Canon has introduced the EOS 30D to its already solid stable of digital SLR cameras.
The 30D builds on the qualities of its predecessor, the 20D, and again comes equipped with the 8.2 megapixel CMOS sensor. So just how different is the 30D from the 20D? For old Holden enthusiasts, it would be like the difference between the EJ and the EH; a change in interior, brake-lights and an overhaul to the engine.
The 30D steps up with five frames per second capability at a burst of up to 30 consecutive frames. It also has an enhanced playback function with a 2.5 inch viewing screen. It uses RAW and JPEG file compression with simultaneous recording and for fast downloads of imaging, the 30D uses a USB high-speed interface.
What is imperative to note is that the 30D is using Canon’s DIG!C 2 LSI processor again; which is great. This chip is claimed to be very quick, minimises noise, is more power efficient, and was developed to work specifically with digital cameras. It is claimed that Canon is one of the few camera companies that has actually produced its own in-house chip; most other camera brands use third-party LSI processors. The chip provides auto-focus, auto-exposure, signal processing and JPEG compression, for example.
The Canon EOS 30D offers users 12 Shooting Modes, including seven automatic modes and five creative modes for advanced users. Canon’s 35-zone metering offers multiple options including evaluative, partial, centre-weighted average and now spot metering. The 9-point wide area auto-focus (AF) features superimposed AF points and a choice of One-Shot, AI Servo and AI Focus.
The Canon 30D will available in Australia early March 2006