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Canon PowerShot SD30 Review

The Canon PowerShot SD30 Digital ELPH stands tall, just like its most recent forebears, and it replaces the fixed lens of the SD20 with a 2.4x zoom lens instead. It is slimmer and more compact than many subcompacts, and it utilizes a dock for USB transfers, charging its lithium-ion battery, and A/V output.

Composing photographs with the 5.0-megapixel SD30 is done using the camera’s 1.8-inch LCD screen rather than an optical viewfinder. The body of the camera is available in black, red, gold, or violet. Recording modes include the incredibly unique (and, to be honest, really amazing) “My Color” settings that enable you to pick or replace any color in your shot with a new one, or to render the image black and white with the exception of a single color. Both of these options are available to you. The Canon PowerShot SD30 is, in our opinion, one of the most attractive subcompact digital cameras that we have come across. Continue reading to get every last detail!

Essential Attributes

  • 5.0-megapixel CCD
  • monitor with a 1.8-inch color TFT LCD display
  • 2.4x, 6.3-14.9mm lens, equal to a 38-90mm lens on a 35mm camera
  • Maximum 4x digital zoom (combined ~10x)
  • Control of the exposure automatically, including a feature called Long Shutter for taking longer exposures
  • speeds ranging from 1/600 to 15 seconds for the shutter.
  • The maximum aperture ranges from f/3.2 to f/5.4, depending on the location of the lens zoom.
  • Integrated lighting system with six different modes
  • Storage on an SD memory card, with a 16 MB card included
  • Power is provided by either the accompanying dock or a rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack (the charger is also included).
  • USB drivers and the Canon Digital Camera Solution Software version 25.0 with ArcSoft PhotoStudio are supplied for use on Mac and Windows operating systems respectively.
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Camera Overview

The new Canon PowerShot SD30 maintains a sleek and sophisticated appearance that has been synonymous with Canon’s ELPH series of digital cameras. The “Perpetual Curve Design” of the SD30 camera body ensures that there are very few flat surfaces or angles that are at a straight angles. As a result, the camera has a very smooth and pleasant feel when held in your hands.

The Canon SD30 is a convenient point-and-shoot digital camera that features a handful of additional exposure features for added flexibility. These features include a few that you might not use every day, but that add some “wow” factor to your photographs. The camera is very compact and quick on the draw (thanks to a smoothly operating retractable lens design). When the lens is not extended, the front panel of the Canon SD30 is sleek and convenient for carrying in a pocket, and the camera’s all-metal body is tough and long-lasting (although it will show scratches, so buy a soft case if this concerns you).

The Canon SD30 has a CCD with a resolution of 5.0 megapixels, which enables it to produce high-quality photographs that are ideal for generating crisp prints as large as 8 inches by 10 inches with some cropping. In addition, images may be captured in a smaller size suitable for e-mail transmission or use in web applications, and a movie mode can record video clips complete with sound.

Special Features

  • Wireless controller
  • There are three film modes, each with sound (up to 640×480 pixels at 10 frames per second or 320×240 at 20 fps)
  • Continuous shooting mode
  • Panorama mode with stitching assistance
  • Macro focus mode
  • Settings for “My Camera” that may be customized
  • Self-Timers of two or ten seconds for delaying the release of the shutter, as well as a programmable timer with a multi-shot function
  • There is an option to record sound memos for captions.
  • Three types of exposure metering: spot, center-weighted, and evaluative
  • alteration of the white balance (color), with a total of seven different settings and a Custom mode.
  • Menu options for adjusting colors may be found under Photo Effect and My Colors.
  • Features such as unusual color accents and color swaps may be used to create extraordinary effects in still photos or videos
  • Adjustable ISO setting
  • Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compatibility as well as PictBridge compatibility
  • Exif Print
  • A USB cable that may be used to connect to a computer (driver software included)
  • A video and audio cable that may be connected to a television set.

The Canon SD30 has a zoom lens with a range of 6.3-14.9mm and 2.4x magnification, which is comparable to a 35mm camera’s zoom range of 38-90mm. The aperture is regulated automatically, however, the maximum setting varies depending on the focal length of the lens. It can be as little as f/3.2 or as large as f/5.4. A maximum 4x digital zoom option improves the SD30’s zoom capabilities to 10x, however, bear in mind that digital zoom degrades the overall image quality because it merely cuts off and enlarges the central pixels of the CCD’s image.

When utilizing digital zoom, image details are therefore likely to become less distinct. Focus ranges from 1.0 feet (30 centimeters) to infinity in regular AF mode, and from 3.9 inches to 1.6 feet (10 to 50 centimeters) in Macro mode. The Canon SD30 utilizes a sophisticated, nine-point AiAF (Artificial Intelligence Autofocus) system to determine focus. This system uses a broad active area in the center of the image to calculate the focal distance, which is a feature that I’ve been impressed with on many ELPH models and have been happy to see continued on the Canon SD30.

You can disable AiAF by going into the Record menu on your camera, which will then set the focusing area to the middle of the frame by default. When turned on through a menu option, the PowerShot SD30’s built-in AF assist light is a very bright orange LED that assists the focus process when shooting in low light. This feature is standard on all models of the PowerShot SD30. The 1.8-inch color LCD monitor of the SD30 is used for picture composition when using the camera. The LCD displays a good deal of camera information; nevertheless, exposure information, such as aperture and shutter speed, is not one of those things.

Because the ELPH line is designed for ease of use, exposure management is automated, improving the line’s appeal to point-and-shoot consumers. The Canon PowerShot SD30 continues this trend by providing a number of settings that are exclusive to Scene shooting, although it does allow for some exposure customization in its Manual shooting mode.

A mode switch that is located at the top of the back panel of the camera is used to regulate the primary camera modes. Playback, Movie, and Record are the many options available. In the Still Recording mode, you may choose between Auto, Manual (which is analogous to Program Auto), Macro, Portrait, Landscape, Night Snapshot, My Colors, and Scene (with choices being Kids & Pets, Indoor, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, and Underwater).

There is a wide variety of possible shutter speeds, from 1/1,600 to 15 seconds (with the Long Shutter option on). When the picture review is turned on, a little histogram will be presented alongside the image to assist in determining the appropriate exposure. When the shutter speed is set to 1.3 seconds or slower, an automated noise reduction mechanism is activated to get rid of the excessive picture noise that occurs during longer exposures.

In the fully automatic setting, the camera decides everything about the exposure, with the exception of things like file size, the flash, and so on. Manual mode on the PowerShot SD30 provides the user with more hands-on control, including White Balance, Exposure Compensation, ISO, and a few creative effects; however, it is not true manual control because the user is not permitted to set — or even be aware of — the aperture or shutter speed settings. In other words, the user does not have true manual control.

The functioning of the camera is easy, as it mostly consists of pointing and shooting most of the time. The camera’s focus and exposure may be adjusted by depressing the Shutter button halfway. When the camera is ready to snap a picture, it will display a focus confirmation target and make a beeping sound.


The Canon ELPH line of digital cameras continues to be a popular choice for many customers due to the little size of these cameras as well as Canon’s well-deserved reputation for excellent construction and picture quality. Despite the fact that the PowerShot SD30’s exposure management is primarily automated, the camera’s exposure adaptability may be increased significantly thanks to the inclusion of exposure durations that can last up to 15 seconds and an ISO that can be adjusted.

The user interface is basic and the style is fluid, which enables beginners as well as more seasoned amateurs to feel at home. There is sufficient control over the exposure to make both groups of users pleased. The Canon SD30 is an excellent “all-around” camera that can be used by everyone. It would also be a fantastic “second camera” for photography lovers to have for those occasions when they don’t want to tote along with their full-size camera that has all of the bells and whistles.

When everything is taken into account, Canon’s PowerShot SD30 is among the most impressive subcompact digital cameras that are now available on the market.


The tiny size of the Canon PowerShot SD30 makes it ideal for swiftly stowing away in a pocket or handbag without the risk of breaking the durable, all-metal body of the camera. The camera has softly flowing curves throughout the majority of its body (though if you want to maintain that gorgeous finish, put it in a protective case first because it can get scratched).

A retractable lens is a clever feature that keeps the camera front entirely flat when the camera is turned off, highlighting the pocket-friendly form of the camera. Additionally, an automated lens cover ensures that you do not need to worry about smearing the lens or losing a lens cap. The Canon SD30, which has dimensions of 3.78 by 1.78 by 0.94 inches (96.1 by 45.1 by 23.9 millimeters), should have little trouble fitting into the pocket of the typical shirt. It just tips the scales at 3.7 ounces (105 grams) when stripped of its battery and memory card.

There are a few distinguishing characteristics on the front of the Canon SD30 that indicate that it is an ELPH. These characteristics include the lens being slightly off-center and angled toward the right, as well as the flash being directly above the lens and to the right of it. A light emitter located just above the lens serves various purposes, including assisting with focusing, reducing the appearance of red-eye, and providing a countdown for the self-timer.

When the electricity is turned on, the telescopic lens of the camera immediately slides into position, protruding a little more than half an inch from the front of the camera. When the power is turned off, the lens quickly and completely retracts within the camera, maintaining a flat profile. (The amount of time needed to start up is a very impressive one second.) The microphone is located in the extremely small hole that can be found to the left of the lens of the PowerShot SD30. Because there is no actual finger grip available, you will need to fasten the wrist strap that comes with it.

The Power button, the Shutter button, and the speaker are all situated to the right of the top of the PowerShot SD30, and they do not protrude considerably from the top of the camera.

When seen from the back of the PowerShot SD30, the entrance to the battery compartment is located on the right side of the device. This door protects both the battery and the memory card slot. The door is made of painted metallic plastic, and it can be reattached to its right position with only a slight amount of pressure. This is in contrast to the majority of doors seen on digital cameras, which, once opened, appear to be difficult to ever properly close again.

The SD memory card slots and the battery slot are aligned next to one another within the compartment that houses the SD30’s battery and memory card. When the cover of the compartment is opened, there is a tiny clasp that is loaded with a spring that prevents the battery from slipping out by accident. The eyelet for attaching the wrist strap is located just next to the entrance.

The back of the PowerShot SD30 is almost completely devoid of any features, with the exception of a couple of screws; however, this side of the camera allows it to stand upright on its end (although we do not recommend attempting this on any surface other than one that is perfectly level and smooth, and even then, not in close proximity to any edges that could cause the camera to fall off). When the camera is held vertically, the lettering on the front of the camera and lens is really arranged in such a way that it can be read from right to left.

On the back panel of the SD30 is where you’ll find the rest of the camera’s controls, as well as the LCD viewfinder. The left half of the rear panel is taken up by the LCD monitor measuring 1.8 inches, while the right side houses all of the controls. The camera’s Playback, Movie, and Still modes may be selected via the Mode switch, which is located at the very top of the camera’s rear panel.

The next button-down is labeled “Print/Share,” and it has a blue LED in the middle of it that lights up when the camera is ready to print or transfer photographs, and it blinks when it is performing either of these actions. The majority of the fast settings are contained within a Four-Way Arrow pad, while the buttons on the camera’s sides are responsible for navigation, flash modes, macro modes, and zoom.

The Function button may also be used as the Set button, hence it is located below and to the left of the Four-way Arrow pad. This button is used to make menu selections. The Menu button is located in the lower right corner of the Four-Way Arrow pad of the PowerShot SD30.

The Canon SD30 has a lovely flat bottom panel that houses the metal tripod mount as well as the compartment for the battery and memory card. This panel is located underneath the camera. As a result of the tripod socket’s position relative to both the camera body and the lens, this model is not recommended for panorama photographers since the mount is not positioned below the optical center of the lens.

On the other hand, you may remove either the battery or the memory card from an SD30 that is placed on a tripod. The Camera Station Connector for the dock is also located on the underside of the device. AC power, USB connectivity, and battery charging are all made available through the Connector.

Camera Operation

The user interface of the Canon PowerShot SD30 is clear and reasonably simplistic, including a menu layout and fundamental control philosophy that are comparable to those of the rest of the current ELPH series. The buttons on the back panel of the camera are used to operate the features of the camera that are most frequently utilized, while the LCD-based Record menu is used to control additional settings.

You may quickly access the LCD menu’s fundamental settings including picture size, quality, and exposure compensation by pressing the Function/Set button. These settings do not need you to navigate through the many menu screens. Because the menu items are shown in tabs on the LCD screen rather than sequentially on a series of pages, the LCD menu system in and of itself is highly efficient.

In addition, the Setup and My Camera menus may be accessed at any time by pressing the Menu button, regardless of the camera mode that is now active. It shouldn’t take more than half an hour to an hour to become familiar with the camera if the user has access to the instruction booklet.

Display for Recording Mode

The LCD display of the PowerShot SD30 shows either the picture area with a restricted information display (On) or chosen information, depending on the recording mode you are using (Off). The display may be turned on or off by selecting the Info Display option under the Tools menu.

When the information display is activated, it will report the current resolution and image quality settings, as well as the number of photographs that are currently accessible, the orientation, the Record mode, and a few exposure parameters (although not aperture or shutter speed). However, even when turned off, it still shows some settings, such as a warning for a low battery.

Display for the Playback Mode

The picture solely (Off), the image with information (Standard), and the image with extended information and a histogram are the three options available in the Playback mode of the PowerShot SD30 (Detailed).

External Controls

Shutter Button

This button, which can be found on the top panel, is used to adjust the focus and exposure when it is pressed halfway and triggers the shutter when it is pressed all the way. If the Self-Timer is turned on, fully depressing the Shutter button will start the countdown for the timer.

Power Button

This button, which can be found on the top panel of the PowerShot SD30 camera to the left of the Shutter button, is used to switch the camera on and off.

Switching Modes

This switch, which can be found at the top center of the camera’s back panel, regulates the operation mode of the camera and provides the following options:

Playback Arrangement

The user may replay collected photographs and videos, and there are also options for image management and printing.

Movie Mode

It is capable of recording moving visuals along with sound in three distinct modes.

Still Mode

This function prepares the camera for taking still photographs using one of the several still-shooting modes that may be selected via the Function/Set button.

Pad with Four Directional Arrows

Multiple operations may be performed with the help of the four-way rocker button that can be found to the right of the LCD panel on the PowerShot SD30. The up and down arrow keys are used to traverse the many options available in the Settings menu. Using the Left arrow in Record mode allows you to choose between the Single, Continuous, and Self-Timer recording modes.

The Flash mode may be chosen by pressing the Right arrow button, which cycles through the following options: Automatic, Red-Eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On with Red-Eye Reduction, Forced Off, and Slow-Sync. The arrow pointing up zooms in, while the arrow pointing down zooms out.

In the Playback mode, the Up arrow will magnify the image, while the Down arrow will call up the Delete menu. The right and left arrow keys will browse between the taken photographs and video files, respectively. When you zoom in on an image, each of the four arrows will pan the view in a different direction.

Push Button, or Function/Settings

This control, which is located at the bottom left of the four-way arrow pad, displays the available options in any Record mode and verifies selections once any menu has been activated. It enables Index Playback while you are in Playback mode, which allows up to nine pictures to be shown simultaneously on the LCD. The Canon PowerShot SD30 has the following customization options when it is used in the Still Recording mode (not all customization options are accessible in all shooting modes):

Shooting mode

Choose a photography mode from the options that are accessible, which include Auto, Manual, Macro, Portrait, Landscape, Night Snapshot, My Colors, and Scene modes. Standard, Compact, and My Colors are the three settings available when in Movie Mode.

Exposure Compensation

Adjusts the level of exposure in one-third-step increments, ranging from minus two exposure equivalents (EV) to plus two EV.


Choose between Auto, 50, 100, 200, and 400 ISO equivalents with this setting.

A Perfect White Balance

The color balance of photographs may be controlled using this setting. You have the choice of Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, and Fluorescent H. Custom is also an option (manual setting).

A Photographic Effect

Enables the visual effects of Vivid Color (high color saturation), Neutral Color (low color saturation), Low Sharpening, Sepia, or Black-and-White, or removes the effects entirely. Vivid Color has a high color saturation, while Neutral Color has a low color saturation.


Adjusts the metering mode of the camera to either the Evaluative, Center-Weighted, or Spot set.


The resolution of the image is specified here. Still, image resolutions include 2,592 x 1,944 pixels, 2,048 x 1,536 pixels, 1,600 x 1,200 pixels, and 640 x 480 pixels; a Postcard mode also takes the resolution to 1600 x 1200 and locks the resolution to Fine; a date stamp can be printed on the image in this mode, and the top and bottom of the screen are greyed out when you half-press the shutter button, showing the portions of the image that won’t fit on a

You have the option of selecting Superfine, Fine, or Normal for the Compression level whenever you touch the Menu button. Movie resolutions are 640 x 480, and 320 x 240 pixels.

Menu Button

This button, which is located to the lower right of the Four-way navigation controls, provides access to either the LCD menu system in both the Record and Playback modes or the options in the different Recording modes.

Options and Menus for the Camera

Playback Mode: This mode enables you to scroll through captured images and movies, write-protect images, view a nine-image index display, zoom into a captured image, delete unwanted images, rotate images, set up images for printing on DPOF compatible devices, as well as play and edit movies on the Canon SD30. In addition, this mode enables you to play and edit movies on the Canon SD30.

Movie Mode

Record movie snippets complete with sound using one of three different recording options. At the beginning of the first frame, the focus and optical zoom are both locked in place, but digital zoom is possible. Movie modes include Compact capture at 160 x 120 at 15 frames per second for emailing up to three minutes, Standard capture at 640 x 480 photos at 10 frames per second up to 1 GB, and My Colors capture at 320 x 240 at 20 frames per second up to 1 GB.

The Recording Mode

This function prepares the PowerShot SD30 to take still images. You may make your selection by pressing the Function/Set button, which gives you access to the following options: Auto, Manual (which is analogous to Program Auto), Macro, Portrait, Landscape, Night Snapshot, My Colors, and Scene (with choices being Kids & Pets, Indoor, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, and Underwater).

Menu to Record


activates the autofocus technique used by AiAF. When turned off, the focusing mode of the camera centers its attention on the middle of the picture.


You have the option of setting the countdown of the Self-Timer to either two or ten seconds, or you may specify a timer of your own. The user-defined timer has the ability to have a delay of 0-10, 15, 20, or 30 seconds, and it enables the user to take several photos (a total of one to ten).

If the camera is configured to take numerous pictures, each of those pictures is taken with an interval of approximately one second between them, which is sufficient time for the flash to recharge if it is necessary.

The initial photo is taken with the focus and exposure already fixed. (Since someone in the group will inevitably blink just as the camera goes off, this is a very helpful function for capturing decent pictures of groups.)

AF Assist Beam

Controls whether or not the AF assist light is illuminated. When there is insufficient light, the bright orange LED that is located on the front of the camera will automatically light up.

Digital Zoom

Activates the 4x digital zoom function of the SD30, which is activated when the user zooms in farther than the range of the optical zoom. Also disables digital zoom.


Sets the amount of time that the taken image is displayed on the screen from two to ten seconds, turns on or off the instant review feature, and enables the “Hold” option, in which the image remains on the screen until the shutter button is half-pressed. The instant review tool is only available for use with still photographs.

In the Discrete

The following components come included in the box with your PowerShot SD30 camera:

  • Strap for the wrist
  • MMC memory card with 16 megabytes
  • Dock for the Camera Station, with a Cover for the Connectors
  • AC adapter for dock
  • Video cable
  • USB cable
  • Wireless control unit
  • coin-sized CR 2025 battery for the remote control.
  • the lithium-ion battery pack of NB-4L capacity with cover
  • CD-ROM containing the Canon Digital Camera Solution Disk Version 25.0 software
  • Detailed instructions and an application for registration

Accessories Highly Recommended

  • Memory card with a large SD or MMC capacity (These days, a 128MB or 256MB card is a good tradeoff between cost and capacity.)
  • The additional lithium-ion battery pack in the NB-4L size
  • Small camera case
  • The Software You Need to Save Your Photos is Recommended.

A solution that can recover your photographs in the event that one of your memory cards dies at some time in the future is just as essential as having a spare card in your camera. We get a lot of letters from readers who’ve lost images due to faulty memory cards. Memory card corruption may happen with any card type and any camera maker, nobody’s immune.

However, it is possible to retrieve a significant portion of the ostensibly “lost” photographs by making use of some reasonably priced software that is intuitive to operate. Due to the large number of emails I’ve received on the subject, I’ve decided to start to include this paragraph in all of my evaluations of digital cameras. PhotoRescue, developed by DataRescue SA, is the name of the software that you require. Download the application immediately so that you will already have it even if you want to read our evaluation of it first.


The Canon SD30 may be turned on in significantly less than one second, and it also took around one second for the camera to focus. There is no discernible lag in the shutter. The time between shots was around 1.2 seconds, with an additional second or two added if the flash was employed. When it comes to the flash on the SD30, the recycle time was fantastic; however, the range is definitely not as good as it might be.

The Canon PowerShot SD30, just like other Canon PowerShot and Digital Ixus cameras that use the new DIGIC II processor, is able to snap photographs at the full definition at a rate of 1.5 frames per second until the memory card is full. Take into consideration that a quick SD is probably required for this.

In around one second, the lens may be adjusted from wide-angle to telephoto mode. When it’s time to turn off the power, the LCD on the SD30 automatically turns off, and the lens quickly retracts inside the camera.

Quality of the Image

Even though there is quite a bit of noise, the Canon SD30 is capable of producing crisp photographs with just a trace amount of chromatic aberration (also known as color fringing). Red-eye is a serious problem with this camera, just like it is with other cameras in its class. The barrel distortion is rather modest, and the margins of several of the shots are hazy. The quality of the images was good overall.


During playback, the Canon SD30 is capable of playing back still images and movies (With sound), in addition to performing the following functions: protecting the image, printing a marking on it, printing directly (the Canon SD30 is PictBridge enabled), displaying a slideshow, recording a sound memo, rotating the image, and performing basic movie editing.

Additionally, you may use the four arrow buttons to zoom in up to ten times on still photographs that have been captured and look about. You have the option of seeing no information about your images, minimal information, or loads of information (albeit the shutter speed and aperture value are not displayed). In terms of histograms, the SD30 does not display any histograms when the camera is shooting, but it does display them during playback and rapid review.

Canon PowerShot SD30 Specifications


Model Name:

Canon PowerShot SD30 
Model Number:SD30 
Camera Format:Ultra-Compact 
Currently Manufactured:No 
Retail Price:$399.99
Street Price:$254.99
Price Update Date:2007-03-28
Date Available:2005-09-14
Remote Control:Yes 
Remote Control Type:Wireless 
Tripod Mount:Yes 
Tripod Mount Material: 
Operating System:Windows, Mac OS 
Weight:3.7 oz (105 g)
Weight With Batteries? 
Size:3.8 x 1.8 x 0.9 in.
(96 x 45 x 24 mm)
Warranty in Months: 
Image Capture
Image Resolution:2592×1944, 2048×1536, 1600×1200, 640×480
Movie Resolution:640×480, 160×120
Aspect Ratio:4:3
CCD Sensor (Megapixels):5.00
CCD Size (inches):1/2.5 inch 
CCD Filter Type: 
CCD Manufacturer: 
Focal Length Multiplier: 
Movie Audio:Yes 
Quality Levels:3
Focal Length (35mm equivalent):38 – 90 mm
Zoom Ratio:2.36x
Digital Zoom:Yes 
Digital Zoom Values:4.0x 
Auto Focus:Yes 
Auto Focus Type:9-point AiAF Contrast Detect 
Auto Focus Assist Light? 
Auto Focus Min Illum:1.0000
Auto Focus Step: 
Manual Focus: 
Manual Focus Steps: 
Normal Focus Range:30 cm to Infinity
12.2 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range:10 – 50 cm
4.1 – 20.4 in
Min Macro Area:41 x 31 mm
1.6 x 1.2 in
Min Aperture: 
Max Aperture:f/3.2
Aperture Range Description:f/3.2 (wide) / f/5.4 (tele) – f/??? 
Aperture Step Size: 
Lens Thread: 
Lens Thread Type: 
Optical Viewfinder:No 
Optical VF Type:n/a
Optical VF Accuracy:n/a
LCD Viewfinder:Yes 
LCD VF Accuracy:102%
LCD Size (inches):1.8
LCD Resolution:118,000 dots
OLED Screen: 
Max Playback Zoom: 
ISO Settings:50, 100, 200, 400
ISO Rating Max:400
Number of White Balance Settings:7
White Balance Settings:Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom 
Manual White Balance:Yes 
Longest Shutter Time:15 
Shortest Shutter Time:1/1600 
Exp Adj Range:2.0 EV
Exp Adj Step Size:0.33 EV
Metering Modes:Evaluative, Center-weighted Average, Spot 
Spot Metering:Yes 
Aperture Priority:No 
Shutter Priority:No 
Full Manual Exposure:No 
Self Timer:2 or 10
Internal Flash:Yes 
No of Flash Modes:6
Flash Modes:Auto, auto with red-eye reduction, flash on with red-eye reduction, flash on, flash off, slow synchro 
Flash Guide Number (Meters): 
Flash Range Default ISO (meters):2.0
Flash Range Description: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) 
No of Flash “Pops”: 
Ext Flash:No 
Ext Flash Connection:n/a
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types:SD/MMC 
Other Memory Types: 
Memory Included (MB): 
Uncompressed Format: 
CCD Raw Format:No 
Compressed Format:JPEG (EXIF 2.2) 
Movie File Format:AVI (Motion JPEG) 
Video Out:Yes 
Video Mode Switchable:Yes 
Video Usable as Viewfinder: 
External Connections:Serial, USB 2.0 High Speed
Other Connection:DC input 
Included Software:Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM  
OS Compatibility:Windows, Mac OS 
Performance Timing
Startup Time:1.000 seconds
Shutdown Time:1.600 seconds
Play -> Record:1.700 seconds
Record -> Play (max res):2.200 seconds
Record -> Play (min res):1.700 seconds
Shutter Lag (autofocus) WIDE:0.640 seconds
Shutter Lag (autofocus) TELE:0.610 seconds
Shutter Lag, Man. Focus: 
Shutter Lag, Prefocus:0.070 seconds
Cycle Time Uncompressed Format: 
Cycle Time Max Res:1.720 seconds
Cycle Time Min Res: 
Buffer Frames, Max Res:1
Continuous Mode Rate (Frames/Sec):1.130
Movie Mode Rate (Frames/Sec):20.00
Movie Sec @ Max Res: 
Movie Sec @ Min Res: 
Download speed, KB/second:1723.00
Battery Form Factor:Proprietary NB-4L 
Usable Battery Types:Lithium-Ion rechargeable 
Batteries Included:1 x Proprietary NB-4L Lithium Ion rechargeable
Battery Charger Included:Yes 
More Information
Notes & Features: 

Canon PowerShot SD30 Price

Pros & Cons

Good For
  • incredibly streamlined, and it comes in a range of four fashionable hues.
  • The auto white balance feature is effective across a diverse range of lighting conditions.
  • Vibrant, attractive color
  • Easy-to-navigate user interface
Need Improvement
  • Close proximity between the lens and the flash.
  • There is no optical viewfinder.
  • Small LCD
  • Limited reach for telephoto lenses
  • The very restricted range for the flash.

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