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Rugged Canon PowerShot D30 takes the deepest dive

If you're looking for a camera that can dive underwater beyond 50 feet without a housing, Canon has something to show you.

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How deep do you need to dive with your waterproof point-and-shoot?

The new Canon PowerShot D30 can be taken on dives down 82 feet without the need for a housing, blowing past the 59 feet of waterproof protection offered by Nikon's Coolpix AW120.

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The D30 is also shockproof to 6.5 feet and freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, which basically matches what Nikon offers.

However, outside of the increased durability claims, a new Sunlight LCD mode to reduce glare, and a redesigned body, the D30 is pretty much the same as the two-year-old PowerShot D20.


That means you'll be getting the same slow 5x f3.9-4.8 28-140mm lens and a 12-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor and two-generations-old Digic 4 image processor. From a shooting-features standpoint, that's going to put this camera well behind the competition.

The Canon PowerShot D30 will be available starting in April for $329.99.