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Canon EOS 30D 8.2 Megapixel Digital SLR Camera (Lens Kit 18-55mm) - Half Price Now £399.99 @ Play

£399.99 @ Play.Com
Excellent camera and price. Specifications: 8.2 MP CMOS sensor 5fps, 30 JPEG image burst 2.5" LCD Suitable Memory Card Size: 8GB CF Picture Style image processing Spot metering & 9-point … Read More
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8y, 9m agoFound 8 years, 9 months ago
Excellent camera and price.

Specifications:

8.2 MP CMOS sensor
5fps, 30 JPEG image burst
2.5" LCD
Suitable Memory Card Size: 8GB CF
Picture Style image processing
Spot metering & 9-point AF
DIGIC II
Digital Photo Professional software
Magnesium alloy body
Compatible with all EF/EF-S lenses and EX Speedlite flashes

Image Sensor:
Type: 22.5 x 15.0mm CMOS
Effective Pixels: Approx. 8.2M
Total Pixels: Approx. 8.5M
Aspect Ratio: 3:2
Low-Pass Filter: Built-in/Fixed
Colour Filter Type: Primary Colour

Image Processor:
Type: DIGIC II

Lens:
Lens Mount: EF/EF-S
Focal Length: 1.6x Multiplication with EF lens fitted

Focusing:
Type: TTL-CT-SIR with a CMOS sensor
AF System / Points: 9-point AF
AF Working Range: EV -0.5-18 (at 20°C & ISO 100)
AF Modes: AI Focus / One Shot / AI Servo
AF Point Selection: Automatic selection, Manual selection
Selected AF Point Display: Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on top LCD panel
Predictive AF: Yes
AF Lock: Locked when shutter button is pressed half way in One Shot AF mode
AF Assist Beam: intermittent firing of built-in flash
Manual Focus: Selected on lens

Exposure Shutter:
Metering Modes: TTL full aperture metering with 35 zone SPC, (1) Evaluative metering (linked to any AF point), (2) Partial metering (approx. 9% of viewfinder at centre), (3) Spot metering: Centre spot metering (approx. 3.5% viewfinder at centre), (4) Centre weighted average metering
Metering Range: EV 1-20 (at 20°C with 50mm f/1.4 lens ISO100)
AE Lock: Auto: Operates in 1-shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved / Manual: By AE lock button in creative zone modes
Exposure Compensation: +/- 2 EV, 1/2 or 1/3-stop increments
AEB: +/- 2 EV, 1/2 or 1/3-stop increments
ISO Speed Equivalent: 100-1600 (in 1/3-stop increments) ISO can be expanded to H: 3200 (selected in Custom Function)

Shutter:
Type: Electronically-controlled focal-plane shutter
Speed: 30-1/8000 sec (1/2 or 1/3 stop increments), Bulb
Shutter Release: Soft touch electromagnetic release

White Balance:
Type: Auto white balance with the imaging sensor
Settings: AWB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White Fluorescent light, Flash, Custom, Colour Temperature Setting. White balance compensation: 1. Blue/Amber +/-9 2. Magenta/ Green +/-9

WB Bracketing:
+/-3 stops in full stop increments, 3 bracketed images per shutter release. Selectable Blue/Amber bias or Magenta/ Green bias

Colour Matrix:
Type: Two types of colour space, sRGB and Adobe RGB

Viewfinder:
Viewfinder: Pentaprism
Coverage (Vertical/Horizontal): Approx. 95%
Magnification: 0.9x ¹
Eyepoint: 20mm
Dioptre Correction: -3 to +1 dpt
Focusing Screen: Fixed
Mirror: Quick-return half mirror (Transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60, no mirror cut-off with EF600mm f/4 or shorter)
Viewfinder Information: AF information (AF points, focus confirmation light), exposure information (shutter speed, aperture value, ISO speed, AE lock, exposure level/compensation, spot metering circle, exposure warning, AEB), flash information (flash ready, high-speed sync, FE lock, flash exposure compensation), white balance correction, AF confirmation, CF card information
Depth of Field Preview: Yes
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#1
http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Canon30D/images/Canon30D_main.jpg
#2
Does this qualify for the cashback deal?
#3
i got my 450d 2 months ago....i'd have bought this otherwise !
#4
This was a cracking camera in its day but it is a really old model now and doesn't really stack up against the current models.

Personally I would go for the 450d which can got for around the same price after cashback.
#5
stephenashforth
This was a cracking camera in its day but it is a really old model now and doesn't really stack up against the current models.


I don't agree with stephenashforth. If you do a lot of low light (without flash) photography, the 30d delivers far superior images to the 450d. You can use IS lenses on the 30d as well. If you need the live view or want to focus on screen, the 450d is the better choice. Both cameras are excellent, It all depends what you prefer.
#6
Sorry but I think the 30D though older is still the better camera.
#7
Although technology moves on, the 30D is still a semi-pro camera with much better build than the xxxD range on consumer cameras.

You will get better handling, better 5fps, better penta-prism viewfinder but the newer cameras have new toys like sensor cleaning, live view and more megapixels.

I personally would get a 450d but that's only because I prefer a lighter/smaller package.
#8
stephenashforth
This was a cracking camera in its day but it is a really old model now and doesn't really stack up against the current models.

Personally I would go for the 450d which can got for around the same price after cashback.

Lol WHAT! In its day.. that was two years ago - it's still a far superior camera to the 450D! The only difference between the 30D and 40D is minimal, so quite how you can say any of that is unbelievable.

This camera rocks, for the price it's fantastic.
#9
pet2000
I don't agree with stephenashforth. If you do a lot of low light (without flash) photography, the 30d delivers far superior images to the 450d. You can use IS lenses on the 30d as well. If you need the live view or want to focus on screen, the 450d is the better choice. Both cameras are excellent, It all depends what you prefer.


i wouldnt say the 30d "delivers" better images.....its the lens that does most of the work !!!!

its really down to personal choice.....i do like the alloy body....but like the weight of the 450d.....

the 450d won't shoot quite as quickly......but its more user friendly as a relative newbie to photography/SLR cameras.

lastly, if im not mistaken, is the flash not far superior on the 450d, when compared with the 30d......for those not using a flashgun ????
#10
K13wjd the flash on both models is ISO 13. I have a 30D as my backup body to my 1D mkIII and I have to say I am still impressed with the 30D shots. I had a 350D for a while but the body was just too small for me. 30D is so well balanced. As for choosing between the 450 or 30, well new toys and higher megapixel tip it for the average user but I would rather add a bit more and go 40D, as the price of this model will fall due to the release of the 50D.
#11
The 30d delivers EXACTLY the same image quality to the 400d I believe as it uses the same engine and sensor. Where the 30d delivers mainly is ergonomics i.e. far easier / quicker to adjust settings (ISO being one example!) as you have the extra wheel also general performance is enhanced i.e. faster FPS etc. It is still a VERY capable camera but like others I would weigh up this with a 450d which whilst not as ergonomic has one or two more features perhaps more preferable to some. I bet the rear viewing screen is also quite superior on the 450d.

VERY HOT DEAL for me and I would be really struggling between this and a 450d tbh. I think this would just win but for me the size would be the issue.

Don't forget folks before you buy thinking this is the answer to all your photog problems it is the person behind the lens that counts not the camera ;) Only when you have mastered basic photography should you understand why you might need to part with your cash to buy one of these cameras.
#12
Good price. Punt the 18-55 on fleabay and put it towards some better glass though. If I was looking for a backup I'd jump on this in a second.
#13
ollyk
The 30d delivers EXACTLY the same image quality to the 400d I believe as it uses the same engine and sensor. Where the 30d delivers mainly is ergonomics i.e. far easier / quicker to adjust settings (ISO being one example!) as you have the extra wheel also general performance is enhanced i.e. faster FPS etc. It is still a VERY capable camera but like others I would weigh up this with a 450d which whilst not as ergonomic has one or two more features perhaps more preferable to some. I bet the rear viewing screen is also quite superior on the 450d.

VERY HOT DEAL for me and I would be really struggling between this and a 450d tbh. I think this would just win but for me the size would be the issue.

Don't forget folks before you buy thinking this is the answer to all your photog problems it is the person behind the lens that counts not the camera ;) Only when you have mastered basic photography should you understand why you might need to part with your cash to buy one of these cameras.



Is that true given that this is 8MP and the 400D is 10MP ?!

:?
#14
Superb camera at a great price. HOT!
#15
pet2000
You can use IS lenses on the 30d as well.


Why can't you use them on the 450D? Canon's IS technology is all in-lens and I don't see why the 450D wouldn't be able to utilise them.
#16
toonarmani
Is that true given that this is 8MP and the 400D is 10MP ?!

:?


Ah ok there is a slight problem with that statement :oops:

I think you will find I should have said the 350d. I remember various posts at POTN (and other forums) comparing images at various ISO etc and there not being an ounce of difference!

Sorry it was a while ago...
#17
pud1m
Why can't you use them on the 450D? Canon's IS technology is all in-lens and I don't see why the 450D wouldn't be able to utilise them.


Of course it can!
#18
Voted hot, personally believe 30d is better than 450d
#19
Camera technology is up to a level now where the photographer tends to be the weakest link. I've seen people spend ridiculous amounts of money but they can't take a decent pic to save the life. Conversely I've seen people with supposedly poor cameras take some of the best pics I have seen.
#20
Blanco
Conversely I've seen people with supposedly poor cameras take some of the best pics I have seen.


Just to square the circle, I've taken my good camera to photograph supposedley poor people & it's the best camera they've stolen.
#21
As has already been mentioned, for low light photography without a flash (which is the best way to take photos indoors) the 30D is likely to be better. The sensor is marginly bigger and has less megapixels to fit on to it.

Hot deal for a well built camera that is likely to last a lot longer than an entry level one.
#22
Good price for a real solid metal bodied camera.

Lacking a few features and megapixels but this camera would probably outlast some of the newer cheaper models due to the rugged build quality, and would probably be a better bet if you are into sports and action photography due to the 5fps.

A tough choice between the 450D and this, but I think a better all round camera than the cheaper 400D.
#23
The Quick Control Dial is worth it alone - saves f*nnying about with lots of tiny wee buttons when reviewing images, going through menus, etc, etc

If you need to ask which is the best camera or are impressesd by pixel count, go for the 400D/450D.
#24
lets stop ruddy going on about which camera is best, as its not the camera, but the person with the finger on the button, and the lens thats mounted to the body thats takes the photo.........if i have 2 camera's.....of nearly the same spec, one with a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L, and the other a old Sunagor 70-200mm f 20 million lens........which takes the better photo ???????????hmmmm..... i know, the guy who was here 30 seconds ago with a 1839 Daguerreotype , or a


before anyone starts in 2008 awards the 1000d won hands down......same price....here's some info http://www.dcviews.com/press/EISA-2008-2009.htm

if you want to get technical...for those of you with a slr who take photo's " on holiday" or " now and again"......here's a proper camera. hasselblad H3DII-50 .....if you have £20k spare to take a photo or two......how does 50 ( FIFTY) million pixels sound ?.....im guessing it'll retail with a fixed lens around 80-100MM......and prob sell between £20k and £30Kish........don't think they have given prices yet.......soon though. i'm booking a demo. http://www.hasselblad.co.uk/products/h-system/h3dii-50.aspx and before you ask......
300MB a file

lets all try to comment on the ACTUAL deal....which is very good.
#25
I am and have been a pro Photographer for many years.

Please be in no doubt whatsoever, the 30d is much much better than the 450D both in build quality, features and the standard of the images produced.

If you are serious about Photography and are willing to explore the many different aspects of photographic shoots then go for the 30D.

If you want an almost point and shoot general purpose slr then go for the 450D.

Both are very well priced and both will produce good images depending on what you want to use them for.

Voted Hot from me.
#26
Why can't we just have some sensible, useful posts on whether this is a good price for a Canon 30D, rather than whether it's better or worse than a 450D!! The camera doesn't make a good photo regardless of what camera and lens you have, or who is behind the lens. The subject and lighting are much more important considerations!!
#27
if only i had the cash, HOT http://photo-shack.com/img/559cb990c9dffd8675f6bc2186971dc2.gif
#28
k13 wjd
lets stop ruddy going on about which camera is best, as its not the camera, but the person with the finger on the button, and the lens thats mounted to the body thats takes the photo.........if i have 2 camera's.....of nearly the same spec, one with a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L, and the other a old Sunagor 70-200mm f 20 million lens........which takes the better photo ???????????hmmmm..... i know, the guy who was here 30 seconds ago with a 1839 Daguerreotype , or a


before anyone starts in 2008 awards the 1000d won hands down......same price....here's some info http://www.dcviews.com/press/EISA-2008-2009.htm

if you want to get technical...for those of you with a slr who take photo's " on holiday" or " now and again"......here's a proper camera. hasselblad H3DII-50 .....if you have £20k spare to take a photo or two......how does 50 ( FIFTY) million pixels sound ?.....im guessing it'll retail with a fixed lens around 80-100MM......and prob sell between £20k and £30Kish........don't think they have given prices yet.......soon though. i'm booking a demo. http://www.hasselblad.co.uk/products/h-system/h3dii-50.aspx and before you ask......
300MB a file

lets all try to comment on the ACTUAL deal....which is very good.





I think you need to lay down in a dark room for a bit ........ :whistling:







HOT deal for an excellent camera.
#29
lets all try to comment on the ACTUAL deal....which is very good.


exactly what i said......

its the bloody £3 wolf blass from asda that causes my long messages, which may appear single centred and confusing.......and my lack of perfect spelling.....but hey....its better than a samsung !!!!!! yay for canon.....as i said in MY FIRST POST.....

i got my 450d 2 months ago....i'd have bought this otherwise !
#30
k13 wjd
but hey....its better than a samsung !!!!!! yay for canon.....


not to get too off topic but, to be fair I wouldn't say this is better than a Samsung GX-20. I shoot predominantly Canon and have had owned most of their DSLRs including the 20D and 40D, but I also shoot Pentax/Samsung and the latest models are truly excellent cameras.

andy
#31
Lets face it people, if your new to slr photography then the 450d is probably the one to choose. But however, if your fairly experienced then it’s the 30d you would choose as you would probably know, it’s the better camera. IMO I would choose the 450d as im a complete dlsr novice (I picked up the 450d on Friday for £437) and im completely blown away by some of my pics. Conclusion, if its your 1st DSLR then go for the 450d, else you already know the answer so it doesn’t really matter what I say!
#32
photofan
not to get too off topic but, to be fair I wouldn't say this is better than a Samsung GX-20. I shoot predominantly Canon and have had owned most of their DSLRs including the 20D and 40D, but I also shoot Pentax/Samsung and the latest models are truly excellent cameras.

andy


oh for god sake......i meant the less than £100 range....its was a general statement.....

hello people...half price 30d here.....if you want a digi SLR for a good price......

FFS, BUY THIS ONE

end of.
#33
Silverwolf
Why can't we just have some sensible, useful posts on whether this is a good price for a Canon 30D, rather than whether it's better or worse than a 450D!! The camera doesn't make a good photo regardless of what camera and lens you have, or who is behind the lens. The subject and lighting are much more important considerations!!

Most subjects can be made interesting depending on what they're being shot for and who.. the lighting is less of a consideration, that's why we have all the options on an SLR, to compensate for that half the time.
#34
Voted Hot as it a super camera but this deal is not as good as the one I got the other week for the same camera what I got to replace a 400D. Pay £321 for my one :thumbsup:
#35
I have one of these, great camera. Great deal! For more info on the camera look here http://www.productsifter.com/Gadgets/DigitalCameras/DigitalSLRs/Canon-EOS-30D-review.aspx

Ideal for sports etc... as it's a fast camera.
#37
drat! it's gone up to £699 now :(
was going to replace my aging 350d.
#38
olympus e-510 twin kit.

u get 2 lenses as good as canon L glass, and get the whole kit for LESS than the cost of 1 canon L lens.

no point getting a slr and having a rubbish lens, only oly offer quality lenses as standard, all the others charge loads for them.

if u dont want to spend 1000s on lenses, get the 510, easily the best slr package under 1,000
#39
cats
olympus e-510 twin kit.

u get 2 lenses as good as canon L glass, and get the whole kit for LESS than the cost of 1 canon L lens.

no point getting a slr and having a rubbish lens, only oly offer quality lenses as standard, all the others charge loads for them.

if u dont want to spend 1000s on lenses, get the 510, easily the best slr package under 1,000


are you joking? E510 kit lens are slightly better than Canon kit lens, but L glass is obviously another level!
#40
davebach172
drat! it's gone up to £699 now :(
was going to replace my aging 350d.


Was this a mis-price then?

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