|Canon EOS 30D digital SLR review : There is always a tangible air of excitement when Canon introduce a new model. What has been changed this time? The buzz of rumours grew steadily throughout the weeks before the official introduction, and there seemed to be a relentless stream of "official" specifications, popping up one after the other, every single one published as genuine and factual. All in all, the expectations and hopes for the Canon EOS 30D were high. This was only fuelled by the fact that Canon's great rival Nikon had created a truly impressive digital SLR camera, the Nikon D200. What would Canon's answer be?
Canon EOS 30D digital SLR camera
It should be admitted that a large share of people felt somewhat disappointed, to say the very least; when compared to the Canon EOS 20D, the changes in this new camera seemed minimal. Could this Canon 30D even come close to the "Nikon D200 assassin" they had been hoping for? And why did the Canon EOS 30D not come with ten Megapixels and a larger viewfinder? Had anything even changed at all? However, a fact that should not be overlooked is that the Canon 30D is already the fourth new model that Canon have introduced in the time span between Nikon's D100 and D200. Place the Canon EOS D30 (the Canon EOS D60 was announced just after the D100) next to the EOS 30D and you will see that Canon have been far from stagnant over the past six years.
Canon EOS 30D SLR - LCD monitor
Compared to the Canon EOS 20D, the differences might be small, but they are far from absent or insignificant. Unfortunately Canon have not succeeded in equipping the Canon EOS 30D with a larger viewfinder, which we did find on the Nikon D200. Hopefully we will see a larger viewfinder with the next model (Canon EOS 40D?). Naturally, the most striking feature on the outside is the large monitor on the back of the camera. It has been enlarged from 1.8 inch to 2.5 inch, a considerable step. Another difference in appearance is the PictBridge button on the camera. Apart from this, a metal border around the command dial for the programmes and a different nametag are the only features to indicate a new digital SLR camera.
Canon 30D digital reflex camera - 8 Megapixels
The camera's main changes are concealed on the inside. The eight Megapixel sensor and the DIGIC II processor remain unaltered. Generally, 8 Megapixels will suffice in most cases. These two features still provide an amazing quality. The official reason for not having enhanced the amount of pixels is that the user no longer seems to have the need for more pixels in this model. Whether or not that is true, or if Canon is simply unable to create a sensor in this format with more pixels of a high quality remains unclear.
Canon EOS 30D d-SLR camera - Buffer
One of the most significant changes is the larger buffer. It now fits 11 RAW and 30 JPEG images, whereas the buffer used to fit 6 and 23, respectively. Just as was the case with the Canon EOS-1D Mark II N, a file will now fit 9,999 images. Photographers who are used to taking a large amount of photos in particular will find this a noteworthy improvement. They will also be pleased with the new shutter that should now last a minimum of 100,000 images. When reviewing your images, you can now also opt for a RGB histogram. In addition, the user is able to zoom in on the image in Quick View directly after having taken a photo. A handy option is the choice the user has to rotate the image either on the computer or on the camera, when capturing vertically. In the first case you make optimal use of the screen on the camera.
Canon EOS 30D camera - Picture Styles
The Canon 30D now also comes with Picture Styles; which is Canon's method to adjust and control the contrast, saturation, sharpening and colour tone of an image. When the Canon EOS 30D is connected to the new PIXMA Pro9500 or PIXMA Pro9000 printer, you are able to conduct the print more easily on the camera. You can even fine-tune if the print does not meet the requirements.
Canon 30D digital SLR camera - Viewfinder
Another feature that attracts one's attention during picture taking is the improved viewfinder. An adjustment to the sensitivity will also become visible in the viewfinder, and this is the same for the flash lock. A pleasant feature is that the user is now able to choose whether photos should be taken with 3 or 5 images per second when shooting continuously. The start-up time of the Canon EOS 30D has been shortened from 0,2 seconds to 0,15 seconds, which makes the camera the fastest digital EOS reflex camera in the current market. To sum things up, the battery now lasts 10% longer, and the battery level is now shown on four levels.
Canon EOS 30D SLR review
When summing up all these changes, it becomes clear that the Canon EOS 30D is indeed a noticeable improvement to the EOS 20D. In writing this might perhaps not seem reason enough to immediately replace the 20D for a Canon EOS 30D, but it is significant enough to trigger one's interest. We were one of the first to have the chance to work with the Canon EOS 30D for a longer period of time. Our results can be read in the following Canon EOS 30D digital camera review.
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