The Canon EOS D30 is quite a unique camera. Unlike the rest of the digital consumer camera range, the SLR’s are a rare breed. This will no doubt change in the future, but at the moment we are left with only a few midrange digital SLR’s costing around 1200-2000 and pro-SLR’s costing upwards of 3-5000. The D30 has been out over a year at the time of this test, and the fact we can still test it now and there be no sign of it being replaced shows just how much of a landmark in digital photography this camera has proved to be.
Those of you that have used or owned consumer digital cameras will no doubt be aware of their common flaws. Shutter-lag, slow autofocusing, fixed lenses, lack of settings, the list is long. The D30’s main competition is the Fuji S1 which we’ve looked at here. For those of you who already have a collection of Canon EOS lenses the S1 is unlikely to be an option however as it accepts only Nikon lenses. Admittedly it doesn’t have the weatherproofing, high frame-rate, resolution or focusing speed of its new big brother the 1-D. Though of course we wouldn’t expect it to considering it’s several thousand pounds cheaper.
Canon EOS D30 Key Features
- 3.11 megapixel CMOS sensor, 2160×1440 pixel image size
- Autofocus with 3-point measurement
- 11 shooting modes
- Built in flash with E-TTL autoflash linked to focusing points
- 7 white balance modes
- 1.8′ LCD monitor
- USB interface
- 3fps shooting for approx. 8 continuous images
- Uses Canon EF lenses, with a conversion factor of approx. 1.6x compared to full-frame 35mm film format.
- One-shot AF, AI Servo AF with focus prediction, AI Focus AF, and manual focus Wide area AF with 3
- selectable focusing points
- 35-zone Evaluative metering linked to all focusing points, Centre weighted average metering and 9.5%
- central-area partial metering 1/4000sec. to 30sec. plus Bulb
- Flash shoe for EX-series Speedlites: PC socket also built-in on left side of camera body
- Connections: USB, Video OUT, Remote control socket
- Li-ion battery, with dual-battery charger provided.
Canon EOS D30 Body And Design
It looks and seems every bit like a Negatives EOS, and that’s exactly what Canon desired, to the same level it’s like no other EOS, lots of little style hits and style make it apparent that the D30 was will be a electronic from perception. Despite having a “plastic” external skin the D30 is amazingly powerful with no indication of bend, everything seems powerful, if you take a look at the cutaway picture below you’ll see why, there’s a powerful steel substructure.
Canon were eager to point out that everything from the lens install back again to the CMOS indicator is a powerful steel box, you can also see that the whole back again is sustained by a powerful piece of steel, all in all the D30 is very well intended for a “consumer electronic SLR”. In your hand the D30 seems very outstanding, weight stability is outstanding and in comparison to other electronic SLR’s it’s a light and portable (even with the not compulsory battery power grip). Seem line is limited and there’s not a stream or body bend in vision.
As you’d anticipate the viewfinder on the D30 is outstanding, big and clear with a comfortable rubberized eye piece and a dioptre modification rim just above it. With plenty of visibility information along the position range there’s little to grumble about with the D30’s viewfinder
The battery power section on the D30 is in the bottom of the side hold, behind a simple video closed entrance (removable). The D30 takes The cannon eos outstanding BP-511 Lithium-Ion battery power features (7.4V 1100mAh, 8.1 Wh). There’s a compact sized entrance on the inside edge of the side hold where the wire from the provided phony battery power leaves (for operating the D30 off the AC adapter).
Canon EOS D30 Images Quality
RAW images format
The most popular picture structure amongst electronic cameras is JPEG, it’s a structure which generates relatively small data files from considerable levels of picture details by removing certain details, JPEG uses a “lossy pressure algorithm”. The only other typical substitute is TIFF, this generates an uncompressed 24-bit per pixel picture often in the several mb, certainly for a 3 mega-pixel electronic camera in more than 8 MB per picture, not really realistic. A little background: each pixel of a CCD can only see one color, based upon on the CFA (colour narrow array) placed over the CCD this is either Red/Green/Blue or Cyan/Magenta/Green/Yellow. The electronic cameras inner picture handling motor then interpolates colors from the value of nearby p to determine a complete 24-bit color for each pixel.
RAW is simply the raw details as it comes straight off the CCD, no in-camera handling is conducted. Generally this details are 8, 10 or 12 pieces per pixel. The benefits being that data file dimensions are significantly more compact (D30: 2160 x 1440 x 12 pieces = 37,324,800 pieces = 4,665,600 bytes), the picture has not been prepared or white-colored healthy so that you can appropriate the picture, and it’s a better reflection of the “digital negative” taken. The drawback is you can’t start these picture data files with a regular picture program without using an “acquire module” (a plug-in, typically TWAIN, which can start / procedure such images).
Night photography is a real possibility with the D30, very little noise in exposures up to 10 seconds, enable noise reduction and you can go further still. Two samples below both shot without and with noise reduction.
Canon EOS D30 Specifications
|Price||US: US$2,990 – body only, exc. taxes
Europe: €2,800 – body only, exc. taxes
|Production numbers||8,000 per month|
|Format||Digital SLR (EOS series)|
|Imager / Sensor|
|Imager||Canon CMOS Sensor|
|Imager effective pixels||2,160 x 1,440 (3.11 million)|
|Imager total pixels||2,226 x 1,460 (3.25 million)|
|Imager size||22.0 x 14.9 mm|
|Imager output||12-bits per pixel|
|Imager filter||Primary (GRGB) colour filter array, non-removable low-pass filter|
|ISO speed range||Equiv. to ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600|