Canon EOS 30D - 8.2MP Digital SLR Camera Specifications

Table of Contents
Picture Style
Noise Reduction
Files and Folders
Ease of Operation
Image Recording
Image Playback
Exposure Control
Custom Functions
White Balance
Direct Printing
Direct Image Transfer
LCD Monitor
Design and Construction
New Lenses
Shutter Release Mechanism
Drive Speed and Burst Performance
E-TTL II Autoflash
Power Source, Shooting Capacity and Startup Time
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The new Canon EOS 30D digital SLR is a meaningful upgrade of the widely admired and
immensely successful EOS 20D model. The EOS 20D was among the first mid-priced
DSLRs to gain broad support, not just from advanced amateurs and serious photo
hobbyists, but from a wide range of working professionals: wedding and portrait
photographers, journalists, sports shooters, press organizations and newspapers. It
was number one in its category virtually from start to finish over its 18-month market
life, an outstanding accomplishment for any digital SLR in this highly competitive time.1
Its biggest rivals turned out to be other EOS cameras, first the Digital Rebel XT, which
was priced below it, and then the more expensive EOS 5D. Now, new adversaries have
emerged and the time has come for Canon to move on.
The reasons for the EOS 20D’s success are not hard to figure out. First, it produced
exceptionally high quality images, particularly at ISO 400 and above. The EOS 20D
delivered accurate color and excellent detail with speed and precision, even in adverse
lighting conditions. Without this, obviously, nothing else would matter. Next, it was both
compact and rugged. Its handling was fast and easy, with logical controls and many
custom functions for tailoring the camera to particular situations and tastes. Finally, the
price was right. At $1,499, its introductory price was sensible for the many pros who have
to pay for their own equipment and for the equipment pool managers who have to stay
within budgetary limits. Many EOS 20Ds have been “ridden hard and put away wet,” only
to serve loyally the next day. The EOS 30D is a thoughtfully conceived and meticulous
“rev up,” an exciting new model that retains the best core features of the 20D while
improving virtually all other camera functions.
Canon is a company with immense technological prowess. In 2005, it was second among
all corporations in the number of patents granted to it by the U.S. Patent and Trademark
Office.2 As great an achievement as this was, it was no surprise to those who know about
such things. Canon has been in the top 3 for the past 14 years, consecutively, and Canon
is number 2 overall for total number of patents received in the past 10 years. Aside from
manufacturing the CMOS sensors in Canon DSLRs, as well as the equipment that
manufactures those sensors and the tools which maintain and adjust that equipment,
Canon truly controls every step of the way in the image creation process, from optics to
sensors to image processors to software to printing devices. Canon is in the highly
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unusual position of being able to listen to the comments and requests of EOS camera
users and to respond with precision.
The EOS 30D retains the best of the highly acclaimed basic functions of the EOS 20D:
an 8.2 MP CMOS sensor, the DiG!C II Image Processor, 5 fps fast continuous shooting,
a multilayer LPF (low pass filter), high-precision 9-point AF, a durable magnesium alloy
body, a multi-controller and vast
system compatibility. Some changes
are shared with other EOS models,
such as the 2.5-inch LCD monitor with
a wide viewing angle, Picture Style
settings and automatic noise
reduction, while other enhancements
appear for the first time, including
the Print/Share button, extended
PictBridge functions, enhanced
auto-rotate functionality and
improvements in Canon-to-Canon
Exterior cover and internal construction
device linkage. Additional new features
such as 3.5% spot metering, a tougher and more durable shutter, increased burst rate,
more shots per battery charge, a low-speed drive mode, numerous improved shooting,
recording and playback functions and faster startup all derive, at least in part, from user
After reviewing the feature improvements of the EOS 30D, it becomes apparent that
Canon has managed to make this new camera far more suitable for professional applications,
while at the same time maintaining its strong appeal to advanced amateurs. Whereas the
EOS 20D could reasonably have been described as the “big brother” of the Digital Rebel
XT, the EOS 30D is truly the “little brother” of its higher-priced sibling, the EOS 5D. This
makes the 30D a compelling proposition for a wide range of customers, including:
• Digital Rebel or 20D owners who want to step up to the 30D’s improved features
• 5D or EOS-1 class owners looking for a professional quality backup camera
• Wedding and portrait photographers looking for exceptional image quality and
professional features in a compact, lightweight package
• Photojournalists, other professionals and anyone else looking for outstanding
performance at an affordable price
The EOS 30D has one more feature that is sure to make it even more appealing: an
introductory price of $1,399 for the body only, $100 lower than the EOS 20D’s first
price, and hundreds of dollars less than its competition. Remember, too, that Canon
includes not only the battery pack and charger, strap, video and interface cables, but
also a software package of great quality, completeness and usefulness. Canon does
not expect its customers to purchase options just to make their cameras work.
According to NPD Intelect Market Research.
• New 2.5-inch LCD monitor with approximately 230,000 pixels, wide viewing angle and
substantially improved visibility
• Exceptional new direct printing capabilities, unique to Canon
• Picture Style controls make it easier to get what you want
• New, switchable high-speed/low-speed continuous shooting
• ISO settings in 1/3-stop increments with readout in viewfinder
• Reduced energy consumption for roughly 10% more shots per battery charge
• New 4-step battery level display
• New spot metering, same as EOS-1 Series and EOS 5D
• New, professional-quality shutter rated to approximately 100,000 cycles
• Great workflow improvement with upgraded software package, including (at no extra
charge) ZoomBrowser/ImageBrowser, and Digital Photo Professional, backwards
compatible to D2000 and D6000 of 1998
• Improved folder management with up to 9,999 images in each folder and file
numbering with manual reset
• 0.15-second startup time, fastest of any EOS camera*
• 30-frame Large/Fine JPEG burst, up from 23 frames**
• 11 RAW frame burst, up from 6**
• Improved image playback functions, including new enlarge function in Quick Review
as well as Playback, software-only auto rotate, and an improved jump function
• Enhanced Info screen with new, switchable RGB histogram as well as AF frame and
File Size displays
• New auto noise reduction for long exposures with new Custom Function 02
• New magnified view with Custom Function 17
• Error code readout on back screen together with countermeasures help
• New display for image transfer failure using the WFT-E1A
• Improved recovery from Auto Power Off
• Single-shot AE/AF lock retained for
subsequent shots
• Separate flash exposure
(FE) lock icon displayed
in the viewfinder
• Lower introductory price
than EOS 20D
as of February 2006
compared to the EOS 20D
Picture Style
Picture Style, introduced on the Canon
EOS-1D Mark II N and the EOS 5D, is Canon’s
new and genuinely improved approach to
selecting presets that reflect most closely the
photographic purpose and intent of the user.
It consolidates Processing Parameters and
Color Matrix and takes them a step further.
Picture Style selection is like choosing a film
type with the added benefits of being able to
refine one’s film selection after “loading,” and the ability to change film properties
significantly and repeatedly in mid-roll.
Style 1 – Standard is for users who do not intend to do any post-processing of their
images. Right out of the camera, the pictures look crisp and vibrant, with the
sharpness set to “3” and the color tone and saturation set to obtain vivid colors.
Excellent prints will eventuate without any further adjustment. It is equivalent to
parameter 1 on the EOS 20D.
Style 2 – Portrait has color tone and saturation settings that yield natural skin tones.
The sharpness is set one step weaker than the Standard setting so that skin and hair
look softer.
Style 3 – Landscape has color tone and saturation settings that give vivid blues and
greens for skies and greenery. The sharpness is set one step stronger than the Standard
setting so that the outlines of mountains, trees, and buildings look more crisp.
Style 4 – Neutral yields natural color reproduction, and no sharpness is applied. This
setting is ideal for post-processing and is the same as the EOS-1D Series defaults.
Style 5 – Faithful is intended to match the original as closely as possible. It is the same
as Faithful in Digital Photo Professional. When the subject is photographed in 5,200K
light, the color is adjusted colorimetrically to match the subject’s color. No sharpness is
applied. This setting, too, is designed for workflow that includes post-processing.
Style 6 – Monochrome with filter effects and color tones, is the same as the EOS 20D’s
monochrome setting.
One can select a preset Picture Style (from Styles 1 through 5) and then, by pressing
the Jump button, adjust sharpness (0 to 7), contrast (-4 to +4), color saturation (-4 to
+4) or color tone (-4 to +4). Up to three additional user-defined Picture Style settings
can be saved. Additional customized Picture Style files can also be downloaded via the
Internet and set through the Camera Window software included in the package. When
C.Fn-01-2 is set, pressing the SET button displays the Picture Style setting screen. The
[Clear all camera settings] menu item causes all settings to revert to their defaults.
In the EOS 30D, the Picture Style is automatically set for each of the Basic Zone modes:
Portrait and Landscape for their respective modes, and Standard for Full Auto, Close-Up,
Sports, Night Portrait and Flash Off.
Noise Reduction
Selecting choice [1: Auto] in C.Fn-02, a new
setting also available on the EOS 5D, enables
auto noise reduction. For exposures of 1
second and longer, the EOS 30D then
measures noise levels automatically and
applies noise reduction only if it is determined
that such a process would be beneficial.
Causes of noise include the long exposure
itself or high air temperature. Auto noise
reduction is an excellent method for the management of dark frame subtraction because,
most often, the camera is far better able to evaluate the presence of spurious data than
the user. Unlike the 20D, the EOS 30D does not force the photographer to wait an
amount of time equal to the exposure time while it applies long exposure noise
reduction. This is a great feature of EOS-1 Series cameras, the 5D and now the 30D for
shooting time exposures of events that unfold continuously, such as fireworks.
When [2: On] is selected for C.Fn-02, noise reduction is always performed for images
shot with an exposure time of 1 second or longer. This is effective for the noise that
occasionally occurs in a low-temperature environment because such noise cannot be
detected automatically. In the case of both the “Auto” and “On” settings, noise
reduction is performed regardless of the ISO setting. If the same shutter speed is used
for continuous shooting in the shutter speed-priority AE mode or in the manual
exposure mode, noise reduction will be performed on all the shots based on the first
shot’s noise data. This can be quite effective for Auto Exposure Bracketing sequences
when all of the exposures are between 1 and 30 seconds.
Files and Folders
In response to user requests, the number of images that can be saved in one folder has
been increased from 100 on the EOS 20D to 9,999 as in the Canon EOS-1 Series and
EOS 5D. Also, a file numbering manual reset function like the one on the EOS 5D has
been added. The [Manual reset] option is now in the [File numbering] menu. When a
reset is performed, a new folder is created and the image number begins with 0001.
The folder selection function provided on the EOS 5D is not included on the EOS 30D.
Ease of Operation
Attention paid by Canon engineers to some of the finer details of camera functionality
has made the EOS 30D faster and easier to use. The multicontroller’s operation and
diagonal scrolling have been improved with new firmware and a re-shaped controller.
A Print/Share button has been added to the upper left of the back of the camera. The
button is used for Direct Print, when printing images directly from the camera, and
Direct image transfer, when the camera is connected to a compatible personal computer.
In addition to turning power back on from Auto Power Off by pressing the shutter button
halfway (as on the EOS 20D), pressing the Playback button, the Menu button or the AE
Lock button will now also perform the same task. This is another handy improvement.
Image Recording
The high-speed and high-quality image processing with the DiG!C II Image Processor,
together with white balance adjustments, color space selection (sRGB, Adobe RGB),
Design rule for Camera File System 2.0, Exif 2.21 and other basic specifications related
to image processing and recording, protection and deletion, with the exception of
Picture Style, are the same as those of the EOS 20D.
The thirteen possible combinations of image recording quality and their respective file
sizes are given here:
(Approx. MB)
3504 x 2336
Low Compression
(8.20 megapixels)
High Compression
2544 x 1696
Low Compression
Single Image Size Possible Shots
High Compression
1728 x 1152
Low Compression
(2.00 megapixels)
High Compression
(4.30 megapixels)
Print Size
A3 or larger
A5 – A4
A5 or Smaller
3504 X 2336
(8.20 megapixels)
A3 or larger
* The number of possible shots is based on Canon's testing standards and 512MB CF card.
* The single image size and number of possible shots will vary depending on the subject, shooting mode, ISO speed, Picture Style, etc.
Image Playback
As with the EOS 20D, the following is possible: Single image display (image plus basic
information or image only/no information), shooting information display (information
plus reduced image), 9-image index (9 images plus basic information or 9 images only),
magnified view (magnified image plus basic information or magnified image only/no
information), jump display (as on the EOS 5D), auto play, auto play right after shooting,
image protect, and image rotation. When C.Fn-17-1 is set, the image can be magnified
in the display right after shooting, making it easier and quicker to check focus. The
content displayed for the single image with info mode is the same as on the EOS 5D.
For the jump display, in addition to jumping by 10 images, one can now jump by 100
images or jump by shooting date. This feature is especially convenient when there are
many images on the CF card.
The shooting information on the EOS 30D now includes, usefully, the file size, histogram
for brightness or RGB (brightness only on the EOS 20D) and the AF point used for the
shot (when the [AF points] menu option is set to [Display]). In addition, there are: Folder
number, File number, the reduced image, Color space, Shooting date/time, ISO speed,
Metering mode, Shooting mode, Shutter speed, Aperture, Exposure compensation amount,
Flash exposure compensation amount, White balance correction amount, Playback
number/Total images recorded, Protect, Recording quality, Original image verification data
appended, White balance, Color temperature (displayed only when WB setting is in
Kelvin), Monochrome and File size (MB). The AF point is displayed only when Menu
[AF point] > [Display] is set. When an image shot in RAW + JPEG mode is played back,
the JPEG image size is displayed.
The camera setting display now has the Picture Style setting and WFT-E1A image transfer
failure indicator, neither of which appears on the EOS 20D and the latter is new to EOS
DSLRs. Conversely, absent on the EOS 30D’s display are the AEB setting, processing
parameters and image confirmation time, all of which were found on the EOS 20D’s
display. Additional information on the EOS 30D screen includes: Date/time, Color space,
WB correction amount, WB-BKT setting, Auto power-off, Auto rotate, Flash exposure
compensation amount, Color temperature value, CF card space remaining and ISO speed.
In the Basic Zone modes, items that cannot be set will not be displayed. For example,
ISO auto is shown rather than the actual number.
As with the EOS 20D, one scrolls to select the desired item
in the menus. The Jump button takes the user to the top
item in each category (Shooting, Playback and Setup,
color-coded red, blue and yellow, respectively). Any of 15
languages can be selected for the LCD monitor. The GUI’s
basic design is the same as the EOS 5D’s.
The following menu functions are new: Transfer order, AF points [Not display/Display]
and Histogram [Brightness/RGB]. If AF points are set to [Display], the AF focus points
appear over the image on the upper left of the screen in the Single-image display mode
with Shooting information. The histogram has been improved to have a choice between
[Brightness] and [RGB] displays in the manner of the EOS-1D series cameras. Brightness/
RGB appears on the upper right of the screen in the Single-image display mode with
Shooting information.
Vertical images can also be set to rotate automatically so that they are displayed upright
on the camera’s LCD monitor and/or on a computer screen. The three options are: auto
rotate for both camera and computer (with compatible applications), rotate for computer
only (not rotated on the camera, a feature new to EOS DSLRs) and auto rotate off completely.
Picture Style and (when the WFT-E1A is in use) Images Failed to Transfer have been
newly added to the camera setting information screen. With previous EOS cameras, an
error code appeared on the LCD panel. On the EOS 30D, and new to EOS DSLRs, the
error code appears on both the LCD panel and the LCD monitor along with appropriate
countermeasures, making it much easier for the user to correct any problem which
might occur.
This is a good example of the kinds of upgrades found on the new camera: thoughtful
revisions, often suggested by users, which enhance the ease of operation and the
overall performance of the EOS 30D.
Exposure Control
The metering sensor is the same 35-zone unit in the EOS 20D. The basic metering
optics are the same as the EOS 20D’s, except that the metering sensor’s angle of
inclination behind the pentaprism has been optimized to provide spot metering.
With spot metering newly added, covering about 3.5% of viewfinder area at the center,
the EOS 30D now has four metering modes. The other three modes are evaluative (set
automatically in the Basic Zone modes), partial (approximately 9%), and center-weighted
averaged. The algorithms for evaluative metering, E-TTL II and the exposure control modes
(seven AE modes plus manual) are the same as the EOS 20D’s.
The ISO speed can now be set from ISO 100 to ISO 1600 in 1/3-stop increments:
100, 125 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, and 1600. With
C.Fn-08, [ISO expansion], ISO 3200 can also be set.
With the EOS 20D, the ISO speed could be displayed only on the LCD panel. On the
EOS 30D, the ISO is also displayed in the viewfinder when the ISO speed button is
depressed; setting can now be accomplished without removing one’s eye from the finder.
In “ISO auto,” the ISO speed range set automatically in the Basic Zone modes is the
same as with the EOS 20D. In the Basic Zone modes, the ISO cannot be set manually,
whereas in the Creative Zone modes, the ISO cannot be set automatically. During
continuous shooting, the ISO speed does not change. In the Landscape mode, if the
shutter speed is faster than 1.25 times the reciprocal of lens focal length, ISO 100 is set.
Custom Functions
The EOS 30D has one new custom function and an addition to an existing one, resulting
in 19 custom functions with 53 possible settings. Entirely new is C.Fn-17, Magnified
view. With option [0: Image playback only], magnified view is possible after one presses
the Playback button to display the image. With option [1: Image review and playback],
magnified view is possible after one presses the Playback button (as with the 0 setting)
as well as during the image review immediately after shooting. During the image
review, hold down the Print/Share button and press the Magnify button to magnify the
image. Once magnified, the AF point selector enlarges and the AE lock button reduces
the image. When option 1 is selected but the image has not been magnified, these two
buttons retain their regular functions.
C.Fn-02, Long exposure noise reduction, now has 3 options: Off, Auto and On.
Please see “Noise Reduction” for a discussion of this feature.
Note that, when C.Fn-12-1 (mirror lockup) is set, the camera should not be pointed
toward the sun or any bright light source. Doing so could damage the shutter curtains,
causing stray light to enter or damage the imaging sensor.
White Balance
White balance controls are the same as on the
EOS 20D. The modes are Auto (AWB, approx. 30007000K), six Preset settings (Daylight, approx. 5200K;
Shade, approx. 7000K; Cloudy/twilight/sunset, approx.
6000K; Tungsten, approx. 3200K; White fluorescent,
AB 3
approx. 4000K; Flash, approx. 6000K), and two
manual modes (Custom: photograph a white subject
serving as the WB standard and use the [Custom WB] menu to specify that image as the
standard; Color Temperature: specify directly from the [Color temp.] menu).
WB correction (Blue/amber or Magenta/green, +/- 9 levels, set with the multi-controller)
can be applied to any of these settings within a range of 2000 to 10000K. WB
bracketing can be enabled for three images at the current color temperature setting,
then blue bias and then amber bias or current color temperature setting, then magenta
bias and then green bias. The range is +/- 3 stops in one-stop increments. Because
three images are recorded with one press of the shutter button, write times to the CF
card increase proportionally. Also, when WB-BKT is set, the shots remaining will
decrease to about one-third of the normal quantity. With C.Fn-09 [Bracketing sequence/
Auto cancel], the bracketing sequence can be changed and the bracketing can be
canceled automatically.
One of the many differences between Canon and the other manufacturers of DSLRs is
the completeness, excellence and generosity of the software package Canon includes
with each EOS Digital SLR. The EOS Digital Solution Disk Version 12 has the following
components (in seven languages):
EOS Utility Ver.1.0 integrates and upgrades CameraWindow and EOS Capture, bringing
together all the functions that involve communication with the camera. It is the gateway
that allows users to download images to a computer, adjust camera settings, shoot
photos remotely, monitor folders when the WFT-E1A wireless transmitter is used and
even see images as they are shot. It supports automatic image transfer using the
Print/Share button on the EOS 30D, as well as selectable linked display in Digital Photo
Professional and ZoomBrowser/ImageBrowser. This means that Canon EOS users can
now download their images directly into Digital Photo Professional, ZoomBrowser EX or
ImageBrowser – a huge workflow improvement, integrated from shooting all the way to
printing. EOS Utility Ver.1.0 is compatible with all EOS Digital SLRs from the EOS D30
onwards (Mac and Windows).
EOS Utility Ver. 1.0 Software configuration and linkages
Digital Photo Professional (DPP) Ver.2.1 is a high-speed RAW image viewing/editing
program, using Canon’s own powerful algorithms, which yield the highest quality .CR2
RAW conversions of any application, regardless of cost, and it’s free. Interestingly, the
current 2.1 version not only adds support for the EOS 30D but also retroactively extends
support back to the EOS D6000 and EOS D2000 from 1998 with the use of specialized
data conversion software that transforms the .TIF files to .CR2. (Canon added EOS D30
compatibility with DPP 2.0.) As with the latest EOS Digital SLRs, Picture Style settings
can then be applied to the RAW images and a range of current image editing functions
can be used. Photographers and studios who have archived images in older recording
formats will welcome the opportunity to make higher quality conversions than has ever
been possible. Clearly, Canon is continuing to improve its support of RAW images for a
growing range of EOS DSLRs.
Some upgrades from DPP 2.0 are significant. Noise reduction on RAW conversion has
been added. The online instruction book is better and more hyperlinked. A Tone Curve
Assist function has been added for the automatic adjustment of failed shots. Print
specification functions have been enhanced. Images can be adjusted to any size; they
can be positioned anywhere in the layout; the user can enter a header or a footer and
the user can enter an image title or caption text. The shooting information can also be
entered in the title or caption position and printed out with the image. Contact sheet
printing now permits the user to specify from 1 to 40 images per row or column.
Headers or footers can be entered and image file numbers or names can also be entered.
Easy-PhotoPrint Pro (previously only JPEG compatible and separate) can now be
accessed through DPP and functions within DPP so prints can be made from RAW (or
TIFF or JPEG) files without conversion. This Canon-to-Canon workflow saves time and
disk space and requires no additional software to make excellent, faithful prints.
Forthcoming 8-color printers from Canon will even have enough gamut to handle the
Adobe RGB color space, wider than sRGB. Users of current EOS DSLRs will be able to
use all the new DPP features.
ZoomBrowser EX Ver.5.6 (for Windows users) and ImageBrowser Ver.5.6 (for Mac users)
are image viewing and editing applications that are ideal for users who shoot mostly JPEGs,
as opposed to DPP which is for users who shoot mostly or entirely RAWs. Version 5.6
adds support for the EOS 30D. Workflow is integrated from downloading through printing.
ZoomBrowser EX and ImageBrowser have several image display options, RAW image
processing through RAW Image Task (version 2.3 included on EOS Digital Solution Disk
Ver.12), support for sRGB and Adobe RGB, panoramic image merging through PhotoStitch
(version 3.1 included on EOS Digital Solution Disk Ver.12), convenient image managing,
JPEG editing and exporting functions. Processing algorithms are tailored to the camera,
ensuring that images are processed with the same processing characteristics as those
used on the camera. Third party software is unlikely to be able to do this.
CameraWindow MC (memory card) is image downloading software for use with card
readers. It runs in linkage with ZB/IB, which do not support card readers directly.
PTP WIA Driver (Windows Me)/PTP TWAIN Driver (Windows 2000 and 98SE) is software
for controlling communication between the camera and certain Windows computers.
If the appropriate driver is not installed for these operating systems, the camera cannot
communicate with the computer. No separate driver is required for Windows XP or Mac
OS X 10.2–10.4 because the OS driver is used.
Direct Printing
In addition to its standard PictBridge features, which are compatible with most
PictBridge-compliant printers regardless of manufacturer, the EOS 30D supports additional
direct printing features exclusively when the camera is connected to a new PIXMA Pro9500
or Pro9000 desktop photo printer, which are being announced simultaneously with the
EOS 30D camera. These features include the following:
• Full support for Picture Style settings: Images are printed according to the photographer’s
preferences for sharpening, contrast, saturation and color tone, as well as monochrome
and other special effects.
• Fine adjustment of other image quality settings such as color balance, color space
(including Adobe RGB), overall brightness, face brightness and microcontrast levels as
well as a red-eye correction function.
• Expanded paper selection, including a range of fine art paper stocks available in a
variety of sizes up to 13" x 19".
These additional direct printing features are being introduced to meet the needs of
camera users who pay close attention to details and want to fine-tune their image quality
to the highest possible degree. As a result, customers who purchase the EOS 30D camera
together with a compatible PIXMA Pro Series printer will achieve levels of quality and
convenience that are only available with this new Canon-to-Canon solution.
In previous direct printing, the colors shot by
the camera were automatically corrected by the
printer during printing. The user could neither
print images using the camera’s unmodified color
characteristics nor look at a print and make fine
<JUMP> button
adjustments to color tones. With an EOS 30D/
PIXMA Pro Series printer combination, a full
range of print effects is now possible. Images
can now be printed using the camera’s color
characteristics without automatic correction by
Select [Detail set.]
the printer, a particular advantage when
printing from a camera with Picture Style.
When necessary, the conventional print mode
with automatic correction on the printer is
still selectable.
The following table shows the wide range of choices available for print optimization
when using Direct Print. It lists selectable Print Effects across the top and manually
adjustable print parameters in the left column.
On / Vivid
Natural M
Adjust levels
[Face] Brightener
Red-eye correction
Detail set.
Color tone
Color Balance
-3 - 0 - +3
Off / On
Off / On
0, 0
-3 - 0 - +3
Off / On
Off / On
0, 0
-3 - 0 - +3
Off / On
Off / On
0, 0
-3 - 0 - +3
Off/ Auto/ Manual
Off / On
Off / On
-3 - 0 - +3
-3 - 0 - +3
-3 - 0 - +3
B/A, M/G: ±9
B/W / Cool tone/
Warm tone
-3 - 0 - +3
Off/ Auto/ Manual
Off / On
Off / On
-3 - 0 - +3
0, 0
“Off” means there is no color level control; color tones are the same as “On.” With
“On,” color levels are adjusted automatically using Exif information. Canon’s standard
“Canon Digital Photo Color” is used for color tones. “Vivid” prints the blue tones of the
sky and ocean and the green tones of plants more brightly. “Default” prints according
to the settings of the connected printer. Without much automatic color adjustment by
the printer, “Natural” prints the image with its actual colors as determined by the
Picture Style setting. “Natural M” is the same as “Natural” except that one can apply all
print adjustments, as shown in the table above. There are three new monochrome modes.
“B/W” is neutral monochrome printing; “Cool tone” is cool, bluish monochrome printing,
and “Warm tone” is warm, yellowish monochrome printing. Note that selectable printer
effects may vary according to the printer in use.
In the left column, “Brightness” cleverly increases or decreases the brightness of
midtones +/- 3 stops while retaining the darkest (shadow) and lightest (highlight) areas
intact. With “Adjust levels,” the darkest and lightest areas are specified automatically
or manually, and the image can be printed to match the brightness in between the
lightest and darkest areas. The “Auto” option analyzes the image automatically to
detect shadows and highlights. The optimum level correction is then performed. With
the “Manual” option, shadows (0-127) and highlights (128-255) are specified manually
and the level correction is performed.
In backlight, the subject’s face sometimes becomes dark. With the “Face Brightener”
function, the difference between the brightness of the background and the brightness of
the subject’s face is automatically detected and the face is then lightened when printed.
This feature is supported by some inkjet printers but is unsupported on CP printers.
In flash photography, red-eye is a common occurrence. The “Red-eye correction”
function automatically detects and corrects this condition when the image is printed.
The print layout function was not on the EOS 20D but does appear on the EOS 30D, as
well as the EOS 5D and the EOS-1D Mark II N. The options are: Print with Exif shooting
information, 20-image index plus shooting information, 35-image contact sheet index
and 2/4/8/9/16/20/35-image layout. These options are supported by all
PictBridge-compatible PIXMA and PIXMA Pro Series photo printers announced since
the second half of 2005.
35-image Contact Sheet
20-image Print with
Shooting Information
Single-image Print with
Shooting Information
Direct Image Transfer
The EOS 30D is the first EOS camera to incorporate direct image transfer to a computer.
New to the EOS line are camera-side controls similar to those used on PowerShot cameras.
To perform this task, an EOS 30D, a Windows or Macintosh computer with the EOS Digital
Solution Disk Ver.12 installed, and the USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU are required.
The transmission protocol is PTP, so select [Print/PC] from the [Communication] menu.
With the [Transfer order] menu item, one can specify images (JPEG or RAW) to send to a
computer. (If the images were shot in RAW+JPEG mode, both RAW and JPEG will be sent,
except in the case of the wallpaper option, in which case only the JPEG will be sent.)
Images are transferred to the computer when the SET button or the Print/Share button
is pressed. The options are:
• All Images- All the images on the CF card will be transferred.
• New Images- Images not yet transferred are automatically selected and transferred.
• DPOF Transfer Images- Images selected with the [Transfer order] menu item are transferred.
• Select & Transfer- The image is selected individually and transferred.
• Wallpaper- The image is transferred as wallpaper for the personal computer. The
image is resized automatically to match the computer screen. The wallpaper will then
appear on the computer screen immediately. Note that the image displayed as wallpaper might have a different horizontal/vertical aspect ratio from the original image.
The transferred images will be organized in folders by date. They will be stored in the
[My Pictures] folder (Windows), or [Pictures] folder (Mac).
When the direct image transfer screen is displayed, the Print/Share button lights in
blue during which it functions as a SET button. However, if All Images, New Images, or
Select & Transfer has been set, pressing the Print/Share button will start the transfer
immediately. One need not select [OK] on the confirmation screen.
The EOS 30D uses the same accessories as the EOS 20D, as well as, of course, virtually
the entire Canon EOS System. The BG-E2 Battery Grip produces 10% more available
shots in combination with the EOS 30D than it does with the EOS 20D. The BG-E2 uses
up to two BP-511/511A/512/514 battery packs. The optional Battery Magazine BGM-E2
allows the use of six AA-size alkaline or Ni-MH cells instead. The grip has vertical camera
operation controls which make vertical shooting easy and comfortable.
The semi-hard case is the same item used with the EOS 20D, the EH-17L.
It accommodates the following lenses when mounted on the EOS 30D:
EF-S 17–85mm f/4.0–5.6 IS USM, EF 24–85mm f/3.5–4.5 USM and
EF 28–105mm f/3.5–4.5 II USM. The Wide Strap EW-100DGR is also
the same strap used on the EOS 20D.
The Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E1A is a useful accessory for
fields in which real time image transfer is needed, such as studio
Wireless File Transmitter
and press photography, sports and entertainment. It allows
image transfer via wired or wireless LANs compliant with
IEEE 802.11 b/g and 100-BaseT Ethernet.
The Data Verification Kit DVK-E2 addresses a substantial
issue in digital photography: it allows tampering with image
Data Verification Kit
data to be detected. The kit is for use in fields in which high
levels of image authentication are required, such as press reporting, law enforcement
and insurance work.
The optional Battery Charger CA-PS400 allows the user to charge two BP-511/511A/
512/514 battery packs at the same time. The CG-580 (plugs directly into an outlet,
charges BP-500 series batteries) and CB-5L (corded) are single battery chargers. (CG-580
is supplied with the EOS 30D.)
Included with the camera are the Video Cable VC-100 and the USB Interface Cable
There are some EOS System accessories that have restrictions on their functions when
they are used with the EOS 20D and 30D. Any system accessories not listed here is
completely compatible with the EOS 30D:
Accessories with Restrictions
Interchangeable Lenses
Lens Mount Converter FD-EOS
Macro Lens Mount Converter FD-EOS
Although it can be used with manual exposure, exposure error occurs. Therefore,
these items will be officially listed as incompatible.
Wired multi-Speedlite accessories
Remote Control
Remote Switch 60T3
Compatible with external flash metering and manual flash
(TTL autoflash not possible).
Compatible with manual flash (does not fire in A-TTL/
TTL autoflash modes).
Not compatible (since it only has autoflash modes, it cannot fire).
Not compatible (since it cannot fire in Manual flash mode
when used with TTL hot shoe adapter).
Compatible when used with RA-N3.
Wireless Remote Controller LC-3
Compatible when used with RA-N3.
The 1SR cannot cancel the auto power off mode. Also, shutter release is
not possible while the metering timer is not active.
When it is ON, shutter release may not work when the shutter button is
pressed completely in one stroke.
Wireless Remote Controller LC-4
The 1SR cannot cancel the auto power off mode. Also, shutter release is
not possible while the metering timer is not active.
When it is ON, shutter release may not work when the shutter button is
pressed completely in one stroke.
LCD Monitor
The most obvious external difference between the EOS 20D and the EOS 30D is the new
2.5-inch, 230,00-pixel TFT liquid-crystal monitor with its 170° wide viewing angle and
six LED backlight modules. This is the same monitor used on the EOS-1D Mark II N and
the EOS 5D, both released in the autumn of 2005. Compared with the unit on the
EOS 20D, the new monitor has a viewing
angle 1.94 times larger in all directions, is
much easier to see in daylight, and has a
font size about twice as large and 10%
wider. The monitor has approximately 100%
coverage for JPEG images and 5 levels of
brightness adjustment with a gray chart
displayed along with the image.
Design and Construction
Horizontal viewing angle
Vertical viewing angle
Some changes have been made to move the EOS 30D in the direction of the EOS 5D.
The new, large monitor is unmistakable. (It accounts for a 20g increase in camera
weight.) Shapes around the flash head and lens mount have been changed subtly to
suggest Canon’s upper-range models. The mode dial now has a metallic finish. The
grip below the shutter button has been extended for better purchase with the middle
fingers and improved overall handling. A new groove where the middle finger falls
improves comfort and security. The body is 2mm thicker than the EOS 20D’s, also
enhancing comfort and security. Indented surrounds have been added to the row of
four buttons on the back of the camera and the Delete key has been given its own
location. Like the EOS 20D, the 30D is compact, solid, elegant, durable and purposeful.
It is easy to carry and a delight to hold and use. The real design and construction story,
though, is the extent to which numerous internal changes have made the EOS 30D a
meaningful upgrade over the EOS 20D.
Like the EOS 20D, the EOS 30D’s top, front and rear covers are made of a very light
and strong magnesium alloy. Also, the left cover, where the USB port, video port and
other external interface terminals are located, is made of special engineering plastic
which also serves as an electromagnetic shield.
The main body is made of a stainless steel chassis and the mirror box is made of
high-strength engineering plastic. Also, the lens mount and imaging element are fixed
on the mirror box so that the flange focal distance does not change due to static pressure
caused by the mounted lens. The mirror box is fixed solidly on the chassis to attain a
body precision on a par with the EOS 20D.
The external paint is the same high-quality black satin leathery finish found on the EOS
5D. It suppresses fingernail scratches and the finer grain of the satin finish makes the
camera more comfortable to grasp.
The EOS 30D’s basic internal construction and major parts configuration are the same
as those of the EOS 20D. However, parts count data reveal the extent to which the
EOS 30D has been reconsidered. The number of circuit boards, 28, is the same as in
the EOS 20D, but lead wires have been reduced from 19 to 15. Optical parts count is
the same, 20, but mechanical parts have risen from 301 to 338 and electrical parts
have risen from 826 to 898. Screws and washers have declined slightly, from 167 to
164. In this tally, the shutter unit and DC/DC converter each count as one unit and the
E-ring counts as a washer. It is clear from this and from the following discussion that
the EOS 20D got a thorough going-through and that extensive changes have been made
to enhance mechanical and electrical reliability, reduce sources of noise and improve
overall performance.
The EOS 30D’s basic circuit board configuration is based on the EOS 20D’s. There are
six rigid, printed boards centering on the digital control and camera control circuit
boards, and 22 flexible printed boards on which the sensor and switches are mounted.
It is different from the EOS 20D in that the 2.5-inch TFT monitor is incorporated;
adaptation has been made for a different AE sensor package and soldering by hand has
been eliminated.
The digital control circuit board is a highly integrated 10-layer board. It contains the
following: the ADIC that converts the output from the CMOS sensor into digital signals,
the imaging signal processing circuit that includes the IC that generates the CMOS sensor’s
drive pulse, the digital imaging processing circuit that includes the DiG!C II, the memory
circuit that includes the DDR SDRAM for the image buffer memory, and other items such
as the TFT liquid-crystal control circuit. The board’s number 2 and 9 layers are GND
layers to prevent signal interference between the external-layer pattern and the
internal-layer pattern and to prevent undesirable phenomena caused by noise.
The camera control circuit board has six layers. It contains the following: the main
microcomputer IC that regulates the camera’s operation by controlling the various sensors
and mechanical components, the display panel and viewfinder display drive control, the
display microcomputer IC that controls various switches and the EEPROM that retains
adjustment data (AE, AF, etc).
Power source circuit board
Flash circuit board
External interface
connection circuit board
Digital control
circuit board
Camera control
circuit board
To make the camera smaller, the external interface connection circuit board has been
separated from the digital control board and both sides are used. It has the USB port
(MINI B), conforming to USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, and the video OUT terminal.
The double-sided flash circuit board is the same as the unit in the EOS 20D. It has the
flash circuitry, electronic X circuit and the camera orientation circuit.
The power source circuit board has four layers. It has the power source circuits that
generate the voltage necessary to operate the camera’s circuits.
The sixth, rigid, printed board is on the improved shutter unit.
New Lenses
Two new and very different lenses that professional and advanced amateur photographers
will find exceptionally appealing will become available at roughly the time that the
EOS 30D reaches dealers. They are a large aperture standard zoom and an ultra-fast
medium telephoto.
The EF-S 17–55mm f/2.8 IS USM offers superb image quality,
on par with L Series lenses. It has a large maximum aperture
EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
which, combined with higher shutter speeds, can minimize
subject motion blur. Shallow depth-of-field for separation of a
subject from its background is much easier to achieve. The f/2.8
maximum aperture allows a bright finder and extremely precise
focusing with f/2.8-compatible AF sensors. The internal
stabilization has a sharpness benefit equivalent to a three stop
faster shutter speed. Combining f/2.8 with IS makes the new
lens outstanding in low light. As an EF-S lens, the new zoom is
smaller, lighter and handier than a lens of similar specifications could be, but covers
the full 24 x 36mm frame. This new lens would certainly be the “best match” for the
EOS 30D except that it causes some vignetting when the built-in flash is used. The
EF-S 17–55mm f/2.8 IS USM is expected to retail for $1,149 and is sure to be adopted
by photographers of every sort.
The EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM is a revision of the EF 85mm f/1.2L
USM lens introduced in 1989. Its enormous maximum aperture
and handy focal length made it a favorite of wedding, portrait and
sports photographers. While its image quality has remained a
benchmark, general improvements in AF speed over its years of
service make it an excellent candidate for an AF update. A ring
EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
USM drive, a high-speed CPU and optimized AF algorithms achieve
a great increase in AF speed over the older lens (roughly 1.8x, depending upon camera
and conditions). Lens coatings have been optimized as well, minimizing ghosting and
flare. Distance information is now provided for flash exposure calculations. The new
lens now has a round aperture that helps to produce a beautiful background blur. The
new 85mm has the same optical system as its predecessor, 8 elements in 7 groups.
The ground aspherical element, in the third position from the front, minimizes
aberrations and provides superb image quality with high resolution and high contrast,
even at maximum aperture, true to its L Series heritage. The lens uses a floating
construction in which the final group (lens element 8) is fixed and the other lens groups
extend during focusing, suppressing aberration variations at medium and short distances
and achieving excellent imaging performance over the entire imaging area.
In sum, wedding, portrait and sports shooters (primarily), as well as fashion photographers
and anyone else with an interest in excellent and unique optics, will find the EF 85mm
f/1.2L II USM an alluring and sophisticated tool.
W It is expected to retail for $2,099.
EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
EF–S 17–55mm f/2.8 IS USM
Focusing group
Corrective optics
GMo aspheric element
UD element
Ground aspherical lens
Replica aspheric
MTF Graph for EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
MTF Graph for EF-S 17–55mm f/2.8 IS USM
10 lines/mm 10 lines/mm
10 lines/mm
30 lines/mm 30 lines/mm
30 lines/mm
Spatial frequency (10 lines/mm)
Concentric condition
Radial condition
Spatial frequency (30 lines/mm)
Radial condition
Concentric condition
• The closer the blue (10 lines/mm) line is to 1,
the higher the contrast.
• The closer the black (10 lines/mm) line is to 1,
the higher the resolution.
AF speed comparison
Circular Aperture Comparison
EF 85mm f1.2L II USM
Max. 1.8x
AF speed!
EF 85mm f1.2L USM
Shutter Release
(Subject distance)
Although the shutter release mechanism is the same as the EOS 20D’s, the EOS 30D’s
shutter button now allows the user to press it completely to take a picture, return it to
the halfway position and then press it again to take another picture. This change responds
to requests by EOS 10D and 20D users and works the same way as with EOS-1 Series
cameras and the EOS 5D. The shutter release time lag from SW-1 ON is approximately
65 ms. (stop down within 3.5 stops of the maximum aperture) and the viewfinder
blackout time is approximately 110 ms. Both are equal to or shorter than times on
the EOS 20D.
Drive Speed and Burst
The EOS 30D has a new drive mode called “Low-Speed continuous.” Its maximum speed
is 3 fps. This feature has been added in response to users’ interest in specifying the
number of continuous shooting frames and their request for longer continuous shooting
even if fewer frames per second is the consequence. Users now have a choice of four drive
modes; the other three are single, high-speed continuous and self- timer. An H mark has
been added beside the continuous shooting mark on the LCD panel. In the Creative Zone
mode, all four drive options are settable. In the Basic Zone modes, single, high- and
low- are set automatically depending on the shooting mode and self-timer is settable.
A maximum continuous shooting speed of 5 fps can be attained in both the One-Shot
AF and AI SERVO AF modes thanks to the CMOS sensor with 4-channel signal reading
and the DiG!C II Image Processor.
With the EOS 20D and a DC motor (non-USM) lens, the maximum continuous shooting
speed was 3.5 fps in the AI SERVO AF mode. An improved lens-drive algorithm has
made it possible for the EOS 30D to achieve 5 fps under the same conditions.
An improved image processing sequence, in particular enhanced memory management during image processing, has increased the burst capacity of the EOS 30D to 30
frames during high-speed continuous shooting in the JPEG Large/Fine mode, even
though the buffer memory capacity is the same as that of the EOS 20D. Also, in the
RAW and RAW+JPEG modes, a different image processing method is used so that the
maximum burst during high-speed continuous shooting is increased to approximately
11 shots in RAW and approximately 9 shots in RAW+JPEG Large/Fine. (The actual maximum burst depends upon shooting and processing conditions and the type of CF card in
use.) In the EOS 20D, the maximum burst in both RAW and RAW+JPEG is 6 shots. The
maximum burst is displayed at the bottom right in the viewfinder. “9” is displayed if the
maximum is 9 shots or higher; a number from “8” to “0” is displayed if the maximum is
fewer than 9. The maximum burst is displayed even when the drive mode is Single or
Self-timer or if no CF card is installed. In the B/W mode, the maximum burst will be
higher than when shooting is in color.
Maximum Burst
continuous shooting
continuous shooting
• Continuous shooting is possible until the CF card becomes full.
The viewfinder’s basic optical construction, superimposed
AF point display, Precision Matte focusing screen and
specifications (95% coverage vertically and horizontally,
0.9x magnification with 50mm lens at infinity with –1
diopter, 20mm eyepoint, -3.0 to +1.0 diopter adjustment
range) are the same as the EOS 20D’s. The FE lock icon,
Microscopic view of Precision
Matte focusing screen
also on the EOS 5D, is an addition to the information display,
allowing FE and AE lock to be indicated separately. Because the EOS 30D has a new
spot metering feature, the metering zone mark in the center of the viewfinder has been
changed to a spot metering circle which is smaller than the partial metering circle in
the EOS 20D.
The quick-return mirror affords a viewfinder blackout time of only 110 ms at shutter
speeds of 1/60 second and faster. Mirror lockup of up to 30 seconds is set with
C.Fn-12-1. There is no mirror cut-off with lenses up to EF 600mm f/4L USM, a professional
specification. A depth-of-field preview button is provided, enabled in the Creative Zone
modes. With Canon Speedlites 580EX, 550EX, 430EX, 420EX, MR-14EX or MT-24EX,
pressing the depth-of-field preview button fires a modeling flash.
The AF sensor/modes/speed, selection ease, AF-assist
beam and other AF-related specifications are the same as
the EOS 20D’s. With regard to AF precision, further finetuning has been incorporated compared with the EOS 20D.
Metering sensor
E-TTL II Autoflash
The specifications of the built-in flash are the same as those of the unit in the EOS 20D:
E-TTL II autoflash, Guide number 13/43 at ISO 100 in meters/feet, coverage compatible
with an EF-S 17mm wide angle lens (equivalent to an EF 28mm lens in full-frame 35mm
format), 91.93mm between the optical axis and the flash head center and maximum
flash sync speed 1/250 sec. To match the EOS 30D’s improved shutter durability, a
highly durable Xenon tube is incorporated to increase the service life of the built-in flash.
Flash exposure compensation can be set in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments up to +/-2
stops. FEC for both the built-in flash and a Speedlite can be set with the camera.
Autoflash is not possible with EOS-dedicated Speedlites other than the EX-series. The
manual flash mode should be used instead, if it is available. ONE-SHOT AF is recommended for flash photography because the AF-assist beam cannot match predictive AI
SERVO AF. When in the Landscape or Sports mode, use of an EOS-dedicated external
Speedlite is not recommended because the flash would fire at all times whether or not it
was desired. The C.Fn-09 setting applies only to AEB and WB-BKT, so, regardless of
C.Fn-09 choice, the FEB sequence will follow the Speedlite’s setting. Finally, when using
the built-in flash, lens hoods should be detached to prevent flash coverage cut-off.
Power Source, Shooting
Capacity and Startup Time
To compensate for the extra power consumed by the new 2.5-inch monitor,
microcomputer power management has been incorporated. As a result, the number of
possible shots exceeds that of the EOS 20D.
Battery Life
At 20˚C/68˚F
At 0˚C/32˚F
Shooting Conditions
No Flash
50% Flash Use
Approx. 750 shots
Approx. 1100 shots
Approx. 900 shots
Approx. 600 shots
• The figures above are based on a fully-charged BP-511A and CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association)
testing criteria.
Battery Level Indicator
With the addition of an
Almost completely
Fully charged
Low charge
“Imminent power exhaustion”
step, the battery charge level
display now has 4 increments, 20D
like the EOS-1 Series cameras
and the EOS 5D, so remaining charge can be indicated more precisely.
The EOS 30D can be powered by BP-511A/514/511/512 battery packs. The Battery
Grip BG-E2 can accommodate two of these battery packs or six AA-size batteries, doubling
shooting capacity. AC power is possible with the optional AC Adapter Kit ACK-E2.
Thanks to DiG!C II, an improved system processing sequence during startup and shorter
startup processes, the EOS 30D boasts the fastest startup time of any EOS digital camera,
0.15 second (approximately). The EOS 20D is itself speedy, at 0.20 second.
Type: Digital AF/AE SLR
Recording Media: CompactFlash (CF) Card Types I & II
Sensor Size: 0.89 x 0.59 in./22.5 x 15.0mm (APS-C size sensor)
Compatible Lenses: Canon EF lenses, including EF-S lenses. (Focal length conversion
factor: Equivalent to approx. 1.6x indicated focal length compared to 35mm format)
Lens Mount: Canon EF mount
Type: High-sensitivity, high-resolution, single-plate CMOS sensor
Effective Pixels: Approx. 8.2 megapixels
Total Pixels: 8.5 megapixels
Aspect Ratio: 2:3 (Vertical:Horizontal)
Color Filter System: RGB primary color filters
IR Cut Low-pass Filter: Fixed position in front of the CMOS sensor
File Format: Design rule for Camera File System2.0, Exif 2.21 compliant
Recording Formats: JPEG, RAW and RAW+JPEG simultaneous recording provided; RAW
and JPEG images are saved as separate files in the CF card
File Size* (on CF Card): (1) Large/Fine: Approx. 3.6MB (3504 x 2336), (2) Large/
Normal: Approx. 1.8MB (3504 x 2336), (3) Medium/ Fine: Approx. 2.2MB (2544 x
1696), (4) Medium/Normal: Approx. 1.1MB (2544 x 1696), (5) Small/Fine: Approx.
1.2MB (1728 x 1152), (6) Small/ Normal: Approx. 0.6MB (1728 x 1152); (7) RAW:
Approx. 8.7MB (3504 x 2336) (Exact file sizes depend on the subject and ISO speed)
Folder Settings: Automatic folder creation/selection
File Numbering: (1) Continuous numbering, (2) Auto reset, (3) Manual reset (new folder
created by user)
Color Space: Selectable between sRGB and Adobe RGB
Picture Style: Six preset Picture Style settings plus three user-defined custom Picture
Style settings with individual adjustments for Sharpness, Contrast, Color saturation, 2nd
Color tone, Filter effect, Toning effect for black and white images.
Interface: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, NTSC/PAL for video output
Settings: Auto, Preset (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten Light, White Fluorescent Light,
Flash), Color Temperature (2,800–10,000K), Custom (read off white or neutral gray object)
Auto White Balance: Auto white balance with the image sensor
Color Temperature Compensation: White balance bracketing: +/- 3 levels in 1-level
increments White balance correction: blue/amber bias +/- 9 levels, magenta/green bias
+/- 9 levels When blue/amber bias and magenta/green bias set together with White balance correction, white balance bracketing cannot be set to more than +/- 9 levels
Type: Eye-level SLR (with fixed pentaprism)
Coverage: Approx. 95% vertically and horizontally (Coverage against JPEG Large)
Magnification: 0.9x (-1 diopter with 50mm lens at infinity)
Eyepoint: Approx. 20mm
Built-in Dioptric Adjustment: : -3.0 to +1.0 diopter
Focusing Screen: Fixed, Precision Matte screen
Mirror: Quick-return half mirror (Transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60. No mirror cut-off
with lenses up to EF 600mm f/4L USM)
Viewfinder Information: AF (AF points, focus confirmation light), Exposure (shutter speed,
aperture, spot metering circle, exposure level, AE lock, exposure compensation, AEB level,
ISO speed), Flash (flash ready, built-in flash recycling, red-eye reduction lamp on, highspeed sync, FE lock, flash exposure compensation, insufficient flash warning during
FE lock), White balance correction, Maximum burst, busy, CF card full warning, CF card
error warning, No CF card warning
Depth-of-Field Preview: Enabled with Depth-of-Field Preview button
Eyepiece Shutter: None
Type: TTL-CT-SIR AF-dedicated CMOS sensor
AF Points: 9
AF Working Range: EV -0.5–18 (ISO 100 at 68°F/20°C)
Focusing Modes: One-Shot AF, Predictive AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF (Automatically selects
One-Shot AF or AI Servo AF), Manual Focusing (MF)
AF Point Selection: Automatic selection, manual selection
Selected AF Point Display: Superimposed on viewfinder and LCD panel
AF-assist Beam: Intermittent firing of built-in flash
Metering Modes: Max. aperture TTL metering with 35-zone SPC
(1) Evaluative metering (linked to all AF points),
(2) Partial metering (approx. 9% of viewfinder), (3) Spot metering (approx. 3.5% of
viewfinder), (4) Center-weighted average metering
Metering Range: EV 1–20 (ISO 100 at 68°F/20°C with EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens)
Exposure Control Systems: Program AE (shiftable),
Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Depth-of-field AE (non-shiftable), Full auto
(non-shiftable), Programmed image control modes, Manual exposure, E-TTL II autoflash
Program AE
ISO Speed Range: Equivalent to ISO 100-1600 (in 1/3-stop increments, ISO speed can
be expanded to ISO 100–3200)
Exposure Compensation: Up to +/-2 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments (1) User-set
with multi-controller (2) AEB (Auto Exposure Bracketing)
AE Lock: Auto: Applied in One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is
achieved / User-set: Applied with AE lock button
Type: Vertical-travel focal-plane shutter with all speeds electronically-controlled
Shutter Speeds: 1/8000 to 30 sec. (1/3- and 1/2-stop increments), X-sync at 1/250 sec.
Shutter Release: Soft-touch electromagnetic release
Self-Timer: 10-sec. delay, 2-sec. delay with C.Fn-12-1 (mirror lockup)
Remote Control: Remote control with N3-type terminal
Built-in Flash: Auto pop-up, retractable, built-in flash in the pentaprism (user must
activate flash in P, Av, Tv and M modes)
Flash coverage: Up to 17mm focal length (equivalent to 27mm in 35mm format)
EOS-dedicated Speedlite: E-TTL II autoflash with EX Series Speedlites
Drive Modes: Single, Continuous, 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
Type: TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor
Monitor Size: 2.5 in. diagonal with a viewing angle of approx. 170° vertically and
Pixels: Approx. 230,000 pixels
Coverage: Approx. 100%
Brightness Adjustment: 5 levels (settable with menu’s “LCD brightness”)
Image Display Formats:
(1) Single image, (2) 9-image index, (3) Magnified zoom (single image) up to 10x,
(4) Auto play (5) Auto play right after shooting
Highlight Alert: In the single image (INFO) display mode, the areas with highlights containing no image information will blink
Protection: A single image can be protected or unprotected
Erase: A single image or all images stored in a CF card can be erased if they are unprotected
Format: Complete initialization of CF card available in setup menu
Menu Categories: (1) Shooting Menu: red, (2) Playback Menu: blue, (3) Setup Menu: yellow
LCD Monitor Language: English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian,
Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Russian, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese
Firmware Update: Enabled by the user (in Creative Zone only)
Battery: One Battery Pack BP-511A/511/512/514 (lithium-ion rechargeable battery)
Number of Shots:
Dimensions (W x H x D): 5.7 x 4.2 x 2.9 in. / 144 x 105.5 x 73.5mm
Weight: 24.7 oz. / 700g (Body only)
Operating Temperature Range: 32–104°F/0–40°C
Operating Humidity: 85% or less
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System Chart
The EOS 30D is a new camera that stands firmly on the shoulders of the EOS 20D, as
well as the entire Canon EOS System. Because it is based on the highly successful 20D,
customers will understand that they are investing in an established, reliable product.
As the digital photography business matures, people are developing a more sophisticated
appreciation of matters such as long-term reliability, component consistency and
complementary system characteristics. These goals are difficult to achieve when key
components are outsourced. Canon’s dedication to the research, development and
manufacturing of CMOS chips means that they control short and long-term sensor
reliability. The Canon natural color “look” is the product of an imaging philosophy that
Canon implements at each step in the image path from the glass in its lenses to the
software that performs RAW file conversion.
Each Canon camera is designed to meet the needs of a particular customer category.
The EOS 30D is aimed at advanced amateurs and professionals who buy their own
equipment. They require high performance and genuine, lasting value. Many of them
own more than one body or expect to upgrade in the future. If they trade in, they expect
their old equipment to retain a reasonable portion of its original cost. If they keep their
gear and buy new, the old and new must work perfectly together. Commitments such as
the backward compatibility of DPP to the EOS D6000 and the D2000, as well as the
introduction of the EF-S 17–55mm f/2.8 IS USM and the EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM lenses,
demonstrate that the Canon EOS System will respect the past even as it grows constantly. While it makes a strong case for itself as a separate device, the EOS 30D provides a
clear upgrade path to the EOS 5D and the EOS-1D Mark II N, links to an ever more
sophisticated Canon-to-Canon workflow and fits neatly into the vast Canon EOS System
of lenses, bodies, flashes, accessories, software and printers.
New, new, new is certainly exciting, and a healthy dose of it keeps the wheels of
possibility spinning in our heads. Still, tried-and-true, or tried-and-true-but-very-muchmodern-and-current, has a genuine appeal, especially to the person who’s paying for it.
The wedding and portrait photographers, journalists, news organizations and serious
amateurs who will buy the EOS 30D will get their money’s worth and much, much more,
and they will never, ever second-guess themselves about the wisdom of their purchase.
Actual selling price will be set by dealers and may vary.
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