Canon USA, one of the more prolific manufacturers of consumer-level digital cameras, recently introduced a model aimed at pro users and advanced amateurs. With its three-megapixel CMOS imager and crisp image quality, the EOS D30 would be a welcome addition to a photographer’s camera bag.
Given Canon’s history, it’s not surprising that the EOS D30 incorporates such film-based features as three-point autofocus, multipoint light metering, and multiple shooting modes. And the D30 readily accepts most accessories, including Canon’s EF autofocus lenses. But the camera’s most noteworthy feature is that it incorporates a CMOS imager rather than a power-hungry CCD, without giving images the soft-focus look other CMOS-enabled cameras impart. The images are clear, have good color balance, and don’t suffer from excessive noise problems. And the 1.8-inch LCD shows both captured images and menus; you can capture an image even if you’re already using the LCD to select a different file size or to view images.