Canon EOS 30D SLR Review
By Movable Type Admin
Features & Controls (cont.)
The eyelevel viewfinder offers approx. 95% coverage vertically and
horizontally (0.9x magnification with 50mm at infinity). It has a
20mm eyepoint with -3.0 -- +1.0 diopter correction.
Inside the viewfinder is a partial metering circle (spot) and nine focusing points. The active focus point(s) are illuminated so you know exactly which AF zone(s) has been selected. A custom function lets you enable or disable the AF point illumination feature.
The information presented in the viewfinder includes: AF information (AF points, focus
confirmation light), exposure information (shutter speed, aperture, ISO speed, AE lock,
exposure level, spot metering circle, exposure warning), flash information (flash-ready,
red-eye reduction lamp-on indicator, high-speed sync, FE lock, flash exposure
compensation), white balance correction, maximum burst, CF card information
The 2.5-inch, 230,00-pixel TFT liquid-crystal monitor has a 170° wide viewing angle and six LED backlight modules. Compared to the EOS 20D, the 2.5-inch 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 approx. 100% coverage for JPEG images and 5 levels of brightness adjustment with a gray chart displayed along with the image.
Controls on the back: On the left from top to bottom; The PRINT/SHARE button, the MENU
button calls up the onscreen menu system. The INFO button displays camera settings on the
LCD in shooting mode, and toggles the information displayed in playback mode between
basic, shooting information with histogram, and no shooting information at all. The JUMP
button is effective in playback mode, allowing scrolling of 10 or 100 images at a time, or
scrolling by date or folder. The "blue arrow" button puts the camera into playback mode.
Below the LCD is the trashcan button for deleting images. On
the top right is the AE lock/FE lock/ Index/Reduce button and the AF point
selection/Enlarge button. The Multi-controller has 8 direction keys and a center button;
it's used to select AF point, white balance correction, scrolling a magnified image in
playback and moving the trimming frame for direct printing. Below is the Quick Control
dial, the SET button in the center and below that is the main power switch.
The Mode Dial has positions for: A-DEP (automatic depth of field), Manual,
Aperture-priority (Av), Shutter-priority (Tv), Program AE, Automatic, Portrait, Landscape,
Macro Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait and No-Flash.
Controls on top of the grip: Shutter release, Main Dial, LCD illumination
(light bulb), AF Mode/White Balance, Drive Mode/ISO speed, Metering Mode/Flash
Exposure Compensation button.
Along the back edge is the AE lock/FE lock/Index/Reduce button and the AF point
The large monochrome data LCD displays all major camera settings such as shutter speed
and aperture values, exposure mode, ISO speed, focus mode, metering mode, drive
mode, custom function, flash exposure compensation, exposure bracketing, exposure
compensation, selftimer and battery
status. The data LCD is illuminated by a highly visible blue
In shooting mode, camera settings can be displayed on the LCD monitor by depressing the
Images are stored on CompactFlash Type I or II flash cards or IBM/Hitachi Microdrives. The 30D supports FAT(16) and FAT32 file systems so any capacity device may be used.
The 30D was designed for professional users and high speed flash media. It would be a shame to put anything less than the fastest CF cards in this camera. The 133x speed Sandisk Extreme III cards are a perfect match for this dSLR and are available up to 8GB.
Approximate Storage on 512MB Card
(The actual image size, number of possible shots and maximum burst will vary depending on
the subject, shooting mode, ISO speed, Picture Style etc.)
In addition to its standard PictBridge features, which are compatible with most PictBridge-compliant printers, the EOS 30D supports additional direct printing features exclusively when the camera is connected to a new PIXMA Pro9500 or Pro9000 desktop photo printer - these features include the following:
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 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 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 30D is powered by the BP-511A 7.2v 1390mAh lithium rechargeable pack. At normal temperature (68°F/20°C) it's good for ~1100 pictures with no flash or ~750 pictures with flash used 50% of the time, at lower temperatures (32°F/0°C) the number of pictures drops to approx. 900 / 600. Battery life is incredible thanks to its low- power CMOS imager and power-saving DIGIC II processor.
The supplied CG-580 (U.S. and Japan) compact charger requires approx. 100 minutes to charge a fully depleted BP-511A battery pack. The red LED indicates the charge level. Other compatible batteries are: BP-511, BP-514 or BP-512.
The optional BG-E2 battery grip holds two BP-511A/511 type batteries and extends the battery life to approx. 2200 frames. It can also accept six AA-size batteries when using the supplied BGM-E2 battery magazine. The BG-E2 also adds a portrait grip with a vertical shutter release complete with an AE-Lock button, Focusing selector button and Main Dial. When two BP-511A batteries are installed, they share the power load equally.
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