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Canon SX30IS 14.1MP Digital Camera with 35x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7 Inch Wide LCD (OLD...
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 400 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.2
Returned or considering to return: 9.8%

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Individual Feature Rating
Stabilization4.7   average
Weight4.6   average
Amazon4.5   above average
Price4.4   average
Video4.4   average
Size4.3   average
Value4.3   below average
Zoom4.3   average
Display4.2   above average
Photo4.2   average
Light4.1   average
Image4.0   average
Performance3.8   below average
Shutter3.8   above average
Quality3.7   below average
Color3.6   below average
Lens3.6   above average
DSLR3.5   below average
SLR3.4   below average
Setting3.4   below average
Manual3.3   below average
Speed3.3   below average
Menu3.1   below average
Button2.9   below average
Focus2.8   average
Noise1.3   mediocre


Quotes from the Reviews - What People Say about:

Amazon

Amazon:
"Some people really had HUGE problems with my last review as I had asked a question to Amazon buyers instead of writing an actual review."
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"In the near future I will make the effort to add a link to my review, so people can see some pictures taken with this camera unaltered strait shots uploaded (not a restricted size small picture - large - I will also add all settings used related to the pictures).Adding something to all those reviews - Strange that I always see a lot of negative reviews on products that are not marked (Amazon Verified Purchase).I have no connections with Canon in any way or form; I have other cameras from other brands that perform very good as well."
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"Thanks to Amazon for their wonderful service."
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"Transation through Amazon was perfect."
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"I didn't order my Canon SX30 off of Amazon but got it from Best Buy, instead."
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"I've shipped the camera back to Amazon and as usual Amazon was very good about refunding the money."
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Battery

Battery:
"The only negative I have is that in the S5 I could use plain-old AA batteries whereas the newer SX30 requires a Canon proprietary lithium-ion battery pack (which is much more expensive than multiple sets of AA batteries)."
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"BOUGHT THIS CAMERA FOR MY CYCLE TOUR OF NEW ZEALAND..WILL POST REVIEW UPON RETURN...I HAVE USED IT CONSTANTLY SINCE GETTING IT AND EVEN USED IT AS BACKUP AND TO SHOOT VIDEO AT A WEDDING..SMALL AND EASY TO HANDLE..VIDEO IS GOOD WITH NO MOTOR NOISE..STAYS IN FOCUS WHEN ZOOMING...BATTERY LIFE IS NOT THE BEST SO BUY EXTRA BATTERIES..IMAGES ARE CRISP, COLOR IS GOOD..GOOD VALUE FOR THE $$$."
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"But, FZ40 is doesn't work well with after market spare battery and you must buy a Panasonic ($40 and above or 15% of the cost of the Camera) battery due to a security feature."
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"You don't want to get caught with a dead battery because you have your head in your butt while on vacation and forgot to charge it."
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"Part way through the vacation I broke the latch on the battery door and finished the trip with it taped closed."
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"Not a problem, though, as I only need to charge one battery at a time."
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"I have no complain so far, battery last more than average, flash is powerful."
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"Battery life is great, great buy."
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"The good news is that 32G cards are readily available and the batteries last a long time so you never really have to get into that compartment very often in normal use."
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"The only photos that look good are the ones I took while my Canon camera battery charged."
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Button

Button:
"The only thing I hate about this camera, is that all the function button are on the right side of the body."
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"They took what was a very easy-to-access mode for taking close-ups (press a button) and made it hard to get to (navigate a menu and select the right option."
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"Took alot of shots at 36 zoom....Real nice.....camera is great...also have fz100...sx20is....this is better....Bought 2 batt plus charger for 17.00....USA shipper Ebay....California....Works ok will test on Labor weekend (Batt)..My biggest complaint is on-off button....Very easy to turn on...Bought lowepro 110 13.00 tight fit but ok....I will just remove batt when I transport...."
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"I've had this camera for about a month and found the following flaws too hard to live with:- Camera is somewhat hard to hold and some buttons are encumbered by the neck strap."
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"Where the buttons were was terrible, kept hitting the zoom button.....ugggg."
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"Menu & function buttons easy access.4."
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"Took alot of shots at 36 zoom....Real nice.....camera is great...also have fz100...sx20is....this is better....Bought 2 batt plus charger for 17.00....USA shipper Ebay....California....Works ok will test on Labor weekend (Batt)..My biggest complaint is on-off button....Very easy to turn on...Bought lowepro 110 13.00 tight fit but ok....I will just remove batt when I transport...."
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"General layout of buttons, wheels, and knobs, and menus is probably about as good as it gets for this complicated camera and makes holding the camera more comfortable than old S3."
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"Zoom assist button is real nice addition."
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"The camera is easy to hold and press the shutter button at the same time."
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Color

Color:
"That may be a part of the color and low light problems it has."
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"BOUGHT THIS CAMERA FOR MY CYCLE TOUR OF NEW ZEALAND..WILL POST REVIEW UPON RETURN...I HAVE USED IT CONSTANTLY SINCE GETTING IT AND EVEN USED IT AS BACKUP AND TO SHOOT VIDEO AT A WEDDING..SMALL AND EASY TO HANDLE..VIDEO IS GOOD WITH NO MOTOR NOISE..STAYS IN FOCUS WHEN ZOOMING...BATTERY LIFE IS NOT THE BEST SO BUY EXTRA BATTERIES..IMAGES ARE CRISP, COLOR IS GOOD..GOOD VALUE FOR THE $$$."
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"There is also nothing wrong with the color rendering of this camera."
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"Using the television as a monitor and using the supplied chord attached to the camera, colors are completely wrong and video quality is degraded."
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"If I use vivid colors setting, reds are overblown and pictures are horrible."
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"I gave 5 stars when I first did a review, but the inability to produce true color is frustrating."
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"Even the pictures come out great I take pictures of my makeup looks and it catches all the colors and comes out very clear."
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"I'm doing my best with producing excellent photos and videos with colors, depth, shadowing, angles, closeups and infinity shots, with my 20 years photographic experiences during my travels around the world."
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"Despite what some other reviewers have said, I find this camera's auto-white-balance color rendition to be excellent."
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"I normally use my aunt's old Kodak 8mp camera in AUTO to take gorgeous, clear, and true to color pictures when I trek to Arizona."
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"Colors and details are very good."
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Control

Control:
"But if you just want snapshots of your kids and are not willing to learn how to use the camera, then you will probably be frustrated by it's many advanced controls, finicky auto-focus, and poor Fully Auto Mode."
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"The menu and wheel control are not only easy to get at, but they also make sense."
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"- No remote control capability...I've not been able to find any such feature."
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"Not sure if this item is a lemon, not of merchantable quality (across the board) or, quality control gone wrong."
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"I love them both the huge zoom on the SX30 and the more user-friendly controls makes it such a great advance over the older model."
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"The controls for manual exposure make this as easy to to manually set shutter speed and aperture as any DSLR."
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"It gives you a lot of creative control and very good image quality."
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"The ubiquitous Canon wheel control requires a bit of learning, as it can easily be pushed in by accident while trying to turn it, but this issue goes away with very little practice."
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"The Canon SX30is has so many features that one who can remember how to use all the controls, has a good eye, and is creative can have lots of fun with this camera."
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DSLR

DSLR:
"But, does anyone complain when it's a DSLR that has flaws?"
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"I think it is wrong to compare this camera with DSLR camera."
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"If I cannot explore the best feature of DSLR, it will not do me any good."
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"Carrying a DSLR with 70-300mm zoom in your neck is no fun."
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"The EOS DSLR is heavy, fixy, and not good for nature walks and plenty of mobility at sporting events."
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"If you are used to point and shoot quality this is ok but, if you want entry level DSLR photos you will be disappointed with the photos from this camera."
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"Besides not needing to change lenses, the only advantage I can see for this camera vs. a DSLR is the fact that it does shoot fairly good video."
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"This camera is really a good hybrid, its very good value and looks just like a dslr."
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"My last Point and shoot was a FujiFilm S1800 (great camera by the way, had it for about 3 years or more).I own a Nikon D7000 DSLR and love it (or used to)."
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"Like so many of us, I basically want an easy to work with camera, that delivers beautiful pictures, without having to drag a heavy DSLR body and multiple lenses around and without having to deal with technical issues when making photo's."
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"The 11 X 14 prints I had made are as good as the prints from the DSLR."
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Display

Display:
"This is a very handy feature missing the SLR cameras4) Swivel LCD display is extremely handy during some occasions, especially for taking video at a party."
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"You have the option of modifying pretty much everythingManual FocusExcellent buildPretty good gripHD videoExcellent display - photos look much better on the display than my crappy laptopPrice - got it for $399Pretty awesome software: The software in the camera and its integration with the hardware(lens,sensors,etc) is very powerful."
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"The Camera is able to create so clear, vivid, nice photos, it should have equally clear and nice image display on Camera itself."
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"After figuring out the exposure meter on the LCD display (it's easy I just needed to take some baby steps), I was able to play with exposure and aperture to take pictures in any kind of light."
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"Most of my photos were clear inspite of the shake warning in the display."
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"The best feature i like about it- LCD display rotates- The batteries are standard AA batteries, so if i run out of batteries, i can easily replace them (unlike having to wait to charge the custom batteries in most other point-n-shoot cameras- several digitalSLR like feature- Very good zoom with Image stabilization."
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"You have the option of modifying pretty much everythingManual FocusExcellent buildPretty good gripHD videoExcellent display - photos look much better on the display than my crappy laptopPrice - got it for $399Pretty awesome software: The software in the camera and its integration with the hardware(lens,sensors,etc) is very powerful."
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Flash

Flash:
"Unfortunately, the poor quality pictures with flash make this a difficult product to recommend without the qualifications."
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"First some lesser problems: The flash is overpowering and makes every picture look like high noon."
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"In my brief experience, the strengths of the camera are:1) Very good, if not outstanding, IS2) Has external flash capability, allowing my to use my Canon 580EX Speedlite flash3) Twist LCD screen, allowing several angles to shoot4) Can produce outstanding images if you use post processing.5) Very flexible for photographers who are willing to learn the many techniques available."
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"I am not a profession, try at your own risk :-)- Mode: Custom <-- auto mode is not great for me....- ISO: 50 <-- I hate noise so I set it to 50 and use external flash."
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"The i6 has weak flash and small zoom."
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"I have no complain so far, battery last more than average, flash is powerful."
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"The flash is pretty strong and I use it often."
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"The only way to get a decent picture with it is to have your subject pose and use the flash, and that is not what I'm interested in."
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"Unfortunately, the poor quality pictures with flash make this a difficult product to recommend without the qualifications."
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"Convienent pop-up flash."
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Focus

Focus:
"This camera is completely unable to focus on anything right in front of it."
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"The auto focus while zoomed is not real good and 50% of the time it will be out of focus."
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"It came back unable to focus."
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"My only real gripe is that it's not easy to use manual focus."
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"I have tried setting all possible Auto-Focus options to every position in an attempt to get the camera to focus clearly."
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"In moderate low light it won't focus real well."
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"Also, sometimes I find that if i don;t hold the camera perfectly still it won't focus, most of the time it's fine."
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"The best range I used without losing focus was at over 200 mm."
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"The clarity is amazing if you use the manual focus for all of your photographs and it's pretty simple to figure out."
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"The suto focus is a bit annoying at times but it wakes great pictures."
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Image

Image:
"However, the image you see on the camera screen is not clear, a but blur compared to the image on Nikon."
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"The pics aren't as good as a professional grade camera but for lugging it around, it sure does a great job."
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"It ends up being a tug-o-war and I have missed many pics because of that flaw."
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"I choose Canon SX30IS because of its Image Stabilized as I have a hands shaking problem."
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"The Nikon's image stabilization was very shaky and hard to get used to."
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"The Camera is able to create so clear, vivid, nice photos, it should have equally clear and nice image display on Camera itself."
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"Easy to use and takes great pics."
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"Pics and video are great."
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"The shutter button is a bit cumbersome and its placement takes some getting used to, but the digital images that are produced by this terrific camera is worth the effort of balancing the camera in your hand."
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"The lens wonderful, the magnification, wide angle, image stabilization, and all the rest exceed anything I need."
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Lens

Lens:
"The super-duper 140x zoom had a problem: the lens was sticking upon the power-on sequence of extending beyond the camera body."
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"Unless you're into very serious photography, which I am not, and you need lots of expensive, interchangeable lenses, which I don't, there is nothing not to love about this camera."
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"The zoom lens is ridiculously fussy to the touch, zooming and un-zooming seemingly at will which drives me insane."
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"The lens is not interchangeable, but it does have good close-up and good telephoto (the video posted above really gives you a good feel for the ease and range of the lens).I'm basically pleased with this camera."
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"When I turn it on I never know when I will get a Lens Error and it shuts off."
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"When I turned it on I get lens error camera shutting off."
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"Amazing telephoto lens."
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"I love that it's relatively lightweight, takes great photos without having to change lenses and is easy to use."
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"The Canon lenses are the best, and this camera stands true to the brand."
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"The lens wonderful, the magnification, wide angle, image stabilization, and all the rest exceed anything I need."
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"Besides not needing to change lenses, the only advantage I can see for this camera vs. a DSLR is the fact that it does shoot fairly good video."
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Light

Light:
"That may be a part of the color and low light problems it has."
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"It's light, not bulky, easy to use and has a lot of features."
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"Since the only problem is far-distance low light levels, I returned all the SLRs and now keeping the SX30IS."
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"The problem comes in when you have low light conditions, backlit conditions and when you apply the 35x zoom."
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"AF will try really hard to focus in low light conditions without much success and leading to blurred pictures."
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"The SX10 and the SX20 had one problem which was bad enough, and just got worse with the SX30: low light photos are terrible or terribly hard."
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"It is light, durable, takes wonderful high quality photos and videos."
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"If you want high quality shots from this camera, you should use it a close range and in good light."
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"This camera is capable of capturing high-quality photos, but only when you have good light, a subject which fills most of the frame, and you set the ISO to to 80 or 100 (as is normally done in good light)."
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"So far the only time this camera performes well is when there is wonderful light and a still subject."
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Manual

Manual:
"It is complcated, and the user's manual is not that great."
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"I've only had the camera a short time but the largest problem for me is the lack of a printed manual."
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"My only real gripe is that it's not easy to use manual focus."
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"The biggest mistake most people make is (they don't read the manual)."
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"And I still haven't been able to figure out how to use the manual shutter feature."
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"Also, without a manual, it is easy to figure out the settings of the camera after a few tries."
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"Amazing zoom function, high iso settings with minimal limitations, great for manual shooting."
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"The controls for manual exposure make this as easy to to manually set shutter speed and aperture as any DSLR."
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"The clarity is amazing if you use the manual focus for all of your photographs and it's pretty simple to figure out."
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"The manual will teach you how to take some really good photographs to start off and once you've got them down pat, then you can start advancing to more of your style photographs."
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"If you are serious about photography -- at least enough to be willing to read the manual, this is a great camera and an incredible value."
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Menu

Menu:
"They took what was a very easy-to-access mode for taking close-ups (press a button) and made it hard to get to (navigate a menu and select the right option."
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"Not user friendly, hard to find things on the menu."
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"The menu and wheel control are not only easy to get at, but they also make sense."
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"The menu system is a little confusing at times."
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"My only complaint is that I cannot find the buttons or settings for using the mini, fisheye, color extraction or poster options that the features on the website (canon) boast...not in the manual that I saw, unless I overlooked, and I am not well versed enough in Canon's menus yet (having been a Kodak owner for the past several years) to figure it out :( All in all, I am glad I returned my Kodak z981 and pre-ordered this one."
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"It's easy to use, if you take the time to go throught the menu and take your time with the first pictures you take."
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"Menu & function buttons easy access.4."
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"General layout of buttons, wheels, and knobs, and menus is probably about as good as it gets for this complicated camera and makes holding the camera more comfortable than old S3."
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"The nicest part is the ease of use and user menus."
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"I wish there were more easy-to-use menu functions like the Lumix, but I think I can get the functions I need as I learn more about the AV TV."
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Noise

Noise:
"Indoor pictures turn out a little noisy and it is sometimes hard to capture things correctly."
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"My old Canon SD880 had a problem getting that noise everytime I record; but, not this camera!"
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"Wind noise in the dual mics is a problem, even with the low frequency filter turned on, but none of the consumer cameras would probably do any better."
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"The only problem I have with this camera is that pictures at 800 ISO or higher are not good, there's lots of noise."
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"This new SX30 is:slow in operation,not smooth operating (jerky and noisy lens),there's very little difference in zoom from the SX10 (I expected a noticeable difference probably setting myself up for this disappointment),and the new style is uncomfortable to my hand compared to the earlier version because it has a smaller grip area."
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"The other reviewers complaining about terrible pictures with a lot of noise and low light shooting insufficiency might have a defective camera, I would call Canon or return the camera for another one; this is a very good camera with a lot of predefined settings, for the more advanced photographer manual settings will give quite a bit of room to please your personal likings."
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"Works on 4AA batteries, zoom is nice but noisy, picture quality is above average in good lighting conditions only."
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"Also, you can reduce ISO up to 80 in good light conditions, which greatly reduces the noise."
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"The SX30IS also has the small 1 2.33 sensor and, as expected, I noticed a lot of image noise even when the light conditions were good."
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Performance

Performance:
"I made that mistake while shooting alive music performance at a Habitat for Humanity fund raising function."
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"If it fails to get a good picture when my sons perform at a stage, I will sure be disappointed."
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"Overall a little disappointing, I expected better performance based on my experience with my small Canon S450point and shoot."
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"Pitting both cameras in the field (both indoors and outdoors) on various subjects both distant and nearby and set to equal settings on both cameras (in auto and in programmable mode with equal exposure compensation, ISO settings, lighting settings) I was surprised and disappointed in the performance of the new SX30is when compared to the SX20is."
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"The video is great and the audio performance is magnificent."
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"Pretty poor performance."
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"So far I am really pleased with it's performance & am eager to visit Pea Island WR in the Outer Banks of NC to get some good shots of waterfowl."
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"com, I'd write that I'm not disappointed with its performance yet my concerns must be expressed."
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"I won't expect it to perform as well as a DSLR camera."
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Photo

Photo:
"You have the option of modifying pretty much everythingManual FocusExcellent buildPretty good gripHD videoExcellent display - photos look much better on the display than my crappy laptopPrice - got it for $399Pretty awesome software: The software in the camera and its integration with the hardware(lens,sensors,etc) is very powerful."
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"I wanted crisp photos and this camera has not been able to produce them."
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"If you are used to point and shoot quality this is ok but, if you want entry level DSLR photos you will be disappointed with the photos from this camera."
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"I see a lot of complaints about this camera and it's quality of photos."
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"I tried the camera in all modes and still had problems getting good photos."
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"The Camera is able to create so clear, vivid, nice photos, it should have equally clear and nice image display on Camera itself."
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"It is light, durable, takes wonderful high quality photos and videos."
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"I love that it's relatively lightweight, takes great photos without having to change lenses and is easy to use."
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"Easy to use and takes great photos and great videos as well."
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"This camera is capable of capturing high-quality photos, but only when you have good light, a subject which fills most of the frame, and you set the ISO to to 80 or 100 (as is normally done in good light)."
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Point-and-shoot

Point-and-shoot:
"I would say that this camera is not good for point-and-shoot and fast action."
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"Zoom is excellent, it is a good compromise between 'point-n-shoot' cameras and 'digital SLR'."
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"While I should be thrilled that my SX20 is good for a few more years (or months), I'm terribly disappointed, in part because I want to stick to a point-and-shoot (a misnomer for anything this sophisticated)."
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"This camera is a great compromise between a point-and-shoot and an SLR (14.1mp quality pictures with ridiculous optical (and digital) zoom."
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"One caution - if you're looking for a simple to use point-and-shoot this may not be your best choice due to the often poor intelligence in Auto setting."
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"All in all, a nice point-and-shoot camera."
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"Zoom is excellent, it is a good compromise between 'point-n-shoot' cameras and 'digital SLR'."
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"I have a UV haze on there for better pictures and for protection and I mount the other filters on top of that one...I can't go out as wide if I use the circular polarizer but otherwise, it's a great feature to have on a so-called point-and-shoot...me and my family are very satisfied and recommend this to anyone who is not looking to invest heavily on a DSLR but want to get that kind of quality..."
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"This is the camera you want to get if you want to take great pictures but don't want to spend the money on a DSLR...I have a couple of DSLR's and some point-and-shoots so I'm pretty familiar with cameras...I even still have SLR film cameras!"
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"This camera is a great compromise between a point-and-shoot and an SLR (14.1mp quality pictures with ridiculous optical (and digital) zoom."
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Price

Price:
"I wanted a camera that would provide me with some DLR features, without the DLR price and hassle, and this camera does that."
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"But it had plenty of drawbacks: price, size, bulk, complex attachments, battery life, compact flash rather than SDR cards, and on and on."
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"One shot per second is very disappointing for a camera in this price range."
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"Macro photos is a little challenge but other than that, it is perfect and for the price, it is a bargain."
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"Had I paid closer to its initial $400 + price, I'm sure I wouldn't have been happy with the decision."
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"Issue on value for money: price fell after I bought the product; that's always disappointing"
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"For the money this camera gets fantastic shots."
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"This is a very good camera for the price."
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"good product woks very well and it have a good quality, good materials and good price i recommend it always"
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"Worth the price and it is very durable."
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"money was well spent on this camera, I use it every day."
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Quality

Quality:
"I am totally dissatisfied with this Camera due to very very poor Picture quality and focus issues."
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"Still picture is amazing ; video quality was horrible!"
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"Lately the quality hasn't been so good, I attribute that to the second time I dropped it."
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"Unfortunately the smart phones are catching up to this quality so I would think twice about getting this."
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"At first I was very disappointed with the blurry and pixely quality but then I realized that my ISO was too high, now I am an amateur photographer who's practicing her photography skills really hard."
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"Unfortunately, the poor quality pictures with flash make this a difficult product to recommend without the qualifications."
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"It is light, durable, takes wonderful high quality photos and videos."
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"Still picture is amazing ; video quality was horrible!"
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"Shoots decent quality pictures."
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"The quality is good but not much than any point and shoot camera."
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"Amazing zooming + Picture quality."
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SLR

SLR:
"This is hard to achieve even with SLR camera."
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"Zoom is excellent, it is a good compromise between 'point-n-shoot' cameras and 'digital SLR'."
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"This is a very handy feature missing the SLR cameras4) Swivel LCD display is extremely handy during some occasions, especially for taking video at a party."
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"After 30+ years of owning goood, but not great, 35mm SLR's, I finally decided to take the plunge into the world of digital cameras."
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"In fact, carrying this camera was almost as much a challenge as carrying my SLR."
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"I simply love this Cam, would recommend this camera to all those who hate to carry big SLR's."
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"I've owned several cameras, including film SLR's with changable lenses, and this one is by far the best I've owned."
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"One thing that those who complain about the picture quality at full zoomed forget is that at anything greater than a 200mm zoom (SLR equivalent) you MUST use a tripod."
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"I owned a good Pentax SLR before digital cameras hit the market."
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"Though not in the SLR speed range, this camera is great for travel and very practical."
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"Zoom is excellent, it is a good compromise between 'point-n-shoot' cameras and 'digital SLR'."
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Screen

Screen:
"However, the image you see on the camera screen is not clear, a but blur compared to the image on Nikon."
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"However, it is only 2.7 inches and noticeably smaller than most other similar camera 3 views and the screen quality is not as good as the competition."
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"True, the view screen is a 'bit' grainy, but who cares over such a minor problem when EVERYTHING else is spectacular for the value?"
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"Quality of picture on the LCD screen is fine, not outstanding."
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"Great camera but after 1 year, the LCD screen stopped working."
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"It has multiple settings, the screen flips around for excellent camera-whoring duck-face moments, and is neither too small or too big, so I don't feel like a dorky dad taking pictures of his kids in Disneyland."
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"Having a screen that tilts down was great at my son's Christmas program, so I could hold the camera overhead and get good shots."
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"I LOVE the viewing screen, you can have it facing in while not in use to protect it, turn it to face out like your standard digital camera, or turn it so that you can see the screen from the front side of the camera (screen facing front happens to be my toddlers' favorite way to have their picture taken! )"
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"And the pictues look great on the LCD screen but on the computer they are grimey and not in focus."
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Setting

Setting:
"The picture quality is mostly exceptional; the few goofs are usually user mistakes in settings and excessive unsteadiness."
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"I found that the auto setting isn't always the best, but finding the best setting is just a matter of getting used to using it and experimenting."
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"Also, without a manual, it is easy to figure out the settings of the camera after a few tries."
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"It selects all wrong settings."
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"If I use vivid colors setting, reds are overblown and pictures are horrible."
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"Amazing zoom function, high iso settings with minimal limitations, great for manual shooting."
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"It has multiple settings, the screen flips around for excellent camera-whoring duck-face moments, and is neither too small or too big, so I don't feel like a dorky dad taking pictures of his kids in Disneyland."
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"B&W pictures come out very nice and there's also a sepia setting which was new and cool to me."
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"It was fun to play with the sepia and b&w settings but insert one color such as red at the Maker's Mark distillery."
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"I want to take shots on the fly and have them turn out great on the auto setting."
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Sharp

Sharp:
"Night shot of a water fall and believe me or not, It's beautiful, sharp, and very well lit with detail."
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"They may like a certain brand, but upon reading a negative review, they figure the camera will not produce a sharp picture, or something else terribly wrong."
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"I never thought I would be able to, but I can hand-hold at full zoom and get a sharp picture."
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"The picture is crisp clear and sharp."
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"It's difficult to see good sharp focus because of the lack of detail in the finder, but autofocus is so accurately, I trust it and have rarely been disappointed."
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"The G12 does produce really sharp and detailed pictures.720 movies are terrific."
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"It is amazing, easy to learn and the pictures are amazing Sharp and clear,U use it now for my catalog and for my family as well,I highly recommend this camera."
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"Sharp lens, good IS."
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Shutter

Shutter:
"And I still haven't been able to figure out how to use the manual shutter feature."
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"*simple to usecons*No Raw format*would like faster shutter speed for shooting sports*can't as a shutter release again this was a big disappointment."
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"The problem is that after experimenting with all manner of aperture values, shutter speed and ISO...I am getting 9 out of ten photos that are very smeared and poor."
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"To the guy that took almost over 100 pics and they were no good...hold down the shutter button half way to focus it."
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"for amateurs great item ,don't forget to get yourself tri-pod (cheap one ,i got mine at target for 30$ unless u have hands made of steel trying to get good shot with big zoom)i like to take pictures at night so shutter speed is very helpfull u can get very good results shooting at night"
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"The controls for manual exposure make this as easy to to manually set shutter speed and aperture as any DSLR."
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"The manual settings are also easy to use, as you can toggle between f stop and shutter speed with one button push."
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"I would like an easier way to adjust the shutter speed and aperture manually."
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"DSLR (Canon T1i rebel)Positives: Excellent pictures, shortest shutter (non-existent) shutter lag, low light performance, burst speed that no point and shoot on earth will ever match."
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Size

Size:
"But it had plenty of drawbacks: price, size, bulk, complex attachments, battery life, compact flash rather than SDR cards, and on and on."
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"Unheard of for other point and shoots, and would be very expensive lens for any other DSLR-Great auto settings for those who like it simple, and great manual settings for people looking to experiment-Great built in flash-Flip out LCD is very handy-Very small form factor for what it offers, looking at it you would have no idea it zooms so far-Feels and looks a lot more professionalCon:-limited features due to it not being a full scale DSLR-zoom a little annoyingly loudOverall-Not a true DSLR, but it does what it is meant for very well(which is offer more features, a huge zoom, and image stabilization) and I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting just a step up from a cheap point and shot without the complexity and cost of a Canon Rebel other DSLRIf this isn't good enough the next step camera would be the(in order of cost) Canon Rebel XSi, Rebel T1i, Rebel T2i, D60.I have the T2i and love it (the Rebel XSi didn't look too appealing to me), very good camera for size and cost."
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"Weaknesses:1) No RAW2) Typical small sensor too large DOF on shots."
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"The only thing that I dislike a little is the size of the camera, compare to my old A620.What I like the most is the telephoto x35, I took pictures from a volcano top 50 kms+ away, where some antenas are located, and the antenas came out very nice."
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"The i6 has weak flash and small zoom."
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"It has multiple settings, the screen flips around for excellent camera-whoring duck-face moments, and is neither too small or too big, so I don't feel like a dorky dad taking pictures of his kids in Disneyland."
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"Some pros are the zoom, when pictues come out good they are good, and the LCD screen is a good size."
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"It is the perfect size and the zoom is great."
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"Find a good size bag from them or another company before making your purchase."
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"Had purchased this to be gifted so tested it for a small time and everything works and is good for a camera between point and shoot and DSLR features"
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Speed

Speed:
"Most annoying is the zoom is very slow responding and sometime won't zoom until you take a pic and it resets."
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"CONS:One of the few problems with the camera is its speed."
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"It has a very slow powerburst (calling this powerburst a powerburst is just ridiculous)."
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"I would say that this camera is not good for point-and-shoot and fast action."
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"The HS50 has a Zoom Ring instead of buttons, and a Focus Ring instead of buttons, the autofocus of the HS50 works considerably better than this camera, and for those who were complaining about the speed of this cannon, you will be happy to know that the Fuji HS50 delivers a remarkable 6 shots per second burst and also claims speed as high as 16 shots per sec, but I've never needed more than 6 and want to maximize the length of the burst so have not tried anything faster."
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"Painfully slow."
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"It is a little slow for nature shots but does great even at full extension."
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"for amateurs great item ,don't forget to get yourself tri-pod (cheap one ,i got mine at target for 30$ unless u have hands made of steel trying to get good shot with big zoom)i like to take pictures at night so shutter speed is very helpfull u can get very good results shooting at night"
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"The controls for manual exposure make this as easy to to manually set shutter speed and aperture as any DSLR."
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"The main reasons why I wanted another camera was that the Canon Powershot G5 is a pretty slow operating camera, I wanted more zoom range and I wanted higher resolution photo's."
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"Though not in the SLR speed range, this camera is great for travel and very practical."
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Stabilization

Stabilization:
"I choose Canon SX30IS because of its Image Stabilized as I have a hands shaking problem."
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"The Nikon's image stabilization was very shaky and hard to get used to."
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"It zooms optically out to 35X but does good stabilized shots out to 142X."
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"The lens wonderful, the magnification, wide angle, image stabilization, and all the rest exceed anything I need."
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"The image stabilizing system is good too."
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"), although zooming in with the video requires good stabilization, such as a tripod."
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"The Image Stabilization is astonishingly good, and ISO 800 is tolerable with ISO 400 being very usable."
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Value

Value:
"True, the view screen is a 'bit' grainy, but who cares over such a minor problem when EVERYTHING else is spectacular for the value?"
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"The problem is that after experimenting with all manner of aperture values, shutter speed and ISO...I am getting 9 out of ten photos that are very smeared and poor."
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"good value"
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"This camera is really a good hybrid, its very good value and looks just like a dslr."
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"If you are serious about photography -- at least enough to be willing to read the manual, this is a great camera and an incredible value."
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"A fantastic feature-packed value for the money."
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"However, there is a lot good value there for $400 and we will use this camera on photo safari this summer."
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Video

Video:
"Still picture is amazing ; video quality was horrible!"
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"However, it's not ergonomically good to hold it and shoot video for a long perid of time."
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"The lens is not interchangeable, but it does have good close-up and good telephoto (the video posted above really gives you a good feel for the ease and range of the lens).I'm basically pleased with this camera."
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"It not only makes great pictures and videos, but it is easy to use."
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"But hard to take any decent video."
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"The video is amazing...we have watched the videos on our 60 1080p TV and although the video is only 720p, you can't tell...The best part is the potraits you can take with this camera...they look so professional."
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"I wanted something with a viewfinder because I make YouTube videos and it works great!"
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"It is light, durable, takes wonderful high quality photos and videos."
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"Still picture is amazing ; video quality was horrible!"
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"Pics and video are great."
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"Easy to use and takes great photos and great videos as well."
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Weight

Weight:
"This camera solves most of that problem, being light in weight, easily used on a mono-pod, and having a great stabilization."
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"I love that it's relatively lightweight, takes great photos without having to change lenses and is easy to use."
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"Canon has done it again, perfected a great, lightweight camera that is user friendly for an amateur yet provides a depth of options for a serious photographer."
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"For my wife's birthday, I bought this for it's versatility, light weight and ease of use."
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"Positives: Great pictures for most users (up to 8 x 10 sheets with excellent detail), light weight compared to SX30IS, portability, amazing, quieter and faster zoom among the PS cameras (better zooming than Canon), the best HD movie quality for almost all practical purposes with continuous focus maintained during zooming, excellent low-light performance among any point and shoot once you know how to play with manual options and use a tripod, and best bang for the buck."
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"It's very lightweight, which makes it easy to have around your neck for long periods without feeling like a brick."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"But it has never been quite the same (we sent it back after a first repair attempt): the viewfinder does not tell you the level of zoom anymore."
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"The super-duper 140x zoom had a problem: the lens was sticking upon the power-on sequence of extending beyond the camera body."
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"The zoom lens is ridiculously fussy to the touch, zooming and un-zooming seemingly at will which drives me insane."
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"Most annoying is the zoom is very slow responding and sometime won't zoom until you take a pic and it resets."
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"The auto focus while zoomed is not real good and 50% of the time it will be out of focus."
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"Shaking is a real problem when using the zoom."
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"It zooms optically out to 35X but does good stabilized shots out to 142X."
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"By the way, the zoom is amazing! "
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"I love them both the huge zoom on the SX30 and the more user-friendly controls makes it such a great advance over the older model."
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"Pros: 35x optical zoom, good lcd, hot shoe for flashCons: Very very Poor quality picture, Focus issues, chromatic aberration in all pictures, lens distortion in wide angle."
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"The zoom is fantastic and I am really enjoying it."
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