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Canon EOS 20D

alaTest has collected and analyzed 5674 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the portability and usability. The performance and lens are also appreciated. There are some negative reviews about the viewfinder, and there are mixed comments on the zoom and shutter.

value for money, lens, performance, usability, portability


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Canon EOS 20D is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Canon EF-M 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM


The Canon EF-M 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM is sharper and better made than many 18-55mm lenses, but shows noticeable distortion at wider angles.

Sharp. Optically stabilized. 3x zoom range. Well built

Small aperture. Noticeable distortion. Electronic manual focus. Hood not included

The Canon EF-M 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM ($299.99 direct) is the standard zoom lens for the EOS M compact interchangeable lens camera. You can buy the EOS M bundled with it or the EF-M 22mm f/2 STM, so buying it separately to supplement the prime lens is...

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Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens


The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens is the review-time-current version of Canon's least expensive APS-C DSLR kit lens (replacing the EF-S 18-55mm IS Lens).While it is designed as a starter lens and leaves a lot to be desired, it is a good value...

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Canon EOS 20D (with 17-85mm Lens)


Editor's note: The rating of the Canon EOS 20D has been changed to reflect its position relative to newer competitors.

Excellent low-light performance; fast and responsive; straightforward controls; nice balance of features for both experienced and learning photographers.

No spot meter; pop-up flash casts shadow with some lenses; viewfinder provides only 95 percent view; average battery life; 1.6X lens-conversion factor.

Though its performance has been surpassed by subsequent models, the Canon EOS 20D remains a top semipro dSLR choice.


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Canon EOS 20D


It's been four years and four months since they revealed the EOS D30, the first digital SLR which amateur photographers could really afford. So here we are, 52 months later with the latest incarnation of that original design, the eight megapixel EOS...

Excellent resolution, a match for the EOS-1D Mark II ; Good color, virtually identical response to the EOS 10D, lighter overall tone ; Now trademark Canon CMOS noise free 'silky smooth' images ; Very low noise levels even at high sensitivities, fully...

Opening the CF compartment door shuts camera down, loses any buffered images ; Average automatic white balance performance, still very poor under incandescent light ; PowerShot-like sharpening algorithm (same as EOS 10D) could be improved ; Not a major...

As soon as we got our hands on the Nikon D70 it became fairly clear that it was a camera which although priced nearer to the EOS 300D (Digital Rebel) could compete with the more expensive EOS 10D. Canon knew this and obviously also knew that they would...

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Canon EOS 20D Digital Camera


Photograph: Rick Rizner

Lots of features ; Solid construction

Built-in flash is weak

This professional model offers better construction and features than most consumer-level SLRs offer.

Editor's Choice!

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Canon EOS 20D review by PC Magazine


Excellent construction and design, fast performance, and great image quality make the Canon EOS 20D the current top gun among digital SLRs under ...

Incredibly clear, detailed images. Excellent color, exposure, and tonality. Intuitive menus and controls. Extensive features. Reasonably priced.

Deserves a kit lens option more befitting to the camera's quality and capabilities. Slightly clipped highlights on auto settings.

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Canon EOS 20D SLR


Designed for advanced amateurs, photojournalists, wedding photographers and professionals, the EOS 20D digital SLR combines speed, image quality and ruggedness with compact size and light weight to deliver the highest performance in its class. The EOS 20D

Canon has also posted the following information: "When the firmware update operations are finished, turn the camera off and remove battery from the camera for at least two seconds. This will cause the new firmware to effect after the battery has been relo

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Canon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens


I would like to complete a full Canon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens review in the future.

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Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens


Canon has maintained the position that image stabilization functions best when installed in the lens. According to Canon, "The advantages of IS in the lens are, first, that each IS system can be designed and optimized for its specific application,...

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Canon EOS 20D


The Canon EOS 20D is, in my opinion, a very nice upgrade from the Canon EOS 10D

Results from the 20D are impressive. All of the "Auto"s are excellent including Auto White Balance, Auto Exposure and as I mentioned already, Auto Focus

Product Specifications

The EOS 20D is the semi-professional digital SLR to deliver all the speed, precision and flexibility synonymous with high-end film SLR cameras - plus a whole lot more. A rugged magnesium alloy body provides the first clue that the EOS 20D is no ordinary camera. Canon's award-winning CMOS technology delivers outstanding image quality and 8.2 Megapixel resolution. The DIGIC II architecture drives blistering 5fps continuous shooting with a maximum burst of 23 frame JPEG images, class-leading color rendition accuracy, quick start-up times and rapid display and zooming of images during in-camera review. JPEG and RAW files write simultaneously with no loss of performance. 9 auto focus points are carefully distributed across a wide area of the frame for fast, accurate focusing, even with off-center subjects and particularly with 'rule-of-thirds' compositions. The E-TTL distance-linked flash algorithm takes factors such as lens distance information and ambient light readings into account for accurate flash metering, even in circumstances such as recomposed shots, or where high or low reflective objects appear in the frame. The camera is compatible with the entire EX-series Speedlite flash range. This includes the 580EX, which transmits color temperature information for improved color stability and auto zooms to match the camera's APS-C sensor size. The EOS 20D is compatible with more than 60 Canon EF lenses, including Canon's EF-S lenses. Built with the EOS 20D photographer in mind, the EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM and EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM cover popular wide (approx. 16-35mm) and standard (approx. 27-136mm) ranges in the 35mm equivalent. An extreme high (3200 ISO) setting extends the camera's wide 100-1600 ISO speed range. Both sRGB and Adobe RGB color spaces are supported. Digital Photo Professional image processing software permits high-speed processing of lossless RAW files. The EOS 20D's USB 2.0 Hi-Speed connection enables fast download of images to the computer. PictBridge compliant, the camera supports direct printing to any compatible photo printer. It takes both CF and CF-II cards, including cards of over 2GB capacity. PRODUCT FEATURES: Sigma 70-300mm F4.5-6.7 DL AF Zoom Telephoto Lens; Sigma 28-80mm F3.5-5.6 HF AF Mini Zoom Lens; Opteka High Definition Filter Kit; Replacement BP-511 Lithium Ion Rechargeable Battery; 1GB High Speed CompactFlash Card; High Speed USB Memory Card Reader; Pocket Memory Hard Case; Hoodman LCD Screen Protectors; Opteka Compact Tabletop Tripod; Opteka 5 Piece Camera; Lens Cleaning Kit; Samsonite Deluxe Carry-All Camera Case; 55" Digital Photo Tripod.

Audio Input

Type: None


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-511 / Canon BP-511A/Canon BP-511A

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:SLR
Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash / Microdrive

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.8in
Diagonal Size (metric):4.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Close-up / Landscape / Macro / Night portrait / Portrait mode / Sports mode/Close-up / Landscape / Night portrait / Portrait mode / Sports mode

Flash Memory

Form Factor:CompactFlash Card
Storage Capacity:1GB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon EOS

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.5-5.6/F/4.0-5.6
Lens for SD:Body only/Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS lens/Canon EF-S 18-55mm lens/SIGMA 28-80mm and 70-300mm lenses
Max Focal Length:55mm/80mm/85mm
Min Focal Length:17mm/18mm/28mm
Optical Zoom:2.9/3/5
Type:None/Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:15.0 x 22.5mm
Optical Sensor Size (metric):15.0 x 22.5 mm
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Resolution:8.2Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Fixed eye-level pentaprism

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800/ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800 / ISO auto (100-400)
Special Effects:Monotone
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW / RAW + JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical