Conclusion: Excellent construction and design, fast performance, and great image quality make the Canon EOS 20D the current top gun among digital SLRs under $3,000—and our current Editors' Choice in this category. We only wish that Canon offered the kit with a lens better suited to such a high-quality camera, along the lines of Nikon's 18-70 f3.5-4.5 lens.
Pros: Incredibly clear, detailed images. Excellent color, exposure, and tonality. Intuitive menus and controls. Extensive features. Reasonably priced.
Cons: Deserves a kit lens option more befitting to the camera's quality and capabilities. Slightly clipped highlights on auto settings.
Excerpt: Still haven't switched from a film SLR camera to a digital SLR, and you believe you can't be persuaded? Well prepare to be swayed, for you may well change your mind once you see the images from Canon's 8.2-megapixel (yes, we did say 8.2...) EOS 20D SLR. It has all the makings of a top-notch SLR for both pro photographers and serious hobbyists.
Conclusion: As soon as we got our hands on the Nikon D70 it became fairly clear that it was a camera which although priced nearer to the EOS 300D (Digital Rebel) could compete with the more expensive EOS 10D. Canon knew this and obviously also knew that they would have to raise the bar still higher to stay ahead. They should then be fairly proud that with the EOS 20D they have certainly done that.
Pros: Excellent resolution, a match for the EOS-1D Mark II, Good color, virtually identical response to the EOS 10D, lighter overall tone, Now trademark Canon CMOS noise free 'silky smooth' images, Very low noise levels even at high sensitivities, fully usable ISO range (100 - 3200), Excellent long exposure capability, better with noise reduction on (some black pits), Near-instant power on time, more responsive overall, reduced write times, Five frames per second continuous...
Cons: Opening the CF compartment door shuts camera down, loses any buffered images, Average automatic white balance performance, still very poor under incandescent light, PowerShot-like sharpening algorithm (same as EOS 10D) could be improved, Not a major leap forward in output size, this is not a reason for 10D owners to upgrade, No spot metering, Louder shutter release noise, Can't adjust continuous shooting frame rate (always 5 fps), Flash sync 1/250 sec (compared to 1/5...
Conclusion: Highly Recommended ; An excellent choice for the advanced amateur photographer, and the best Canon consumer DSLR to date, by far.
Pros: Hanging onto the True Amateurs . The scene exposure modes and lack of viewfinder information tell me Canon still has the rank amateur in their sights for this camera. Come on guys, the 20D is a far, far better camera than Joe and Jill Pointandshoot should be using (hint: Digital Rebel); don't carry over those design decisions., Not so Flashy . Canon's default flash settings often seem hot to me (and on rare occasions a bit inconsistent). Still, the 20D is much better ...
Cons: It's the Image Stupid. Nice color, nice contrast, 8 megapixel size, and very printable out-of-camera JPEGs. The raw DCRs give you even more ability to pull high quality images out of this camera. Just watch the highlight exposure carefully and use careful sharpening in your post processing to get the most this camera has to offer., Bang for the Buck ! US$1499 for a full-featured, 8mp DSLR is as good as it gets here in mid-2005 [price has drifted downwards since then, ...
Conclusion: a really good camera. If you've
got EF lenses and no DSLR at all, a 20D will make you happy. If you're lensless,
the 20D is still a good place to start - though, realistically, a 350D is
not much worse for the vast majority of users.
Conclusion: The main competition for the 20D is most likely its younger sibling, the new (April 2005) Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT - There are two areas of distinction besides build quality (XT is fine, 20D sturdier) and image quality (very similar). The first, and possibly the most important area, is the functionality of the control buttons, menu navigation, and viewfinder magnification. From reading this review you know I put a high priority on ease of use.
Pros: More consistent auto focus accuracy than predecessor, Rapid start-up time and buffer/card write speed, Low shutter lag time, Excellent battery life, Larger sensor maintains low noise with higher resolution and high ISO (800-3200) settings, 5 frames per second capture speed, up to 23 frames at JPEG quality, High image review magnification (zooming) for checking focus, etc., Improved flash metering with 580EX Speedlites, Good overall color balance, light skin tones fair...
Cons: Minimal weather-resistance, Automatic white balance under tungsten light produces images with too much yellow, particularly in skin tones, The 1.8" LCD monitor is too small - especially compared to the competition, Near-focusing with wide angle lenses may be inconsistent (camera may not focus closely enough), Image appearance controls for color and contrast (parameters) limited to five steps, Bounce flash with the Canon 580EX improved but still not consistent enough f...
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Summary: In April 2000 Canon released the D30, a 3.1 megapixel digital SLR camera. Two years later they released the D60 followed by the 10D and now, the latest mid-range digital SLR, the 8.2 megapixel 20D. Each release has incorporated new technology from Canon's higher end models while remaining around the same $1500-$2000 price point. The 20D combines many base features from its predecessors with some new features from its big brother the 1D Mark II.
Pros: 5fps for fast continuous shooting;, Accepts Canon EF/EF-S lenses;, Improved Auto-Focus;, Improved image quality higher ISO.
Excerpt: The Canon
EOS-20D is the updated version of the popular
EOS-10D, which was introduced back in 2003. The 20D
looks a lot like its predecessor, with the main changes
being inside the camera itself.
Pros: Excellent photo quality, even at high ISOs, Full manual controls, Robust performance, especially in terms of continuous shooting, All the expandability you'd expect from a D-SLR, Advanced white balance controls, Excellent battery life, RAW, RAW+JPEG supported, No redeye, Support for EF and EF-S lenses, USB 2.0 High Speed interface, Impressive software bundle (though DPP could be better, at least on the Mac)
Cons: Images aren't overly sharp at default settings; I'd personally crank it up a notch or two, AF-assist lamp uses flash, which isn't terribly discreet, FireWire support would be nice