introduced 2002 - discontinued 2004

• Advanced, futuristic design
• Fastest autofocus in its class
• Superimposed AF point display
• Built-in dioptric eyepiece adjustment
• Improved evaluative metering algorithm
• Flash-off added to PIC modes
• Film advance speed increased to 2.5fps
• Built-in flash moved further from the lens
• More information on larger LCD panel
• LCD panel illumination for low light photography
• New button for film advance mode setting
• Power saving extends battery power

A radical update of the EOS 300 with a completely new styling. Additional features include built-in dioptric adjustment, metal lens mount, LCD panel illumination, selectable film advance modes and Night Scene PIC mode.

EOS magazine, September 2002, page 12

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

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)

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

Exposure 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

Type: vertical-travel focal-plane shutter with all speeds electronically controlled; front and rear shutter curtains each have dedicated electromagnetic release control
Curtain speed: 5.5ms/24mm
Shutter speeds: 1/2000 second to 30 seconds (in 1/2-step increments), bulb; flash synchronization at 1/90 second
Shutter release: soft-touch electromagnetic; 2.5mm mini jack terminal for remote switch
Self-timer: 10 second delay, 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 2.5fps
Film advance mode is selectable in creative zone modes; it is set automatically in Full Auto and Program Image Control (PIC) modes
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 TTL autoflash (built into pentaprism)
Guide number: 12 (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 exposure system: TTL off-the-film 3-zone; autoflash metering linked to AF points
Flash output control:: automatic flash output reduction for backlit conditions and fill-in flash
Flash exposure compensation: not provided
Flash duration: 1 ms or less
Red-eye reduction: red-eye reduction lamp lights for 1.5 seconds before flash fires

External speedlite
Flash contacts: on hot-shoe (with locking pin; PC terminal not provided
Auto flash operation:
• with EX-series Speedlites: E-TTL 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 550EX, MR-14EX, MT-24EX and ST-E2
Flash exposure compensation: settable with 550EX, MR-14EX, MT-24EX, 540EZ and 430EZ
Modelling flash: possible with 550EX, MR-14EX, MT-24EX, 540EZ and 420EZ (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 fibre
Exterior colour: metallic silver
Size: 130 x 88 x 64mm
Weight: 365g (without batteries)

from EOS magazine September 2002

In 1993, Canon introduced the EOS 500, a compact single-lens reflex camera which was lightweight and easy to operate, but with a good range of features. The concept was refined with the EOS 500N in 1996, and redesigned with the EOS 300 in 1999. Now the EOS 300 has been updated and becomes the EOS 300V.

The most obvious change is to the appearance. There is a new-style grip, the command dial has moved from the left to the right of the camera, and the LCD panel has been enlarged and moved to the back of the camera. There is also a colour change ? the warm platinum finish of the EOS 300 gives way to a silver sheen on the EOS 300V. Inside the camera, there is an additional PIC mode, plus several worthwhile improvements to the autofocus speed and film advance.

Like its predecessors, the EOS 300V is designed to attract newcomers to single-lens reflex photography. It's a stylish camera which will complement your trendy mobile phone and latest laptop computer. You can use it for point-and-shoot photography, or take advantage of the many features to create outstanding images.

The redesign is based on extensive research. For example, Canon looked at the natural position for the finger which presses the shutter button. The arched grip is the result, making the camera easy to hold. Also, the arm of the built-in flash has been extended to give a longer distance between the flash reflector and the lens, reducing the risk of the red-eye effect in pictures of people and animals.

The new design, with its silver finish, is followed through to some of the new lenses, making them a best match for the camera. However, the EOS 300V has the standard EF lens mount and accepts all the lenses in the EOS system. One feature which will please many photographers is the metal lens mount. Recent models in this class used a mount made of polycarbonate resin. Although durable, some users felt it was inferior to metal.

The EOS 300V has the widest AF area in its class. This helps the camera to focus quickly, even with off-centre subjects. A new microcomputer and new focusing algorithm speed up the command execution speed to provide the fastest autofocusing in its class. A built-in orientation sensor means that the camera knows whether it is being held vertically or horizontally and automatically selects the best focusing point for this orientation.

Also invaluable is the improved predictive autofocusing. The design of a single-lens reflex camera means that there is a brief delay, measured in milliseconds, between pressing the shutter button and the exposure being made. Some subjects can move a significant distance in this time. The EOS 300V, however, monitors the movement of the subject before the exposure and focuses the lens on where it expects the subject to be at the moment of exposure.

The EOS 300 was the first camera with 35-zone evaluative exposure metering linked to the focusing points. The EOS 300V retains this system, but uses an improved algorithm to reduce the risk of small bright areas in the scene affecting the overall exposure. Readings are taken from 35 separate zones and merged for the final result. The position of sky in the frame changes depending on whether the camera is held horizontally or vertically. This orientation is detected and used to avoid underexposure in backlit situations. Groups of zones can also be used to obtain partial or centreweighted exposure metering.

If you normally wear glasses, the new built-in dioptric adjustment for the viewfinder will be welcome. It allows most users to view the full image without glasses. Even if you do not need this feature now, you may appreciate it in future years if your eyesight changes.

Improved controls and operation
The LCD panel, which displays most of the camera settings, is built into the EOS 300V camera back. It is nearly three times larger than on previous models, and has a built-in back light, making it easier to see the information in all conditions.

The command dial, used to set the shooting modes, is now close to the shutter button. Most of the camera controls are grouped in this area, making it possible to operate the EOS 300V with just the right hand.

A new addition to the command dial is the 'flash off' mode, which disables both the built-in flash and any attached Speedlite flash gun ? useful when you are shooting in places where flash photograph is not permitted.

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