As you can see the proportions (and indeed the measurements) are virtually identical to the EOS-D60. The introduction of the magnesium alloy body and styling changes have led to a softer more rounded and more comfortable overall design. The pop-up flash surround is now wider and the area surround the lens mount appears chunkier. The hand grip has about the same depth but somehow feels slightly better. The new control layout is even better than before and we now have a more logical spread of controls, especially the new On/Off switch, playback magnify buttons and now ISO selectable from the top of the camera.
Top / bottom view
At the bottom of the camera little has changed, the battery compartment door and camera base are still plastic. On top of the camera we find a restyled mode dial, wider and rounder flash housing, relocated control buttons, a new LCD illumination button and a redesigned status LCD.
In your hand
In your hand the EOS-10D balances very well, despite the metal body it weighs almost the same as the EOS-D60 but feels more solid and robust. The front hand grip is sufficiently large so as to provide enough real estate for even large hands, at the back the molded rubber thumb grip is placed perfectly. The shutter release button has been repositioned slightly compared to the EOS-D60.
Design changes compared to the EOS-D60
Place your mouse cursor over either image below to compare the design of the EOS-10D to the EOS-D60. As you can see the EOS-10D although an evolution of the EOS-D60 really is a completely new camera with a much smoother, more rounded body design and better control layout.
Notable improvement: Softer, more modern design, better control layout, additional external controls.
LCD Monitor (rear)
The EOS-10D has a brand new 1.8" 118,000 pixel LCD monitor, it is notably sharper and brighter than the monitor found on the EOS-D60 (which wasn't all that bad anyway).
The EOS-10D now provides five levels of brightness adjustment for the LCD monitor, the brightest of which should be sufficient even in direct sunlight. The monitor has a protective plastic screen, unfortunately however there is still no anti-reflective coating.
Notable improvement: LCD monitor has more resolution (and hence looks sharper), is brighter and can now represent a wider range of grayscale (dark to light).
LCD Panel (top)
Because the EOS-10D was designed as a digital SLR from the ground up the LCD panel on the top of the camera provides details of both the photographic and digital settings (some D-SLR's only provide photographic information here). The main numeric section of the panel doubles up to display other information such as 'Busy', ISO setting and processing parameters when these settings are being changed. We first saw an LCD panel backlight introduced on the EOS-D60, however lighting it was slightly clumsy, the EOS-10D now has a dedicated backlight button which illuminates the LCD panel with an orange light for five seconds.
A detailed breakdown of displayed information can be found on the diagrams below.