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CanonPowerShot D30 Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue)
 
3.7

(based on 23 reviews)

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (14)
  • Compact (11)
  • Good battery life (8)
  • Large clear LCD (8)
  • Great resolution (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Travel (9)
  • Sports/action (5)
  • Family photos (4)
  • Macro photography (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (12)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (16)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great for SCUBA

We took this camera to the Cayman Islands. We took it on numerous dives on all three islands there. If you set the white balance on the sand where you want to get the...Read complete review

We took this camera to the Cayman Islands. We took it on numerous dives on all three islands there. If you set the white balance on the sand where you want to get the shot, the photos are fantastic. We took the camera to 80 feet deep. The buttons are very easy to see and use while underwater. The underwater macro mode was best all of the time in the water. The one downside is that if you take a lot of video, then the batteries don't last two dives. But if you pick and chose where you video, then there is no problem.

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not as fast as I wanted

I have owned a two different point and shoot waterproof cameras previously and wore them both out from so much use! This is a good things and this one was one of my least...Read complete review

I have owned a two different point and shoot waterproof cameras previously and wore them both out from so much use! This is a good things and this one was one of my least favorites. I returned it within 24 hours of owning it. So maybe I didn't give it enough of a chance, but I do know that I was not happy with the slow shooting timing. I got it to take faster photos when I set it up manually, instead of 'auto', but then the photos were not sharp and seemed to have background fuzziness to them.

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4.0

Great underwater camera for the money

By Christian the diver

from Fairfax, CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon PowerShot D30 Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue):

I am quite happy with this camera. I was worried that it wasn't going to be able to handle underwater stills and videos, but it did quite well. I thought that one needed a camera with a housing, etc. But those are more than I wanted to spend. For the price and the options available for both stills and videos, this camera is an excellent camera to have for both underwater and surface shots. It's a solid point and shoot with very impressive zoom capabilities.

My only complaints are 1) it's easy to accidentally capture your left index finger in the upper left corner of pictures because of the location of the lens. Be careful how you hold it! 2) the time lapse between shots is a little too long. When following a fast moving fish this lag time proved annoying. 3) it would be better if it's depth capacity was more. I went on a wreck dive at 110 ft, but the camera is slated for an 82 ft. depth capacity. I didn't want to test it by going deeper than 80 ft. Still, it was great at 80 ft and up. 4) the battery gets drained quickly the more videos you record. Thus buy another battery. After 45 minutes of taking underwater stills and videos, the battery started going out.

Otherwise, this is a fantastic camera for both underwater and surface stills and videos. I would absolutely recommend it.

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1.0

Camera leaked

By Jim

from Coronado, CA

Verified Reviewer

Comments about Canon PowerShot D30 Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue):

I liked this camera for the first year as I took it everywhere. Unfortunately once the warranty expired the LCD screen leaked and fried the camera. The camera is now just a brick as it won't turn on and the estimated repair cost from Canon is almost 70% the cost of a new camera.

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4.0

Great Underwater Camera

By Nate

from San Diego

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Good Battery Life
  • Great Resolution
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Sturdy Body

Cons

  • No Viewfinder

Best Uses

  • Macro Photography
  • Travel

Comments about Canon PowerShot D30 Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue):

Great camera sharp images both above land and underwater very sturdy build quality.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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1.0

Rare canon miss

By The BioLumeNaut

from NYC

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon PowerShot D30 Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue):

Lens has no cap or protective cover. Camera feels cheap. The Olympus answer to the shockproof, waterproof, freeze proof is a much better unit.

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  • Yes

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4.0

Supermacro

By JH

from Pacific Grove, CA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Good Battery Life
  • Good in Low Light
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography
    • Travel

    Comments about Canon PowerShot D30 Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue):

    I just returned from a two month dive trip to Bali. I brought two Nikon AW130s and two Canon D30s. The conclusions after using both cameras are quite different from my expectation before going on trip: I had previously used both here in California and thought that the Nikon was a better choice. Reference my review under Nikon AW130. However bottom line was Nikon couldn't take heavy use. Both units failed during trip. The first was flooded for no apparent reason after ten dives. The second worked for about thirty dives until suddenly the camera emitted loud buzzing noises and monitor became a scrambled mess. The two Canon D30s worked beyond expectation for entire trip and are still working after 100 or so dives. D30 is a well-known camera among dive guides in Bali, especially when used with a handheld dive light or, as in my case, an LED video light. Continuous source lighting makes this camera do supermacro on creatures as small as 2-4mm such as Costasiella. Focuses fast and accurately, and continuous lighting makes it possible to shoot bursts. You do have to have a steady grip though. Another thing that the guides taught me was that the camera controls will freeze up when the maximum depth of 25m is reached; however, the workaround is to not turn the camera on until you get to max depth and then all the controls will continue to work as long as you do not turn off the camera or allow it to auto-turn-off. I did bring the camera briefly to 40m at Menjangan Island, turned it on, and everything worked fine. You can look at macro shots with D30 on Underwater Macro Photographers group on Facebook

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    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The D30 is still going strong

    By Tom J

    from Boulder, CO

    Pros

    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Underwater

      Comments about Canon PowerShot D30 Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue):

      Update to my previous review. We have taken this camera on three more dive trips and it is still going strong. The secret is to white balance while pointing at the sand or other white object at each depth of 10 or 15 feet. Another secret that is true of most cameras is holding it as still as possible when pressing the shutter.

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      • No

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      What a fun Camera !

      By SemiBoneless Ham

      from Naples, FL

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Great Resolution

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action

        Comments about Canon PowerShot D30 Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue):

        Great fun with my Grand daughter in the pool.
        We had a ball taking funny pictures and great underwater pictures.
        It was everything I had hoped for, and will be in travel kit always.

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        • No

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        4.0

        No download cord

        By Dperkins

        from San Luis Obispo

        Comments about Canon PowerShot D30 Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue):

        Didn't come with a download cord. Weird.

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        (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Not what I expected from Canon

        By KL

        from Northern VA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Poor Image Quality
          • Poor Lens Placement

          Best Uses

            Comments about Canon PowerShot D30 Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue):

            Picture quality is not what I expected from a camera in this price range. It appears that all the cost went into waterproofing the camera.
            The other problem I had was the placement of the lens. It is very hard to hold the camera with two hands and prevent a finger from partially covering the lens. Had a few shots with part of a finger in the top left hand corner. Not a very good design.
            Overall quite disappointed so I sent the camera back for a refund.

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            • No

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great underwater camera

            By FishyPhotographer

            from Corvallis, OR

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Great Zoom
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Underwater photography

              Comments about Canon PowerShot D30 Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue):

              I have used the previous PowerShot D10 underwater camera and loved it! I was thrilled to see an updated version with a easier to hold shape and stabilization features. I have taken some fantastic underwater pics. My friends can't believe the quality of the photos. They have an underwater camera that cost much more and it's pictures didn't hold a candle to mine taken on my Canon.

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              • No

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              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent Qualiy + Ease of Use!

              By Captain Tom aka Cabin Boy

              from Channel Islands Harbor, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good Battery Life
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Resolution
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Macro Photography
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Canon PowerShot D30 Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue):

                After we lost our Fuji XP50 to water intrusion after free diving to 30ft, it was time to find a camera which could handle the 20ft to 30ft range, and after reading a ton of reviews, we settled on this little gem! To keep it simple, the pic and video quality is incredible, and it's very simple to use - just what we wanted! As avid sailor + surfer + free divers, we're really digging this camera; we've had it almost a year now and (knock on wood!) have had zero issues with it (and it has been underwater a lot. The shutter speed is a bit slow, but in the grand scheme of things, it's definitely not a deal breaker - we have to remember this is a compact, quality camera at a great price (especially for all that it can do, including depths to 80ft)!

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                1.0

                Waterproof, as long it stays out of water.

                By VideoSherpa

                from Atlanta

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Comments about Canon PowerShot D30 Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue):

                First of all, i have over $23,000.oo dollars of canon lenses and bodies for personal use. I use two lenses valued at $56,000.00 for my job.Now then, I purchase this camera as a test to compare to a GOPRO4.It lasted 3 minutes in 3 feet of fresh water. Then fogged up. Image recording was beautiful. LCD monitor sucks. Image underwater surpasses GOPRO. But you can't se it until you put on computer.I sent to CANON. it was tow months old. UNDER WARRANTY. They wanted to bill me $[$]for water damage to their WATERPROOF camera.After a phone call to them, they agreed to send me a refurbished camera to replace mine.Hello GOPRO. Canon, hello drawer.

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                5.0

                awesome underwater camera

                By family of divers

                from Wichita KS

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Good Battery Life
                • Great Zoom
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Canon PowerShot D30 Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue):

                  Took the camera on a spring break trip to dive in Mexico. Great pictures and videos from the dives. Ended up using this camera the whole vacation instead of our other non-waterproof one.

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                  • No

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                  (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great underwater camera

                  By Val

                  from Hawaii Island Hawaii

                  Comments about Canon PowerShot D30 Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue):

                  My fav underwater camera. Catches the mid range tonal qualities much better than the small underwater Nikon. Catches the high tones as well where the nikon's high tones get blown out. My only problem w this camera is the lack of an extended warranty. This is my third camera: they tend to break down right after the warranty runs out. I bought a Nikon in between and now I'm back.

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                  3.0

                  Great for diving

                  By Elvin

                  from Orlando, FL

                  Comments about Canon PowerShot D30 Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue):

                  Camera is ok. I wish there is a cover to protect lens while not in use.

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                  (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  love the camera

                  By scotty

                  from canton oh

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good Battery Life
                  • Great Resolution
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Travel
                    • Video
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Canon PowerShot D30 Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue):

                    everyday use for quick shots sharp pictures easy to use versatile no negatives

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                    • Yes

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                    4.0

                    Nice option when on vacation

                    By Fishman

                    from NJ

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Good Battery Life
                    • Large Clear LCD

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Travel

                      Comments about Canon PowerShot D30 Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue):

                      Good to have when your at the beach and going in and out of ocean.

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                      • No

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                      (13 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      2.0

                      not as fast as I wanted

                      By hoffr

                      from St. Cloud, MN

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                      • Lag / Shutter Delay
                      • Poor Image Quality

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Canon PowerShot D30 Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue):

                        I have owned a two different point and shoot waterproof cameras previously and wore them both out from so much use! This is a good things and this one was one of my least favorites. I returned it within 24 hours of owning it. So maybe I didn't give it enough of a chance, but I do know that I was not happy with the slow shooting timing. I got it to take faster photos when I set it up manually, instead of 'auto', but then the photos were not sharp and seemed to have background fuzziness to them.

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                        • No

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                        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Nice, Tough, and Handy

                        By AngelEyes

                        from El Paso, Tx

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Good Battery Life
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Small / Compact

                        Cons

                        • Limited Zoom
                        • No Viewfinder

                        Best Uses

                        • Sports/Action

                        Comments about Canon PowerShot D30 Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue):

                        Good Camera. Nice Pictures. You are willing to do things with this that you would never do with your full sized DSLR!

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                        • No

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                        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great Water Camera

                        By EmmyJones

                        from New Jersey

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Small / Compact

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Travel

                          Comments about Canon PowerShot D30 Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue):

                          I purchased the Canon D30 right before I went on vacation. I receieved it the next day which makes shopping at B&H a stress free experience. Although I only used it in 15' deep water, I feel confident this camera would be ideal for light scuba diving.

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                          • No

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