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PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 1:25 pm 
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NEW! Canon PowerShot SX30 IS review!


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Selecting excerpts from this press release relevant to the new SX30 IS and correcting resultant grammatical inconsistencies we have:
    LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., September 14, 2010 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today announced the addition of the new PowerShot SX30 IS Digital camera with innovative features to help photo enthusiasts further develop their photographic capabilities. The PowerShot SX30 IS Digital camera is the world's first point-and-shoot model to feature a 35X-Wide Angle Optical Zoom lens with Optical Image Stabilization, making those long distance shots that much easier to capture and then share with friends and family.1 Consumers have grown accustomed to PowerShot cameras providing brilliant image quality while also offering the latest technological upgrades. The addition of these new cameras helps solidify Canon's position as the leader in the digital camera marketplace.

    Experience Life Through HD

    The new PowerShot SX30 IS has 720p HD video capabilities and when used in combination with the new 35X-Wide Angle Optical Zoom lens will help secure memorable scenes from a child's baseball game with extraordinary resolution, color and clarity. The camera also features playback of audio in stereo sound in addition to the new Miniature Effect for movies mode, further adding to the flexibility when capturing memorable moments.

    "Whether on vacation with the family or on assignment for work, consumers are always looking for the best way to capture that memorable moment," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A. "The addition of these new cameras illustrates Canon's commitment to providing them with greater shooting flexibility while preserving Canon's heritage as an industry leader in not only still photography but the world of HD video as well."

    PowerShot SX30 IS Digital Camera

    The Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Digital camera is the perfect companion for photo enthusiasts capturing memorable images or videos at sporting events or special occasions. The addition of the new super telephoto lens, which ranges from an ultra-wide 24mm to a maximum length of 840mm, will offer unrivaled results while opening up a whole new realm of possibilities for users along the photographic journey. Helping to make this journey that much easier is a new Zoom Framing Assist button to aid in the tracking and capturing of subjects from a great distance away while keeping the lens in focus. At extreme telephoto settings, holding a camera unsteady can cause the user to lose track of the subject and make it difficult to find the subject. The Zoom Framing Assist button allows the user to zoom out, find the subject and then zoom back in.

    The PowerShot SX30 IS has a 14.1-Megapixel sensor, DIGIC 4 image processor and a large, 2.7-inch wide vari-angle LCD for easy viewing of images along with added flexibility when trying to compose overhead or low to the ground images. In addition, the PowerShot SX30 IS for the first time will use a Lithium ion rechargeable battery rather than the standard AA batteries found on previous models, making powering up the camera much easier.

    The estimated selling price of the PowerShot SX30 IS is $429.99 and will be available in late September.
Life would have been a lot easier if Canon had produced two separate press releases. :roll:

From the Canon UK SX30 IS web page we have:
    Features

  • 35x ultra wide-angle zoom
  • Optical Image Stabilizer (4.5-stop), USM, VCM
  • 14.1 MP CCD
  • 6.8 cm (2.7") vari-angle LCD, EVF
  • HD movies, HDMI
  • Smart Auto
  • Manual modes, Low Light and Miniature Effect movie
  • Zoom Framing Assist
  • Servo AF/AE
  • Extensive accessory system
And it looks like this:
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 2:50 pm 
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It looks like there's an enorm prism in!
It's like the 5D, the viewfinder housing.

IMO it looks a bit too pro, dont you think? :lol:

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 10:19 pm 
Ruben123 - I'm a bit disappointed... Now that Fuji's gone to 30x with the HS10, I was expecting at least 40x from Canon! :)

While the case shape is a bit different - the external buttons and controls are the same as my SX20. And they've stayed with the perimeter "dial" on the 4-way, instead of an HS10-style separate Command Dial.

The SX30 looks to still be mostly menus-adjusted, like the SX10/20. Fuji's HS10 has a dozen or so external buttons and dials. The 5 controls down the left back - ISO, Photometry, Focusing, AF-Mode, and WB - you rapidly get very used to, and miss on the SX10.

The HS10 also has DSLR-style barrel-twist zoom, with MF ring also on the barrel (in MF, press the AE/AF-lock button for "approximate focus" - fine-tune with the barrel ring.)

I haven't seen yet if the SX30 matches the HS10's 12-8-5-3fps full-image, or comes with 'native' RAW.

But the SX30 is a very neat-looking camera, and if it's of similar size and weight to the SX10/20 - it will be rather smaller, more compact, than Fuji's HS10, which is larger and heavier than some entry-level DSLRs with a basic kit lens.

That seems to be one of the site User Reviews main complaints - it's just too big and heavy. So if Canon has packed 35x of zoom into the much smaller SX10/20 sized body, they've likely hatched another Winner!

Regards, Dave.


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What the...? My feeling told me the SX 20 was released few months ago and now the SX 30 is here yet...! :shock:
35x zoom! Holy Canon!
Now that is quite a camera that lets my SX10 look like.... well... "old".

I mainly use my DSLR these days but my uncle wanted to buy a SX 20IS. I guess I'll have to stop him until the SX 30 IS is out :D


(whew - 840mm 1:5.8 IS USM - sounds like a lot of fun taking photos of the moon)

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 15, 2010 2:47 am 
I hope to see a cameralabs review on video soon. I've been waiting for this camera very anxiously. thanks.


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With that huge zoom there MUST be a good IS system...

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I'm looking forward to what this camera has to offer, hopefully it will be a much better product than the panasonic fz100 I returned to my retailer last week.

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Ruben123 wrote:
With that huge zoom there MUST be a good IS system...

My SX10's IS is great. 1/100 sec at 560mm is usually no problem. I'd say it works much better than the IS of the standard 18-55mm IS lens coming with most xxxD bodies.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 5:31 pm 
I'm waiting for the Camera Labs review also but there's a good review here - http://www.dpreview.com/news/1009/10091411sx30is.asp


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Please dont give any links or whatever from DPReview...

But you're new, welcome!
Everybody can make mistakes :wink:

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genealogyfreak, that's not a review, it's just the same press release we published at the start of this thread.

Did you also know dpreview agressively blocks links to cameralabs in their forum, so while we wouldn't block any review site, we'd ask in the spirit of fairness that you don't link to them here. It's all explained in our rules of the forum in the general section.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 6:39 am 
OMG :shock: looks like a mid range dslr.. take a look at the body of sx30is.. 30x zoom.. WOW ... with fish eye effect & miniature.. im hoping that this camera would take better pictures to..

Im excited to watch & read Gordon's Review about this camera..


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Why a midrange dSLR?
I think even the 1000D with good (cheaper) lenses will perform better...

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 10:38 pm 
Ruben123 - You must have very cheap - "New with Warranty" 1000Ds with 840mm lenses - or even just with kit 18-55mm...!

In Australia the 1000D with kit 18-55mm is AUD$605.00 - about US$560.00. The pre-release US price on the SX30 is US$430.00.

The sorts of folk choosing between a Bridge Zoom and an Entry-Level DSLR are Hobbyists (like me) - who'll also want some Zoom Range with their DSLR.

The cheapest "to-300mm", 450mm on a crop-body - lens worth buying (here) - is the Sigma 70-300mm DG APO - which costs about AUD$300.00.

So - to do their "Family and Hobby" snaps - with a 1000D, they'd be looking at about AUD$900.00 here. The SX30 - just guessing, from buying a Fuji HS10 recently, compared with overseas prices for it - might be about AUD$550.00.

On tight family budgets, that's a $350.00 difference.

So if the Bridge Zoom does "adequate" - for hobby purposes, stills, has HD-Video, and is fairly easy to use, that's pretty attractive to average suburban families and more.

Recently, I chose between a Fuji HS10, and a Pentax K-X - obviously a vastly superior IQ-etc, camera. With the Sigma 17-70mm as-kit choice lens I'll want as a basic walk-around lens, it was AUD$799.00 - about US$740.00.

The HS10 was AUD$545.00 (has since come down to just over $500.00.) The finances would have just stretched to the K-X and 17-70mm. But, I wasn't sure that I knew enough to use a DSLR properly - and the K-X replacement was already in the 'rumours". So I went HS10, and I'm being well entertained by it. It also, when suitably persuaded, takes pictures...

I will go DSLR - and it'll be a Pentax, likely the new K-R, in a few months.

Already I do have some older lenses - Sigma 100-300m and Sigma 28-80mm K-mount, and SMC 55mm f/1.8 screw-mount as a "first prime" to play with, plus some other M42 screw-mounts...

So I'll have a lot of learning to do - which is nice - for a Hobbyist...! :D

Bests, Dave.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 22, 2010 4:59 am 
what i mean is the built of sx30 looks like dslr :P

you can check this site for sample video of sx30 is.. its awesome how zoom works..

http://www.whatdigitalcamera.com/news/499341/canon-powershot-sx30-is-dslr-styled-compact.html

i owned sx20is and i love how it works.. im just a newbie im digital photography that's why i choose to have a point & shoot camera w/ manual control :wink:

im just waiting for Gordon's Review about this camera and if i find out that sx30is takes great picture than sx20is, i will sell my sx20 and get an upgrade for sx30is :wink:


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