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Canon EOS 30D Digital SLR

 

Canon EOS 30D Digital

DIWA Awards: Canon 30D DSLR Wins Gold!

Category: Advanced Amateur - Prosumer

The Canon EOS 30D digital SLR addresses the needs of a wide range of photographers: from the serious amateurs to the professionals. Positioned between the EOS 20D and EOS 5D, the EOS 30D improves on the award-winning 20D with:

· A rugged new shutter fully rated up to 100,000 cycles;
· A brilliant 2.5-inch, 230,000-pixel LCD monitor (that yields a 92 percent increase in viewing area compared with the EOS 20D model's 1.8 -inch monitor); and
· A new spot metering capability that covers approximately 3.5 percent of the viewfinder area at the centre while maintaining the 20D model's 35-zone metering sensor (raising the EOS 30D camera's available metering modes to four).

· Another improvement over the 20D is that the ISO speed can now be set from 100 to 1600 in 1/3 stop increments, rather than full stops (and can be pushed to 3200 with ISO expansion). Users can also see the ISO setting in the EOS 30D SLR's viewfinder while changing it (and not simply on the monitor display as on the EOS 20D model), which permits photographers to keep their eyes on the subject.

· The number of images in each folder is now raised from the EOS 20D's 100 to 9,999.

The EOS 30D continues its predecessor's fastest-in-class shooting rate of 5 fps and, thanks to improvements in signal processing algorithms, the camera's burst rate has increased from 23 to 30 consecutive frames in JPEG L/F mode and from 6 to 11 consecutive frames in RAW mode. As an added enhancement, in those situations where a slower rate of continuous shooting will suffice, the EOS 30D SLR offers a 3 fps option that extends the burst capability to 37 shots in JPEG L/F mode.

Other features:

· An initial startup time of 0.15 seconds (the fastest of any EOS digital camera on the market);
· A much-improved recovery from the camera's auto power off mode. Where previously the only way to restore operation was by depressing the shutter button half way, the EOS 30D SLR now permits users to awaken the camera by pressing the Playback, Menu or AE Lock button as well; and
· A single shot AE/AF lock, which retains settings for subsequent shots simply by keeping the shutter release half-pressed after taking the first shot.

Addressing the needs of beginner amateur photographers who will mostly use the camera in its Auto mode, Picture Style is Canon's improved approach to selecting the pre-sets for sharpening, contrast, saturation and colour tone that most closely reflect the needs and intent of the user. Similar to selecting the film type in order to achieve a desired result, the Picture Style feature offers six setting choices - Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful and Monochrome - with an additional three user defined settings available.

The Canon EOS 30D digital SLR provides photo professionals with the advanced features, fast, responsive controls, and exceptional image quality they demand, in a compact, lightweight yet ruggedly constructed stainless steel and magnesium alloy package. It is perfect as an accessible primary pro SLR or the affordable second body in the camera bag.

 
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Canon EOS 30D
QuickFact™ Sheet
Canon EOS 30D Digital
Type  
Type Digital AF/AE SLR
Recording Medium CompactFlash (CF) Card Type I & II
Image Format 0.89 x 0.59 in./22.5 x 15.0mm (APS-C size sensor)
Compatible Lenses Canon EF lenses (including EF-S lenses)
Lens Mount Canon EF mount
Lens Focal Length Conversion Factor 1.6x
Image Sensor  
Type High-sensitivity, high-resolution, single-plate, CMOS sensor
Effective Pixels Approx. 8.20 megapixels
Total Pixels Approx. 8.50 megapixels
Aspect ratio 3:2 (Horizontal : Vertical)
Color Filter System RGB primary color filters
Low-pass Filter Fixed position in front of the CMOS sensor
Recording System  
Recording format JPEG, RAW and RAW+JPEG simultaneous recording provided. The RAW and JPEG images are saved as separate files in the CF card.
Image Format JPEG, RAW, Canon .CR2
File size (1) Large/Fine: Approx. 3.6MB (3,504 x 2,336) (2) Large/Normal: Approx. 1.8MB (3,504 x 2,336) (3) Medium/Fine: Approx. 2.2MB (2,544 x 1,696) (4) Medium/Normal: Approx. 1.1MB (2,544 x 1,696) (5) Small/Fine: Approx. 1.2MB (1,728 x 1,152) (6) Small/Normal: Approx. 0.6MB (1,728 x 1,152) (7) RAW: Approx. 8.7MB (3,504 x 2,336)
Folders Automatic folder creation/selection; up to 9,999 images per folder (new folder can be created with Manual reset option at any time)
File Numbering (1) Continuous numbering (2) Auto reset (3) Manual reset (new folder created, with file numbering reverting to 0001)
Color Space Selectable between sRGB and Adobe RGB
Interface USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, NTSC/PAL for video output
White Balance  
Settings Auto, Preset (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten Light, White Fluorescent Light, Flash), Manual (Custom, or user-set Color Temperature)
Auto White Balance Auto white balance with the image sensor
Color Temperature Compensation White balance bracketing: +/- 3 stops in 1-stop increments
White balance correction: blue/amber bias +/- 9 magenta/green bias +/- 9 levels
When blue/amber bias and magenta/green bias set with White balance correction, white balance bracketing cannot be set to more than +/- 9 levels
Viewfinder  
Type Eye-level SLR with fixed pentaprism
Coverage Approx. 95% horizontally and vertically (coverage against JPEG Large)
Magnification 0.9x (-1 dpt with 50mm lens at infinity)
Eyepoint Approx. 20mm
Built-in Dioptric Adjustment -3.0 to +1.0 diopter
Focusing Screen Fixed, Precision Matte screen (non-interchangeable)
Mirror Quick-return half mirror (Transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60, no mirror cut-off with lenses up to EF 600mm f/4L USM)
Viewfinder Information AF (AF points, focus confirmation light), Exposure (shutter speed, aperture, spot metering circle, exposure level, AE lock, exposure compensation, AEB level, bulb, ISO speed), Flash (flash ready, red-eye reduction lamp on, high-speed sync, FE lock, FEB shooting, flash exposure compensation, insufficient flash warning during FE lock), White balance correction, Maximum burst, CF card full warning, CF card error warning, No CF card warning
Depth-of-Field Preview Enabled with depth-of-field preview button (with Speedlite 580EX, 430EX, MR-14EX or MT-24EX; pressing the depth-of-field preview button fires a modeling flash)
Autofocus  
Type TTL-CT-SIR AF-dedicated CMOS sensor
AF Points 9 AF points
AF Working Range EV -0.5-18 (ISO 100 at 68°F/20°C)
Focus Modes Autofocus: One-Shot AF, Predictive AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF (automatic switching between One-Shot/Predictive AI Servo AF); Manual Focus (MF)
AF Point Selection Automatic selection, Manual selection
Selected AF Point Display Superimposed on viewfinder and LCD panel
AF-assist Beam Intermittent firing of built-in flash (must be manually raised in P, Tv, Av, M and A-DEP Exposure modes)
Exposure Control  
Metering Modes
Max. aperture TTL metering with 35-zone SPC
(1) Evaluative metering (linked to all AF points)
(2) Partial metering (approx. 9% at center of viewfinder)
(3) Spot metering (approx. 3.5% at center of viewfinder)(
4) Center-weighted average metering
Metering Range EV 1-20 (ISO 100 at 68°F/20°C with EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens)
Exposure Control Systems Program AE (shiftable), Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Auto Depth-of-field AE (non-shiftable), Full auto (non-shiftable), Programmed image control modes, Manual exposure, E-TTL II autoflash program AE
ISO Speed Range Basic Zone: automatically set by the camera; Creative Zone: equivalent to ISO 100-1,600 (in 1/3-stop increments, ISO speed can be expanded to ISO 100-3,200)
Exposure Compensation (1) User-set with multi-controller (2) AEB (Auto Exposure Bracketing)
Bracketing range: +/- 2 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
AE Lock Auto: Applied in One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved
User-set: Applied with AE lock button
Shutter  
Type Vertical-travel, mechanical, focal-plane shutter with all speeds electronically controlled
Shutter Speeds 1/8000 to 30 sec. (1/3- and 1/2-stop increments), X-sync at 1/250 sec.
Shutter durability: Approx. 100,000 exposures
Shutter Release Soft-touch electromagnetic release; shutter "lag time" approx. 65 msec.
Self-timer 10 sec. delay, 2 sec. delay with C.Fn-12-1 (mirror lockup)
Remote Control Remote control with N3-type terminal
Built-in Flash  
Type Auto pop-up, retractable, built-in flash in the pentaprism
Guide Number 43 ft./13m (ISO 100)
Recycling Time Approx. 3 sec.
Flash-ready Indicator Flash-ready indicator lights in viewfinder
Flash Coverage 17mm lens focal length (equivalent to 27mm in 35mm format)
Flash Metering System E-TTL II autoflash
Flash Exposure Compensation +/-2 stops in 1/3- and 1/2-stop increments
External Speedlite  
EOS External Flash or Dedicated Speedlites E-TTL II autoflash with EX Series Speedlites
PC Terminal Provided; not sensitive to flash polarity
Drive System  
Drive Modes Single, Continuous (high-speed approx. 5 fps / low-speed approx. 3 fps), Self-timer
Continuous Shooting Speed High-speed approx. 5 fps / low-speed approx. 3 fps (at a shutter speed of 1/250 sec. or faster)
Max. Burst During Continuous Shooting JPEG: high-speed approx. 30 frames (Large/Fine)
RAW: high-/low-speed approx. 11 frames
RAW+JPEG: high-/low-speed approx. 9 frames
LCD Monitor  
Type TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor
Screen Monitor size 2.5 in. diagonal with a viewing angle of approx. 170° vertically and horizontally
Pixels Approx. 230,000 pixels
Coverage 100%
Brightness Control 5 levels provided
Image Playback  
Image Display Format Single image, 9-image index, Magnified zoom (approx. 1.5x to 10x), Auto play, Auto play right after shooting
Highlight Alert In the single image (INFO) display mode, the areas with highlights containing no image information will blink
Image Protection and Erase  
Protection A single image can be protected or unprotected
Erase A single image or all images stored in a CF card can be erased if they are unprotected
Direct Printing from the Camera Enabled with the Print/Share button
Compatible printers CP and SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Photo Printers and PictBridge compatible printers (via USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU)
Settings Print quantity, style (image, paper, borders, date), trimming
Menus  
Menu Categories Shooting menu: redPlayback
menu: blueSetup menu: yellow
LCD Monitor Language 15 languages provided (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese)
Firmware Update Enabled by the user (in Creative Zone only)
Power Source  
Battery One Lithium-Ion Battery Pack BP-511A/BP-514/BP-511/BP-512
Number of Shots Approx. 1,100 (68°F/20°C, flash off), approx. 900 (32°F/0°C, flash off)
The above figures comply with CIPA testing standards and apply when a fully-charged Battery Pack BP-511A is used.
Battery Check Automatic
Power saving Provided; power turns off after set time of 1, 2, 4, 8, 15 or 30 min.
Back-up Battery One CR2016 Lithium Battery
Operation Environment  
Operating Temperature Range 32-104°F/0-40°C
Operating Humidity Range 85% or less
Dimensions and Weight  
Dimensions (W x H x D) 5.7 x 4.2 x 2.9 in./144 x 105.5 x 73.5mm
Weight 24.7 oz./700g (body only)
MSRP (Body only) US $1399.99 / CDN $2000
with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II zoom lens US $1499.99 / CDN $2200
*All the specifications above are based on Canon’s testing standards.
*The camera’s specifications and physical appearance are subject to change without notice.

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Canon 30D
Body only with EF-S 18-55mm
f/3.5-5.6 Lens


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