Canon D30 vs Nikon S9300

Canon PowerShot D30 front
Nikon Coolpix S9300 front

Canon D30 vs Nikon S9300 Key Specs

Canon D30
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.9-4.8) lens
  • 218g - 109 x 68 x 28mm
  • Announced February 2014
Nikon S9300
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-450mm (F3.5-5.9) lens
  • 215g - 109 x 62 x 31mm
  • Launched July 2012
  • Previous Model is Nikon S9100
  • New Model is Nikon S9500
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Canon D30 vs Nikon S9300 Overview

The following is a thorough overview of the Canon D30 vs Nikon S9300, former is a Waterproof while the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom by competitors Canon and Nikon. There exists a substantial gap between the resolutions of the D30 (12MP) and S9300 (16MP) but both cameras have the same sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The D30 was released 20 months after the S9300 making them a generation away from one another. Both cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before diving straight to a in depth comparison, here is a concise summary of how the D30 scores versus the S9300 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Canon D30 over the Nikon S9300

 D30 S9300 
LaunchedFebruary 2014July 2012Newer by 20 months
Manually focus More accurate focusing

Reasons to pick Nikon S9300 over the Canon D30

 S9300 D30 
Display resolution921k461kCrisper display (+460k dot)

Common features in the Canon D30 and Nikon S9300

 D30 S9300 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display measurements
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch display Lack of Touch display

Canon D30 vs Nikon S9300 Physical Comparison

When you are going to travel with your camera often, you will need to think about its weight and volume. The Canon D30 has exterior dimensions of 109mm x 68mm x 28mm (4.3" x 2.7" x 1.1") and a weight of 218 grams (0.48 lbs) whilst the Nikon S9300 has sizing of 109mm x 62mm x 31mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.2") accompanied by a weight of 215 grams (0.47 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you are using at that time. Following is a front view overall size comparison of the D30 and the S9300.

Canon D30 vs Nikon S9300 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability score of the D30 and S9300 is 91 and 91 respectively.

Canon D30 vs Nikon S9300 top view buttons comparison

Canon D30 vs Nikon S9300 Sensor Comparison

Typically, its tough to envision the contrast between sensor dimensions simply by checking technical specs. The pic here will offer you a greater sense of the sensor sizes in the D30 and S9300.

As you can tell, the 2 cameras provide the same sensor dimensions but not the same resolution. You can anticipate the Nikon S9300 to give you extra detail as a result of its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also let you crop images more aggressively. The newer D30 is going to have a benefit in sensor technology.

Canon D30 vs Nikon S9300 sensor size comparison

Canon D30 vs Nikon S9300 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon D30 vs Nikon S9300 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon D30 Portrait photography info
Nikon S9300 Portrait photography info
focusing manually
provides face detect autofocus
lack of manual exposure
cannot use external flash
low resolution sensor (12MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
decent MP (16MP)
features face detection autofocus
manual focus not available
manual exposure not possible
no external flash support
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Canon D30 Street photography information
Nikon S9300 Street photography information
image stabilization (Optical)
environment proof
no articulating screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (215 grams)
no moving screen
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Canon D30 as a Sports photography camera
Nikon S9300 as a Sports photography camera
image stabilization (Optical)
provides tracking focus
environment proof
slow frames per second (2.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
low resolution sensor (12MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
amazing zoom range (25-450mm 18.0 x zoom)
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16MP)
features tracking autofocus
no shutter priority mode
very small sensor (1/2.3")
terrible battery power (200 CIPA)
no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Canon D30
Travel photography with Nikon S9300
environment proof
built-in flash
reasonably wide (28mm)
lack of Time Lapse mode
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
slow max aperture (f3.9)
lighter than competition in class (215g)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
reasonably wide (25mm)
long reach (450mm)
missing Time Lapse recording
terrible battery power (200 shots)
screen is not selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Canon D30
Landscape photography with Nikon S9300
focusing manually
reasonably wide (28mm)
pretty good screen size (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
environment proof
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.9)
lack of manual exposure
low resolution sensor (12MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
lack of Time Lapse mode
reasonably wide (25mm)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16MP)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
manual exposure not possible
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
terrible battery power (200 shots)
missing Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon D30 Vlogging information
Nikon S9300 Vlogging information
reasonably wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect autofocus
great video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
slow max aperture (f3.9)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
lack of mic support
reasonably wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competition in class (215g)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen is not selfie friendly
missing external mic socket
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Canon D30 vs Nikon S9300 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon D30 and Nikon S9300
 Canon PowerShot D30Nikon Coolpix S9300
General Information
Make Canon Nikon
Model type Canon PowerShot D30 Nikon Coolpix S9300
Class Waterproof Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2014-02-12 2012-07-16
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip DIGIC 4 -
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4000 x 3000 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 3200 3200
Minimum native ISO 100 125
RAW images
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points 9 -
Cross type focus points - -
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-140mm (5.0x) 25-450mm (18.0x)
Max aperture f/3.9-4.8 f/3.5-5.9
Macro focusing distance 1cm 4cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3" 3"
Resolution of screen 461k dots 921k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Screen technology PureColor II LCD TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Lowest shutter speed 15s 30s
Highest shutter speed 1/1600s 1/8000s
Continuous shooting rate 2.0 frames per second 6.9 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 3.50 m -
Flash settings Auto, on, slow sync, off Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow-sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (24p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p) 1920 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720p (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Wireless None None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn BuiltIn
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 218g (0.48 lb) 215g (0.47 lb)
Physical dimensions 109 x 68 x 28mm (4.3" x 2.7" x 1.1") 109 x 62 x 31mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.2")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Battery life 300 images 200 images
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NB-6LH EN-EL12
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, custom, face, wink) Yes
Time lapse recording
Card slots Single Single
Launch cost $329 $249