6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

First Look: Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

About Video Transcript

First Look: Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

2:12 /

The Canon PowerShot SX30 IS is a point-and-shoot camera with a 35x zoom lens. As long as you're not expecting much more than that, it's a very good megazoom.

-Hi, I'm Josh Goldman, Senior Editor for CNET Reviews, and this is a look at the Canon PowerShot SX30IS. It's Canon's current top-of-the-line 14-megapixel megazoom, featuring a zoom lens that goes from an ultra-wide angle 24 mm to 840 mm. That's a 35X zoom packed into a camera body that's only slightly smaller than digital SLR. Other features include a Vari-angle 2.7-inch LCD on the back, an electronic view finder, a hot shoe for adding an external flash, a one-touch button for recording movies at resolutions up to 720p HD, and an abundant set of shooting modes from full auto to full manual. Controls are fairly easy to master, though there are a couple of things I didn't like, such as the control dial that has no tactile feedback, and the lack of a button for quickly switching from EVF to LCD. Instead, Canon makes you cycle through two display options to get back and forth from the LCD to the EVF. Also, the lens moves too slowly, which makes tracking any sort of moving subject difficulty. There is a zoom frame assist that draws the lens back a bit so you can find your subject. But, it too, is slow. With a lens this long, the zoom really should be manual. Lastly, despite its long lens and digital SLR-like looks, and that it includes manual and semi-manual shooting modes, this is a pretty ordinary point-and-shoot camera, and it behaves like one. Its shooting performance is fairly slow with a noticeable shutter lag and long shot-to-shot times. And while the photo quality is very good for megazoom, photos still look soft and have visible noise at low ISOs when they're viewed at full size. Still, with a little editing and understanding its limitations, the camera can deliver very nice snapshots of subjects that are very, very far away. I'm Josh Goldman, and that's the Canon PowerShot SX30IS.

New releases

Tech to expect in 2015
2:31 December 26, 2014
The five most-anticipated gadgets we expect to see in 2015.
Play video
Best websites for finding child care
1:01 December 26, 2014
Between holiday parties and New Year's Eve plans, it can be tough to secure a babysitter. In this Tech Minute, CNET's Kara Tsuboi reports...
Play video
What's new on Netflix in January 2015
2:08 December 25, 2014
Find out what you should add to your watch list and what other videos are disappearing in the new year.
Play video
Brian Tong's Viewer Feedback 2014
2:17 December 25, 2014
We read the e-mails, tweets, and YouTube comments from you that have helped us create the best tech videos on Earth.
Play video
XCAR Awards 2014: Best-Looking
1:31 December 24, 2014
The XCAR team has played with some amazing cars in 2014, but which will be crowned the best-looking?
Play video
LG's bare bones oven needs a little more meat
2:02 December 24, 2014
The LG LRE3021 gives reliable mid-range performance, but lacks the features you can find from other brands for the same price.
Play video
Tomorrow Daily 106: Our 'Best of 2014' Extravaganza
27:44 December 24, 2014
On today's show, we celebrate another year gone by naming our (and your) favorite tech stories, pop culture news and video games of...
Play video
The big trends to watch at CES 2015
2:55 December 24, 2014
With CES around the corner, Bridget Carey tells you what to look out for at the tech expo. Expect buzz around the smart home, virtual...
Play video