Slowly the new Canon SX30 IS camera with 35x Optical Zoom and Image Stabilization is hitting the streets. I've been waiting to upgrade my Canon SX210 IS after seeing the incredible Zoom capabilities with Image Stabilization from the video in this article: http://cheesycam.com/canon-sx30-is-review/ Still not available in many websites, but smaller camera retailers that are using eBay are advertising inventory. They are putting a small markup over the suggested retail price, but at least some auctions will throw in a 4GB SDHC card. If you gotta have one now, check it out: Canon SX30 IS Digital Camera with 35x Zoom
Here's another interesting comparison between Nikon's new rival to Canon's G series camera. Nikon wasn't a big player in this sub DSLR space before the recent announcement of the Nikon CoolPix P7000, but check out what they had to bring to the plate against the new Canon G12. Both cameras have DSLR like functionality with manual control of shutter and aperture and come in with 10 megapixels. Estimated price around $500 dollars, these two cameras are HD video capable at 720p @ 24fps (interesting they would use only 24fps). 30fps can be achieved when shooting at 640 x 480, but you know what they say. Once you go HD you never go back. Ok maybe i'm the only one who says it, let's move on.
Canon's G12 can do an ISO of 3200 while Nikon can move up to ISO 6400. (It might be a terrible 6400 so i'm not looking into that feature so much). The Nikon P7000 zoom is rated at 28-200mm while Canon's G12 sits at 28-140mm. Canon's G12 LCD is a tad smaller at 2.8" than the Nikon P7000's 3" and the G12 LCD also has a lower resolution. C'mon Canon get in the game here. Ok here you go - Canon does have the upper hand in maximum shutter speed set to 1/4000ths while Nikon maxes out at 1/2000ths. Canon is also throwing in their new found love for Vari-Angle LCD that seems to be appearing on all their new gear including the Canon SX30 IS and Canon 60D. Feature wise, Nikon is definitely hitting hard this year and I expect them to gain some fair market share in at least entry level DSLR's and sub DSLR's. They are finally bringing down their prices to compete with Canon's new lineup. Everyone is still waiting for each brand to pull the big rabbit out of the hat at Photokina in a few weeks, shortly afterward we'll start seeing some real live comparisons.
I purchased a Canon Powershot SX210 IS camera because I was impressed with the amount of Zoom, Image Stabilization, and 720HD video capable features. Although this is a different range of camera, Canon just announced the new SX30 IS, 14 Megapixel Point and Shoot camera with an incredible 35x Optical Zoom (not digital). Looks like i'll be upgrading my Point and Shoot soon enough! This range in 35mm terms is 24-840mm using the Ultrasonic motors from the EOS cameras. With that type of range, other features include their famous Image Stabilization and 720 HD video with stereo sound.
This sounds like it has all the bells and whistles one might need. Another feature is the articulating LCD screen which should come in handy for both photos and video use. It's an interesting camera that's almost DSLR like similar to that recent Canon G12 announcement. Could this steal some of that Canon G12 thunder?
Of course the G12 does have a hot shoe. Oops, I guess this little camera has a hot shoe too. Well Canon now has several new cameras including the Canon 60D recently announced which are not yet available for purchase. With so many different options they've pretty much covered any gaps in what buyers could think they might need in a single camera. Don't think that it's over though, we still haven't heard the big big news from Photokina scheduled at the end of this month.
More information about these cameras can be found with the links below.
Purchase Canon Powershot SX30 IS