We’re not sure if there’s an actual “record” for a point-and-shoot cam that packs the longest zoom range, but if there were, Canon’s new PowerShot SX30 IS brings home the trophy. Or medal. While it doesn’t come with all the bells and whistles (or dials and buttons) found on the PowerShot G11 to satisfy advanced shooters, Canon’s SX series are designed to take you close with a long zoom range (last year’s SX20 IS packed a 20x zoom lens). For those purposes, this cam stands out by taking you even closer to the action with a 35x, 24-840mm lens.
Canon also packed the cam with an optical image stabilizer to handle the expectedly ridiculous amount of camera shake a 35x zoom lens can give you, which also works while recording 720p HD videos. The rest of the spec includes a 14.1MP sensor, 2.7-inch swiveling display, and SDXC card support for adding up to 64GBs of storage space. The body also features an electronic viewfinder and a hot shoe for adding a dedicated flash.
The PowerShot SX30 IS is expected to ship later this month for $430.