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Canon EOS 10D
Canon EOS 10D

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Canon EOS 10D

Editor's Review

The powerful Canon EOS 10D should please experienced photographers with its flexibility and extensive manual controls. Featuring a magnesium-alloy body, 7-point autofocus system, and CMOS image sensor, the Canon 10D offers better performance and handling than its predecessor, the D60, and a more attractive price than the Nikon D100. While most reviewers rave about the 10D's controls and image quality, quite a few complain about image softness in the default settings, and others wish the camera had a spot metering function.


  • 6.3 megapixels (effective)
  • auto and manual focus
  • program and manual exposure
  • JPEG and RAW file format
  • ISO range 100 to 3200
  • proprietary Lithium-Ion battery. Accepts interchangeable Canon EF lenses -- lens not included
  • UPC: 00013803023787
  • Release Date: Apr 18, 2003

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Canon EOS 10D Reviews

Canon EOS 10D Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
Easy to use and beautiful photos even without canon lenses (Vince — 10/07/2007)

I'm not a professional photographer, amateur . I just like to take photographs and I have taken a bunch. Family photos, landscape, close ups, weddings, birthdays you name it. I carry my camera whenever I go. Everyone who sees my photos fall in love when handling my camera. I do not have a wide angle lenses like 17-35 mml f2.8, which would have made much easier to take indoors when lighting is limited, but somehow to my surprise the camera did not slowdown as much as I expected, and the shots came very clear and the color great.
It will be a while to upgrade, but so far I am very happy with my Canon D10, it has not fail me.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Satisfied 10D owner surprised at complaints. (Deon Naude' — 12/05/2006)

I am the satisfied owner of a 10D since about a month after it's release in 2003. As I live in East-Africa this camera had to endure a lot of hardships from bumpy roads to dust and rain. The rain is no problem and this camera has done a lot of work out in the wet. Dust is a problem though and have been living with dust specs on my sensor for years now. Tried countless times to clean but never succeeded. I am surprised at the amount of complaints about image sharpness/focus. I am very satisfied with the quality of my images. I never use auto settings or auto focus and operate the camera on manual with good canon lenses. I am planning to upgrade to another higher specked body but will always keep the 10D as a backup as I trust this camera and it has served me well. This is a great workhorse.

  • 2.0 out of 5
I got a lemon (Auggie — 09/04/2006)

I bought the camera about four years ago and after fourteen months the camera started failing giving me an "error 99" .I had to send it to Canon for repair and pay for it since the warranty had just expired. They did not fix it and just sent it back to me. It is a nuisance error since it only fails when I most need it. I am frustrated because I got other Canon equipment now that I am considering switching to Nikon.

  • 5.0 out of 5
My 10D rocks! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I was one of the biggest film snobs ever— until I gave in and tried the 10D. I've been very pleased with this camera, and am a bit puzzled about some of the blurred image complaints that some folks have had. I have had ZERO problems. This is the sturdiest camera I've used since my old F-1. I am very hard on equipment, and the 10D has taken a lot of abuse. I know that one of them had hit the concrete at least twice! The best photo purchase I ever made.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Soft photos are standard (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I thought I was getting a great camera with the 10D. I was new to digital photography when I got the camera. I thought that was the way digital photos were supposed to look. But after using the camera extensively with various lenses, and doing a lot of investigating, I realized that I didn't get my monies worth. Most photos are soft or have washed out colors, especially photos taken with my 70-200 2.8 lens at full zoom. Every now and then I'll get lucky and get one or two shots that I feel good about. I'm hoping there is some way to fix the problem. Oh, yeah some times the spot focusing point is not where the camera tells you it is.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Fuzzy Photos (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

My Canon 10D has been to Irvine CA. about 9 times for repairs.
The photos are very poor!!! I have spent hours on the phone with Canon and have gotten no where with them.
I have sent the camera with the lens as they requested, still get very fuzzy photos.
I was told to send the camera to Canon Engineering it was there 2 times, still fuzzy photos!!!
When I got the 10D back from Canon Engineering they sent back fuzzy photos on a CD and they said they where good photos.
The camera was set for the timer and they must have been using a tripod and could not get any good photos out of it. It looks like I got stuck with a very high priced paper weight. If you buy a Canon Camera you better hope that it works because they can not repair or replace them.

  • 5.0 out of 5
The Best! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I love my 10D. It has never failed me. It is user friendly & takes great shots. I use mine for wedding photography and we all know, these are not photos you can afford to mess around with.

  • 5.0 out of 5
10D (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have used the 10D specifically for astrophotography on a 10" Meade telescope. It does well in astro, getting beautiful shots in 5-10 minutes. It's a little light on the reds due to the terrestrial IR filter, but the 20Da will address this problem.

As far as reliability... This camera has functioned in 20 below weather for hours (swapping the batteries of course). It's been dripping wet from dew. Never had a single problem with it.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Always Broken (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

My canon failed after 2 weeks. I sent it to be repaired, and they tried to charge me! It failed again soon after, and they clain they "lost my paperwork." And now, it's completely dead. Don't risk spending so much on a product with such poor factory support.

  • 5.0 out of 5
This camera is a powerhouse! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I love this camera, it inspired us to take more pictures, travel, and start our own camera business ( I have used the camera in extreme conditions, high humidity, rain, heat, and dust. Every time the camera performed beautifully. I wish it was a little bit better in low light situations, and perhaps just a little bit lighter. It can get a little heavy when you are hiking in the jungle, especially when you add on a flash, an L series IS lens, and are trying to zoom in on the Macaws at the very top of the tree.

  • 5.0 out of 5
It's simple: I'm in love with my 10 D (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
I don't need a lot of words to tell what I think about Canon's 10 D. It's fast, full spec, maybe it is a little heavy (specially to carry all day long), but I prefer this to a full plastic body that is lighter but as weak as a card castle. The images are awesome, colorful, the battery stands more than Highlander and the possibility to use the full range of EF lenses let's you reinvent your camera every time. Congrats to all the 10 D owners and for the rest that still don't know what to buy...What are you waiting for??? The 10 D is here to change (and improve) your photography. Greetings from Argentina to you all.
  • 5.0 out of 5
Better than film (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
My 10D has performed flawlessly. Digital imaging allows you to break free of the bonds of film cost and take as many shots as desired in order to capture the one elusive shot. The only drawback I see with the 10D is the slow start up, which has been eliminated with the introduction to the 10D's successor, the 20D. All in all, the 10D is a very good product and I would not hesitate to recommend it.
  • 5.0 out of 5
Reinspired me as a photographer (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
I have had my 10D since shortly after it was released in 2003. It is a rock solid camera, does everything and more than my film EOS did before, and has almost everything one could want. Being a "real" SLR, I used all my Canon lenses, flash, and other peripherals. But since digital gives instant feedback, and because there's no effective cost to take the next shot my photography has gotten better and better. For me, this has reinspired me as a photographer. My only complaints with the 10D are that it's a little heavy (but bulletproof :-), and to take the same wide angle shots I took with my 20mm lens on the film camera, I needed to get a super-wide 14mm lens for the 10D. Then again, my 200mm long lens is now more than 300mm, so it's a happy trade-off. And now the 20D is out, which I am sure is even cooler than the 10D!