Canon 20D Review

For the opportunity 20D body camera review many thanks to Mikhail Rybak, who sent me him from another area.

Canon 20D Review

Canon 20D Review

Canon 20D is one of the first advanced, amateur, digital SLRs cropped cameras Canon Now the Canon 20D is an 'old woman' since it was released back in the fall of 2004 and cannot boast of anything special. Canon 20D looks very similar to its ancestor Canon 10D and to a newer version Canon 30D. True, unlike Canon 10D, 'twenty' supports Canon EF and EF-S lenses.

Example photo on a Canon 20D

Example photo on a Canon 20D

Canon 20D uses 8.2 megapixel CMOS matrix that allows you to take pictures of 3504 X 2336 pixels. Exactly the same matrix is ​​used in a more modern model - Canon 30D. Eight megapixels is enough for simple photo tasks, I advise you to look in the section Battle of Megapixels.

Example photo on a Canon 20d

Example photo on a Canon 20D

Canon 20D can use ISO 100 to 1600 up to ISO 3200 (ISO H). Nowadays, the Canon 20D cannot boast of low noise at high ISOs, and the ISO 1600 value itself is not considered so high these days. In the camera settings, you can only set the values ​​of ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, ISO H, without intermediate values. In program modes, the camera uses automatic ISO selection, which is limited by an extremely narrow range - between 100 and 400 ISO units.

Example photo on a Canon 20D

Example photo on a Canon 20D

Canon 20D has very small 1.8 inch display. Viewing captured photos on it is very difficult. The display is more suitable for navigating the camera menu. The camera menu itself is simple, it is easy to understand. Unlike the older Canon 10D, a menu in Russian appeared in the Canon 20D.

Example photo on a Canon 20D

Example photo on a Canon 20D

Canon 20D has 9 focus pointsof which only one, central, is cruciform. A huge number of Canon cameras use the same focusing system. On the camera you can find the connectors: USB 2.0, video output, output for the remote control and PC Sync output for studio flashes. The good news is that the camera has a very short minimum shutter speed equal to 1 / 8000 seconds.

Example photo on a Canon 20D

Example photo on a Canon 20D

The Canon 20D has pleasant ergonomics, it is not difficult to operate the camera. I want to note optional monochrome display with yellow backlight. The display greatly simplifies the work. The camera lies well in the hand, the grip is rubberized.

Example photo on a Canon 20D

Example photo on a Canon 20D

In general, the Canon 20D is a well-assembled camera, on the body there is a mark 'Made in Japan'. The fact that the camera is almost 10 years old, and it works flawlessly, is already talking about a lot. The camera’s battery holds a good charge, it’s hard for me to say how many hundreds of frames it can last, since I used the Canon 20D only with lenses without auto focus.

Example photo on a Canon 20D

Example photo on a Canon 20D

Canon 20D can shoot at speed 5 frames per second. A serious drawback of the Canon 20D is the small frame buffer when shooting in RAW format, which is only 6 shots. With fast burst shooting, the camera starts to slow down after the first second. RAW files occupy 6-8 MB. There is no way to select RAW settings in the camera menu, so the Canon 20D always shoots with 12-bit color depth and file compression. When shooting in JPEG, 9 pictures are put into the buffer, but the series of pictures with my Transcend CompactFlash 8GB 133x memory card becomes almost endless. For those who shoot in JPEG, small frame buffer the Canon 20D is not a hindrance. The Canon 20D uses large and fast CF memory cards.

Example photo on a Canon 20D

Example photo on a Canon 20D

Personal experience

I was very upset by the small frame buffer when shooting a series in RAW format, which multiplies by zero all the charm of serial shooting at a speed of 5 frames per second. It is also very bad that the camera does not have the ability to use intermediate ISO values. Canon 20D is now of interest to amateur photographers who don’t need the “modern twists” of the CZK, almost anyone can afford such a camera, you can buy it for only 150 cu If you can handle RAW files a little, then you can still squeeze good pictures from an old Canon 20D, because important how to take pictures, but not by what means.

Example photo on a Canon 20D

Example photo on a Canon 20D

It so happened that I tested the Canon 20D immediately in combat conditions, taking it with me as an additional camera for wedding photography. The videographer who worked with me that day was very surprised by such an "antediluvian" beast, but appreciated Porst 55mm F / 1.2that was installed on the Canon 20D :).

Example photo on a Canon 20D

Example photo on a Canon 20D

Sample Photos

Canon EOS 20D Digital crop lens and lens shots YONGNUO YN85mm F1.8 (for Canon EF). Photos - on-camera JPEG without any modifications. All photos were taken without a hood, some photos were taken using a light filter HOYA 58mm PL-CIR.

Jpeg source photos download from this link (108 photos, 300 MB).

In comments Can I ask you a question on the topic and you will answer, and you can also express your opinion or describe your experience. For the selection of photographic equipment, I recommend large catalogs of various photographic equipment, such as E-Catalog, or large online stores such as Rozetka. Many little things for the photo can be found on AliExpress.


Conclusions:

Canon 20D is a morally obsolete camera that can still do an excellent job. The camera has fast burst shooting, good ergonomics, but there is no heap of modern settings. I recommend for amateur photographers with a very limited budget.

The material was prepared by Arkady Shapoval. Take a look to the Radozhiva group on Facebook.

Add a comment: Valery

Comments: 94, on the subject: Canon 20D review

  • Vova

    Uh! Arkady, isn't that a ccd matrix?

    • Michael

      No, CMOS. Canon, like, never put a CCD, only in collaboration with Kodak.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      No, Canon only has a 1D ssd matrix

      • Sergei

        Offer such a new one in a box for 50 bucks. I think so. Fot is very good, the display is really small at all.

        • Sergei

          Have you sold it?

  • Alexey

    I shot it 7 years ago with her, I had a friend, but I just got Nikon d5000)
    It was very nice to shoot on it, it looks like a professional camera, with an additional display. It’s great to buy one for trips, summer cottages, or for children to study - so that it would not be a pity to break, break.
    Now it’s really worth a penny - 2-3 thousand without a lens.

  • Sanya Beard

    The camera is very reliable. I got it from my uncle almost new in 2011 and now it’s already running more than 600000 and still works!

    • Dan

      And how did you calculate the mileage on it? Or counted on the frame?)))

  • Dan

    Hello. Tell me, is there an autofocus adjustment?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Adjustment appeared only since 50d

      • Dan

        They say there is 40d. this is not true?

        • Michael

          no on 40D

        • Michael

          About what they say. This is not a software tweak. On older cameras, there are three (?) Screws for general autofocus adjustment

          • Dima

            And where do these screws tell?

            • anonym

              On the mirror unit

  • Dima

    The camera is still good, as noted it is important how to shoot and not what. Simple and reliable as a military truck where there is nothing superfluous. Personally, the canon for me in ergonomics and grip is much closer to nikon and more logical. And why are there some floating gum from Nikon, and then the camera is 14 years old and at least that.

  • Alex

    You write nonsense about running. Not a single program in the twenty mileage does not determine. Only in the service.

  • Paul

    Arkady, thank you for your work and reviews. Please advise: there is a choice of 2 old cameras - Nikon d40 and Canon 20d. Slow landscape photography, good color rendering is very important (in favor of Nikon - a larger matrix size). What do you think is the best?

  • Sergei

    I bought my first 20D DSLR in 2011 for 300 dollars (2400 hryvnias). Since that time, they faithfully accompanied me on many trips. Moreover, she suffered all of them practically without loss. The only thing is that from time to time the rubber plugs hardened and cracked. And so the camera survived and shock, and shaking, and temperature changes. Given its price, now it’s just the best choice for a beginner. Well, with 30D. Yes, there are much newer 550Ds, etc. for not much more money. But xxD is xxD, the metal case has saved more than once (no, I didn’t hit my head in fights for the gopniks with a camera :-)), the speed of management is beyond praise, everything is at hand and convenient. And the price is such that you don’t shake over every scratch on the carcass. If you can always buy another one :-).
    Autofocus, here's a weird thing. Last year, compared with 6D. It would seem that the vaunted sensitivity of 6D at the center point in low light. But here where 6D did not cling there and 20D did not cling. If 20D clings, then 6D clings. It turns out that under normal conditions the sensitivity of autofocus turned out to be + - the same. Paradox.
    In short, 20D / 30D is the best buy today, if you just need to take pictures, without any videos and liveviews.

    • anonym

      There is no strangeness. The ability to work with dark lenses refers to the location of the AF sensors, and not to their sensitivity. These are two different characteristics.

      • Novel

        Hm. Well, I looked at the center point for 6D -3EV, for 20D - -0.5EV. There should be a noticeable difference.

        • Michael

          -3EV most likely with ext. sensors at f / 2.8.

  • Valery

    They offer to buy one for 3000 r. I doubt very much, tell me, is it worth buying?

    • Michael

      If it’s already more expensive for you, why not? So you can see 40d a little more expensive

      • Valery

        The first SLR is simple. Not at all experienced. Offered a budget option, so I doubt it

      • Valery

        Can you tell me, How, what is better to check when buying? What to look for?

        • anonym

          To take for such an amount, just take. A month ago, Nikon d40 was offered for 1000 rubles. came, gave money, left. The flash does not work, flash, for 1t. mileage 20t.

        • Michael

          Appearance, mileage, the work of buttons-mechanics, broken pixels of the matrix. In principle, in the internet there are quite detailed descriptions

  • anonym

    What is better canon 20d or 1100d?

    • B. R. P.

      Models of different class and age. To understand what is best for you, you need to decide what you need from the camera.

    • Nicholas

      I would prefer 20d, very good build navigation is convenient, honestly shoots perfectly, I have 20da astro very nice fotik

    • Roman

      If there are no special preferences in the direction of 20D (except subjective), the 1100D is better than practical in all respects. Both fotics are from the era of rapid development of photographic equipment, so the younger age of the 1100D makes itself felt. Greater resolution at the same working ISO, less and easier. Significantly better screen for viewing footage.

      20D pluses will give the top screen (I rarely use it on both cameras), 1/8000 shutter speed (usually needed for super-fast lenses like 1.2 - 1.4) and 5 frames per second in a series instead of 3. Perhaps only the latter can be a significant advantage.

      • Michael

        And another normal viewfinder

  • Wit

    Hello Arkady! I am an ordinary amateur photographer, I have thoughts to buy a second-hand digital camera instead of the Samsung soap dish which I’m not happy with. In childhood, he photographed on film, the last of the films - Zenit-TTL, then the hobby passed. Now the frequency of use - occasionally, on vacation. Lighting conditions - natural, day, evening, sometimes occasionally night or artificial. Wishes to the camera: optical zoom (the more the better), natural color rendering, photosensitivity is desirable from 80 DIN (does this seem to be an analogue of GOST 65 film?). For some reason I do not like a flash, I try to photograph without it, hence the requirements for photosensitivity. A special “rate of fire” is not needed, I’m not reporting sports reports, but shooting a person or an animal in motion would not be bad. I don’t bother with a DSLR, I understand that the price rises noticeably, but if I get at a reasonable price, I will not kick back. Can you advise which cameras you can pay attention to, and what does “mileage” mean for a camera, is it something like, snapped 10000 or 100000 frames and can you take a camera in the trash? If I got porridge, please correct. Thanks!

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Mileage on a digital SLR camera means the number of shutter releases. For budget cameras, the mechanics can withstand about 100.000, for advanced ones about 300.000, for professional ones it can reach up to a million. Usually you should not buy an amateur camera with a range of over 50.000. Typically, the amateur photographer remaining 50.000 may be enough for a lifetime (this is 10 frames every day for 10 years). But this does not mean that after 100.000 she will refuse, just as lucky. I have, for example, an amateur DSLR with a mileage of 400.000 and continues to shoot.
      As for the cameras - indicate your budget, and besides the camera - you need a lens.

  • Wit

    “As for cameras - indicate your budget, and besides the camera - you need a lens.”
    As I understand it, you are a citizen of Kiev, then you are more familiar with the hryvnia. I’m a Rostov citizen (I hope the political differences between our countries are not an obstacle for us :-), in general it would be very interesting for me to communicate normally with a Kiev citizen not only about photo topics), I’m more familiar with rubles. I don’t want to spend money especially, given the very rare use, more than 4000-5000 thousand rubles. there is no desire to give, it is 1000-1250 hryvnias. You mentioned a removable lens in your question, so you assume that it will be a DSLR? By the way, the Zenit Helios 44-M with the camera lies with me, can I use it? But, given my desire to use the zoom, I probably also need a telephoto lens, which is a lot of money. Found on sale on Avito Fujifilm FinePix HS20EXR, not a SLR, of course, but the reviews on the "Otzovik" are good, is it worth contacting him or the like? And yet, I know that somehow you can check the mileage directly in the camera, but how?

    • Valery A.

      You would be interested in and determine the size of the sensor (matrix). Zenit has a frame size of 36x24mm, digital FAs with a similar sensor are expensive, but there are cropps with sensors 1,5 and 2 times smaller on the diagonal (1,6 canon crop has a 22x15mm sensor). The Fuji you have selected has a sensor of approx. 8x5mm, respectively, noise, picture quality will be worse. And there is no trouble with the lenses - it is fixed, and helios has no reason. Outdated crop DSLRs (LPCs are even more expensive) from Canon (in order to fit the Helios through an adapter), such as 400-500D, 1000-1100, with the lens included in the kit, can fit into your budget.

      • Wit

        Valery, you entered me into a stupor. Sensor, crop, BZK - I don’t know what it is. I also met references to some whale lens ... Well, the matrix is ​​understandable, what the light perceives to itself, an analogue of the film. And everything else, a dark forest. What is the size of the sensor? I will study, apparently.

        • Michael

          the size of the sensor is the size of the “film” = the size of the matrix. Crop 1.5 is the so-called half-frame camera. That is half the film frame 36x24. This used to be on f / a “Seagull”, for example. The whale lens is the simplest lens that was usually sold in the kit for the camera (“kit” package). With such a budget, it is better to pay attention to the old SLR Canon 350D-400D and beyond. They will also allow you to use your Helios through an adapter.

          • Wit

            Michael, thanks for the clear explanation! And mirrorless, as I understand it, you do not consider professionals as an option? Why did I get interested in Fujik, somehow I shot landscapes and portrait photos on the soap dish of this company, it turned out very well, my similar Samsung ST-60 soap dish is not capable of this.

            • Michael

              With your budget - not considered. Either this is a soap box, something like yours, or the value flies beyond the permissible, for it is fashionable.

            • Valery A.

              What do you mean by mirrorless (it’s also abbreviated as BZK)? Compacts, ultrasounds with a 7x4mm matrix? A mirrorless fuji with a 24x15mm matrix (i.e. crop 1,5) is about 100t.r. the new one stands, do you need to consider it? You probably should understand a little about the basic parameters of digital photos. You can, of course, take the mind of fuji, but it seems to me that shooting with a digital camera with at least 1,5 crop matrix, including Helios, would be more interesting (in action and in results), more manageable, etc. True, without the possibility of binoculars - you need a special. telephoto lens.

  • Andrey Vyunenko

    I bought such a body on Avito, in collection quality and a complete set, with all the disks, cords, etc. .. Now I'm waiting. As he arrives, I will share my impression. 😊

  • marina

    The burning issue on the Canon EOS 20D camera. Focus constantly smears, all photos are blurred. Please help me find the reason. Or is it a camera problem or is the Canon 50mm F / 1.8 lens to blame? Will replacing the lens solve the issue? How to test the camera? I used to buy from hand because of a very limited budget.

    • BB

      Ask your friends / acquaintances / photo store for a different lens and / or camera, check your lens with another camera and your device with a different lens.
      “Substituted” photographs can be for several reasons:
      a) focus miss (can be checked with a tripod and manual focus) - it may be the fault of both the lens and the focus sensor;
      b) too small DOF on an open diaphragm - did you try to cover the diaphragm ?;
      c) blurring / jitter due to long exposure (a tripod will help, or a short exposure), the movement of the subject (were you shooting stationary objects?);
      d) a defect in the lens itself (lens displacement, for example as a result of an impact), a defect in the camera’s matrix.

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