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Picture Style Picture Style, introduced on the Canon

EOS-1D Mark IIn and the EOS 5D, is Canon's new and genuinely improved approach to selecting presets that reflect most closely the photographic purpose and intent of the user. It consolidates Processing Parameters and Color Matrix and takes them a step further. Picture Style selection is like choosing a film type with the added benefits of being able to refine one's film selection after "loading," and the ability to change film properties significantly and repeatedly in mid-roll.

Style 1 - Standard is for users who do not intend to do any post-processing of their images. Right out of the camera, the pictures look crisp and vibrant, with the sharpness set to "3" and the color tone and saturation set to obtain vivid colors. Excellent prints will eventuate without any further adjustment. It is equivalent to parameter 1 on the EOS 20D.

Style 2 - Portrait has color tone and saturation settings that yield natural skin tones. The sharpness is set one step weaker than the Standard setting so that skin and hair look softer.

Style 3 - Landscape has color tone and saturation settings that give vivid blues and greens for skies and greenery. The sharpness is set one step stronger than the Standard setting so that the outlines of mountains, trees, and buildings look more crisp.

Style 4 - Neutral yields natural color reproduction, and no sharpness is applied. This setting is ideal for post-processing and is the same as the EOS-1D Series defaults.

Style 5 - Faithful is intended to match the original as closely as possible. It is the same as Faithful in Digital Photo Professional. When the subject is photographed in 5,200K light, the color is adjusted colorimetrically to match the subject's color. No sharpness is applied. This setting, too, is designed for workflow that includes post-processing.

Style 6 - Monochrome with filter effects and color tones, is the same as the EOS 20D's monochrome setting.

One can select a preset Picture Style (from Styles 1 through 5) and then, by pressing the Jump button, adjust sharpness (0 to 7), contrast (-4 to +4), color saturation (-4 to +4) or color tone (-4 to +4). Up to three additional user-defined Picture Style settings can be saved. Additional customized Picture Style files can also be downloaded via the Internet and set through the Camera Window software included in the package. When C.Fn-01-2 is set, pressing the SET button displays the Picture Style setting screen. The [Clear all camera settings] menu item causes all settings to revert to their defaults. In the EOS 30D, the Picture Style is automatically set for each of the Basic Zone modes:

Portrait and Landscape for their respective modes, and Standard for Full Auto, Close-Up, Sports, Night Portrait and Flash Off.

Noise Reduction Selecting choice [1: Auto] in C.Fn-02, a new setting also available on the EOS 5D, enables auto noise reduction. For exposures of 1 second and longer, the EOS 30D then measures noise levels automatically and applies noise reduction only if it is determined that such a process would be beneficial. Causes of noise include the long exposure itself or high air temperature. Auto noise reduction is an excellent method for the management of dark frame subtraction because, most often, the camera is far better able to evaluate the presence of spurious data than the user. If noise reduction is performed, it takes the same amount of processing time as the exposure; the next shot cannot be taken until the process is completed. Unlike the EOS 5D, the EOS 30D cannot take any pictures while noise reduction is performed, a time equal to the length of the exposure.

When [2: On] is selected for C.Fn-02, noise reduction is always performed for images shot with an exposure time of 1 second or longer. This is effective for the noise that occasionally occurs in a low-temperature environment because such noise cannot be detected automatically. In the case of both the "Auto" and "On" settings, noise reduction is performed regardless of the ISO setting. If the same shutter speed is used for continuous shooting in the shutter speed-priority AE mode or in the manual exposure mode, noise reduction will be performed on all the shots based on the first shot's noise data. This can be quite effective for Auto Exposure Bracketing sequences when all of the exposures are between 1 and 30 seconds.

Files and Folders In response to user requests, the number of images that can be saved in one folder has been increased from 100 on the EOS 20D to 9,999 as in the Canon EOS-1 Series and EOS 5D. Also, a file numbering manual reset function like the one on the EOS 5D has been added. The [Manual reset] option is now in the [File numbering] menu. When a reset is performed, a new folder is created and the image number begins with 0001. The folder selection function provided on the EOS 5D is not included on the EOS 30D.

Ease of Operation Attention paid by Canon engineers to some of the finer details of camera functionality has made the EOS 30D faster and easier to use. The multicontroller's operation and diagonal scrolling have been improved with new firmware and a re-shaped controller. A Print/Share button has been added to the upper left of the back of the camera. The button is used for Direct Print, when printing images directly from the camera, and Direct image transfer, when the camera is connected to a compatible personal computer. In addition to turning power back on from Auto Power Off by pressing the shutter button

halfway (as on the EOS 20D), pressing the Playback button, the Menu button or the AE Lock button will now also perform the same task. This is another handy improvement.

Image Recording The high-speed and high-quality image processing with the DiG!C II Image Processor, together with white balance adjustments, color space selection (sRGB, Adobe RGB), Design rule for Camera File System 2.0, Exif 2.21 and other basic specifications related to image processing and recording, protection and deletion, with the exception of Picture Style, are the same as those of the EOS 20D.

The thirteen possible combinations of image recording quality and their respective file sizes are given here:

Image-recording Quality

Pixels (Approx.)

Image Type

Compression Rate

Single Image Size (Approx. MB)

Possible Shots (Approx.)

Print Size



3504x 2336

Low Compression



A3 or larger


(8.20 megapixels)

High Compression





2544 x 1696

Low Compression



A5 - A4


(4.30 megapixels)


High Compression





1728 x 1152

Low Compression



A5 or Smaller


(2.00 megapixels)

High Compression














3504X 2336 (8.20 megapixels)


Lossless Compression










A3 or larger

* The number of possible shots is based on Canon's testing standards and 512MB CF card.

* The single image size and number of possible shots will vary depending on the subject, shooting mode, ISO speed, Picture Style, etc.

* The number of possible shots is based on Canon's testing standards and 512MB CF card.

* The single image size and number of possible shots will vary depending on the subject, shooting mode, ISO speed, Picture Style, etc.

Image Playback As with the EOS 20D, the following is possible: Single image display (image plus basic information or image only/no information), shooting information display (information plus reduced image), 9-image index (9 images plus basic information or 9 images only), magnified view (magnified image plus basic information or magnified image only/no information), jump display (as on the EOS 5D), auto play, auto play right after shooting, image protect, and image rotation. When C.Fn-17-1 is set, the image can be magnified in the display right after shooting, making it easier and quicker to check focus. The content displayed for the single image with info mode is the same as on the EOS 5D. For the jump display, in addition to jumping by 10 images, one can now jump by 100 images or jump by shooting date. This feature is especially convenient when there are many images on the CF card.

The shooting information on the EOS 30D now includes, usefully, the file size, histogram for brightness or RGB (brightness only on the EOS 20D) and the AF point used for the shot (when the [AF points] menu option is set to [Display]). In addition, there are: Folder number, File number, the reduced image, Color space, Shooting date/time, ISO speed, Metering mode, Shooting mode, Shutter speed, Aperture, Exposure compensation amount, Flash exposure compensation amount, White balance correction amount, Playback number/Total images recorded, Protect, Recording quality, Original image verification data appended, White balance, Color temperature (displayed only when WB setting is in Kelvin), Monochrome and File size (MB). The AF point is displayed only when Menu [AF point] > [Display] is set. When an image shot in RAW + JPEG mode is played back, the JPEG image size is displayed.

The camera setting display now has the Picture Style setting and WFT-E1A image transfer failure indicator, neither of which appears on the EOS 20D and the latter is new to EOS DSLRs. Conversely, absent on the EOS 30D's display are the AEB setting, processing parameters and image confirmation time, all of which were found on the EOS 20D's display. Additional information on the EOS 30D screen includes: Date/time, Color space, WB correction amount, WB-BKT setting, Auto power-off, Auto rotate, Flash exposure compensation amount, Color temperature value, CFcard space remaining and ISO speed. In the Basic Zone modes, items that cannot be set will not be displayed. For example, ISO auto is shown rather than the actual number.

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Menus As with the EOS 20D, one scrolls to select the desired item in the menus. The Jump button takes the user to the top item in each category (Shooting, Playback and Setup, color-coded red, blue and yellow, respectively). Any of 15 languages can be selected for the LCD monitor. The GUI's basic design is the same as the EOS 5D's.

The following menu functions are new: Transfer order, AF points [Not display/Display] and Histogram [Brightness/RGB]. If AF points are set to [Display], the AF focus points appear over the image on the upper left ofthe screen in the Single-image display mode with Shooting information. The histogram has been improved to have a choice between [Brightness] and [RGB] displays in the manner ofthe EOS-1D series cameras. Brightness/ RGB appears on the upper right ofthe screen in the Single-image display mode with Shooting information.

Vertical images can also be set to rotate automatically so that they are displayed upright on the camera's LCD monitor and/or on a computer screen. The three options are: auto rotate for both camera and computer (with compatible applications), rotate for computer only (not rotated on the camera, a feature new to EOS DSLRs) and auto rotate off completely.

Picture Style and (when the WFT-E1A is in use) Images Failed to Transfer have been newly added to the camera setting information screen. With previous EOS cameras, an error code appeared on the LCD panel. On the EOS 30D, and new to EOS DSLRs, the error code appears on both the LCD panel and the LCD monitor along with appropriate countermeasures, making it much easier for the user to correct any problem which might occur.

This is a good example of the kinds of upgrades found on the new camera: thoughtful revisions, often suggested by users, which enhance the ease of operation and the overall performance of the EOS 30D.

Exposure Control The metering sensor is the same 35-zone unit in the EOS 20D. The basic metering optics are the same as the EOS 20D's, except that the metering sensor's angle of inclination behind the pentaprism has been optimized to provide spot metering.

With spot metering newly added, covering about 3.5% of viewfinder area at the center, the EOS 30D now has four metering modes. The other three modes are evaluative (set automatically in the Basic Zone modes), partial (approximately 9%), and center-weighted averaged. The algorithms for evaluative metering, E-TTL II and the exposure control modes (seven AE modes plus manual) are the same as the EOS 20D's.

The ISO speed can now be set from ISO 100 to ISO 1600 in 1/3-stop increments: 100, 125 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, and 1600. With C.Fn-08, [ISO expansion], ISO 3200 can also be set.

With the EOS 20D, the ISO speed could be displayed only on the LCD panel. On the EOS 30D, the ISO is also displayed in the viewfinder when the ISO speed button is depressed; setting can now be accomplished without removing one's eye from the finder.

In "ISO auto," the ISO speed range set automatically in the Basic Zone modes is the same as with the EOS 20D. In the Basic Zone modes, the ISO cannot be set manually, whereas in the Creative Zone modes, the ISO cannot be set automatically. During continuous shooting, the ISO speed does not change. In the Landscape mode, if the shutter speed is faster than 1.25 times the reciprocal of lens focal length, ISO 100 is set.

Custom Functions The EOS 30D has one new custom function and an addition to an existing one, resulting in 19 custom functions with 53 possible settings. Entirely new is C.Fn-17, Magnified view. With option [0: Image playback only], magnified view is possible after one presses the Playback button to display the image. With option [1: Image review and playback], magnified view is possible after one presses the Playback button (as with the 0 setting) as well as during the image review immediately after shooting. During the image review, hold down the Print/Share button and press the Magnify button to magnify the image. Once magnified, the AF point selector enlarges and the AE lock button reduces the image. When option 1 is selected but the image has not been magnified, these two buttons retain their regular functions.

C.Fn-02, Long exposure noise reduction, now has 3 options: Off, Auto and On. Please see "Noise Reduction" for a discussion of this feature. Note that, when C.Fn-12-1 (mirror lockup) is set, the camera should not be pointed toward the sun or any bright light source. Doing so could damage the shutter curtains, cause stray light to enter or damage the imaging sensor.

White Balance White balance controls are the same as on the

EOS 20D. The modes are Auto (AWB, approx. 3000-7000K), six Preset settings (Daylight, approx. 5200K; Shade, approx. 7000K; Cloudy/twilight/sunset, approx. 6000K; Tungsten, approx. 3200K; White fluorescent, approx. 4000K; Flash, approx. 6000K), and two manual modes (Custom: photograph a white subject serving as the WB standard and use the [Custom WB] menu to specify that image as the standard; Color Temperature: specify directly from the [Color temp.] menu).

WB correction (Blue/amber or Magenta/green, +/- 9 levels, set with the multi-controller) can be applied to any of these settings within a range of 2000 to 10000K. WB bracketing can be enabled for three images at the current color temperature setting, then blue bias and then amber bias or current color temperature setting, then magenta bias and then green bias. The range is +/- 3 stops in one-stop increments. Because three images are recorded with one press of the shutter button, write times to the CF card increase proportionally. Also, when WB-BKT is set, the shots remaining will decrease to about one-third of the normal quantity. With C.Fn-09 [Bracketing sequence/ Auto cancel], the bracketing sequence can be changed and the bracketing can be canceled automatically.

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