Canon EOS 30D

Canon EOS 30D is the successor of Canon EOS 20D (released on 21.02.06) featuring 8.2 Megapixel, 5 fps and 30 large JPEG frame burst, 2.5”, 230K pixel, 170º wide viewing angle LCD screen, Spot metering and High Precision 9-point AF system. Canon EOS 30D will be available in mid-March 2006 with an expected street price of $1399.


Canon EOS 30D Official Brochure

>> NEWS (last update: 22.03.06)

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>> REVIEWS (last update: 16.05.06)

TrustedReviews reviewed Canon EOS 30D and wrote:
A bit of a disappointment for anyone hoping for a major upgrade, the EOS 30D is unlikely to attract anyone who already owns a 20D. However newcomers to the mid-level DSLR market will find a superbly specified camera with the usual Canon hallmarks of reliability, design and outstanding image quality. For the serious amateur or semi-pro it is the ideal camera.

DigitalCameraReview reviewed Canon EOS 30D and wrote:
The Canon EOS 30D has several important refinements over its predecessor, the Canon EOS 20D, and it maintains that camera’s many strengths. Its solid build, excellent image quality, and respectable speed (5 fps at 8.2 megapixels) make it a very attractive camera for a range of users. Weddings, portraits, photojournalism, family pictures, and even landscapes are perfectly within the Canon EOS 30D’s scope, as many thousands of 20D users have proven…Finally, we remain puzzled by the 30D’s lack of innovation. Look at Canon’s history of cutting-edge cameras and lenses and you’ll find more ground-breaking equipment than most companies can point to. The Canon EOS 30D simply doesn’t match the advances Canon usually makes.

Steve’sDigicams reviewed Canon EOS 30D and wrote:
While there’s a lot to like about the 30D, it’s the 20D that in 2004 set a new benchmark for what an enthusiast dSLR should be. Canon’s effort with the 30D was essentially a marginal technology upgrade like the EOS 1D Mark II N was to the 1D Mark II; based on our testing results, this camera would have been more appropriately named the 20D N. That’s not to say that the 30D is not a capable camera; with 8-megapixels of resolution, excellent image quality, low noise at high ISO settings, robust shooting performance and accurate and responsive AF, it is a highly desirable enthusiast dSLR. But it has been displaced as best of breed by the Nikon D200.

BobAtkins reviewed Canon EOS 30D and wrote:

“The addition of the spot meter is a welcome improvement too. I don’t use a spot meter very often, but it is nice to have it there for when I do need it. While I don’t personally shoot long continuous bursts very often, I can see how the EOS 30D could make life a lot easier for those who do. That would include sports photographers and anyone who does a lot of action work. Overall I think the EOS 30D is a great camera and I’d have no hesitation at all in recommending it to any serious photographer.”

LetsGoDigital reviewed Canon EOS 30D and wrote:
“The Canon EOS 30D enables you to use ISO 800 or ISO 1600 without any hindrance. Even ISO 3200 can still be used for many applications. This is truly an outstanding performance. We are very positive about the Picture Styles. It is a very intuitive way of handling the image settings. You can adjust the photo entirely to your own taste.
Even though the Canon 30D may not exactly be a revolutionary digital SLR camera, and the expectations were somewhat subdued, it is still a truly fantastic camera. The concept was already solid as could be, but with the introduction of the Canon EOS 30D, Canon have once again clearly asserted and strengthened its roots and their position. There are virtually no points that might cause any form of hindrance for the user, which, in our opinion, is an excellent performance indeed. A superb camera! “

DCRP reviewed Canon EOS 30D and wrote:
“The EOS-30D did a great job of controlling noise all the way through ISO 400. In the ISO 800 shot we start to see some minor detail loss, and it gets a bit worse at ISO 1600, but the shot is still very usable with a little cleanup. Heck, even the ISO 3200 shot could be turned into an acceptable 4 x 6 inch print with a little post-processing in NeatImage or Noise Ninja.
Photo quality was excellent on this 8.2 Megapixel camera. Photos were well-exposed, with accurate colors, very low noise levels (even at high ISO sensitivities), and minimal purple fringing. As is the case with most D-SLRs, photos are on the soft side straight out of the camera, and you can compensate for this by increasing the in-camera sharpening a bit. One thing that really got nailed home during my time with the 30D is how important lens quality is. I bought the Canon 17 – 85 EF-S lens a few months back, and have been less than thrilled with its sharpness — and you’ll see the results in the photo gallery. Slap on some better glass and you’ll get much sharper photos, as the photos taken with my 50 mm lens attest.”

CNET has posted a review of the new Canon EOS 30D and writes:
The good: Excellent low-light performance; fast and responsive; straightforward controls; nice balance of features for both experienced and rookie photographers.
The bad: Pop-up flash casts shadow with some lenses; viewfinder provides only 95 percent view; average battery life; 1.6X lens-conversion factor.
The bottom line: The 8-megapixel Canon EOS 30D should be on your short list for a semipro dSLR camera. “ has posted a preview of the new Canon EOS 30D and writes:
“After having used the camera for nearly two weeks and taken some 400 pictures, my first impression is very good. I liked the EOS 20D and I love the EOS 30D. My equipment was quite large and heavy (slightly above 1.5 kg) but the camera lies exceptionally well in the hand and the operation is generally intuitive and comfortable.

My only concern is the position of the main switch. As it doubles as a lock for the quick-dial, I see the necessity of placing it close to the dial, but I would prefer a position above the dial, rather than below it.” has posted a preview of the new Canon EOS 30D and writes:
“I don’t think there is currently a better camera for the price. While 20D owners may not be dumping their cameras in droves and upgrading to the Canon 30D, I think a lot of first time buyers and those upgrading from the Digital Rebel series or earlier DSLRS like the 10D or D60 will find the 30D an excellent choice. The 20D owners can now probably afford that 17-85IS or 10-22 wideangle zoom they have been lusting after if they decide not to trade up to a 30D!”

DigitalCameraInfo has posted a preview of the new Canon EOS 30D and writes:
“Canon’s EOS 30D is numbered as if it were a major upgrade to the popular and excellent EOS 20D, and Canon marketing plumps it up even higher than that – the line is that it really has more in common with the 5D than the 20D. Really? With the same 8.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, the same DIGIC II image processor, the same 9-point autofocus system and the same 5 fps burst rate as the 20D, the 30D seems more like a respectable update of the 20D than anything else. When Canon put a bigger LCD and picture styles on the 1D Mark II, they changed the name to the 1D Mark II n. This new camera shows comparable improvements. We’d call it the “20D n,” if it were up to us. “

>> SAMPLE IMAGES (last update: 05.04.06)

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- Canon EOS 30D samples by Jim Dicecco

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Sample 1)

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Lens: EF-S17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
Tv (Shutter Speed): 1/125 sec
Av (Aperture Value): f/6.3
ISO Speed: ISO100
White Balance: Daylight
Picture Style: Portrait

Sample 2)

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Lens: EF85mm f/1.2 L II USM
Tv (Shutter Speed): 1/125 sec
Av (Aperture Value): f/2.8
ISO Speed: ISO100
White Balance: Daylight
Picture Style: Monochrome (Filter:Green)

Sample 3)

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Lens: EF-S10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Tv (Shutter Speed): 20 sec
Av (Aperture Value): f/8
ISO Speed: ISO100
White Balance: AWB
Picture Style: Landscape

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