Updated 25 Oct 2017

Canon

Powershot D30 (with 5-25mm lens)

Snapshot: The Canon Powershot D30 (with 5-25mm lens) compact camera can shoot full-HD video. But how's the image quality?

Powershot D30 (with 5-25mm lens)
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$387

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Test results

Overall score
56
Image quality
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Screen
?/10
Video quality
?/10
Flash
?/10

Good points

  • OK image quality.
  • OK screen.
  • Can shoot full-HD video and manually focus.
  • Is water resistant.

But

  • Just OK video quality.
  • Just OK flash.

Extended review

Hadyn Green takes a look at Canon’s new underwater point and shoot.

In the freezing cold of late winter, it’s hard to imagine using an underwater camera – unless you were lucky enough to escape to one of the tropical paradises in our Pacific backyard. Then what better way to remember your winter than by looking at photos of coral and fish in those warm reef waters.

I did this recently. Before heading off on a trip to Rarotonga, I picked up the Canon PowerShot D30 – a rugged little camera that’s completely waterproof.

It feels odd walking into the ocean holding a piece of technology and even odder swimming with a camera on your wrist. But it’s worth it. The camera comes with a special filter for taking underwater shots (and you have to remember to turn it off when you get out, if you don’t want your next photos to have an orange tint).

The photos are fantastic. However, unless you’re a gun at aiming while floating, I recommend using the video function more often. And when you leave the water remember to rinse it in fresh water and then clean off the lens.

While it’s a heavy little beast, the big chunky buttons and rugged construction help when you use it in water. It also reassures you it’ll really take the punishment. (It’s also shock proof but I didn’t test this.)

Out of the water, it takes perfectly good photos – making it a good all-rounder.

How we test

Overall score includes:

Image quality (40%): Unless otherwise stated the cameras are set to full automatic function – including exposure, white balance and focus – with maximum resolution and image quality setting in JPEG.
Ease of use (40%): An evaluation of the manual, viewfinder, monitor, data transfer, shutter delay, inserting/removing memory, changing settings, controls and batteries.
Screen (10%): A rating of image quality of the screen, and the difference between the height and width displayed and what is recorded on the final image.
Video quality (10%): A rating of the quality of short video clips.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$387
Type
Compact

More test results

Viewfinder
n/a

Specifications

Megapixels (MP)
12
Battery type
Lithium-ion
Sensor
1/2.3" CMOS
ISO range
100 - 3200
Optical zoom
5
Aperture range
3.9 - 4.8
Zoom range
29 - 137
Shutter range
1/1600 - 1
Dimensions (cm)
109 x 28 x 68
Weight (g)
222
Depth (mm)
28
Memory card
SDHC, SDXC

Features

Water resistant
Yes
RAW support
×
GPS tagging
PASM modes
×
Manual focus option

Monitor

Monitor size (inches)
3
Monitor pixels
461,000
Touchscreen
×
Articulated monitor
×

Viewfinder

Viewfinder type
-
Viewfinder pixels
-

Video

Video
1920 x 1080
Microphone input
×

Flash

Flash type
Integrated
Connection for external flash
×

More info

Notes

-