Excerpt: There was really no good reason for Canon to replace the EOS 20D. And so, commendably, it didn't. The new EOS 30D ($1,400 street, body only) might well be considered a "20D II" or a "20DN," given that it uses the same 8MP CMOS sensor, processing engine, viewfinder system, chassis, and control layout of the now-discontinued 20D.
Conclusion: Maybe Canon do listen, with the i EOS 30D they have addressed no less than five of the 'Cons' from my EOS 20D review; Lack of spot metering, Fixed continuous shooting rate, Limited range of image parameter adjustment, Small LCD monitor and ISO sensitivity not displayed on viewfinder status bar while being changed.
Pros: Excellent resolution, very good per-pixel sharpness, Good tonal and color response, same as EOS 20D 'Parameter 1' in Standard PS, Now with four metering modes, spot metering very welcome, Trademark Canon CMOS noise free images, remain detailed even at high sensitivities, About a third of a stop more sensitive than indicated, Confidence to use camera at high sensitivities (ISO 1600, 3200), Excellent long exposure capability, no noticeable hot pixels at 30 seconds with ...
Cons: Average automatic white balance performance, still very poor under incandescent light, AI Servo (continuous AF) interference banding issue (certain lenses, high sensitivities), Same old 'CF compartment door shuts camera down' issue, Picture Style differences between RAW Image Task/Camera and DPP, Picture Style tone curve not indicated in camera menu (contrast is an offset, not absolute), ISO sensitivity not displayed on top LCD panel / viewfinder status permanently, F...
Conclusion: Canon EOS 30D digital SLR camera With the arrival of the Canon EOS 30D model, we see Canon's fifth introduction in the popular D-SLR middle segment. It is admittedly somewhat confusing that its name is virtually identical to that of the first type: the Canon EOS D30. This is likely to cause many a mix-up when talking about the camera, because the name D30 is still engraved in the memory of many seasoned photographers.
Excerpt: Overall not a bad camera. I've used it at ~18,000 ft down to ~-10 degrees F without any problems. This is a minor revision to the previous model, the 20d so not a whole lot has changed. I kind of wish canon had upped the resolution a bit, but it's still a great camera.
The main downside with this camera for our use is the weight. The camera plus a decent lens tends to weigh you down far more than you'd like.
Summary: Canon EOS 30D verdict
When Canon announced the EOS 30D would employ the same sensor as its predecessor, it was hard not to be both surprised and a little disappointed. After all, for its previous generations of digital SLRs, Canon lead the market by always developing new, higher resolution sensors. Standing still like this just didn’t seem right.
But it’s important to look at the 30D in context. It replaces the EOS 20D which was already an excellent camera.
Pros: Low noise, high quality images, Good build quality and handling, 5fps continuous shooting, 2.5in screen and spot-metering
Cons: Not a big step-up from the 20D, No voice recording, No GPS connectivity, Nikon D200 a tempting alternative
Summary: As a new camera the Canon EOS 30D is a bit of a disappointment, but viewed as an upgrade to an already very good camera, it performs its role well. So while the extra functions don’t excite us as much as a brand new model would, the Canon 30D is still a very good camera.
Pros: Build quality, LCD, menu system, low noise, high specifications
Cons: Images need some post processing to reduce flat look, aperture/exposure compensation system, depth of preview button in wrong place
Excerpt: The Canon EOS-30D is one of those cameras that's evolutionary, rather than revolutionary. It updates the very popular EOS-20D (see our review), though the new features are more "I wouldn't mind having that" than "I've gotta have that!".
Pros: Excellent photo quality (with the right lenses), Very low noise, even at high ISOs, Solid, well designed body; useful playback zoom buttons, Large 2.5" LCD display, Full manual controls, including nice white balance controls, Robust performance, especially in terms of continuous shooting, Great low light focusing, All the expandability you'd expect from a D-SLR; two ways to attach an external flash, USB 2.0 High Speed support, Impressive software bundle; camera can be...
Cons: Images on the soft side straight out of the camera; some lenses just exacerbate the problem, LCD not as bright/sharp as the one on the Nikon D200
Excerpt: $2500 with kit lens The is an upgrade from the 20D digital single lens reflex. Little has changed — the 8 megapixel sensor is the same and image processing uses the same Digic engine. The most significant improvement has been the addition of spot metering. There is no real reason for an owner of the 20D to rush out and buy the new model.
Pros: The camera came supplied with the Canon EFS 17-85mm image stabilised lens . Canon call this the “enthusiast kit” and it has a retail price of $3298. With the humble kit lens the 30D costs $2500. Body alone is $2300. The Canon EOS 30D is a well-balanced camera that feels just right in the hand. The combination of build quality and responsiveness inspire confidence. Dislike that : Controls are not intuitive. By default the camera uses an absurd auto focussing system tha...
Cons: The camera came supplied with the Canon EFS 17-85mm image stabilised lens . Canon call this the “enthusiast kit” and it has a retail price of $3298. With the humble kit lens the 30D costs $2500. Body alone is $2300. Like this: The Canon EOS 30D is a well-balanced camera that feels just right in the hand. The combination of build quality and responsiveness inspire confidence. : Controls are not intuitive. By default the camera uses an absurd auto focussing system that ...