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Canon SX30 vs SX530

The Canon PowerShot SX30 IS and the Canon PowerShot SX530 HS are two digital cameras that were officially introduced, respectively, in September 2010 and January 2015. Both the SX30 and the SX530 are fixed lens compact cameras that are equipped with a 1/2.3-inch sensor. The SX30 has a resolution of 14 megapixels, whereas the SX530 provides 15.9 MP.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Canon SX30 versus Canon SX530
Canon SX30 Canon SX530
Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
24-840mm f/2.7-5.8 24-1200mm f/3.4-6.5
14 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor 15.9 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor
720/30p Video 1080/30p Video
ISO 100-1,600 (100 - 6,400) ISO 100-3,200
Electronic viewfinder (202k dots) No viewfinder, LCD framing
2.7 LCD, 230k dots 3.0 LCD, 461k dots
Swivel screen (not touch-sensitive) Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive)
0.6 shutter flaps per second 1.6 shutter flaps per second
370 shots per battery charge210 shots per battery charge
123 x 92 x 108 mm, 601 g 120 x 82 x 92 mm, 442 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS and the Canon PowerShot SX530 HS? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison

The physical size and weight of the Canon SX30 and the Canon SX530 are illustrated in the side-by-side display below. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive views from the front, the top, and the rear side are shown. All width, height and depth dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

Size Canon SX30 vs Canon SX530
Compare SX30 versus SX530 top
Comparison SX30 or SX530 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Canon SX530 is notably smaller (13 percent) than the Canon SX30. Moreover, the SX530 is markedly lighter (26 percent) than the SX30. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the SX30 nor the SX530 are weather-sealed.

The adjacent table lists the principal physical characteristics of the two cameras alongside a wider set of alternatives. If you would like to visualize and compare a different camera combination, you can navigate to the CAM-parator app and make your selection from a broad list of cameras there.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon SX30 123 mm 92 mm 108 mm 601 g 370 n Sep 2010 429i
2.
 
Canon SX530 120 mm 82 mm 92 mm 442 g 210 n Jan 2015 429i
3.
 
Canon 1300D 129 mm 101 mm 78 mm 485 g 500 n Mar 2016 449i
4.
 
Canon SX540 120 mm 82 mm 92 mm 442 g 205 n Jan 2016 399 i
5.
 
Canon SX520 120 mm 82 mm 92 mm 441 g 210 n Jul 2014 399i
6.
 
Canon 1200D 130 mm 100 mm 78 mm 480 g 500 n Feb 2014 449i
7.
 
Canon G1 X Mark II 116 mm 74 mm 66 mm 553 g 240 n Feb 2014 799i
8.
 
Canon SX60 128 mm 93 mm 114 mm 650 g 340 n Sep 2014 549i
9.
 
Canon G1 X 117 mm 81 mm 65 mm 534 g 250 n Jan 2012 799i
10.
 
Canon G15 107 mm 76 mm 40 mm 352 g 350 n Sep 2012 499i
11.
 
Canon SX50 123 mm 87 mm 106 mm 595 g 315 n Sep 2012 429i
12.
 
Canon SX40 123 mm 92 mm 108 mm 600 g 380 n Sep 2011 429i
13.
 
Canon 1100D 130 mm 100 mm 78 mm 495 g 700 n Feb 2011 449i
14.
 
Canon SX20 123 mm 88 mm 87 mm 600 g .. n Aug 2009 399i
15.
 
Leica X Typ 113 133 mm 73 mm 78 mm 486 g 350 n Sep 2014 2,295i
16.
 
Panasonic FZ150 124 mm 82 mm 92 mm 528 g 410 n Aug 2011 499i
17.
 
Panasonic FZ100 124 mm 82 mm 92 mm 540 g 410 n Jul 2010 499i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

Any camera decision will obviously take relative prices into account. The listed launch prices provide an indication of the market segment that the manufacturer of the cameras have been targeting. The two cameras under review were launched at the same price and fall into the same market segment. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down.

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Sensor comparison

The imaging sensor is at the core of digital cameras and its size is one of the main determining factors of image quality. A large sensor will tend to have larger individual pixels that provide better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixel-units in a sensor of the same technological generation. Further, a large sensor camera will give the photographer additional creative options when using shallow depth-of-field to isolate a subject from its background. On the downside, larger sensors are more costly to manufacture and tend to lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

Both cameras under consideration feature a 1/2.3-inch sensor and have a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 5.6. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the review cameras among the smaller-sensor digicams that favor affordability and compact design. Both cameras feature a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 4:3.

Technology-wise, the SX530 uses a more advanced image processing engine (DIGIC 4+) than the SX30 (DIGIC 4), with benefits for noise reduction, color accuracy, and processing speed.

Canon SX30 and Canon SX530 sensor measures

While the two cameras under review share the same sensor size, the SX530 offers a higher resolution of 15.9 megapixels, compared with 14 MP of the SX30. This megapixels advantage translates into a 7 percent gain in linear resolution. On the other hand, these sensor specs imply that the SX530 has a higher pixel density and a smaller size of the individual pixel (with a pixel pitch of 1.33μm versus 1.41μm for the SX30). However, it should be noted that the SX530 is much more recent (by 4 years and 3 months) than the SX30, and its sensor will have benefitted from technological advances during this time that compensate for the smaller pixel size. Coming back to sensor resolution, it should be mentioned that neither of the two cameras has an anti-alias filter installed, so they are able to capture all the detail the sensor resolves.

The resolution advantage of the Canon SX530 implies greater flexibility for cropping images or the possibility to print larger pictures. The maximum print size of the SX530 for good quality output (200 dots per inch) amounts to 23 x 17.3 inches or 58.5 x 43.9 cm, for very good quality (250 dpi) 18.4 x 13.8 inches or 46.8 x 35.1 cm, and for excellent quality (300 dpi) 15.4 x 11.5 inches or 39 x 29.3 cm. The corresponding values for the Canon SX30 are 21.6 x 16.2 inches or 54.9 x 41.1 cm for good quality, 17.3 x 13 inches or 43.9 x 32.9 cm for very good quality, and 14.4 x 10.8 inches or 36.6 x 27.4 cm for excellent quality prints.

The Canon PowerShot SX30 IS has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 1600, which can be extended to ISO 100-6400. The corresponding ISO settings for the Canon PowerShot SX530 HS are ISO 100 to ISO 3200 (no boost).

SX30 versus SX530 MP

Consistent information on actual sensor performance is available from DXO Mark for many cameras. This service assesses and scores the color depth ("DXO Portrait"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports") of camera sensors, and also publishes an overall camera score. The adjacent table reports on the physical sensor characteristics and the outcomes of the DXO sensor quality tests for a sample of comparator-cameras.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Canon SX30 1/2.3 14.0 4320 3240720/30p........
2.
 
Canon SX530 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/30p........
3.
 
Canon 1300D APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p........
4.
 
Canon SX540 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p........
5.
 
Canon SX520 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/30p........
6.
 
Canon 1200D APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.911.372463
7.
 
Canon G1 X Mark II 1.5-inch 13.0 4160 31201080/30p21.510.858158
8.
 
Canon SX60 1/2.3 14.2 4608 30721080/60p19.210.812739
9.
 
Canon G1 X 1.5-inch 14.2 4352 32641080/24p21.710.864460
10.
 
Canon G15 1/1.7 12.0 4000 30001080/24p19.911.516546
11.
 
Canon SX50 1/2.3 12.0 4000 30001080/24p20.311.217947
12.
 
Canon SX40 1/2.3 12.0 4000 30001080/24p........
13.
 
Canon 1100D APS-C 12.2 4272 2848720/30p21.911.075562
14.
 
Canon SX20 1/2.3 12.0 4000 3000720/30p........
15.
 
Leica X Typ 113 APS-C 16.1 4928 32641080/30p........
16.
 
Panasonic FZ150 1/2.3 12.0 4000 30001080/60p19.410.913240
17.
 
Panasonic FZ100 1/2.3 14.0 4320 32401080/60i........

Many modern cameras cannot only take still pictures, but also record videos. Both cameras under consideration are equipped with sensors that have a sufficiently high read-out speed for moving images, but the SX530 provides a better video resolution than the SX30. It can shoot movie footage at 1080/30p, while the SX30 is limited to 720/30p.

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Feature comparison

Beyond body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. For example, the SX30 has an electronic viewfinder (202k dots), which can be very helpful when shooting in bright sunlight. In contrast, the SX530 relies on live view and the rear LCD for framing. The adjacent table lists some of the other core features of the Canon SX30 and Canon SX530 along with similar information for a selection of comparators.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
(000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Canon SX30202 n 2.7 230 swivel n 1/3200s 0.6 Y Y
2.
 
Canon SX530none n 3.0 461 fixed n 1/2000s 1.6 Y Y
3.
 
Canon 1300Doptical n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
4.
 
Canon SX540none n 3.0 461 fixed n 1/2000s 5.9 Y Y
5.
 
Canon SX520none n 3.0 461 fixed n 1/2000s 1.6 Y Y
6.
 
Canon 1200Doptical n 3.0 460 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
7.
 
Canon G1 X Mark IIoptional n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 5.2 Y Y
8.
 
Canon SX60922 n 3.0 922 swivel n 1/2000s 6.4 Y Y
9.
 
Canon G1 Xoptical n 3.0 922 Swivel n 1/4000s 1.9 Y Y
10.
 
Canon G15optical n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/4000s 2.1 Y Y
11.
 
Canon SX50202 n 3.0 461 swivel n 1/2000s 2.2 Y Y
12.
 
Canon SX40202 n 2.7 230 swivel n 1/3200s 10.3 Y Y
13.
 
Canon 1100Doptical n 2.7 230 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
14.
 
Canon SX20202 n 2.5 230 swivel n 1/3200s 0.7 Y Y
15.
 
Leica X Typ 113optional n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/2000s 5.0 Y n
16.
 
Panasonic FZ150202 n 3.0 460 swivel n 1/2000s 12.0 Y Y
17.
 
Panasonic FZ100202 n 3.0 460 swivel n 1/2000s 11.0 Y Y

Both the SX30 and the SX530 have zoom lenses built in. The SX30 has a 24-840mm f/2.7-5.8 optic and the SX530 offers a 24-1200mm f/3.4-6.5 (focal lengths in full frame equivalent terms). Hence, the SX30 and SX530 provide the same view at the wide-angle end, but the SX530 has more tele-photo reach at the long end. The SX30 offers the faster maximum aperture.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the SX30 and the SX530 write their files to SDXC cards.

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Connectivity comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS and Canon PowerShot SX530 HS and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Canon SX30Ystereomono--YES2.0---
2.
 
Canon SX530-stereomono--mini2.0YY-
3.
 
Canon 1300DYmonomono--mini2.0YY-
4.
 
Canon SX540-stereomono--mini2.0YY-
5.
 
Canon SX520-stereomono--mini2.0---
6.
 
Canon 1200DYmonomono--mini2.0---
7.
 
Canon G1 X Mark IIYstereomono--mini2.0YY-
8.
 
Canon SX60YstereomonoY-mini2.0YY-
9.
 
Canon G1 XYstereomono--mini2.0---
10.
 
Canon G15Ystereomono--mini2.0---
11.
 
Canon SX50Ystereomono--mini2.0---
12.
 
Canon SX40Ystereomono--YES2.0---
13.
 
Canon 1100DYstereomono--mini2.0---
14.
 
Canon SX20Ystereomono--YES2.0---
15.
 
Leica X Typ 113Ystereomono--mini2.0---
16.
 
Panasonic FZ150Ystereo---mini2.0---
17.
 
Panasonic FZ100Ystereomono--mini2.0---

It is notable that the SX30 has a hotshoe, while the SX530 does not. This socket makes it possible to easily attach optional accessories, such as an external flash gun.

Both the SX30 and the SX530 have been discontinued, but can regularly be found used on eBay. The SX30 was replaced by the Canon SX40, while the SX530 was followed by the Canon SX540. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Canon website.

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Review summary

So how do things add up? Which of the two cameras – the Canon SX30 or the Canon SX530 – has the upper hand? Is one clearly better than the other? The listing below highlights the relative strengths of the two models.


Arguments in favor of the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS:

  • Easier framing: Has an electronic viewfinder for image composition and settings control.
  • More flexible LCD: Has a swivel screen for odd-angle shots in portrait or landscape orientation.
  • Faster shutter: Has higher mechanical shutter speed (1/3200s vs 1/2000s) to freeze action.
  • Better light gathering: Has a lens with a wider maximum aperture (f/2.7 vs f/3.4).
  • Longer lasting: Can take more shots (370 versus 210) on a single battery charge.
  • Better lighting: Features a hotshoe and can thus hold and trigger an external flash gun.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been available for much longer (launched in September 2010).


Advantages of the Canon PowerShot SX530 HS:

  • More detail: Has more megapixels (15.9 vs 14MP), which boosts linear resolution by 7%.
  • Better jpgs: Has a more modern image processing engine (DIGIC 4+ vs DIGIC 4).
  • Better video: Provides higher definition movie capture (1080/30p vs 720/30p).
  • Larger screen: Has a bigger rear LCD (3.0" vs 2.7") for image review and settings control.
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (461k vs 230k dots).
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (1.6 vs 0.6 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • More tele-reach: Has a longer tele-lens for perspective compression and subject magnification.
  • More compact: Is smaller (120x82mm vs 123x92mm) and will fit more readily into a bag.
  • Less heavy: Has a lower weight (by 159g or 26 percent) and is thus easier to take along.
  • Easier file upload: Has wifi built in for automatic backup or image transfer to the web.
  • Easier device pairing: Supports NFC for fast wireless image transfer over short distances.
  • More modern: Reflects 4 years and 3 months of technical progress since the SX30 launch.

If the number of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the SX530 is the clear winner of the contest (12 : 7 points). However, the relevance of individual strengths will vary across photographers, so that you might want to apply your own weighing scheme to the summary points when reflecting and deciding on a new camera. A professional wedding photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a travel photog, and a person interested in cityscapes has distinct needs from a macro shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

SX30 07:12 SX530

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Canon SX30 and the Canon SX530 place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best Superzoom Camera listing whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the comparison of technical specifications can provide a useful overview of the capabilities of different cameras, it remains partial and cannot reveal, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance when actually working with the SX30 or the SX530. At times, user reviews, such as those published at amazon, address these issues in a useful manner, but such feedback is on many occasions incomplete, inconsistent, and unreliable.

Expert reviews

This is why expert reviews are important. The adjacent summary-table relays the overall verdicts of several of the most popular camera review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]). As can be seen, the professional reviewers agree in many cases on the quality of different cameras, but sometimes their assessments diverge, reinforcing the earlier point that a camera decision is often a very personal choice.

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Expert Camera Reviews
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon SX303/5+ +..3.5/54/5 Sep 2010 429i
2.
 
Canon SX530..+ +..4/54/5 Jan 2015 429i
3.
 
Canon 1300D4/5o73/1004/54/5 Mar 2016 449i
4.
 
Canon SX540.......... Jan 2016 399 i
5.
 
Canon SX520..+..3.5/53.5/5 Jul 2014 399i
6.
 
Canon 1200D3/5+..4/54.5/5 Feb 2014 449i
7.
 
Canon G1 X Mark II3/5+77/1004/54.5/5 Feb 2014 799i
8.
 
Canon SX603/5+ +75/1004/54.5/5 Sep 2014 549i
9.
 
Canon G1 X5/5+76/1004/54.5/5 Jan 2012 799i
10.
 
Canon G154/5+76/1004.5/54.5/5 Sep 2012 499i
11.
 
Canon SX503/5+ +72/1004.5/54.5/5 Sep 2012 429i
12.
 
Canon SX40..+..4.5/54/5 Sep 2011 429i
13.
 
Canon 1100D..80/10069/1004/54.5/5 Feb 2011 449i
14.
 
Canon SX20..+ +73/100..4/5 Aug 2009 399i
15.
 
Leica X Typ 1133.5/5....3.5/54/5 Sep 2014 2,295i
16.
 
Panasonic FZ1503/5+ +76/1004/54.5/5 Aug 2011 499i
17.
 
Panasonic FZ100..+..4.5/54.5/5 Jul 2010 499i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

The review scores listed above should be treated with care, though. The ratings are only valid when referring to cameras in the same category and of the same age. Hence, a score should always be seen in the context of the camera's market launch date and its price, and comparisons of ratings among very different cameras or across long time periods have little meaning. Also, please note that some of the review sites have changed their methodology and reporting over time.

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    Specifications: Canon SX30 vs Canon SX530

    Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs of the two cameras to facilitate a quick review of their differences and common features.

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Canon SX30 Canon SX530
    Camera Type Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
    Camera Lens 24-840mm f/2.7-5.8 24-1200mm f/3.4-6.5
    Launch Date September 2010 January 2015
    Launch Price USD 429 USD 429
    Sensor Specs Canon SX30 Canon SX530
    Sensor Technology CCD BSI-CMOS
    Sensor Format 1/2.3" Sensor 1/2.3" Sensor
    Sensor Size 6.17 x 4.55 mm 6.17 x 4.55 mm
    Sensor Area 28.0735 mm2 28.0735 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 7.7 mm 7.7 mm
    Crop Factor 5.6x 5.6x
    Sensor Resolution 14 Megapixels 15.9 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 4320 x 3240 pixels 4608 x 3456 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 1.41 μm 1.33 μm
    Pixel Density 49.86 MP/cm2 56.73 MP/cm2
    Moiré control no AA filter no AA filter
    Movie Capability 720/30p Video 1080/30p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 1,600 ISO 100 - 3,200 ISO
    ISO Boost 100 - 6,400 ISO no Enhancement
    Image Processor DIGIC 4 DIGIC 4+
    Screen Specs Canon SX30 Canon SX530
    Viewfinder Type Electronic viewfinder no viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification
    Viewfinder Resolution 202k dots
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 2.7inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 230k dots 461k dots
    LCD Attachment Swivel screen Fixed screen
    Shooting Specs Canon SX30 Canon SX530
    Focus System Contrast-detect AF Contrast-detect AF
    Continuous Shooting 0.6 shutter flaps/s 1.6 shutter flaps/s
    Fill Flash Build-in Flash Build-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support no no
    Connectivity Specs Canon SX30 Canon SX530
    External Flash Hotshoe no Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port YES HDMI mini HDMI
    Wifi Support no Wifi Wifi built-in
    Near-Field Communication no NFC NFC built-in
    Body Specs Canon SX30 Canon SX530
    Battery Type NB-7L NB-6LH
    Battery Life (CIPA)370 shots per charge210 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 123 x 92 x 108 mm
    (4.8 x 3.6 x 4.3 in)
    120 x 82 x 92 mm
    (4.7 x 3.2 x 3.6 in)
    Camera Weight 601 g (21.2 oz) 442 g (15.6 oz)

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