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Canon EOS 30D Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)

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  • Autofocus: Yes
  • Battery Model: Camera Specific Powerpacks
  • Bluetooth: No
  • Built-in Flash: Yes
  • CD-R / CD-RW: No
  • Camera Resolution Heigth in Pixel: 2336
  • Camera Resolution Width in Pixel: 3504
  • Changeable Lens: Yes
  • Chip Type: CMOS
  • Compact Flash Card: Yes
  • Depth in mm: 73.5
  • Digital Zoom (Ratio): 1
  • Effective Pixel (in Megapixel): 8.2
  • Height (mm): 105.5
  • Image Stabiliser: No
  • LCD Monitor Resolution in Pixel: 230000
  • LCD Monitor Size in Inch: 2.5
  • Longest Shutter Speed: 30s
  • Longest Shutter Speed in s: 30s
  • MP3 Playback: No
  • Maximum Pixel (in Megapixel): 8.5
  • Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
  • Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
  • Memory Type: Internal + External
  • Micro Drive: Yes
  • Mini Secure Digital Card: No
  • Movie / Voice Recording: No
  • Multimedia Card: No
  • PC Card: No
  • Photo Resolution Height in Pixel: 2336
  • Photo Resolution Heigth in Pixel: 2336
  • Photo Resolution Width in Pixel: 3504
  • PictBridge: Yes
  • RAW Format: Yes
  • Range Finder Type: Optical / Electronic Viewfinder + LCD
  • Reduced Size Multimedia Card: No
  • SLR / Compact: SLR
  • Secure Digital Card: No
  • Secure Digital High Capacity Card (SDHC): No
  • Sensor Size: 22,5 x 15,0 mm
  • Serial Shot Mode: Yes
  • Shortest Shutter Speed: 1/8000s
  • Shortest Shutter Speed in s: 1/8000s
  • Size of Internal Memory in MB: unknown
  • Smart Media Card: No
  • Weight in Grams: 700
  • WiFi Connectivity: No
  • Width (mm): 144
  • XD Card: No
  • Zoom Type: Not Applicable
  • microSD/ TransFlash Card: No

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 10.5 x 7.3 cm ; 1.9 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.9 Kg
  • Item model number: 1234B013AA
  • ASIN: B000EZMO5K
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 9 Mar. 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 149,744 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

Spot metering allows you to base the optimal exposure value on a concentrated spot (3.5%) in the scene - useful in high-contrast scenes where precise metering control is required. Select from one of nine fixed focusing points across the scene for fast, accurate focusing even with off-centre subjects and 'rule-of-thirds' compositions. DiG!C II renders colours with precision and accuracy. Fast and efficient, DiG!C II prolongs battery life and delivers instant 0.15 second start up time. The Digital Photo Profe...

Manufacturer's Description

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 a sturdy, magnesium-clad body. With all these new features the EOS 30D is truly perfection, 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 the product of Canon's extensive in-house development: The DIGIC II Image Processor was designed specifically for Canon digital SLRs and enhances every aspect of image capture. Information captured by the CMOS sensor is processed and assembled into images of exceptional quality. With the DIGIC II Image Processor on board, photographers can expect natural color reproduction, precise white balance in any number of lighting situations and unparalleled clarity. The DIGIC II Image Processor employs sophisticated signal processing algorithms and works at greater speeds, all while consuming less energy. The entire processing chip - not just the software that drives it - is dedicated for use in a digital still camera.

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 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°) 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.

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I've been using the EOS 30D for 2 months and have found that it has allowed me to produce some impressive results.


* Picture quailty is excellent even to A3 size.

* Start - up and general speed (autofocus etc) is excellent, when using canon lenses I've experence no noticable lag.

* Read/Write time to the CF card is very quick. However that the times do depend upon the speed of the CF card used and I would recommend at least Ultra II style card.

* Battery life is very impressive, over a week period averaging 200 shots per day I did not need to recharge.

* Build quality is very robust, although LCD screen on back is a little exposed and requires film protection to prevent damage.

* User controls after a little study are well laid out and easy to use.

* User software with camera easy to use.


* LCD difficult to see in bright light.

* Viewfinder is small and with only 95% coverage, you have to frame your shots carefully.

In summary I've found this an excellent camera if a little expense. If you are wanting to use this camera as a point and shot the fully automatic system is fine, however you would not be using this camera to its full potential and be wasting your money.

This camera is well suited to the intermediate photgrapher and I would highly recommend it. Please be aware that to help get the finer quality images you must invest in good quality lenses.
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By A. Roberton TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Dec. 2006
I bought my EOS 30D in May 2006 and very few days have passed without it being used. What can I say about this amazing camera? Firstly, it is a joy to hold, feeling like it was designed specifically for my not very large hands. (I bought the 17-85mm IS lens with the camera and it has proved to be an excellent marriage.) Secondly, the controls allow you to either do it the easy way, full auto, or to become more and more creative by using the maual controls.

With the autofocus system, taking pictures is so easy, almost too easy. My last SLR was a Canon FTb with full manual everything, from exposure to focussing - which meant many a lost picture, and then you had to wait for the developed film to come back before you knew whether or not the pictures you took were good or not. Now, with the ability to see the picture moments after pressing the shutter = wow!

I won't bore you with the technical side or the jargon, suffice to say that this is one hell of a camera. I thought I had left my enthusiastic days of snapping in the past with my dark room, chemicals and hours of developing and printing, but now my enthusiasm is back with avengence - nothing is safe anymore, no tree, flower, bird, friend or indeed sunset will ever be ignored again.

If you want to awaken your inner creative genius, then this baby's for you. Buy it, it might change your life forever - is has mine.
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Bought mine about 5 weeks ago and it's amazing. Stunning build quality, feels right in the hands. Great menu and software, the latter I have come to expect from Canon.

The default setting was a little cold but with a few tweaks in the menu getting some great images now.

Lovely piece of work and considering the 5D is so much more expensive and OK a full frame 24x36mm cmos and higher resolution all in all the 30D is a lovely camera I want to use.
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I moved from my beloved Canon EOS3 to the 30D a few weeks before climbing Kilimanjaro and was concerned that I would not have enough time to adapt to the new body before the trip to Africa.

I was wrong, this camera feels and works like all Canon EOS SLR's which is exactly what I wanted. There are of course many new controls on the 30D compared to the film bodies but the exposure controls fall to hand in the same way as my EOS3.

The image quality is excellent and the new version of the Raw software that Canon ships with this body make using Raw files a joy. I have longed for a 5D for a long time but there is almost £1000 difference between the 5D and 30D which I could not afford or justify. Although the 5D will produce better images for the amateur I do not think the difference will come close to justifying the extra money.

I would however recommend that you buy the body and a good lens (such as the 17-40 F4 L series) rather than the kit with lens. The kit lens whilst OK is not capable to get the best out of this body.


Oh and the 30D performed brilliantly on Kili, all the way to Uhuru peak :)
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This is an excellent photographic tool built to last. It has a solid feel (magnesium body), isn't a small camera but instils confidence and delivers the goods shot after shot. Canon's own Raw processing software is good, but since purchasing Adobe Lightroom (from Amazon at an excellent price) I have found that processing the raw images is way ahead of Canon's Software, good as it is. If you are serious about using Raw then go for it.

I bought the 30D body with the EF17-85mm lens. I found this lens disappointing and traded it for the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM Zoom (pricey but also available from Amazon). It's a large lens but the definition and build quality is superb. Your camera is only as good as the lens you use. No one considering the Canon 30D should compromise on the excellent performance of the camera by using a low spec lens. It will just not do justice to the excellent sensor in the camera.

This Camera has one of the lowest noise levels up to ISO 400 and I now don't hesitate to shoot at that setting. It's also fast, no shutter lag and the recorded images are viewable immediately. You will need a Sandisk Memory Card - preferably Ultra II - 1 gig (I got mine from Amazon). This card really allows the camera to perform at its best. All other info you can get from Amazon's review section.
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