Canon EOS 20D

EOS Digital SLR and Compact System Cameras

EOS 20D

Canon EOS 20D

Balance. Poise. Precision.

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.

  • 8.2 MP
  • 5 fps with up to 23 frame burst
  • 9-point AF
  • DIGIC II
  • E-TTL II distance-linked flash
  • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed/Video Out
  • Magnesium alloy body
  • Compatible with Canon EF/EF-S lenses and EX Speedlite flashes
  • DPP RAW processing software
  • PictBridge compatible

Quality

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 colour 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.

Focus

9 auto focus points are carefully distributed across a wide area of the frame for fast, accurate focusing, even with off-centre subjects and particularly with ‘rule-of-thirds’ compositions.

Distance-linked flash

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 colour temperature information for improved colour stability and auto zooms to match the camera’s APS-C sensor size.

Lens mount

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.

Full control

An extreme high (3200 ISO) setting extends the camera's wide 100-1600 ISO speed range. Both sRGB and Adobe RGB colour spaces are supported. Digital Photo Professional image processing software permits high-speed processing of lossless RAW files.

Connectivity

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.

Online sharing

Free membership is included to Canon's online CANON iMAGE GATEWAY*, with 100 Megabytes of free storage space for online album storing and sharing. Users can upload images to the site and direct clients, friends and family to secure online 'albums'.

* not available in all regions.

  • * not available in all regions.

Product Specification

IMAGE SENSOR

Type 22.5 x 15.0mm CMOS
Effective Pixels Approx. 8.2M
Total Pixels Approx. 8.5M
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Low-Pass Filter Built-in/Fixed
Colour Filter Type Primary Colour

IMAGE PROCESSOR

Type DIGIC II
Lens Mount EF/EF-S
Focal Length 1.6x Multiplication with EF lens fitted

FOCUSING

Type TTL-CT-SIR with a CMOS sensor
AF System / Points 9-point AF
AF Working Range EV -0.5-18 (at 20°C & ISO100)
AF Modes AI Focus
One Shot
AI Servo
AF Point Selection Automatic selection, Manual selection
Selected AF Point Display Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on top LCD panel
Predictive AF Yes
AF Lock Locked when shutter button is pressed half way in One Shot AF mode.
AF Assist Beam Yes
Manual Focus Selected on lens

EXPOSURE CONTROL

Metering Modes TTL full aperture metering with 35-zone SPC
(1) 35 Point Evaluative (linked to all AF points)
(2) Partial metering at centre (approx. 9% of viewfinder)
(3) Centre weighted
Metering Range EV 1-20 (at 20°C with 50mm f/1.4 lens ISO100)
AE Lock Auto: Operates in 1-shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved
Manual: Works independently at all times, Works in creative zone modes.
Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV, 1/2 or 1/3-stop increments
AEB +/- 2 EV, 1/2 or 1/3-stop increments
ISO Sensitivity* AUTO(100,200,400), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, Expanded to 3200
Type Electronically-controlled focal-plane shutter
Speed 30-1/8000 sec, Bulb.
Shutter Release Soft touch electromagnetic release

WHITE BALANCE

Type Auto white balance with the imaging sensor
Settings AWB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten,
Fluorescent, Flash, Custom, Colour Temperature Setting.
WB Bracketing +/-3 stops in full stop increments
3 bracketed images per shutter release.
Selectable Blue/Amber bias or Magenta/ Green bias.

COLOUR MATRIX

Type Two types of colour space, sRGB and Adobe RGB.

VIEWFINDER

Viewfinder Pentaprism
Coverage (Vertical/Horizontal) Approx. 95%
Magnification 0.9x¹
Eyepoint 20mm
Dioptre Correction -3 to +1 dpt
Focusing Screen Fixed
Mirror Quick-return half mirror (Transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60)
Viewfinder Information AF Points, AE/FE lock, AEB, shutter speed, aperture, exposure level/compensation, Max. burst, AF/ MF focus confirmation, CF warning
Depth of Field Preview Yes

LCD MONITOR

Monitor 1.8" TFT, approx. 118,000 pixel
Coverage Approx. 100% (for JPEG images)
Brightness Adjustable to one of five levels
Modes Auto, Manual Flash On/Off, Red-Eye Reduction
HotShoe / PC Terminal Yes / Yes
X-sync 1/250sec
Red-eye Reduction Yes
Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 2EV in 1/2 or 1/3 increments
Flash Exposure Bracketing Yes
Flash Exposure Lock Yes
Second Curtain Synchronisation Yes
Built-in Flash Range Coverage upto 17mm focal length (27mm equivalent)
Guide Number (ISO 100, metres) 13
External Flash E-TTL II with EX series Speedlites,
wireless multi-flash support

SHOOTING

Modes Full Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait, No Flash, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, A-DEP
Photo Effects Monochrome mode (selected from the Shooting menu) with options for Filters and Toning Effects.
Drive Modes Single/Continuous
Continuous Shooting 5fps (speed maintained for up to 23 JPEG images)¹

RECORDING PIXELS / COMPRESSION

Image Size (LF) 3504x2336, (LN) 3504x2336, (MF) 2544x1696, (MN) 2544x1696, (SF) 1728x1152, (SN) 1728x1152, (RAW) 3504x2336
Compression Fine, Normal, RAW

FILE TYPES

Still Image Type JPEG (Exif 2.21 [Exif Print] compliant)/Design rule for Camera File system, RAW & JPEG simultaneous recording, Digital Print Order Format
[DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
RAW+JPEG Simultaneous Recording Yes
File Numbering (1) Consecutive numbering
(2) Auto reset
Processing Parameters Standard Parameters Plus up to three custom processing parameters can be set.

DIRECT PRINT

Canon Printers Canon Compact Photo Printers, Bubble Jet Printers with the direct print function and PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge
PictBridge Yes

OTHER FEATURES

Custom Functions 18 Custom Functions with 50 settings
LCD Panel (EL) Illumination Yes
Intelligent Orientation Sensor Yes
Histogram Yes
Playback Zoom 2x - 10x
Display Formats (1) Single image with information
(2) Single image
(3) 9 image index
Image Erase Protection Erase protection of one image at a time
Image Erase Single image, All
Self Timer Approx. 10 sec.
Menu Categories (1) Shooting Menu
(2) Playback menu
(3) Setup menu
Menu Languages English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Japanese
Firmware Update Update possible by the user.

INTERFACE

Computer USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (Mini-B)
Other Video output (PAL/ NTSC)

MEMORY CARD

Type CompactFlash Type I / II (Microdrive compatible)¹

SUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEM

PC Macintosh Windows 98 (including SE)/2000/Me/XP

SOFTWARE

Browsing & Printing EOS Viewer Utility
Other PhotoStitch
Drivers TWAIN (Windows 98 / 2000), WIA (Windows Me)
Image Manipulation Photoshop Elements v2

POWER SOURCE

Batteries Rechargeable Li-ion Battery BP-511/BP-511A or BP-512/BP-514 (BP-511A battery supplied)
Battery Life Approx. 1000 (at 20°C)
Approx. 750 (at 0°C)¹
Battery Check Automatic
Power Saving Power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15 or 30mins.
AC Power Supply Optional, Power adapter ACK-E2

ACCESSORIES

Case Semi-Hard case EH17-L
Lenses All EF and EF-S lenses
Flash Canon Speedlites (220EX, 270EX, 380EX, 420EX, 430EX, 430EX II, 550EX, 580EX, 580EX II, Macro-Ring-Lite, MR‑14EX, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2)
Battery Grip BG-E2
Remote Controller / Switch Remote control with N3 type contact
Power Supply & Battery Chargers AC Adapter Kit ACK-E2, Compact power adapter CA-PS400,
Battery charger CB-5L, Battery charger CG-570, Car Battery Cable Kit CR-560, BP-511

PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Body Materials Magnesium Alloy/Plastic
Operating Environment 0 – 40 °C, 85% or less humidity
Dimensions 144 x 105.5 x 71.5mm
Weight (body only) Approx. 685g
Magnification ¹ With 50mm lens at infinity, -1 dpt
Continuous Shooting ¹ Depending on memory card speed / capacity
Type ¹ Largest memory card capacity supported 8GB
Battery Life ¹ Tested to CIPA standards with battery pack BP-511A and Canon branded CF card.
  • All data is based on Canon standard testing methods.
  • Subject to change without notice.