Canon EOS-30D Digital SLR Camera Body, 8.2 Megapixels, Interchangeable Lens Camera - USA Warranty

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Canon's new EOS 30D brings proven EOS technology to a new level, giving photographers an unbeatable photographic experience. The EOS30D 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 trulyperfection, refined.

Canon's large-area CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) sensor captures images with exceptional clarity and tonal range, and offers the most pixels in its class. This APS-C size sensor (22.5 x 15.0mm) has the same 3:2 ratio as film cameras, enabling an effective angle of view that is 1.6x the normal EF Lens focal length. The EOS 30D has an extensive ISO range (from 100 to 1600 plus ISO 3200 in extended mode), which is selectable in 1/3-stop increments. The sensor features a newly developed set of narrow-gap microlenses and noise reduction circuits to improve performance at high ISO values, and optimized photodiode configurations for improved performance at all ISO values. This results in larger, clearer, sharper and more detailed photographs right from the start.

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 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 incorporates Canon's Picture Style settings, which simulate the characteristics of different film styles, allowing photographers to customize their shooting to their personal taste or needs. These include Standard, for punchy, print-from-the-camera color, Portrait, for softer, more natural skin tones, Landscape, for vivid blues and greens and overall sharpness, and Neutral, Faithful and Monochrome, which can be customized to emulate color filters with black and white film.

At the request of many users, the EOS 30D adds a spot metering function that meters roughly 3.5% of the center of the image. This new metering function, in addition to Canon's impressive evaluative, center-weighted average and partial metering modes, gives the photographer even more choices for custom-tailored shooting.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Simple controls (46),Nice features and settings (31),Accurate colors (30),Great resolution (29),Rugged (26),Strong construction (20),Large clear LCD (13),Short lag time (13),Quiet (9),Easy to use (5),Fast shutter speed (5),Great picture quality (4)
Cons:
Complicated controls (4)
Best Uses:
Travel (41),Portraits (29),Outdoors (26),Everyday (24),Sports/action (24),Weddings (21),Low light (18),Fun (16),Photojournalism (16),Art (13),Documentary (12),Sports (5) Landscape/scenery (3) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Enthusiast (29),Professional (19),Beginner (4),Casual photographer (3)

Canon Features

  • Exceptional digital SLR with exclusive 8.2 Megapixel Canon CMOS Sensor and DIGICII 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

Canon Specifications

Type
Digital, single-lens reflex, AF/AE camera
Recording Medium
Type I or II CF card
Image Format
0.89 x 0.59 in./22.5 x 15.0mm (APS-C size sensor)
Lens Mount
Canon EF lenses (including EF-S lenses)
Lens Focal Length Conversion factor
1.6x
Sensor Type
High-sensitivity, high-resolution, single-plate, CMOS sensor
Effective Pixels
Approx. 8.20 megapixels
Total Pixels
Approx. 8.50 megapixels
Image Ratio
3:2 (Horizontal : Vertical)
Color Depth
RGB primary color filter
Fixed position in front of the CMOS sensor
Image File Format
JPEG, RAW, Canon .CR2
Recording Format: JPEG, RAW and RAW+JPEG simultaneous recording provided. The RAW and JPEG imagesare saved as separate files in the CF card.
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)
Viewfinder
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
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-14EXor MT-24EX; pressing the depth-of-field preview button fires a modeling flash)
LCD Monitor
TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor - 2.5 in. diagonal with a viewing angle of approx. 170° vertically and horizontally - Approx. 230,000 pixels - 100% Coverage -5 Level Brightness Control
Language
15 languages provided (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian,Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese)
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 Erase
Single images can be erase-protected or not.
One image or all images in the CF card can be erased (except protected images).
AF Working Range
9 AF points (Automatic selection, Manual selection) - AF Working Range EV -0.5-18 (ISO 100 at 68°F/20°C) - AF-assist Beam: Intermittent firing of built-in flash (must be manually raised in P, Tv, Av, M and A-DEP Exposure modes)
Focusing Modes
Autofocus: One-Shot AF, Predictive AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF (automatic switchingbetween One-Shot/Predictive AI Servo AF); Manual Focus (MF)
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
Shutter Type
Vertical-travel, mechanical, focal-plane shutter with all speeds electronically controlled
Shutter Speed
1/8000 to 30 sec. (1/3- and 1/2-stop increments), X-sync at 1/250 sec. Shutter durability: Approx. 100,000 exposures
Remote Control
Remote control with N3-type terminal
Metering Range
EV 1-20 (at 20°C/68°F with EF50mm f/1.4 lens, ISO 100)
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 Sensitivity
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)
Exposure Bracketing
+/- 2 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
White Balance
Auto white balance with the image sensor
White balance bracketing: +/- 3 stops in 1-stop increments
White balance correction: blue/amber bias +/- 9 magenta/green bias +/- 9 levels
Built-in Flash Type
Auto pop-up, retractable, built-in flash in the pentaprism - E-TTL II autoflash - Flash Exposure Compensation: +/-2 stops in 1/3- and 1/2-stop increments - Recycling Time Approx. 3 sec.
Built-In Flash Guide Number
43 ft./13m (ISO 100)
Built-In Flash Coverage
17mm lens focal length (equivalent to 27mm in 35mm format)
External Flash
EOS-dedicated Speedlite: E-TTL II autoflash with EX-series Speedlite
PC Terminal
Provided; not sensitive to flash polarity
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
Computer Interface
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, NTSC/PAL for video output
Direct Print Capable
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)
Video Output
NTSC/PAL
Battery
One Lithium-Ion Battery Pack BP-511A/BP-514/BP-511/BP-512 - Back up Battery: One CR2016 Lithium Battery
Dimensions
5.7 x 4.2 x 2.9 in./144 x 105.5 x 73.5mm (W x H x D )
Weight
24.7 oz./700g (body only)
Operating Temperature Range
0°C - 40°C / 32°F - 104°F
Operating Humidity Range
85% or less
Shutter Lag
approx. 65 msec.
Mfr #
1234B004
SKU
ICA30D

Reviews about this item

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4.8

(based on 53 reviews)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Camera!

Great camera! Its a semi-pro camera that is built to last for a long time! Controls just feel so right and it is very easy to make adjustments while looking through the viewfinder. The 5fps make sports photography a blast! Does reasonable well in the higher ISO ranges, I have had it up to about 800 or so and they dont seem to have much noise (grain) at all. I have had this camera for about 3 weeks and have done about 3000-3500 pictures already with it. I would take a EOS camera over the newer...

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Great camera! Its a semi-pro camera that is built to last for a long time! Controls just feel so right and it is very easy to make adjustments while looking through the viewfinder. The 5fps make sports photography a blast! Does reasonable well in the higher ISO ranges, I have had it up to about 800 or so and they dont seem to have much noise (grain) at all. I have had this camera for about 3 weeks and have done about 3000-3500 pictures already with it. I would take a EOS camera over the newer Rebel series any day of the week. I am VERY happy with this purchase, [...]

Reviewed by 53 customers

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Camera!

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from Connecticut  -  Photo Enthusiast

Great camera! Its a semi-pro camera that is built to last for a long time! Controls just feel so right and it is very easy to make adjustments while looking through the viewfinder. The 5fps make sports photography a blast! Does reasonable well in the higher ISO ranges, I have had it up to about 800 or so and they dont seem to have much noise (grain) at all. I have had this camera for about 3 weeks and have done about 3000-3500 pictures already with it. I would take a EOS camera over the newer Rebel series any day of the week. I am VERY happy with this purchase, [...]

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

pro camera

By

from Orange County, CA  -  Casual Photographer

i have the xti before and upgrade to this, at first i wasnt happy bec i get better pics on my xti, but after couple of days, im lovin it!

 
5.0

Sturdy & functional, great quality.

By

from Austin, TX  -  Semi-pro Photographer

So far, this is the closest I've gotten to purchasing a professional quality DSLR - such as a 5D or 1D. I'm really enjoying it so far. It feels great in my hands; and the controls are very accessible compared to say, a Rebel. I was concerned that going below 10MP would be an issue for me, but it turns out the difference is not significant enough to really bother me. Unless you rely heavily on cropping pictures down drastically, it's not any sort of issue. I am starting to wonder if there is burned out pixel though, or if I just have dust on the sensor. That's so far the only concern of any kind that I've had with this body. Definitely a valuable purchase, and it will go many miles in my portrait/event/wedding photography business.

 
4.0

Great bargain on used XXX

By

from Jacksonville, FL  -  Photo Enthusiast

Purchased to complement 40D and avoid excessive lens changing during photo projects. Works like a charm.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very good camera

By

from Pennsylvania, PA  -  Casual Photographer

I use the camera by showing all the landscapes when I travel. The thing that is great about this camera is the fast shutter speed. I could capture things that I couldn't with a regular camera. The thing that is not so great is that this is the body only. I know that most people will buy separate lens either way, but there are also some people who are just a noob at dslr.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

5 star

By

from la  -  Casual Photographer

Fantasic camera and its really cheap!!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

GREAT Camera

By

from Indiana  -  Professional

I upgraded to a 30D quite a while back from a Rebel XT. Really, the 40D isnt worth the extra money from this in my opinion. Awesome camera, durable, easy to use, and fast. Doenst get much better.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Happy

By

from virginia  -  Getting started

My first DSLR, very happy! Read the manual before trying it, and try to have a basic understanding of photography before going for the purchase. I upgraded from canon point and shoot S3IS and found the transition fairly easy

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Kick Butt and reliable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By

from NYC and Ohio  -  Professional

I bought this camera body in Dec. 2006. I photograph models on a regular basis. Within a little over a year I have shot over 200,000 images with this camera which exceeds the 100,000 shutter rating. Camera more than exceeds my expectations.

 
4.0

hear me coming

By

from Dayton, Ohio  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Recently on a trip to Alaska to photo the Brown Bears in KatMai National Park, The camera got very heavy after walking quite a distance. As we sat (8 people) photoing the Bears, My Canon 30D was without question the loudest in the group. I got some stares from others but no comments. My XTI is quite and does just as good

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