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The DJI Air 2S is exactly what many drone enthusiasts have been asking for: a consumerdrone with a 1"-type camera sensor that's budget-friendly. Does it live up to the hype? In our opinion, yes.
Nice strong metal tripod socket aligned along the center line of the lens, just in front of the focal plane (which is indicated on the top of the camera with the normal stroked O marker). The only improvement to the base of the D30 would have been a rubber base plate similar to that found on the D1. Rubber bases always help of you're balancing the camera against a stationary object (temporary tripod).
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.
The AF assist lamp on the D30 will illuminate the subject if light levels are too low for the AF system to make a good focus. The range of the assist lamp is about 3.8m (12.5ft).
The lamp also doubles as a redeye reduction system, when redeye reduction is enabled (and you're taking a flash shot) the lamp will light for up to 1.5 seconds while you half-press the shutter release (a graphical countdown is displayed in the viewfinder), if the subjects look at the lamp the effects of redeye will be reduced.
For flash photography the D30 is fully loaded (but then we'd expect that). It features Canon's latest flash technology, E-TTL (Evaluative TTL metering, a pre-flash just before the main flash). Supported E-TTL flash units: 220EX, 380EX, 420EX, 550EX. Autoflash (E-TTL) is not supported by EZ, E, EG, ML or TL-series speedlights.
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.
The D30 has a metal EF mount and thus supports all Canon EF group lenses (plus some older as manual focus and compatible third party lenses), remember that because the sensor is smaller than a 35mm frame all lenses are subject to a focal length multiplier of 1.6x, thus a 28mm lens becomes 44.8mm.
The contents of the retail box are:
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!)
Imaging-Resource have updated their Canon EOS-D30 preview to a final review (of a production D30). "While not coming anywhere near the speed or incredible ruggedness of the EOS 1V film camera or its brethren, the D30 nonetheless shows solid engineering, and at nearly 3 frames per second is fast enough for most applications. When you toss in its excellent image quality, generous ISO speed capability, superb low-light shooting, excellent flash integration, and compatibility with the full range of Canon EF lenses, it'd be a bargain at twice the price. "
Neil Turner, Contributing Editor has written a lengthy second look at the Canon EOS-D30. Neil had the D30 for three days, in which time he used it for pretty much all of his professional shooting. "Quite simply I have substituted the D30 for one of my DCS520s for the past few days, and it has been my main camera at all times. Obviously, I have no control over where the paper sends me so the D30 hasn't had it's assignments chosen to suit it at all. I have amassed three pages of handwritten notes and there are a million thoughts going through my brain, so here goes."
Rob Galbraith has published his appraisal of Canon's EOS-D30 from a photojournalists point of view, Rob introduces the article, "D30 image quality is top-notch and 550EX flash photography is a breeze. But the camera may not be the best choice for peak action sports. This article looks at some of the Canon EOS D30's main strengths and weaknesses, and includes 14 full-resolution photos."
Jeff over at DCResource has just posted his own Canon EOS-D30 user review. Here's what Jeff had to say about the D30 "I don't feel that I can answer the above question, since this is the first Pro SLR digital camera I've used. Is the D30 a great camera? Yes, absolutely -- it continually amazed me every time I used it. If you've got a collection of Canon lenses and want to go digital in a big way, the D30 is for you. Even if you don't, and can afford the D30, it's definitely something to consider. Most of our readers will just daydream about the D30, but if it's in your price range, you should definitely check it out!"
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