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Canon D30 vs Sony S980

Portability
91
Imaging
37
Features
38
Overall
37
Canon PowerShot D30 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S980 front
Portability
94
Imaging
35
Features
17
Overall
27

Canon D30 vs Sony S980 Key Specs

Canon D30
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.9-4.8) lens
  • 218g - 109 x 68 x 28mm
  • Released February 2014
Sony S980
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 33-132mm (F3.3-5.2) lens
  • 167g - 93 x 56 x 24mm
  • Revealed February 2009
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Canon D30 vs Sony S980 Overview

Let's examine more in depth at the Canon D30 and Sony S980, one being a Waterproof and the other is a Small Sensor Compact by rivals Canon and Sony. The resolution of the D30 (12MP) and the S980 (12MP) is very close and they possess the same exact sensor size (1/2.3").

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The D30 was launched 5 years later than the S980 and that is a fairly large gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of these cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before going through a comprehensive comparison, below is a brief summation of how the D30 scores versus the S980 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Canon D30 over the Sony S980

 D30 S980 
RevealedFebruary 2014February 2009More recent by 61 months
Display sizing3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution461k230kClearer display (+231k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony S980 over the Canon D30

 S980 D30 

Common features in the Canon D30 and Sony S980

 D30 S980 
Manual focus More precise focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch display No Touch display

Canon D30 vs Sony S980 Physical Comparison

If you are planning to lug around your camera regularly, you'll need to think about its weight and dimensions. The Canon D30 enjoys external measurements of 109mm x 68mm x 28mm (4.3" x 2.7" x 1.1") and a weight of 218 grams (0.48 lbs) and the Sony S980 has dimensions of 93mm x 56mm x 24mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") and a weight of 167 grams (0.37 lbs).

Look at the Canon D30 and Sony S980 in the latest Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you choose at that time. Here is the front view dimension comparison of the D30 vs the S980.

Canon D30 vs Sony S980 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the D30 and S980 is 91 and 94 respectively.

Canon D30 vs Sony S980 top view buttons comparison

Canon D30 vs Sony S980 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it's tough to imagine the contrast in sensor measurements simply by researching specifications. The graphic below might give you a much better sense of the sensor measurements in the D30 and S980.

Plainly, the two cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing and the identical MP and you should expect comparable quality of photographs though you should always factor the release date of the cameras into account. The newer D30 should have a benefit when it comes to sensor technology.

Canon D30 vs Sony S980 sensor size comparison

Canon D30 vs Sony S980 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon D30 vs Sony S980 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon D30 Portrait photography highlights
Sony S980 Portrait photography highlights
33
you can focus manually
supports face detection focus
manual mode not available
can't use external flash
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
27
focusing manually
no manual exposure
can't use external flash
low MP (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Canon D30 Street photography factors
Sony S980 Street photography factors
61
has image stabilization (Optical)
weather proofing
screen is fixed
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
47
screen does not articulate
does not have image stabilization
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Canon D30
Sports photography with Sony S980
37
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports tracking autofocus
weather proofing
slow continuous shooting (2.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
17
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Canon D30 as a Travel photography camera
Sony S980 as a Travel photography camera
60
weather proofing
built-in flash
pretty wide (28mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
sensor resolution low (12MP)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
slow max aperture (f3.9)
51
has built in flash
no Time Lapse recording
low MP (12 megapixels)
does not feature selfie friendly display
wide angle not fantastic (33mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Canon D30
Landscape photography with Sony S980
44
you can focus manually
pretty wide (28mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
weather proofing
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.9)
manual mode not available
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
27
focusing manually
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (33mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
no manual exposure
does not have image stabilization
low MP (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
no Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon D30 Vlogging features
Sony S980 Vlogging features
33
pretty wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection focus
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
slow max aperture (f3.9)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
doesn't have external mic port
22
wide angle not fantastic (33mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
does not feature selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
video res low (1280 x 720 pxls)
no external mic port
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Canon D30 vs Sony S980 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon D30 and Sony S980
 Canon PowerShot D30Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S980
General Information
Make Canon Sony
Model type Canon PowerShot D30 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S980
Class Waterproof Small Sensor Compact
Released 2014-02-12 2009-02-17
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by DIGIC 4 -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 12MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4000 x 3000 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 3200 3200
Lowest native ISO 100 80
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-140mm (5.0x) 33-132mm (4.0x)
Maximal aperture f/3.9-4.8 f/3.3-5.2
Macro focusing distance 1cm 10cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inches 2.7 inches
Display resolution 461 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display technology PureColor II LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Min shutter speed 15s 2s
Max shutter speed 1/1600s 1/1600s
Continuous shutter speed 2.0 frames/s 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 3.50 m 3.50 m
Flash modes Auto, on, slow sync, off Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (24p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p) 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video data format H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 218 gr (0.48 lb) 167 gr (0.37 lb)
Dimensions 109 x 68 x 28mm (4.3" x 2.7" x 1.1") 93 x 56 x 24mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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
Other
Battery life 300 pictures -
Type of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID NB-6LH -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, custom, face, wink) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal
Storage slots One One
Pricing at release $329 $300