The D30 is a rugged compact designed for tough outdoor conditions.
It’s waterproof down to 25m, shockproof to drops of 2m, and freezeproof to -10°C. The camera’s lens has a 28-140mm equivalent focal length, and a maximum aperture range of f/3.9-4.8. The 1/2.3in sensor is the same size as the one in Sony’s AS30V, and at 12.1MP the image resolution is almost identical. However, this lens has 1.5-stop optical (rather than digital) image stabilisation, so you don’t sacrifice any field-of-view. The ISO range of 100-3200 gives the camera decent low light capability, which is especially useful when shooting underwater. There’s also a Custom White Balance control and an Underwater Macro mode with an impressive 1cm focusing distance. The D30 comes with a 3in 460k-dot screen that includes a Sunlight mode for enhanced clarity on bright days. GPS and Full HD video are built in, but no Wi-Fi. Overall, ideal for both family fun and more serious underwater use.
- Street price: £225 (As of July 2016)
- Resolution: 12.1MP
- ISO range: 100-3200
- Burst rate: 1.9fps
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This review was first published in the July 2015 issue of Practical Photography - download back issues here.