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introduced 2003

• Digital SLR AF/AE camera with built-in flash
• CMOS sensor with approx. 6.3 megapixels
• High-speed DIGIC processor
• Simultaneous recording to RAW and JPEG files
• Adobe RGB and sRGB colour spaces
• Seven auto white balance settings, plus custom white balance and white balance bracketing
• Prints direct to compatible printers using a USB cable
• 7 selectable focusing points
• 35-zone evaluative metering
• Shutter speeds from 1/4000 second to 30 seconds
• Supplied with battery pack, battery charger, USB cable, video cable and neck strap

Many similar features to the EOS 10, but with less user selection. Introduced a new lens mount - EF-S - which accepts all EF lenses, but also an EF-S 18-55 lens (this lens does not fit other EOS cameras).

EOS magazine, September 2003, page 58

Type
Type: Digital, single-lens reflex, AF/AE camera with built-in flash
Recording medium: Type I and II CF card
Image size: 22.7 mm x 15.1 mm
Compatible lenses: Canon EF lenses (35mm-equivalent focal length is equal to approx.1.6 times the marked focal length.)
Lens mount: Canon EF mount

Image sensor
Type: High-sensitivity, high-resolution, single-plate CMOS sensor
Pixels: Effective pixels: approx. 6.30 megapixels (3088x2056)
Total pixels: approx. 6.50 megapixels (3152x2068)
Aspect ratio: 3:2
Color filter system: RGB primary color filter
Low-pass filter: Located in front of the image sensor, non-removable

Recording system
Recording format: JPEG supporting Design rule for Camera File system (except when Adobe RGB is set) and RAW
Image format: JPEG and RAW (12-bit)
File sizes:
• Large/Fine: approx. 3.1 MB (3072x2048 pixels)
• Large/Normal: approx. 1.8 MB (3072x2048 pixels)
• Medium/Fine: approx. 1.8 MB (2048x1360 pixels)
• Medium/Normal: approx. 1.2 MB (2048x1360 pixels)
• Small/Fine: approx. 1.4 MB (1536x1024 pixels)
• Small/Normal: approx. 0.9 MB (1536x1024 pixels)
• RAW: approx. 7 MB (3072x2048 pixels)
* Exact file sizes depend on the subject and ISO speed.
File numbering: Consecutive numbering, auto reset
Processing parameters: Parameters 1 and 2, Adobe RGB, and three sets of custom processing parameters (4 parameters with 5 available settings each) can be set .
Interface: USB (Standard/PTP), Video output (NTSC/PAL)

White balance
Settings: Auto, daylight, shade, cloudy, tungsten bulb, White fluorescent light, flash, custom
Auto white balance: Auto white balance with the image sensor
Color temperature compensation: White balance bracketing: +/-3 stops in whole-stop increments

Viewfinder
Type: Pentamirror, eye-level
Coverage: 95% vertically and horizontally with respect to the effective pixels
Magnification: 0.8x (-1 diopter with 50mm lens at infinity)
Eye point: 21 mm
Dioptric adjustment range: -3.0 - +1.0 diopter
Focusing screen: Fixed, all-matte screen
Mirror: Quick-return half mirror (transmission:reflection ratio of 40:60, no mirror cut-off with EF 600mm f/4 or shorter lens)
Viewfinder information: AF information (AF points, focus confirmation light), exposure information (shutter speed, aperture value, manual exposure, AE lock, exposure level), flash information (flash ready, red-eye reduction lamp on, high-speed sync, FE lock), shots remaining, CF card information
Depth-of-field preview: enabled with depth-of-field preview button

Autofocus
Type: TTL-CT-SIR with a CMOS sensor
(TTL secondary image-registration, phase detection)
AF points: 7
AF working range: EV 0.5-18 (at 20C/68F, ISO 100)
Focusing modes: One-Shot AF, AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF, Manual focusing (MF)
AF point selection: Automatic selection, manual selection
Active AF point indicator: Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on LCD panel
AF-assist beam: Stroboscopic flash (effective range approx. 4.0m/13.1ft. at centre, approx. 3.5m/11.5ft. off-centre

Exposure control
Metering system: TTL full aperture metering with 35-zone SPC
• Evaluative metering (linkable to any AF point)
• Partial metering (approx. 9% of viewfinder at center)
• Centerweighted average metering (Set automatically in manual exposure mode)
Metering range: EV 1-20 (at 20C/68F with 50mm f/1.4 lens, ISO 100)
Exposure control systems: Program AE (Full Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close- up, Sports, Night Portrait, Flash Off, Program), shutter-priority AE, aperture-priority AE, depth-of- field AE, manual exposure, E-TTL autoflash
ISO speed: Basic Zone modes - automatic; Creative Zone modes ? equivalent to ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Exposure compensation: AEB - +/?2 stops in 1/3-stop increments; manual - +/-2 stops in 1/2- or 1/3-stop increments (can be combined with AEB)
AE lock: auto - applied when focus is achieved in the One Shot AF mode with evaluative metering; manual:- applied with AE lock button

Shutter
Type: Electronically-controlled focal-plane shutter
Shutter speeds: 1/4000 second to 30 seconds (1/3-stop increments), bulb, X-sync at 1/200 sec.
Shutter release: Soft-touch electromagnetic release
Self-timer: 10-sec. delay
Remote control: compatible with: Remote Switch RS-60E3
Remote Controller RC-5/RC-1

Built-in flash
Type: Auto pop-up E-TTL autoflash (retractable)
Guide No.: 13 (ISO 100, meters), 43 (ISO 100, ft.)
Recycling time: approx. 3 sec.
Flash-ready indicator: flash-ready icon lights in viewfinder
Flash coverage: 18mm lens angle covered
Flash metering system: E-TTL autoflash (linked to all AF points)

External speedlite
EOS-dedicated Speedlites: E-TTL autoflash set with EX-series Speedlites

Drive system
Drive modes: Single, continuous, Self-timer/Remote control
Continuous shooting speed: approx. 2.5 fps (at 1/250 sec. or faster speeds)
Max. burst during continuous shooting: 4 shots

LCD monitor
Type: TFT color liquid-crystal monitor
Screen size: 1.8 inches
Pixels: approx. 118,000
Image coverage: approx. 100% with respect to the effective pixels
Brightness control: 5 levels

Playback
Image display format: Single image, single image (Info), magnified view (approx. 1.5x-10x), 9-image index, zoom in, autoplay, image rotation, and jump
Highlight alert: In the single image and single image (Info) modes, any overexposed highlight areas with no image infomation will blink.

Image protection and erase
Protection: Single images can be protected or cancelled.
Erase: Single image or all images in the CF card can be erased (except protected images).

Direct printing from the camera
Compatible printers: Canon card photo printers and Bubble Jet printers for direct printing from the camera
Printable images: JPEG images
Settings: print quantity, style (image, paper, borders, date), and trimming

Pictbridge
Compatible printers: PictBridge-compatible printers
Printable images: JPEG images
Settings: Date, printing effects (image optimization), print quantity, trimming, paper size, paper type, and page layout

Menus
Menu categories: Shooting menu, Playback menu Setup menu
LCD monitor language: 12 languages provided (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, and Japanese.)

Dimensions
Size (W x H x D): 142 x 99 x 72.9 mm
Weight: 560 g (body only)

Operating environment
Operating temperature range: 0 - 40C / 32 - 104F
Operating humidity range: 85% or lower

Battery charger CB-5L
Compatible batteries: Battery Pack BP-511/BP-512
Battery mount: 1
Power cord length: approx. 1.8 m / 5.9 ft.
Recharging time: approx. 90 min.
Rated input: AC 100-240 V (50/60 Hz)
Rated output: DC 8.4 V
Operating temperature range: 0 - 40C / 32 - 104F
Operating humidity range: 85% or lower
Dimensions (W x H x D): 91.0 x 32.3 x 67.0 mm
Weight: 105 g (excluding power cord)

Canon says that the EOS 300D is the most important consumer SLR camera since the AE-1 in 1976. Just as the AE-1 triggered an SLR revolution by being the world's 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.

The following is a an edited version of a press release from Canon

"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 that is affordable to a much wider range of consumers thanks to its significantly reduced price point.

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 Canon's renowned EF lenses. There are currently more than 60 lenses in the EF range.

An APS-C sized sensor gives the camera a 1.6x magnification over 35mm film format. A new EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 lens has been specially developed to provide EOS 300D users with the equivalent 28-90mm zoom range popular with 35mm film users. 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 recent converts from film cameras a familiar speed range.

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 camera's technical superiority is Canon's 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.

Shooting adaptability
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 to 30 seconds, bulb and high speed x-sync at 1/200 second. 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 in many regions 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.

A turning point in the history of photography

Six megapixel digital SLR for the consumer now a reality

Canon, leader in photographic and imaging technology, is pleased to

announce the launch of the EOS 300D 6.3 megapixel digital SLR. The lightest and most compact digital EOS camera ever is expected to ship with a recommended retail price of 899.99 including VAT for the body only, or 999.99 including VAT with the new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.

"Canon expects 400-500% growth in the digital SLR segment from 2002 to 2003 in terms of shipping volume*," 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 autofocus, 2.5 frame per second burst rate, 35-zone metering and the DIGIC (DIGital Imaging Core) image processor, into a camera that is affordable to a much wider range of consumers thanks to its significantly reduced price point.

Canon believes the EOS 300D to be the single most important consumer SLR camera since the AE1 in 1976. Just as the AE1 triggered an SLR revolution through being the world's 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, unrivaled 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 Canon's renowned EF lenses. There are currently more than 60 lenses in the EF range.

An APS-C sized sensor gives the camera a 1.6x magnification over 35mm film format. A new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens** has been specially developed in order to provide EOS 300D customers with the equivalent 28-90mm zoom range so popular with 35mm film EOS users. This lens takes advantage of the compact sensor size, employing a 'short back focus system' which mounts the lens closer to the sensor than in previous models. The result is high-quality images in a remarkably low weight, short-length lens.

The 6.3 megpaixel CMOS sensor on the EOS 300D is almost identical to that found in the award-winning EOS 10D which remains the benchmark for digital SLR image quality. ISO speeds of 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1600 are selectable, giving recent converts from film cameras a familiar speed range.

Print straight from the camera

The EOS 300D is the first digital EOS camera to support the vendor-independent 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 a standard USB cable. The camera's large 1.8" LCD is used to review photographs to be printed and set print variables.

Fast image processing with superb results

Underpinning the camera's technical superiority is Canon's high-speed DIGIC processor. In the days of film, image processing was the role of film companies and mini-labs. With digital, the camera handles this critical task. Complex algorithms required to accurately process functions such as white balance and colour rendition are integrated into the DIGIC processor, resulting in high quality 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 how DIGIC uses these technologies that gives the EOS 300D the edge".

Wide area, high-speed focusing

Seven selectable focusing points provide 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 'Through the Lens' 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.

Shooting adaptability

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, Type 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, and a wide embroidered anti-slip neck strap. An optional battery grip, BG-E1, will also be available. Purchase of the EOS 300D entitles customers to membership of the CANON iMAGE GATEWAY*** web portal for a 100MB 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

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