James's Camera Collection: Canon EOS 630

Canon EOS 630 Japan Other Canon Cameras Company History Owner's Manual 35mm cameras
Canon EOS 630 camera
Camera type: Single Lens Reflex (SLR)
Lens Mount: EF (autofocus)
Film type: 35mm
Approx. dates of manufacture: 1989-1991
Battery: one 6V 2CR5 lithium
Approx. original price: $tbd
Approx. street value: $25

This was marketed as an update to the EOS 620: a middle-tier camera for what used to be called advanced-amateurs.

As an update it's kind of a mixed bag. The upgrades include faster focusing and a lot of additional exposure programs and gimmicks. But they dropped the top shutter speed from 1/4000th to 1/2000th, and the x-sync went from 1/250th to 1/125th. A lot of people held onto this camera for the flash sync alone, because the only other one Canon offered at 1/250th was the EOS-1 models.

Cosmetically they're nearly identical. I photographed them side-by-side and if I put a mask over the model number, I wouldn't be able to tell the difference. Same goes for every other angle of the camera. I suppose that's a way to keep costs down.

 

Canon EOS 620 and 630 side-by-side

For more information: Canon Camera Museum

Modern Photography "SLR Notebook" magazine preview: June 1989

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