As the flagship product in its new Spring line-up, Canon has announced the EOS 30D, a replacement for the popular EOS 20D digital SLR. It features the same 8.2-megapixel CMOS sensor as its predecessor, but offers improvements including a larger LCD screen, spot metering, an extended shutter life and more.

The EOS 30D has a 2.5-inch LCD screen with a 170-degree viewing angle, which is wider than that offered by the 20D’s screen. 3.5 per cent spot metering is supported, and the durability of the shutter has been upgraded to 100,000 cycles, according to Canon.

The camera also gains Picture Style presets, as seen on other EOS SLRs. Picture Styles alter the colour response of image capture in a similar way to how different films react. The EOS 30D supports six Styles. Standard offers vivid images for quick output without post-processing. Portrait optimizes colour tone and reduces sharpening for more attractive skin. Landscape saturates blues and greens and adds sharpening for crisp outlines. Faithful sets the image to a colour temperature of 5200K. Monochrome offers black-&-white output with support for colour filters and toning effects. There’s also a User-Defined preset with three settings.

Canon offers more presets that can be downloaded from its Web site.

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Other improvements include a choice of framerates between 3fps and 5fps, and finer control over exposure with ISO settings adjustable by 1/3 stop increments. A Print/Share button allows images to be quickly output to PictBridge-compatible printers. The maximum number of images that can be held on a single folder on a CompactFlash card within the EOS 30D has been upgraded to from 100 to 9,999.
The EOS 30D costs £935 plus VAT for the body only, or £1,005 plus VAT with a EF-S 18055mm f/3.5-5.6 (non-USM lens)
Canon will also be shipping two new compatible lenses soon. The EF 85mm f/1.2 II USB will be released in April for £1,385 plus VAT. The EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM lens will ship in June for £740 plus VAT.
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