Canon EOS 30D Review

Overall 37
Imaging 9
Features 21
Size 71
Price 0

Main Features

  • 8.0 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Expands to 3200)
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 5.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 144 x 106 x 74 mm
  • Weight: 784 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced Canon 20D.
  • Replaced by Canon 40D.

Canon EOS 30D Summary

This review is devoted to EOS 30D that Canon has first introduced to the public in Apr 04, 2006. This model is a Semi-Pro DSLR camera with a resolution of 8.0 MP and a APS-C (22.5 x 15 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

Initially, Canon developed this model to replace their older product 20D and, after some time, Canon has replaced this upgraded model with their most recent one 20D.

In Semi-Pro DSLR cameras (Top 10 DSLR Cameras) this model has taken rank #167 out of 200. Its Overall Score has reached 37/100 and it takes a rank of #1089 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Canon EOS 30D Compared to other DSLR Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Canon EOS 30D review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Max Shutter Speed: 1/8000
  • Built-In Flash: Yes

CONs

  • Screen Size: 2.5″
  • Viewfinder Coverage: 95
  • Dxo Dynamic Range: 10.8
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 736
  • Number Of Focus Points: 9
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: No
  • Wireless Connectivity: No
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Timelapse Recording: No
  • Storage Slots: 1

Complete Comparison of Canon EOS 30D With Other Cameras in Semi-Pro DSLR Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Canon EOS 30D. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Semi-Pro DSLR cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Canon EOS 30D

Canon EOS 30D has the following external dimensions 144 x 144 x 74 mm (56.69 x 41.73 x 29.13″) with the weight of 784 g.

The typical weight for average Semi-Pro DSLR type cameras is 783g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Canon EOS 30D, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Canon EOS 30D is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 74mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Canon EOS 30D with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Canon EOS 30D is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Canon EOS 30D compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Thickness

Canon EOS 30D — 74 mm
Min: 64 mm
Average: 75 mm
Max: 86 mm

Weight

Canon EOS 30D — 784 g
Min: 479 g
Average: 783 g
Max: 1074 g

Unfortunately, Canon EOS 30D comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Canon EOS 30D comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Canon EOS 30D Photo and Sensor Features

Canon EOS 30D boasts of a resolution of 8.0 MP and is equipped with a APS-C (22.5 x 15 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Canon EOS 30D has the following ISO range 100 - 1600 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 3200.

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Canon EOS 30D features a 8.0 MP APS-C sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Canon EOS 30D, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 59 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Canon EOS 30D’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Canon EOS 30D is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of APS-C sensor featured in Canon EOS 30D with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Canon EOS 30D

LCD and ViewFinder

Canon EOS 30D is equipped with a Fixed Type 2.5" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 230k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Optical (pentaprism) ViewFinder.

The ViewFinder in EOS 30D has quite nice characteristic. Its magnification ratio is 0.56x and it also provides a coverage of 95%.

Some of the main reasons why the OVF presented in this model is a handy tool are that it allows you to see a scene without any time lag or resolution limits. Besides, it also ensures the highest level of clarity that can be elaborated by the lens and the human eye. Who can benefit from this feature? The OVF is especially handy when shooting sports events. This smart system will allow photographers to see action instantly and figure out what is the right timing for capturing a specific moment.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Canon EOS 30D are its 5.0 fps max speed and 1/8000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

EOS 30D features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.

Canon EOS 30D is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect EOS 30D to compatible devices via USB 2.0 port.

How Good is Canon EOS 30D for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Canon EOS 30D’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Canon EOS 30D’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the EOS 30D to the average DSLR camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Canon EOS 30D for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon EOS 30D performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 91. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon EOS 30D can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (22.5 x 15 mm) sensor
  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)
  • Canon is famous with its skintones

Disadvantages:

  • No Image Stabilization

Canon EOS 30D for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon EOS 30D performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 58. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon EOS 30D can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Large APS-C(22.5 x 15 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (144 x 106 x 74 mm)
  • No Image Stabilization
  • Small Number of autofocus Points (9)

Canon EOS 30D for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon EOS 30D performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 72. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon EOS 30D can be called a 72 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)
  • Big size (144 x 106 x 74 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (5.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (9)
  • Bad Low Light ISO (736)

Canon EOS 30D for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon EOS 30D performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 87. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon EOS 30D can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (22.5 x 15 mm) sensor
  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Big weight (784 g)
  • Big size (144 x 106 x 74 mm)
  • Video is not available

Canon EOS 30D for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon EOS 30D performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 66. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon EOS 30D can be called a 66 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (22.5 x 15 mm) sensor
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Low resolution sensor (8 MP)
  • Bad Dynamic Range (10.8)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Low Light ISO (736)

Canon EOS 30D Detailed Specs

General
Brand Canon
Model EOS 30D
Announced Apr 04, 2006
Body Type Mid-size SLR
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Canon EF/EF-S
Number of Lenses 304
Focal Length Multiplier 1.6x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 2.5″
Screen Resolution 230k dots
Live View No
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 95%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.56
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000 s
Continuous Shooting 5.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 12
Flash Modes Auto, Red-eye reduction
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment No
Average No
Spot No
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 59
DxO Color Depth 21.5
DxO Dynamic Range 10.8
DxO Low Light ISO 736
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size APS-C
Sensor Dimensions 22.5 x 15 mm
Sensor Area 337.50 mm2
Sensor Resolution 8.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 3504 x 2336
Max Native ISO 1,600
Max Boosted ISO 3,200
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking No
AF Selective Yes
AF Center No
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View No
AF Face Detection No
AF Contrast Detection No
AF Phase Detection Yes
Number of Focus Points 9
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions n/a
Max Video Resolution
Video Formats n/a
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI No
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 784 g
Physical Dimensions 144 x 106 x 74 mm
Battery Life n/a
Battery Type n/a
Battery Model n/a
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type Compact Flash (Type I or II)
Storage Slots 1

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