The Canon PowerShot D30 is a compact waterproof and rugged camera that is capable of going deeper under water than any other waterproof camera on the market (as of February 2014) without using a separate underwater housing. The D30 is built around a 12MP CMOS sensor, and a 28-140mm F3.9-4.8 lens. The camera is shockproof to 6.5 feet, and temperature resistant from 14° to 104°F. The D30's built-in GPS tracker records the location and time of all the images and videos you capture. The new Sunlight LCD mode claims to correct a common complaint with waterproof cameras, making it easier to see the monitor in bright sunlight.
Canon PowerShot D30 Waterproof Compact Camera
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“ The Canon PowerShot D30 is a perfectly functional rugged camera that takes good quality photos - especially underwater - but does'nt really stand out in any particular area.”
- 12MP 1/2.3" BSI-CMOS sensor
- 28-140mm F3.9-4.8 equivalent lens with optical image stabilization (5x optical zoom)
- ISO 100-3200
- 3" fixed LCD with 461,000 dots
- 1080/24p HD video plus super slow motion video at 640x480 (H.264)
- Waterproof to 25m / 82'
- Shockproof to 2m / 6.5'
- Temperature resistant from 14° to 104°F
- SD/SDHC/SDXC memory
- Built-in GPS
|Max resolution||4000 x 3000|
|Image ratio w:h||1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||12 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||13 megapixels|
|Sensor size||1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)|
|White balance presets||6|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|JPEG quality levels||Superfine, fine|
|Optics & Focus|
|Focal length (equiv.)||28–140 mm|
|Maximum aperture||F3.9 - F4.8|
|Digital zoom||Yes (4X)|
|Normal focus range||5 cm (1.97″)|
|Macro focus range||1 cm (0.39″)|
|Number of focus points||9|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||PureColor II LCD|
|Minimum shutter speed||15 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/1600 sec|
|Manual exposure mode||No|
|Subject / scene modes||Yes|
|Flash range||3.50 m|
|Flash modes||Auto, on, slow sync, off|
|Continuous drive||1.9 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 10 sec, custom, face, wink)|
|Exposure compensation||±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (24p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)|
|Videography notes||Super Slow Motion: 640 x 480 or 320 x 240 (120, 240 fps), miniature effect: 1920 x 1080 or 1280 x 720 (1.5, 3, 6 fps)|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Environmentally sealed||Yes (waterproof to 25m, shockproof to 2m, dustproof)|
|Battery description||NB-6LH lithium-ion battery and charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||300|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||218 g (0.48 lb / 7.69 oz)|
|Dimensions||109 x 68 x 28 mm (4.29 x 2.68 x 1.1″)|
Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.
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|Movie / video mode||
The PowerShot D30 isn't the most feature-packed rugged camera, with basic GPS functionality and no Wi-Fi, but it takes good photos in nearly all situations, including underwater. That said, the user experience could use some work and the movie mode is dated.
Shooters who want a good everyday camera that performs well underwater, and don't mind the lack of Wi-Fi.
Not So Good For
How do digital sensors handle colored overexposure?
When I got my first DSLR, the Canon D30, it had a problem. Taking a picture of something under bright red light did not produce a completely red image. Overexposed areas would have swirls of purple and green and other colors. Someone explained the problem. When the red channel was completely saturated, that would leave the blue and green channels with an incorrect ratio of exposure. The slight amounts of blue and green invisible to your eyes wouldn't completely saturate their channels but would be enough to mess up the red color so the correct color was lost. Some searching showed that this is also a problem with color film so I just accepted it and removed the screwy colors by hand. A year later I bought a Canon 1D. Somehow it did not have this problem. I could point it at a red light and saw nothing but red at any exposure. In fact I've never owned another camera that had this problem. How do they do that?
I find red traffic lights come out yellow in the centre, which is the same overload effect you complain of. Continue Reading
Sounds like highlight recovery doing a good job? -h Continue Reading
Of course, but how does highlight recovery work? If the red channel is saturated then how does it prevent the other channels from screwing up the color? One thing I forgot to mention. Extreme overexposure of a red light will turn it white meaning all channels are saturated. Continue Reading
Best camera between 4 options
Hey guys, I would like your expert opinion. I was only checking the reviews, but I would like to hear from an expert that knows every number in the specs or have experience with these cameras. Basically, looking for a gps enabled waterproof camera. I found the following ones: - Canon PowerShot D30 - Olympus TG-3 - Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5 - Nikon COOLPIX AW120 Which one is the best option based on specs/experience and why? Other suggestions (newer models, better, etc.) are welcome too, however I believe these above are the only ones that fit my criteria. Thank you!
IIRC, DPReview has had an ongoing series on waterproof cameras. They update with newer cameras periodically. Continue Reading
Thanks! I'll take a look but I appreciate with you and others could elect the best one over these 4 options. Continue Reading
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