Your Humble recommendation. No arguments please.

Started Dec 8, 2004 | Discussions thread
Ombuman Regular Member • Posts: 142
new review of 20D

My favorite camera review site just came out with its review of Canon 20D.


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How Does it Compare?

I'll be blunt: the Canon EOS-20D is the best reasonably priced digital SLR that I've tested. And by reasonably priced I meant under $2000. There's so much to like about the 20D, I don't know where to start. Photo quality is excellent, with photos having an ultra smooth look to them. Color and exposure were both accurate. Personally I'd crank the sharpness up another notch, but that's just me. Noise levels are very low, even at ISO 1600 -- try that with your fixed-lens camera!

Camera performance is first rate, from an instant startup to nearly zero shutter lag or shot-to-shot delay. Continuous shooting performance is amazing, as well. I was able to take fifty-five 8 Megapixel JPEG images in a row at 5 frames/second before the buffer filled up! As you'd expect from a D-SLR, there are full manual controls, including an unlimited bulb mode. The 20D goes a step further than most D-SLRs with its powerful white balance adjustment features. And, like all D-SLRs, the 20D is expandable, with support for both EF and lower cost EF-S lenses, numerous flashes, remote controls, and much more.

Build quality is excellent -- the 20D absolutely feels like the expensive camera that it is. The body has been refined a bit since the 10D, and I appreciate the changes, especially the new joystick on the back. The camera uses the powerful BP-511A battery which can take a whopping 1000 shots per charge!

When you connect the camera to your Mac or PC, you'll be able to take advantage of the USB 2.0 High Speed standard, for fast image transfer. FireWire would've been nice, though. The bundled software is pretty darn good, though I would've like a more refined user interface for Digital Photo Professional (at least on the Mac).

Trying to find fault with the EOS-20D is a difficult task. In fact, my two or three complaints are mentioned in the previous paragraphs. It's just that good. Now, for some buying advice. If you're stuck between the D70 and 20D, I'd choose the 20D without hesitation. If you've got a Digital Rebel and want higher resolution, more controls, and faster performance, I'd say go for it. If you have a 10D then I wouldn't be as quick to recommend an upgrade -- see if the 20D's improvements are what you need before you buy.

What I liked:

  • 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)

What I didn't care for:

  • 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


josan wrote:

Hi all,
I am newbies, amateur, hobbiest.
I believe all the people here are experts at least more experienced
in dslr.
I am doing general ;landscaping ;portraitures and rarely macro.
I am selling my drebel+kit lens to my friend.for UPGRADING
(I have no more lens),
I have US$2500 to spend for new dslr.thats all I got.
I got no Idea which camera/lens to buy.. so my decision is depends
on this (kind of) polling.
I'll buy a camera thatt recomended by many people, so I won't go
wrong. don't worry ,I won't blame anyone. I just ask for your
Humble opinion. to help me make my decision. Just supposing that
you are in my position and
based on your experience on dslr.
For US$2500 I am expecting to get 1body+1 prime+1tele (max200mm)
and flash light If still left over. (Any brand.)
I trust your opinion so don't explain in detailed ,
just model and lenses 1 Prime+1 tele
please do not give any comment on others there is
no arguments.
Thank you very much for your honest recommendation, I really
appreciate it.

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