SLR purists can skip this section if they like. The D30 has a built-in flash with approx. ranges as defined below (Wide / Tele refer to recommended EF 28 - 85 mm lens):
|ISO speed||Wide-angle: 24 mm||Telephoto: 85 mm|
|100||1 - 3.4 m (3.3 - 11.2 ft)||1 - 2.6 m (3.3 - 8.5 ft)|
|200||1 - 4.8 m (3.3 - 15.7 ft)||1 - 3.7 m (3.3 - 12.1 ft)|
|400||1 - 6.8 m (3.3 - 22.3 ft)||1 - 5.3 m (3.3 - 17.4 ft)|
|800||1 - 9.6 m (3.3 - 31.5 ft)||1 - 7.5 m (3.3 - 24.6 ft)|
|1600||1 - 13.7 m (3.3 - 44.9 ft)||1 - 10.6 m (3.3 - 34.8 ft)|
Interestingly the built-in flash is also E-TTL (Evaluative), that is the camera measures flash output / metering by a short pre-flash just milliseconds before the main flash. The built-in flash can sync up to 1/200s. The flash pop-up is motorised, that is pressing the flash button pops the flash up using a motorised release mechanism. In AUTO exposure the flash will automatically pop-up when required. The redeye reduction system is attached to the AF assist lamp (below).
The D30 also allows for FE-Lock (Flash Exposure Lock) which can be used to take a meter reading of the subject using the flash before taking the shot. This can be useful for recomposing the scene, with the flash up (or an EX flash attached) simply aim the center of the frame at the subject to be metered, press the * button and the camera will fire the flash and take a meter reading, the next shot you take will use this locked exposure.
AF Assist Lamp
Additional features enabled by the 550EX Speedlight: E-TTL (as described above), High Speed Sync (sync at up to 1/4000sec), Flash Exposure Compensation (+/-2EV in 0.5 EV steps), Flash Exposure Bracketing (bracket three shots +/-3EV in 0.5 EV steps), Modeling Flash (a 70hz strobe of light for checking shadows - press the DOF preview button), Wireless Multi-Light E-TTL Autoflash.
Supplied In the Box
The contents of the retail box are:
- Canon EOS-D30 SLR Digital Camera
- BP-511 Lithium-Ion battery
- CA-PS400 AC adapter/charger (110-240V)
- DC Coupler DR-400
- 16 MB CompactFlash card
- Strap (with eyepiece cover)
- USB cable (IFC-200 PCU)
- Video cable (VC-100)
- Canon Solutions CD-ROM
- USB / TWAIN driver
- Remote Capture
- Photo Stitch
- Zoom Browser
- Adobe Photoshop LE CD-ROM
- User Manual
Footnote: Along with the camera I received a pre-production "rough copy" of the manual. I'd like to state my huge admiration for whoever wrote this manual, it's a beautiful piece of work, 151 pages of clear, concise information covering everything that beginners and professionals alike would need to know. Every function of the camera is described in easy to follow 1-2-3-4-5 steps with excellent diagrams and plain English. (Finally, a user manual that's better than my review!)
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