introduced 1999 - discontinued 2001
Replacement for the EOS 5000, but actually an updated version of the EOS 500. No longer an 'automatic-only' camera, the EOS 3000 provides a full range of basic functions, including manual, and is an excellent entry-level model. Sold in Asia as the EOS 88 (where eight is considered to be a lucky number).
EOS magazine, March 1999, page 8
Type and major components
Type: 35mm autofocus, autoexposure single-lens reflex with focal-plane shutter, built-in flash and built-in motor drive
Picture size: 24 x 36 mm
Lens mount: Canon EF mount
Eye-level pentaprism (non-interchangeable)
Picture coverage: 90 percent vertically and horizontally
Magnification: 0.70x (with 50mm lens at infinity)
Standard dioptre: -1 dioptre (18.5mm eye relief)
Fixed focusing screen (New Laser-matte marked with focus points and partial metering circle)
Viewfinder information includes shutter speed, aperture, AE Lock, Red-eye reduction indicator, flash ready signal, exposure compensation scale, in-focus indicator (viewfinder display cannot be switched off)
Mirror: Quick-return half mirror (transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60); viewfinder blackout time of 360ms or shorter at 1/60 second and faster speeds.
Mirror vignetting: no vignetting up to EF 200mm f5.6 (or EF 80-200mm f4.5-5.6 at 200mm), except for the EF 50mm f1.0L lens.
Depth-of-field preview: not provided
Eyepiece shutter: not built-in (accessory eyepiece cover is attached to camera strap)
Exposure metering: TTL maximum aperture metering with a 6-zone silicon photocell. There are two metering modes:
• Evaluative metering
• Partial metering (approx. 9.5% of viewfinder at centre)
Partial metering is set in the Program Image Control (PIC) modes (except A-DEP) and during AE Lock.
Metering is activated when the shutter button is partially depressed, and continues for 6 seconds after the shutter button is released.
Incorrect exposure is indicated by a 'blinking' display on the external LCD and in the viewfinder.
• Intelligent Program AE (shiftable)
• Shutter speed-priority AE
• Aperture-priority AE
• Full Auto
• Program Image Control (Portrait, Landscape, Close-up. Sports)
• Auto DEP
• TTL program flash AE
• A-TTL program flash AE
• Metered Manual
E-TTL autoflash is not available
Metering Range: EV 2-20 (at 20°C/68°F with 50mm f1.4 lens, ISO 100)
ISO film speed range:
ISO 25 to5000 (set automatically with DX-coded film at ISO 25-5000)
ISO 6 to 6400 (set manually in 1/3 stop increments)
Exposure compensation: set manually up to +/- 2 stops in 0.5 stop increments (only available in Creative Zone modes. AEB is not provided.
AE Lock: enabled with the AE Lock button (camera automatically switches to partial metering mode). Settable only in Creative Zone modes. AF Lock sets AE Lock automatically.
Multiple exposures: Maximum 9 multiple exposures. Cancels automatically after all multiple exposures are taken. (Cancellable and resettable at any time.) Settable only in Creative Zone modes.
Autofocus: TTL-SIR (through-the-lens secondary image registration). Three focus points.
AF working range: EV 1.5-18 (at ISO 100)
Focusing modes: one of the following two modes is set automatically (not user-selectable) to suit the picture-taking mode.
• One-Shot AF: autofocus stops when focus is achieved; AF lock enabled; shutter releases only when focus is achieved
• AI Servo AF (switches automatically between One-shot AF and Predictive AF). For still subjects: when focus is achieved, AF operation stops and focus is locked. For moving subjects: AF continuously tracks subject movement.
• Manual focusing: enabled with the focusing ring when the lens focus mode switch is set to MF (or M). The three focus points serve as a focusing aid.
In-focus indicator: lights in viewfinder and beeps (beeper can be disabled in Creative Zone modes).
Focusing point selection: automatic by camera (not user selectable, except that use of partial metering selects centre focus point).
AF-assist beam: built-in tungsten lamp; lights automatically when required (EV 3 to 5 at ISO 100 or slower). Range: 4 metres at centre and 2.5 metres at sides.
Shutter: Vertical-travel, focal-plane shutter with all speeds electronically-controlled
Shutter speeds: 30 seconds to 1/2000 second in 1/2-stops; X-sync at 1/90 second; bulb
Shutter release: soft-touch electromagnetic release. 2.5mm mini-jack terminal provided for Remote Switch RS-60E3
Self-timer: electronically-controlled with 10 second or 2 second delay; operation indicated by electronic beeper (at 2Hz, then at 8Hz for the final two seconds); self-timer countdown on LCD panel; useable in all shooting modes; self-timer cancellable by turning Command Dial to L
Camera shake warning: provided for Full Auto and Program Image Control modes (if the shutter speed is slower than the reciprocal of the lens focal length by 0.5 steps or more, the shutter speed display blinks)
Film loading: prewind system; automatic take-up with sprocketed spool. Prewind time: 9 seconds for 24-exposures.
Film advance system: automatic film advance with built-in motor. Film advance at approx. 1fps.
Film advance modes: single or continuous film advance set automatically to suit the picture-taking mode
Film rewind system: film is rewound into cassette as film advances from frame to frame.
Midroll rewind: provided
Frame counter: electronic numeric counter on external LCD; counts up during prewinding and counts down during film advance or midroll rewind.
Built-in flash: retractable TTL autoflash head in pentaprism. Manual pop-up and retraction (in PIC modes, a flash required warning blinks in viewfinder display)
Flash exposure system: TTL off-the-film, 3-zone, autoflash metering linked to focusing points.
• in Creative Zone modes, flash fires every time when popped up.
• in Full Auto and PIC modes, flash only fires in low-light and back-lit situations when popped up
Guide number: 12 (ISO 100, metres)
Effective range: up to 4.2 metres with ISO 100 negative film.
Flash output control: automatic flash output reduction for backlighting and fill-in flash.
Flash exposure compensation: not provided
Correct flash exposure indicator: not provided
Flash duration: 1 ms or less
Recycling time: approx. 2 seconds
Coverage: down to focal lengths of 28mm
• automatically set to 1/90 second in Program AE mode
• can be set between 30 seconds and 1/90 second in Tv and Manual modes
• automatically set between 30 seconds and 1/90 second in Av mode.
Red-eye reduction: selectable. Tungsten lamp (also serves as AF-assist lamp) lights for approx. 1.25 seconds. Operates in all picture-taking modes.
External flash unit compatibility: attaching an external Speedlite via hot-shoe disables the built-in flash, giving priority to the Speedlite. No PC socket. All Speedlites can be used, but E-TTL flash is not available.
Custom Functions: none
LCD panel: display includes shutter speed, aperture, frame counter, film speed, exposure scale and battery check, together with red-eye reduction lamp, self-timer, film status, beeper and multiple exposure icons
Remote control: 2.5mm mini-jack socket accepts Remote Switch RS-60E3
Interchangeable grip: none (Battery Pack BP-8 attachable)
• two CR123A lithium batteries housed in the camera grip;
• with Battery Pack BP-8, 4 size-AA alkaline batteries
Battery check: four-stage battery level indicated on external LCD when camera is swtched on
Camera back: non-interchangeable
Dimensions: 145 (W) x 92 (H) x 61.9 (D) mm
Weight: 350g (excluding battery)
Compatible accessories include:
• Semi-hard case EH8-L/LL
• Wide strap EW-100
• Battery Pack BP-8
• Tripod Grip GR-80TP
• EF lenses
• EZ, EG and E-series Speedlites
• EX-series Speedlites (with TTL-flash only)
• Macro Ring Lite ML-3
• Remote Switch RS-60E3
• Eyecup Eb
• Dioptric Correction lenses E
• Angle Finder B
• Eyepiece Extender EP-EX15
Canon extends 3 series two new models
Choosing a new EOS camera has just become more difficult. Two new cameras from Canon update and improve existing models, making the choice of an entry-level camera less clear cut.
For nearly four years, Canon's basic SLR model has been the EOS 5000. This offered good value at under £200, but was an automatic-only camera. You could choose between Full Auto, shutter priority and four image control modes ? but there was no manual shooting mode, and no aperture priority mode. For this reason, we were hesitant to suggest it as an entry-level camera ? anyone who became enthusiastic about photography would probably want to change to a more advanced model within a few months.
Now the EOS 5000 is being replaced by the EOS 3000 ? a camera we will be happy to recommend as a first-class entry-level budget model. The EOS 3000 has a complete range of shooting modes, including manual.
What Canon has done, in fact, is to give the EOS 3000 a specification similar to that of the EOS 500, which was the world's best-selling SLR camera between 1993 and 1996.
The EOS 500 was replaced by the EOS 500N, which introduced a 'retro-style' facelift, and a few new features. However, the EOS 3000 is now snapping at its heels in terms of specification. To overcome this situation, Canon has introduced the EOS 300.
The EOS 300 has been designed as the leading AF SLR in its class, and we expect it to take over from the EOS 500/500N as the world's best-selling SLR camera.
Where does this leave owners of earlier EOS cameras? If you have an EOS 500 or 500N, there are some attractive new features on the EOS 300, but you are probably dreaming of an EOS 50 or 50E ? or even the EOS 3 ? as your next model.
EOS 5000 owners who want an expanded specification should certainly consider the EOS 300 ? they are unlikely to be disappointed.
If you want to replace the EOS 5, it is a small step to the EOS 50E, but you would do well to consider the EOS 3.
If you are ready to change an earlier camera, such as the EOS 1000, 100, 10, 600, 620 or 650, the EOS 300 will give you similar or better features in a smaller, lighter body.
The design of the EOS 3000 is based on the popular EOS 1000 series, making it light, small and easy to operate. However, the major specifications are similar to those of the EOS 500 ? the main difference is that the built-in flash requires manual pop-up, whereas the EOS 500 flash pops-up automatically in low light.
The EOS 5000, which is replaced by the EOS 3000, is a relatively basic camera, with a single control dial. The dial offers a range of shutter speeds for shutter priority metering, plus four PIC modes. The EOS 3000 uses the more familiar 2-dial layout ? a control dial and an input dial. The control dial now has a full range of creative zone shooting modes, including Program, aperture-priority, A-DEP and manual, in addition to PIC modes.
There is a lot more data provided, too. The EOS 5000 has a small external LCD panel which shows just the frame counter, aperture, self-timer countdown and battery check. The EOS 3000 goes for a larger, more complete readout, adding information about all the other camera settings. The viewfinder readout, which only offers four signals in the EOS 5000, has now become a full readout of data along the bottom of the finder in the EOS 3000.
18th February 1999
Canon introduces the easy to use ultra-compact EOS 3000
Canon has introduced the EOS 3000, based on the best selling EOS 5000, with new improvements and features; such as more picture-taking modes, increased viewfinder exposure information, wider range of slow shutter speeds and finer increments, built-in flash, and AF in-focus bleeper.
The EOS 3000 is slim and lightweight weighting just 345g. The redesigned camera offers a more curved body, and the command dial is larger and easier to use.
The EOS 3000 uses a multi-basis focusing system. A vertical focusing sensor is positioned on either side of the central cross-type BASIS focusing sensor. This provides wide-area, three-point focusing, making it easier to keep moving subjects within AF frame. It also prevents out-of-focus images with off-centre subjects.
Exposure metering is performed using 6-zone evaluative metering, partial metering at centre, and centre weighted averaging metering system. Evaluative metering takes readings from the zones of the viewfinder and compares the results with built-in pre-defined patterns. The camera recognizes difficult lighting situations such as backlighting and adjusts the exposure accordingly.
The camera also features a retractable TTL auto exposure flash unit. When shooting in low light or back-lit situation in Full auto, Portrait or Close-up PIC modes, the flash automatically pops up and fires as the exposure is made. In other modes, the flash can be popped up by pressing the flash switch.
The TTL-flash exposure system measures light reflected off the film plane. A four-zone sensor provides three-point evaluated flash metering. This places greatest emphasis on the subject area corresponding to the selected format.
The EOS 3000 has a red-eye reduction mode, and the built-in flash has a guide number of 12 (ISO 100m) with an illumination angle great enough to cover the field-of-view of a 28mm lens.
The EOS 3000 incorporates a quiet film transport facility and film advance with a speed of one frame per second.
It accepts the full range of EF autofocus lenses and two focusing modes are available – One Shot AF and One Shot AF/A1 auto switching. These are selected automatically by the camera according to the shooting mode. Manual focusing is also possible. In this modem, only the centre focusing point is operational.
The EOS 3000 uses the familiar Canon command dial for the easy selection of operating modes. Four PIC (Programme Image Control) modes are available covering Portrait, Landscape, Close-up and Sports. A full auto mode provides general settings to suit most subjects.
The intelligent program AE mode features a Program Shift Function. If the shutter release button is partially depressed and the electronic input dial rotated, the selected shutter speed and aperture combination can be changed while maintaining the same exposure.
An Auto Depth mode allows the camera to automatically set an aperture which will bring all three focusing points of the subject area within the depth-of-field. Also included on the command dial of the EOS 3000 is P mode, for Intelligent Program AE whereby the camera will set both the shutter speed and aperture for the exposure. AV mode for the aperture priority selects the best shutter speed for correct exposure, and M for manual co