Canon PowerShot D30 Brief Review


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  • 12.1 megapixel 1/2.3” CMOS sensor
  • 5x optical zoom, Optical image stabilization
  • Macro focusing as close as .4 inches
  • 3” LCD screen
  • Maximum aperture f3.9-4.8
  • Maximum shutter speed 1/1600
  • 1.9 fps burst mode
  • 1080p video at 24 fps
  • Waterproof to 82 feet
  • Shockproof to 6.5 feet
  • Freezeproof to 14 degrees
  • GPS
  • Weighs 7.69 oz.
  • Lithium-ion battery rated at 300 shots
  • Release Date: 2014-05-09
  • Final Grade: 78 3.9 Star Rating: Recommended

Canon PowerShot D30
At $350 without a good lens or solid speed, the Canon D30 is overpriced.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 4/30/2015

The Canon PowerShot D30, at the time of its introduction, has the deepest waterproof rating at 82 feet, but frankly, that's really all it has. The f3.9-4.8 lens is average for a point-and-shoot, but when you're heading underwater, there's a lot less light so good lenses are a must. That far underwater, you'll have to rely on using the flash. The D30 has a 1.9 fps burst speed, so it's quite a slow camera. If the D30 had a budget price, we'd be tempted, but for around $350, you could get the excellent Olympus TG-2 or Rioch WG-4, both that have much better lenses and shooting speeds. Sure, the D30 has the best depth rating, but without a good lens, you can't really take decent pictures that far away from the sunshine anyways.

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