|Canon EOS 30D digital SLR - Fast camera
With a start-up time of a mere 0.15 seconds, the Canon 30D DSLR is unquestionably the fastest Canon in the current market. In practice, such a time translates to being able to capture your first image directly after having switched on the camera. The same speed is also achieved when the Canon 30D has been in sleep mode. This enables you to react considerably faster in a specific situation where this is required, such as at a wedding. The viewfinder is admittedly a tad on the small side, but does offer a sufficient amount of information. A handy feature is that upon pressing the ISO button on your camera, the sensitivity also becomes visible in the viewfinder. It would have been even better to see the sensitivity displayed continuously, but this too does offer users excellent opportunities to work with. If you are able to locate the ISO button without looking at it, you will at least no longer need to remove your eye from the viewfinder.
Canon 30D d-SLR camera - Focus points
The nine focus points are shown in the viewfinder. They are reasonably spread across the viewfinder. The selecting of the focus points can be set in different ways. The joystick plays a main part in this. This joystick may be reasonably small, and I must say it took a little getting used to, but it offers an easy operation. Personally I prefer to select the focus points by using the joystick directly. Contrary to the EOS 5D, the Canon EOS 30D does not offer the six invisible focus points. However, this does not really affect the speed of the auto focus. The Canon 30D D-SLR is able to focus both rapidly and accurately, especially when using a USM type lens. When using such a lens the auto focus cannot be heard at all. This is simply ideal in a theatre or, for instance, when capturing nature images. It is not only the focussing that takes place soundlessly; you are also able to capture an image with next to no sounds. The shutter and mirror produce a small dry click, entirely different than that of the Canon EOS-1D Mark II N, for instance.
|Canon EOS 30D SLR - Image speed & Buffer
The image speed available to the user offers two modes for continuous shooting, in addition to the single image and the self timer. This option is very handy, as there isn't always a need for five images per second. In many cases 3 frames per second is more than enough. The photos are rapidly stored onto the CompactFlash memory card. The large buffer comes in particularly handy when capturing a series of images. You are now able to capture eleven images in RAW before the internal buffer is full. In JPEG I managed to fill an entire 1GB SanDisk Extreme III card, without a need for the camera to wait until images had been stored onto the card. This translates to several hundred images, Canon specify a buffer of 30 JPEG images. In practice, this means the user is able to shoot continually, which will prove invaluable to a large amount of photographers.
Canon EOS 30D SLR camera - Histogram
When reviewing the recorded images on the display of the Canon EOS 30D digital SLR camera itself, the user will benefit greatly from the large display with a diameter of 2.5 inch. The sharpness can be excellently assessed on the screen, and the small joystick makes it possible to swiftly navigate through the image. Pressing INFO will show a histogram. Via the menu the user can opt for a histogram focused on the luminance, or, and this is new on the Canon EOS 30D, a histogram in RGB values. When working in RAW format you should however not rely fully on the histogram. It is a translation of a JPEG conversion, which can deviate from the total information that the content contains.
Canon EOS 30D digital SLR - Changes
As we have said before: those who are familiar with a Canon EOS 20D or have worked with 10D will immediately feel at home. The operation process of the camera, its ergonomics; the camera as a whole in fact barely differs from its predecessor. It was mainly the parts on the inside of the camera that left room for improvement. Externally, with the sole exception of the LCD monitor, Canon already had everything all figured out.