Interchangeable Lens Digital Cameras

Digital SLR Camera




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Marketed October 2000
Original Price 358,000 yen (with accessories)

The EOS D30 is a new popularly priced digital SLR camera with a large-area 3.25 million pixel CMOS Imaging Sensor that accepts all the myriad lenses in the EF series. It is designed for serious amateurs, business and professional photographers. It could be called the “Next Generation Standard Digital SLR”. With high image quality and a multitude of functions, the price is a very reasonable 358,000 yen.

The D30’s imaging sensor is a large 3.25 mega pixel CMOS sensor, with a primary color RGB filter, and a newly developed digital signal processing LSI (Image Engine), to insure high image resolution and excellent color balance. Canon’s unique noise reduction technology produces significant effect for the long time release images such as night scenes. Operational components and controls are from the EOS series so EF lenses, Speedlites and other EOS accessories can be used. The EOS user can use the D30 just as he uses his EOS film cameras. The stainless steel chassis is both light and strong and combined with the high-strength engineering plastic covers gives it a light, strong, rigid body, the smallest in the class (as of August 2000).

Major specifications of the D30 include three selectable focusing points, multiple shooting modes including five easy-to-use Image Select modes, 35-zone Evaluative metering, built-in retractable flash with E-TTL capability, an EOS system first, and continuous photography at approximately 3fps for up to eight frames (Large/Fine). While viewing pictures or performing menu operations, you can return immediately to the shooting mode simply by pressing the shutter button halfway. This is called shooting priority camera design. In addition to allowing immediate playback of images captured, the built-in 1.8″ LCD color monitor on the rear of the camera also displays shutter speed, working aperture, metering mode and other information including a histogram graph of the brightness of a selected image.

The image-recording medium is a CompactFlash (CF) card. Its excellent features include easy expansion of storage capacity, robustness and reliability. When a 16MB type CF card bundled with the EOS D30 is used, approximately 10 frames can be taken (Large/Fine). In addition to the standard 16MB card, 8, 30, 48,64 and 128MB cards are available. D30 is bundled with various application software which accommodates vast customer from sophisticated PC user to the beginners. The EOS D30 is also compatible with CF Type II, so high capacity storage media such as the IBM Microdrive can be used. The EOS D30 uses a high-capacity Battery Pack BP-511 (rechargeable lithium-ion battery) to provide stable operation for approximately 540 exposures (fully charged battery and 50% flash use). The Battery Grip BG-ED3 (sold separately) can accommodate two BP-511 Battery Packs to further extend the camera’s shooting capacity.

Camera unit
Type Eye-level single lens reflex (SLR) digital camera, 36-bit full color RGB capture (12bits per channel), one-shot type
Picture Size 22.7 x 15.1 mm (0.89 x 0.59 in)
Lens Mount Canon EF mount (full electronic control type)
Lenses used Canon EF lenses (focal length is approximately 1.6X compared to full-frame 35mm film format)
Viewfinder Full-frame reflex type, coverage approximately 95% horizontal and vertical, 0.88X magnification and 20mm eyepoint
Focusing modes One-shot AF, AI Servo AF with focus prediction, AI Focus AF, and manual focus
Focusing points 3-point (1 + 1)
AF working range EV (2-18) (ISO 100, standard chart)
Metering modes TTL maximum aperture metering with a 35-zone silicon photocell.
(1) 35-zone Evaluative metering linked to all focusing points
(2) Center-weighted average metering
(3) 9.5% Partial metering
Metering range EV 2-20 (at normal temperatures, EF 50mm f/1.4 USM, ISO100)
Shutter speed 1/4000 sec. to 30 sec. plus Bulb, maximum X-sync at 1/200 sec.
Up to approximately 3 frames per second for up to approximately 8 frames, when camera is set for Large/Fine recording.
Built-in flash E-TTL retractable-type. Guide Number is 12/39 at ISO 100, m/ft.
Flash contact Accessory shoe for EX-series Speedlites; PC socket also built-in on left side of camera body
Flash metering Supports E-TTL, FEL and FP flash (high-speed synchro) with built-in flash and EX-series Speedlites
Digital unit
High-sensitivity 3.25-million pixel CMOS sensor. (Total pixels 2226 X 1460) (Effective pixels 2160 X 1440)
Sensor size 15.1 X 22.7 mm(0.89×0.59 in) (aspect ratio 2:3)
Sensitivity Equivalent to ISO 100-1600 (adjustable in 1 EV increments)
White balance 7 type, including auto and custom
Recording media CF (CompactFlash) card, Type I or II, single slot
File format Design Rule for Camera Format (DCF)
JPEG and Canon RAW
(1) Large/Fine (2160 X 1440)
(2) Large/Normal (2160 X 1440)
(3) Small/Fine (1440 X 960)
(4) Small/Normal (1440 X 960)
(5) RAW (2160 X 1440)
Burst rate Approximately 3 frames per second for up to approximately 8 frames in Large/Fine mode or 17 frames in Large/Normal mode
Interface Digital: USB; Video Out: NTSC/PAL (switchable);
Camera: N3 remote control socket, PC terminal for studio flash, dedicated accessory shoe for EX-series Speedlites
Driver software Comes with USB TWAIN driver for PC and Adobe Photoshop plug-in for Mac OS
Windows/ Type of computer: DOS/V machine, NEC PC-9800/9821 series, NEC PC98-NX series
CPU: Pentium 133 MHz or above
OS: Windows 95, Windows 98 (including Second Edition), Windows NT 4.0 (requires 3 or more Service Packs), Windows 2000, Windows Me
RAM: 32MB or more (Windows 95/Windows 98) 64MB or more (Windows NT 4.0/Windows 2000)Macintosh/ Type of computer: Power Macintosh, PowerBook, iMac,iBook
CPU: Power PC OS: MacOS 7.5.3 or above, QuickTime 2.1 or above
RAM: 20MB or more applications memory
Built-in LCD
color monitor
1.8″ low-temperature TFT type, approx. 114,000 dots; displays captured images, menus, etc.
Power source (1) BP-511 lithium-ion battery
(2) AC operation via DC Coupler DR-400 and Compact Power Adapter CA-PS400
(3) Up to two BP-511 batteries via optional Battery Grip BG-ED3
Kit configuration • EOS D30 camera main unit
• Neckstrap L3
• 16MB CF card
• Battery Pack BP-511
• Compact Power Adapter CA-PS400
• AC power cord for CA-PS400
• DC Coupler DR-400
• Video Cable VC-100
• Interface Cable IFC-200PCU
• Canon Solutions software disk
• Adobe Photoshop LE
• Camera user’s guide
• Software quick start guide
149.5(W) X 106.5(H) X 75.0(D) mm, 780g
( 5.9 X 4.2 X 3.0 in., 27.5oz.)
w/o battery or CF card

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