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Canon EOS 30D 8.2MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
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- 2.5-inch LCD display
- 8.2-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 16 x 22-inch prints; Large monitor that can be viewed at extreme angles up to 170 degrees
- High- and low-speed consecutive shooting (5 frames and 3 frames per second, respectively)
- Fully compatible with all EF and EF-S Lenses and a wide range of EOS system accessories (no lenses included)
- Powered by a lithium-ion battery pack; stores images on CF cards
- 8.2-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 16 x 22-inch prints
- Large 2.5-inch LCD monitor that can be viewed at extreme angles up to 170 degrees
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|Compatible Mountings||Canon EF, Canon EF-S|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||5 fps|
|Display Size||2.5 inches|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||3,200|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||100|
|Exposure Control Type|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|Flash Memory Type||CompactFlash|
|Flash Sync Speed||1/250_sec|
|Flash Type||Built In Flash|
|Flash Type||built in flash|
|Included Components||EOS 30D Body - Eye Eb - Neck Strap EW-100 DGR -|
|Item Dimensions||2.9 x 4.2 x 5.7 inches|
|Item Weight||1.5 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Weight||4 ounces|
|Maximum Aperture Range||n/a|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||8.2 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||cmos|
|Processor Description||digic 2|
|Removable Memory||CompactFlash Type I or II|
|Shipping Weight||3.25 pounds|
|Shooting Modes||Full Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-Up, Sports, Night Portrait and Flash Off|
|Style Name||Body Only|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
Canon's 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 an sturdy, magnesium-clad body. With all these new features the EOS 30D is truly perfection, refined. Vertical-travel, machanical, focal-plane shutter with 1/8000 to 30 second shutter speeds Auto pop-up/retractable Built-in Flash with 17mm lens focal length coverage (27mm in 35mm format); External PC Terminal for optional EX Series Speedlites Drive Modes - Single, Continuous (High-speed approx 5fps / low-speed approx 3 fps), and Self-timer (10sec/2sec) 2.5 LCD Monitor with up to 170* H/V viewing angle and 5-level brightness control; Eye-level SLR Viewfinder with fixed pentaprism 6 Picture Style settings - Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, and Monochrome Direct Printing to CP/SELPHY Compact Printers, PIXMA Photo Printers, and PictBridge compatible printers via IFC-400PCU USB cable Uses Canon BP-511/BP-511A/BP-512/BP-514 batteries (Up to approx 1,100 shots with flash off when using fully charged BP-511A battery); CR2016 Lithium date/time battery Interface - USB 2.0 and Video output (NTSC/PAL) Approximate Unit Dimensions - (WxHxD) 5.7 x 4.2 x 2.9; Unit Weight - 24.7 oz. (Body only)
From the Manufacturer
The Canon EOS 30D replaces the award-winning EOS 20D. It 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 pre-sets (Canon's in-camera image processing standard), all in an sturdy, magnesium-clad body. The maximum number of images in a folder is increased from 100 to 9,999, while the in-built flash has been upgraded to match the 100,000 shutter cycle durability, an increasingly important feature in the digital age. With all these new features the EOS 30D is truly perfection, refined.
The EOS 30D features Canon's award winning CMOS sensor technology, with large 6.4µm2 pixels for wide dynamic range with low noise. Any remaining fixed pattern and random noise is dealt with by on-chip noise-elimination circuitry. A low-pass filter in front of the sensor reduces false color and moiré effects, while an infrared filter suppresses red fringing caused by sensor reflections and fog. The camera features Canon's DIGIC II processor now found across the digital EOS range. DIGIC II maximizes speed and image quality by processing uncompromisingly complex color rendition algorithms, clearing the buffer at high speed.
The EOS 30D has a high-precision, 9-point wide area AF system that uses both normal and high-precision focus depending on the aperture and available light. The 9 focus points can be chosen automatically or manually-selected using the 30D's intuitive, thumb-operated multi-controller.
The EOS 30D has a brilliant 2.5-inch LCD monitor with approximately 230,000 pixels. Adopted from Canon's professional EOS SLRs, this monitor not only displays more information, it can also be viewed at a greater angle (170 degrees) than many conventional LCD monitors. The full-featured shot information screen not only provides an RGB histogram, it can display the AF frame used. Magnification has never been faster. Magnification zooms to the focus point rather than the center of the image to check exposure and critical focus. It is also simple to jump quickly in image intervals up to 100. Menus are accessed at the touch of a button and feature larger text that is easier to read. Whether changing color parameters, setting up custom functions, organizing folders or setting white balance, the EOS 30D helps photographers get to their information quickly, so they never miss a shot.
Every function optimized for fast RAW and JPEG capture
The EOS 30D is one of the fastest cameras Canon has ever produced. Incorporating the fast operation of the EOS 20D, the 30D allows users to specify high-speed 5 frames per second (fps) or a new low-speed 3 fps continuous shooting for more controlled shooting and/or to save space on the CF card. And it can capture up to 30 JPEG and 11 RAW (or 9 RAW + JPEG) files in one burst. Whether it's the 0.15-second startup time, the high-speed mirror drive, the nearly instant 65-millisecond shutter release lag time or the predictive AF focusing at speeds up to 5.0 frames per second, the EOS 30D will amaze and delight photographers who don't want to wait for their camera when they're ready to shoot.
The EOS 30D lets you print beautiful photos with minimum time and effort - directly from the camera. It's compatible with Canon's SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, desktop PIXMA Photo Printers, and even third-party PictBridge-compatible printers.
EOS: The system
One of the EOS 30D's greatest advantages is the EOS system: compatibility with all Canon EF and EF-S lenses, EX-series Speedlites, and EOS accessories such as the Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E1. (Wireless file transmitter and lenses not included--must be purchased separately.) For high-speed processing of lossless RAW images and complete capture-to-print workflow management, the EOS 30D also comes with Canon's latest Digital Photo Professional software.
To extend the EOS 30D's 750-shot (CIPA standard) battery life and increase handling options, the camera is compatible with the BG-E2 battery grip. (Not included; must be purchased separately.) The BG-E2 takes two Lithium-Ion battery packs for up to 2,200 frames or six AA batteries in the supplied BGM-E2 battery magazine. (Shooting capacity with AA batteries is lower when compared with the Battery Pack BP-511A.) For easy vertical shooting, the BG-E2 provides additional shutter release, main dial, AE lock/FE lock, and AF point selection controls.
As well as the latest Digital Photo Professional RAW image processing software, the EOS 30D comes with Canon EOS Solution Disk, containing the new EOS Utility (integrating remote capture software), plus the latest versions of ZoomBrowser/ImageBrowser and PhotoStitch.
The EOS 30D includes membership of Canon's online photo album, Canon iMAGE Gateway with 100 MB of space for image uploads and photo sharing. (Canon iMAGE Gateway is not available in all European countries.)
Picture Style pre-sets simplify in-camera control over image quality. Picture Style pre-sets can be likened to different film types--each one offering a different color response. Within each easily selectable pre-set, photographers have control over sharpness, contrast, color tone, and saturation. The camera's factory default configuration is set to deliver immediately-usable JPEG images without need for additional menu settings. Picture Style presets applied to a RAW image do not degrade the image in any way and can be revised with Canon's Digital Photo Professional software.
The six pre-sets include:
The User Defined pre-set can be used to store up to three customized pre-sets, or any of the pre-sets available for download from Canon's web site.
Now found across the EOS range, DIGIC II is a purpose-built, dedicated image processor responsible for the high speed calculations necessary in order to providing exceptionally accurate color reproduction in real time. Canon's second generation imaging engine, DIGIC II performs the duties of a number of separate processing units to speed processing, save space, and optimize battery life.
To avoid the trade off faced by other manufacturers between camera responsiveness and image quality, Canon has created a processor so fast it can read, process, compress, and write image data back to the buffer between exposures. This allows for longer continuous bursts at maximum frame rates before the buffer fills. Moreover, each image can be subjected to the full complex processing algorithms required in order to deliver superb image quality.
Canon's award winning CMOS technology is one of the company's key competitive advantages. With noise reduction circuitry at each pixel site, Canon's CMOS sensors have lower noise and lower power consumption characteristics than CCD sensors.
CCD sensors use a bucket relay system to transfer each pixel's accumulated electrical charge to a corresponding gutter. The operation is time consuming and draws considerable power, which limits battery life and generates unwanted heat, further increasing noise and lowering image quality.
By contrast, signal conversion in Canon's CMOS sensors is handled by the individual amplifiers at each pixel site. Unnecessary charge transfer operations are avoided, vastly speeding up the process of getting signal to the image processor. Noise generation is reduced and power consumption limited.
Digital Photo Professional Software
Digital Photo Professional software provides high-speed processing of lossless RAW images. Processing with Digital Photo Professional allows real-time display and immediate application of image adjustments, giving control over RAW image variables such as white balance, dynamic range, exposure compensation, and color tone. The camera JPEG images can be recorded in sRGB or Adobe RGB color space, and the Digital Photo Professional application supports sRGB, Adobe RGB and Wide Gamut RGB color spaces. An ICC (International Colour Consortium) profile attaches automatically to RAW images converted to TIFF or JPEG images. This allows faithful reproduction of colors in software applications that support ICC profiles, such as Adobe Photoshop. For improved efficiency, a set of image adjustments can be saved as a recipe and applied to multiple images.
Top Customer Reviews
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Listen, at about $150 used, this is a full functional DSLR that up until 3-4 years ago was still considered high-end equipment. I first started shooting weddings in 2009, and even at that point for a new wedding photographer, this was somewhat of a dream camera (the 5D classic full frame being way out of my budget). Looking back at images I took with this camera, they don't look dated or of poor quality. I used this to second-shoot a wedding last week (since my primary DSLR is no more and I needed one in a pinch) and the pictures turned out just fine. Sure, you might notice a little noise when blowing up images for full-quality prints at a higher ISO but I have NEVER had a client blow up an image like that apart from canvas prints, which aren't exactly known for being high-quality prints anyway.
Bottom line? Don't be scared by the lower megapixel count - higher does NOT necessarily mean better pictures. If I can provide a client with wedding pictures on a 30D that match those from my 1Ds-MKIIn (to the untrained eye), this is for sure a good choice for anyone on the above list and then some. You can use EF and EF-S lenses, and paired with one of Canon's L Series (rented) lenses you'll be shooting like a pro on a shoestring budget.
I'm a big fan, and $150 is far from an investment. This little guy will be tucked away in my gear bag and may just save the day...again.
I actually regret selling my 30D. I should have kept it and converted it to IR rather than going with a 60D. The 30D is very solid, functions well, has a nice resolution range, a reasonable frame rate, and is very very cheap for its performance and build quality. I have actually considered selling off my 60D and going back to a 30D or 40D.
Some of the newer Rebel camera bodies have more megapixels, better ISO, more features, for a similar price. But the 30D is a solid piece of work, all around. It's older, but it just works and works well. Don't be concerned that you aren't getting your money's worth with this camera body, it's probably one of the best bang for buck you can get in a camera body.
What made me take the plunge was a combination of the lower price once the 40D was out; research which led me to better appreciate the value of a good lens first, a good camera second; and the fact that the Canon Rebel line never felt right in my (6 feet tall) hands.
First impressions? Swoon... It had been a long time since I had been wowed by anything electronic - computers lower one's expectations by that much, I guess. What I appreciate and will be obvious to any pro:
- It feels like a well made quality product; great ergonomics, if a tad heavy;
- It takes the picture "right now" with the manual modes, which is a major reason why you would buy this instead of a "point and (eventually) shoot";
- You can unleash your creativity by fiddling with the dozens of parameters; I just read Ken Rockwell's excellent online tutorial and feel like I've been liberated: I'm getting the type of pictures I want after only a couple of days of playing with it.
My main concern was getting blurry pictures because of my somewhat shaky hands; the combination of a fast lens and tinkering with shutter speeds and exposure has saved the day.
Does the 40D do more things? Sure. Is it better? Not until you are able to master the endless combinations this amazing camera affords; only then does it begin to make sense, for a beginner at least.