Spec Sheet Wars: Canon’s New D30 Tough Cam Can Go 82 Feet Underwater


Last of the newsworthy announcements out of Canon for CP+ is a refreshed ‘tough’ or ‘rugged’ cam that boasts more impressive waterproofing than just about anything else in its class: the Canon PowerShot D30.

With the exception of a much improved waterproof rating — the D20 could go 33 feet underwater while the D30 can survive as far down at 82 feet! — the rest of the specs are fairly standard for a rugged cam.

A 1/2.3-inch 12.1-megapixel sensor is joined by a DIGIC 5 processor, a 5x optical zoom (28-140mm equivalent) f/3.9-4.8 lens, 3-inch 461k-dot LCD, 1080/30p video capture capability and built-in GPS (sorry, no WiFi folks). The camera is also shockproof from 6.5 feet and freezeproof to the standard 14°F.



Other cameras released by Canon for CP+ are so typical (read: minor improvements that are sometimes difficult to even pick out of the press release) that they don’t bear mentioning in detail here. Three ELPH point-and-shoot cameras — the 135, 140IS and 150IS — and a new compact superzoom — the 30x optical SX700 — were also announced, and you can read all about those here.

The D30 is set to arrive in stores mid-April for $330 retail. Clickity clack this link to pre-order or head over to Canon’s Press Room to find out more.

  • D.G. Brown

    Makes sense that it wouldn’t have wifi since it doesn’t work underwater (though people can still use the camera outside of the water, of course). I’ve had the D10 and the D20 and they are great little cameras. Doesn’t seem like enough of an upgrade to get a D30, though, unless you go really deep.

  • alex stuart

    Finally, one of these cameras that is good for diving and not just snorkeling! Shallow dives perhaps, but it’s still a start.

    I wonder if they have an adaptor to add some lighting for it?