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Canon D30 vs T5

The Canon EOS-D30 and the Canon EOS Rebel T5 (labelled Canon 1200D in some countries) are two digital cameras that were officially introduced, respectively, in May 2000 and February 2014. Both are DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) cameras that are equipped with an APS-C sensor. The D30 has a resolution of 3.1 megapixels, whereas the T5 provides 17.9 MP.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Canon D30 versus Canon T5
Canon D30 Canon T5
Digital single lens reflex Digital single lens reflex
Canon EF mount lenses Canon EF mount lenses
3.1 MP, APS-C Sensor 17.9 MP, APS-C Sensor
no Video 1080/30p Video
ISO 100-1,600 ISO 100-6,400 (100 - 12,800)
Optical viewfinder Optical viewfinder
1.8 LCD, 114k dots 3.0 LCD, 460k dots
Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive) Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive)
3 shutter flaps per second 3 shutter flaps per second
540 shots per battery charge500 shots per battery charge
150 x 107 x 75 mm, 750 g 130 x 100 x 78 mm, 480 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Canon EOS-D30 and the Canon EOS Rebel T5? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison

The physical size and weight of the Canon D30 and the Canon T5 are illustrated in the side-by-side display below. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive perspectives from the front, the top, and the back are available. All width, height and depth dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

Size Canon D30 vs Canon T5
Compare D30 versus T5 top
Comparison D30 or T5 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Canon T5 is notably smaller (19 percent) than the Canon D30. Moreover, the T5 is substantially lighter (36 percent) than the D30. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the D30 nor the T5 are weather-sealed.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete since they do not consider the interchangeable lenses that both of these cameras require. In this particular case, both cameras feature the same lens mount, so that they can use the same lenses. You can compare the optics available in the Canon EF Lens Catalog.

Concerning battery life, the D30 gets 540 shots out of its BP-511 battery, while the T5 can take 500 images on a single charge of its LP-E10 power pack.

The following table provides a synthesis of the main physical specifications of the two cameras and other similar ones. In case you want to display and compare another camera duo, you can use the CAM-parator app to select your camera combination among a large number of options.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon D30 150 mm 107 mm 75 mm 750 g 540 n May 2000 2,999 i
2.
 
Canon T5 130 mm 100 mm 78 mm 480 g 500 n Feb 2014 449 i
3.
 
Canon T100 129 mm 102 mm 77 mm 436 g 500 n Feb 2018 399 i
4.
 
Canon 77D 131 mm 100 mm 76 mm 540 g 600 n Feb 2017 899 i
5.
 
Canon 200D 122 mm 93 mm 70 mm 453 g 650 n Jun 2017 549 i
6.
 
Canon 5D Mark IV 151 mm 116 mm 76 mm 890 g 900 Y Aug 2016 3,499 i
7.
 
Canon 80D 139 mm 105 mm 79 mm 730 g 960 Y Feb 2016 1,199 i
8.
 
Canon T6 129 mm 101 mm 78 mm 485 g 500 n Mar 2016 449 i
9.
 
Canon SL1 117 mm 91 mm 69 mm 407 g 380 n Mar 2013 549 i
10.
 
Canon T5i 133 mm 100 mm 79 mm 580 g 440 n Mar 2013 649 i
11.
 
Canon T3 130 mm 100 mm 78 mm 495 g 700 n Feb 2011 449 i
12.
 
Canon 40D 146 mm 108 mm 74 mm 822 g 750 n Aug 2007 1,299 i
13.
 
Canon 30D 144 mm 106 mm 74 mm 785 g 750 n Feb 2006 1,399 i
14.
 
Canon 20D 144 mm 106 mm 72 mm 770 g 700 n Aug 2004 1,499 i
15.
 
Canon 10D 150 mm 107 mm 75 mm 850 g 500 n Feb 2003 1,999 i
16.
 
Canon 300D 142 mm 99 mm 72 mm 649 g 400 n Aug 2003 899 i
17.
 
Canon D60 150 mm 107 mm 75 mm 855 g 620 n Feb 2002 2,999 i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

The price is, of course, an important factor in any camera decision. The manufacturer’s suggested retail prices give an idea on the placement of the camera in the maker’s lineup and the broader market. The T5 was launched at a markedly lower price (by 85 percent) than the D30, which puts it into a different market segment. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.

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Sensor comparison

The size of the imaging sensor is a crucial determinant of image quality. A large sensor will generally have larger individual pixels that offer better low-light sensitivity, provide wider dynamic range, and have richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Moreover, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more control over depth-of-field in the image and, thus, the ability to better isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors are more costly to manufacture and tend to lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

Both cameras under consideration feature an APS-C sensor, but their sensors differ slightly in size. The sensor area in the T5 is 1 percent bigger. They nevertheless have the same format factor of 1.6. Both cameras have a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 3:2.

Canon D30 and Canon T5 sensor measures

With 17.9MP, the T5 offers a higher resolution than the D30 (3.1MP), but the T5 has smaller individual pixels (pixel pitch of 4.31μm versus 10.29μm for the D30). Yet, the T5 is a much more recent model (by 13 years and 9 months) than the D30, and its sensor will have benefitted from technological advances during this time that enhance the light gathering capacity of its pixel-units.

The resolution advantage of the Canon T5 implies greater flexibility for cropping images or the possibility to print larger pictures. The maximum print size of the T5 for good quality output (200 dots per inch) amounts to 25.9 x 17.3 inches or 65.8 x 43.9 cm, for very good quality (250 dpi) 20.7 x 13.8 inches or 52.7 x 35.1 cm, and for excellent quality (300 dpi) 17.3 x 11.5 inches or 43.9 x 29.3 cm. The corresponding values for the Canon D30 are 10.8 x 7.2 inches or 27.4 x 18.3 cm for good quality, 8.6 x 5.8 inches or 21.9 x 14.6 cm for very good quality, and 7.2 x 4.8 inches or 18.3 x 12.2 cm for excellent quality prints.

The Canon EOS-D30 has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 1600. The corresponding ISO settings for the Canon EOS Rebel T5 are ISO 100 to ISO 6400, with the possibility to increase the ISO range to 100-12800.

D30 versus T5 MP

Consistent information on actual sensor performance is available from DXO Mark for many cameras. This service determines an overall sensor rating, as well as sub-scores for low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and color depth ("DXO Portrait"). The following table provides an overview of the physical sensor characteristics, as well as the sensor quality measurements for a selection of comparators.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Canon D30 APS-C 3.1 2160 1440none...... ..
2.
 
Canon T5 APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.911.3724 63
3.
 
Canon T100 APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.911.4695 63
4.
 
Canon 77D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.613.3971 78
5.
 
Canon 200D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.613.41041 79
6.
 
Canon 5D Mark IV Full Frame 30.1 6720 44804K/30p24.813.62995 91
7.
 
Canon 80D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.613.21135 79
8.
 
Canon T6 APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p...... ..
9.
 
Canon SL1 APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.811.3843 63
10.
 
Canon T5i APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.711.2681 61
11.
 
Canon T3 APS-C 12.2 4272 2848720/30p21.911.0755 62
12.
 
Canon 40D APS-C 10.1 3888 2592none22.111.3703 64
13.
 
Canon 30D APS-C 8.2 3504 2336none21.510.8736 59
14.
 
Canon 20D APS-C 8.2 3504 2336none21.911.0721 62
15.
 
Canon 10D APS-C 6.3 3072 2048none21.110.9571 57
16.
 
Canon 300D APS-C 6.3 3072 2048none21.010.8544 55
17.
 
Canon D60 APS-C 6.3 3072 2048none...... ..

Many modern cameras cannot only take still pictures, but also record videos. The T5 indeed provides for movie recording, while the D30 does not. The highest resolution format that the T5 can use is 1080/30p.

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Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a variety of features. The D30 and the T5 are similar in the sense that both have an optical viewfinder. The latter is useful for getting a clear image for framing even in brightly lit environments. The viewfinders of both cameras offer the same field of view (95%), but the viewfinder of the D30 has a higher magnification than the one of the T5 (0.54x vs 0.50x), so that the size of the image transmitted appears closer to the size seen with the naked human eye. The adjacent table lists some of the other core features of the Canon D30 and Canon T5 along with similar information for a selection of comparators.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
(000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Canon D30optical Y 1.8 114 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
2.
 
Canon T5optical n 3.0 460 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
3.
 
Canon T100optical n 2.7 230 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
4.
 
Canon 77Doptical Y 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
5.
 
Canon 200Doptical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
6.
 
Canon 5D Mark IVoptical Y 3.2 1620 fixed Y 1/8000s 7.0 n n
7.
 
Canon 80Doptical Y 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/8000s 7.0 Y n
8.
 
Canon T6optical n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
9.
 
Canon SL1optical n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 1/4000s 4.9 Y n
10.
 
Canon T5ioptical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
11.
 
Canon T3optical n 2.7 230 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
12.
 
Canon 40Doptical Y 3.0 230 fixed n 1/8000s 6.5 Y n
13.
 
Canon 30Doptical Y 2.5 230 fixed n 1/8000s 5.0 Y n
14.
 
Canon 20Doptical Y 1.8 118 fixed n 1/8000s 5.0 Y n
15.
 
Canon 10Doptical Y 1.8 118 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
16.
 
Canon 300Doptical n 1.8 118 fixed n 1/4000s 2.5 Y n
17.
 
Canon D60optical Y 1.8 114 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n

One feature that is present on the D30, but is missing on the T5 is a top-level LCD. While being, of course, smaller than the rear screen, the control panel conveys some of the essential shooting information and can be convenient for quick and easy settings verification.

The D30 writes its imaging data to Compact Flash cards, while the T5 uses SDXC cards.

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Connectivity comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Canon EOS-D30 and Canon EOS Rebel T5 and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Canon D30Y-----1.0---
2.
 
Canon T5Ymonomono--mini2.0---
3.
 
Canon T100Ymonomono--mini2.0YY-
4.
 
Canon 77DYstereomonoY-mini2.0YYY
5.
 
Canon 200DYstereomonoY-mini2.0YYY
6.
 
Canon 5D Mark IVYmonomonoYYmini3.0YY-
7.
 
Canon 80DYstereomonoYYmini2.0YY-
8.
 
Canon T6Ymonomono--mini2.0YY-
9.
 
Canon SL1YmonomonoY-mini2.0---
10.
 
Canon T5iYstereomonoY-mini2.0---
11.
 
Canon T3Ystereomono--mini2.0---
12.
 
Canon 40DY-----2.0---
13.
 
Canon 30DY-----2.0---
14.
 
Canon 20DY-----1.1---
15.
 
Canon 10DY-----1.1---
16.
 
Canon 300DY-----1.1---
17.
 
Canon D60Y-----1.1---

Studio photographers will appreciate that the Canon D30 (unlike the T5) features a PC Sync socket, so that professional strobe lights can be controlled by the camera.

Both the D30 and the T5 have been discontinued, but can regularly be found used on eBay. The D30 was replaced by the Canon D60, while the T5 was followed by the Canon T6. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Canon website.

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Review summary

So how do things add up? Which of the two cameras – the Canon D30 or the Canon T5 – has the upper hand? Is one clearly better than the other? A synthesis of the relative strong points of each of the models is listed below.


Arguments in favor of the Canon EOS-D30:

  • Larger viewfinder image: Features a viewfinder with a higher magnification (0.54x vs 0.50x).
  • Easier setting verification: Features an LCD display on top to control shooting parameters.
  • Better studio light control: Has a PC Sync socket to connect to professional strobe lights.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been available for much longer (launched in May 2000).


Advantages of the Canon EOS Rebel T5:

  • More detail: Has more megapixels (17.9 vs 3.1MP), which boosts linear resolution by 140%.
  • Broader imaging potential: Can capture not only stills but also 1080/30p video.
  • Larger screen: Has a bigger rear LCD (3.0" vs 1.8") for image review and settings control.
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (460k vs 114k dots).
  • More compact: Is smaller (130x100mm vs 150x107mm) and will fit more readily into a bag.
  • Less heavy: Has a lower weight (by 270g or 36 percent) and is thus easier to take along.
  • Faster data transfer: Supports a more advanced USB protocol (2.0 vs 1.0).
  • More affordable: Was introduced into a lower priced category (85 percent cheaper at launch).
  • More modern: Reflects 13 years and 9 months of technical progress since the D30 launch.

If the count of individual advantages (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the T5 is the clear winner of the contest (9 : 4 points). However, the pertinence of the various camera strengths will differ across photographers, so that you might want to weigh individual camera traits according to their importance for your own imaging needs before making a camera decision. A professional wedding photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a travel photog, and a person interested in cityscapes has distinct needs from a macro shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

D30 04:09 T5

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Canon D30 and the Canon T5 place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best DSLR Camera listing whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the comparison of the spec-sheets of cameras can offer a general idea of their imaging potential, it says little about, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance of the D30 and the T5 in practical situations. User reviews, such as those found at amazon, can sometimes inform about these issues, but such feedback is often incomplete, inconsistent, and biased.

Expert reviews

This is why expert reviews are important. The table below provides a synthesis of the camera assessments of some of the best known photo-gear review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]). As can be seen, the professional reviewers agree in many cases on the quality of different cameras, but sometimes their assessments diverge, reinforcing the earlier point that a camera decision is often a very personal choice.

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Expert Camera Reviews
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon D30....+ +.... May 2000 2,999 i
2.
 
Canon T53/5+..4/54.5/5 Feb 2014 449 i
3.
 
Canon T100..o..3.5/53.5/5 Feb 2018 399 i
4.
 
Canon 77D4.5/5..82/1004.5/54/5 Feb 2017 899 i
5.
 
Canon 200D4/5+ +78/1004.5/54.5/5 Jun 2017 549 i
6.
 
Canon 5D Mark IV4.5/5+ +87/1004.5/54.5/5 Aug 2016 3,499 i
7.
 
Canon 80D4/5+ +84/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2016 1,199 i
8.
 
Canon T64/5o73/1004/54/5 Mar 2016 449 i
9.
 
Canon SL14/5+78/1004/54/5 Mar 2013 549 i
10.
 
Canon T5i....76/1004.5/54.5/5 Mar 2013 649 i
11.
 
Canon T3..80/10069/1004/54.5/5 Feb 2011 449 i
12.
 
Canon 40D..+ ++ +4.5/54.5/5 Aug 2007 1,299 i
13.
 
Canon 30D..+ ++ +o.. Feb 2006 1,399 i
14.
 
Canon 20D....+ +.... Aug 2004 1,499 i
15.
 
Canon 10D....+ +.... Feb 2003 1,999 i
16.
 
Canon 300D....+ +.... Aug 2003 899 i
17.
 
Canon D60....+ +o.. Feb 2002 2,999 i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

The above review scores should be interpreted with care, though. The ratings are only valid when referring to cameras in the same category and of the same age. A score, therefore, has to be seen in close connection to the price and market introduction time of the camera, and comparisons of ratings among very different cameras or across long time periods have little meaning. It should also be noted that some of the review sites have over time altered the way they render their verdicts.

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    Specifications: Canon D30 vs Canon T5

    Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs of the two cameras to facilitate a quick review of their differences and common features.

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Canon D30 Canon T5
    Camera Type Digital single lens reflex Digital single lens reflex
    Camera Lens Canon EF mount lenses Canon EF mount lenses
    Launch Date May 2000 February 2014
    Launch Price USD 2,999 USD 449
    Sensor Specs Canon D30 Canon T5
    Sensor Technology CMOS BSI-CMOS
    Sensor Format APS-C Sensor APS-C Sensor
    Sensor Size 22.0 x 14.9 mm 22.3 x 14.9 mm
    Sensor Area 327.8 mm2 332.27 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 26.6 mm 26.8 mm
    Crop Factor 1.6x 1.6x
    Sensor Resolution 3.1 Megapixels 17.9 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 2160 x 1440 pixels 5184 x 3456 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 10.29 μm 4.31 μm
    Pixel Density 0.95 MP/cm2 5.39 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability no Video 1080/30p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 1,600 ISO 100 - 6,400 ISO
    ISO Boost no Enhancement 100 - 12,800 ISO
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) .. 63
    DXO Color Depth (bits) .. 21.9
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) .. 11.3
    DXO Low Light (ISO) .. 724
    Screen Specs Canon D30 Canon T5
    Viewfinder Type Optical viewfinder Optical viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 95% 95%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.54x 0.50x
    Top-Level Screen Control Panel no Top Display
    LCD Framing Live View
    Rear LCD Size 1.8inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 114k dots 460k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen Fixed screen
    Shooting Specs Canon D30 Canon T5
    Focus System Phase-detect AF Phase-detect AF
    Continuous Shooting 3 shutter flaps/s 3 shutter flaps/s
    Fill Flash Build-in Flash Build-in Flash
    Storage Medium CF cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    Connectivity Specs Canon D30 Canon T5
    External Flash Hotshoe Hotshoe
    Studio Flash PC Sync socket no PC Sync
    USB Connector USB 1.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port no HDMI mini HDMI
    Wifi Support no Wifi no Wifi
    Body Specs Canon D30 Canon T5
    Battery Type BP-511 LP-E10
    Battery Life (CIPA)540 shots per charge500 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 150 x 107 x 75 mm
    (5.9 x 4.2 x 3.0 in)
    130 x 100 x 78 mm
    (5.1 x 3.9 x 3.1 in)
    Camera Weight 750 g (26.5 oz) 480 g (16.9 oz)

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