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Canon EOS 20D

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Canon EOS 20D

Editor's Review

The Canon 20D has since been replaced by the better Canon 50D. Here's what we wrote about the 20D when it first came out:

Canon has delivered another blockbuster with the Canon EOS 20D SLR, which comes equipped with an 8-megapixel image sensor, improved burst shooting mode, and a new autofocus system. The 20D sports a number of other notable improvements to the design of its predecessor, the EOS 10D, including substantially faster startup time, better low-light performance, and a smaller and lighter body. Ideal for photojournalists and other serious photographers, the Canon 20D delivers professional performance at a price that even amateurs can afford.

Specifications

  • 8.2 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
  • Part Number: 9442A002AA
  • UPC: 013803044430
  • Release Date: Aug 23, 2004

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Canon EOS 20D Reviews

Canon EOS 20D Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 4.0 out of 5
Canon 20D (Dennis J Hobbs — 03/15/2009)

I have owned a 20D for 4 years (initial cost $1509.91) and have used it extensively. The only significant problem I have had with it is spots on the sensor, which was my fault from inter-changing the lenses. The red-eye lights will sometime stay on after I have turned them off. I would recommend the camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent cam (Nibedita — 10/16/2007)

I've been using this camera for the past two years and its been great to have it around. An excellent buy!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Very nice (Mike — 09/03/2007)

I think this camera is a value with all the features you get. When I first bought it I had the same focusing problems that others say they have BUT that was because of ME. Now that I understand how to use it other than in AUTO mode, my pictures are perfect! Some lens are better than others so you have to do a little research if you want the Best picture you can get.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Cannon 20 Does Not Fix Their equipment (JMB — 07/01/2007)

The shutter does not release completely, leaving you with a black screen.
The camera also now is going soft in the focus, thought it was me, but after reviewing other postings, it is definiely the camera.
I have sent this in for the third time to be fixed and they are still not fixing it.
If they can't fix these cameras, then they need to replace them with a new one. Apparantly that would be the 30D.
I saved for a very long time, been patient, been understanding, and now that I am trying to grow my business, the equiptment is worthless. You can't tell a bride, "Just a moment, do that expression again, my camera missed the shot because the shutter did not fire off correctly." Or in my case try and get a wildlife shot in motion and either get a soft photo or a black picture. Wonderful equipment, really. It may be perfect for the others that have posted and in the beginning I would have agreed, but the longer you have this, the more problems people are getting.
Why can't Cannon just fix this camera. If they can't fix it, then they really need recall this model and replace the body with one that works.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Canon 20D and Rebel EOS (Rita Reed — 05/26/2007)

Both of my cameras lock up on me. At first the problem was intermittent and lately I can't rely on either of them. As a photographer, I rely on
my equipment to work consistently....these products are not reliable and I would not buy another Canon in the future.I have talked with others who have the same problem. I am sending both camera's in for repair today. I am canceling a photo shoot tomorrow unfortunately. If canon
would take responsibility for this locking up problem, I would consider giving the product another chance in the future. Otherwise, I cannot take the risk of relying on them.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Soft focus / dark flash exposures (Dave & Debi McAfee — 02/04/2007)

Thought my eye sight was changing..
Six months ago, my pictures where more outta' focus than not.
So...I spent another $600 bucks at Best Buy for a 70-135 EF lens w/Stab, thinking the lens would help....NOT !!!!
Our $200 dollar; point and shoot, Nikon Coolpix 4 megs, take a much better picture...
$1500 bucks for the Canon 20D, $600 dollars for the upgraded lens with stab.
$2200 dollars....versa $200 dollars ??!!
Guess which one I'll be using to take pictures of my Granddaughter ??!!

Mac

  • 2.0 out of 5
focus issues (Sharon — 01/10/2007)

At first I liked the 20D then the focus problems started!! I have to adjust every photo I take. It is awful that Canon won't own up to something being wrong with the camera. I usually highly recommend Canon but not any more, not until they recall these camera's and fix the problem. Most of us would gladly pay the postage.

  • 5.0 out of 5
focusing problems (Nelson — 01/05/2007)

To all those with focusing problems: I own 3 20d's. One of my photographers dropped one and it has not focused perfect since (soft on the right side at large aperatures).... my suggesion be gentle with them, they're not Nikon D1's

  • 5.0 out of 5
Perfection in a 20D (Blondie — 12/31/2006)

i have had my 20D for 2yrs & have found it perfect
i have done some ripper shots of our rain forest & sun sets.and have been told by some people who i reckon are exsperts and im only a beginner.i started out in jpeg.But was showed how to use Raw & wouldnt use anything else now.As for CANON i havent used a better Camera yet & dont think i'll ever will.No1 CANON FAN.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Canon 20D (Jana — 12/26/2006)

Well, when I first got my 20d, everything worked fine, but about 5 months into it, i started having focusing problems. Thought it may have been me since I was a novice, but now the focusing issue is awful. I am so disgusted and am sure Canon will not do anything about it now. I will have my settings dead on in the camera and the shots come out terrible. I don't know what happened, but it is ridiculous.

  • 5.0 out of 5
best for architect (Alireza Fakhri — 12/23/2006)

this camera is the best choice for the architect and building photographers

  • 2.0 out of 5
focusing problem Any solutions (shane — 12/04/2006)

so am feeling my spirit sinking seeing all the shqred views of the focusing issues on the canon 5d;;most of you have been writing on the 20d but having the same stuff happen with the 5d. I had the 350d before and dont feel like i ever experienced it before. NO matter how conciencious i am about getting focus write it still flops on me. Also doing professional work and cant afford to have these sorts of surprises. I mean shots that i am sure were set to be in focus coming out OOF. No need to go on and on.. my question to all of you. Has anyone found resolution or if not.. which camera have you swithed over to. Either way sometimes am shooting moving subjets and wont them in on the left edge of the frame in regards to compostion and now since i am aware and nervous about a possibly out of focus shot i have to drop the importance of aesthestics and the compositon of my shot with trying to follow a moving subject with the focusing cubes that are all in the center of the frame. Feel like i am hunting.. and even so the it still comes out of focus.. so bad composition because keeping the targets on the subject and camera still let me down with a blurred shot.. Any commentaries appreciated.. mu email is shanew00@hotmail.com. And it had nothing to do with speed as am shooting at 1/1200

  • 2.0 out of 5
Soft Focus Problems (Jay Thomas — 11/03/2006)

I too suffer the soft-focus blues with my 20D. Would not recommend it to any serious photographer especially if you are in business. You will spend too much time trying to rescue your pics in photoshop. Images shot at 200mm are sharp but those shot 14-70mm are out of focus by about an inch. I sent my Canon camera camera and Lens to Canon Repair —they claim nothing is wrong and refuse to admid there is an inherent focusing defect with the 20D. I feel I'm stuck with a lemon. If anybody knows of any work-around to get better focus with the 20D and Canon lens combo please please let me know. Canon USA should be ashamed to charge so much for the 20D and not provide a fix.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best value canon digital slr (jane — 10/31/2006)

Best camera for value and top preformance,light in your hand so less need for tripod,some cheap deals around since 30D arrived

negative is small lcd screen

  • 2.0 out of 5
Problems with focusing (Legga — 10/22/2006)

I am using 20D with 17-85 mm lens for over a year.
Although the camera has a lot of advanced and convenient features, I am very disappointed with image sharpness.
When you shoot in RAW format, images of distant objects often appear un-sharp no matter what you do - even if you switch to manual focusing and shoot from tripod using a remote switch.

For example, with lens set to 50mm focus distance, details of city building located 120 - 150 meters away will not appear sharp in most cases, even in good lighting conditions.
This situation can be improved (not 100%) by using smaller depth of field (say, with 5.6 aperture) and focusing using a single AF point but then what, forget about images with greater depth of field?

I realise that this lens may not be 100% suited for landscape photography, but for God sake, this is a superior-quality Canon lens with range close enough to landscape-capable lenses! At least high apertures (29-32) should produce acceptable sharpness from tripod!

I was VERY surprised to learn that JPEG images shot with same parameters appear way more sharp than their RAW brothers and even RAW+JPG images.

Anyway, I consider this camera a failure because amateurs who will be satisfied by JPEG images will never pay $3,000 for such camera (Canon and Olympus can do the same for just $300-400) and professional will only suffer from its image quality.

  • 2.0 out of 5
soft focus (Xinwei Wang — 10/15/2006)

Before I bought this camera, I thought it shuold give very nice pictures. After I bought it and gave many tries, I am completely disappointed. The pictures always look soft and not in focus. I sent back the camera to Canon for service. After I received the camera, the same issue stays. For comparison, I bought another camera ($300) by Olympus. The pictures given by the Canon D20 are not comparable to those given by the relatively cheap Olympus. Everyone seeing the pictures always agree that the Olympus gives much better pictures in terms of color and focus. Now this Canon camera stays in my shelf and I am very reluctant to use it. I regret that I bought this junk using so much money. Unfortunately Canon does not admit their technical defect and cannot fix the problem. My several friends try to buy new digital cameras. After hearing about my story and my suggestions, they decided to not buy Canon, but other makes. I will never buy Canon cameras and also tell this true story to other potential buyers.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Nice images, when it's in focus... (Sal — 10/11/2006)

Pros: decent quality build, nice colours, crisp images (But...), 5fps a nice step up from 3fps, easy menu and short learning curve to use.

Cons: Unreliable, front focuses severely.

I've had the Canon EOS 20D for about 11 months now, approximately 6 months of that is sending it back and forth to the Canon HQ to get the focusing issue sorted out. Don't get me wrong, when I first got it, I was spellbound by how nice the colours were and how clear and crisp the images were and the vast increase in build quality from the 300D. But about month 3 came the front-focussing issue...I sent it back to Canon not once or twice but today will be the 7th time I've sent it back to Canon and all they keep saying is that "they'll *definitely* sort it out *this* time..." After wasting over 1000 shots just to verify that the issue has been resolved I'm pretty fed-up with it all - the camera, Canon's sevice department and the utter lack of reliability. I need a camera that works and I need one that's reliable *all the time*, not just once in a while. I don't really care if they "fix" it - what's the use of having a "fixed" camera if you can't rely on it when you have that one-shot chance? Canon haven't even given me the choice to replace it or a refund. I'll be sure to check out the Nikon dSLR's to replace all my Canon gear...Wake up Canon...

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great Camera! (praveen — 10/03/2006)

Great Camera!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Nothing but problems (Charles Scheurer — 09/23/2006)

With the photography company I work for, my boss was recommended to purchase the Cannon 20D from the lab we do business with. We have 6 of these cameras with cannon 18-80 mm lenses. Out of the six we have, 3 has focusing problems with them. We have sent back 2 lenses back for repair. The cameras have not been repaired yet, and probably won't be because the cost of repair has been told to be $500. Not much cheaper than buying a new one. I have owned a Nikon D100 for 4 years without a single problem with focusing.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great Camera! (Paul Garcia — 09/22/2006)

I have owned this camera for 3 months so far its working great, I am comparing this camera to my Canon 10D, I like the 5 frames per second 30 frame burst, quick start up from standby.

I did have a problem with the Canon 28-135mm IS lens right from the box it had problems, center focus was very sharp, but outside center circle sharpness fell way off. It was so bad I had to send it into repair, three weeks later it was returned and is one of my best lenses.

I shoot every day mostly nature photography and am having a time of my life.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Frustrating (Yonni — 08/30/2006)

I've been using the 20D in my professional wedding business for over a year now and have mixed feelings. Resolution and handling wise it fits the bill for social photography - not too heavy to hold all day and nice features/control setup. Yep, I get error 99 lockups (about 1 per wedding) just switching it of and on again sorts that out. The BIG problem is the unreliable and unpredictable back focus. With all my L series lenses I've had this at some time or another. Its worse on sunny days but even in complete shade the camera seems to want to focus on whatever is furthest away. I only use the central focus point but the camera can still focus on a wall which only takes up the top fifth of the image. Incredible! I am beginning to hear similar stories from fellow pros with the 5D too. Its just not good enough Canon.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Just Right (Meredith — 08/29/2006)

This camera was my first digital, but I must say that I love it. I have being shooting weddings for 5 years and love the camera. I have another friend that has the Mark IIDs that uses it for weddings also and I must say that her coloring and lighting is not as good as my 20d. The only thing that I can say bad about the camera is that it is loud. The people that have to take their 20d to get fixed must have gotten a bad apple. I have had NO problems.

  • 3.0 out of 5
just okay, definitely not for professionals (Jessica — 08/12/2006)

I have owned this camera for about a year. Canon's film camera's have always had superior autofocus technology and canon lenses have always been super crisp, as far as I am concerned. However, the 20D and the 5D's autofocus are terrible. Both cameras tend to front-focus, meaning you need to manually back-focus if you want crisp pictures (so forget about action). Sure, you can unsharp mask the images in photoshop, but for professional images, forget it. The images just aren't crisp. Both camera's will have you constantly checking focus each image and will both drive you crazy, wondering if maybe your eyes aren't functioning properly. Alas, it's not the photographer's eyes, it's the camera's autofocus. I sure wish Canon would do something about this...they are slowly losing me as a loyal canon fan (I have been shooting Canon for over 10 years). Also, it's not the lenses. All the lenses in my case are canon's 'L' series, ISM lenses and are razor sharp on film cameras (with the 5D lenses, of course.)

  • 5.0 out of 5
No Regrets! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera should satisfy any serious, semi-advanced user. I purchased it as an amateur, and have had no regrets to date. It's been a great camera for learning to be sure!

Produces stunning medium format sized pics. You won't be disappointed.

  • 2.0 out of 5
This camera is a piece of junk!! Overrated!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I do professional pics for 7 years, only this camera that can make me look bad!
Cons:
It has a terrible autofocus system. This camera is not for action, wedding, or events photographer. You will have soft focus with what ever lens u have got. I test this camera's AF system with the 24-70 L series,50mm, 85mm f1.8,etc. It will have soft focus with any object in any focus points, it will get softer on wide . I did comparison with 10d and it has super sharp images compared to the 20d with the same variables. Keep getting err99 msg sometimes, and it will take overnight too reboot it to normal. I think they finally fix this bug in the later 20D, and the upgrades only work with PC if i'm not mistaken.The viewfinder is too small and it's hard to read the info inside, so is the tiny lcd screen its useless. The most Very unreliable SLR I ever have in my life.

Pros:
Good skin tones, menu is user friendly, low noise Up to iso 400-800.

After experimenting with canon system for a year I decided to switch back to all Nikon!! Canon's flagship 580ex is a piece of crap too, it has a plastic hotshoe that breaks easily(compared w/ Nikon SB 800 hot shoe). COmbine it with a 20d, u will spend most of your time sharpening the images one by one....and changing your hotshoe during wedding ceremony!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
perfect for amateur! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Canon EOS 20D is my first digital SLR, i bought this camera to replace my old nikon F3 and i started to take as much picture as i can (because it's a digital, so i don't have to worry about running out of a film). i was amazed, it has a very low noise even in a large ISO, you can compare it with a 10.2 megapixels camera. the body is comfortly fit in my hands, the feature is complete for a digital SLR at this price. it's a perfect camera for amateur, and a competitive camera for pro's. it has a wide range of lenses, it fits all canon EF and EF-S lenses. so, if you want to buy a digital SLR, Canon EOS 20D is a very good start. excellent!.

  • 2.0 out of 5
reliability has been an issue (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have had the same problem as some other reviewers here. The image quality is high, but I have had to send the 20D in once for repairs and my 70-200 F2.8 lense in once. I am beginning to think these 'official' professional reviews are rigged. So far no problems with my MarkIIDs...

  • 5.0 out of 5
INCREDIBLE CAMERA...AMAZING PHOTOS!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The Canon EOS-20D is the updated version of the EOS-10D, which was introduced back in 2003. The 20D is a bit smaller and lighter than its predecessor, with the main changes being inside the camera itself.

The big new features on the 20D include:

8.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor
Support for EF-S lenses
Much faster burst mode
9 selectable focus points
E-TTL II flash metering system
New white balance controls
New "joystick" on back of camera
Improved battery life
DIGIC2 chip (first seen on EOS-1D Mk2) for better performance and photo quality
Filter/tone effects

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! 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 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! Add the BG-E2 Battery Grip which takes up to two BP-511/BP-511A/512 Battery Packs (or six AA batteries with the included BGM-E2 adapter) and double your shot capacity!!

The 20D supports High Speed USB 2.0 for fast image transfer when you connect the camera to your Mac or PC!!

Here is a list of the features that sold me on this camera...

~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

Buy this camera...you wont regret it!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Reliable, use for weddings (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I use two 20D's in my professional wedding business. I've kept up with firmware updates and find the camera reliable and versatile. If you set Custom Function 14 to 1:AVERAGE you'll get excellent flash exposures when indoors, which addresses the underexposure issue. Reset that function for outdoor flash fill! My business is based upon the 20D and I am very pleased with the images; I have flawless 20x24's hanging in my office. Great camera, excellent battery life.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Could be better (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I like how this camera with it's 17-85mm IS USM lens feels in my hand. The controls are very easy to manipulate and simple to remember.

The down side is that I've taken several hundred "average" pictures with this camera. I am very disapointed with the autofocus. You must review every shot to make sure it's in focus. Moreover, the shutter has locked up on several occasions and the accessory battery grip does not work with rechargeable batteries.

It's a shame that I can't return this and reinvest my money in a Nikon system.

  • 5.0 out of 5
like comparing a crayon doodle to a Rembrandt... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

My photography hobby stretches back to the days when i bought my first Minolta SRT 101 (which i still have), while in college. Since then, i've taken thousands of photos...both good and bad.
Finally turned digital - starting off with a 3.2Mp Fuji 3800. Using that, i got published in the LA Times.
Then, moved up to a compact Nikon 5700 and have caught three front page photos since last summer.
Now, the Canon 20D. Wife and i are event photographers and - so far - absolutely LOVE this camera (though, if we experience the dreaded "er99" error, i'm sure we'll have something to complain about). Our particular type of photography was just a bit beyond the capabilities of the Nikon we were using.

Although the flash issue is well-noted and probably a good bit of planning on Canons' part, we are adding the EX5800 flash to help complete the package.
Photos are crisp, sharp, and so far, we - and our clients, are very happy with the switch (though they really don't know yet).

  • 2.0 out of 5
Zero reliability (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

At first I was very pleased by the image quality, sturdiness and overall features of the camera. Always been a Nikon fan (EM, F3, F4) and I was convinced to switch to Canon because my retailer suggested that Canon technology in terms of digital sensors and IS lenses, is years ahead of its competition. However after 1 month and 500 pictures on its back, the camera has left me with a permanent Err 99 problem. I tried it all (battery removal, lenses, etc.) and nothing has worked. I�ll have to send it to Canon for a repair. What surprised me is that hundreds of customers are compaining about the 20D reliability and Err 99 issues. It�s not admissible for a brand like Canon, more specifically for brand new cameras that are not holding 1000 pictures before going to the assistance. Imagine a nice trip and....no camera in the middle. As an amateur I shouldn�t be forced to carru two bodies on my vacation just to assure tha�t I�ll be back with pictures. Very disappointing. The image quality i meaningless without reliability.

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

If your new into or pprofessional this is one the best thing i ever bought which is not only affordable but on top of that it gives u 10/10 result.

  • 5.0 out of 5
The 20D Changed My Life! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have had so many friends ask me about my camera and my pictures, that I decided to create a site called (...) that you might find helpful in making your decision and learning about the basics of digital SLR photography. It's specifically for owners of the Canon EOS digital SLRs. Check it out for useful tips and research that will help you get started on this rewarding journey of digital photography! Either way you won't regret your purchase. It would make an incredible gift, not only for Christmas or a birthday, but for life. It sure did change mine.

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

I fell in love with this camera within the first twenty-four hours of owning it. Virtually no warm up time, ready to shoot, takes me back to my 35mm days.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good pictures,flash under exposure (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have had this camera for 2 months,had a 300d before this camera.parameter 1 settings on 300d much more saturated than 20d.quality of photos great,but I agree with a previous reviewer that the built-in flash under-exposes on my 20d by at least 1 stop.It also does this when I am using my 550ex speedlite.I now dial in +1 on my flash exposure to get good photos.Canon should consider a firmware update to cure this problem.Other than the flash "problem',a great well built and well specified camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Wonderful and Versatile (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I've been a film photographer since I was a young child (I'm 57 now) and have shot everything from a Kodak Brownie to a Hasselblad (which I still own). I simply not say enough good things about this camera. I love the black and white mode - I do not have to take an image into Photoshop and remove the color, I can simply tell the camera to shoot in black and white and that's what I get. The built in filters eliminate the need to carry any extra B&W only filters.

I have access to Sepia, Blue, and other tones as well. Thus I can shoot a photo with a color reference frame, then go to pure B&W, add filters, or tones and then go back to color for other things. No more needing two bodies to shoot both B&W and Color on an outing.

Are there things I'd like it to have? Yes, a full size CCD would be nice - the 1.6x factor is a bit of a pain when using the 18-85mm lens and not getting 17mm out of it. On the other hand, having my 300 actually be in excess of 450 is nice, so I really can't complain.

If I had one gripe, it would be that the EF-S lenses don't work on the 1Ds Mark II - but that gets back to the CCD issue.

I still own my Hasselblad and have kept an OM-2 for some strange reason, but all my other film cameras have been sold. I really like this camera. I do want a 1Ds Mark II however.

jdg

  • 5.0 out of 5
The Camera I always wanted (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I never realized how much I missed the SLR features of my A1. I have been using the Canon S50 and have been very satisfied with it's features and quality. But the D20 provides many more opprotunity to experiment. I purchaed the camera with the EF S17-85mm IS USM len. The stabilzer works very well. The 4.0-5.6 is a little limiting but if you keep this in mind and make adjustments it will take super pictures. I have been taking a lot of soccer games (800 plus) even full zooming, the continuous mode and after cropping the pictures quality is amazing. My suggestion to any who misses the enjoyment of using an SLR camera is to treat yourself you won't be disappointed

  • 5.0 out of 5
Retired Pros Dream Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I go back to the days of flash bulbs,4x5 Crown Graphics etc.Retired out of Pronto Photo a one hour lab and studio employing the famous Noritsu Mini Lab Equipment.When I think of all the setup hassles and abundant chemicals to produce film and prints;and then pick up the Canon 20D,I give it a big hug and kiss and say"Where have you been all my life?" Have used the Canon 20D to photo my nieces wedding,shoot an air show,Indiana corn fest parade,my wife's reunion,and on and on.This camera is a 10+.All above shoots yielded excellent results.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Amazing, quality camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

OK, so I have only owned this camera for 2 days, but how long does it take to recognize quality? Great pictures, even out of the box. Obvious quality made, strong fit and finish. At $1400 with a lens, the 20D is a bargain for what you get. Just love it. Highly recommended.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Takes Great pic but I got a Lemon (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera in Dec. 04 and have had waranty repair on it 3 times. Each a different issue. 1 camera would'nt focas. 2. Totally quit working. 3. Kept getting err 99. The file no was totally messed up. And caused me to loose pics without noticing it and causing some of the pics to be half garbled with color streaks. Canon says sorry but I have to keep it.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent camera - one small niggle (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Superb quality photos for general use, and the ability to use an ISO of 3200 is a boon when doing sport photos indoors.

One small niggle is the auto review functionality displays a photo after it is taken for so many seconds (you can configure this). But you cannot zoom in on the displayed image without going into the "real" review mode, by pressing another button first.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Overall the 20d is a good, solid camera. There are issues with using flash with this camera. You will get about a 2/3 to a full stop underexposure if using any of the Canon flashes. From what has been gleaned, this was done on purpose by Canon to avoid blow outs. However, if your not aware of what is going on, your shots, while set up correctly, will be underexposed. Canon should have presented that info to the consumer prior to purchase. That's why I'm only giving this otherwise excellent camera a good rating.

  • 4.0 out of 5
(anonymous — 07/18/2006)

On my third 20D 4 days . First one the CF door didn't fit very good was out at the top. The 2nd one lasted maybe 40 pic's the shutter trigger would not take a pic it would do every thing but not take a pic then it started to but not every time and it was very hard to push when it did. So far the third one is working just fine I like it fine . Have the 300d it's a good dslr also .

  • 5.0 out of 5
Just a heads up in response to "great picture, lousy flash" (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I'm not sure if the writer of that review is a professional photographer or just someone who dabbles in it, but most people know that the built in flash on ANY SLR camera is not meant to be used as a real flash. It is considered a fill flash and only used for the purpose of filling in shadows at at close range. If you want to use a flash on an SLR you need to purchase an additional flash to fit your hot shoe. I just wanted to make that clear in case anyone saw that review and supposed that this camera has a terrible flash. The flash is great for what it's supposed to be used for which is fill.

  • 5.0 out of 5
GREAT CAMERA! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Wow! I've had this camera less than one week and I'm already taking great shots. Even with my smaller "Canon Speedlite 220 EX" flash unit, I get great natural looking balanced flash exposures. My hobby has been recharged and I can not say enough about this camera.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Sensor Caution (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

While the D.20 is a great step forward in the digital domain, and I like it for its versatility and quality.
However the sensor is most vulnerable when changing lenses. The appearance on un-seen particles on the recorded image is, when first encountered, alarming!
A blower (air only) must be used regularly to reduce this problem. I am sure Canon is working on this.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Most Impressive camera without the Impressive Price Tag. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have been in photography since 1970. I still have all the Minolta gear, which I own since 1981. I purchased Canon 20D in January, it just blew my mind what it can do and how it can do. Camera feels solid, thanks for not to have a plastic body. It does not feel heavy. Most impressive is 5 fps shooting, simply amazing. Recently I shot several hundred pictures on spring flower, ocean and nature photography, in 4 mega pixel. Printed on new HP 8750 photo printer,
no one believed it was taken on 4 megapixel. I was doing some check out to see how well it takes picture. Color is vibrant and very accurate. Since right now I can not afford Canon 1Ds Mark II, next best thing is 20D.

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

Loud shutter. Do not take to golf matches. Why not incorporate whisper technology?

  • 5.0 out of 5
None Better (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

After months of research just tracking down what is the latest and greatest digi. cams. have to offer I decided to scrutinize the 20d. more extensive research led me to my final choice. BUY THIS CAMERA! Absolutely the most rewarding experience after switching over from a 35mm SLR. Though its not a toy, you will definitely "play" with this piece of technological perfection forever. It has become my new best buddy. I have yet to find a single downside to this camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent all around prosumer camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I photograph weddings professionally. I used to use my EOS 3 film camera, but recently moved to digital. My first foray was with a 10D and then a 20D. The 10D is a solid camera, but the 20D is much better for wedding work. It is a solid well-built camera with a full feature set and great value for your money. It takes excellent pictures, and the noise at high ISO is remarkably low. I highly recommend this camera to any serious amateurs to casual pros.

  • 4.0 out of 5
great first digital SLR (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is a great first digital SLR camera for those photographers that are starting in the digital format. Very good quality pictures, fast start up time and full control of every aspect of the photograph. The only complaint is you can not use the display to view the picture before taking it: you are forced to view the picture through the viewfinder to take the picture. The software package is very good.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Amazing Pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera is awesome.

Coupled with a 28-70L or 70-200L this camera will deliver great shots. I have taken pictures at soccer games (the 5fps allow you to capture the entire play from corner kick to goal), at wedding type events and at the zoo. Each event challenges a camera in different ways and the Canon 20D didn't disappoint.

Solid feel, instantaneous start up and incredible features should make this your next new camera.
Canon finally delivered a consumer priced product that competes with my 35mm SLR.

I Highly recommend the 20D.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great piece of equipment (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have getting great pictures with this Camera. I am new to digital photography but this camera was very easy to setup and I was up and going in no time. The quality of build is excellent. I like the magnesium alloy body (Similar to EOS-1).
It works well with Canon 420EX flash.
I was also amazed by how many snaps I could get with just one charge. 1GB compact flash get you close to 400 pictures in medium fine image quality.
I use this camera with BG-E2 battery grip. I strongly recommend the grip if you own telephoto lenses.
Overall a great camera, easy to use and excellent results.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Outstanding Camera... Makes Digital a Bonus!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I had great reservations about moving to a digital camera of any type... I viewed it as a novelty item... not for serious picture taking.

Wow... my hobby has been reinvigorated! I have used a Canon A-1 since High School and loved its ease of use... the Canon 20D provides ease of use with fantastic picture quality. The startup speed, the multi shot capability and a flash that seems to refresh instantly... color quality of flash pictures has been much better than expected... just an all around great camera!!

I use a 1 gig compact flash card and take pictures at the highest quality... I now take pictures I would never have thought to do with film! The quick response of the camera has provided candid shots like I have never had before!

I have taken 400 pictures so far, many using flash (oh... BTW... no red eye to date... with out using the "red eye" option!!) and have yet to recharge the battery!! AMAZING!!

I cannot say enough good things about the camera. I chose the 20D over the Nikon D70 for several reasons... seemed easier to operate, better megapixel capability and less "tunnel vision" through the view finder... these three things justified the added price. I am happy I decided as I did!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great Pictures, lousy Flash! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
So far outstanding pictures, easy to use menu however indoor shots requiring the flash are terrible in my opinion! It barely illuminates the subject matter. Most pictures are dark when utilizing the flash. I've had better flash on $50.00 cameras
  • 5.0 out of 5
Impressive! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
The camera arrived on a Friday. Took the camera to the TN vs Notre-Dame football game for a test the very next day. Set up in nose bleed where the stadium shakes from all the excitement of the game. I used the EF 75-300mm IS USM lens and took about 180 pictures. 3 were crappy. There isn't much you can do when people stand up in front of you. I was blown away with the results. I printed several of them 13 X 19 on Epson 2200. Absolutely no noise or purple aberring, like I was used to with my Sony 828. My Sony 828 is a good camera but does not hold a candle to the 20D. If you demand perfection you will love the 20D. If you are not that particular but want a good camera, buy the Sony 828.
  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent Photography Is BACK!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
I have always loved photography but lately have been disappointed in the digital world. Unless I spent megabucks on high megapixel cameras. NOT ANY MORE! Canon has a surefire winner with the EOS 20D. In my short month I have shot over 400 images 99% are right on! The other 1% I screwed up. My favorite pastime is back! If you are used to doing excellent work with film but cannot afford the processing -- This camera is for you! You get what you shoot and shoot what you get. Creativity is in there! High quality is in there! High resolution allows you to crop out the parts you don't like and still make excellent 8x10's!
  • 5.0 out of 5
Phenomenal Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
I've owned just about every Canon SLR model since the late 60's, and the 20D is by far the most amazing camera I've ever worked with. I've been pleased with the Canon D60's I've had, but this new model is fast, responsive and the extra 2 megapixels is a bonus. I love it, and will use it with pleasure.
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