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Marketed March 2006
Original Price Open price

Inheriting and expanding on the exceptional functionality of the EOS 20D, released in September 2004, the new Canon EOS 30D reaches new heights in both functionality and camera responsiveness to meet the high-performance demands of a wide range of not only advanced amateur users, but also novice photographers looking to upgrade their skills. The 30D incorporates a Canon-produced APS-C-size Canon’s proprietary CMOS sensor with 8.2-million effective pixels, Canon’s proprietary DIGIC II high-speed image engine, and high-precision 9-point AF (center f/2.8). The camera also boasts a maximum continuous shooting speed of 5 frames per second for up to 30 consecutive frames* in a sequence, increased from the previous maximum of 23 consecutive frames with the EOS 20D.

The EOS 30D also features Canon’s Picture Style, which consolidates and advances the processing parameters and color matrix settings for optimal picture composition. Users can achieve optimized images simply by selecting the best Picture Style setting for the subject or for their particular style of shooting, just as they would select the type of film according to the desired effect.

Moreover, Canon’s new digital SLR camera incorporates an advanced energy-reduction design to enhance battery performance, realizing up to around 750 shots between battery charges, based on the CIPA standard.

The Canon EOS 30D realizes improved connectivity with printing devices, particularly the concurrently introduced Canon PIXMA Pro9500/Pro9000 inkjet printers and A2-model imagePROGRAF iPF5000 large-format inkjet printer, which are geared for professional and advanced amateur users. The camera ships with Canon’s high-speed RAW-image-processing application Digital Photo Professional 2.1, which offers seamless compatibility with the Easy-PhotoPrint Pro software for the Pro9500/Pro9000 printer models and imagePROGRAF Print Plug-In for Digital Photo Professional software included with the iPF5000, to provide more comprehensive support for the efficient and faithful printing of RAW images.

Other advanced features of Canon’s new EOS 30D include extended Direct Print functions, a 2.5-inch high-resolution 230,000 dots LCD monitor with a wide viewing angle, and an impressive shutter durability of 100,000 cycles in combination with a maximum shutter speed of 1/8000 second.

* For high-speed continuous shooting in JPEG Large/Fine mode using a Canon-standard 512MB CF memory card

Type Digital, single-lens reflex, AF/AE camera with built-in flash
Recording media Type I or II CF card

* Compatible with Microdrive and 2GB or larger CF cards

Image sensor size 22.5 x 15.0mm
Compatible lenses Canon EF lenses (including EF-S lenses) (35mm-equivalent focal length is equal to approx. 1.6 times the marked focal length.)
Lens mount Canon EF mount
Imaging Element
Type High-sensitivity, high-resolution, large single-plate CMOS sensor
Pixels Effective pixels: Approx. 8.20 megapixels
Total pixels: Approx. 8.50 megapixels
Aspect ratio 3:2
Color filter system RGB primary color filter
Low-pass filter Located in front of the image sensor, non-removable
Recording System
Recording format Design rule for Camera File System 2.0
Image format JPEG, RAW (12bit)
simultaneous recording
File size Large/Fine Approx. 3.6MB (3504 x 2336 pixels)
Approx.1.8MB (3504 x 2336 pixels)
Medium/Fine Approx.2.2MB (2544 x 1696 pixels)
Approx.1.1MB (2544 x 1696 pixels)
Small/Fine Approx. 1.2MB (1728 x 1152 pixels)
Approx. 0.6MB (1728 x 1152 pixels)
RAW Approx. 8.7MB (3504 x 2336 pixels)
* Exact file sizes depend on the subject, ISO speed, Picture Style, etc.
File numbering Consecutive numbering, auto reset, manual reset
Color space sRGB or Adobe RGB
Picture Style Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined 1-3
Interface USB port (USB 2.0 Hi-Speed): For connection to a personal computer and direct printing Video OUT terminal (NTSC/PAL)
White Balance
Type Auto, daylight, shade, cloudy, tungsten, white fluorescent light, flash, custom, color temperature setting
Auto white balance Auto white balance with the imaging sensor
Color temperature compensation White balance correction: ±9 stops in full-stop increments
White balance bracketing: ±3 stops in full-stop increments

* Blue/amber bias or magenta/green bias possible

Color temperature information transmission Provided
Type Eye-level pentaprism
Coverage Vertical/Horizontal approx. 95%
Magnification Approx. 0.9x (-1 diopter with 50mm lens at infinity)
Eyepoint Approx. 20mm
Built-in dioptric adjustment -3.0 – +1.0 diopter
Focusing screen Fixed,precision matte
Mirror Quick-return half mirror (Transmission:reflection ratio of 40:60, no mirror cut-off with EF600mm f/4L IS USM or shorter lens)
Information AF information (AF points, focus confirmation light), exposure information (shutter speed, aperture, ISO speed, AE lock, exposure level, spot metering circle, exposure warning), flash information (flash-ready, red-eye reduction lamp-on indicator, high-speed sync, FE lock, flash exposure compensation), white balance correction, maximum burst, CF card information
Depth-of-field preview Enabled with depth-of-field preview button
Type TTL secondary image-registration, phase detection
AF points 9 AF points
Metering range EV -0.5 – 18 (at 20°C / 68 °F), ISO 100)
Focus modes One-Shot AF, AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF, Manual focusing (MF)
AF point selection Auto, manual
Selected AF point display Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on LCD panel
AF-assist beam Small series of flashes fired by built-in flash Effective range: Approx. 4.0m/13.1ft. at center, approx. 3.5m/11.5ft. at periphery
Exposure Control
Metering modes 35-zone TTL full aperture metering

* Evaluative metering (linkable to any AF point)
* Partial metering (approx. 9% of viewfinder at center)
* Spot metering (approx. 3.5% of viewfinder at center)
* Center-weighted average metering

Metering range EV 1-20 (at 20°C / 68 °F) with EF50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
Exposure control Program AE (Full Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait, Flash Off, Program), shutter-priority AE, aperture-priority AE, depth-of-field AE, manual exposure, E-TTL II autoflash
ISO speed range Basic Zone modes: ISO 100 – 400 set automatically Creative Zone modes: Equivalent to ISO 100 – 1600 (in 1/3-stop increments), ISO speed can be expanded to ISO 3200.
Exposure compensation Manual ±2 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments (can be combined with AEB)
AEB ±2 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
AE lock Auto Applied in One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved.
Manual By AE lock button in all metering modes.
Type Electronically-controlled, focal-plane shutter
Flash metering 1/8000 to 30 sec. (1/3- and 1/2-stop increments), bulb X-sync at 1/250 sec.
Shutter release Soft-touch electromagnetic release
Self-timer 10-sec.delay
Remote control Remote control with N3 type terminal
Built-in Flash
Type Retractable, auto pop-up flash
Flash metering E-TTL II autoflash
Guide No. 13/43 (ISO 100, in meters/feet)
Recycle time Approx. 3 sec.
Flash-ready indicator Flash-ready icon lights in viewfinder
Flash coverage 17mm lens angle of view
FE lock Provided
Flash exposure compensation ±2 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
External Speedlite
EOS-dedicated Speedlite E-TTL II autoflash with EX-series Speedlite
PC terminal Provided
Zooming to match lens focal length Provided
Drive System
Drive modes Single, High-speed continuous, Low-speed continuous, and Self-timer (10 sec.)
Continuous High-speed: max. 5 shots per sec., Low-speed: max. 3 shots per sec.
Maximum burst JPEG (Large/Fine): Approx. 30, RAW: Approx. 11, RAW+JPEG (Large/Fine): Approx. 9

* Based on Canon?fs testing conditions with a 512MB CF card for high-speed continuous shooting.
* Varies depending on the subject, ISO speed, Picture Style, CF card, etc.

LCD Monitor
Type TFT color liquid-crystal monitor
Monitor size 2.5 in.
Dots Approx. 230,000 dots
Coverage 100% with respect to the effective pixels
Brightness adjustment Five levels provided
Interface languages 15
Image Playback
Display format Single image, shooting information, 9-image index, magnified view (Approx. 1.5x – 10x), autoplay, image rotation, and Jump (by 10 or 100 images, by date)
Highlight warning In the shooting information mode, any overexposed highlight areas with no image information will blink.
Histogram Brightness, RGB
AF point display Enabled
Image Protection and Erase
Protect Single images can be erase-protected or not.
Erase One image or all images in the CF card can be erased (except protected images).
Direct Printing
Compatible printers PictBridge, CP Direct, and Bubble Jet Direct-compatible printers
Printable images JPEG images (DPOF printing possible)
Easy Print feature Provided
DPOF: Digital Print Order Format
DPOF Version 1.1 compatible
Direct Image Transfer
Compatible images JPEG and RAW images

* Images to be used for wallpaper on the personal computer screen must be JPEG images.

Custom Functions 19 Custom Functions with 53 settings
Power Source
Battery One Battery Pack BP-511A, BP-514, BP-511, or BP-512.

* AC power can also be supplied with the DC Coupler.
* With Battery Grip BG-E2, size-AA batteries can be used.

Battery life [Number of shots approx.]
Temperature Shooting Conditions:No Flash/50% Flash Use
At 20°C/68°F 1100/750
At 0°C/32°F 900/600

* The above figures apply when a fully-charged Battery Pack BP-511A is used.

Battery check Automatic
Power saving Provided. Power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15, or 30min.
Date/Time battery One CR2016 lithium battery.
Startup time Approx. 0.15sec.
Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions (W x H x D) 144 x 105.5 x 73.5mm / 5.7 x 4.2 x 2.9in.
Weight Approx. 700g / 24.7oz. (body only)
Working Conditions
Working temperature range 0°C- 40°C / 32°F – 104°F
Working humidity 85% or less
Sample Images1
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