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introduced 2000

At the time of launch, this was the world's smallest and lightest 3-megapixel SLR. It introduced digital SLR photography to the consumer market.

EOS magazine, June 2000, page 6

Type
Type: Single-lens reflex AE-AF digital camera with built-in flash and focal plane shutter (vertical travel), 36-bit full colour (RGB each 12-bit), single-shot CMOS direct imaging sensor
Picture size: 22.7 x 15.1 mm (0.89 x 0.59 in)
Compatible lenses: Canon EF lens group
Lens mount: Canon EF mount
Lens focal length: 1.6x indicated lens focal length (approx.)

Imaging element
Type: High-sensitivity, high-resolution, large single-plate CMOS sensor
Effective sensor size: 22.7 x 15.1 mm (0.89 x 0.59 in) (Advanced Photo System C print type equivalent)
Pixel count: total - 3.25 million pixels (2226 x 1460); effective - approx. 3.11 million pixels (2160 x 1440)
Aspect ratio: 2:3
Colour filter method: Primary colour filter
Low-pass filter: Positioned on front surface of imaging element, non-removable

LCD Monitor
Type: TFT-type colour LCD monitor
Picture size: 1.8-inch
Pixel count: approx. 114,000 pixels
Brightness adjustment: 2 levels - Standard or Bright (select by menu function)

Recording Method
Recording media: CF card (Type I or 11)
Recording format type: Design rule for Camera File System
Recording formats: JPEG, RAW
Recording capacity:
• Large/Fine: 12
• Large/Normal: 22
• Small/Fine: 22
• Small/Normal: 40
• RAW: 4 (with 16-Mbyte CF card)
Parameters: Standard parameters plus three types of custom parameters selected by the use

Auto Focus
AF Type: multi-BASIS TTL-CT-SIR type (TTL secondary image registration)
Focusing points: 3-point([ + ])
AF working range: EV 2 to EV 18 (ISO 100)
Focusing point selection:
• Automatic selection by camera
• Manual 1-point selection
Focusing modes:
• One-shot AF (AF locks when focus is achieved; shutter can be released only when focus is achieved
• Al servo AF (tracks subject movement until the moment of exposure; includes predictive function; shutter can be released anytime regardless of focus, indicator blinks at 8 Hz if focus fails
•AI focus AF (automatically switches between One-shot AF mode and Al Servo AF
• Manual focus (when focusing mode switch on lens is set to MF (or M), manual focusing ring can be used)
AF-assist light: Lamp illumination type; built-in AF-assist light emitted automatically according to conditions; effective distance of approx. 3.8 metres (12.5ft) from centre of viewfinder

White Balance
Type: Automatic white balance using imaging element
Setting method:
• Automatic setting;
• Manual setting
Manual white balance: Available (set from Menu function)

Viewfinder
Type: Eye-ievel type with pentaprism
Standard diopter: -1 dioptre (eye relief 20mm)
Diopter adjustment range: -3 to + 1 dioptre
Picture coverage: 95% vertically and horizontally
Magnification: 0.88x (at -1 dioptre, 50mm lens at infinity)
Viewfinder information: Shutter speed, aperture value, FEL indicator, AE/FE lock, focusing point indicator, exposure level, AE exposure compensation amount, flash exposure compensation amount, manual exposure level, AEB level, elapsed time of red-eye reduction lamp operation, flash ready, high-speed sync, AF/MF in-focus indicator
Mirror: Quick-return half mirror (mirror blackout: none up to EF 600mm F4L IS USM lens)
Depth-of-field preview: Press depth-of-field preview button

Exposure Control
Method: 35-zone SPC and TTL open metering
• Evaluative metering
• Centre partial metering (approx. 9.5% viewfinder area)
• Centre-weighted average value metering
Exposure modes:
• Program AE (shifltable)
• Shutter speed-priority AK
• Aperture-priority AK
• Auto depth-of-field priority AK
• Full Auto mode
• Program AE Image Control modes (five types: Portrait/Landscape/Close-up/Sports/Night scene),
• Manual
• E-TTL autoflash program flash AE (High-speed sync, FE lock)
Metering range: EV 2 to EV 20 (at room temperature with 50mm F1.4 lens at ISO 100)
ISO speed range: equivalent to 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Exposure compensation:
• AEB 2 stops in 1/2 or 1/3 stop increments (correct exposure, underexposure, over exposure)
• Manual compensation: 2 stops in 1/2 or 1/3 stop increments
AE Lock:
• Auto AE lock
• Press AE Lock button (centre partial metering and AE lock)

Shutter
Type: Vertical-travel focal-plane shutter with all speeds controlled electronically
Shutter speeds: 1/4000 to 30 second, bulb, X-sync at 1/200 second
Shutter release: soft-touch electromagnetic release
Self-timer: electronically controlled, 10-second delay

Drive
Drive modes:
• Single-shot
• Continuous
• Self-timer (10 seconds)
Number of continuous images: approximately 3 images per second, to a maximum of 8 images (One Shot, in Large/Fine format)

Built-in flash
Type: Retractable E-TTL autoflash and auto pop-up flash
Guide Number: 12 (at ISO 100, metres); 39 (at ISO 100, feet)
Recycling time: approx. 3 seconds
Flash ready indicator: flash ready icon lights in viewfinder
Flash coverage: covers field equivalent to a focal length of 18mm
Flash adjustment: E-TTL autoflash (preflash for metering and focus)
Flash level control: automatic reduction in backlit conditions or for fill flash
Exposure compensation: 2 stops in 1/2 or 1/3 stop increments

Playback and Erase Functions
Playback modes:
• Single image
• Index display
• Eniargement
• Auto playback
Erase:
• Single image
• All (except protected images)

Power Supply
Battery: operates from one BP-511 Battery Pack (lithium ion battery)
Number of images that can be taken (with a fully-charged battery):
680 (no flash, normal temperature)
480 (no flash, low temperature)
540 (50% flash, normal temperature)
400 (50% flash, low temperature)
Battery check: 3-stage battery check icon on LCD panel
Power-saving functions: set by menu function
Backup battery: one CR2025 lithium button battery (stores settings for menu functions)
Backup battery warning: change message displayed on LCD panel.

Camera Body
Flash contacts:
• Accessory shoe: X-sync contacts
• Sync terminal (with locking thread) on lower corner of camera body
External flash system compatibility: compatible with E-TTL auto sync
Red-eye reduction function: built-in flash illumination type, switches On/Off in all modes.
Interfaces: USB/CF card slot (Type I, Il)/Video output (NTSC/PAL)
Remote jack: N3 type
Dimensions (w x h x d): 149.5 x 106.5 x 75 mm (5.89 x 4.19 x 3.0 inches)
Weight: 750g (excluding battery pack, CF card, backup battery)
Operating temperature range: 0C to +40C (32F to 104F)
Operating humidity range: 85% or lower

CA-PS400 Compact Power Adapter
Compatible battery: Battery pack BP-511
Compatible DC coupler: DR-400
Battery mounts: two (battery packs cannot be charged when the DC coupler is connected)
Power cord length: approx. 1.8 m
Charging time: approx. 90 minutes per battery pack
Rated input/frequency: 100-240 V AC, 50/60 Hz
Rated output:
Charging: 8.4 V DC
When the coupler is connected: 8.1 V DC
Operating temperature: 0C to +40C (32F to 104F)
Operating humidity range: less than 85%
Dimensions (w x h x d): 100 x 51 x 133 mm (3.94 x 2.0 x 5.24 inches)
Weight: 285 g (10.1 oz) (when the cord is not connected)

DR-400 DC Coupler
Compatible adapter: Compact power adapter CA-PS400
Compatible camera: EOS D30
Rated input voltage: 6.3 to 10.5 V DC
Rated output voltage: 6.3 to 10.5 V DC
Cord length: approx. 1.8 m (5.9 ft)
Operating temperature: 0C to +40C (32F to 104F)
Operating humidity range: less than 85%
Dimensions (w x h x d): 38.4 x 21 x 55.3 mm (1.51 x 0.83 x 2.18 inches)
Weight: 110 g (3.9 oz)

The world's smallest and lightest 3 million pixel digital SLR camera

In a series of worldwide press conferences on 17 May 2000, Canon gave further details of its new digital SLR camera.

The camera was previewed at the Photo Marketing Association (PMA) convention in Las Vegas last February. However, the product was displayed behind glass, with very little information available.

We can now reveal that the camera is called the EOS D30 and will cost around 2200 (body only). It is compatible with the full range of EF lenses and some other EOS accessories. Canon says that the camera should be available from mid-August 2000.

The camera is the world's smallest and lightest digital single-lens reflex camera with interchangeable lenses (as at 8 May 2000). A stainless steel chassis and an external cover moulded from strong plastic provide durability.

The imaging element is a 3.25 million pixel CMOS sensor. The imaging area is approximately 15 x 23mm, similar to the Classic format of APS cameras. This means that lenses used on the D30 show a telephoto effect compared with their use on 35mm EOS cameras.

The camera body is a new design ? it is not based on any previous EOS model. However, many of the features, such as the Command dial, input dial and top-plate LCD panel will be familiar to EOS users.

EOS magazine handled one of the cameras at the UK press conference and was able to take pictures simply by setting the Command dial to Full Auto (the green square position) and pressing the shutter release. We would need to read the instruction book, though, to make full use of the buttons and dials associated with the digital imaging side of the camera!

Viewing and composing the image is done through a conventional SLR viewfinder. The image is formed by the same lens that is used for the captured image, so what you see is almost what you get (viewfinder coverage is 95%).

Image data is recorded on CompactFlash cards. Between 4 and 40 images can be stored on one 16Mb card, depending on the compression level used. The D30 is compatible with Type I and Type II cards, which means that the IBM Microdrive and other high-capacity storage media can be used.

A 1.8 inch colour LCD monitor screen on the back of the camera serves two purposes. First, it shows an extensive range of menu items, which give you full control over the camera and its imaging options. Second, it displays the image just taken, and can be used to review other images on the CompactFlash card loaded in the camera. The colour LCD does not show a real time view of the image before the exposure ? you use the optical viewfinder for composing the image.

Other features include:
• 3-point autofocus
• 35-zone evaluative metering sensor
• full range of AE shooting modes, including Full Auto, Program (shiftable), shutter-speed priority, aperture priority, Auto depth-of-field, Program AE Image Control (Portrait, Landscape, Close-up/Sports, Night Scene), Manual, E-TTL autoflash
• built-in E-TTL flash (the first EOS camera with built-in flash that is not TTL)
• continuous shooting of up to about 8 frames at 3 frames per second
• Equivalent ISO speed range from 100 to 1600
• Auto exposure bracketing (2 stops)
• Manual exposure compensation (2 stops)
• Shutter speeds from 1/4000 second to 30 seconds, plus bulb; X-sync at 1/200 second

Power for all these operations comes from one BP-511 lithium ion battery pack. This should be good for around 540 shots, depending on usage. Also available for extended shooting is the optional Battery Grip BG-ED3, which accommodates two of the BP-511 battery packs, or you can run the camera directly from a mains power supply via DC Coupler DR-400 and Compact Power Adaptor CA-PS400.

Canon says it has developed the EOS D30 "to satisfy a wide range of uses from advanced amateur photographers to business use", but we suspect that it will also prove popular with some professional photographers who are looking for an entry into the world of digital imaging.

Canon unveils the world's smallest and lightest three megapixel digital SLR camera

Canon has introduced a new affordably priced three magapixel-class digital SLR camera that features a large-area CMOS sensor and accommodates the entire line-up of Canon EF lenses: the Canon EOS D30.

Canon's previously released professional digital SLR cameras - the EOS D2000 and EOS D6000, based on the company's autofocus SLR EOS-series flagship-model EOS 1N - have garnered accolades in such diverse fields as journalism, medicine and publishing. Demand among general EOS users, however, has been on the rise for an affordably priced digital SLR camera offering high cost performance that can be used for leisure photo taking as well as in the workplace.

The new Canon EOS D30, developed to satisfy a wide range of users from advanced amateur photographers to business use, represents the standard in next-generation digital SLR cameras. The model combines outstanding image quality with creative photographic functions at a manufacturer's suggested price of approximately 2,200.

The imaging element comprises a proprietary 3.25 million pixel large-area CMOS sensor* developed by Canon, an RGB colour filter and a newly designed digital image-processing LSI, making possible high resolution and faithful colour reproduction. It incorporates the same mode settings and dial operation utilised in the EOS series and offers compatibility with Canon's extensive line-up of EF lenses, ensuring ease of use for anyone familiar with using EOS cameras.

Featuring basic EOS styling with an optimised layout for digital functionality, the EOS D30's compact design distinguishes the model as the world's smallest and lightest digital single-lens reflex camera with interchangeable lenses**. Furthermore, the camera's stainless steel chassis and an external cover moulded from lightweight, exceptionally strong engineering plastics realise a camera body that is both lightweight and highly durable.

Basic features include high-speed, high-performance three-point autofocus; a range of shooting modes, including five programmed Image Control modes; a 35-zone evaluative metering sensor that is linked to each focusing point; and - marking a first in an EOS-series camera - a built-in E-TTL (Evaluative Through-the-Lens) flash system. The camera enables high-speed shooting of up to approximately eight continuous images at a speed of approximately three images per second. The extensive functionality offered by the EOS D30 provides photographers with the versatility to achieve the creative images they seek.

The 1.8" LCD monitor located on the back of the camera permits the viewing of captured images. It can also be used to display such information as the shutter speed, aperture value, exposure mode and histogram, which shows the distribution of signal levels from shadows to highlights, for each image.

Image data is stored on CompactFlash cards, permitting the storage of up to approximately 12 images*** on a 16MB card when shooting in the 'Large/Normal' mode. The model ships with one 16MB CompactFlash card. The EOS D30 is also compatible with CompactFlash Type II, enabling users to take advantage of the IBM Microdrive and other high-capacity Battery Pack BP-511, which is included with the unit, provides enough power to take up to approximately 540 shots**** (at full charge, 'Large/Fine' mode). For extended shooting the optional Battery Grip BG-E3, which accommodates two battery packs, can be used.

The Canon EOS D30 will be available from mid-August at approximately 2,200.

 

* Effective sensor size: 15.1x22.7mm

** As of 8 May 2000

*** Storage performance may vary depending on image data

**** No details given??

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