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Playback & Menus

Scrolling through images and menus was very fast, Canon have used the "rough thumbnail" method of display (a finer image loads if you wait about a second) so that you can quickly (as quickly as you can turn the quick command dial) scroll through images. I was a little disappointed that there's only one level of zoom in playback mode and that because there's no 4-way controller you have to scroll through each "zoomed position" (just like a Coolpix 950).


Camera INFO display

Camera information, pressing the INFO button with no reviewed image displays a quick view of current camera settings (very useful).

Power off mode, Review mode & time, Parameters selected, Custom functions, Flash compensation, Bracketing mode, Frames available at current quality/size setting, Remaining CF space, current ISO sensitivity.


Record review display

If review settings are set to On (Info) you'll get this display after each image shot (if just set to On then you'll get a review image and no histogram/information). On (Info) shows a thumbnail of the image taken, histogram of the exposure, blinking overexposed areas and variety of exposure information:

Folder name, filename, Program mode, shutter speed, aperture, exposure compensation, ISO sensitivity, White balance mode, Metering mode, Image number, Image quality / size, Date & Time.


Play review display

Basic image playback mode, displays the frame number (in this case 1 of 1) folder name (100) and sequence number (0001). Filename is constructed as:

CANONxxx/IMG_yyyy.JPG
    -or-
CANONxxx/CRW_yyyy.CRW (RAW files)

Where xxx is folder name and yyyy is sequence number.

The D30 features a histogram mode in playback with the (now seemingly standard) blinking overexposed areas highlighted and a full complement of exposure information (shown right).

Folder name, filename, Program mode, shutter speed, aperture, exposure compensation, ISO sensitivity, White balance mode, Metering mode, Image number, Image quality / size, Date & Time.

Custom white balance can be set from a previously taken image (typically a white card or white object). This is slightly different than the traditional white balance preset, however it does offer the advantage of being able to keep white balance "reference points" for particular scenes which will guarantee the same white balance over the course of a session (for example shots mixed between indoor and outdoor).


Record Setup Menu Group (Red)

Menu options are split into three groups, your location within the whole camera menu is indicated by the small scroll-bar style dot on the right side of the LCD.

Quality *

Combinations of Large or Small images with Normal or Fine JPEG compression. And here's good news for us, Canon have resurrected RAW mode, it's back and now at 12-bits per pixel weighing in at roughly 2.5 - 3 MB per image. RAW files are losslessly compressed (similar to Zip).

RAW TWAIN acquire included with the camera (for free, take note Nikon) and covered in more detail later in this review.

Redeye reduction

On - camera uses the AF illumination lamp to illuminate and reduce the size of the subjects retina before main flash.
Off - camera does not use redeye reduction

Auto-exposure Bracket (AEB)

Set bracketing to three shots at +/-2EV in 0.3 EV steps (or 0.5 EV depending on the setting of custom function 4).

ISO speed (CMOS sensitivity) *

ISO equivalence is selectable between 100 all the way up to 1600.

Parameters *

Parameters is a powerful feature which allows you to select from up to three preset parameter sets (programmable through the TWAIN interface) these control settings:

Contrast (Tone) Low, Standard, High
Sharpness Low, Standard, High
Colour Saturation Low, Standard, High

Bold settings are the "Standard" parameter set.

* This function can also be programmed onto a combination of the SET and Quick Command Dial through custom function 12, this means you can change the value of this parameter quickly without having to enter the menu system (value is displayed on top LCD when SET is pressed in record mode).


Camera Setup Menu Group (Yellow)

Auto power off

Sets the power saving option, as you can see a good range of settings from 1 to 30 minutes. Alternatively you can disable the power save option all together.

Review mode

Review mode controls the display of the review image immediately after taking a shot, this can be set to Off, On or On (Info). On (Info) will probably be of most interest to users as it displays the same details as the playback histogram mode (above) giving immediate feedback on the exposure.

The review can always be interrupted by taking the next shot (or half-press shutter release).

Review time

Amount of time the review image / information (above) is displayed.

The "Hold" setting will keep the review image displayed on the LCD until you half-press the shutter release (or AF button).

LCD Brightness

Unfortunately the D30 only has two LCD brightness settings of Standard and Bright. To be honest I couldn't see a great deal of difference between Standard and Bright. I'd like to have seen a larger range of LCD brightness settings.

Having said that the LCD on the D30 is brighter and sharper than most (certainly better than the LCD on Kodak's DCS series - a question I've been asked).

Set Date/Time

Set the cameras internal clock and select the date format (mm/dd/yy, dd/mm/yy, yy/mm/dd).

File numbering

Alters the way the sequence number appending to the file (IMG_ or CRW_) is handled. Set to Auto reset this number will be reset after each change of CF card, otherwise a running number is used.

Language

This will be the language selection for final cameras. English, German, French and Japanese.

Video system

Select either NTSC (Japan, USA, Canada, Mexico) or PAL (rest of the world). Video is only output as it would be on the rear LCD.

As the D30 is an SLR (mirror down, shutter closed, no special image pickup CCD) there's no way to get a live video stream from the camera.

Format

Entering the format menu option displays total CF capacity and used capacity and asks for confirmation of format before it's carried out.

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