Canon EOS 20D Review Round-Up

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Digital Photography Review

Canon knew that they would have to raise the bar still higher to stay ahead, with the EOS 20D they have certainly done that. That’s not to say the EOS 20D is perfect, the camera still shuts down when you open the CF compartment door which can mean losing buffered images … it’s still missing the flexibility of adjustment of its professional brothers and image processing could be better still … Back on the positive, a swathe of improvements and changes from the EOS 10D; faster startup and in-use performance, five frames per second continuous shooting, increased buffer space, an all new improved AF system, white balance fine tuning, USB 2.0 connectivity, improved design and control layout all add up to a camera which is formidable competition for anyone trying to place a digital SLR in the $1500 to $2000 price bracket. Stack that up with the new eight megapixel CMOS sensor and continuing low noise performance across the sensitivity range and the EOS 20D maintains Canon’s edge over other manufacturers in this prosumer/semi-professional digital SLR market. READ FULL REVIEW

Other Canon EOS 20D Reviews

Steve’s Digicam

With 8-megapixel resolution, excellent image quality, reduced noise at high ISO settings, robust shooting performance, accurate AF, responsive Continuous AF, and improved ergonomics, there’s a lot to like about the 20D. Canon has certainly set a new benchmark for what an enthusiast dSLR should be, and the 20D even encroaches on the performance envelope of the professional camera’s produced by some of Canon’s competitors! Those in the market for a high-quality enthusiast dSLR, whether migrating from film or upgrading from consumer digicams, should place the 20D at the top of their short list. Users of the Digital Rebel and 10D may find the 20D’s improvements sufficient to justify its purchase, especially sports shooters who will benefit from its improved AF and burst performance and reduced noise at high ISO settings. The 20D is yet another winner from Canon; the dealers should order plenty of them now — they’re not going to be on the shelf long enough to collect any dust! READ FULL REVIEW


Though its performance has been surpassed by subsequent models, the Canon EOS 20D remains a top semipro dSLR choice. Canon has produced a worthy successor to the EOS 10D with this model, endowing it with class-leading 8-megapixel resolution, excellent image quality across a broad range of ISO settings, and fast performance. With a sturdy, well-designed body and an intuitive control layout, the EOS 20D is a pleasure to shoot with. It still lacks a spot meter and isn’t without minor flaws, but serious amateurs and pros who need a compact, affordable Canon dSLR should put this camera at the top of their lists. … At the top of its list of new features are an 8.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and Digic II processor for improved performance. Canon has made a host of improvements over the EOS 10D. Among the most notable are its top shutter speed of 1/8,000 second, nine-point autofocus, white-balance fine-tuning and bracketing, and black-and-white mode. You can now select the sRGB or Adobe RGB color space independent of the image parameter set. … Canon dSLRs have typically used comparatively low sharpening at their default settings, and the 20D is no exception. READ FULL REVIEW

Perhaps the most obvious characteristic of the Canon 20D is how similar it looks to the 10D. It’s very slightly smaller and very slightly lighter, but from a distance you’d be hard pressed to tell them apart! In actual fact the Canon 20D is about 3.6 ounces lighter then the 10D and the width, height and depth are 5.7, 2 and 3.5 mm smaller. There are some minor control differences. For example the on/off switch on the 10D has become a three way switch on the 20D which also controls the operation of the rear QCD (quick control dial). It has three positions, off, on with QCD disables and on with QCD enabled. The button on the 10D which changed movement of the image in zoom playback from horizontal to vertical has been replaced by a small 8-way “joystick”, which is a little more convenient to use. Well, the EOS 20D is a better camera than the EOS 10D. I like it a lot. The question is whether or not it’s worth the cost for an EOS 10D owner to upgrade. Right now I’d say that the Canon EOS 20D represents the “state of the art” in what might be called “prosumer” DSLRs. If it meets your needs I can highly recommend it. If you’re already shooting Canon, I think it’s definately the “best bang for the buck” in the EOS Digital Line. READ FULL REVIEW

Luminous Landscape

The Canon 20D is an excellent picture taking machine. Given its 8 Megapixel sensor, 5 frames/second shooting capability, instant turn-on, large buffer, extremely low noise, and excellent battery life, it’s hard not to give this camera an A. I might have even been tempted to give it an A+ if it weren’t for the missing ISO setting in the viewfinder and stupid mirror lock up sequence. The smaller dimmer viewfinder also knocks it down a peg. If you accept the Canon design idiom (and not everyone does so comfortably), then the 20D is a fourth generation refinement that scores extremely well. No, it’s not perfect, but then, what is? But given its price/feature and performance equation I believe that the 20D will offer the best value in its class. READ FULL REVIEW

Ken Rockwell

The Canon 20D was announced in August 2004. The 20D was superceded by the Canon 30D in February 2006, so today the 20D is a bargain. The 20D is an even bigger bargain when you realize that the 20D is the same as the 30D, except that the 30D has a bigger screen. Both are fantastic 8 megapixel digital SLRs which are today’s standard for weekend pro and serious amateur photographers. READ FULL REVIEW


In America, we believe that “if something ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” But at the Canon factory in Japan, the motto seems to be, “If something works, make it better.” And so Canon continues to churn out improved versions of already successful SLRs. Case in point: the new 8.2MP EOS 20D ($1,499 street, body only), which bumps the very popular 6.1MP EOS 10D … out of the picture. Here’s what we found. For starters, the EOS 20D has a nearly identical body, shape, pop-up flash, and control layout as the 10D. That means it’s built to far tougher standards than Canon’s Digital Rebel, with a well-balanced, stainless-steel chassis and magnesium-alloy casing, along with rubberized surfaces for a better grip. Two features attest to the improved integrated circuits and higher capacity BP-511A Li-ion battery found in the 20D. At 1.7 pounds, the camera is 3.5 ounces lighter than the 10D, and can capture more than 3,500 shots (half with flash) on a full charge. Impressive! Without a doubt, the Canon EOS 20D will be the camera to beat in the sub-$2,000 price category this year. Only qualm? The 1.8-inch, 118,000-pixel LCD monitor doesn’t compare to the 2-inch, 235,000 pixel LCD on the Pentax *ist DS. READ FULL REVIEW

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