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Canon EOS 20D digital SLR

 

Canon EOS 20D

Category: Advanced Amateur - Prosumer

The Canon EOS 20D digital SLR is Canon's latest prosumer digital Single Lens Reflex, replacing the EOS 10D. Smaller and lighter than the 10D, the EOS 20D is built in an all-black magnesium alloy external body with a solid stainless steel internal chassis. Positioned between the entry-level EOS Digital Rebel and the professional EOS 1D series dSLRs, the 20D occupies a coveted space reserved for advanced amateur photographers desiring pro level image quality and handling in a relatively affordable package.

The EOS 20D has an APS-sized CMOS image sensor with 8.2 megapixel resolution. It boasts ISO sensitivity of 100 to 3200, with ISO 100 to 800 noise-free, and ISO 1600 and 3200 having very acceptable noise level.

With the ESO 20D, users can expect access to a broad range of Canon's professional accessories and lenses. They can take full advantage of Canon’s lineup of EF and EF-S Series professional lenses, add a battery grip (Battery Grip BG-E2) or powerful external flash unit (Speedlite 580EX). The EOS 20D can also be purchased with a lens kit made specially for the 20D: the Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens. With a crop factor of 1.6x, this gives a 35mm equivalent of 27.2-136mm, in other words a wide-angle to medium telephoto 5x optical zoom. The lens also has the added benefit of having image stabilization built-in that minimizes blur from unsteady handling and provides maximum performance for wide-angle shooting.

The EOS 20D is fast: a 0.2 sec. startup, 65 milliseconds shutter lag, high speed morror drive, shortened viewfinder blackout time, 5fps consecutive shooting speed during maximum bursts of 23 shots (6 shots in RAW format), and fast data transfer using USB 2.0

Shutter speed ranges from a blazing 1/8000 sec. to 30 sec. White Balance offers advanced compensation and bracketing functions, and the new viewfinder is bright, clear and especially easy to focus. The EOS 20D also has a Monochrome mode with filter and toning effects as well as adjustable contrast and sharpness.

The Canon EOS 20D digital SLR will appeal to advanced amateur photographers desiring speed and performance combined with professional image quality. It provides advanced amateur photographers a relatively affordable entry into professional / commercial photography while professional photographers will find the 20D a perfect backup digital camera.

 
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  Image Sensor 8.2 effective megapixels
APS-C 22.5mm x 15.0mm
Effective angle of view: 1.6 times the focal length indicated on Canon EF lenses
3:2 Aspect Ratio
High-sensitivity, high-resolution, single-plate CMOS sensor
 
  Lens Full compatibility with Canon EF and EF-S series lenses.
Kit comes with Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens.
 
  Focal Length 17-85mm (35mm-equivalent focal length is equal to approx.1.6 times the marked focal length.)  
  Maximum Aperture f/4(W)-5.6(T)  
  Optical Zoom 5x  
  Macro 4 cm / 1.6 in.  
  Auto Focus TTL-CT-SIR with a CMOS Sensor (TTL CrossType secondary image registration);
AF Points: 9;
Focusing Modes: One-Shot AF, Predictive Al Servo AF, AI Focus AF, Manual focus (MF);
AF Point Selection: Automatic selection, Manual AF point selection;
Selected AF point display: Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on LCD panel;
AF-assist Beam: Built-in flash fires intermittently
Effective range: Approx. 4.0m/13.1ft. at center, approx. 3.5m/11.5ft. at periphery
 
  Shutter Speed 1/8000 - 30 sec. (1/2- or 1/3-stop increments), bulb, X-sync at 1/250 sec.
 
  Exposure Control Program AE (Full Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait, Flash Off, Program), Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Automatic Depth-of-Field AE, Manual Exposure, ETTL-II Autoflash  
  Shooting Modes

Continuous shooting: Approx. 5 fps (at 1/250 sec. or faster speeds);
Drive modes: Single, continuous, and Self-timer (10 sec.);
Max. Burst During Continuous Shooting: 23 shots (Large/Fine JPEG) or 6 shots (RAW or RAW+JPEG);

 
  Exposure Compensation AEB: ±2 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments;
Manual: ±2 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments (can be combined with AEB)
 
  Light Metering 35-zone TTL full aperture metering
• Evaluative metering (linkable to any AF point)
• Partial metering (approx. 9% of viewfinder at center)
• Centerweighted Average Metering
 
  White Balance Auto, daylight, shade, cloudy, tungsten, white fluorescent light, flash, custom, color temperature setting  
  Viewfinder Eye-level SLR (with fixed pentamirror);
Picture coverage: approx. 95% vertically and horizontally (Coverage against JPEG Large);
Dioptric Adjustment Correction: -3.0 - +1.0 dpt
Focusing Screen: Fixed, Precision Matte screen;
Depth-of-field preview
 
  LCD 1.8 in. TFT color liquid-crystal monitor (Approx. 118,000 pixels); Coverage: Approx. 100% for JPEG images  
  ISO Sensitivity Basic Zone modes: Automatically set (ISO 100-400)
Creative Zone modes: ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, extendable to ISO 3200
 
  Storage Media Type I and II CF card  
  Battery One Battery Pack BP-511A, BP-514, BP-511, or BP-512.
* AC power can also be supplied with the DC Coupler.
* With Battery Grip BG-E2, size-AA batteries can be used.
Date/Time Battery: One CR2016 lithium battery
 
  Included Accessories
No memory cards included
Li-Ion Battery Pack and Battery Charger; Date time lithium battery
AV Cable, USB Interface Cable
Eye cup
Shoulder Strap
Software CD-ROMs (Digital Camera Solution, Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0)
 
  Dimensions (W x H x D) 144 x 105.5 x 71.5 mm /
5.7 x 4.2 x 2.8 in.
 
  Weight (Camera body only) 685g / 24.2 oz.  
  MSRP US$1,599.99  

Product technical specifications (including MSRP and Included Accessories) are as represented by the manufacturer and subject to manufacturer's change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. Product color availability and included accessories may also differ by country or area. Please verify the latest specs from the appropriate manufacturer's site.

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