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Canon PowerShot SD30 Review

Review Date: Feb 13, 2006

Canon PowerShot SD30 Digital ELPH

Category: Point-and-Shoot

The Canon PowerShot SD30 Digital ELPH is an ultracompact JeansPocket™ Certified digital camera for the fashion conscious photographer. It comes in four 'personality' colours: Rockstar Red, Tuxedo Black, Glamour Gold, and Vivacious Violet.

Just like the SD20 that it replaces, the Canon SD30 has 5.0 megapixels resolution. It adds a 2.4x optical zoom, a slightly larger 1.8 in. LCD monitor, 16 Scene Modes, and a Camera Station with Wireless Remote Controller for playback and printing. There is no viewfinder.

The Canon SD30 even comes with its own soft case with colour to match the colour of your digital camera. Optional accessories include: a High Power Flash HF-DC1 and an All Weather Case AW-DC40. The All Weather Case allows you to take underwater shots at depths of down to 3 meters (9.8 ft.), and it's also ideal for taking worry-free pictures in the rain, at the beach, or on the ski slopes.

Small enough to fit into a fashion purse or trousers pocket, the elegant Canon PowerShot SD30 Digital ELPH makes a fashion statement in any circle. Plus, you have the added confidence of a Canon lens and DiG!C Image Processor for high resolution pictures.

Read our Canon SD30 review...
Canon PowerShot SD30
QuickFact™ Sheet
Canon PowerShot SD30Home Page
Camera Effective Pixels Approx. 5.0 million
Image Sensor 1/2.5-inch CCD (Total number of pixels: Approx.5.3 million)
Lens 6.3 (W)–14.9 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 38 (W)–90 (T) mm) f/3.2 (W)–f/5.4 (T)
Optical Zoom 2.4x
Digital Zoom Approx. 4.0x (Up to approx. 10x in combination with the optical zoom)
LCD Monitor 1.8-inch, low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD, approx. 118,000 pixels (Picture coverage 100%)
AF System TTL autofocus
Focusing frame: 9-point AiAF/1-point AF (fixed to center)
Shooting Distance
(From the front of the lens)
・ Normal: 30 cm (1.0 ft.)–infinity
・ Macro: 30–50 cm (W)/10–50 cm (T) (1–1.6 ft. (W)/3.9 in.–1.6 ft. (T))
Shutter Mechanical shutter + electronic shutter
Shutter Speeds 15–1/1600 sec. The shutter speed varies according to the shooting mode. Slow shutter speeds of 1.3 sec. or slower operate with noise reduction.
Metering System Evaluative, Center-weighted average or Spot (fixed to center)
Exposure Compensation ± 2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
ISO Speed Auto (camera automatically sets the optimal speed.), ISO 50/100/200/400 equivalent
White Balance TTL auto, pre-set (available settings: Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent or Fluorescent H) or custom
Built-in Flash Auto, auto with red-eye reduction, flash on with red-eye reduction, flash on, flash off, slow synchro
Flash Range ・ Normal: 30 cm–2.0 m (1.0–6.6 ft.) (W), 30 cm–1.3 m (1.0–4.3 ft.) (T)
・ Macro: 30 cm–50 cm (1.0–1.6 ft.) (W/T) (When ISO speed is set to AUTO.)
Shooting Modes ・ Still Image
: Auto, Manual1, Macro, Portrait, Landscape, Night Snapshot, My Colors
Scene Mode2, Stitch assist3
・ Movie
: Standard, Compact, My Colors 1 Long shutter mode available 2 Kids&Pets, Indoor, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Underwater 3 Selectable in Manual mode.
Continuous Shooting Approx. 1.8 shots/sec. (Large/Fine mode)
Self-timer Activates shutter after an approx. 10-sec./approx. 2-sec. delay, Custom Timer
Recording Media SD memory card5/MultiMediaCard This camera has been tested with SD memory cards through 2GB. All memory card functions cannot be guaranteed.
File Format Design rule for camera file system and DPOF compliant
Data Type Still images: Exif 2.2 (JPEG)4
Movie: AVI (Image data: Motion JPEG; Audio data: WAVE (monaural)) 4 This digital camera supports Exif 2.2 (also called “Exif Print”). Exif Print is a standard for enhancing the communication between digital cameras and printers. By connecting to an Exif Print-compliant printer, the camera's image data at the time of shooting is used and optimized, yielding extremely high quality prints.
Compression Superfine, Fine, Normal
Number of Recording Pixels (Still Images) ・ Large: 2592×1944 pixels
・ Medium 1: 2048×1536 pixels
・ Medium 2: 1600×1200 pixels
・ Small: 640×480 pixels
・ Postcard Date Imprint Mode:1600×1200 pixels
Number of Recording Pixels (Movies) ・ Standard, My Colors:
  640×480 pixels (10 frames/sec.)
  320×240 pixels (20 frames/sec.)
Recording can continue until the memory card is full5
(can record up to a maximum of 1 GB at one time).
・ Compact: (can record for 3 min.)
  160×120 pixels (15 frames/sec.) 5 Using super high-speed memory cards (SDC-512MSH recommended).
Playback Modes Single (histogram displayable), Index (9 thumbnail images), Magnified (approx. 10x (max.) in LCD monitor, advance or reverse through magnified images possible), Sound memos (up to 60 sec.), Slide show or Movie (editing possible).
Direct Print PictBridge compliant, and Canon Direct Print and Bubble Jet Direct compatible
My Camera Settings Start-up image, start-up sound, operation sound, Self-timer sound, and shutter sound.
Interface USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B), PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol) Audio/Video output (NTSC or PAL selectable, monaural audio)
Power Source ・ Battery Pack NB-4L (Lithium-ion Rechargeable battery)
・ Compact Power Adapter CA-DC20
Operating Temperature 0–40 °C (32–104 °F)
Operating Humidity 10–90 %
Included Accessories - MultiMediaCard MMC-16M (16MB)
- Lithium Battery Pack NB-4L
- Compact Power Adapter CA-DC20
- Camera Station CS-DC1
- Wireless Controller WL-DC20
- Wrist Strap WS-900
- Soft Case (Case color depends on camera color)
- Audio/Video Cable AVC-DC300
- USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU (USB 2.0 High Speed)
- Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
Dimensions 96.1× 45.1×23.9 mm (3.78×1.78×0.94 in.) (excluding protrusions)
Weight Approx. 105 g (3.70 oz.) (camera body only)
MSRP US$399.95 / CDN $625

Product technical specifications (including MSRP and Included Accessories) are as represented by the manufacturer and subject to manufacturer's change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. Product color availability and included accessories may also differ by country or area. Please verify the latest specs from the appropriate manufacturer's site.

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