EOS 20D Digital SLR
latest Canon EOS 20D digital SLR camera is released as a direct
competitor to the Nikon D70. Canon and Nikon have always been
at loggerheads when it comes to DSLR wars. The Canon EOS 20D
may just swing the scales in Canon’s favor, given its
fast performance, higher resolution and amazing quality of
article will serve as a Canon EOS 20D review, and highlight to
you some of the best features, along with shortcomings of
this new camera.
EOS 20 D
of dimensions, the Canon EOS 20D measures 5.7” x
4.2” x 2.8” (WHD). It’s weight is a hefty 24.2
ounces. The camera body and chassis is made of magnesium alloy,
and looks very durable. Holding the camera in your hands, you
can tell that it has a sturdy feeling and can be held very stably
when shooting tricky shots. I like the presence of a nine-way
joystick which allows you move the autofocus point quickly or
panning a playback image.
Optics and Resolution
The Canon EOS 20D is an 8.2 megapixel resolution camera. It
is capable of producing a maximum resolution of 3,008 x 2000
pixels. The camera has an optical zoom of 3x, which is enough
for most regular shots.
What’s also interesting about the Canon EOS 20D is the
support for auto-exposure, shutter-priority, aperture-priority,
manual and six other program modes. If you’re a Nikon D70
user, you’ll realize that it cannot take black and white
monochrome images. Not so in the Canon EOS 20D, which is fully
monochrome capable. The Canon EOS 20D also exhibits an impressive
ISO range from 100 to 3,200, compared to the 200 to 1,600 range
in the Nikon D70.
The Canon EOS 20D has well thought out user controls. There
is a subdial behind the shutter button which allows easy access
to several features of the camera. You can also find a circular
quick control dial on the back of the camera too.
The menus on the Canon EOS 20D are bright, intuitive and very
well organized. I found all functions easy to access and the
text easy to read even under pretty bright light.
The entire body of the camera is also ergonomically shaped.
I like the many non-slip surfaces available on the hand grip
and camera body. This makes easier to hold the camera stable
when snapping pictures.
Storage and Transfer
The Canon EOS 20D accepts both Type I and II CompactFlash memory
cards. However, do note that Canon does not include a memory
card with the camera kit. So you will need to fork out more money
to buy a card (a 512MB card is recommended for this 8.2 megapixel
Image transfers are done via a USB 2.0 interface, so you can
be assured that your image download times are minimal.
The Canon EOS 20D comes with one battery pack BP-511A, which
includes a protective cover. The advertised battery life of the
camera is about 1000 shots with no flash and 700 shots with 50%
The Canon EOS 20D is a great camera. However, there are a two
problems which need to be highlighted. Firstly, there is feedback
from several users that some flash pictures are often underexposed
and not consistent. Secondly, there are reports that the EOS
20D seems to lock up sometimes. However, this is probably an
early firmware bug that will be fixed.
the Canon EOS 20D delivers superb, fast performance and shoots
incredible images. It is reasonably priced for a DSLR
with its feature set, and should be placed high on your shopping
list if you’re in the market for a professional camera.
Gary Hendricks www.basic-digital-photography.com