Canon D30

Canon PowerShot D30 front
  • 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
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Canon D30 summary

Canon D30 is Canon's Waterproof camera first released on February of 2014. It features a 12 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 4000 x 3000.

The D30 comes in at #36 out of 75 in Waterproof cameras and overall #815 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our database. You should use our Smart camera finder to see camera rankings based on your personalized criteria.

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Here is a diagram of specific factors used in the rating system.

Canon D30 family

The Canon D30 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Underneath, you can discover all earlier and new models alongside important specs.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Canon-PowerShot-D30 front thumbnailCanon D3028-140mm
Canon-PowerShot-D20 front thumbnailCanon D20
D30 vs D20
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D30 vs D10

Canon D30 Pros and Cons

Below is a collection of pros and cons of the Canon D30 based on aspects which are usually considered useful in a camera.

above average minimum ISO (100)
comes with face detection autofocus
comes with tracking autofocus
environment sealing
fairly wide (28mm)
flash built-in
has image stabilization (Optical)
has manual focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
in built zoom lens (28-140mm 5.0 x zoom)
includes HDMI socket
screen size is good (3 inches)
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
cannot use external flash
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
doesn't have RAW files
does not have a selfie friendly display
lack of external microphone socket
lack of headphone socket
lack of manual mode
lack of Timelapse function
low MP (12MP)
low resolution screen (461 k dots)
no aperture priority
no shutter priority
screen is fixed
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
slow at tele end (f4.8)
slow frames per second (2.0 frames/s)
sluggish max aperture (f3.9)
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Canon D30 Sensor info

The Canon D30 features the DIGIC 4 chip. The sensor dimension on the Canon D30 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 4000 x 3000 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is superior than digital stabilization since the latter may cause cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 12MP and includes a native ISO range of 100 to 3200. Unfortunately, RAW format is not supported so you have less room to maneuver in post.

The graphic underneath shows the D30's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The D30 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is displayed in green.

Canon PowerShot D30 sensor size Photography Glossary

To get an understanding of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon D30 dimensions

Canon D30 is 0.48 lb (218 grams or 7.69 oz) and features exterior size of 109mm x 68mm x 28mm (4.3" x 2.7" x 1.1"). The weight of typical Waterproof camera is 195 grams and the Canon D30 is more heavy in comparison with other competitors.

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Here is a picture of the Canon D30 with a soft drink to help you have a feel for its scale.

Canon PowerShot D30 dimensions scale

The top view just below will show you the button arrangement on the D30.

Canon PowerShot D30 topview buttons dials

Canon D30 Lens info

The D30 comes with a fixed lens and it has a focal range of 28-140mm making it a 5.0 x zoom which is not at all ideal but it might be useful in certain scenarios.

At the widest 28mm, it provides an aperture of f3.9 which is very slow and not very good in low light events and you may find it difficult to capture good bokeh. You might also need to increase the ISO which causes noisy files. On the tele end, 140mm comes with f4.8 making it quite sluggish and you will need to use slow shutter speeds.

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Canon D30 Connectivity

The D30 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Digital cameras which have NFC and Bluetooth support can be used wirelessly via smartphones. You are able to send photos and in some cases change settings without connecting straight to the camera.

Many applications even stream a Liveview and hit the shutter when you are not close to the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI out, it can be connected to an external screen. Most cameras enable you to charge the battery pack with the USB socket.

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Canon D30 Video info

The max video resolution on the Canon D30 is 1920 x 1080 and it can shoot in H.264 format. 1080p resolution can provide a good balance in quality and file sizes but 1080p will not give you much room to downsample. The camera does not have a mic and headphone jack so you have got little control over your audio. It is probably best to look at a different model in case you need decent audio in your video clips.

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Canon D30 Weather Sealing

Canon D30 has got environment proofing which makes it a fantastic selection to use in rough locations. This can be particularly beneficial whenever you are not sure about the elements you might encounter in outdoor photography.

Canon D30 Display and Viewfinder

The Canon D30 features a 3" fixed display screen supporting a resolution of 461k dots.

Please be aware that the display offers no touch support.

Canon PowerShot D30 screen and viewfinder Snapchat Adds Watermarks to AI-Created Images

The View Finder specs regarding Canon D30 are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

In those sunny outdoor situations which make the camera displays washed out and hard to view, viewfinders can be rather valuable.

Canon D30 Shutter info

Canon D30 has the ability to shoot continuously at 2.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/1600 seconds.

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Canon D30 Flash and Hot shoe info

Canon D30 has got only inbuilt flash without external flash support.

Canon D30 Autofocusing info

Canon D30 has got just Contrast Detect Auto Focus and is missing Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more snappier and accurate in comparison with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera features Face detect which makes it helpful for taking photos of people.

The Sensor features 9 focus points to choose from. It also includes Tracking Auto Focus for moving things. Canon D30 includes manual focus when required in low light conditions or you want more accurate control on focus.

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Canon D30 Battery life

The battery pack (NB-6LH) in the Canon D30 is designed to last for 300 pictures as per the CIPA benchmarks making it about the same as its rivals. The usual Waterproof camera battery life is 275. Olympus TG-4 features the maximum (380) battery life in this class of cameras.

Here is a listing of Waterproof cameras that come with the best battery life:

Canon D30 for varying forms of photography

The following diagram presents a rundown of the Canon D30 for varying forms of photography. To look at more, go to the specific paragraph underneath.

Canon D30 as a Portrait photography camera

The Canon D30 has a score of 33 which is horrible, meaning that it is not appropriate to use for portrait images. Taking portraits favors heavily to sensor size, RAW support plus the potential to utilize external lighting.

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has manual focus
supports face detect autofocus
no manual control
no external flash support
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files

Street photography with Canon D30

With a above average points tally of 61, the Canon D30 is a fine option to use in street photography. A good street photography camera comes with a good balance of picture quality and portability.

Photography Glossary
built in image stabilization (Optical)
environment sealing
no articulating screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support

Canon D30 Sports photography advice

A horrible sports photography points total of 37 means the Canon D30 is not appropriate for photographing sports. A camera needs fantastic autofocus plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides tracking focus
weather sealing
very slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
low MP (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus

Canon D30 Travel photography information

Portability is very important when getting a camera for travel. On the whole, the Canon D30 gets a moderate 60 as a travel camera which is reasonably suited to purchase for your holidays.

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environment proofing
flash built-in
fairly wide (28mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
low MP (12MP)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
slow max aperture (f3.9)

Canon D30 as a Landscape photography camera

If you're looking to purchase a digital camera for landscape photos, the most significant factor will no doubt be image quality. The Canon D30 at it's horrible rating of 44 as a landscape camera is not appropriate in the current marketplace.

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you can focus manually
rather wide (28mm)
screen size is decent (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
environment proof
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.9)
manual exposure not possible
low MP (12MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
doesn't have Time Lapse recording

Canon D30 Vlogging info

A camera for vlogging ought to posses a moving display, microphone input and ideally IBIS. Taking everything in to account, the Canon D30 is not appropriate as a vlog camera as it delivers a horrible rating of 33.

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really wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
no external mic support

Canon D30 Alternatives

If you are shopping for replacements to the D30, below is a selection of the top rated cameras which fall within the class of Waterproof.

The diagram underneath offers you an overview of the D30 vs it's top scoring competitors suggested previously.

Following are additional cameras you might look into as alternatives. To read through a comprehensive comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Brand Name
Canon PowerShot D30
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Powered by
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW files
Max native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28-140mm (5.0x)
Maximum aperture
Macro focus range
Focal length multiplier
Type of display
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
3 inches
Display resolution
461k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Display tech
PureColor II LCD
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Min shutter speed
Max shutter speed
Continuous shutter rate
2.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
3.50 m
Flash modes
Auto, on, slow sync, off
External flash
White balance bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (24p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Max video resolution
Video file format
Microphone port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
218 gr (0.48 pounds)
Physical dimensions
109 x 68 x 28mm (4.3" x 2.7" x 1.1")
Battery life
300 shots
Battery type
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, custom, face, wink)
Time lapse recording
Storage type
Card slots
Retail price