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Canon Powershot SD30

Features & Controls

Canon Powershot SD30 Digital ELPH

The SD30 features a high quality, all-glass 2.4x optical zoom lens 6.3-14.9mm (35mm film equivalent: 38-90mm) with a maximum aperture of f/3.2-f/5.4. When the camera is powered down the lens is retracted inside of the body and a built in shutter closes to protect the lens.

An advanced TTL AiAF 9-point autofocus system permits the camera to automatically select the primary subject even when off-center. Focusing range is 1.0 ft. (30cm) to infinity in normal mode and macro coverage is from 1.0 in. to 1.6 ft. (10-50cm) in Wide angle and from 3.9 in. to 1.6 ft. (30-50cm) in Telephoto.

The autofocus is light-assisted and works properly even in the dark. The AF-illuminator also functions as the selftimer indicator.

Canon Powershot SD30 Digital ELPH

The built in flash offers Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye Reduction and Slow-Synchro modes. 30 cm—2.0 m (1.0—6.6 feet) in Wide angle and 30 cm—1.3 m (1.0—4.3 ft.) in Telephoto. (When sensitivity is set to AUTO.) The focus-assist lamp also serves as the red-eye reduction lamp.

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The optional High-Power Flash HF-DC1 complements your PowerShot perfectly and requires no accessory shoe. With a strong light output (guide number 59 ft.) and wide angular field (28mm), it delivers proper illumination up to approximately 30 feet and in all zoom positions. The flash fires in synchronization with the main flash, and output is adjusted accurately and automatically. A “Manual” mode prevents others from firing your flash.

Canon Powershot SD30 Digital ELPH

Absent from the SD30 is an optical viewfinder. The 1.8-inch color LCD has 118,000 pixels of resolution and is used to frame your pictures as well as review captured images and access the menus.

Canon Powershot SD30 Digital ELPH

On the top is the Power On/Off button and the Shutter Release button. On the right is the built-in speaker.

Canon Powershot SD30 Digital ELPH

Controls on the back: On top is the Mode Switch with positions for Playback, Movie and Record. The Print/Share button is for automated image downloading and printing. The 4-way controller lets you navigate menus and select images during playback. In record mode you press "Up" to zoom-in to Telephoto and press "Down" to zoom-out to Wide angle (delete images in playback). Press "Right" to change flash modes, and press "Left" to enable the selftimer. The FUNC/SET button accepts menu selections and calls up the Function menu in record mode. The MENU button calls up and dismisses the menus.

See the next page for a description of the Record modes and menus.

Canon Powershot SD30 Digital ELPH

The SD30 is equipped with a Secure Digital (SD) / MultiMedia Card slot and comes with a 16MB MMC card. It can handle any capacity SD or MMC card up to 2GB.

Still Image Storage Capacity (approx.)
Resolution / Compression 16MB 128MB 512MB
 Large (2592 × 1944 pixels) 5 49 190
10 87 339
21 173 671
 Medium 1 (2048 × 1536 pixels) 9 76 295
16 136 529
33 269 1041
 Medium 2 (1600 × 1200 pixels) 14 121 471
26 127 839
50 411 1590
 Small (640 × 480 pixels) 56 460 1777
88 711 2747
138 1118 4317
 PostCard Date
Imprint Mode (1600 × 1200 pixels)
26 217 839
Movie Storage Capacity
Resolution / Frame Rate 16MB 128MB 512MB


 My Colors
 640 × 480 pixels 23 sec. 190 sec. 736 sec.
 320 × 240 pixels 33 sec. 269 sec. 1041 sec.
 Fast Frame Rate  160 × 120 pixels 107 sec. 869 sec. 3357 sec.

Canon Powershot SD30 Digital ELPH

The SD30 is powered by a Canon NB-4L 3.7v 760mAh lithium rechargeable battery pack. Canon claims a fully charged battery can record 160 shots with the LCD on and has a replay time of approx. 240 minutes. (Based on the CIPA standard)

Canon Powershot SD30 Digital ELPH

The supplied Camera Station CS-DC1 charges the battery while it's in the camera in 90 minutes or less.

Canon Powershot SD30 Digital ELPH

The I/O ports are on the Camera Station and include an AV Out which handles monaural audio and video (NTSC or PAL) to connect to your TV set with the supplied cable. The DIGITAL port supports USB 2.0 high speed to the computer for image download, it's 'plug-n-play' with the newer operating systems like Windows XP or Me or Mac OS X.

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The standard USB cable can be connected directly to all Canon "CP series" printers such as the compact and portable SELPHY CP600 or Canon PIXMA series printers as well as any PictBridge compatible printer.

Canon Powershot SD30 Digital ELPH

The included WL-DC200 wireless remote allows you to control the playback features of the SD30 when it's in the cradle and connected to a TV set.

Canon Powershot SD30 Digital ELPH

The optional All Weather Case AW-DC40 lets you use the SD30 underwater at depths up to 3 meters (9.8 ft.).   It's also ideal for taking worry-free pictures in the rain, at the beach, or on the ski slopes.

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