Canon EOS 30D SLR Review
Included with the 30D is Canon's Digital Photo Professional (DPP) program that
offers users high-speed processing of RAW images. Rivaling and even surpassing features
of expensive, stand-alone and plug-in RAW image processing programs, DPP streamlines
professional photographers' workflow, providing time and labor saving options such as
instantaneous RAW image adjustment display and support for .CR2 and RAW .TIF as well as
Exif TIFF and JPEG formats.
DPP is compatible with multiple color space
settings including sRGB, Adobe RGB and Wide Gamut RGB as well as Color Management
Settings using ICC profiles.
Among the array of processing options provided by DPP are
color channels, tone curves, exposure compensation, white balance, dynamic range,
brightness, contrast, color saturation, ICC Profile embedding, assignment of monitor
profiles and processing with Canon Picture Styles.
DPP supports RAW processing with the same Picture Styles supplied in the camera, and can
be updated with additional Picture Styles from Canon's web site.
Among the numerous features DPP provides is the capability
to save multiple adjustments to an image as a "recipe" that can be reloaded and used
again or applied to other images. In comparison mode, original and edited images can be
compared side by side or within a single split image.
File save options are: Exif-TIFF 8bit, TIFF 16bit or Exif-JPEG with selectable
image quality (scale of 1 to 10).
Canon EOS Utility supports the tethered download, configuration and operation of the
30D when connected to your computer via an USB cable.
Images can be selectively downloaded, offering you a view of a shot's histogram
and shooting data.
The EOS Utility Remote Capture function provides control of the 30D from your computer.
White Balance, ISO, Metering, Image Size/Quality and Exposure Compensation settings can be changed,
and the shutter released by clicking on the camera icon. Zoom Browser is started after the image is captured.
The EOS Utility is also used to install new Picture Styles downloaded from
Canon's web site.
Canon recommends use of the upgraded Zoom Browser software if you mainly
shoot JPEG images. It provides scrollable thumbnail view to help you find images
you want to process as well as a preview mode that display's shooting information.
Double clicking on a thumbnail brings up an edit window, where you can correct red eye,
adjust brightness/contrast, adjust sharpness and trim the image.
Edited images can be saved as JPEG, TIFF files, or BMP for use as wallpaper.
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