Canon EOS D30

Announced May 17, 2000 •
3 megapixels | 1.8 screen | APS-C sensor
SkipFrehly
 
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This camera, being as old as it is, is an amazing value, if you can get it right on eBay. I bought this camera, set it up with a lens and some other accessories for under $400, and have been blown away by it's performance. It's definately not a pro camera anymore, but it's performance is none the less spectacular. It's a lot easier to use, if not a little bigger, than any Rebel I have played around with. One tip I can contribute is, if a rebel or a Nikon D series feels a bit cramped in ...

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Grrrrrene
 
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I'm still using my good ol' EOS D30. Bought it in 2003 at eBay, it still is very competitive, even though phones have 3MP sensors these days ;) Wonderful colours, noise is within limits up to ISO 400, although I've printed a 50x75cm poster last week at ISO 1600 which looked very clean. Solidly built, really a bargain right now, it's doing about $350-$400 right now. For a camera that was first sold in 2000, that's 5 years ago (!), it is really impressive. Problems: Cropfactor of 1.6 kills ...

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Francis Espeleta
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I bought this camera 2nd hand from my friend sometime in August last year (2004). Its my first DSLR. I wanted to get a 10D or a 300D but opted to get the D30 since my friend gave me a very good offer. $475 for the body, vertical grip and four BP511, plus all the original accessories. I have been using the camera now as a sub-pro photographer and all I can say is that it does produce sharp images especially if I use RAW and using my Sigma 18-125mm. I was never sorry I bought this 3.25MP ...

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Edgar Alphenaar
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Many people are complaining about the focus in low light.Just use the manual focus.Very simple and the problem is solved .From 1 metre , just turn the ring to the right.

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Patrick Wils
 
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I agree with what Madmaxmedia stated in his 17 june review. The 3 megapixels really are so much better than any 5 Mp P&S can deliver, provided you sharpen the image and check colour balance. The post processing of D30 images takes a bit more attention than the 10D or D60, but you get used to it and it is not that much work. When you work RAW with Capture One, the workflow can be made smooth and quick. Even with the 300D / Rebel around for $900, the D30 is worth considering for say $600: the ...

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Craig Single
 
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Great camera for a used 3.25 digital SLR. My goal was a DSLR that can print images up to 8x10 and this camera is perfect for it. If you want prints larger than think about 6 MP, but this is perfect for most applications. As a nature photographer I actually like the 1.6 field of view crop. Problems: Low light, specifically in a large living room with only one table light on, the AF is not good at all, especially with a slow lens like the 28-135, even with the 550ex as a focus assist. My ...

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Ragnar Persson
 
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This D30 is my third digital camera, and the best, I just love it. I had earlier Canon EOS 500Q so the natural for me was to buy a D30 just so I can use my EOS-lenses. it was used but in mint condition. I will keep it for a long while... Problems: No problems, but the AF and sharpen could be better. Perhaps I will someday in future sell it but only if I can buy a D60 or newer EOS.

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madmaxmedia
 
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I am evaluating the D30 as it stands today, taking into account both its current market price and compared to current digital cameras. At its current price it is nearly within reach of the more expensive compact Canons, Sonys, Nikons, etc. I almost bought a G3, decided to splurge a little extra for the D30, and have never regretted it. The Canon D30 represents an excellent value for anyone interesting in moving from consumer/compact digicams to the SLR arena. Here are some of the advantages ...

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Michael Fisk
 
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I've had my D30 since Thanksgiving of 2002 and it has performed well. I've added a few nice attachments including a battery grip (recommend any serious shooter have one) and now am in the process of selling it as I'm waiting on a 10D I ordered today. This is a great camera to really get the feel and action of a pro level camera and I'd recommend it to any serious amatuer. Problems: Primarily one of the main challenges which has been noted in most reviews is the AF and in low light conditions ...

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David Burnette
 
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I just purchased this camera 2 weeks ago. So far, I love it. It finally came down to a price range my wife would agree on. I would buy it again in an instant. I can only imagine how nice the 10d is, especially with the improved AF. Problems: Only 3 problems and 1 is just a suggestion for improvement. AF sucks. Yes, it is pretty good at it in optimum light. My big issue is even in well lit areas, my camera is constantly making small corrections so the lens is in constant mostion. Lower light, ...

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