. This USB 2.0 Hi-Speed-compatible terminal allows you to rapidly download images to your computer or printer. Through the same USB jack, you can connect the camera to a TV or video monitor with stereo RCA audio and composite video input jacks using the supplied audio/video cable. You can set the video output to NTSC or PAL.

Supplied Software

Included Software: The PowerShot SX30 IS comes supplied with the Canon Digital Camera Solution Disk Ver.70.0 CD-ROM. It contains the following programs:

  • Canon Utilities:
    • Windows:
      • ZoomBrowser EX 6.6: manage images transferred to a computer (view, edit, and print)
      • CameraWindow DC 8.3: transfer images to and from camera, organize images on the camera, and upload movies on the camera to web services
      • PhotoStitch 3.1: use to merge still images to make panoramas
    • Macintosh:
      • ImageBrowser 6.6: manage images transferred to a computer (view, edit, and print)
      • CameraWindow DC 8.3: transfer images to and from camera, organize images on the camera, and upload movies on the camera to web services
      • PhotoStitch 3.2: use to merge still images to make panoramas
  • User Guides: Camera User Guide, Software Guide, Personal Printing Guide

Minimum System Requirements:

  Windows Macintosh
Operating System

Windows 7
Windows Vista (Service Pack 1 and 2)
Windows XP (SP 3)

Mac OS X (v10.4-v10.6)

Computer Model

OS should be pre-installed on computers with built-in USB ports

OS should be pre-installed on computers with built-in USB ports

CPU Still Images: Pentium 1.3 GHz or higher
Movies: Core2 Duo 1.66 GHz or higher
Still Images: Power PC G4/G5 or Intel Processor
Movies: Core Duo 1.66 GHz or higher
RAM Windows 7 (64-bit): 2 GB or more
Windows 7 (32-bit)/Windows Vista 64-bit/32-bit): 1 GB or more
Windows XP: 512 MB or more (still images), 1 GB or more (movies)
Mac OS X v10.4-v10.5: 512 MB or more (still images), 1 GB or more (movies)
Mac OS X v10.6: 1 GB or more



Free Hard Disk Space Canon Utilities:
   ZoomBrowser EX: 200 MB or more
   CameraWindow: 150 MB or more
   PhotoStitch: 40 MB or more
Canon Utilities:
   ImageBrowser: 250 MB or more
   CameraWindow: 150 MB or more
   PhotoStitch: 50 MB or more

1,024 x 768 pixels or higher

1,024 x 768 pixels or higher

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