How many Megapixels does the Canon 30D have?
The Canon EOS 30D is equipped with a an APS-C sensor that offers an image resolution of 8.2 megapixels (MP), or 8.2 million pixels. With its native aspect ratio of 3:2, the sensor has 3 504 horizontal pixels and 2 336 vertical pixels.
A high megapixel count makes it possible to crop any captured image substantially or to make very large prints from the image file. On the downside, large megapixel files are slower to transfer and take up more storage space on the computer harddisk. Also, high-resolution imaging requires sharper, more expensive lenses than low-res picture taking.
How large can I print with 8.2 MP?
The maximum print size of the Canon 30D for good quality output (200 dots per inch) amounts to 17.5 x 11.7 inches or 44.5 x 29.7 cm, for very good quality (250 dpi) 14 x 9.3 inches or 35.6 x 23.7 cm, and for excellent quality (300 dpi) 11.7 x 7.8 inches or 29.7 x 19.8 cm. Few people actually print their images that large on a regular basis, but it is nice to have the option to make very large prints of exceptional shots. Also, as mentioned earlier, a key advantage of high-MP cameras is that it is possible to crop an image ex-post and thereby, for example, change the composition of the capture or zoom in on some detail.
Sensor specs and performance
The table below compares the sensor specs of the Canon 30D to those of several similar cameras. In addition to sensor class and megapixel count, DXO values are reported as indicators of the sensor's imaging quality (higher is better). Three aspects are covered: color depth (DXO Portrait), dynamic range (DXO Landscape), and high-ISO noise (DXO Sports). Larger sensor cameras tend to outperform cameras of the same generation that are equipped with a smaller imager. On the other hand, larger sensors are more expensive and require bigger and heavier lenses than smaller light receptors.
In the United States, the 30D was initially launched in February 2006 at a price of $1,399.
Camera to camera comparisons
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|Camera Model||Canon 30D|
|Camera Type||Digital single lens reflex|
|Camera Lens||Canon EF mount lenses|
|Launch Date||February 2006|
|Launch Price||USD 1 399|
|Sensor Format||APS-C Sensor|
|Sensor Size||22.5 x 15.0 mm|
|Sensor Area||338 mm2|
|Sensor Diagonal||27 mm|
|Sensor Resolution||8.2 Megapixels|
|Image Resolution||3 504 x 2 336 pixels|
|Pixel Pitch||6.42 μm|
|Pixel Density||2.43 MP/cm2|
|Moiré control||Anti-Alias filter|
|Movie Capability||no Video|
|ISO Setting||100 - 1 600 ISO|
|ISO Boost||100 - 3 200 ISO|
|Image Processor||DIGIC 2|
|DXO Sensor Quality (score)||59|
|DXO Color Depth (bits)||21.5|
|DXO Dynamic Range (EV)||10.8|
|DXO Low Light (ISO)||736|
|Viewfinder Type||Optical viewfinder|
|Viewfinder Field of View||95%|
|Top-Level Screen||Control Panel|
|LCD Size||2.5 inch|
|LCD Resolution||230k dots|
|LCD Attachment||Fixed screen|
|Touch Input||No touchscreen|
|Focus System||Phase-detect AF|
|Manual Focusing Aid||no Peaking Feature|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/8000s|
|Continuous Shooting||5 shutter flaps/s|
|Shutter Life Expectancy||100 000 actuations|
|Silent Shooting||no E-Shutter|
|Time Lapse Photography||no Intervalometer|
|Fill Flash||Built-in Flash|
|Storage Medium||CF cards|
|Single or Dual Card Slots||Single card slot|
|Studio Flash||PC Sync socket|
|USB Connector||USB 2.0|
|HDMI Port||no HDMI|
|Wifi Support||no Wifi|
|Battery Type||BP-511A power pack|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||750 shots per charge|
144 x 106 x 74 mm
(5.7 x 4.2 x 2.9 in)
|Camera Weight||785 g (27.7 oz)|
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