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Canon PowerShot S30

alaTest has collected and analyzed 790 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the size and performance. The image quality and portability also get good feedback, whereas there are some mixed opinions about the flash. Some have doubts about the viewfinder and energy efficiency.

usability, portability, image quality, performance, size

energy, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot S30 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Chris Cain (What PC?)

Canon PowerShot S30


Clear, bright and detailed images from this excellent device.

Canon 0800 616417

Extremely easy to use, but with a good range of options for the more creative, the S30 provides clear, bright and detailed images.

Mar, 2002

Expert review by : PC Magazine (

The Canon PowerShot S30: Small and Sleek


Canon's new PowerShot S30 digital camera ($460 street) is a downsized version of the company's popular PowerShot G1 ; just remove the G1's articulated LCD viewfinder and knock one hundred bucks off the price. The resulting power-packed, 3.2-megapixel...

Jan, 2004

Expert review by : Steve's Digicams (

Canon Powershot S30


Continue on to Page Two Canon PowerShot S30 Specifications Image sensor : Effective number of pixels : approx. 3.2 million 1/1.8 inch CCD (Total number of pixels : approx. 3.3 million) Lens : 7.1 (W) - 21.3 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent : 35 - 105 mm)...

Oct, 2001

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Canon PowerShot S30 Digital Camera Review: Intro and Highlights


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Oct, 2001

Expert review by : Abhijit Ahaskar (

Zen S30


A 3D offering from Zen that features great sound and battery life, but questionable 3D

Dual SIM ; Good sound quality ; Battery ; 3D ready

Poor camera ; Sluggish 3D video ; Price ; No 3.5 mm jack ; Heavy

Jan, 2011

Expert review by : Jeff Keller (

Canon PowerShot S30/S40


This review has been updated after using the production model cameras. Product photos have been re-shot where necessary, and all sample images are from the new cameras

Excellent photo quality ; Small metallic body is easy to pocket ; Many manual controls ; Support for CompactFlash Type II cards and Microdrive ; RAW mode - uncompressed images, much smaller than Tiffs ; Lots of info about your photos in playback mode

Proprietary battery ; No optical zoom in movie mode ; A bit pricey ; Not a fan of the four-way switch (minor issue)

While the PowerShot S30 and S40 are what I call "putting the same camera in a different case with a new name", it's not a bad thing here. That's because they're based on the excellent PowerShot G2, and they've arrived with most of the G2 features...

Nov, 2001

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Canon PowerShot S30


Direct print capabilities with the Canon S820D printer, compatibility with Type I and II CompactFlash memory cards, including IBM's Microdrives. The 3.2 megapixel CCD sensor produces full-color, high-resolution images up to 2048 x 1536 pixels with...

Three types of Metering: Center-Weighted Average, Spot, and Evaluative


Mar, 2009

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nice functional camera


I am strictly an ameture photo guy...OUr primary criteria was keep it simple but with flexibility if we need it. Had it out of the box and running in 15 minutes. Looks like it has lots of adjustments, but I will most likely keep it on AUTO. My wife has...

NIMH's and a charger

excellent AA battery options

Feb, 2009

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canon powershot S30


Direct print capabilities with the Canon S820D printer, including IBM's Microdrives.For users comfort, the Canon PowerShot S30 provides users with a selection of image quality settings including 3 JPEG compression modes at any resolution. It also...

Ease of use


Feb, 2009

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Canon PowerShot S30


The Specs of this camera: Format Compact Price (street) Also known as Release Status Discontinued Max resolution 2048 x 1536 Low resolution 1600 x 1200, 1024 x 768, 640 x 480 Image ratio w:h 4:3 Effective pixels 3.1 million Sensor photo detectors 3.3...

this is great

too expensive for me

Jan, 2009

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