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Canon EOS-10D Review

March 2003 | By Phil Askey

Review based on a production EOS-10D, Firmware Version 1.0.0

A year on and just as they did with the EOS-D60 Canon announced its successor, the EOS-10D two days before the start of the PMA show. In total it's three years since the original EOS-D30 was announced (although only two since it hit the streets). The EOS-D30 was a camera which changed the face (and price) of digital SLR's for good. At first glance the EOS-10D looks quite similar to the D60 however the changes are fairly significant. Immediately noticeable, especially when you first pick up the EOS-10D is the new magnesium alloy case and restyled softer shape. The body is now made from the same material s the EOS-1D/1Ds and shares quite a few style pointers from those cameras. In this respect many people will see the EOS-10D as the baby EOS-1Ds.

Canon haven't stopped however with the new body and control layout, there are new features like an orientation sensor, improved auto focus (something that really needed addressing), a new and improved LCD monitor, Kelvin selectable white balance, an extended ISO range, more flexible image parameters and interestingly a new manufacturing process for the CMOS sensor. Without a doubt the other most significant thing about the EOS-10D is the price, this camera is already for sale (and shipping) with at US$1,500.

If you're new to digital photography you may wish to read the Digital Photography Glossary before diving into this article (it may help you understand some of the terms used).

Conclusion / Recommendation / Ratings are based on the opinion of the reviewer, you should read the ENTIRE review before coming to your own conclusions.

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What was the "kit lens" to this camera?


It was the Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM. The IS was a very good feature!

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Glenn D

There were no lenses made specifically for the smaller sensor at the time of the release. You had to suffer with no real wide alternatives. it kinda was the 28-135 like john mentioned above. I used the 24-70 and had to get a 17-35 for the wide until the first 18-50 came out a year later.

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As I know in practice, the 3fps-rated drive mode averaged about 2.3fps shooting RAW files and high-quality JPEGs; low-quality JPEG increases that to only about 2.6fps.

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Barney Britton
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