Canon PowerShot SX430 IS

Brand: Canon
  • 20 megapixel CCD sensor
  • 45x optical zoom lens, f/3.5-6.8,
  • Lens zoom equivalent to 24-1080mm in 35mm terms
  • Optical Image Stabilisation
  • 3inch screen, 230K dots
  • 0.5 shots / second
  • Wi-Fi / NFC built-in
  • 720p video at 25fps
  • ISO100 to ISO1600
  • 0cm macro focus
  • Creative filters



The Canon Powershot SX430 IS features a 20 megapixel CCD sensor, and a 45x optical zoom lens. The 45x optical zoom lens is equivalent to 24mm at the wide-angle end of the lens, zooming to 1080mm at the telephoto end of the lens (in 35mm equivalent terms). There is built-in optical image stabilisation, which is why the camera’s name ends in IS, and this gives approximately 2.5 stops of stabilisation.

A 3inch screen (230K dots) can be found on the back. The mode is switched using a button (also on the back). There are a number of scene modes available, as well as an Auto mode to make it easy for beginners and when in the P mode, you can also select different colour options. On the front is a focus assist lamp to help the camera focus in low-light. The camera records 720p video, with mono sound, and optical zoom is available whilst recording.

Wi-Fi and NFC are built-in – this lets you remotely control the camera from your smartphone or tablet, as well as transfer images, or add GPS location information to your photos.

The camera has a mostly plastic body, wiith a metal tripod socket, and a metal ring around the front of the lens. There’s a rubber area on the front part of the hand grip. This makes it fairly easy to hold securely, although it’s likely that some people may find the camera too small. Despite the compact size, the buttons are a good size, and well laid out.

The pop-up flash is manual, meaning you’ll need to open it and close it yourself. The zoom control surrounds the shutter release button, and this lets you control the lens zoom – press it hard and it will zoom quickly, press it more lightly and the zoom will move more slowly.

On the side is an A/V out / USB socket, but no HDMI out connection.

The Canon menus are clearly laid out and easy to understand with built-in help. You can also change settings on the rear screen, without having to go into the menus, by pressing the read FUNC/Set button.

The screen is not “gapless” and this means that viewing angles aren’t as good, and in bright light, it might be difficult to view outdoors (depending on where you’re using it).

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