Canon Rebel XTi vs Canon 30D

Discussion in 'Canon EOS' started by throbinson, Apr 2, 2007.

  1. Just curious, been eyeing up digital and see that the 30D is more than the
    XTi... yet, the 30D is an 8.2mp vs the 10.1mp XTi, and the XTi has that self
    cleaning option to it....

    I know I must be missing something....

    Can anyone tell me why the 30D costs about $300 more and why it would be
    chosen over top of the XTi?

    I'm a student, or else I'd get the 5D...

    Being a student I am also cheap (not by choice) so was looking at the XTi
    pricewise, but if there is some reason why the 30D would be a better choice
    I'd like to know... I'm a Graphic Design student, ending 1st yr and want a
    camera that will last me many years, even when starting to work... again the
    5D would be great... but... it's a bit out of my price range.

  2. Compare size and construction: the 30D is larger and has a magnesium alloy "skeleton." Plus the very useful Quick Control Dial.

    It's mostly a case of superior interface (30D) vs. newer technology (XTi).

    That the 30D wasn't superceded last month by a newer model (a la 40D) with the more current technologies found in the XTi is a source of chagrin and anguish for many Canon 10/20/30D and Digital Rebel (original/XT) owners.
  3. The self cleaning option and higher resolution is about all the XTi has going for it on the 30D. Others will certainly disagree, saying that its better on little more than the fact that it is newer. If you compare the statistics of the two, you will see that the 30D is superior most capacities. As for the 30D compared to the XTi, it has a higher max shutter speed, faster frame rate, 1/3 stop ISO settings, larger buffer, faster flash sync, spot metering, longer battery life, better build, ISO 3200, and a few more minor features. You decide if thats worth an extra $300. To some, it is not, to others, it makes all the difference.
  4. To continue with what Leopold started... The 30d has a dedicated status LCD, dedicated rear dial, larger and brighter viewfinder, better grip, better interface for most functions, and a few more minor features. It is lacking a relatively ineffective dust removal system, and an extra 2 megapixels.

    The XTi is by no means a bad camera- you really need to hold and shoot with each camera to make your decision.

    I owned a Rebel XT and have used an XTi, but you couldn't pry my 30d out of my hands.
  5. XTI is just a plastic consumer grade camera that does not even have a glass pentaprism.

    For the intended family / amateur use it is a fine camera.
  6. Ronald got it in a nutshell -- the Rebel is intended for amateurs. That doesn't make it a bad camera at all, just one that many pros wouldn't be as interested in. The 30D, while certainly not on the level of the 1 series bodies, is more professional. It's studier built so it can be banged around a bit more, the mirror mechanism is designed to be fired a lot more, the controls allow for a lot more control to be done a lot more easily. The Rebel is intended more for Aunt Sally to get pictures of the kiddies during the family vacation to Disney World.
  7. Once you press the shutter button, it doesn't make that much difference which camera body you get, they will both produce excellent images.

    Before you press the shutter button is another matter. As others have mentioned, I much prefer the ergonomics of the 10D/20D/30D line. Having two dials/wheels (one on the back and the other by the shutter release) to control aperture and shutter speed (manual mode), and exposure compensation (aperture and shutter priority modes) is faster and more intuitive. In some situations, it can make the difference between getting and missing the shot.

    If the price was the same, I would pick the 30D any day. Even with the price difference, I would still pick the 30D (or a used 20D).

  8. I disagree about the XTi being labelled strictly an amateur camera ( who here is a pro, by the way? ).... I have had one since last fall when they came out and I am EXTREMELY pleased with the quality up to ISO 400. I am printing gorgeous 8x10's at home and having my 16x20's done by mpix. Amateur my ass, its a great camera. I cant talk to the 30D's quality, but I wouldnt hesitate to get the Xti. The costs involved on improving the quality ( outside of lens choice ) would not be worth it unless you are printing huge ( like 32 x 40 inch prints ). AH
  9. I haven't used the 30D; I've been pretty satisfied with the XTi except for an unexpected degree of difficulty focusing manual-focus lenses in the small viewfinder. But for me, spending 3 times the price of a good 35mm SLR on a camera was a major undertaking, and adding another $300 was absolutely out of the question.

    Or put another way, I have an extra $300 to put toward better lenses...
  10. the Xti lacks a critical feature which you will soon wish you had as you get more interested in photography. It does not have spot metering ability. While there are workarounds (wandering the camera around for a reading, then locking it in) you will soon tire of waving the camera around in front of your face as if your middle ear had suddenly failed. Read this excellent netsite for some good info.
  11. I've gotten by for the last 30 years without spot metering, and the XTi's semi-spot meter is not bad. It would be nice to have a narrower angle spot, but I don't think it's a show stopper.
  12. I campaigned long and hard for spotmeters on Canon cameras. I bought a EOS 5 just to get the spot meter.

    When I went digital I couldn't afford a 1 series digital and at the time that meant I ended up with the 20D and no spotmeter. There are times when I would use a spotmeter if I had it but it is not critical.

    The site you reference suggests:

    "Due to its nature, spot metering is slow and in situations where one does not have the time to think, when one's life is in danger, or when the image content is more important than of the image quality (war photography), other metering modes that lend themselves to point-and-shoot must to be utilized."

    In these situations I rarely miss a spot meter in the camera. You can use a handheld meter or simply use the histogram on the camera. I miss a spot meter when shooting quickly in very mixed lighting conditions like concerts. I want to dial in compensation, spotmeter off the face or arm, and shoot.

    It is *not* a critical feature and there are plenty of cameras, like the Lecia M8, that lack a spot meter.
  13. 400D vs 30D get the 400D 18-55 50mm 1.8 and you set lenses for canon are more expensive if a student hard to get lenses you may be better off with nikon cheaper selection and option to use manual lenses on d200 - the 30d does have nicer colour but the 400d is sharper
  14. I went from the 350D to the 400D and finally the 30D, i'm on my way to the 5D or higher is money will allow, Up until I got the 30D I was happy with the others, but the 30D is completely a different ball game, and the only thing that is worse, and that is not the right word, is the resolution on the 30D being just 8.2Mp, but saying this I have printed out to A3 and they are perfect, and more to the point I have sold photo's made with the 30D, never happened with the others. The feel of the 30D in the hand is so much better, the 350/400 are just toys, they are not pro, and some of the newer features found on the 30D are so good, and well worth the upgrade. as for the 400D being sharper, NO WAY, I can you the same lenses on both cameras and set them up the same using the same position and same focusing point and the 30D does always have the edge. There is a big price difference, and think about it! That is there for a reason, the 30D is a better camera than the 5D, it is almost the same as comparing the 5D to the 30D, after all, you get what you pay for.
  15. I have a 400D but I borrow a 30 when I shoot sports.

    5 FPS, ISO 3200. If you capture any sort of action or low light events you definitely want the 30D. And the viewfinder is a little bit better - the 400D feels a little bit cramped after using a 30D.

    I like the bigger grip and the QCD, but appart from 5 FPS and ISO 3200 the two cameras are really equivalent.
  16. Good stuff in this thread.

    I think the bottom line is that the 30D is a better camera that is saddled with older sensor technology. Yes. . it is built better and handles better. But the sensor is the old 20D sensor, which is basically identical image-quality wise to the Rebel XT sensor.

    Regarding the spot meter: Honestly, I have no need for it. Not on a dSLR. If I have a situation where I would need it. . .I am probably heading to photoshop anyway to recover shadow detail. If I have a situation where spot metering would be helpful. . . .I am more likely to "exposure bracket" the scene.

    On a film camera, where every frame is precious, then I do see the value in spot metering.

    Regarding the 1/3 ISO performance: Are you aware this is not a true sensor adjustment, but rather in-camera exposure manipulation? There have been threads on this in the past. On the 30D and 5D, they naturally have ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600. The "H" iso (3200) and the 1/3 stop iso's are achieved via software manipulation of the native ISO settings.

    Basically, this is nothing more than punching in "Exposure: +0.33" or whatever in your photoediting program.

    To Jon's point above: I am one of those that was surprised that Canon did not upgrade the 30D sensor to the XTI's technology at the first opportunity. The 30D sales must not be critically weak at this point. . or they are planning to phase out that market segment.
  17. "I am one of those that was surprised that Canon did not upgrade the 30D sensor to the XTI's technology at the first opportunity."

    I third that motion. I would have bet real money that Canon's PMA announcement would have been a 40D. Or a 5D upgrade, one of the two. It does seem odd that they aren't in much of a hurry to put the Rebel XTi bells and whistles into a 10/20/30D series body.
  18. Wow.... never had that many replies that fast to a post before, my head is spinning. :)

    Though the 1 main thing that I am still having the debate over, is the 30D's 8.2mp vs the XTi's 10.1mp. Construction and advanced speeds and such seem to stack in the 30D's favour, the self cleaning thing is cool on the XTi for sure...

    But, at the end of the day, when taking photos in a studio, or macro shots up close with a tripod, isn't it better to have the 10.1mp?
  19. 2MP really doesn't make a significant difference. And really, unless you're going to blow up huge enlargements, anything above 6 MP should do you proud.
  20. Ah that's good...

    Being a student, again the 5D is ideal, but very tight budget, hence the BIG debate over the approx. $300 difference. I currently have a 35mm Rebel Ti, with the standard 28-90mm and a 75-300mm lens, EF mount so wanting a Canon so I can use the lens' on both cameras.

    Being in Graphic Design, I may be shooting a still life of a bowl of fruit today, and tomorrow shooting cars racing by... so, hence the post, I'd hate to have bought one camera out of cheapness and ignorance, and a year from now realized had I have paid the extra $300, I'd have been able to have done more with it.

    Figured best post, although learning from ones mistakes is a good way to learn, this way is a cheaper lesson. :)

    Speaking of lessons, hoping the people at the local camera shops weren't just making a sale... but, the two lens' I have, both EF mounts, AF and MF focussing, and they have a red dot for lining up when switching lens'... I was told the red dot means it'll work on both 35mm and digital, whereas the white dot means 35mm only... that true?

    Not the best len's at this point, but all I can afford for a while. :)
  21. I have never heard of a 35mm-only lens. I have heard of digital only lenses, though; Canon designates them clearly as EF-S lenses and Nikon designates them as DX lenses (FYI, the "digital only" lenses don't work on all digital cameras, either, just the ones specially designated to take them).

    Outside of the EF-S lenses, though, it's been my understanding that any Canon EF lens will work on any Canon EF-mount camera. That I could be mistaken about.
  22. hmm, well... here's hoping the lens' I have will work if/when I get the Canon 30D...

    If going for a used camera... if there one comparable? I saw mention of a 20D in the thread, as well as 350/450D's... I gather the lower the number the better the camera... ?
  23. The white dot is small-format digital only - the 35mm lenses (red dot) will work on both.
  24. The camera bodies also have the white and red markings on the lens mount.
  25. "If going for a used camera... if there one comparable? I saw mention of a 20D in the thread, as well as 350/450D's... I gather the lower the number the better the camera... ?"

    Sort of. The 300D is the Rebel, the 350D is the Rebel XT, and the 400D is the Rebel XTi. There's not a 450D. Yet. The 400D/XTi is the newest body in that series. 350D/Rebel XT's are also available in a lot of places new, for cheaper than the XTi. The 300D/Rebel is old enough that it's only out there as used or refurbished.

    The 10D/20D/30D is the next level up. That series started with the 10D, and like the Rebels, it's old enough it's only available as used or refurb. The latest is the 30D, but there are new 20D's still available in a lot of places.

    Then it's the 5D, and the 1-series at the top of the heap.
  26. Just to clarify a bit. The EF-S "White Square" lenses do not work on all small sensor Canon Cameras. They work on the Canon 20D and 30D. They also work on the recent digital Rebels. They do not fit on the Canon 10D, D30, and D60 bodies. And of course they do not work on any film bodies. It is possible to modify some EF-S lenses to fit on the Canon 10D but you do this at your own risk.

    The Canon EF (red dot) lenses fit on all Canon digital SLRs and all Canon EOS AF film bodies.
  27. EOS EF film bodies, right? ;-)
  28. Well wait a second. We aren't talking about just $300. You can get the XTi for $659 right now, and the 30D is about $1150. You can get the XTi and a good lens for the price of the 30D alone.

    On both you get the super cool 2.5" display and the 9 pt autofocus. Dust removal..emmm..OK cool, especially on a the cheaper model. But here is the real thing to keep in mind...shutter actuation.

    The 30D is rated for 100,000 actuations, whereas the 400D is supposedly (Canon does not publish this) somewhere between 25,000-45,000. My Original Rebel 300D's secondary shutter pin sheared off somewhere around 25,000, and the cost to get it fixed is not worth it.

    I too am trying to decided between these two cameras and other than feel they match feature for feature. The 30D feels like a real camera and the XTi feels small, even in my relatively small hands. The ergonimic choise for the XT and the XTi were a mistake.

    Creavtively you will not see a difference between the two cameras especially if you are new to photography. So you have to weigh this. My 300D lasted me two years, and now I need to buy a new body. Based on the unofficial shutter actuation rating on the XTi, I could be looking for a new camera again in 2-3 years, whereas the 30D (based on shutter actuation) would last me 3-5 years.

    In you mind you might think that this is an easy decision. But think about it. In 2-3 year a camera will be available that is cheaper and better than the 30D, but you still have this capital investment that you made. You pay less for the XTi getting the same creative control, and you don't feel as guilty when you go to buy your next one (or when this one breaks).

    Hmmm..I think I just convince myself. Guess I am getting the XTi. Hope that helps.
  29. Bad grammar and spelling,'s been a long day.
  30. "Bad grammar and spelling,'s been a long day."

    Actually, for photographers, I've been very impressed at the high quality of the grammar and spelling I've seen on these boards, even by those who, like Garth, then turn around and appologize for bad grammar and spelling. The only posts I've seen with truly bad grammar and spelling, generally even those could be forgiven since they were usually by people who English is clearly not their native language, and I figure that their English skills are still better than my mastery of any language other than English.

    That's not meant to be mean, only to note that in my experience with photographers and journalists in the military, generally the journalists have been competent shooters as well, but the photographers, while they are frequently the superior shooters, chimpanzees can write better than the lion's share of those guys. So it's been refreshing to come on here and see that the ability to write coherently and the ability to take mindblowing photographs are not mutually exclusive.

    Sorry for digressing, but I felt the need to comment.
  31. Oh I assume those were USA prices a few messages back...

    Here the camera body only, no lens

    30D - $1399.99
    XTi - $949.99

    Though I want to get the kit with the 18-55mm lens... I currently have used lens', 28-90mm and 75-300mm... for my level, they do the job. :)
  32. David thanks for the reprieve. Maybe being an expatriated American living in the Czech Republic had made me even more conscious of this, especially my wife (who is Czech) often corrects me :)

    Thomas. Yeah those are the American prices (plus whatever it costs my family to ship it to me with a DEMO not for RESALE customs form on it..ehh hmmm). Where are you located?

    You can also call a store in the for someone with a good rep on E-Bay. They might be willing to send it to you "on-the-sly". Worst case scenario you end up paying the customs and tax when it arrives (hence the $1399 price) OR you get a deal.

    Instead of worrying about the kit lens, which is only good at the wide angle of the range at f8, I would spend the $50 on the Canon 50mm 1.8. It is expensive but a good little lens, and as a designer you will appreciate the shallow DOF that you can get.
  33. Get the Xti for image quality and the 30D for ergonomics. Construction won't be an issue for amateur use. The real reason to get a 30D is that the Xti has a cramped body, lacking an exposure compensation dial, and a small, dim viewfinder, making manual focus essentially impossible.
  34. "Get the Xti for image quality"

    It's a 2MP difference. Doubt you'd ever see the difference in your prints. The 10MP is really one of those things the camera companies use to sell their bodies to newbies; they get convinced that 10MP is so much better than 8MP, but in reality never make enlargments big enough to where they can see any difference between any two cameras above 6MP.
  35. It's a 2MP difference. Doubt you'd ever see the difference in your prints.
    There is also no big difference between 8mp and 6mp, between 6mp and 4mp, between 4mp and 3mp. So we go ahead and conclude there is no big difference between 10mp and 3mp, right?
  36. "There is also no big difference between 8mp and 6mp, between 6mp and 4mp, between 4mp and 3mp. So we go ahead and conclude there is no big difference between 10mp and 3mp, right?"

    Sorry Eugene, but the job of snotty jerk has been taken.

    Look, you don't think 2MP is a nominal difference at this point, then take a photo with a Rebel XTi and a photo with a 30D, blow them both up as large as you like, and see for yourself just how much of a difference there is.
  37. Ah (Garth Leach) I'm in Ontario, Canada...

    eBay I think would be out, few bad past experiences for sure, though if on eBay from Ontario I'd consider it. Though, my friend works at a local camera shop and gets 1 big purchase discount a year, she's buying a camera next year so I may buy the 30D with her discount, I think she said 15% off. :)

    Though be at least 2-3 months... my classes end Apr 27th, then I work full time again, so... ya... :)
  38. Since you're in your first year and a graphic arts student, I would recommend taking a photography class or 2 as well. Everybody has their own opinion on metering. For those who say its not needed, well for them I guess its OK. If you're interested and actually studying graphic arts, I would say that good photographic technique virtually mandates good metering skills. So for you, my demo here, done this morning in very, very bright Arizona Sun. One image is metered for Sky only. One metered the dark area. A 3rd image uses a multi-spot metered setting AND a fill flash. You decide. My recommendation is NOT to buy the XTi because its just too small a step away from a top notch point and shoot. Spend more and get a lot more.
  39. Next image.
  40. Adjusted image. Meter values taken from Bright (high reflective and sky) and dark area. A fill flash was using in this very bright light to knock back some of the darker areas, SO A GOOD FLASH THAT MATCHES THE CAMERA IS A "MUST HAVE" AS WELL. BTW, taking spot readings with a decent camera takes only seconds. The argument that taking spot readings is time consuming is not very valid IMHO.
  41. Ah, 2 semesters of Photography for the course I am taking, but sadly, just shooting building and barely touched still lifes. Was more a course to get familiar with cameras and thats about it. Design/Composition of the shot well, kinda goes hand in hand with the rest of the course. But I know I enjoy it, but hate the fact that with my 35mm camera I can't experiment as much... if I want to play with Depth of Field shots, I don't know if the shot worked until developed, plus, cost of film and developing for photos I don't plan to ever use, just wanted to try things out... hence the shift towards digital.
  42. With a 35mm its important to have a stop down (close the aperture) preview setting, or a good readout, if its a later AF unit. For example my Nikon N6006 can't stop down. But it has a super readout in the viewfinder. For very manual 35mm cameras, taking a meter reading with that old swing meter in the viewfinder also works, as the meter will react to the stop-down setting. It does take more time, but its still effective. If you spend so much $$ and just continue to point the camera at a scene and push the button, then I think a DSLr, cheap or not, is just a waste of money, and you've fallen victim to the technojunkie syndrome. As for me, I decided to buy an Olympus 8080Wide Zoom after reading various reports. Its a slow camera, but control over the exposure settings is as good or better than cameras costing three times as much. I paid very little for the Olympus as Sam's club was dumping them out the door to clear inventory. I would say that for the money it is the best camera I have ever used.
  43. Hows that thing work anyway.... on my EOS Rebel 35mm, I hit it and in the viewer I see things dim/grey... but the manual doesn't say what that means... just says to press the button and the aperture does whatever and you get a preview... but doesn't tell you what the preview means. :)

    The darker the better? darker mean the background will be more blured when the photo taken? no clue at all... :)
  44. Hello everybody and thank you for great info.
    I've been debating between getting Rebel XTi or 30D and thanks to your comments decided on 30D.
    However, I have another dilemma - to get 30D or to wait for a new "40D" (or whatever is going to be called).
    Your insight in this matter would be appreciated?
  45. If you need it now, buy it now. If you don't need it, don't buy it. There is always something better on the horizon.
  46. Hello everyone,
    I guess I owe an update on my dilemma question.
    BTW thank you Jean-Marc for reply to my stupid question :)
    This is longer story - I'm supposed to take pictures at my son's wedding in October and didn't want to use my old EOS Elan IIE for this so, I figured that after a few months of wait I can't wait any longer and ordered 30D and to spice up my main focus of photography (I know - bad joke) I ordered 100-400IS along :)

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