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Canon EOS D30

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EOS D30

Rating: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

Canon's first "budget priced" digital SLR has the look and feel of an EOS with a competitive price to Fuji and Nikon alternatives. Having the EOS lens mount gives it wider appeal along with the easy to use handling that EOS owners love. Canon have chosen a CMOS chip to record the 3.11 million pixel images and there are plenty of modes to keep all kinds of photographer happy.

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Canon EOS D30 Digital SLR Review

Canon EOS D30 Digital SLR Review

Canon EOS D30 Digital SLR Review

Added: 1st January 2002 | Brand: Canon

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Canon D30 Digital SLR Review

Canon D30 DSLR Review

Canon D30 Digital SLR Review

Added: 31st August 2001 | Brand: Canon

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ElSid
ElSid  6 United Kingdom
04/09/2013 - 3:30 pm

Although a very early example of a digital SLR the D30 has a comprehensive feature set that is more than enough for general photography. Where it is limited perhaps is for action photography where the low frame rate (about 3fps) does limit it's useability, particularly with fast moving action.

At only 3.2mp it's a bit short on pixels so heavy cropping and large prints are best avoided. That said A4 is easily within reach and maybe a bit more if careful interpolation is used. The low pixel count also means resolution of fine detail is difficult and the camera performs best with quality lenses - cheaper glass can produse quite 'painterly' results.

ISO range is limited to 1600 max and noise is quite apparent, however modern software such as Canon's own Digital Photo Professional and Adobe Camera Raw can eliminate this quite effectively making the top end quite useable though not perfect.

For anyone with an interest in IR this is one of Canons more sensitive models and a 720nm filter will produce good results for those prepared to give it a try. Expect exposures in the 5 second region at around ISO400 and f8.

Build quality is good and the camera is nice and solid albeit a bit weighty, in the hand. On the downside the review screen is rather small by comparison with modern gear so beware...

A point to note is the mount which is EF only, ie the camera will only accept EF lenses and not the later EF-s types. The good news is that independent lenses designed for APS format cameras are generally fitted with EF mounts and are OK. I have used Sigma'a 10-20 and 17-70 lenses on mine with good results.

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