Specifications for PowerShot SX30 IS.

Article ID: ART108948 | Date published: 05/11/2015 | Date last updated: 07/30/2015


Specifications for PowerShot SX30 IS.


PowerShot SX30 IS Specifications

All data is based on Canon's standard testing methods. Subject to change without notice.

PowerShot SX30 IS
Camera effective pixels Approx. 14.1 million
Image Sensor 1/2.3-inch CCD (Total number of pixels: approx. 14.5 million)
Lens 4.3 (W) - 150.5 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 24 (W) - 840 (T) mm) f/2.8 (W) - f/5.7 (T)
Digital Zoom Maximum approx. 4.0X (Maximum approx. 140x with optical zoom)
Optical Viewfinder 0.44-inch type TFT color, approx. 235,000 dots, picture coverage rate 100% Dioptric adjustment: -6.0 to +2.0 m-1 (dpt)
LCD Monitor 2.7-inch type, low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD, approx. 230,000 pixels (Picture coverage 100%) (Wide viewing angle and Vari-angle type)
AF System

TTL autofocus (continuous / single)

AF Lock and Manual Focus are available.

Face Detect AF: On (Face Detect*1) / Off (1- point*2)

*1 When the face cannot be detected, the following is used as the AF frame according to the selected mode. Single AF mode: 9-point, Continuous AF mode: 1-point (fixed to center)

*2 Fixed to center

AF Mode Single / Continuous
Focusing Range

Auto: 0 in./0 cm - infinity (W), 4.6 ft./1.4 m - infinity (T)

Normal: 2.0 in./ 5 cm - infinity (W), 4.6 ft./1.4 m - infinity (T)

Macro: 0 in. - 1.6 ft./ 0 - 50 cm (W)

Manual Focus: 0 in./0 cm - infinity (W), 4.6 ft./1.4 m - infinity (T)

Shutter Mechanical + electronic
Shutter Speeds 1 - 1/3200 sec.
15 - 1/3200 sec. (Total shutter speed range)
- Shutter speeds differs depending on the shooting mode.
- Shutter speeds available in Tv and M:
15, 13, 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3.2, 2.5, 2, 1.6, 1.3, 1, 0.8, 0.6, 0.5, 0.4, 0.3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/6, 1/8, 1/10, 1/13, 1/15, 1/20, 1/25, 1/30, 1/40, 1/50, 1/60, 1/80, 1/100, 1/125, 1/160, 1/200, 1/250, 1/320, 1/400, 1/500, 1/640, 1/800, 1/1000, 1/1250, 1/1500, 1/1600, 1/2000, 1/2500, 1/3200 (Units: sec.)
Image Stabilization Lens shift type Continuous/Shoot Only*/Panning*/Off * Still images only
Light Metering Method

Evaluative *1, Center-weighted average or Spot *2

*1 When Face Detect is set to [On], the brightness of the face is also evaluated

*2 Fixed to center

Exposure Compensation +/- 2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
ISO Sensitivity*1 AUTO*1/ High ISO Auto*2, selectable ISO 50/100/200/400/800/1600 equivalents.

*1 Camera automatically sets the optimal speed.

*2 Standard Output Sensitivity, Recommended Exposure Index.

*3 Camera automatically sets the optimal speed according to subject brightness. However, the ISO speed is set relatively higher than Auto (maximum ISO speed is ISO 800).

White Balance Auto, Day Light, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H or Custom

Auto*, On*, Off

* Red-eye reduction, FE Lock and slow synchro available

Flash Range

50 cm - 5.8 m (W), 1.4 - 2.8 m (T)

(1.6 - 19 ft. (W), 4.6 - 9.2 ft. (T))

External Flash Flash output compensation (+/-3.0 stops in 1/3- stop increments), Red-Eye Correction, Red-eye Reduction, flash output settings (19 levels*), FE Lock, Slow Synchro, 2nd-curtain Synchro, High- Speed Sync, Safety FE and wireless flash (On/ Off) are available (580EX II only).

* 22 levels with 580EX II

Terminals for External Flash Hot shoe flash-sync contacts. Use of the following external flashes is recommended: Canon Speedlite 220EX, 430EX II and 580EX II.
Shooting Modes


Creative zone: Program, Shutter-speed priority, Aperture priority, Manual, Custom

Image zone: Portrait, Landscape, Night Snapshot, Sports, Special Scene*, Stitch Assist, Movie

* Night Scene, Indoor, Sunset, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, ISO 3200, Color Accent and Color Swap

Continuous Shooting

Normal: Approx. 1.3 shots/sec. (when shooting in P mode), Approx. 3.6 shots/sec. (when shooting in Low Light mode)
AF: Approx. 0.6 shots/sec. (when shooting in P mode), Approx. 1.0 shots/sec. (when shooting in Low Light mode)
LV: Approx. 0.6 shots/sec. (when shooting in P mode), Approx. 1.1 shots/sec. (when shooting in Low Light mode)
- Under conditions where the flash does not fire automatically.
- Differs depending on the zoom position.

Self-Timer Custom*/approx. 10-sec. delay/approx. 2-sec. delay * Delay time (0 - 10 sec. (in one-second increments), 20/25/30 sec.) and number of shots (1 - 10 shots (in one-shot increments)) can be specified.
Recording Media SD/SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MMC Plus Card, HC MMC Plus Card
File Format Design rule for camera file system, DPOF Version 1.1 compliant
Image Recording Format Still Images: JPEG (Exif 2.3)

Movies: MOV (Image data: H.264; Audio data: Linear PCM (stereo))

Compression Normal, Fine
Number of Recording Pixels

Still Image: 4320 x 3240 (Large), 3072 x 2304 (Medium 1), 1600 x 1200 (Medium 2)*, 640 x 480 (Small), 3744 x 2104 (Widescreen), * Same as when shooting in Low Light


1280 x 720 pixels, 30 frames/sec.

640 x 480 pixels, 30 frames/sec.

320 x 240 pixels, 30 frames/sec.

Recording can continue until the memory card is full* (can record up to a maximum of 4 GB** at one time).

* Using super high-speed memory cards (SDC- 512MSH recommended).

** Even if the clip size has not reached 4 GB, recording will stop at the moment the clip length reaches 1 hour. Depending on the volume and data writing speed of the memory card, recording may stop before reaching 1 hour or before the recorded data volume has reached 4 GB.

Playback Modes Single (histogram displayable), Index (9 thumbnail images), Magnified (approx. 10x (max.) in LCD monitor, advance or reverse through magnified images possible), Red-Eye Correction, My Category, Jump (Shot Date, My Category, Folder, Movie, By 10 images, By 100 images. In index playback mode, it displays 9 images at once.), Slide show, My Colors, Sound memos (up to 1 min.), Movie (edit/slow motion play back possible) or Sound recorder (up to 2 hours).
Direct Print Canon Direct Print and Bubble Jet Direct compatible, and PictBridge compliant
Display languages 26 display languages provided (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Ukrainian, Farsi).
Interface Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 High-Speed (mini-B) Audio/Video Output (NTSC or PAL selectable, monaural audio)
Communication Settings MTP,PTP
Power Source

1. Battery Pack NB-7L
2. AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC50

Operating Temperatures 0o - 40o C (32o - 104o F)
Operating Humidity 10 - 90 %
Dimensions (w x h x d) 4.84 x 3.64 x 4.24 in. / 122.9 x 92.4 x 107.7mm
- CIPA compliant

(camera body only)

Approx. 21.2 oz. / 601g (camera, including batteries and memory card)



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