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Canon EOS 30D | Digital Camera Review | Camera
We can in fact be fairly brief about the housing of the EOS 30D. It is virtually identical to that of the EOS 20D. The foundation of the housing of the Canon 30D is formed by the same magnesium-alloy body. The design of the Canon EOS 30D can therefore be considered very well thought-out. Upon taking the Canon EOS 30D into your hand, you will notice the camera feels both secure and familiar. The handgrip has been very well designed and the weight is pleasant. The user has the option to place an extra battery grip under the camera. This improves the way the camera lies in your hand and offers the bonus of a handy shutter release button for vertical images.
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Canon EOS 30D - Metal bayonet & Lenses
A small lamp for red-eye reduction is positioned between the handgrip and the bayonet. This also serves as an indicator for the self timer. At the bottom of the handgrip you find a lid that has to be opened if you wish to use an optional external power supply. The metal bayonet is both suitable for the regular EF lenses and the special EF-S lenses. A white dot above the bayonet indicates how to attach the EF-S lens, whilst the red dot is for the regular lenses. Canon offer a truly enormous assortment of lenses. On the right side of the bayonet you find the button to fold-up the built-in flash, the lens unlock and the depth-of-field button. When using an external flash, such as the Canon Speedlite 430EX or 580EX, this button enables you to assess the flash light in advance. This comes in very handy indeed, for instance, when you are trying to avoid unwanted shade areas.

Canon EOS 30D - Connections & Compartments
On the right side of the Canon 30D DSLR the connections for the USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, the Video Out, the remote control and the studio flash can be found behind a rubber lid. A WiFi module can also be connected to the USB port. Just as was the case with its predecessor, the rubber is perfectly integrated in the surface of the camera; it does not stick out. On the other side you will find the recognisable lid for the CompactFlash memory card. If this door is opened before the camera has finished storing the files, these will be lost. Fortunately, the images are stored at high speed. However, this does not change the fact that you should go about this with a certain degree of caution.

Canon EOS 30D digital SLR camera - Flash
When looked at from above, the Canon EOS 30D also looks familiar. The only difference compared to its predecessor is the metal edge around the command dial for the programmes. This command dial also offers a so-called green mode; in which the camera will take all decisions for you. Naturally, the manual functions are also present. On top of the viewfinder you will find the flash shoe for the use of an external flash. The Canon EOS 30D also features a built-in flash, which can be folded up reasonably high. High enough, in fact, to avoid dark edges when using the standard EF-S 18-55mm lens.

Canon EOS 30D d-SLR - Top of the camera
On the right side of the viewfinder, on top of the camera, an LCD display is positioned, which offers information about the photographic settings. As far as clarity is concerned, it meets all requirements. Above the display you will find the button to illuminate the LCD in the dark, the AF and white balance button, the button for the recording speed and sensitivity, and lastly, a button for the light meter and the flash correction. You will notice the three buttons all have a double function. The former is always adjusted with the foremost mode dial, the latter with the main command dial on the back of the camera. On top of the handgrip you find the shutter release button, which has an excellent pressure point, and a mode dial.
Canon EOS 30D SLR camera - 2.5 inch LCD monitor
The large 2.5 inch monitor on the back of the camera is hard to miss. It is the same as the one found on the Canon EOS 5D, and offers a large view. Thanks to strong background lighting the user is able to maintain a good view of the monitor even in circumstances with a lot of light. In very bright sunlight, however, you will need to either find or create some shade. A handy option is to avoid turning the image on the monitor when photographing vertically which enables viewing the photo on the entire screen which makes zooming in less urgent.

Canon EOS 30D SLR camera - Viewfinder
After having seen Nikon equip the D200 with a large viewfinder, I had high expectations that the new Canon EOS 30D would come with a similarly large viewfinder. Unfortunately such was not the case. A large viewfinder is simply essential to properly assess the sharpness and the composition before capturing your image. It is in fact in the viewfinder that the actual image is created. That is why it is a pity a closer to 100% view is not available, although such a feature would significantly increase the camera's price-tag. Then again, Nikon have clearly proven otherwise with their D200.

Canon EOS 30D digital SLR - PictBridge button & Command dial
On the left side of the display you will find the recognisable row of buttons. The only new addition is the PictBridge button at the top. This button also needs to be used when you want to zoom in on the image directly after having taken it. As is the case with all Canon cameras, the blue texts are solely for reviewing the images. At the bottom we find the recycle bin and the on/off switch. The latter offers three modes: OFF and twice ON. When set to the top mode, the large command dial gets activated as well. Standard, this serves to adjust and control the exposure correction, but it can also be equipped with another function. In the centre of the main command dial you find the set button, which enables the user to confirm choices. A small light near the command dial lights up when a write or read action takes place on the flash memory card. A small joystick is positioned above the command dial. It is mainly used to select the focus areas, or to scroll through the image. The joystick is reasonably small and it really does take some practice before you are able to work with it quickly and effortlessly. Lastly, there are buttons for the (flash) exposure lock and the AF-point selection. Both buttons can be programmed via their own settings and function as a zoom button during play mode.

Canon EOS 30D d-SLR camera - Tripod mount
Lastly, the bottom side of the Canon EOS 30D digital SLR camera offers a metal tripod mount and the door of the compartment in which the battery can be placed. If the optional handgrip is attached, the lid can be stored in the extra grip. This is indeed a very handy way of making sure the lid won't get lost.
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