As always, the acid test comes at very high ISO settings, and the 30D did very well there too. The camera controls ISO and Auto white balance as well. All of us really expect more from the Car white balance of a camera in this price/performance range though.
As always, the acid test comes at very high ISO settings, and the 30D did very well there too. The camera controls ISO and Auto white balance as well. All of us really expect more from the Car white balance of a camera in this price/performance range though. Finally, the Creative Zone refers to the Program AE, Shutter Speed Priority AE, Aperture Concern AE, Manual, and Auto Depth of Field Priority AE exposure modes. Portrait Mode: This mode uses a big aperture setting to decrease the depth of field, which blurs the background to emphasize the subject. Flash Off Mode: The first mode in the Easy Shooting Zone, Flash Off mode disables both the internal flash unit and any external flash unit connected.
The second lens is a renovate of a very fast lens that premoere appearance in 1989, an 85mm family portrait lens with an astonishingly large aperture of f/1. 2. Canon says that the 17-55mm lens will approximate L-series performance. The Canon EOS-1DS accommodates an extremely wide range of Canon lenses, so performance here will depend completely on the lens in use. While not strictly a viewfinder function, the capture-mode Info display shown on the rear-panel LCD screen deserves mention here. All of us ran the Canon EOS-1DS through our usual battery of tests, and have described our findings here. Click this link to see what other Imaging Resource readers have had to say about the Canon EOS-1DS, or add comments of your own!
No cards is included with the EOS 30D, although it accepts CompactFlash memory credit cards. This hasn’t been an issue until now, but current CF cards with capacities as high as 8 GB require FAT32 support to use them. On the 30D, this requires a flash length of 1/250-second. Uniform, long-duration flash signal like this permit use of shutter speeds as high as the 1/8, 000-second maximum that the 30D is capable of. A separate charger comes in the box with the 30D. The US version works much like many of the recent ELPH chargers, with two flip-out prongs that plug directly into the wall. As fast as WIA seemed to be, exchanges through Canon’s own Image Viewer tool were much faster, at 2, 190 KB/second.
In this mode, the camera makes all exposure decisions with the exception of image quality. The opposite side of the camera features a hinged rubber flap covering the digital (USB) and Video Away sockets. This is very fast, even among cameras with USB v2. zero interfaces. Like most digital SLRs, the sensor in the EOS 30D is smaller than a 35mm film frame. The 30D ships with a quite complete complement of software on both Mac and Windows platforms, including Canon’s EOS DIGITAL Solution Disk, and a copy of Adobe Photoshop Elements(tm).
As an example, the AF assist beam on the 550EX is rated as good to about 50 feet, versus the roughly 13 foot of the lamp on the 30D itself. The Continuous Shooting mode is rated by Canon at five frames per second, a number that matched exactly the 5. 0 frames/second that I measured in my own tests. Among digital SLRs currently on the market, the 30D is above average in conditions of shooting speed, very competitive with units it’ll be stacked up against in the marketplace. On the 30D, Canon offers a two dimensional adjustment for tweaking white balance, as shown above right. Besides the above-mentioned exposure information and feedback, the 30D’s playback options incorporate a thumbnail index display, normal full-frame viewing of captured images, and a zoomed view, as shown at right.
Metering Mode / Flash Exposure Compensation Button: Just off from the top right corner of the small LCD display panel along with the camera is the shiny dark Metering Mode / Flash Exposure Compensation Button. EV exposure compensation adjustment to get bright results (quite typical for this shot). Good coverage with the built/in flash, about average positive exposure payment required to boost exposure. Frankly, I have always found that one-third EV compensation is just about ideal for digicams. Canon redesigned the raised area around the LCD, and they enlarged and revised the eight-way joystick somewhat.