Canon has announced what it claims is the smallest and lightest three megapixel digital SLR camera. The EOS D30 is approximately 6-x-4-x-3 inches – and will ship for around £2,200.
The camera is designed around a 3.25 megapixel CMOS sensor with an RGB colour filter and a revamped digital image-processing LSI. Like all of the cameras in the EOS range, it can be coupled with any of Canon’s wide range of EF lenses.
The D30 features a high-speed, high-performance 3-point autofocus; a range of shooting modes, including five programmed Image Control modes; a 35-zone evaluative metering sensor that is linked to each focusing point; and an E-TTL (Evaluative Through-The-Lens) flash system. Up to eight shots can be taken continuously at a speed of around three images per second.
Also, the camera has an 1.8-inch LCD monitor. It uses CompactFlash cards, and ships with a single 16MB card – enough for around 12 images in ‘Large/Normal’ mode. It is compatible with Type II Compact Flash cards, which allows high-capacity media such as IBM’s Microdrive to be used.