Tripod Mount

On the bottom of the camera you'll find the metal tripod socket which is aligned exactly with the center line of the lens.

It would have been nice to have had a rubber 'foot' on the base of the camera, although I will speculate that this would have caused the camera to be incompatible with the BG-ED3 battery / vertical grip.

Internal Flash

The built-in powered pop-up flash unit uses Canon's E-TTL system to meter flash output. It does this by firing a low power pre-flash just milliseconds before the main flash. The built-in flash can sync up to 1/200s. The flash pop-up is motorized, that is pressing the flash button pops the flash up using a motorized release mechanism. In AUTO exposure the flash will automatically pop-up when required.

The internal flash has approximate ranges as defined below
(using a Canon EF 24 - 85 mm F3.5 - F4.5 lens):

ISO speed Wide-angle: 24 mm Telephoto: 85 mm
100 1.0 - 3.7 m (3.3 - 12.1 ft) 1.0 - 2.9 m (3.3 - 9.5 ft)
200 1.0 - 5.3 m (3.3 - 17.4 ft) 1.0 - 4.1 m (3.3 - 13.5 ft)
400 1.0 - 7.4 m (3.3 - 24.3 ft) 1.0 - 5.8 m (3.3 - 19 ft)
800 1.0 - 10.5 m (3.3 - 34.5 ft) 1.0 - 8.2 m (3.3 - 27 ft)
1600 1.0 - 14.9 m (3.3 - 48.9 ft) 1.0 - 11.6 m (3.3 - 38 ft)
3200 (H) 1.0 - 21.0 m (3.3 - 69 ft) 1.0 - 16.3 m (3.3 - 53.5 ft)

The EOS-10D also allows for FE-Lock (Flash Exposure Lock) which can be used to take a meter reading of the subject using the flash before taking the shot. This can be useful for recomposing the scene, with the flash up (or an EX flash attached) simply aim the center of the frame at the subject to be metered, press the * button and the camera will fire the flash and take a meter reading, the next shot you take will use this locked exposure.

AF Assist

Unlike the D30 and D60 the EOS-10D doesn't have a dedicated AF Assist lamp. The primary reason for this must be the increased accuracy of the new AF system, it focuses very well even in virtually no light. However if you still need AF Assist you must pop-up the flash which will fire a brief strobe of flashes to help the AF system to lock.

Flash Hot-shoe

The EOS-10D's hot-shoe can be used with Canon and third party flash units (although features are limited with third party units).

It features Canon's latest flash technology, E-TTL (Evaluative TTL metering, a pre-flash just before the main flash). Supported E-TTL flash units: 220EX, 380EX (discontinued), 420EX, 550EX and macro MR-14EX, MR-24EX. Autoflash (E-TTL) is not supported by EZ, E, EG, ML or TL-series speedlights.

Additional features enabled by the 550EX Speedlight: E-TTL (as described above), High Speed Sync (sync from 30 sec to 1/4000 sec), Flash Exposure Compensation (+/-2EV in 0.5 EV steps), Flash Exposure Bracketing (bracket three shots +/-3EV in 0.5 EV steps), Modelling Flash (a 70hz strobe of light for checking shadows - press the DOF preview button), Wireless Multi-Light E-TTL Autoflash.

Lens Mount

The EOS-10D has a metal EF mount and thus supports all Canon EF group lenses (plus some older as manual focus and compatible third party lenses), remember that because the sensor is smaller than a 35 mm frame all lenses are subject to a field of view crop (focal length multiplier) of 1.6x, thus a 28 mm lens provides the same field of view of a 44.8 mm.

Supplied In the Box

Canon has done away with the separate 'Kit' and 'Body-only' options offered with the EOS-D60. Instead the standard EOS-10D Kit includes a battery and charger but no AC adapter or Compact Flash card.

The EOS-10D Kit is supplied as:

  • Canon EOS-10D Digital SLR body
  • Eyecup Eb
  • BP-511 Lithium-Ion battery pack
  • CB-5L Battery charger
  • Neck strap
  • USB Cable
  • Video Cable
  • CD-ROM: Canon Digital Camera Solutions Disk (Win/Mac)
  • CD-ROM: Adobe Photoshop Elements (Win/Mac)
  • Manuals / Reg. card