Canon 30D vs Canon 60D

Canon EOS 30D front
Canon EOS 60D front

Canon 30D vs Canon 60D Key Specs

Canon 30D
(Full Review)
  • 8MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Bump to 3200)
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • No Video
  • Canon EF/EF-S Mount
  • 784g - 144 x 106 x 74mm
  • Introduced April 2006
  • Replaced the Canon 20D
  • Replacement is Canon 40D
Canon 60D
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400 (Raise to 12800)
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Canon EF/EF-S Mount
  • 755g - 145 x 106 x 79mm
  • Released November 2010
  • Replaced the Canon 50D
  • New Model is Canon 70D
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Canon 30D vs Canon 60D Overview

Here, we will be analyzing the Canon 30D and Canon 60D, both Advanced DSLR digital cameras and both of them are sold by Canon. There exists a significant gap between the resolutions of the 30D (8MP) and 60D (18MP) but both cameras posses the identical sensor sizing (APS-C).

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The 30D was revealed 5 years prior to the 60D which is quite a sizable gap as far as technology is concerned. Both of the cameras feature the same body design (Mid-size SLR).

Before delving right into a full comparison, here is a quick overview of how the 30D matches up against the 60D for portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Canon 30D over the Canon 60D

 30D 60D 

Reasons to pick Canon 60D over the Canon 30D

 60D 30D 
ReleasedNovember 2010April 2006More modern by 56 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen size3"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution1040k230kClearer screen (+810k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies

Common features in the Canon 30D and Canon 60D

 30D 60D 
Manually focus Very precise focus
Touch screen Absent Touch screen

Canon 30D vs Canon 60D Physical Comparison

When you are going to carry around your camera regularly, you'll need to factor in its weight and volume. The Canon 30D has got exterior measurements of 144mm x 106mm x 74mm (5.7" x 4.2" x 2.9") accompanied by a weight of 784 grams (1.73 lbs) and the Canon 60D has sizing of 145mm x 106mm x 79mm (5.7" x 4.2" x 3.1") with a weight of 755 grams (1.66 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you have attached at the time. Underneath is a front view sizing comparison of the 30D versus the 60D.

Canon 30D vs Canon 60D size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability score of the 30D and 60D is 58 and 59 respectively.

Canon 30D vs Canon 60D top view buttons comparison

Canon 30D vs Canon 60D Sensor Comparison

Typically, it is very difficult to see the difference between sensor sizes purely by reviewing technical specs. The picture here will help provide you a better sense of the sensor measurements in the 30D and 60D.

As you have seen, both of the cameras come with the identical sensor size albeit not the same MP. You should count on the Canon 60D to offer extra detail because of its extra 10 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also make it easier to crop photographs a good deal more aggressively. The more aged 30D is going to be disadvantaged in sensor innovation.

Canon 30D vs Canon 60D sensor size comparison

Canon 30D vs Canon 60D Screen and ViewFinder

Canon 30D vs Canon 60D Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon 30D as a Portrait photography camera
Canon 60D as a Portrait photography camera
focusing manually
decent sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
no liveview
sensor resolution low (8 megapixels)
focusing manually
MP count good (18MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
offers face detection autofocus
exports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon 30D Street photography highlights
Canon 60D Street photography highlights
decent sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
screen is fixed
does not have image stabilization
screen articulates fully
good sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
weather proofing
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Canon 30D Sports photography features
Canon 60D Sports photography features
great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports phase detect AF
no liveview
low frames per second (5.0 frames/s)
does not have image stabilization
sensor resolution low (8 megapixels)
high shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
MP count good (18 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
weather proofing
better than average battery power (1,100 per charge)
has phase detect autofocus
continuous shooting slow (5.0 frames/s)
does not have image stabilization
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Travel Comparison

Canon 30D Travel photography highlights
Canon 60D Travel photography highlights
flash built-in
missing Time Lapse recording
sensor resolution low (8MP)
screen is not selfie friendly
better than average battery power (1,100 shots)
weather proofing
MP count good (18 megapixels)
has built in flash
display is selfie friendly
missing Time Lapse function
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Landscape Comparison

Canon 30D Landscape photography factors
Canon 60D Landscape photography factors
focusing manually
change lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
screen is small (2.5 inches)
no liveview
does not have image stabilization
sensor resolution low (8MP)
missing Time Lapse recording
focusing manually
switch lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
nice screen size (3")
MP count good (18MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
weather proofing
better than average battery power (1,100 per charge)
does not have image stabilization
missing Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon 30D Vlogging features
Canon 60D Vlogging features
lack of video recording
display is selfie friendly
offers face detection autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
has external mic port
does not have image stabilization
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Canon 30D vs Canon 60D Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon 30D and Canon 60D
 Canon EOS 30DCanon EOS 60D
General Information
Make Canon Canon
Model Canon EOS 30D Canon EOS 60D
Type Advanced DSLR Advanced DSLR
Introduced 2006-04-04 2010-11-10
Body design Mid-size SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Chip - Digic 4
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 22.5 x 15mm 22.3 x 14.9mm
Sensor surface area 337.5mm² 332.3mm²
Sensor resolution 8 megapixel 18 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 3504 x 2336 5184 x 3456
Max native ISO 1600 6400
Max boosted ISO 3200 12800
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW pictures
Focus manually
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points 9 9
Cross focus points - 9
Lens mounting type Canon EF/EF-S Canon EF/EF-S
Amount of lenses 326 326
Crop factor 1.6 1.6
Range of display Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Display size 2.5 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 230 thousand dot 1,040 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Display technology - Clear View TFT color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 95% 96%
Viewfinder magnification 0.56x 0.6x
Lowest shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/8000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 5.0 frames/s 5.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 12.00 m (ISO 100) 13.00 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Red-eye reduction, Off Auto, On, Off, Red-eye
External flash
WB bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/250 seconds 1/250 seconds
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions - 1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps), 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (59.94, 50 fps)
Max video resolution None 1920x1080
Video data format - H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 784g (1.73 lbs) 755g (1.66 lbs)
Physical dimensions 144 x 106 x 74mm (5.7" x 4.2" x 2.9") 145 x 106 x 79mm (5.7" x 4.2" x 3.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 59 66
DXO Color Depth score 21.5 22.2
DXO Dynamic range score 10.8 11.5
DXO Low light score 736 813
Battery life - 1100 photographs
Type of battery - Battery Pack
Battery model - LP-E6
Self timer Yes (10 sec (2 sec with mirror lock-up)) Yes (2 or 10 sec, remote)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage Compact Flash (Type I or II) SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots 1 1
Cost at launch $773 $899