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Canon EOS 300D - Powerful and affordable Digital SLR - This looks likely to be the lowest price Digital SLR available ever.
Canon have today launched the EOS 300D, a 6.3 Megapixel digital SLR. This looks likely to be the lowest price Digital SLR available ever. The availability in the market of an affordable consumer digital SLR is expected to greatly accelerate the speed of adoption by consumers.
Canon expects 400-500% growth in the digital SLR segment from 2002 to 2003 in terms of shipping volume, says Hiroshi Komatsuzaki, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging Europe. The EOS 300D will play a key strategic role in this growth. By dropping the price so significantly, Canon is very deliberately putting high performance EOS digital technology into the hands of the consumer at a time of accelerating demand for high performance digital cameras.
The EOS 300D bundles proven high performance technologies (such as seven-point, high-speed predictive auto focus, 2.5 frame per second burst rate, 35-zone metering and DIGIC image processor) into a camera affordable to everybody.
Canon has declared the EOS 300D to be the single most important consumer SLR since the AE-1 in 1976. Just as the AE-1 triggered an SLR revolution by being the worlds first camera with an embedded microcomputer, Canon believes the EOS 300D will be seen as the point in history when the SLR market shifted irrevocably to digital.
Precision optics, unrivalled sensor quality
At the front end of the EOS 300D is the lens system and digital sensor. Film EOS users considering the move to digital will be pleased to learn the EOS 300D works seamlessly with any of Canons renowned EF lenses, of which there are currently more than 60.
An APS-C sized sensor gives the camera a 1.6x magnification over 35mm film format. In order to furnish EOS 300D customers with the equivalent 28-90mm zoom range so popular with 35mm film EOS users, a new EF-S 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 lens  has been specially developed. This lens takes advantage of the compact sensor size, employing a short back focus system which mounts the lens closer to the sensor than previous models. This provides high-quality images in a remarkably low-weight, short-length lens.
The 6.3 Megapixel CMOS sensor is almost identical to that found in the award-winning EOS 10D which remains the benchmark for image quality. ISO speeds of 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1600 are selectable, giving film users a film speed range with which they will be comfortable.
Print straight from the camera
The EOS 300D is the first digital EOS camera to support the vendor-independant PictBridge print standard from launch date. Lab-quality prints can now be produced without the need for a computer by directly connecting the EOS 300D to compatible photo printers via standard USB cable. A large 1.8 LCD is used to select and review photographs to be printed and set print variables.
Fast image processing with superb results
Underpinning the cameras technical superiority is Canons high-speed DIGIC (Digital Image Core) processor. In the days of film, image processing was the role of film companies and mini-labs. With digital, the critical role of image processing must be handled by the camera. Complex algorithms required to accurately process functions such as white balance and color rendition are integrated into the DIGIC processor, resulting in highquality images with no trade-off in camera responsiveness. A great digital image requires both quality raw ingredients and quality processing says Komatsuzaki. Superior lens and sensor technologies ensure the best raw ingredients. It is what DIGIC does with these that gives the EOS 300D the edge.
Wide area, high speed focusing
7 selectable focusing points give an ultra wide AF area generally only found in advanced SLRs. Focusing modes include One-Shot AF (for fast, accurate single-shot focusing), and AI AF which can automatically switch to AI servo AF for continuous tracking of subject movement well suited to sports photography. A Manual Focus override is selectable from the lens.
High-end exposure control
The EOS 300D boasts 35 zone TTL metering, essentially covering the full frame. Three metering modes (evaluative, partial, and centre weighted average) assure balanced exposures in every situation. Along with the full range of automated and manual shooting modes expected in a high-end SLR, the EOS 300D features Programmed Image Control modes such as Night Portrait, Sports, Close-up, Landscape, Portrait and Flash OFF. A built-in automatic flash pops up nearly 90mm above the optical axis to lessen the chance of red-eye for better flash photos.
The EOS 300D is superbly specified to deliver outstanding results in virtually any shooting situation. The camera has a shutter speed range of 1/4000 30 seconds, bulb and high speed x-sync at 1/200s. Simultaneous recording to both RAW and JPEG (middle/fine) formats is possible, while 2GB and higher CompactFlash cards, Types I and II, are supported. Optional wired or infra-red wireless remote control is available. Adobe RGB has been added to the standard sRGB colour space. There are seven Auto White Balance settings (such as cloudy, tungsten, fluorescent, etc.) plus custom White Balance and +/- 3 stop White Balance Bracketing (WB-BKT).
Comprehensive accessories, software and online access
The EOS 300D comes complete with battery pack, charger, USB cable, video cable, wide embroidered anti-slip neck strap. Purchase of the EOS 300D entitles customers to membership of the CANON iMAGE GATEWAY  web portal for a 100 MB online photo album for image uploads. A full software suite is included for handling image file transfers between camera and computer, managing and printing files, and preview and conversion of RAW image files. PhotoStitch is included for seamless merging of panorama shots.
 Source: JEITA data with Canon forecast
 The lens will not be sold separately and will only be available with the purchase of the EOS 300D
 May not be available in all regions
You can view sample images from the Canon EOS 300D here.
|DIGITAL CAMERA EOS 300D|
|IMAGE SENSOR||Type||22.7 x 15.1mm CMOS|
|Effective Pixels||Approx. 6.3M|
|Total Pixels||Approx. 6.5M|
|Low-Pass Filter||Built-in/ Fixed|
|Colour Filter Type||Primary Colour|
|LENS||Lens mount||EF / EF-S|
|Focal length||1.6x Multiplication with EF/ EF-S lens fitted|
|FOCUSING||Type||TTL-CT-SIR with a CMOS sensor|
|AF System/ Points||7-point AF|
|AF working range||EV 0.5-18 (at 20C & ISO 100)|
|AF Modes||AI FOCUS
|AF Point Selection||Automatic selection, Manual selection|
|Selected AF point display||Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on rear LCD panel|
|AF Assist Beam||Yes|
|Manual Focus||Selected on lens|
|EXPOSURE CONTROL||Metering modes||TTL full aperture metering with 35-zone
35 Point Evaluative
Partial (approx. 9% of viewfinder)
|Metering Range||EV 1-20 (at 20C with 50mm f1.4 lens ISO 100)|
|AE Lock||Auto: Operates in 1-shot AF mode with
evaluative metering when focus is achieved
Manual: Works independently at all times, Works in creative zone modes.
|Exposure Compensation||+/- 2 EV, 1/3-stop increments|
|AEB||+/- 2 EV, 1/3-stop increments|
|ISO Speed Equivalent||AUTO (100,200, 400), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600|
|SHUTTER||Type||Electronically-controlled focal-plane shutter|
|Speed||30 - 1/4000 sec, Bulb.|
|Shutter release||Soft touch electromagnetic release|
|WHITE BALANCE||Type||Auto white balance with the imaging sensor|
|Settings||AWB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash, Custom|
|WB Bracketing||+/-3 stops in full stop increments|
|COLOUR MATRIX||Type||Two types of colour space, sRGB and Adobe RGB.|
|Dioptre Correction||-3 to .+1 dpt|
|Mirror||Quick-return half mirror (Transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60)|
|Viewfinder Information||AF Points, AE/FE lock, AEB, Shutter speed, aperture, exposure level/compensation, Max. burst, AF/ MF focus confirmation, CF warning,|
|Depth of field preview||Provided|
|LCD Monitor||Monitor||1.8", TFT, (approx. 118,000 pixel)|
|Coverage||Approx. 100% (for JPEG images)|
|Brightness||Adjustable to one of five levels|
|FLASH||Modes||Auto, Manual Flash On/ Off, Red-Eye Reduction|
|HotShoe/ PC terminal||Yes/ -|
|Flash Exposure Compensation||+/- 2EV in 1/3 increments|
|Flash Exposure Bracketing||Yes|
|Flash Exposure Lock||Yes|
|Second Curtain Synchronisation||Yes|
|Built-in Flash Range||Coverage up to 18mm focal length (28mm equivalent)|
|Guide Number (ISO 100, meters)||13|
|External Flash||E-TTL with EX series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash support|
|SHOOTING||Modes||Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night portrait, Flash off, P, Tv, Av, M, A-Dep|
|Continuous Shooting||2.5 fps (speed maintained for up to 4 images)|
|RECORDING PIXELS / COMPRESSION||Image Size||(LF) 3072 x 2048 3.1MB, (LN) 3072 x 2048 1.8MB,(MF) 2048 x 1360 1.8MB, (MN) 2048 x 1360 1.2MB,(SF) 1536 x 1024 1.4MB, (SN) 1536 x 1024 0.9RAW 3072 x 2048 7.0MB|
|Compression||Fine, Normal, RAW (max. resolution only)|
|FILE FORMAT||Still Image Format||JPEG (Exif 2.2 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system, RAW & JPEG simultaneous recording, Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant|
|RAW+JPEG simultaneous recording||Provided
|File Numbering||(1) Consecutive numbering
(2) Auto reset
(3) Manual reset
|Processing Parameters||2 Standard Parameters Plus up to three custom processing parameters can be set.|
|DIRECT PRINT||Canon Printers||Canon Card Photo Printers and Bubble Jet Printers with the Direct Print Function|
|OTHER FEATURES||LCD Panel (EL) Illumination||Yes|
|Intelligent Orientation Sensor||Yes|
||2x - 10x|
|Display Formats||(1)Single image with information (6)
(2) Single image (6)
(3) Auto play
(4) 9 image index
(5) Magnified view (P.Fn-30)
|Image Erase Protection||1 image|
|Image Erase||1 image/ all images/ initialise|
|Self Timer||10 sec.|
|Menu Categories||(1) Shooting Menus: 7
(2) Playback Menus: 6
(3) Set-up menus: 13 (6+7)
|Menu Languages||English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese|
|Firmware Update||Update possible by the user.|
|Other||Video output (PAL/ NTSC)|
|MEMORY CARD||Type||CompactFlash Type I / II (Microdrive compatible)|
|SUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEM||PC||Windows 98(including SE) / 2000 / Me
|Macintosh||OS 9.0 9.2, OS X v10.1 / v10.2|
|SOFTWARE||Browsing & Printing||ZoomBrowser EX (PhotoRecord) / ImageBrowser|
|Other||PhotoStitch, RemoteCapture, File Viewer Utility|
|Drivers||TWAIN (Windows 98 / 2000), WIA (Windows Me)|
|Image Manipulation||Photoshop Elements v2|
|POWER SOURCE||Batteries||Rechargeable Li-ion Battery BP-511 or BP-512 (BP-511 battery supplied)|
|Battery life||AE 100% approx. 600 shots, AE 50% FA 50% approx. 400 shots|
|Power saving||Provided. Power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15 or 30mins.|
|A/C Power Supply||Optional AC-E2|
|ACCESSORIES||Case||Semi-hard case EH-16L|
|Lenses||All EF and EF-S lenses|
|Flash||Canon Speedlites (220EX, 380EX, 420EX, 550EX, Macro-Ring-Lite, MR?14EX, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2)|
|Remote Controller/ Switch||Controller RC-1/ RC-5/ RS-60E3|
|Power Supply & Battery Chargers||AC Adapter Kit ACK-E2, Compact power adapter CA-PS400, Battery charger CB-5L, Battery charger CG-570, Car Battery CableKit CR-560, BP-511, BP-512|
|PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS||Body Materials||Plastic|
|Operating Environment||0 40 C, 85% or less humidity|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||142 x 99 x 72.4mm|
|Weight (body only)||Approx. 560g|
Availability and pricing
The lightest and most compact digital EOS camera ever is expected to ship with a recommended retail price of 899.99 inc VAT for the Body Only, or 999.99 inc VAT with the new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.