announce their latest Digital SLR -the EOS 20D. With a newly developed second
generation APS-C size 8.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor, 5fps shooting speed, 9-point
AF and Canons new distance-linked ETTL II flash system, the EOS 20D is
the first semi-professional camera to deliver all the performance, speed and
flexibility of high-end film SLR cameras.
Replacing the critically acclaimed EOS 10D, the EOS 20D is powered by the same
DIGIC II processor found in Canons professional series EOS-1D Mark II.
Second generation DIGIC improves on Canons already class-leading colour
rendition accuracy and increases the speed of processing and start-up times.
A rugged magnesium alloy body completes the EOS 20Ds professional look
"The class-leading combination of 8.2 Megapixels and the best of EOS
digital SLR technology now surpasses the performance, operability and image
quality of film SLRs, said Malcolm Hills, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging
in the UK and Ireland. To the many semi-professional and serious amateur
photographers who have been waiting for an affordable digital alternative to
their familiar film bodies, the EOS 20D will represent digital photographic
freedom a digital coming of age.
Many key elements of the popular EOS 10D have been re-designed to further improve
performance and image quality. The second generation DIGIC II processor combines
with an increased buffer size to deliver a 23-frame burst rate up to 5fps
ideal for action and nature shoots and nearly double the performance of the
EOS 10D. Separate JPEG and RAW files can write simultaneously with no loss in
The second generation 8.2 Megapixel APS-C size CMOS sensor is purpose built
for the EOS 20D. An extremely high ISO 3200 setting is selectable to further
extend the camera's wide ISO 100-1600 speed range. High pixel density is made
possible by the introduction of smaller area photo-diodes with a better S/N
ratio and equivalent sensitivity to those of the EOS 10D. Improved high-performance
micro lenses positioned above each photo-diode increase the percentage of light
reaching the pixels, enhancing high-ISO performance and improving image quality.
A new on-chip noise elimination circuit amplifies the signal in slow-read steps
to eradicate fixed pattern and random noise, while a 3-layer optical low-pass
filter placed in front of the sensor reduces false colour effects.
A new focus sensor and algorithm, and an increase from 7-point to 9-point wide-area
AF improves auto focusing speed and accuracy, particularly evident with off-centre
subjects. Auto focus points not only cover a broader area of the frame, they
are distributed so that focusing is fast and sharp when the classic rule-of-thirds
or golden section composition technique is employed. The centre
focussing point functions as a cross-type sensor when using lenses with an f/2.8
or faster aperture.
The newly developed APS-C sized 8.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor gives the camera a
1.6x magnification advantage over 35mm format cameras. While this creates an
obvious advantage for telephoto lenses, it is less beneficial when meeting wide-angle
requirements. The EOS 20D is compatible with more than 60 Canon EF lenses, including
Canons new EF-S lenses. The cameras launch is supported with the
announcement of two new EF-S lenses, the EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM and EF-S
10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM. These provide photographers with ultra-wide 16-35mm
effective, and 5x wide-tele 28-135mm effective ranges. The quality of the new
lenses and inclusion of ultra-sonic motors is in line with that expected of
a semi-professional camera system.
The EOS 20D features Canons new E-TTL II distance linked flash algorithm
for both its built-in and external Speedlite units for vastly improved flash
results. Rather than relying solely on pre-flash metering and focus points,
the system takes into account such factors as lens distance information, ambient
light readings and the detection of reflective objects in order to calculate
flash output. Results improve considerably in circumstances such as recomposed
shots, or where the appearance of high or low reflective objects in the frame
would otherwise throw off flash exposure. The camera is compatible with the
entire EX series Speedlite flash range. This includes Canons new Speedlite
580EX, which auto zooms when fitted to the EOS 20D to provide optimum flash
coverage for the cameras APS-C sensor size, and transmits colour temperature
information for improved colour stability.
Black & White
A first for digital SLR, the EOS 20D features a new Monochrome mode, making
it possible to shoot in black and white. A range of filter effects (yellow,
orange, red and green) can be digitally applied in much the same way that advanced
black and white photographers use colour filters. Toning effects (sepia, blue,
purple and green) add a colour to the final result, providing the same effect
as conventional chemical toning.
The EOS 20D is the first DSLR model from Canon to feature a USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
interface, making it viable to shoot with the camera tethered to a computer
in a studio environment, recording images straight to hard disk and circumventing
the need for post-shoot card downloads. USB 2.0 Hi Speed is approximately 40
times faster than standard USB 1.1, which was used on the previous EOS 10D.
The EOS 20D also has a Video out interface to allow monitor viewing, and the
camera is PictBridge compliant to support direct printing to any compatible
photo printer without the need for first downloading to a computer. It takes
both CompactFlash Type I and Type II cards, including cards of 2Gb and larger
The EOS 20D is compatible with the optional DVK-E2 data verification kit, used
in fields such as insurance, reporting and police work to verify the authenticity
of images taken with the camera.
New image processing software, Digital Photo Professional v1.1, provides high-speed
processing of lossless RAW files. Processing with Digital Photo Professional
is approximately six times faster than the previously supplied File Viewer Utility.
It allows real-time display and immediate application of adjustments to images
and includes a wide array of RAW, TIFF or JPEG image editing functions, which
give control over variables such as white balance, dynamic range, exposure compensation
and colour tone. The cameras JPEG images can be recorded in sRGB or Adobe
RGB colour space, and the Digital Photo Professional application supports sRGB,
Adobe RGB and Wide Gamut RGB colour spaces. An ICC (International Colour Consortium)
profile attaches automatically to RAW images converted to TIFF or JPEG formats.
This allows faithful reproduction of colours in software applications that support
ICC profiles, such as Adobe Photoshop. Image processing of various parameter
changes can now be batched rather than carried out sequentially, vastly increasing
the efficiency when applying a number of changes to the same images.
Also provided is Canon EOS Solution Disk 8.0, containing EOS Viewer Utility
1.1, EOS Capture v1.1 and PhotoStitch 3.1. Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0 is included
to allow comprehensive image manipulation when needed.
The EOS 20D includes membership of Canons online photo album, CANON iMAGE
GATEWAY, with 100MB of space for image uploads and photo sharing.
To partner the EOS 20D and provide additional shooting options is a new BG-E2
battery grip. Dedicated to the EOS 20D, the BG-E2 takes two powerful Lithium-Ion
battery packs, enabling up to 2000 shots to be taken between charges. The new
battery grip can also be used with six AA batteries in the supplied BM-E2
battery magazine. The BG-E2 provides additional shutter release, main dial,
AE lock/FE lock and AF point selection controls for easier vertical shooting.