Canon EOS 30D

Released February, 2006
  • 8.2 MP
  • APS-C 22.5 x 15 mm CMOS
  • 2.5" LCD
You can set RAW sharpness (0 to 10) and RGB sharpness (0 to 500), we found no fundamental advantage between using just RAW sharpening or just RGB sharpening (with RAW sharpness set to 0).
by DPReview (Apr, 2006)
8.7 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Canon EOS 30D

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

EOS 30D
8.4
EOS 70D
8.9
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

EOS 30D
5.9
EOS 70D
6.9
focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

EOS 30D
10.0
EOS 70D
10.0
continuous shooting

Reviews

What do the experts think?

EOS 30D
9.1
EOS 70D
9.5
Reviews from trustedreviews.com, techradar.com, dpreview.com and reviews.cnet.com

8.7

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

EOS 30D
8.7
EOS 70D
9.1

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Canon EOS 30D

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

EOS 30D
736 ISO
EOS 70D
926 ISO
Nikon D60
562 ISO

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

EOS 30D
5 fps
EOS 70D
7 fps
EOS 1100D
3 fps

Color depth The number of variations of color the camera can capture

EOS 30D
21.5 bits
EOS 70D
22.5 bits
Nikon D60
22.5 bits

Dynamic range Maximum range a camera can capture in one image from light to dark

EOS 30D
10.8 ev
EOS 70D
11.6 ev
EOS 60D
11.5 ev

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Canon EOS 30D


8.0
Other additions include a slightly larger image buffer, an RGB histogram function, a second lower speed continuous shooting setting (3 fps as well as 5fps), and a new more durable shutter mechanism that is supposedly good for 100,000 shots.

7.6
And Canon's Picture Styles are a good way of organizing the myriad custom settings-sharpness, tone, saturation, and contrast-that the camera has always allowed you to control.

8.0
This has a higher resolution sensor, which, in our tests produces sharper shots, and it's also a very well-made camera.

Overall

8.2 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Lens

The eyepiece will also take E-series dioptre adjustment lenses to further expand the dioptre correction range.
by DPReview (Apr, 2006)
It does help, though, when you need more exposure latitude for very fine control over your depth of field.
by c|net (Mar, 2006)
Sub-folders are shown as boxes within a box of thumbnails, you can click on a folder to 'Zoom' into it and display images under that etc..
by DPReview (Apr, 2006)

Sensor

As we have seen in previous reviews the Nikon cameras are right on the spot for ISO accuracy and the Canon cameras are about a third more sensitive than indicated (ISO 100 is more like ISO 125).
by DPReview (Apr, 2006)
RAW Image Task (in Zoombrowser) is essentially a 'DSP emulator', that is it emulates the image pipeline in the camera to deliver results from RAW which are identical to the camera.
by DPReview (Apr, 2006)
Note that in addition to these settings you can also choose three RAW conversion 'operating modes' (quality, standard and speed) which equate to the quality of conversion used versus the time to convert.
by DPReview (Apr, 2006)

Photography

Sports and action photographers will be very impressed by its ability to shoot at five frames per second, and for up to 30 shots at a time.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2006)
Generally, unless you're shooting very fast action such as car racing, that kind of burst-shooting performance should suffice.
by c|net (Mar, 2006)
Spot someone in the street with the EOS 30D and you'd have to try and sneak a peek at the logo because it's fairly difficult to distinguish from the EOS 20D or 10D.
by DPReview (Apr, 2006)

Type

Although digital SLRs have been around since the mid-1990s, when Kodak produced digital adaptations of high-end Canon and Nikon 35mm SLRs, it is only since the launch in 2000 of the beautiful but deeply flawed Contax N Digital, that the market for “consumer” digital SLRs has grown.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
The EOS 30D is designed for keen photographers who've outgrown entry-level models like the EOS 350D or Nikon D50, but who don't quite have the budget for a professional digital SLR.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2006)
If you're new to digital photography you may wish to read the Digital Photography Glossary before diving into this review (it may help you understand some of the terms used).
by DPReview (Apr, 2006)

Image stabilization

Digital Photo Professional is an image workflow and RAW conversion application.
by DPReview (Apr, 2006)
Digital Photo Professional however uses its own RAW conversion algorithms and so images have a different 'look' to them.
by DPReview (Apr, 2006)
Shooting RAW makes little difference, and if you hike the sharpness settings too high in the supplied Digital Photo Pro conversion software, you start to get CCD artefacts and rogue edge pixels round high contrast edges.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2006)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CMOS
Megapixels 8.2 MP
Resolution 3504 x 2336
Size APS-C
Area 22.5 x 15 mm
Crop factor 1.6x
Pixel size 41.2 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 1,600 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 1,600 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG

focus system

Type Phase detection
Focus points 9

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentaprism
Coverage 95%
Magnification 0.9x
Viewfinder size 0.56x

performance

Max continuous shooting 5 fps
Continuous shooting 5 fps, JPEG

features

Is a smart camera No
Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization None

video

Video None

display

Type LCD
Size 2.5"
Resolution 230 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view No

shutter

Min 30 s
Max 1/8000 s

form factor

Size 144 x 106 x 74 mm
Thickness 74 mm
Weight 784 g
Is weather sealed No
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