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Canon EOS 30D
Canon EOS 30D

Hey! You should know that Canon has released a newer version of this product: the Canon EOS 50D.

Canon EOS 30D

We've given the 30D a grade of C+.

Editor's Review

This has been replaced by the EOS 50D. Here's what we had to say when the 30D was originally released in February 2006:

The Canon EOS 30D expands upon the ever-popular 20D with some fantastic new features. The camera's body has been redesigned into a smoother, sportier form, much like the luxurious 5D. Canon's also tossed in a large, 2.5 inch LCD monitor for taking a better look at those 8.2 megapixel images. For the impatient, a direct print button has been added to the back, and ISO speed is displayed in the viewfinder as it is changed. A 100,000 shot shutter cycle offers robust durability and the camera is capable of simultaneous RAW and JPEG image recording. The 30D is a step up, and will certainly be the digital SLR of choice in the coming year.


  • 8.2 megapixel CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC II image processor
  • auto and manual focus
  • auto and manual exposure
  • RAW and JPEG file formats (with simultaneous format capture)
  • ISO 100-3200
  • focal-plane shutter
  • 2.5 inch LCD
  • lithium ion battery
  • Compact Flash storage (not included)
  • Part Number: 1234B004
  • UPC: 013803065114
  • Release Date: Feb 24, 2006

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Canon EOS 30D Reviews

Canon EOS 30D Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 4.0 out of 5
if you know everything about SLRs, this camera rocks. (cierra — 09/04/2007)

I have trouble with action photos, even on the action setting. Everything is especially blurry without the flash- but sometimes, you just dont want that harsh light, you know? So im still working with it, and it does wonderfully for outdoor still shots. Its a little heavy but worth it. i recommend this camera to anyone starting out on SLRs because its easy to use right out of the box. However, if you want to get professional with it, have a expert teach you how to use it to the best of its abilities so you can get your money's worth out of it.

  • 5.0 out of 5
excellence continues (bill wasp — 06/12/2007)

i own a 10D and a 1Ds, the 10 for 3 years now. i was looking for a faster processor and a faster auto focus as well as more pixels and a quicker start up. the 30 is on the money, lierally for meeting my needs and budget. i played with buying the 5D but finances weren't there for a 10D upgrade alone. so i got the 30D and a 70-200 2.8 eos ef-l instead. i have put it through my paces for shooting. not a lot to learn over the 10D - wonderful. Just a faster, more durable, larger imaged DSLR. this week i print on my i9900.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Canon 30D (John Pletcher — 06/08/2007)

Have used camera for approx 10 months. It is the greatest! Pictures are unbelievable. Use now for personal use but expect to use professionally when I retire soon. Features are great and allow flexability of auto and creative modes. A must camera for the serious photographer.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Canon Eos 30D (Ronald Carlin — 04/07/2007)

Since purchasing this camera, It has been the best camera I have ever owned. I use canon 28-135 w/stabilizer, 60mm Macro made for the 1.6 format.,17-40 mm f4/L lens and the 70-200 MM f2.8 L,with Stabliz er.
All lenses have produced excellent quality pictures and the adjustments on the camera work beautiful. Will composing a picture I can at the turn of a wheel adjust the setting to meet the lighting conditions control the speed and f stops and the iso speed with out having to go through several menu pages. It also shots a 5 frames per second. With it super fast ability to focus at any one of 9 locations I can adjust where I want my subjects in the picture quickly and accurately.
I am sure I haven't even touched on the in credable range of auto and manual adjustment possible, but this camera is a must have for a person wanting to take si mi pro picture and above.
Don't miss out on this great camera. The picture quality is great.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Love it! (Bill — 03/28/2007)

Purchased as an upgrade to a Digital Rebel. No single reason to make the upgrade, but the lots of little reasons to upgrade made it a sell. It is a great camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
truly one of the best ive ever owed (gary geddes — 02/05/2007)

i really liked that 30d till someone stole it from me , i had no insurance at the time , now i want the 5d and a good lock on my door

  • 5.0 out of 5
Love everything about it... (Ryan — 01/15/2007)

I started learning photography about 2 years ago, after all the family occasions i had to shoot for my family. Started with the Canon G5 (which i also love), then had to shift to a dlsr. Started with the D-Rebel and was left drooling over the 30D when it came out! Absolutely needed to have this camera. Couldn't get my hands of it when i got it 3 months ago. Very hard to take bad photos with it! :)

  • 5.0 out of 5
30D (John LaPorte — 12/18/2006)

Have had the 30d for several months. Purchased to replace my 20d which is one of my back-ups. I purchased from BrightScreen, which etches an 8x10
format into the ground glass for $200.00 more..Well
worth it. The 30d image quality is about the same as the 20d...Excellent. It does seem to be faster and the larger screen is a plus. So far, I have made up to 24x48 prints that are darn close to those made with my 1ds mk 2. The 30d has set the
mark for mid range d slr's

  • 5.0 out of 5
Simply Amazing (steph jones — 12/02/2006)

I've been using this camera since August and it hasn't failed me yet. The sports setting is wonderful and responds quickly, I have loved this camera and it works like a charm. If you are looking into getting a professional-like camera, this one is definitely for you.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Jumping in the deep end of the pool (Laura — 11/27/2006)

I can't complain too much about the image quality or speeds etc however for my uses— exploring abandonments etc., the firmware with this camera is my only complaint. There is no way to switch between using the normal eyepiece objective and using the LCD screen as a viewfinder. This is especially disagreeable when shooting in the kind of places I get myself wedged into—where there IS no way to look through the eye piece. Otherwise, easy to love.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Very good camera (Atanu Ghosh — 10/22/2006)

Very good...specially the features of 3200 ISO (useful in low light, fast moving objects), 5 fps (useful is shooting F1) and 9 point AF. It would have been better if Canon could move it to 10 MPEG like 400D

  • 5.0 out of 5
Beat the 10D (Jan Jensen — 10/20/2006)

Have owned a 10D the last 3 years have changed now to 30D and I must say the picture quality is much better. I have taken some pictures of the same object first with 10D and next with 30D all with the same data. Afterwards I have compared them very seriously and no doubt the 30D wins.

Happy for that !

Jam Jensen

  • 4.0 out of 5
i want (min zaw — 10/19/2006)

I need the 30d camera because I must have to buy this camera. I am working about the photographer & I do not have the digital camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Very fast Camer (Hussam Al-khoder — 10/14/2006)

It is just perfect

  • 5.0 out of 5
A great Camera...makes a newbie look like a old hat! (Cooper — 10/07/2006)

I got this camera a few weeks after it came out. I had to replace the body as the pop up flash was getting stuck. But the second body is 6 months old and doing great. I have taken some SUPER photos with this is sports mode at horse shows, baseball games, car races, etc. Makes me look way more talented then I really am.

  • 5.0 out of 5
The Best Choice I Have Made (Matthew Ortwein — 10/03/2006)

I like the canon 30D Better then the Nikon I had when I was shooting Film.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Northern Test Zone (Chris Seggewiss — 08/16/2006)

Living North of the 60th parallel can pose many challenges for photographers, especial those who use digital at -40C or lower. I had the opportunity to use a 20D in those insane temperatures without a glitch. About 3 months ago I upgraded to the 30D from the 20D. The 20D did amazingly well, not only in the North but also in the humid Dominican Republic.
My experience with the 30D has been great. I did have a few freeze ups with the new 580 flash, but soon found out that making sure the flash was securely screwed down and making good contact, those problems soon disappeared.
The 30D is fast to start, fast to focus and very accurate. This camera is great for the starter to the pro. Once you get to know the workings, it's a breeze to operate. I do caution though that this is not a weather-sealed camera, so be careful in the rain & dust. The 30D is tightly put together camera, but that doesn't mean you can throw caution to the wind, as the electronic components are very sensitive & delicate (as I found out on my 20D).
I would have bought the 5D but for the price, I would prefer a weather sealed unit. For the price of the 30D you are getting a very reliable and very fast camera with good menu layouts, superb image quality and a number of creative options.
You won't be disappointed, but I sure hope Canon weather seals the 5D, as the 30D would make an excellent primary or back up body. One other thing... stick with the "L" series lenses... huge difference when using quality glass with a great camera like the 30D. And if you plan to go full frame... you can interchange glass from one full frame to cropped. 30D is one tough reliable camera.. you won't be disappointed.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Canon 30D is Excellent one (mohsen zaher — 08/12/2006)

The Canon EOS 30D expands upon the ever-popular 20D with some fantastic new features.The camera's body has been redesigned into a smoother, sportier form, much like the luxurious 5D. Canon's also tossed in a large, 2.5 inch LCD monitor for taking a better look at those 8.2 megapixel images.High- and low-speed consecutive shooting.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Awesome Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

After reading through miles of on-line reviews and ratings on several cameras i came to the conclusion that the 30D was the best bang for my buck. Ever since the first day that owned this camera, it has been absolute heaven. The quality and craft manship that has gone into this camera is of superb quality. The larger screen is a major plus. Basically this camera is all pro and no con.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Viewfinder display needs help. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The viewfinder display (focus, f-stop, etc.) is not as bright as the Digital Rebel. However, everything is shown in the small LCD on top of the camera.