Canon PowerShot D30 Waterproof Compact Camera

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73% Tried & Tested
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.”

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Key Features

  • 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

Product Description

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.


Body type
Body type Compact
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)
Sensor type BSI-CMOS
Processor DIGIC 4
ISO Auto, 100-3200
White balance presets 6
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization Optical
Uncompressed format No
JPEG quality levels Superfine, fine
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 28–140 mm
Optical zoom 5×
Maximum aperture F3.9 - F4.8
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (4X)
Manual focus Yes
Normal focus range 5 cm (1.97)
Macro focus range 1 cm (0.39)
Number of focus points 9
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 461,000
Touch screen No
Screen type PureColor II LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type None
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 15 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/1600 sec
Aperture priority No
Shutter priority No
Manual exposure mode No
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes
Flash range 3.50 m
External flash No
Flash modes Auto, on, slow sync, off
Continuous drive 1.9 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, custom, face, wink)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (24p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Format H.264
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)
Microphone Mono
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (mini-HDMI)
Microphone port No
Headphone port No
Remote control No
Environmentally sealed Yes (waterproof to 25m, shockproof to 2m, dustproof)
Battery Battery Pack
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)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording No
GPS BuiltIn


DPReview Conclusion

Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.

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Tried & Tested
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73 %
Overall Score

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.

Good For

Shooters who want a good everyday camera that performs well underwater, and don't mind the lack of Wi-Fi.

Not So Good For

Questions & Answers


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?

Scott Larson asked
9 months ago


I find red traffic lights come out yellow in the centre, which is the same overload effect you complain of. Continue Reading

D Cox answered
9 months ago

Sounds like highlight recovery doing a good job? -h Continue Reading

hjulenissen answered
9 months ago

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

Scott Larson answered
9 months ago


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!

igorjrr asked
5 months ago


IIRC, DPReview has had an ongoing series on waterproof cameras. They update with newer cameras periodically. Continue Reading

l_d_allan answered
5 months ago

Thanks! I'll take a look but I appreciate with you and others could elect the best one over these 4 options. Continue Reading

igorjrr answered
5 months ago

Just to help others, link: Continue Reading

igorjrr answered
5 months ago

Warranty Information

"Canon U.S.A., Inc. and Canon Canada Inc. (collectively "Canon") warrant to the original end‐user purchaser, when delivered in new condition in its original container, that the Product will be free from defects in materials and workmanship under normal use and service for a period of one (1) year from the date of original purchase. Product returned to a Canon repair facility and proven to be defective upon inspection will, at Canon’s sole discretion and without charge, be (a) repaired utilizing new, remanufactured, repaired and/or recycled parts; (b) exchanged for a new Product or; (c) exchanged for a refurbished Product, as determined by the Canon repair facility. Warranty exchange or replacement does not extend the original warranty period of the Product. "

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