Monday, January 29, 2007
Short Report: Canon EOS 20D
A lightweight digital SLR offers top-level sensor performance
The ideal situation is to use a tripod or other camera support for long exposures with lower ISO settings. Yet I regularly used the EOS 20D with settings of ISO 400 and 800 to keep exposures shorter because I often used a small beanbag (a great accessory for street photography) and loved my results.
White balance is simple to set, which is perfect for night shooting. It can be difficult to judge what looks best for a certain scene—do the lights look better neutral or warm in tone? You can shoot different settings quickly and compare results in the LCD (but reserve final judgment for the computer).
The Canon EOS 20D is a compact, easily handled camera. It offers a newly designed nine-point AF system, DIGIC II processing, a 5 fps speed, a 0.2-second startup time and a magnesium-alloy body. It handles all EOS EF lenses, including the small-format EF-S designs.
Effective Resolution: 8.25 megapixels (3520x2342 pixels); actual recording pixels: 3504x2336; approx. 8.2 million
Lens Mount: Canon EF and EF-S
Viewfinder: Eye-level pentaprism
LCD Size: 1.8 inches
Media Type: CF cards
Shooting Modes: Program, Shutter and Aperture Priority, Manual, plus eight additional program modes
Exposure Compensation: ±2 stops in 1/2- or 1/3-EV steps
Metering System: Evaluative metering, partial (9%), center-weighted
Focus Modes: One-Shot AF, Predictive AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF, Manual
Shutter Speeds: 30 to 1/8000 sec., plus B
ISO Equivalency: 100-3200
Power Source: Proprietary Li-Ion
Size: 5.7x4.2x2.8 inches
Weight: 24.2 ounces (body only)
Estimated Street Price: $1,499; $1,599 with lens
Contact: Canon, (800) OK-CANON, www.usa.canon.com.
• Compact, lightweight digital SLR
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