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Canon EOS D30

alaTest has collected and analyzed 292 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the color and battery. The usability and image quality also get good feedback. The focus and screen get negative comments. There are some mixed opinions about the value for money.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Canon EOS D30 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon EOS D30


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Canon EOS D30 SLR


(04/10/02 update: Canon delivers the 6-megapixel EOS D60 SLR for $2199)

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Canon EOS D30


Long awaited. Canon first revealed the EOS-D30 at PMA this year (with a "tentative launch of Fall 2000"), they then later made it official and published full specifications and we got our first hands on with the D30, though at that stage Canon weren't...

Great resolution, clean, noise-free images (even at high ISO / long exposures) ; Noise reduction algorithm works well ; Good range of sensitivities (100 - 1600) ; Smooth gradients, little or no edge aberration effects (no over-sharpening) ; Fast...

Images may seem a little "soft" to some users, increasing sharpness setting on the camera improves things and there's actually no less detail in a D30 image than any other 3 megapixel ; Opening the CF door shuts the camera down, loses any buffered...

Canon really did made life difficult for themselves, they knew full well that they would be judged on success of the D30, they know how important the digital photography market has become and how a camera like the D30 could affect their reputation.


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Canon EOS D30 Digital SLR Digital Camera Review: Intro and Highlights


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Canon EOS D30 Review Round-Up


The D30 is a highly durable camera constructed from polycarbonate material on the outside with a steel inner frame. It is more compact and a good deal lighter than the D1 but its burst rate is only 3fps up to a maximum of 8 frames. The D30 offers more...

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Canon EOS D30 Delivers SLR Excellence at Bargain Price


Have you been pining for a digital SLR but been too chicken to sell your car or house to finance a new camera? Canon has been thinking about you. One of the most eagerly anticipated cameras of last year, the Canon EOS D30 targets digital photographers...

Just read Ben Long's report on the D30. I own one and am in agreement with much of what he writes. He, however, misses a major bit of controversy concerning the slow work flow when raw images, as well as the software itself and lack of third party...

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Canon EOS D30


Flexible operation ; good image quality ; familiar controls ; lightweight

Images need fine-tuning in an image editor

Canon Enters Professional-Digital-Camera Fray

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Canon D30 Digital Camera Review


The Canon D30 is a good digital camera for photographers who want creative control and are already invested in the Canon EOS lens system. The camera is heavy, nearly the same weight as an EOS-3 or EOS-1 body, and comparable in bulk to a mid-range Canon...

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Canon D30 Dgital Still Camera


The eagerly awaited arrival of my Canon D30 digital camera came just as I was packing my bags for a trip to accompany President Clinton on his tour of Brunei and Vietnam. It couldn't have come at a better time. The highlight of the President's trip was...

Digital, as it turned out, was all I shot. I had bought three 128MB ScanDiscs, which gave me roughly 72 high-resolution exposures per disc. At the end of the day, I would load my take onto my hard drive, then try to transmit it to New York. I use the...

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Canon EOS D30 Test Review © 2003


This camera is swell if you find a great deal on a used one for less ten $500, but with the far superior new 10D selling at $1,500 and superior Digital Rebel selling new for $900 I'm unsure what purpose the D30 serves today.

Product Specifications

Canon's cutting-edge technology has provided you with a high-end digital camera at a friendlier price. Combining Canon's razor-sharp optics and CMOS technology, EOS D30 will get you 3.11 megapixels and great-looking images every time. High resolution and outstanding color reproduction are made possible by a Canon's proprietary large-area CMOS sensor, an RGB color filter, and a newly designed digital imaging processing LSI. The camera also incorporates the same mode settings and dial operations found in existing EOS system cameras. Specific to the digital camera functions have been added to the LCD panel, including recording format and white balance. The 1.8-inch LCD color monitor on the back panel provides viewing and confirming images, as well as screens for 13 types of custom functions and a variety of camera settings including shutter speeds, aperture, and exposure. The menu screen simplifies display settings by using color codes for the imaging system (red), playback system (blue) and set-up system (yellow). EOS D30 has a newly designed image-processing engine and high-capacity buffer memory, enabling it to shoot up to 8 frames in a continuous sequence at approx. 3 frames per second when the Drive mode is set to Continuous. EOS D30 can easily capture highly active photography such as sports or photojournalism, in the same way with the conventional film SLR camera. Making its debut in the EOS series, the retractable E-TTL autoflash provides the best light for the worst conditions. EOS D30 supports USB and NTSC/PAL video out for instant access to your digital images, providing high-speed Plug and Play data transfer. Life is full of surprises. Getting ready to shoot takes just a flick of the finger. So, you'll never miss an opportunity to get the shot of a lifetime. And you'll always be ready for the next shot with the EOS D30's Continuous shooting mode. EOS D30 features compact, yet durable and elegant body. It's easy to use, easy to handle, and easy on the eyes. D30 has beauty and brawn. A dark, sleek exterior fortified by a durable chassis - not to mention the smallest and lightest of its kind. The chassis, a skeleton of the camera, is made of special stainless steel alloy to ensure high rigidity, and the exterior is made of strong, light engineering plastic. This compact, durable camera body defies the common impression that digital SLR cameras have to be large and heavy. D30 can host the enormous repertoire of Canon EF lenses. So, keep adding to your collection, because with the accessories, one size fits all! Canon has made the D30 compatible with a wide range of EOS system series accessories (and has even added some new ones).

Audio Input

Type: None

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:SLR
Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.8in
Diagonal Size (metric):4.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Landscape / Macro / Night mode / Portrait mode / Sports mode

Flash Memory

Form Factor:CompactFlash Card
Storage Capacity:16MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon EOS

Lens System

Lens for SD:Body only
Type: None



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:15.1 x 22.7mm
Optical Sensor Size (metric):15.1 x 22.7 mm
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Resolution:3.3Megapixel

Optical System

Image Stabilizer: None

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Fixed eye-level pentaprism

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

ISO (Max):1600
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800
Still Image Format:Canon RAW / JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical