introduced 2001 - discontinued 2003

• Manual focusing point selection provided (only automatic selection available on the EOS 3000)
• In-focus focusing point displayed
• Night Scene mode provided
• E-TTL autoflash metering with EX Speedlites
• AEB provided
• Function settings (red-eye reduction, beeper, multiple exposure, AEB) provided
• Silver metallic finish

Replacement for the EOS 3000. Additional features include E-TTL metering with EX Speedlites, manual focusing point selection, display of in-focus focusing point, Night Scene in PIC modes, function settings (red-eye reduction, beeper, multiple exposure, autoexposure bracketing, and silver metallic finish Sold in Asia as the EOS 66.

EOS magazine, September 2001, 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, Focusing point icon, Red-eye reduction indicator, flash ready signal, exposure compensation scale, AEB level, manual exposure level, in-focus indicator, High-speed synchronization 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 control
Exposure metering: TTL maximum aperture metering with a 6-zone silicon photocell. There are two metering modes:
• Evaluative metering (linked to all focusing points)
• 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.
• Centre-weighted average metering (set automatically in Manual mode)
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.
Shooting modes:
• Intelligent Program AE (shiftable)
• Shutter speed-priority AE
• Aperture-priority AE
• Full Auto
• Program Image Control (Portrait, Landscape, Close-up. Sports, Night Scene Portrait)
• Auto DEP
• TTL program flash AE
• A-TTL program flash AE
• E-TTL program flash AE
• Metered Manual
Metering Range: EV 2-20 (at 20C/68F 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)
AEB (autoexposure bracketing): 0 to +/- 2 stops in 1/2 stop increments; sequence of correct, under and over exposure; operates in single and continuous shooting modes. Not available in Full Auto and PIC modes.
Manual exposure compensation: set manually up to +/- 2 stops in 0.5 stop increments (only available in Creative Zone modes.
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-CT-SIR (through-the-lens secondary image registration) Multi-BASIS+. Three focus points (left, centre, right)
AF working range: EV 2-18 (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 all picture-taking modes).
Focusing point selection: automatic by camera in all mode; also manually in P, Tv, Av and M modes
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-steps; 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 delay; operation indicated by electronic beeper and/or red-eye reduction lamp(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 transport
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
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.
Flash activation:
• 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 4.8 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
Synchronisation speed:
• 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 (except Landscape and Sports)
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, E-TTL autoflash is available with EX Speedlites.
Wireless flash: enabled with Speedlite 550EX, MR-14EX or ST-E2.

Other specifications
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, AE Lock/FE Lock icon, flash ready icon, high-speed sync (FP flash) icon, in-focus indicator, AEB range, focusing point icon, 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)
Power source:
• 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 switched 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

The EOS 3000 was introduced in March 1999 as a replacement for the EOS 5000 entry-level model. Now the EOS 3000 has itself been replaced by the EOS 3000N.

The increase in features of the 3000N over the 5000 and 3000 is significant. Although the latest camera is still the entry-level model (that is, the least expensive SLR in the range), it has become a perfectly acceptable choice for any enthusiast or creative photographer on a budget.

1st August 2001

Canon introduces the affordable and outstanding performance EOS 3000N

Canon introduces a new entry level SLR, the EOS 3000N ideal for budding photography enthusiasts. The EOS 3000N is the most outstanding cost performance EOS ever to be introduced to the UK market at an affordable price of 269.99. It offers enhanced operability over its predecessor, the EOS 3000, as well as a new sophisticated and elegant design.

With its eye-catching metallic silver finish, this ultra compact and light weight camera retains all the basic features of its predecessor, whilst offering users additional improvements to further enhance ease of use, such as AEB, E-TTL autoflash metering, manual focusing point selection and a Night Scene mode.

High-performance wide-area auto-focusing

The EOS 3000N uses a wide-area three-point focusing system, displayed in the viewfinder, allowing the user to select each of the focusing points and switch by automatic or manual selection. The three-point focusing system also allows off-centre subjects to be captured perfectly.

Full range of exposure control functions

Exposure metering is performed using 6-zone evaluative metering, partial metering at centre, or centre weighted average metering system. In addition, manual exposure correction (+/- 2 stops) is available.

With Canon’s EOS dedicated external speedlites, E-TTL (Evaluative Through-the-lens) autoflash metering is made possible. This system uses the camera’s evaluative metering sensors for the flash reading. Together with the three focusing points that are linked to E-TTL autoflash metering, it is possible to illuminate subjects with the correct exposure, even if these are to the left or right of the centre of the frame.

The camera also features a retractable TTL auto exposure flash unit. When shooting in low light or back-lit situations in the Full Auto and Programmed Image Control modes (except Landscape and Sports), the flash – when popped up – automatically fires as the exposure is made.

The new EOS 3000N also provides Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) allowing users to shoot three frames in rapid succession from -2 to +2 stops, in stop increments. For difficult lighting situations this gives users the opportunity to take perfectly exposed shots.

The camera has a red-eye reduction mode, and the built-in flash has a guide number of 12 (ISO 100m) and an illumination angle wide enough to cover the field-of-view of a 28mm lens.

Easy operation

Two focusing modes are available on the EOS 3000N – One Shot AF and One Shot AF/AI auto switching which are selected automatically by the camera according to the shooting mode. If the subject moves, the camera tracks the subject until the focus is achieved before the exposure starts. Manual focusing can also be selected.

The EOS 3000N uses the familiar Canon command dial for the easy selection of operating modes. With the addition of a new ‘Night Scene’ mode, the EOS 3000N now offers five PIC (Programme Image Control) modes, which also include Portrait, Landscape, Close-up and Sports. A full auto mode provides general settings to suit most subjects.

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 3000N is P mode. In this Intelligent Program AE the camera will set both the shutter speed and aperture for the exposure. AV mode can be set for aperture priority whilst TV mode can be set for shutter speed priority. The user can also select the matching shutter speed and aperture for optimum exposure and there is an M setting for manual control.

The EOS 3000N accepts the full range of more than 60 Canon EF lenses and many of the great variety of Canon system accessories. It is also available as a Quartz Date (QD) model.

key features

EOS 3000N

EOS 3000N




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