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Canon SX30 IS vs Canon SX60 HS

Portability
64
Imaging
37
Features
42
Overall
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Canon PowerShot SX30 IS front
 
Canon PowerShot SX60 HS front
Portability
61
Imaging
41
Features
67
Overall
51

Canon SX30 IS vs Canon SX60 HS Key Specs

Canon SX30 IS
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-840mm (F2.7-5.8) lens
  • 601g - 123 x 92 x 108mm
  • Revealed September 2010
  • Previous Model is Canon SX20 IS
  • Newer Model is Canon SX40 HS
Canon SX60 HS
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 21-1365mm (F3.4-6.5) lens
  • 650g - 128 x 93 x 114mm
  • Announced September 2014
  • Previous Model is Canon SX50 HS
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Canon SX30 IS vs Canon SX60 HS Overview

The following is a extensive overview of the Canon SX30 IS versus Canon SX60 HS, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and both of them are created by Canon. The image resolution of the SX30 IS (14MP) and the SX60 HS (16MP) is pretty close and both cameras provide the identical sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The SX30 IS was announced 5 years prior to the SX60 HS which is a fairly big difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of the cameras feature the same body design (SLR-like (bridge)).

Before going right into a comprehensive comparison, here is a concise summation of how the SX30 IS grades versus the SX60 HS for portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Canon SX30 IS over the Canon SX60 HS

 SX30 IS SX60 HS 

Reasons to pick Canon SX60 HS over the Canon SX30 IS

 SX60 HS SX30 IS 
AnnouncedSeptember 2014September 2010Newer by 48 months
Screen size3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution922k230kClearer screen (+692k dot)

Common features in the Canon SX30 IS and Canon SX60 HS

 SX30 IS SX60 HS 
Manual focus More accurate focus
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFully ArticulatedFully Articulated screen
Selfie screen Both are selfie friendly
Touch screen Lacking Touch screen

Canon SX30 IS vs Canon SX60 HS Physical Comparison

If you're planning to travel with your camera often, you will need to consider its weight and size. The Canon SX30 IS enjoys external dimensions of 123mm x 92mm x 108mm (4.8" x 3.6" x 4.3") having a weight of 601 grams (1.32 lbs) and the Canon SX60 HS has specifications of 128mm x 93mm x 114mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 4.5") accompanied by a weight of 650 grams (1.43 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you are working with at the time. The following is a front view proportions comparison of the SX30 IS against the SX60 HS.

Canon SX30 IS vs Canon SX60 HS size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability score of the SX30 IS and SX60 HS is 64 and 61 respectively.

Canon SX30 IS vs Canon SX60 HS top view buttons comparison

Canon SX30 IS vs Canon SX60 HS Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is hard to picture the difference in sensor dimensions purely by looking through specifications. The pic here may provide you a better sense of the sensor dimensions in the SX30 IS and SX60 HS.

To sum up, both of these cameras come with the identical sensor size albeit different MP. You can expect the Canon SX60 HS to render greater detail with its extra 2MP. Higher resolution can also make it easier to crop photographs a good deal more aggressively. The more aged SX30 IS will be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor innovation.

Canon SX30 IS vs Canon SX60 HS sensor size comparison

Canon SX30 IS vs Canon SX60 HS Screen and ViewFinder

Canon SX30 IS vs Canon SX60 HS Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon SX30 IS Portrait photography advice
Canon SX60 HS Portrait photography advice
42
you can focus manually
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
56
manual focus
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
comes with face detection focus
saves RAW files
small sensor (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Canon SX30 IS Street photography details
Canon SX60 HS Street photography details
49
screen articulates
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
heavier than average (601 grams)
56
screen articulates
image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW files
small sensor (1/2.3")
heavier than competitors in class (650 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Canon SX30 IS as a Sports photography camera
Canon SX60 HS as a Sports photography camera
43
long zoom range (24-840mm 35.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (14MP)
max fps very slow (1.0 frames per second)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
53
excellent zoom range (21-1365mm 65.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
comes with tracking autofocus
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Canon SX30 IS Travel photography highlights
Canon SX60 HS Travel photography highlights
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decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
built-in flash
screen is selfie friendly
rather wide (24mm)
great zoom (840mm)
does not have Time Lapse function
heavier than average (601 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.7)
57
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
has built in flash
selfie friendly screen
really wide (21mm)
long zoom (1365mm)
missing Time Lapse function
heavier than competitors in class (650g)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.4)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Canon SX30 IS
Landscape photography with Canon SX60 HS
41
you can focus manually
rather wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.7)
screen is somewhat small (2.7")
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
does not have Time Lapse function
52
manual focus
really wide (21mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
saves RAW files
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.4)
small sensor (1/2.3")
missing Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon SX30 IS Vlogging advice
Canon SX60 HS Vlogging advice
50
rather wide (24mm)
screen is selfie friendly
image stabilization (Optical)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.7)
low quality video (1280 x 720 resolution)
does not have mic socket
heavier than average (601 grams)
62
really wide (21mm)
selfie friendly screen
image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does have external mic support
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.4)
heavier than competitors in class (650 grams)
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Canon SX30 IS vs Canon SX60 HS Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon SX30 IS and Canon SX60 HS
 Canon PowerShot SX30 ISCanon PowerShot SX60 HS
General Information
Make Canon Canon
Model Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2010-09-14 2014-09-16
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Powered by Digic 4 DIGIC 6
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
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 14 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4320 x 3240 4608 x 3072
Maximum native ISO 1600 6400
Minimum native ISO 80 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-840mm (35.0x) 21-1365mm (65.0x)
Highest aperture f/2.7-5.8 f/3.4-6.5
Macro focus range 0cm 0cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fully Articulated Fully Articulated
Screen size 2.7" 3"
Screen resolution 230 thousand dots 922 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 922 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Features
Slowest shutter speed 15s 15s
Maximum shutter speed 1/3200s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting rate 1.0 frames/s 6.4 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 6.80 m 5.50 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Fill-in Auto, on, slow synchro, off
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 601 grams (1.32 lb) 650 grams (1.43 lb)
Physical dimensions 123 x 92 x 108mm (4.8" x 3.6" x 4.3") 128 x 93 x 114mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 4.5")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 39
DXO Color Depth score not tested 19.2
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 10.1
DXO Low light score not tested 127
Other
Battery life - 340 shots
Battery style - Battery Pack
Battery model NB-7L NB-10L
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/HC MMCplus SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots One One
Launch price $400 $549