Updated 21 Nov 2016

Canon

Powershot D30

Snapshot: The Canon Powershot D30 compact camera has a manual focus option, is water resistant and can shoot Full-HD video. But how’s the image quality?

Powershot D30
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$399

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Test results

Overall score
57
Image quality
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Screen
?/10
Video quality
?/10
Flash
?/10

Good points

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

But

  • Just OK ease of use.
  • Just OK video quality.

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

Our test was a joint international consumer test, conducted by a laboratory in Europe.

Overall score includes:

Image quality (50%): 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 (30%): 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.
Flash (0%): A rating of the strength and evenness of the flash lighting at different distances. Does not add to overall score.

Price is based on a survey of online retailers.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$399
Type
Compact

Specifications

Battery type
Lithium-ion
Megapixels (MP)
12
Sensor
1/2.3" CMOS
Memory card
SDHC, SDXC
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

Features

Water resistant
Yes
Raw support
No
GPS tagging
Yes
PASM modes
No
Manual focus option
Yes

Monitor

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

Viewfinder

Viewfinder type
-
Viewfinder pixels
-

Video

Resolution
1920 x 1080
Microphone input
×

Flash

Flash type
Integrated
Connection for external flash
×

More info

Notes
-