Canon PowerShot D30 Review

Overall 43
Imaging 9
Features 38
Size 86
Price 0

Main Features

  • 12.0 MP 1/2.3" BSI-CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • 2.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (24p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 109 x 68 x 28 mm
  • Weight: 218 g
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Built-in GPS: Yes
  • Replaced by Canon D60.

Canon PowerShot D30 Summary

This review is devoted to PowerShot D30 that Canon has first introduced to the public in Feb 12, 2014. This model is a Waterproof camera with a resolution of 12.0 MP and a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

Canon has replaced this product with their most recent model D60.

In Waterproof cameras (Top 10 Waterproof Cameras) this model has taken rank #39 out of 73. Its Overall Score has reached 43/100 and it takes a rank of #580 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Canon PowerShot D30 Compared to other Waterproof Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Canon PowerShot D30 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Weight: 196 g

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Sensor Resolution: 12.0 MP
  • Max Native Iso: 3200
  • Number Of Focus Points: 9
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Canon PowerShot D30 With Other Cameras in Waterproof Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Canon PowerShot D30. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Waterproof cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Canon PowerShot D30

Canon PowerShot D30 has the following external dimensions 109 x 109 x 28 mm (42.91 x 26.77 x 11.02″) with the weight of 218 g.

The typical weight for average Waterproof type cameras is 196g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Canon PowerShot D30, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Canon PowerShot D30 has about an average thickness compared to other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 28mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Canon PowerShot D30 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Canon PowerShot D30 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Canon PowerShot D30 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Canon PowerShot D30 — 300 shots
Min: 150 shots
Average: 274 shots
Max: 380 shots

Thickness

Canon PowerShot D30 — 28 mm
Min: 19 mm
Average: 28 mm
Max: 89 mm

Weight

Canon PowerShot D30 — 218 g
Min: 110 g
Average: 196 g
Max: 307 g

Canon PowerShot D30‘s body is protected from external threats with its high-quality dustproof and waterproof features.

Canon PowerShot D30 Photo and Sensor Features

Canon PowerShot D30 boasts of a resolution of 12.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

The base of Canon PowerShot D30 has the following ISO range 100 - 3200 .

Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Canon PowerShot D30. However, if you are looking specifically for a Compact camera with a RAW file support, you should check out one of the following models from the same class and within similar price range .

Canon PowerShot D30 features a 12.0 MP 1/2.3" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Canon PowerShot D30 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.3" sensor featured in Canon PowerShot D30 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Canon PowerShot D30

LCD and ViewFinder

Canon PowerShot D30 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 461k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Canon PowerShot D30 are its 2.0 fps max speed and 1/1600 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, PowerShot D30 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Focusing

In addition, PowerShot D30 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Canon PowerShot D30, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Canon PowerShot D30 allows you to save files in H.264 formats.

Canon PowerShot D30 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

Canon PowerShot D30 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect PowerShot D30 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Canon PowerShot D30 provides a shooting life of 300, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 274 shots.

Compared to all models in the Waterproof category, Canon PowerShot D30 offers the highest battery life that reaches 300 shots.

How Good is Canon PowerShot D30 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Canon PowerShot D30’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Canon PowerShot D30’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the PowerShot D30 to the average Waterproof camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Canon PowerShot D30 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot D30 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 75. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot D30 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Canon is famous with its skintones
  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Canon PowerShot D30 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot D30 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 16. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot D30 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small size (109 x 68 x 28 mm)
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • No Built-in View Finder
  • Small 1/2.3"(6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Small Number of autofocus Points (9)

Canon PowerShot D30 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot D30 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 51. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot D30 can be called a 51 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sealing
  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (2.0 fps)
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/1600s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (9)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (3200)
  • Small battery life (300 shots)
  • Small size (109 x 68 x 28 mm)

Canon PowerShot D30 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot D30 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 58. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot D30 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small weight (218 g)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Live View
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • No Built-in View Finder

Canon PowerShot D30 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot D30 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 55. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot D30 can be called a 55 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sealing
  • Live View

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (12 MP)
  • No RAW Support
  • Bad Max Native ISO (3200)

Canon PowerShot D30 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Canon
Model PowerShot D30
Announced Feb 12, 2014
Body Type Compact
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 1
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 461k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 15 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/1600 s
Continuous Shooting 2.0 fps
Shutter Priority No
Aperture Priority No
Manual Exposure Mode No
Exposure Compensation No
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 3.5
Flash Modes Auto, slow sync
External Flash No
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
Sensor
Sensor Type BSI-CMOS
Sensor Size 1/2.3"
Sensor Dimensions 6.17 x 4.55 mm
Sensor Area 28.07 mm2
Sensor Resolution 12.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4000 x 3000
Max Native ISO 3,200
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support No
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective No
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 9
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (24p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats H.264
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing Yes
Water Proof Yes
Dust Proof Yes
Shock Proof Yes
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 218 g
Physical Dimensions 109 x 68 x 28 mm
Battery Life 300 shots
Battery Type 300 shots
Battery Model NB-6LH
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS Built-in
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots 1

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