Am I wrong about what "full-frame" means?...

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Am I wrong about what "full-frame" means?...
Dec 31, 2006

I'm reading a book called "A Short Course in Canon EOS 30D Photography" (by Dennis P. Curtin" to familiarize myself with my 30D.

I found the following statement in this book:

"The Canon 30D is one of the first affordable "full-frame" digital cameras that lets you draw from a vast array of interchangeable lenses."

I thought the 30D is not a full-frame camera because its sensor is not the size of 35mm film. I thought the 5D and 1D are full-frame digital cameras, but not the 30D.

In the same book it also says:

"The 30D (smaller frame) captures a smaller area than a camera using a full-frame sensor (larger frame)."

This statement seems to contradict the first and indicate that the 30D is not a full-frame camera.

Are there two definitions of "full-frame" that would let these two statements not be contradictory?

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