Canon EOS D30

APS-C AF digital SLR camera

Canon EOS D30


Production details
Announced:October 2000
System: Canon EOS (1987)
Imaging plane
Maximum format:APS-C
Mount and Flange focal distance:Canon EF [44mm]
Imaging plane:22.7 × 15.1mm CMOS sensor
Resolution:2226 × 1460 - 3 MP
Model:Electronically controlled
Speeds:30 - 1/4000 + B
Sensor-shift image stabilization:-
Exposure metering:Through-the-lens (TTL)
Exposure modes:Programmed Auto
Aperture-priority Auto
Shutter-priority Auto
Physical characteristics

Manufacturer description #1

Canon is pleased to announce the introduction of a 3-megapixel-class digital SLR camera that features a large-area CMOS sensor and accommodates the entire lineup*1 of Canon EF lenses.

New generation camera with advanced features

The new Canon EOS D30, developed to satisfy a wide range of uses from advanced amateur photographers to business use, represents the standard in next-generation digital SLR cameras. The model combines outstanding image quality with creative photographic functions.

The imaging element comprises a proprietary 3.11 effective mega-pixel large-area CMOS sensor*2 developed by Canon, an RGB color filter and a newly designed digital image-processing LSI, making possible high resolution and faithful color reproduction. It incorporates the same mode settings and dial operation utilised in the EOS series and offers compatibility with Canon's extensive lineup of EF lenses, ensuring ease of use for anyone familiar with using EOS cameras.

EOS styling and computability

Featuring basic EOS styling with an optimised layout for digital functionality, the EOS D30's compact design distinguishes the model as the world's smallest and lightest digital single-lens reflex camera with interchangeable lenses*3. Furthermore, the camera's stainless steel chassis and an external cover molded from lightweight, exceptionally strong engineering plastics create a camera body that is both lightweight and highly durable.


Basic features include high-speed, high-performance 3-point autofocus; a range of shooting modes, including five programmed Image Control modes; a 35-zone evaluative metering sensor that is linked to each focusing point; and-marking a first in an EOS-series camera-a built-in E-TTL (Evaluative Through-The-Lens) flash system. The camera enables high-speed shooting of up to approximately 8 continuous images at a speed of approximately 3 images per second. The extensive functionality offered by the EOS D30 provides photographers with good versatility to achieve creative compositions.

LCD monitor

The 1.8-inch LCD monitor located on the back of the camera permits the viewing of captured images. It can also be used to display such information as the shutter speed, aperture value, exposure mode and histogram, which shows the distribution of signal levels from shadows to highlights, for each image.

Image Storage

Image data is stored on CompactFlash™ cards, permitting the storage of up to approximately 12 images*4 on a 16MB card when shooting in the "Large/Normal" mode. The model is available with one 16MB CompactFlash card. The EOS D30 is also compatible with CompactFlash Type II, enabling users to take advantage of the IBM Microdrive and other high-capacity storage media. The high-capacity Battery Pack BP-511, which is included with the unit, provides enough power to take up to approximately 540 shots*4 (at full charge, "Large/Fine" mode).

  1. Field angle equivalent to 1.6x the focal length.
  2. Effective sensor size: 15.1 x 22.7mm.
  3. As of May 8, 2000.
  4. Storage performance may vary depending on image data.

Manufacturer description #2

The EOS D30 is a new popularly priced digital SLR camera with a large-area 3.25 million pixel CMOS Imaging Sensor that accepts all the myriad lenses in the EF series. It is designed for serious amateurs, business and professional photographers. It could be called the “Next Generation Standard Digital SLR”. With high image quality and a multitude of functions, the price is a very reasonable 358,000 yen.

The D30’s imaging sensor is a large 3.25 mega pixel CMOS sensor, with a primary color RGB filter, and a newly developed digital signal processing LSI (Image Engine), to insure high image resolution and excellent color balance. Canon’s unique noise reduction technology produces significant effect for the long time release images such as night scenes. Operational components and controls are from the EOS series so EF lenses, Speedlites and other EOS accessories can be used. The EOS user can use the D30 just as he uses his EOS film cameras. The stainless steel chassis is both light and strong and combined with the high-strength engineering plastic covers gives it a light, strong, rigid body, the smallest in the class (as of August 2000).

Major specifications of the D30 include three selectable focusing points, multiple shooting modes including five easy-to-use Image Select modes, 35-zone Evaluative metering, built-in retractable flash with E-TTL capability, an EOS system first, and continuous photography at approximately 3fps for up to eight frames (Large/Fine). While viewing pictures or performing menu operations, you can return immediately to the shooting mode simply by pressing the shutter button halfway. This is called shooting priority camera design. In addition to allowing immediate playback of images captured, the built-in 1.8″ LCD color monitor on the rear of the camera also displays shutter speed, working aperture, metering mode and other information including a histogram graph of the brightness of a selected image.

The image-recording medium is a CompactFlash (CF) card. Its excellent features include easy expansion of storage capacity, robustness and reliability. When a 16MB type CF card bundled with the EOS D30 is used, approximately 10 frames can be taken (Large/Fine). In addition to the standard 16MB card, 8, 30, 48,64 and 128MB cards are available. D30 is bundled with various application software which accommodates vast customer from sophisticated PC user to the beginners. The EOS D30 is also compatible with CF Type II, so high capacity storage media such as the IBM MicrodriveT can be used. The EOS D30 uses a high-capacity Battery Pack BP-511 (rechargeable lithium-ion battery) to provide stable operation for approximately 540 exposures (fully charged battery and 50% flash use). The Battery Grip BG-ED3 (sold separately) can accommodate two BP-511 Battery Packs to further extend the camera’s shooting capacity.

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35mm full frame

43.27 24 36
  • Dimensions: 36 × 24mm
  • Aspect ratio: 3:2
  • Diagonal: 43.27mm
  • Area: 864mm2

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Among autofocus lenses designed for 35mm full-frame mirrorless cameras only. Speed of standard and telephoto lenses is taken into account.

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Image stabilizer

A technology used for reducing or even eliminating the effects of camera shake. Gyro sensors inside the lens detect camera shake and pass the data to a microcomputer. Then an image stabilization group of elements controlled by the microcomputer moves inside the lens and compensates camera shake in order to keep the image static on the imaging sensor or film.

The technology allows to increase the shutter speed by several stops and shoot handheld in such lighting conditions and at such focal lengths where without image stabilizer you have to use tripod, decrease the shutter speed and/or increase the ISO setting which can lead to blurry and noisy images.

Original name

Lens name as indicated on the lens barrel (usually on the front ring). With lenses from film era, may vary slightly from batch to batch.


Format refers to the shape and size of film or image sensor.

35mm is the common name of the 36x24mm film format or image sensor format. It has an aspect ratio of 3:2, and a diagonal measurement of approximately 43mm. The name originates with the total width of the 135 film which was the primary medium of the format prior to the invention of the full frame digital SLR. Historically the 35mm format was sometimes called small format to distinguish it from the medium and large formats.

APS-C is an image sensor format approximately equivalent in size to the film negatives of 25.1x16.7mm with an aspect ratio of 3:2.

Medium format is a film format or image sensor format larger than 36x24mm (35mm) but smaller than 4x5in (large format).

Angle of view

Angle of view describes the angular extent of a given scene that is imaged by a camera. It is used interchangeably with the more general term field of view.

As the focal length changes, the angle of view also changes. The shorter the focal length (eg 18mm), the wider the angle of view. Conversely, the longer the focal length (eg 55mm), the smaller the angle of view.

A camera's angle of view depends not only on the lens, but also on the sensor. Imaging sensors are sometimes smaller than 35mm film frame, and this causes the lens to have a narrower angle of view than with 35mm film, by a certain factor for each sensor (called the crop factor).

This website does not use the angles of view provided by lens manufacturers, but calculates them automatically by the following formula: 114.6 * arctan (21.622 / CF * FL),


CF – crop-factor of a sensor,
FL – focal length of a lens.


A lens mount is an interface — mechanical and often also electrical — between a camera body and a lens.

A lens mount may be a screw-threaded type, a bayonet-type, or a breech-lock type. Modern camera lens mounts are of the bayonet type, because the bayonet mechanism precisely aligns mechanical and electrical features between lens and body, unlike screw-threaded mounts.

Lens mounts of competing manufacturers (Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony etc.) are always incompatible. In addition to the mechanical and electrical interface variations, the flange focal distance can also be different.

The flange focal distance (FFD) is the distance from the mechanical rear end surface of the lens mount to the focal plane.

Lens construction

Lens construction – a specific arrangement of elements and groups that make up the optical design, including type and size of elements, type of used materials etc.

Element - an individual piece of glass which makes up one component of a photographic lens. Photographic lenses are nearly always built up of multiple such elements.

Group – a cemented together pieces of glass which form a single unit or an individual piece of glass. The advantage is that there is no glass-air surfaces between cemented together pieces of glass, which reduces reflections.

Focal length

The focal length is the factor that determines the size of the image reproduced on the focal plane, picture angle which covers the area of the subject to be photographed, depth of field, etc.


The largest opening or stop at which a lens can be used is referred to as the speed of the lens. The larger the maximum aperture is, the faster the lens is considered to be. Lenses that offer a large maximum aperture are commonly referred to as fast lenses, and lenses with smaller maximum aperture are regarded as slow.

In low-light situations, having a wider maximum aperture means that you can shoot at a faster shutter speed or work at a lower ISO, or both.

Closest focusing distance

The minimum distance from the focal plane (film or sensor) to the subject where the lens is still able to focus.

Closest working distance

The distance from the front edge of the lens to the subject at the maximum magnification.

Magnification ratio

Determines how large the subject will appear in the final image. For example, a magnification ratio of 1:1 means that the image of the subject formed on the film or sensor will be the same size as the subject in real life. For this reason, a 1:1 ratio is often called "life-size".

Manual focus override in autofocus mode

Allows to perform final focusing manually after the camera has locked the focus automatically. Note that you don't have to switch camera and/or lens to manual focus mode.

Manual focus override in autofocus mode

Allows to perform final focusing manually after the camera has locked the focus automatically. Note that you don't have to switch camera and/or lens to manual focus mode.

Electronic manual focus override is performed in the following way: half-press the shutter button, wait until the camera has finished the autofocusing and then focus manually without releasing the shutter button using the focusing ring.

Electromagnetic diaphragm control system

Provides highly accurate diaphragm control and stable auto exposure performance during continuous shooting.

Manual diaphragm

The diaphragm must be stopped down manually by rotating the detent aperture ring.

Preset diaphragm

The lens has two rings, one is for pre-setting, while the other is for normal diaphragm adjustment. The first ring must be set at the desired aperture, the second ring then should be fully opened for focusing, and turned back for stop down to the pre-set value.

Semi-automatic diaphragm

The lens features spring mechanism in the diaphragm, triggered by the shutter release, which stops down the diaphragm to the pre-set value. The spring needs to be reset manually after each exposure to re-open diaphragm to its maximum value.

Automatic diaphragm

The camera automatically closes the diaphragm down during the shutter operation. On completion of the exposure, the diaphragm re-opens to its maximum value.

Fixed diaphragm

The aperture setting is fixed at F/ on this lens, and cannot be adjusted.

Number of blades

As a general rule, the more blades that are used to create the aperture opening in the lens, the rounder the out-of-focus highlights will be.

Some lenses are designed with curved diaphragm blades, so the roundness of the aperture comes not from the number of blades, but from their shape. However, the fewer blades the diaphragm has, the more difficult it is to form a circle, regardless of rounded edges.

At maximum aperture, the opening will be circular regardless of the number of blades.


Excluding case or pouch, caps and other detachable accessories (lens hood, close-up adapter, tripod adapter etc.).

Maximum diameter x Length

Excluding case or pouch, caps and other detachable accessories (lens hood, close-up adapter, tripod adapter etc.).

For lenses with collapsible design, the length is indicated for the working (retracted) state.

Weather sealing

A rubber material which is inserted in between each externally exposed part (manual focus and zoom rings, buttons, switch panels etc.) to ensure it is properly sealed against dust and moisture.

Lenses that accept front mounted filters typically do not have gaskets behind the filter mount. It is recommended to use a filter for complete weather resistance when desired.

Fluorine coating

Helps keep lenses clean by reducing the possibility of dust and dirt adhering to the lens and by facilitating cleaning should the need arise. Applied to the outer surface of the front and/or rear lens elements over multi-coatings.


Lens filters are accessories that can protect lenses from dirt and damage, enhance colors, minimize glare and reflections, and add creative effects to images.

Lens hood

A lens hood or lens shade is a device used on the end of a lens to block the sun or other light source in order to prevent glare and lens flare. Flare occurs when stray light strikes the front element of a lens and then bounces around within the lens. This stray light often comes from very bright light sources, such as the sun, bright studio lights, or a bright white background.

The geometry of the lens hood can vary from a plain cylindrical or conical section to a more complex shape, sometimes called a petal, tulip, or flower hood. This allows the lens hood to block stray light with the higher portions of the lens hood, while allowing more light into the corners of the image through the lowered portions of the hood.

Lens hoods are more prominent in long focus lenses because they have a smaller viewing angle than that of wide-angle lenses. For wide angle lenses, the length of the hood cannot be as long as those for telephoto lenses, as a longer hood would enter the wider field of view of the lens.

Lens hoods are often designed to fit onto the matching lens facing either forward, for normal use, or backwards, so that the hood may be stored with the lens without occupying much additional space. In addition, lens hoods can offer some degree of physical protection for the lens due to the hood extending farther than the lens itself.


Teleconverters increase the effective focal length of lenses. They also usually maintain the closest focusing distance of lenses, thus increasing the magnification significantly. A lens combined with a teleconverter is normally smaller, lighter and cheaper than a "direct" telephoto lens of the same focal length and speed.

Teleconverters are a convenient way of enhancing telephoto capability, but it comes at a cost − reduced maximum aperture. Also, since teleconverters magnify every detail in the image, they logically also magnify residual aberrations of the lens.

Lens caps

Scratched lens surfaces can spoil the definition and contrast of even the finest lenses. Lens covers are the best and most inexpensive protection available against dust, moisture and abrasion. Safeguard lens elements - both front and rear - whenever the lens is not in use.