There are a few aspects of the 30D that Canon hasn't changed from the 20D, but that could have used an update. The battery didn't last for the length of one of our shooting sessions, or about 250 photos. The lens still casts a shadow when using the onboard flash at wide-angle focal lengths with some lenses. And the viewfinder still shows only 95 per cent of the scene. Nonetheless, it remains the top-notch model that the 20D was.
If you don't need the better continuous-shooting performance, spot metering, or the larger LCD, you might as well save about £200 and buy a 20D while you still can.
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
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Additional editing by Nick Hide