• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 10.0 megapixels
  • 37.00mm - 185.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 14.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 840.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • Detailed specifications
  • Canon PowerShot SD890 IS
  • Canon PowerShot SX30 IS
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Prices:    
Manufacturer URL: Manufacturer website Manufacturer website
Predecessor:   Canon SX20 IS
SX20 IS vs SX30 IS
Successor:   Canon SX40 HS
SX30 IS vs SX40 HS
General
Model Number: SD890 IS SX30 IS
Alternate Model Number(s):    
Camera Format: Ultra Compact EVF
Currently Manufactured: No No
Retail Price: $399.99 $429.99
Street Price:   $440.18
Date Available: 2008-04-10 2010-09-30
Tripod Mount: Yes Yes
Weight: 6.5 oz (184 g)
includes batteries
21.7 oz (615 g)
includes batteries
Size: 3.8 x 2.3 x 1.1 in.
(95 x 57 x 27 mm)
4.8 x 3.6 x 4.2 in.
(123 x 92 x 108 mm)
Waterproof: No No
Waterproof Depth: n/a n/a
Image Sensor
Sensor Type: CCD CCD
Sensor Manufacturer:    
Effective Megapixels: 10.0 14.1
Sensor Format: 1/2.3 inch 1/2.3 inch
Sensor size: 28.0735mm2 (6.17mm x 4.55mm) 28.0735mm2 (6.17mm x 4.55mm)
Approximate Pixel Pitch: 1.69 microns 1.43 microns
Focal Length Multiplier: n/a n/a
Aspect Ratio: 4:3, 16:9 4:3, 16:9
Color Filter Type: RGBG RGBG
Anti Aliasing Filter:    
Self-Cleaning: No No
Sensor shift image stabilization: No No
On-Sensor Phase Detect: No No
DxO Sensor Score:    
DxO Color Depth Score (bits):    
DxO Dynamic Range Score (evs):    
DxO Maximum Effective ISO Score (iso):    
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 3648 x 2736 (10.0 MP, 4:3),
3648 x 2048 (7.5 MP, 16:9),
2816 x 2112 (5.9 MP, 4:3),
2272 x 1704 (3.9 MP, 4:3),
1600 x 1200 (1.9 MP, 4:3),
640 x 480 (0.3 MP, 4:3)
4320 x 3240 (14.0 MP, 4:3),
3744 x 2104 (7.9 MP, 16:9),
3072 x 2304 (7.1 MP, 4:3),
1600 x 1200 (1.9 MP, 4:3),
640 x 480 (0.3 MP, 4:3)
Image File Format: JPEG (EXIF 2.2) JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
Continuous-mode frames/second: 1.2 1.3
Video Capture
Can take movies: Yes Yes
Movie Resolution: 640x480 (30/1/0.5)
320x240 (30)
160x120 (15)
1280x720 (30)
640x480 (30)
320x240 (30)
Movie File Format: AVI (Motion JPEG) MOV (Image: H.264, Audio: PCM)
Composite Video Out: Yes Yes
NTSC/PAL Switchable Video: Yes Yes
Video Usable as Viewfinder:
HD Video Out: Yes
HD Video Connection: HDMI
Lens & Optics
Lens Mount: n/a n/a
Lens: Canon Zoom Lens (8 elements in 6 groups, including 2 aspherical) Canon Zoom Lens; 13 elements in 10 groups, Ultra Sonic Motor (USM)
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 37 - 185mm 24 - 840mm
Focal Length (actual): 6.6 - 33mm 4.3 - 150.5mm
Zoom Ratio: 5.00x 35.00x
Aperture Range: f/3.2 or f/9.2 (W) / f/5.7 or f/16.6 (T) f/2.7 (W) / f/5.8 (T) - f/8.0
Integrated ND Filter: No No
Normal Focus Range: 50 cm to Infinity
19.7 in to Infinity
5 cm to Infinity
2.0 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range: 2 - 50 cm
0.8 - 19.7 in
0 - 50 cm
0.0 - 19.7 in
Filter Thread: n/a n/a
Thread Type: n/a n/a
Optical Image Stabilization: Yes Yes
Digital Zoom: Yes Yes
Digital Zoom Values: Up to 4x Up to 4x
Auto Focus
Auto Focus: Yes Yes
Auto Focus Type: 9-point Contrast Detect AF with Face Detection Contrast Detect AF with Face Detection;
Auto Focus Assist Light? Yes Yes
Manual Focus: No Yes
Viewfinder
Viewfinder: Optical / LCD EVF / LCD
Viewfinder Type: Real-image optical zoom; 16mm eyepoint EVF type; 202K-dot LCD with diopter adjustment of -4 to +1
Focus Peaking: No No
EVF Resolution: n/a  
Viewfinder Magnification (35mm equivalent):    
Viewfinder Magnification (nominal/claimed):    
Display
Eye-level Viewfinder: Yes Yes
Rear Display: Yes Yes
Rear Display Size (inches): 2.5 2.7
Rear Display Resolution: 230,000 dots 230,000 dots
Touchscreen: No No
Articulating Screen: No Yes
Tilt Swivel Screen: No
Selfie Screen: No
Max Playback Zoom: 10.0x 10.0x
Top Deck Display:
Exposure
Maximum ISO (native):    
Minimum ISO (native):    
ISO Settings: Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200* (*special scene mode) Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 (up to ISO 6400 in Low Light mode at 2-megapixels)
Auto ISO Mode: Yes Yes
White Balance Settings: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom Auto*, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Custom. *Facial color is evaluated in Face AiAF
Shutter Speed Range: 1/1600 - 15 sec 1/3200 - 15 sec
Bulb Mode: No No
Exposure Compensation: +/- 2.0EV in 0.3EV steps +/- 2.0EV in 0.3EV steps
Metering Modes: Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot, Face Detect AE Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot (center); Face Detect AE
Program Auto Exposure: Yes Yes
Aperture Priority: No Yes
Shutter Priority: No Yes
Full Manual Exposure: No Yes
Creative Exposure Modes: Portrait, Night Snapshot, Kids & Pets, Indoor, Sunset, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, Underwater, ISO 3200, Color Accent, Color Swap Smart AUTO, Portrait, Landscape, Sports, SCN*1, Movie*2 *1Smart Shutter*3, Low Light, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap, Fisheye Effect, Miniature Effect, Beach, Foliage, Snow, Fireworks, Stitch Assist *2Smart AUTO available *3 Smile, Wink, Self-timer, Face Self-timer
Self Timer: 1 - 30 seconds 2, 10, Custom seconds
Time Lapse (intervalometer):    
High Resolution Composite: No No
Flash
Built-in Flash: Yes Yes
Flash Modes: Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Auto Red-eye Correction, Flash On, Flash Off; FE lock, Slow Synchro Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Auto Red-eye Correction, Flash On, Flash Off; FE lock, Slow Synchro, Smart Flash
Flash Guide Number (ISO 100): n/a n/a
Flash Range Description: Auto ISO 11 ft / 3.3 m (W), 6.6 ft./ 2.0 m (T) Auto ISO: 1.6 - 19 ft. (W), 4.6 - 9.2 ft. (T), (50 cm - 5.8 m (W), 1.4 - 2.8 m (T))
Max Flash Sync: 1/500  
Flash Exposure Compensation:   +/- 2.0 EV in 0.3EV steps
External Flash Connection: n/a Hot-Shoe
Built-In Wireless Flash Control:    
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: SD / SDHC SD / SDHC / SDXC
UHS Support:    
Other Memory:    
Dual Card Slots: No No
RAW Capture Support: No No
Uncompressed Format:    
Movie File Format: AVI (Motion JPEG) MOV (Image: H.264, Audio: PCM)
Included Memory: No memory included No memory included
Included Memory Type:    
Connectivity
Built-In Wi-Fi: No No
NFC: No No
Bluetooth: No No
Built-In GPS: No No
Microphone Jack: No No
Headphone Jack: No No
External Connections: USB 2.0 High Speed USB 2.0 High Speed
PictBridge Compliant: Yes Yes
DPOF Compliant: Yes Yes
Remote Control:
Remote Control Type:    
Connections (extended): Multipurpose USB/AV connector HDMI mini out
Performance Timing
Cycle time for JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame, max resolution): 2.09 2.87
Cycle time for RAW shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame):    
Buffer size for RAW shooting in single shot mode (frames):    
Cycle time for RAW+JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per shot):    
Camera penalizes early shutter press? No No
JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps, max resolution): 1.2 1.3
Buffer size for JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames, max resolution): Unlimited  
RAW shooting speed in burst mode (fps):    
Buffer size for RAW shooting in burst mode (frames):    
RAW+JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps):    
Buffer Size for RAW+JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames):    
Shutter lag (full AF, wide/mid): 0.73 seconds 0.58 seconds
Shutter lag (full AF, tele): 0.83 seconds 0.68 seconds
Shutter lag (full AF, live view - DSLR):    
Shutter lag (prefocused, live view - DSLR):    
Shutter Lag (manual focus):    
Shutter lag (full AF, with flash): 1.73 seconds  
Shutter Lag (prefocused): 0.068 seconds 0.075 seconds
Shutter Lag (notes):    
Startup Time: 2.0 seconds 2.5 seconds
Play -> Record Time: 2.3 seconds  
Flash cycle time, full power: 7.4 seconds 4.7 seconds
Power
Battery Life, Stills (CIPA Rating Monitor/Live View): 320 shots 370 shots
Battery Life, Still (CIPA Rating OVF/EVF):    
Battery Life, Video:    
Battery Form Factor: Proprietary NB-5L Proprietary NB-7L
Usable Battery Types: Lithium-ion rechargeable Lithium-ion rechargeable
Batteries Included: 1 x Proprietary NB-5L Lithium-ion rechargeable 1 x Proprietary NB-7L Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Charger Included (dedicated charger or AC/USB adapter): Yes Yes
Dedicated Battery Charger Included:
Internal Charging Supported:
Software
Included Software: Canon Software Suite CD-ROM Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
OS Compatibility: Windows, Mac OS Windows XP SP3/Vista/7, Mac OS
Miscellaneous
Notes & Features: Optical Image Stabilization, Motion Detection technology, Hi-ISO Auto and Noise Reduction technology, Face Detection, In-Camera Image Enhancement. Optical Image Stabilization, 720p HD video, HDMI output.