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Canon EOS 30D review
Ilse Jurriƫn : April 11th 2006 - 01:30 CET
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CanonCanon EOS 30D 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? Read our Canon 30D review to find out all about this latest Canon SLR camera.
Canon EOS 30D reviewCanon 30D DSLR - 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 digital SLR camera - ISO settings
Increasing the new camera's flexibility and ease of use, the ISO speed can now be set from 100 to 1600 in 1/3 stop increments, rather than full stops (and can be pushed to 3200 with ISO expansion). What's more, users can see the ISO setting in the EOS 30D SLR's viewfinder while changing it (and not simply on the monitor display as on the EOS 20D model), which in turn permits photographers to keep their eyes on their subject.

Canon EOS 30D review

Canon EOS 30D digital SLR - 2.5-inch LCD Screen
Among the enhancements most immediately noticeable on the EOS 30D SLR is the camera's new 2.5-inch LCD screen with 230,000-pixel resolution, wide 170-degree viewing angle, and LED-backlight design for substantially improved visibility. While it is identical to the one found on the EOS-1D Mark II N and the EOS 5D models, the significance of the EOS 30D SLR's 2.5-inch LCD monitor looms larger than simply its viewing area (and correspondingly larger and easier to read menu text).

Canon EOS 30D digital reflex camera - Info Screen
Like the EOS 5D model, the EOS 30D SLR's full-featured INFO screen includes files sizes, a choice of brightness and RGB histograms and AF frame displays. In addition, Quick Review images are now enlargeable making it quicker and easier to check the focus of a shot immediately after taking the shot. Navigating through the images is also easier on the eyes thanks to the EOS 30D SLR's improved auto rotate feature. This feature gives the user the choice of automatically rotating vertical images to correct the orientation for viewing on the camera's LCD monitor as well as on a PC, rotating only for the PC or not rotating the image at all.

Canon EOS 30D

Canon EOS 30D d-SLR 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 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 SLR review.

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