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introduced 2004

• Fastest AF speed in its class
• up to 3fps in One-shot mode
• top shutter speed of 1/4000 second
• Cross keys for AF point selection
• user-selectable AF modes
• safety shutter release lock
• six custom functions
• E-TTL II autoflash

A replacement for the EOS 300V, adding E-TTL II flash metering, plus a number of other improvements.

EOS magazine, September 2004, page 64

Type
Camera: 35mm single-lens reflex AF/AE camera with built-in winder and flash
Recording medium: 35mm film
Image size: 24 x 36mm
Lens mount: Canon EF metal mount

Viewfinder
Type: SLR-type eye-level mirror pentaprism
Focusing screen: New Laser-matte with seven AF points; fixed
Dioptre: standard ?1 dioptre with ?2.5 to +0.5 built-in dioptric correction
Eyepoint: 18.5mm
Coverage: 90% vertically and horizontally
Magnification: 0.7x (with 50mm lens at infinity)
Mirror: quick return half-mirror; no mirror cut-off with 300mm f2.8L + Extender or shorter lens; no mirror lock-up
Depth-of-field preview: enabled with depth-of-field preview button (Creative Zone modes only; not possible in Full Auto and PIC modes)
Eyepiece shutter: none (eyepiece cover is provided attached to camera strap)

Autofocus
Type: TTL-CT-SIR (through-the-lens secondary image registration, centre-cross type) with CMOS sensor
AF points: 7
Focusing modes:
• One-shot AF
• Predictive AI Servo AF
• AI Focus AF
• Manual
Focusing methods:
• automatic AF point selection
• manual AF point selection
AF point display:
• active AF point(s) flash in red in the AF frame (superimposed display)
• active AF point(s) indicated on the LCD panel
Focus confirmation:
• superimposed display; AF point mark on LCD panel
• focus confirmation light in viewfinder
• beeper (can be switched on/off in all shooting modes)
AF assist beam: intermittent firing of built-in flash (no light pattern); operates automatically in low light

Esposure control
Type: TTL full-aperture metering with a 35-zone SPC (silicon photocell)
Metering modes:
• evaluative (linkable to any AF point, automatically set in all shooting modes except manual (M)
• partial (at centre), approx. 9.5% of viewfinder, automatically set with AE Lock
• centreweighted average, automatically set in manual (M) mode
Shooting modes:
• intelligent shiftable program AE (P)
• shutter-priority AE (Tv)
• aperture-priority AE (Av)
• automatic depth-of-field AE (DEP)
• full Auto (Green square)
• programmed Image Control (PIC): portrait, landscape, close-up, sports, night portrait, flash off
• manual (M)
• E-TTL autoflash program AE
• A-TTL autoflash program AE
• TTL autoflash program AE
Metering range: EV 1 to 20 (with 50mm f1.4 lens, ISO 100)
Out-of-range warning: display blinks at 2Hz on external LCD panel and in viewfinder
Film speeds:
• automatic setting with DX code, ISO 25 to 5000 in 1/3-step increments
• manual setting ISO 6 to 6400 in 1/3-step increments
Exposure compensation:
• autoexposure bracketing, 2 stops in 1/2 stop increments (correct, under and over exposure), the sequence is take at the currently-set film advance mode
• manual exposure compensation (range and sequence as above)
AE Lock:
• automatic (set in One-shot AF mode when focus is achieved
• AE Lock button: operates in creative zone modes (except manual), automatically switches to partial metering at the centre; also functions as an FE Lock button when an EX-series Speedlite is used
Multiple exposures: up to 9 multiple exposures can set in creative zone modes

Shutter
Type: vertical-travel focal-plane shutter with all speeds electronically controlled; front and rear shutter curtains each have dedicated electromagnetic release control
Shutter release lock: shutter will not fire if no film is loaded or no lens is attached
Shutter speeds: 1/4000 second to 30 seconds (in 1/2-step increments), bulb; flash synchronization at 1/125 second
Shutter release: soft-touch electromagnetic; 2.5mm mini jack terminal for remote switch
Self-timer: 10 second delay, or 2 seconds with custom function; electronically controlled; self-timer lamp blinks during operation (2Hz for first 8 seconds, 8Hz for final 2 seconds); beeper sounds (frequency as self-timer lamp) if enabled; count down shown in LCD frame counter (10 to 1 in 1 second steps)
Camera shake warning: in Full Auto and Program Image Control (PIC) modes the shutter speed display blinks (at 2Hz) if the shutter speed is 0.5 stop slower than the reciprocal of the lens focal length

Film transport
Film loading: automatic sprocketless system
Film advance: automatic with a compact coreless motor and prewind system; not compatible with infrared film
Prewind time: approx. 7 seconds for 24-exposure film (with new batteries)
Prewind confirmation: film stops automatically and frame counter displays frame number; if an error occurs the film cartridge indicator on the LCD blinks (at 2Hz), the frame counter remains blank and all functions lock
Film advance modes:
• single frame advance
• continuous frame advance at up to 3fps
Film advance mode is automatically selected according to shooting mode
Film transport confirmation: the frame counter counts down
Film rewind system: automatic rewind with compact coreless motor; rewind is automatically activated after the final frame is taken; midroll rewind is also possible

Built-in flash
Type: serial-controlled, retractable E-TTL II autoflash (built into pentaprism)
Guide number: 13 (ISO 100, metres)
Recycling time: approx. 2 seconds
Flash-ready indicator: flash icon appears in viewfinder display
Flash coverage: 28mm lens
Flash firing:
• in creative zone modes, popping up the flash with pop-up button activates the flash for all exposures
• in some Full auto and Programmed image Control (PIC) modes the flash pops-up and fires automatically in low-light and backlit conditions
Flash output control: automatic flash output reduction for backlit conditions and fill-in flash
Red-eye reduction: red-eye reduction lamp lights for 1.5 seconds before flash fires
First and second curtain flash synchronisation: selectable with custom function

External speedlite
Flash contacts: on hot-shoe (with locking pin; PC terminal not provided
Auto flash operation:
• with EX-series Speedlites: E-TTL II autoflash and FE Lock
• with EZ-series Speedlites: A-TTL autoflash
• with E, ML-3 and 480EG Speedlites: TTL autoflash
• with M, T, A series Speedlites: manual or external flash metering required
• with non-dedicated flash: set shutter speed ot 1/90 second or slower (1/60 second or slower with studio flash)
Wireless flash: enabled with 580EX, 550EX, MR-14EX, MT-24EX and ST-E2
Flash exposure compensation: settable with 580EX, 550EX, MR-14EX, MT-24EX, 540EZ and 430EZ
Modelling flash: possible with 580EX, 550EX, MR-14EX, MT-24EX, 540EZ and 420EX (fired for approx. 1 second at 70Hz with the camera's depth-of-field preview button.

Other specifications
Back cover: opened with release lever; film check window provided; back cover not detachable
Power source: Two CR2 lithium batteries; AA-size batteries can be used with optional dedicated battery pack
Battery check: shown on LCD panel
Main switch: command dial set to off turns camera off
Camera orientation detection switch: provided
External display: large LCD on back cover
LCD panel illumination: 6 second illumination when panel illumination button is pressed
Body material: polycarbonate resin with glass fibr
Exterior colour: metallic silve
Size: 130 x 90 x 64mm
Weight: 365g (without batteries)

from EOS magazine September 2004

Canon's latest analogue (film) camera is the EOS 300X, which replaces the EOS 300V. It is an entry-level model which offers a remarkable range of features for the price.

The 7-point wide area autofocusing produces the fastest AF speed in its class. The AF points can be manually selected with new ergonomic cross keys which fall under the fingers for intuitive, one-hand operation.

The more compact body has an improved design and features a luxuriant dark metallic finish and a rubber skin on the grip. The durable body features a rugged metal lens mount.

A large 30x30mm illuminated LCD shows all key camera settings at a glance.

A shooting speed of 2.5 fps in AI Servo AF mode gives the camera class-leading predictive focus speed. The camera can shoot at up to 3 fps in One-shot AF mode.

Shutter speed is increased and now extends from 30 seconds to 1/4000 second, with flash synchronisation at 1/125 second. The shutter release and motor wind are both extremely quiet.

New flash metering
The EOS 300X uses Canon's new E-TTL II flash metering system for improved exposures with both the built-in flash and external EX Speedlites (see next page).

Wide focus
7-point wide-area autofocus (five horizontal points with one above and one below the centre point) ensures fast focusing, even with off-centre subjects The broad spread gives the EOS 300X the widest AF in its class.

Accurate metering
35-zone evaluative metering takes readings from across the entire frame to deliver consistently accurate exposures. An evaluation algorithm identifies and rejects readings from zones which are significantly brighter than the average. This improves exposures in difficult lighting situations.

Checks and balance
A safety release lock prevents the camera from firing when there is no film in the camera, and when there is no lens attached. A camera shake warning helps to prevent shots that might result in image blur.

Built-in flash
The built-in retractable flash has a guide number of 13 ((ISO 100, metres). It gives coverage for lenses to 28mm. In use, the flash head extends higher above the lens than on some earlier models, helping to reduce red-eye. The camera cam also be used with all EX Speedlites.

New standard zoom
The new EF 28-90mm f4-5.6 III lens is a lightweight compact zoom, developed as a best match for the EOS 300X. Designed to synchronise with the camera's autofocus algorithms, the camera/lens combination is capable of exceptionally fast autofocus. Using only lead-free glass, the lens incorporates an aspherical element for high corner-to-corner resolution throughout the entire zoom range. When sold as part of a kit with the EOS 300X, the lens will be supplied in an attractive silver finish to match that of the EOS 300X body. When sold separately, the lens will be supplied in a black finish.

20 August 2004

Canon upgrades Europe’s best selling analogue SLR

Canon, leader in photographic and imaging technology, today releases its latest analogue SLR camera, the EOS 300X. Replacing the popular EOS 300V, the EOS 300X produces the fastest AF speed in its class with 7-point wide area AF, while 2.5fps in AI servo AF mode gives the camera class-leading predictive focus speed. The camera can fire off up to 3fps in One Shot AF mode and Flash metering is upgraded to Canon’s new distance linked E-TTL II system. The camera will sell as body only, or as a kit with the new Canon EF 28-90mm f/4-5.6 III, which is compatible with the E-TTL II flash metering.

Shutter speed is increased and now extends from 30 sec to 1/4000 sec, with flash synchronization at 1/125 sec. AF points can be manually selected with new ergonomic cross keys, which fall under the fingers for intuitive, one hand operation. The more compact body has an improved ergonomic design and features a luxuriant dark metallic finish and a rubber skin on the grip. A large 30x30mm illuminated LCD shows all key camera controls at a glance, while the durable body features a rugged metal lens mount. Extremely quiet shutter release and motor wind makes the camera suited for shooting in situations where discretion is required.

“The EOS 300X succeeds the EOS 300V; Europe’s best selling analogue SLR camera for 15 consecutive months*. This launch confirms Canon’s commitment to film SLR photographers”, says Malcolm Hills, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging UK and Ireland. “Film continues to be the medium of choice for many photographers, who deserve the latest and best that technology has to offer”.

New E-TTL II flash metering

The EOS 300X employs the new E-TTL II metering system for high precision and stable exposures with both the built-in flash and external EX Speedlites. E-TTL II improves flash results by linking distance information to the metering sensor reading from the pre-flash. Flash calculation eliminates errors caused by subject reflection by ignoring highly reflective areas. The new system also allows pre-focus to be used to alter composition without risking under or over exposure caused by not having a subject in the focus point. The new exposure algorithm also exposes white objects more correctly, resulting in more natural exposures of subjects such as wedding dresses and china.

Wide focus

7-point wide area autofocus (five horizontal focusing points with two above/below the centre point) ensures rapid focus establishment, even with non-centered subjects. Points are selectable, their position superimposed in the viewfinder for easy navigation. The broad spread of focusing points gives the EOS 300X the widest AF area in its class. The AF mode select button switches between One-Shot AF (for static subjects), AI Servo AF (for predictive tracking of approaching or receding subjects) and AI Focus AF which automatically switches between One-Shot and Servo modes, depending on the subject’s movement. To accommodate prescription glass wearers, a dioptirc adjustment allows the viewfinder focus to be altered from -2.5 to +0.5.

Accurate Metering

35-zone evaluative light metering uses significantly more metering zones than competing brands, taking readings from across the entire frame to deliver consistently accurate exposures. An evaluation algorithm identifies and subsequently rejects particularly bright zones. This lessens the chance of irregular exposures and assures balanced exposure – even in difficult light situations. Exposure modes include Program (P), Shutter priority (Tv), Aperture priority (Av) and Manual (M), and Auto Depth-of-field (A-Dep). A-Dep measures closest and furthest focusing points in the frame before selecting the best settings for optimum depth-of-field. Six PIC program modes include Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, and Night Portrait. Shutter speeds range from 1/4000th to 30 seconds, as well as bulb exposure. Users can set six custom functions to recall favourite settings from a range of 12 variables, including first or second curtain flash, 2 or 10 second self-timer delay, and an automatic or fixed 1/125 sec flash sync speed in the Av mode. This feature allows the flash to be synchronized to 1/125th shutter speed, with the aperture fixed to the user’s preferred setting.

Checks and balance

A safety release lock (SRL) function prevents the camera from firing if there is no film in the camera or if there is no lens attached. A camera shake warning helps prevent shots that might results in image blur.

Powerful flash

The powerful built-in retractable flash has a guide number of 13 and delivers a wide angle of coverage, suitable for lenses to 28mm. When in use, the flash head extends high above the lens, helping to eliminate lens shadow and reduce red-eye. As with all EOS cameras, the EOS 300X is compatible with all current EX Speedlite flash units.

New lens

The EF 28-90mm f/4-5.6 III is a lightweight, compact standard zoom lens, developed as a best match for the EOS 300X. Designed to synchronise perfectly with the camera’s auto focus algorithms, the camera/lens combination is capable of exceptionally fast auto focus. It also passes distance information back to the camera for use by the E-TTL II flash metering. Using only lead-free glass, the lens incorporates an aspherical element for high corner-to-corner resolution throughout the entire zoom range. When kitted with the EOS 300X, the lens is available in an attractive silver finish to match that of the EOS 300X body. A black version will be available when sold separately.

Accessories and additional lenses

As with all EOS cameras, the EOS 300X is compatible with any of the more than 60 lenses in Canon’s EF range**. Optional extras include a battery pack BP-220, soft case EH-15L and remote controllers RC-1 and RC-5, and the vast array of EOS systems accessories.

*Data source: GKF, representative of 11 Western European countries, Feb 2003 to May 2004

**All EF lenses, excluding EF-S lenses

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