Review of the Canon EOS 30D

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Canon EOS 30D

Overall score:87%
Image Quality:85%


  • Build quality, LCD, menu system, low noise, high specifications


  • Images need some post processing to reduce flat look, aperture/exposure compensation system, depth of preview button in wrong place


Canon EOS 30D Review


Price as reviewed:



As a new camera the Canon EOS 30D is a bit of a disappointment, but viewed as an upgrade to an already very good camera, it performs its role well. So while the extra functions don’t excite us as much as a brand new model would, the Canon 30D is still a very good camera.

Canon may appear to have missed a trick by not announcing something totally new in the same price bracket as the Nikon D200 that matches its pixel count. But Canon is canny, and it’s rare that any opportunity is missed, so I suspect there’s something else up Canon’s sleeve.

The 30D is a good camera but, in the grand scheme of things, perhaps not an important one.


PC Socket:Yes
Built-in Flash:Yes
Other:Picture Style, Canon PhotoSolutions
Dimensions:144 x 105.5 x 73.5mm
Live Mode:No
Connectivity:USB 2.0
Field of View:95%
Viewfinder Type:Pentaprism
Memory Card:CF
White Balance:Auto, manual, Kelvin, Preset
Drive Mode:Single, Continuous 5fps over 30 JPEG
Metering System:Evaluative, Centre weighted, 3.5% spot
File Format:JPEG, CR2 (RAW), Simultaneous RAW+JPEG
ISO:100-1600 + 3200 expanded
Exposure Modes:M,A,S,P 6 Scene, Auto, Picture Style
Shutter Speeds:30-1/8000sec + B
Lens Mount:Canon EF Mount
Focal Length Mag:1.5x
LCD:2.5in TFT, 230,000pixels
Output Size:17.52x11.68” @ 200dpi
Sensor:CMOS APS-C (22.5 x 15.0mm), 8.2MP effective, 8.5MP total, 3504x2336 pixels
  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Design
  4. 4. Performance
  5. 5. Image Quality
  6. 6. Value
  7. 7. Verdict
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