• Price: 850

  • Company: Canon

The EOS 30D is Canon’s latest mid-range SLR digital camera. It builds on the strengths of the semi-pro EOS 20D, but contrary to expectations, the EOS 30D features the same purpose-designed 8.2-megapixel CMOS sensor with 1.6x crop.

Even without an increase in pixel count over its predecessor, the EOS 30D still has much to offer serious photographers. Advances over the 20D include a larger monitor, spot metering, a more durable shutter mechanism, and improved file handling.

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In line with recent models such as the 12.8mp full-frame EOS 5D and the 8.2mp EOS 1D Mk II N, the new 30D has seen a number of refinements aimed at standardizing operation across models. Perhaps the most significant change in terms of ease of use is the loss of the 20D’s JPG image Processing Parameters and Colour Matrix settings. These have been dropped in favour of the user-friendly Picture Styles introduced with the 5D and 8.2mp 1D Mk II N. 
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The Picture Styles system offers a set of six subject-based presets, and provides novices and professionals alike with a simpler interpretation of the combined effect of sharpness, saturation, colour tone, and contrast for a predictable colour response. Although the top-of-the-range 16.7mp 1Ds MK II has yet to feature the upgrade, Canon claims that each Picture Style gives the same colour response across each of the three latest models.
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Although there are benefits for all users, colour accuracy is crucial for professionals, so this attempt to provide conformity of in-camera processing from model to model is welcome.
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