|Standard Digital AF SLR Camera based on the Canon's Unique EOS Technology for Large-Area CMOS Imaging Sensor with 3.25 million pixels|
|EOS D30 (Part 3)|
Continuing from last month's article, this issue completes the report on the EOS D30, covering features 14 to 20. Please read the two previous issues of this D30 Technical Report for the introduction and features 1 through 13.
Feature 14: Powerful lithium ion rechargeable battery pack power supply
The EOS D30 has three types of power supply, one for every photographic occasion.
 Battery Pack BP-511
The Battery Pack BP-511 is a powerful 1,100mAh lithium ion 7.4V rechargeable battery. (Photo 2) It will take about 540 images when it is fully charged (at normal temperature with 50% built-in flash use). The exclusive Compact Power Adapter CA-PS400 (Figure 1) will recharge two battery packs at once. Normal recharging time per battery is approximately 90 minutes, or 150 minutes for a completely full charge. The battery pack measures 38 x 21 x 55mm and weighs approximately 70g. The suggested list price of Battery Pack BP-511 is 8,000 yen (in Japan).
 Battery Grip BG-ED3
This large capacity Battery Grip BG-ED3 was specifically designed concurrently with the EOS D30 to double the shooting capacity and to improve camera handling when using the vertical format. It holds two BP-511 battery packs in parallel, and takes about 1,080 images when fully charged (twice as many as when the EOS D30 is used alone (Table 1). As shown in Figure 2, it has a shutter release button for taking vertical shots, a main electronic dial, an AE lock/FE lock button, and an AF point selection button, making vertical shooting as easy as horizontal shooting. It measures 145.9 x 109.2 x 72.2mm and weighs 320g (main body only). The suggested list price of Battery Grip BG-ED3 is 20,000 yen (in Japan).
| DC Coupler for Household (Mains) Power Supply
The EOS D30 can be operated from a household power outlet (for 100 ~ 240V AC) by using the Compact Power Adapter CA-PS400 and the DC Coupler DR-400 in place of the Battery Pack BP-511.
This is extremely effective when a large number of shots are to be made, such as in the studio. The Battery Pack BP-511 cannot be recharged while this combination is being used.
Feature 15: Seven types of selectable white balance including customized operation
In order to reproduce natural color under different light sources, conventional film cameras require selection of the appropriate film type, or by using color temperature conversion filters, but digital cameras can handle these requirements by their white balance function.
The EOS D30 has the following seven white balance functions incorporated into the TTL metering. The figure shown in parentheses represents the corresponding color temperature (in Kelvin).
 Auto (approximately 3,000 ~ 7,000 K)
 Sun light (approximately 5,500 K)
 Cloudy (approximately 6,000 K)
 Light bulb (approximately 3,200 K)
 Fluorescent light (approximately 4,000 K)
 Flash (approximately 6,000 K)
 Manual (approximately 2,000 ~ 10,000 K)
Feature 16: Thirteen Custom Functions available
The EOS D30 features the following 13 Custom Functions (C.Fn).
 Noise Reduction for Long Exposure
This function is effective in reducing the image noise that is generated when the exposure time exceeds one second.
 AF Start/AE Lock
Similar to the C.Fn-4 of the EOS-1V, this function is effective when the focusing and exposure are to be determined independently.
 Mirror Lockup Shooting
Allows shooting with the mirror locked up.
 Settings for Tv, Av and Exposure Compensation Level
Either 1/2-stop or 1/3-stop increments can be set.
 AF-Assist Light
Allows disabling the AF-Assist Light.
 Shutter Speed Control in Av Mode with flash
Allows either "Automatic setting" or "Fixed at 1/200 second".
 AEB Shooting Sequence and Cancellation
This function is identical to the C.Fn-9 of the EOS-1V.
 Shutter Curtain Flash Sync
Allows switching between first or second curtain flash sync.
 Lens AF Stop Button Function Switch
Similar to the C.Fn-19 function of the EOS-1V, you can assign one of the AF stop/AF start/AE Lock functions to the button on image stabilizer (IS) super-telephoto lenses.
 Automatic Fill-flash Reduction for Daylight Sync Flash Exposure
This function is identical to the C.Fn-14 of the EOS-1V.
 MENU Button Return Position
Although normally the first menu item is displayed by pressing the MENU button, this sequence can be altered so that the most recently set item will be shown first. This function is effective for prompt menu selection for items that are frequently changed.
 SET Button Function when Shooting
The SET button is used mainly to set the menu, and no function is activated when shooting at the default setting (C.Fn-12-0). The following functions can be quickly assigned during shooting.
C.Fn-12-1: Change quality (image size and compression ratio)
C.Fn-12-2: Change ISO speed index
C.Fn-12-3: Select development parameters
If the function you need is pre-assigned, that particular function can be changed readily during shooting. This improves the change response substantially.
 Sensor Cleaning
Allows cleaning the CMOS sensor surface if it is contaminated by dust. This raises the mirror and opens the shutter. Use a blower from the lens mount side.
The setting of the custom functions can be made through selecting the functions by the quick control dial and pressing the SET button. To select the function, you can refer to the menu screen display on the back (corresponding to the custom function card that is bundled with the EOS-1V and EOS-3).
Feature 17: USB interface incorporated as standard
The EOS D30 interfacing through its Universal Serial Bus (USB) terminal with Windows 98/Windows 2000 (pre-installed machines only) PCs, and supports Plug and Play (connection and disconnection is possible even when the power is turned on). Simply by connecting Canon's USB interface cable between the camera and a personal computer, the application software titled Zoom Browser Ex, which needs to be pre-installed in the computer, is automatically started. With this configuration, it is possible to perform image manipulation such as importing, choosing and printing through simple operations.
[Note] USB Compatibility: Macintosh computers equipped with Apple's genuine USB interface: Power Macintosh G3/G4, PowerBook G3, iMac and iBook
Feature 18: Worldwide Video Compatibility with NTSC/PAL switching function
With the EOS D30 has a video signal output terminal, it is possible to verify images or output them to other audio-visual equipment. The video signal output is compatible both with NTSC and PAL. Switching between the two video systems is accomplished through the menu.
|Feature 19: Compatible with the full family of EOS series accessories
The entire system configuration of the EOS D30 is depicted in Figure 3. In addition to the EF lens series, the EOS D30 permits the use of all general purpose accessories designed for the EOS system including the EX series Speedlites, viewfinder accessories, and the new three-terminal remote control accessories.
AE exposure with the following accessories is not reliable. Manual exposure is recommended.
Lens mount converter FD-EOS or the Macro lens mount converter FD-EOS
EZ series flash
Since the plug shape of the remote switch 60T3 and the wireless controller LC-3 are different from that of EOS D30, they cannot be fitted to the camera. They can, however, be attached to the EOS D30 through the remote switch adapter RA-N3.
Feature 20: Comprehensive set of application software bundled
The following personal computer software is bundled with the camera for users to display and manipulate the images shot by the EOS D30. The symbols [W] and [M] indicate software compatible with the following operating systems.
 Zoom Browser EX 2.2 [W]
This software is for managing and searching recorded images. Simply by connecting the camera to a personal computer through a dedicated USB cable, images shot by the EOS D30 are automatically exported to the personal computer. Simple operations permit list display, enlargement, reduction, searching, arranging and printing of the images.
 Image Browser 1.2 [M]
This is the Macintosh version of the above-mentioned Zoom Browser EX 2.2.
 Photo Stitch 3.1 [W] and [M]
This software permits the automatic patching in a tile arrangement of multiple images in horizontal as well as vertical directions. This software is useful in making panoramic images.
 Adobe Photoshop LE [W] and [M]
This is a "lite" version of "Photoshop", which is well-established software for image processing. This software contains the functions needed for processing, correcting, and editing images including color correction, painting and retouching.
 Remote Capture [W] and [M]
This software enables to EOS D30 shutter release through a personal computer when the camera is connected with the dedicated USB cable. Using this software, images taken by the camera can be stored directly in the computer.
 TWAIN Driver [W]
 Photoshop Plug-In Module [M]
This information on the EOS D30 has been presented in three parts. We hope the information will be helpful. Because of the limited space in the Technical Report, some unfamiliar terms might have been left without sufficient explanations. We hope to provide more comprehensive explanations of these terms in a future issue. Finally, the major specifications of the EOS D30 are given in Table 2.