The Impressive Canon SX30IS
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A GREAT NEW CANON SIBLING
I am very familiar with this family of cameras, having owned a Canon SX5 and a SX10. The questions I faced was to either jump to a DSLR, like for instance the Rebel T2i or 60D. After weighing up the pros and the cons (see below!) I made up my mind and remained loyal to Canon and bought the Canon SX30IS. I realized that this camera has a smaller sensor and that it doesn’t incorporate a RAW feature, but I don’t really like to sit with images and Photoshop them. As I live on the beach, I wanted something that would pick out wildlife well, do a good job on the zoom and give me HD video if I wanted it. The Canon SX30IS is a perfect choice!
- No more AA batteries, a proprietary lithium ion battery instead. Great choice; it makes lighter. Get a one or two extra for back up, as making videos is demanding on the battery.
- The zoom is just amazing. Disengage the digital zoom (don’t we all?) and use the 35X optical.
- The 720 HD video works very well and you can zoom optically up to 35X. Use a tripod or at least a monopod.
- The grip is a bit larger, which makes it feel more sturdy.
- No printed manual. You have to print out your own (pdf) from a supplied CD. I think Canon should throw in a printed manual, with customer spending this much money.
- No RAW mode. It is better to move up to the so-called Rebel category if you really need it. It will mean that, to buy a zoom length this big, you will have to fork out roughly four times more.
All in all, this camera is a very good investment and I highly recommend it.
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