Canon Powershot S30 Review
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Features & Controls
The all-glass Canon 7.1-21.3mm 3x zoom (35-105mm 35mm equivalent) boasts a maximum aperture of f/2.8-4.9, and is constructed in 7 elements with 8 groups.
Focus range is 70cm (2.3 ft.) to infinity in normal mode. Macro autofocus range is
6cm (0.2 ft.) (wide-angle) / 20cm (0.7 ft.) (telephoto) to 70cm (2.3 ft.).
The autofocus is accomplished via a three-point TTL system with user-selectable AF points visible on the LCD monitor. The S30 also features an AF assist illuminator for accurate focusing even in dim to dark environments. (S40 shown but identical to S30)
When powered down or in sleep mode the lens is retracted back into the camera body.
The camera is powered on when you slide the front cover open.
The Manual focus option is enabled by pressing and holding the "MF" button while using
the Up or Down on the 4-way switch. The focus
range is 6cm (0.2 ft.) (wide-angle) / 20cm (0.7 ft.) (telephoto) to infinity.
While manually focusing, the subject area covered by the active focusing point is
digitally enlarged on the LCD to aid in critical focusing.
To save battery power or when outdoors in the bright light, switch off the LCD and frame
your shots with the eyelevel optical viewfinder. There is no diopter adjustment. The LEDs
on the side indicate recording, autofocus and flash status. The eyelevel finder shows
approximately 87% of the captured image.
The builtin 5-mode (Auto, Redeye, Slow-sync, On, Off) flash will handle most
average picture taking tasks. It has a range of
0.7m (2.3 ft.) - 4.5m.(14.76 ft.) (W) / 0.7m (2.3 ft.) - 3.6m (11.8 ft.) (T)
(sensitivity at ISO 100 equivalent)
The zoom lens control is along the edge in front of the shutter button and the Mode Dial. Next to the Mode Dial is the 4-way selector switch and below it is the Play mode switch.
The Mode Dial has positions for:
The pre-programmed "Image Zone" modes include:
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