introduced March 2006

• 8.2 megapixel CMOS sensor
• 5 fps continuous shooting
• 2.5 inch LCD monitor
• Picture Style image processing parameters
• 9-point autofocus system
• DIGIC II processor
• RAW + JPEG image recording
• Strong magnesium alloy body
• USB 2.0 Hi-Speed & Video out interface
• E-TTL II autoflash system
• Compatible with EF and EF-S lenses
• Supplied with Digital Photo Professional software

The EOS 30D is a direct replacement for the EOS 20D, and is the digital equivalent of the analogue (film) EOS 30 and 30V. It is in the category above the entry-level EOS 350D, but below the EOS 5D category. It offers a high level of features in a robust yet compact camera body.

The EOS 30D will appeal to advanced enthusiasts and sem-professionals who want a camera which is more affordable than the EOS 5D.

The camera was announced on 21 February 2006 and should be on sale (body only) in March 2006 at a recommended retail price of 1099.99.

Kit versions will be available later (probably in May), with the camera + EF-S 18-55mm lens at 1179.99, and the camera + EF-S 17-85mm lens at 1539.99.

Image sensor
Type: 22.5 x 15.0mm CMOS
Effective pixels: approx. 8.20M
Total pixels: approx. 8.50M
Aspect ratio: 3:2
Low-pass filter: built-in/fixed
Colour filter type: primary colour

Image processor

Lens mount: EF/EF-S
Field-of-view factor: 1.6x that of an EF lens on a 35mm format camera

Type: TTL-CT-SIR with a CMOS sensor
AF points: 9
AF working range: EV –0.5 to 18 (at 20 degrees C and ISO100)
AF modes: 1) one-shot; 2) AI Focus; 3) AI Servo
AF point selection: 1) automatic; 2) manual
Selected AF point display: superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on top LCD panel
Predictive AF: yes
AF lock: locked when shutter button is pressed halfway in one-shot AF mode.
AF assist beam: intermittent firing of built-in flash
Manual focus: selected on lens

Exposure control
Metering type: TTL full aperture with 35-zone SPC
Metering modes: 1) evaluative (linked to any AF point); 2) partial (approx. 9% of viewfinder at centre); 3) spot (approx. 3.5% viewfinder at center); 4) centre-weighted average
Metering range: EV 1 to 20 (at 20 degrees C with 50mm f1.4 lens, ISO 100)
AE lock: 1) auto (operates in one-shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved); 2) manual (by AE lock button in creative zone modes)
Exposure compensation: 2 EV in 1/2 or 1/3-stop increments
Autoexposure bracketing (AEB): 2 EV in 1/2 or 1/3-stop increments
ISO speed equivalent: ISO 100-1600 (can be expanded to H: 3200)

Type: electronically-controlled, focal-plane
Speeds: 30 seconds to1/8000 second, bulb.
Shutter release: soft-touch electromagnetic release

White balance
Type: Auto white balance with the imaging sensor
Settings: AWB, daylight, shade, cloudy, tungsten, white fluorescent light, flash, custom, colour temperature setting.
White balance compensation: 1) blue/amber 9; 2) magenta/green 9.
WB bracketing: 3 stops in full stop increments (3 bracketed images per shutter release); selectable blue/amber bias or magenta/green bias.

Colour matrix
Type: 1) sRGB; 2) Adobe RGB

Type: pentaprism
Coverage (vertical/horizontal): approx. 95%
Magnification: 0.9x (with 50mm lens at infinity; -1 dioptre)
Eyepoint: 20mm
Dioptre correction: -3 to +1 dpt
Focusing screen: Fixed
Mirror: Quick-return half mirror (transmission:reflection ratio of 40:60)
Viewfinder information: 1) AF information (AF points, focus confirmation light); 2) exposure information (shutter speed, aperture value, AE lock, exposure level/compensation, spot metering circle, exposure warning, AEB); 3) flash information (flash ready, high-speed sync, FE lock, flash exposure compensation, FEB); 4) white balance correction; 5) maximum burst; 6) AF/MF confirmation; 7) CF card information
Depth-of-field preview: yes

LCD monitor
Monitor: 2.5 inch TFT (approx. 230,000 pixel)
Coverage: approx. 100% (for JPEG images)
Brightness: adjustable to one of five levels

Modes: 1) auto; 2) manual; 3) flash on/off; 4) red-eye reduction
Hot-shoe: yes
PC terminal: yes
X-sync: 1/250 second
Red-eye reduction: yes
Flash exposure compensation: 2EV in 1/2 or 1/3 increments
Flash exposure bracketing: yes
Flash exposure lock: yes
Second curtain synchronisation: yes
Built-in flash range: coverage up to 17mm focal length (27mm equivalent)
Guide number (ISO 100, metres): 13
External Flash: E-TTL II with EX series Speedlites; wireless multi-flash support

Modes: 1) auto; 2) portrait: 3) landscape: 4) close-up; 5) sports; 6) night portrait; 7) no flash; 8) program; 9) shutter priority; 10) aperture priority; 11) manual; 12) A-DEP
Photo Effects: Monochrome (selected from the Picture Style menu) with options for filters and toning effects
Drive modes: 1) single; 2) continuous L (approx. 3fps); 3) continuous H (approx. 5fps; continuous speed maintained for up to 30 images (Large/FineJPEG) or up to 10 images (RAW), depending on CompactFlash card speed and capacity

Image size (pixels): Large/Fine 3504x2336; Large/Normal 3504x2336; Medium/Fine 2544x1696; Medium/Normal 2544x1696; Small/Fine 1728x1152; Small/Normal 1728x1152; RAW 3504x2336
Compression: Fine, Normal, RAW (Canon RAW 2nd edition)

File format
Still image format: JPEG (Exif 2.21 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system (2.0), Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] version 1.1 compliant
RAW+JPEG simultaneous recording: Yes
Folders: folder creation and selection is possible
File Numbering: 1) consecutive numbering; 2) auto reset; 3) manual reset
Processing parameters: six Picture Style presets with and additional three user-defined settings

Direct print
Canon Printers: Canon compact photo printers and PIXMA printers supporting PictBridge
PictBridge: yes

Other features
Custom Functions: 19 custom functions with 53 settings
LCD panel (EL) illumination: yes
Water/dust resistance: no
Sound memo: no
Intelligent orientation sensor: yes
Histogram: 1) brightness; 2) RGB
Playback zoom: 1.5x to 10x
Display formats: 1) single image with information; 2) single image; 3) 9-image index; 4) magnified view
Image erase protection: erase protection of one image at a time
Image erase: 1) single image; 2) all
Self timer: approx. 10 seconds
Menu categories: 1) shooting; 2) playback; 3) setup
Menu languages: English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Russian
Firmware update: possible by the user

Computer: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (Mini-B, PTP)
Other: video output (PAL/ NTSC)

Memory card
Type: CompactFlash Type I or Type II (compatible with all memory card capacities, including cards of 2GB or more); Microdrive compatible

Supported operating systems
PC: Windows 98SE / 2000 / Me / XP
Macintosh: OS X v10.2 to v10.4

Browsing and printing: ZoomBrowser EX (ImageBrowser)
Other: PhotoStitch, Remote Capture
Drivers: TWAIN (Windows 98/2000), WIA (Windows Me/XP)
Image manipulation: Digital Photo Professional (Windows 2000/XP and Mac)

Power source
Batteries: rechargeable Li-ion battery BP-511/BP-511A or BP-512/BP-514 (BP-511A battery supplied), 1x CR2016 for date and settings
Battery check: automatic
Power saving: power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15 or 30 minutes (user selectable)
AC power supply: with optional Power Adapter AC-EK2

Case: Semi-Hard case EH17-L
Lenses: all EF, EF-S MP and TS-E lenses
Flash: Canon EX-series Speedlites; Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2
Battery Grip: BG-E2
Remote socket: N3 type contact
Power supply and battery chargers: AC Adapter Kit ACK-E2; Compact Power Adapter CA-PS400; Battery Charger CB-5L; Battery Charger CG-570; Car Battery Cable Kit CR-560; BP-511A

Physical specifications
Body materials: magnesium alloy and plastic
Operating environment: 0 to 40 degrees C; 85% or less humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD): 144 x 105.5 x 73.5mm
Weight (body only): approx. 705g

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21 February 2006

Canon upgrades best selling EOS 20D

Canon today announces the EOS 30D, replacing the award winning EOS 20D. Retaining the 5fps, 8.2 Megapixel performance of its predecessor, the upgraded camera enjoys a larger, wider viewing angle 2.5” LCD, extended 100,000 shutter cycle durability, spot metering, and a variety of refinements designed to enhance the photographic experience. Targeted at an increasingly discerning population of serious creative photographers, the EOS 30D replaces a camera that already claims a significant share of the Western Europe D-SLR market, which grew by 120% in the last 12 months*1.

EOS 30D body only €1,399

EOS 30D and EF-S 18-55mm lens €1,499

The EOS 30D features
• 8.2 Megapixel APS-C size CMOS sensor
• 5 fps and 30 large JPEG frame burst
• 2.5”, 230K pixel, 170 wide viewing angle LCD screen
• Picture Style image processing parameters
• Spot metering and High Precision 9-point AF system
• DIGIC II image processor with 0.15 sec start-up time
• Digital Photo Professional RAW processing software
• 100,000 cycle shutter durability and rugged magnesium alloy body
• Simultaneous RAW and JPEG recording
• Wide 100-3200 ISO range
• E-TTL II Flash
• PictBridge compatibility
• Complete compatibility with all Canon EF and EF-S lenses and EX-series Speedlites
• USB 2.0 Hi-Speed and Video Out connectivity

“A rapidly expanding population of serious and semi-commercial creative photographers is helping drive EOS growth,” said Mogens Jensen, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging Europe. “As well as putting many high-end pro features into their hands, the EOS 30D becomes a launching pad into the world’s most comprehensive interchangeable lens system and huge range of flash units and accessories.”

Improved performance

Many improvements over the EOS 20D are made in response to EOS 20D owner feedback. Along with the larger screen, improved durability and 3.5% area spot metering, these include Canon’s Picture Style pre-sets, Canon’s in-camera image processing standard. Picture Styles can be likened to selectable film types for different photographic expression (see appendix ‘Technologies Explained’). Frame rate is selectable between 5 and 3fps and photographers are given finer control over exposure, with ISO settings now adjustable by 1/3 stop increments rather than whole stops. A Print/Share button is included and the camera features new advanced PictBridge functionality . The maximum number of images in a folder is increased from 100 to 9,999, while the in-built flash has been upgraded to match the 100,000 shutter cycle durability, an increasingly important feature in the digital age.

Speed and image quality

The EOS 30D features Canon’s award winning CMOS sensor technology, with large 6.4m2 pixels for wide dynamic range with low noise. Any remaining fixed pattern and random noise is dealt with by on-chip noise elimination circuitry. A low-pass filter in front of the sensor reduces false colour and moir effects, while an infrared filter suppresses red fringing caused by sensor reflections and fog. The camera features Canon’s DIGIC II processor now found across the digital EOS range. DIGIC II maximises speed and image quality by processing uncompromisingly complex colour rendition algorithms, clearing the buffer at high speed. (For more on CMOS and DIGIC II, see appendix ‘Technologies Explained).

EOS: The system

One of the EOS 30D’s greatest advantages is the EOS system: compatibility with all Canon EF and EF-S lenses, EX-series Speedlites and EOS accessories such as the Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E1. The EOS 30D’s EF-S lens mount allows connection to Canon’s range of lighter and wider angle lenses, including the new wide aperture EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM standard zoom lens. Indicative of Canon’s commitment to lens development is the release today of the exceptionally fast EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM, for low light and extremely narrow depth of field photography. For high-speed processing of lossless RAW images and complete capture-to-print workflow management, the EOS 30D also comes with Canon’s latest Digital Photo Professional software (see appendix ‘Technologies Explained).

Battery grip

To extend the EOS 30D’s 750 shot *2 battery life and increase handling options, the camera is compatible with the BG-E2 battery grip. The BG-E2 takes two Lithium-Ion battery packs for up to 2,200 *3 frames or six AA batteries *4 in the supplied BGM-E2 battery magazine. For easy vertical shooting, the BG-E2 provides additional shutter release, main dial, AE lock/FE lock and AF point selection controls.

EOS Range

Canon’s current EOS range now includes:
EOS-1Ds Mark II      - 16.7 Megapixels, 4 fps
EOS-1D Mark II N    - 8.2 Megapixels, 8.5 fps
EOS 5D                  - 12.8 Megapixels, 3 fps
EOS 30D                - 8.2 Megapixels, 5fps
EOS 350D              - 8.0 Megapixels, 3fps


As well as the latest Digital Photo Professional RAW image processing software, the EOS 30D comes with Canon EOS Solution Disk, containing the new EOS Utility (integrating remote capture software), plus the latest versions of ZoomBrowser/ImageBrowser and PhotoStitch.

The EOS 30D includes membership of Canon’s online photo album, CANON iMAGE GATEWAY with 100MB of space for image uploads and photo sharing *5.

*1 GfK, EU11, 12 months until Nov 05, year on year

*2 According to tests carried out under CIPA industry standard test conditions

*3 When shooting at 20 without flash

*4 Shooting capacity with AA batteries is lower when compared with the Battery Pack BP-511A. See specifications for battery type compatibility

*5 CANON iMAGE GATEWAY is not available in all European countries, please see for available countries


Technologies Explained

Picture Style

Picture Style pre-sets simplify in-camera control over image quality. Picture Style pre-sets can be likened to different film types – each one offering a different colour response. Within each easily selectable pre-set, photographers have control over sharpness, contrast, colour tone and saturation. The camera’s factory default configuration is set to deliver immediately-usable JPEG images without need for additional menu settings. Picture Style presets applied to a RAW image do not degrade the image in any way and can be revised with Canon’s Digital Photo Professional software.

The six pre-sets include: Standard – for crisp, vivid images that don’t require post-processing; Portrait – optimises colour tone and saturation and weakens sharpening to achieve attractive skin tones; Landscape – for punchier greens and blues with stronger sharpening to give a crisp edge to mountain, tree and building outlines); Neutral – ideal for post-processing; Faithful – adjusts colour to match the subject colour when shot under a colour temperature of 5200K; Monochrome – for black and white shooting with a range of filter effects (yellow, orange, red and green) and toning effects (sepia, blue, purple and green). The User Defined pre-set can be used to store up to three customised pre-sets, or any of the pre-sets available for download from Canon’s web site.


Now found across the EOS range, DIGIC II is a purpose built, dedicated image processor responsible for the high speed calculations necessary in order to providing exceptionally accurate colour reproduction in real time. Canon’s second generation imaging engine, DIGIC II performs the duties of a number of separate processing units to speed processing, save space, and optimise battery life.

To avoid the trade off faced by other manufacturers between camera responsiveness and image quality, Canon has created a processor so fast it can read, process, compress and write image data back to the buffer between exposures. This allows for longer continuous bursts at maximum frame rates before the buffer fills. Moreover, each image can be subjected to the full complex processing algorithms required in order to deliver superb image quality.


Canon’s award winning CMOS technology is one of the company’s key competitive advantages. With noise reduction circuitry at each pixel site, Canon’s CMOS sensors have lower noise and lower power consumption characteristics than CCD sensors.

CCD sensors use a bucket relay system to transfer each pixel’s accumulated electrical charge to a corresponding gutter. The operation is time consuming and draws considerable power, which limits battery life and generates unwanted heat, further increasing noise and lowering image quality.

By contrast, signal conversion in Canon’s CMOS sensors is handled by the individual amplifiers at each pixel site. Unnecessary charge transfer operations are avoided, vastly speeding up the process of getting signal to the image processor. Noise generation is reduced and power consumption limited.

Digital Photo Professional Software

Digital Photo Professional software provides high-speed processing of lossless RAW images. Processing with Digital Photo Professional allows real-time display and immediate application of image adjustments, giving control over RAW image variables such as white balance, dynamic range, exposure compensation and colour tone. The camera JPEG images can be recorded in sRGB or Adobe RGB colour space, and the Digital Photo Professional application supports sRGB, Adobe RGB and Wide Gamut RGB colour spaces. An ICC (International Colour Consortium) profile attaches automatically to RAW images converted to TIFF or JPEG images. This allows faithful reproduction of colours in software applications that support ICC profiles, such as Adobe Photoshop. For improved efficiency, a set of image adjustments can be saved as a reciepe and applied to multiple images.

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