Canon EOS 30D SLR Review
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The major improvements of the EOS 30D vs. the EOS 20D are:
Increasing the camera's flexibility and ease of use, the ISO speed can now be set from 100 to 1600 in 1/3 stop increments, rather than full stops (and can be pushed to 3200 with ISO expansion). What's more, users can see the ISO setting in the viewfinder while changing it (and not simply on the monitor display as on the EOS 20D model), which in turn permits photographers to keep their eyes on their subject.
The EOS 30D continues its predecessor's fast shooting rate of five fps but, thanks to improvements in signal processing algorithms, the burst rate has increased from 23 to 30 consecutive frames in JPEG L/F mode and from 6 to 11 consecutive frames in RAW mode.
Canon enhanced several basic functions for easy, efficient use that make the EOS 30D even more responsive than previous models, including:
The EOS 30D retains the 9-point Wide-Area AF system, originally introduced on the EOS 20D. This AF system features a diamond-shaped layout with a dual-precision central AF point that provides full cross-type performance with maximum apertures as small as f/5.6, yet achieves up to three times the standard focusing precision when used with EF lenses featuring maximum apertures larger than or equal to f/2.8. A convenient Multi-controller provides fast and easy AF point selection.
While using the same 35-zone metering sensor as its predecessor, Canon has added a spot metering capability that covers approximately 3.5 percent of the viewfinder area at the center. As a result, there are now four metering modes offered: Evaluative (set automatically in the Basic Zone modes), partial (approximately 9 percent), center-weighted average and spot. AF-point linked Evaluative metering, E-TTL II autoflash and 12 exposure control modes (11 AE modes plus manual) are unchanged from the EOS 20D.
First introduced on the EOS-1D Mark II N and EOS 5D cameras, Picture Style is an improved approach to selecting the presets for sharpening, contrast, saturation and color tone that most closely reflect the needs and intent of the user. Similar to selecting the film type in order to achieve a desired result, the Picture Style feature offers six setting choices - Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful and Monochrome - with an additional three user defined settings available.
Among the enhancements most immediately noticeable is the large 2.5-inch LCD screen with 230,000-pixel resolution, wide 170-degree viewing angle, and LED-backlight for improved visibility. Like the EOS 5D, the EOS 30D's full-featured INFO screen includes files sizes, a choice of brightness and RGB histograms and AF frame displays. In addition, Quick Review images are now enlargeable making it quicker and easier to check the focus of a shot immediately after taking the shot.
You can now access direct print and direct download functions simply by pressing the print/share button on the back of the camera. Further, when connected to a PictBridge or other compatible printer, the user can select paper sizes, cropping, and even some special effects.
In addition to its standard PictBridge features the 30D supports additional direct printing features exclusively when the camera is connected to one of the new Canon PIXMA Pro9500 or PIXMA Pro9000 desktop photo printers. These features include:
EOS 30D Major Features
The EOS 30D and the EOS 20D for comparison.
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EOS 30D Specifications
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