Japanese giant Canon is one of the few brands which caters to an entire spectrum of photography enthusiasts. From its IXUS and PowerShot series of compact shooters to EOS range of DSLRs and even high-end professional-grade offerings like 5D or 6D, the brand’s camera offerings span different price segments. However, the most popular category for the brand has been entry-level DSLRs, a segment which attracts not just beginners but those who want to upgrade from smartphone photography without breaking the bank as well. Over the years, Canon has released a number of products to cater to this genre, with the EOS 1300D that launched two years ago being one of its most popular offerings. Now, the company has introduced its successor in the form of the EOS 1500D along with its affordable sibling dubbed EOS 3000D. We’ve been using the latter for almost a month, and now it’s time to see whether the Canon EOS 3000D is a worthy investment for a first-time DSLR user or not.
Specs at a glance
- Measures 129.0 x 101.6 x 77.1 mm
- Weighs 436g (body only)
- 18-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
- Digic 4+ image processor
- 9-point autofocus
- 2.7-inch TFT display
- Records up to Full HD videos at 30fps
- Supports ISO 100 – ISO 6400
- Wi-FI 802.11 b/g/n
Design and build
Well, the EOS 3000D is designed just like any other budget DSLR, though its build quality isn’t as good considering it’s constructed out of plastic. That said, it does manage to offer a solid feel when held in the hand. Thanks to the rubber grip towards the right side, the DSLR fits ergonomically in the hand as well. The choice of construction material also allows the camera to be lightweight as it tips the scales at 436g.
In terms of controls, the top portion offers the shutter button, the dial to change the shutter speed / ISO, and a mode dial. Even though the Canon EOS 3000D is an entry-level DSLR, it doesn’t skimp on shooting modes as it offers Intelligent Auto, Creative Auto, portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Food, Night Portrait and Video. In terms of manual modes, it offers the usual options – Manual Exposure, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, and Program AE. Up top, you’ll also find the flash module and hot shoe mount.
The EOS 3000D features a 2.7-inch TFT display with a resolution of approx. 230,000 dots. While it’s not the brightest or sharpest display around, it’s fine to preview images and adjust different settings. However, I’d have liked the ability to use the screen in some other angle, which would’ve allowed for some creative shots. Above the screen, you’ll find the optical viewfinder along with a spate of buttons for navigation and other options. There’s the ability to zoom into or zoom out of pictures, start video recording, change aperture or exposure / delete button, Q button to enable self-timer (it can also be used to access quick settings), toggle display, and access the menu or view previously clicked shots with the buttons further below. The navigation buttons follow the regular convention with up, down, left and right keys as well as the OK / SET button. These buttons also double up as controls for continuous shooting mode, changing ISO, changing autofocus points, and adjusting the white balance (from left to right).
At the front, as with any DSLR, the 3000D comes with a lens mount, and there’s a lens release button alongside. The camera is compatible with any EF-S lens. The left portion is empty, with the right spine hiding the HDMI mini and a digital port. At the base, you’ll find the tripod mount and a slot to insert the battery and SD card.
Overall, the 3000D doesn’t take too long to get used to, even for a newbie. It can be carried and used the entire day with ease thanks to its superb grip and lightweight design.
Spec-wise, the Canon EOS 3000D comes with an 18-megapixel CMOS sensor, with the company claiming that its sensor size is 19 times larger than the sensors on our smartphones. What that means is that the camera is able to capture much more light and details in any situation. Processing the images captured by the DSLR is the brand’s in-house DIGIC 4+. It has nine autofocus points, which doesn’t sound much, but it must be noted that we’re talking about an entry-level device. It also supports ISO levels from 100 to 6400. Canon has bundled the shooter with an 18-55mm lens.