Canon EOS 30D review and price comparison

Canon EOS 30D SLR Digital Camera Price Comparison - April 24, 2017
Canon EOS 30D SLR Digital Camera
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Basic description and review of the Canon EOS 30D Digital Camera

Key Features (Canon discontinued production in 2007)

  • 8.2 megapixels
  • high speed (5fps) and low speed (3fps) burst modes
  • 2.5 inch LCD display monitor
  • compatible with all EF and EF-S Lenses
  • lithium-ion battery pack
  • 5.7 x 4.2 x 2.9 inches in size
  • 1.5 lbs camera weight

The Canon EOS 30D is a midrange level SLR Digital Camera with several key design improvements over its predecessor the 20D. A bigger LCD screen and improved frame capacity are most noticeable however other features like the ability to use Canons wireless file transmitter (WFT-E1/E1A) for fast remote file transfers are not to be overlooked. Extremely useful in a studio environment.

Quality photos with speed: The EOS 30D boasts the award winning Canon CMOS sensor technology and provides a wide dynamic range with minimal noise. Built in noise elimination circuitry filters any remaining noise patters to provide sharp, crisp photographs. An infrared filter eliminates red fringing caused by sensor reflections. Canon’s DIGIC II processor is included to provide speed and image quality using complex colour rendition algorithms to clear the buffers quickly.

Direct printing. The EOS 30D can print photos directly from the camera and is compatible with Canon’s SELPHY compact printers, desktop PIXMA printers, and various third party PictBridge compatible printers.

EOS 30D Presets

  • Standard for stunning photos that don’t require post processing
  • Portrait for exceptional skin tones
  • Landscape for vivid colors and sharpening that render crisp edges to mountains, trees etc
  • Neutral for images you intend to process
  • Faithful to match subject colors under color temperatures of 5200K
  • Monochrome for black and white photography with filter options

Canon EOS 30D software: The latest Digital Photo Professional RAW image processing software, Canon EOS Solution Disk with remote capture software and the latest versions of ZoomBrowser, ImageBrowser and PhotoStitch are/were included.

EOS 30D Digital AF-AE SLR Features:

Model number: 1234B004
Recording media: CompactFlash (CF) Card Type I and II
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: 8.2 megapixels
Recording format: JPEG, RAW and RAW+JPEG
Image format: JPEG, RAW and Canon .CR2
Folders: Automatic folder creation with up to 9,999 images per folder
Total pixels: 8.5 megapixels
Aspect ratio: 3:2 (horizontal:vertical)
Color filter system: RGB primary color filters
Low-pass filter: Fixed position in front of CMOS sensor
Color space: Selectable between sRGB and Adobe RGB
Interface: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, NTSC/PAL for video output
Viewfinder: Eye-level SLR with fixed pentaprism
Viewfinder coverage: Approximately 95 percent horizontally and vertically
Viewfinder magnification: 0.9x (-1 dpt with 50-millimeter lens at infinity)
Viewfinder eyepoint: Approximately 20 millimeters
Shutter speed: 1/8000 to 30 seconds, X-sync at 1/250 seconds
Shutter release: Soft-touch electromagnetic release
Remote control: N3-type terminal
Dioptric adjustment correction: -3.0 to +1.0 diopter
Focusing screen: Fixed, precision matte screen (non-interchangeable)
Eyepiece shutter: None (eyepiece cover provided on strap)
Autofocus type: TTL-CT-SIR AF-dedicated CMOS sensor
Autofocus points: 9 AF points
AF point selection: Automatic selection, manual selection
Selected AF point display: Superimposed on viewfinder and LCD panel
ISO speed range: Basic zone set by camera; creative zone equivalent to ISO 100 to 1600
Built-in flash type: Auto pop-up, retractable
Recycling time: Approximately 3 seconds
Pixels: Approximately 230,000 pixels

Overall: The EOS 30D is a durable, fast shooting SLR digital camera that provides exceptional images and is easy enough to use for the amateur photographer. On those fronts Canon did an excelent job in engineering this popular model. The only knocks that I have heard repeatedly are that the multi controller tab isn’t as intuitive as one would like and that contrast capability feels a slightly low. MSRP was originaly in the 1400.00 range but as you can see below you can pick one up for about a third of that price now.

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