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Canon EOS 30D, 8.2 Megapixel, SLR, Digital Camera (Camera Body)

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Canon EOS 30D, 8.2 Megapixel, SLR, Digital Camera (Camera Body)
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Canon 30D Overview

  • 1Description
  • 28.2 Megapixel CMOS Sensor
  • 3DIGIC II Image Processor
  • 4User-selectable High-Speed and Low-Speed Continuous Shooting
  • 5Large 2.5 Inch LCD Monitor
  • 6"Picture Style" Settings
  • 7Strong and Durable
  • 8Metering Precision
  • 99-point Wide-area AF with a Dual Precision Sensor at the Center
  • 10Direct Printing with PictBridge Compatible Printers
  • 11Powerful Bundled Software
  • 12Fully Compatible with All EF and EF-S Lenses
  • 13Flash Photography
  • 14Additional Accessories

The Canon EOS 30D brings proven EOS technology to a higher level, giving photographers an unbeatable photographic experience. The EOS 30D incorporates a host of features with Canon's highly acclaimed 8.2 megapixel CMOS sensor and DIGIC II Image Processor. The EOS 30D includes enhanced operational features such as a 2.5 inch LCD monitor, true spot metering, a durable shutter mechanism and Canon's Picture Style feature, all in an sturdy, magnesium-clad body. With all these new features the EOS 30D is truly perfection, refined.

8.2 Megapixel CMOS Sensor
Canon's large-area CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) sensor captures images with exceptional clarity and tonal range, and offers the most pixels in its class. This APS-C size sensor (22.5 x 15.0mm) has the same 3:2 ratio as film cameras, enabling an effective angle of view that is 1.6x the normal EF Lens focal length. In addition, the EOS 30D has an extensive ISO range (from 100 to 1600 plus ISO 3200 in extended mode), which is selectable in 1/3-stop increments.
DIGIC II Image Processor
The DIGIC II Image Processor was designed specifically for Canon digital SLRs and enhances every aspect of image capture. Information captured by the CMOS sensor is processed and assembled into images of exceptional quality. With the DIGIC II Image Processor on board, photographers can expect natural color reproduction, precise white balance in any number of lighting situations and unparalleled clarity. The DIGIC II Image Processor employs sophisticated signal processing algorithms and works at greater speeds, all while consuming less energy.
User-selectable High-Speed and Low-Speed Continuous Shooting
The EOS 30D allows users to specify high-speed 5 fps or a low-speed 3 fps continuous shooting for more controlled shooting and/or to save space on the CF card. And it can capture up to 30 JPEG and 11 RAW (or 9 RAW + JPEG) files in one burst. Whether it's the 0.15-second startup time, the high-speed mirror drive, the nearly instant 65-millisecond shutter release lag time or the predictive AF focusing at speeds up to 5.0 frames per second, the EOS 30D will amaze and delight photographers who don't want to wait for their camera when they're ready to shoot.
Large 2.5 Inch LCD Monitor
The EOS 30D has a brilliant 2.5 inch LCD monitor with approximately 230,000 pixels resolution. This monitor not only displays more information, it can also be viewed at a greater angle (170°) than many conventional LCD monitors. The full-featured shot information screen not only provides an RGB histogram, it can display the AF frame used. Furthermore, Magnification zooms to the focus point rather than the center of the image to check exposure and critical focus. Menus are accessed at the touch of a button and feature larger text than previous models that is easier to read. Whether changing color parameters, setting up custom functions, organizing folders or setting white balance, the EOS 30D helps photographers get to their information quickly, so they never miss a shot.
"Picture Style" Settings
The EOS 30D incorporates Canon's Picture Style settings, which simulate the characteristics of different film styles, allowing photographers to customize their shooting to their personal taste or needs. These include Standard, for punchy, print-from-the-camera color, Portrait, for softer, more natural skin tones, Landscape, for vivid blues and greens and overall sharpness, and Neutral, Faithful and Monochrome, which can be customized to emulate color filters with black and white film.
Strong and Durable
The EOS 30D has a solid, substantial feel that complements its compact dimensions. The camera body is constructed of magnesium-alloy, known for its lightweight and ultra-rigid strength. It has an improved high-speed and durable shutter unit, designed to perform flawlessly and reaching a top shutter speed of 1/8000 second with a remarkable 100,000-cycle shutter life.
Metering Precision
The EOS 30D has a spot metering function that meters roughly 3.5% of the center of the image. This metering function, in addition to Canon's impressive evaluative, center-weighted average and partial metering modes, gives the photographer even more choices for custom-tailored shooting.
9-point Wide-area AF with a Dual Precision Sensor at the Center
The EOS 30D has a high-precision, 9-point wide area AF system that uses both normal and high-precision focus depending on the aperture and available light. The 9 focus points can be chosen automatically or manually-selected using the 30D's intuitive, thumb-operated multi-controller
Direct Printing with PictBridge Compatible Printers
The EOS 30D lets you print beautiful photos with minimum time and effort - directly from the camera. It's compatible with Canon's SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, desktop PIXMA Photo Printers, and even third-party PictBridge-compatible printers.
Powerful Bundled Software
The EOS 30D comes bundled with the Canon EOS Digital Solution Disk (Version 12.0) , which features powerful software programs designed to extend the EOS experience to the computer. Each application is designed to perfectly captured images, and streamline your digital workflow.
  • Digital Photo Professional (Version 2.1) provides easy-to-use RAW conversion tools, including high-speed RAW image processing, high-speed previewing for real-time image adjustment and support for sRGB, Adobe RGB and Wide Gamut RGB color spaces. Since it's CMS (Color Management System) compatible, Digital Photo Professional allows for easy image layout and printing in Adobe RGB in conjunction with Easy-PhotoPrint and PictBridge printers.
  • Canon's EOS Utility software (version 1.0) handles the connection between the camera and computer, whenever they're connected via USB. It allows remote controlled shooting from the computer, handles downloading of images from the camera to the computer, and allows seamless linking to either Canon's ZoomBrowser/ImageBrowser or Digital Photo Professional software once images have been copied to the hard drive. Furthermore, it's used to upload settings back into a USB-connected camera, from Picture Style files to the user-named file. There's also a folder monitor - ideal to check and display images being transmitted by the optional WFT-E1A wireless transmitter.
  • Canon's ZoomBrowser EX for Windows and ImageBrowser for Mac OS X are the easy, user-friendly options for viewing and editing of JPEG and even RAW image files. Both allow viewing of numerous types of images including finished TIFF and BMP files. Both also have a variety of search options for finding images, allow re-naming of single images or batches of files, and offer a variety of options for printing without using a separate image-editing program.
Fully Compatible with All EF and EF-S Lenses
The EOS 30D is compatible with all Canon lenses in the EF lineup, ranging from ultra-wide angle to super telephoto lenses, and including Canon's EF-S series lenses, manufactured specifically for Canon's APS-C sized digital sensor. Canon lenses employ advanced optical expertise and micron-precision engineering to deliver unprecedented performance in all facets of the photographic process. Aspherical optics and fluorite elements, for example, are featured in the universally acclaimed L Series lenses, and Canon's Image Stabilizer technology in select lenses minimizes the effect of camera shake. Through Canon lenses, photographers can truly maximize the quality and liberating performance of the EOS 30D.
Flash Photography
The EOS 30D features the acclaimed E-TTL II flash metering system introduced with the EOS-1D Mark II. Whether using its flush-mounted integrated flash, or any of the flashes in the EX Speedlite line, E-TTL II provides reliable flash output through numerous exposures.
Additional Accessories
In addition to Canon's EF lenses and Speedlite flashes, many other accessories are designed by Canon to work perfectly with the EOS 30D. The Battery Grip BG-E2 adds a vertical shutter release, and is compatible with up to two of Canon's BP-511A Lithium-ion battery packs for increased shooting capacity, or alternatively a set of six AA-size batteries, for greater convenience when traveling. Canon's Semi Hard Case EH17-L can accommodate the EOS 30D with a small zoom lens (e.g. EF-S 18-55mm). The EOS 30 D is also Compatible with the Canon DVK-E2 Data Verification Kit which can verify whether or not a photo is an untouched original and the WFT-E1A Wireless File Transmitter which allows photographers to transmit images from their cameras directly to a computer over a Wireless network.

Canon 30D Specs

Camera Type
Interchangeable Lens SLR Digital Camera
Image Quality
Image Sensor
APS-C size (22.5 x 15.0mm) 8.5 Megapixel High-sensitivity, high-resolution, single-plate, CMOS sensor (3:2 aspect ratio) with RGB primary color filters and Low-pass Filter
Effective Resolution
8.2 million pixels
Color Depth
24-Bit RGB (JPEG)
36-Bit RGB (RAW)
Color Modes
Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, sRGB and Adobe RGB color spaces selectable
Image File Formats
RAW (.CR2)
JPEG (Fine, Normal)
RAW+JPEG simultaneous recording
Recorded Resolution
Large (3504 x 2336)
Medium (2544 x 1696)
Small (1728 x 1152)
Video Recording
Audio Recording
Lens Mount
Canon EF Mount (compatible with Canon EOS EF lenses including EF-S lenses)
Focal Length Multiplier
Optical Image Stabilization
Supports Canon IS and equivalent lenses
Focus Control
Focus Type
TTL-CT-SIR AF-dedicated CMOS sensor with 9 AF points (Automatic or Manual selection) and AF-assist Beam
AF Working Range: EV -0.5 - +18 (ISO 100 at 68°F/20°C)
Focus Modes
One-Shot AF, Predictive AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF (automatic switching between One-Shot & Predictive AI Servo AF), Manual Focus (MF)
Exposure Control
Auto ISO (100 to 400)
Selectable ISO (100 - 1600) plus Enhanced H (ISO 3200)
Shutter Type
Vertical-travel, mechanical, focal-plane shutter with all speeds electronically controlled
Approx. 100,000 exposures durability
Shutter Speed
30 - 1/8000 seconds (1/3- and 1/2-stop increments)
Mirror Lock-Up
Exposure Metering
Max. Aperture TTL metering with 35-zone SPC and a Metering Range of EV 1-20 (Evaluative metering, Partial metering, Spot metering, Center-weighted average metering)
Exposure Modes
Program AE (shiftable), Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Auto Depth-of-field AE (non-shiftable), Full auto (non-shiftable), Programmed image control modes, Manual exposure, E-TTL II autoflash program AE, Exposure Compensation (+/- 2 Ev in 1/3- or 1/2-Ev increments), Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB), AE Lock
White Balance Modes
Auto, Preset (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten Light, White Fluorescent Light, Flash), Manual (Custom, or user-set Color Temperature), White balance bracketing (+/- 3 stops in 1-stop increments), White balance correction (blue/amber bias +/- 9; magenta/green bias +/- 9 levels)
Scene Modes
Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User 1, User 2, User 3
Built-in Flash
Yes (Auto pop-up)
Effective Flash Range
Up to 43' (13m) at ISO 100
External Flash Connection
Dedicated Hot Shoe & PC Terminal
External Flash Control
E-TTL II autoflash with EX Series Speedlites
Maximum Flash Synchronization Speed
1/250 second
Start-Up Time
0.15 second
Shutter Lag
0.065 second
Time Between Shots
Less than 1 second
Burst Capability
Continuous high-speed: 5 fps
Continuous low-speed: 3 fps
up to 30 frames JPEG (Large/Fine), up to 11 frames RAW, and up to 9 frames RAW+JPEG
Self Timer
10 seconds
Interval Recording
No (Possible with optional TC-80N3 Timer Remote Controller)
Date & Time Stamp
Memory & Power
Built-in Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
CompactFlash (Type I & II)
File Size
RAW Fine Normal
RAW + JPEG (Large) - 12.3MB 10.5MB
RAW + JPEG (Medium) - 10.9MB 9.8MB
RAW + JPEG (Small) - 9.9MB 9.3MB
Large 8.7MB 3.6MB 1.8MB
Medium - 2.2MB 1.1MB
Small - 1.2MB 0.6MB
Battery Type
BP-511A Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
Also compatible with BP-511, BP-512 & BP-514
Power Adapter
AC power can be supplied via the optional DC coupler
Computer Interface
USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed)
Direct Print Capable
Yes (Canon Direct Print, PictBridge)
Remote Control
N3-type remote control
(RS-80N3, TC-80N3 Timer, LC-4 Wireless, computer control when tethered)
Video Output
Yes (NTSC & PAL)
System & Software Requirements
Windows 98SE, 2000, ME, XP
Mac OS 8.6-9.x, OS X (10.1 or later)
Eye-level SLR with fixed pentaprism and Dioptric Adjustment Correction (-3.0 - +1.0 diopter)
Viewfinder Info
AF (AF points, focus confirmation light), Exposure (shutter speed, aperture, spot metering circle, exposure level, AE lock, exposure compensation, AEB level, bulb, ISO speed), Flash (flash ready, red-eye reduction lamp on, high-speed sync, FE lock, FEB shooting, flash exposure compensation, insufficient flash warning during FE lock), White balance correction, Maximum burst, CF card full warning, CF card error warning, No CF card warning
Depth-of-Field Preview
LCD Display
2.5" TFT color LCD (230,000 pixels) with Brightness Adjust (5-steps)
Information Display
Exposure Settings, Warnings, Maximum burst for continuous shooting, Shots remaining, Power Status
Language Options
English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese
Playback Options
Single image, 9-image index, Magnified zoom (1.5x - 10x), Auto play, Auto play right after shooting, Highlight Alert, Image Protect/Erase,
4.2 x 5.7 x 2.9 in. (106 x 144 x 74mm) body only
24.7 oz. (700g) body only

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