Although slightly smaller than the EOS 10D the overall design and layout is very similar, and that's really not a bad thing, there was little about the design of the EOS 10D which drew criticism. A few subtle changes like larger buttons and the relocation of button labels have been done to bring the overall look and feel of the camera more in line with the professional EOS Digitals. Somehow (and I've still not managed to work out why) the EOS 20D feels that little bit more professional than the EOS 10D, perhaps it's a change to the material used or the paint but it really does feel even more durable.

In your hand

Not surprisingly the EOS 20D feels very much like the EOS 10D, albeit a little lighter. One niggle I did have was the 'nail file', a part of the lens mount molding which is directly opposite the inside of the hand grip. This part of the body rubs against your fingernails which leaves little white marks (although not permanent). That aside the EOS 20D is a great camera to hold and shoot with, it's small enough not to be bulky and 'weighty' enough (without feeling heavy) to provide a little weight-induced stabilization. It's probably also worth noting that the rubber used on the rear of the camera and hand grip is now softer and more sticky than before.

Design changes compared to the EOS 10D

Place your mouse cursor over either image below to compare the design of the EOS 20D to the EOS 10D. As you will notice there are actually quite a few design changes between the two cameras, and the EOS 20D definitely looks as though it's 'sucking in its gut' compared to the EOS 10D, it's a tighter more purposeful look.

LCD Monitor

The EOS 20D has the same 1.8" diagonal 118,000 pixel LCD monitor as the EOS 10D. It's quite sharp and bright enough in low and moderate light however we found that outdoors on a sunny day even on the brightest setting the screen wasn't as easy to view as some others. This will also be due to the fact that it only has a protective plastic screen instead of an anti-reflective one.

LCD Panel

On top of the camera is a large LCD panel which provides a wide range of information about the current camera settings and exposure. The main numeric section of the panel doubles up to provide other types of information such as the 'Busy' warning, ISO setting and processing parameter set when these are being changed. The panel has an orange backlight which is illuminated by pressing the backlight button to the top left of the panel, the backlight stays on for approximately six seconds.

A breakdown of information displayed on the LCD panel can be found on the diagrams below.