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Object Title: EOS 30D

Manufacturer: Canon

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Page By: packet

Created/Edited: Jan 26, 2007 / Jan 26, 2007

Object ID: 2214

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Product Description

Canon's new EOS 30D brings proven EOS technology to a new level, giving photographers an unbeatable photographic experience. The EOS 30D incorporates a host of new features with Canon's highly acclaimed 8.2 megapixel CMOS sensor and DIGIC II Image Processor. The EOS 30D includes enhanced operational features such as a new 2.5 inch LCD monitor, true spot metering, a durable new shutter mechanism and Canon's Picture Style feature, all in a sturdy, magnesium-clad body. With all these new features the EOS 30D is truly perfection, refined.


Exceptional digital SLR with exclusive 8.2 Megapixel Canon CMOS Sensor and DIGIC II Image Processor

User-selectable high-speed and low-speed continuous shooting at 5 fps or 3 fps - up to 30 (JPEG), 11 (RAW) or 9 (RAW+JPEG) consecutive frames when set at 5 fps and fast 0.15-second startup time

Large 2.5 inch LCD monitor that can be viewed at extreme angles up to 170°

New and improved features: Picture Style for superior command of in-camera color, contrast and sharpness, spot metering and shutter durability of approximately 100,000 cycles

Impressive 9-point Wide-area AF with a dual precision sensor at the center

One-touch direct printing and improved PictBridge features, including more custom print effects and printing with shooting information

Fully compatible with all EF and EF-S Lenses and a wide range of EOS System accessories


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
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

Interface USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, NTSC/PAL for video output


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
Dioptric Adjustment Correction -3.0 to +1.0 diopter


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)

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

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)

Operating Environment

Operating Temperature Range 32-104°F/0-40°C
Operating Humidity Range 85% or less


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Voted 4/5

Overall not a bad camera. I've used it at ~18,000 ft down to ~-10 degrees F without any problems. This is a minor revision to the previous model, the 20d so not a whole lot has changed. I kind of wish canon had upped the resolution a bit, but it's still a great camera.

The main downside with this camera for our use is the weight. The camera plus a decent lens tends to weigh you down far more than you'd like. I might go with the lower model, the 400d aka XTI in order to save the 1/2 pound and get a slightly better resolution. I like the controls a lot more on the 30d (the dial on the back makes it easy to adjust pretty much any setting in gloves, you just have to be able to press the button to get to that setting first), but in the end weight may win out.
Posted Jan 26, 2007 3:21 pm

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