Canon EOS-20D Digital SLR Camera Body, 8.2 Megapixels, Interchangeable Lens Camera - USA Warranty


About Canon

8.2 Megapixel CMOS Sensor... Canon's all-new large area CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) Sensor captures images with exceptional clarity and tonal range, and offers the most pixels in its class. This 2nd generation APS-C size sensor (22.5 x 15.0mm) has the same 3:2 ratio as film cameras, enabling an effective angle of view that is 1.6x the normal EF Lens focal length.

The EOS 20D has an extensive ISO range (from 100 to 1600 plus ISO 3200 in extended mode),and the sensor features a newly developed set of narrow-gap microlenses and noise reduction circuits to improve performance at high ISOs, and optimized photodiode configurations for improved performance at all ISOs. This results in larger, clearer, sharper and more detailed photographs right from the start.

The Second Generation DIGIC II Image Processor enhances every aspect of image capture. Information captured by the CMOS Sensor is processed and assembled into images of exceptional quality by this new Image Processor. With the DIGIC II Image Processor on board, photographers can expect precise, natural colors, and spot-on white balance in any number of lighting situations.

Through sophisticated signal processing algorithms, the DIGIC II Image Processor even accelerates all aspects of image capture, while consuming less energy than other processors.
The EOS 20D has been designed to capture images with speeds that had been reserved for professional level cameras. Whether it's the 0.2 second start-up time, the high speed mirror drive, the class-leading 65 msec. shutter release lag time, or the predictive AF focusing at speeds up to 5 frames-per-second, the EOS 20D will amaze and delight photographers who don't want to wait for their camera when they're ready to shoot.

The 20D's CMOS Sensor allows 4-channel high-speed data readout, and the DIGIC II Image Processor processes the data quickly, writing files to the CompactFlash card faster, and allowing continuous shooting for up to 23 frames (JPEG Large/Fine) with significant reductions in buffer clearing times.

The EOS 20D has a newly developed high-precision 9-point AF system for speedy and accurate focusing in any situation. An improved focusing screen with precision matte finish enables brighter and easier manual focus.

A newly developed multi-controller, conveniently located on the back of the camera for thumb-controlled action, allows the photographer to instantly choose any of the 9 focus points, or direct the camera to choose them automatically.

Focusing points are positioned in the viewfinder in a wide diamond-shaped array, allowing the user to achieve focus quickly in numerous compositions and situations. The EOS 20D feels solid and rugged in your hands ensuring stable, easy handling. Its rigid chassis combines engineering plastic with stainless steel and is covered by strong, lightweight magnesium alloy panels on the the top, front and rear.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Easy to use (4),Great picture quality (4),Fast shutter speed (3),Simple controls (3),Strong construction (3)
Best Uses:
Fun (3),Photojournalism (3),Travel (3)

Canon Features

  • Second Generation 8.2 Megapixel CMOS Sensor with DIGIC II Image Processor
  • Professional Level High-speed Continuous Shooting
  • 9-Point High-precision AF with New Multi-controller
  • Enhanced Color and White Balance Settings
  • Rigid Magnesium Alloy Body for Outstanding Durability
  • Advanced Viewing and Printing, Powerful Software
  • Compatible with all EF/EF-S Lenses and Many EOS System Accessories
  • Every Function Optimized for Speedy RAW and JPEG Capture
  • Expansive Sensor Array for Easier Composition
  • Expanded Zoom Display During Playback
  • Direct Printing with PictBridge Compatible Printers
  • Bundled with three software CDs, Digital Photo Professional (Version 1.6), EOS Solution Disk (Version 9.1), Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0.

Canon Specifications

Digital, single-lens reflex, AF/AE camera with built-in flash
Recording Medium
Type I and II CF card
Image Format
22.5mm x 15.0mm
Compatible Lenses
Canon EF and EF-S lenses (35mm-equivalent focal length is equal to approx.1.6 times the marked focal length.)
Lens Mount
Canon EF mount
Image Sensor Type
High-sensitivity, high-resolution, single-plate CMOS sensor
Approx. 8.25 megapixels (3520x2344)
Total Pixels
Approx. 8.50 megapixels (3600x2360)
Aspect Ratio
Color Filter System
RGB primary color filter
Low-pass Filter
Located in front of the image sensor, non-removable
Recording System: Recording Format
JPEG (except when Adobe RGB is set) supporting Design rule for Camera File system and RAW
File Size
1) Large/Fine: Approx. 3.6 MB (3504x2336 pixels)
(2) Large/Normal: Approx. 1.8 MB (3504x2336 pixels)
(3) Medium/Fine: Approx. 2.2 MB (2544x1696 pixels)
(4) Medium/Normal: Approx. 1.1 MB (2544x1696 pixels)
(5) Small/Fine: Approx. 1.2 MB (1752x1168 pixels)
(6) Small/Normal: Approx. 0.6 MB (1752x1168 pixels
7) RAW (3504x2336 pixels): 8.7MB RAW + Small/Normal: Approx. 9.3 MB RAW +
File Numbering
Consecutive numbering, auto reset
Color Space
sRGB, Adobe RGB
Two sets of standard parameters plus up to three sets of custom processing parameters (4 items with 5 settings each) as well as monochrome photography withcustom parameters can be set.
White Balance Settings
Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash, Manual Color Temperature Setting and Custom
Auto White Balance
Via image sensor data
Personal White Balance
+/-3 steps in whole-stop increments
Color Temperature Compensation
+/- 9 steps in 1-step increments
Viewfinder: Type
Eye-level SLR (with fixed pentamirror)
Coverage : Approx. 95% vertically and horizontally (Coverage against JPEG Large)
Magnification: 0.9x (-1 dpt. with 50mm lens at infinity)
Dioptric Adjustment Correction
-3.0 - +1.0 dpt.
Focusing Screen
Fixed, Precision Matte screen
Quick-return half mirror (Transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60. No mirror cut-off with lenses up to EF 600mm f/4)
Viewfinder Information
AF (AF points, focus confirmation light), exposure (shutter speed, aperture value, manual exposure, AE lock, exposure compensation amount, AEB level, partial metering area), flash (flash ready, red-eye reduction lamp on, high-speed sync, FE lock, flash exposure compensation), warnings (exposure warning, improper FE lock warning, CF card full warning, CF card error warning, no CF card warning, busy), maximum burst for continuous shooting, shots remaining.
Depth-of-Field Preview
Enabled with depth-of-field preview button
AF Points
AF Working Range
EV 0.5-18 (at 20° C, ISO 100)
Focusing Modes
One-Shot AF, Predictive Al Servo AF, AI Focus AF, Manual focus (MF)
AF Point Selection
Automatic selection, Manual AF point selection
Active AF Point Indicator
Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on LCD panel
AF-assist Beam
Intermittent firing of built-in flash
Effective Range
Approx. 4.0m/13.1 ft. at center, approx. 3.5m/11.5 ft. off-center
Exposure Control Metering System
TTL full aperture metering with 35-zone SPC
(1) Evaluative metering (linkable to any AF point)
(2) Partial metering (approx. 9% of viewfinder at center)
(3) Center-weighted average metering
Metering Range
EV 1-20 (at 20° C with 50mm f/1.4 lens, ISO 100)
Exposure Control Systems
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
ISO Speed Range
Basic Zone modes: Automatic
Creative Zone Modes
Equivalent to ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, and ISO 3200 with ISO speed extension
Exposure Compensation
AEB: +/-2 stops in 1/2- or 1/3 stop increments
+/-2 stops in 1/2- or 1/3 stop increments (can be combined with AEB)
AE Lock
Auto: Applied when focus is achieved in the One Shot AF mode with evaluative metering. Manual: Applied with AE lock button
Shutter Type
Vertical-travel focal-plane shutter with all speeds electronically controlled
Shutter Speeds
1/8000 - 30 sec. (1/2- or 1/3-stop increments), bulb, X-sync at 1/250 sec.
Shutter Release
Soft-touch electromagnetic release
10 sec. delay
Remote Control
N3-type remote control
Built-in Flash Type
Auto pop-up E-TTL II autoflash (retractable)
Guide Number
13 (ISO 100m), 43 (ISO 100 ft.)
Recycling Time
Approx. 3 sec.
Flash-ready Indicator
Flash-ready indicator lights in viewfinder
Flash Coverage
17mm lens angle covered
Flash Metering System
E-TTL II autoflash
Flash Exposure Compensation
+/-2 stops in 1/2- and 1/3 stop increments
EOS External Flash /Dedicated Speedlite
E-TTL II autoflash set with EX-series Speedlites
PC Terminal
Drive System Modes
Single frame, Continuous, Self-timer
Continuous Shooting Speed
Approx. 5 fps (at 1/250 sec. or faster speeds)
Max. Burst During Continuous Shooting
23 shots (Large/Fine JPEG) or 6 shots (RAW or RAW+JPEG)
LCD Monitor Type
TFT color liquid-crystal monitor
Screen Monitor size
1.8 in.
Pixels : Approx. 118,000 pixels
Approx. 100% for JPEG images
Brightness Control
5 levels
Playback Image Display Format
Single image, 9-image index, Magnified zoom, Auto play, Auto play right after shooting
Highlight Alert
In the single image and single image (Info) modes, any overexposed highlight areas with no image information will blink
Image Protection and Erase
Single images can be protected or unprotected
Compatible Printers
Canon CP Printers, Canon BJ Printers and PictBridge printers for direct printingfrom the camera
Print quantity, style (image, paper, borders, date), and trimming
Menu Categories
Shooting menu: Red
Playback menu: Blue
Setup menu: Yellow
LCD Monitor Language
12 languages provided (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian,Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, and Japanese)
Firmware Update
Update possible by the user
Power Source: Battery
One Battery Pack BP-511A/BP-511/BP-512/BP-514AC power can be supplied via the optional DC coupler.
Battery Life
At 68° F / 20° C: 650 (No Flash), 500 (50% Flash Use), At 32° F / 0° C: 500 (No Flash), 400 (50% Flash Use). These figures apply when a fully-charged Battery Pack BP-511A/BP-511/BP-512/BP-514 is used.
Battery Check
Power Saving
Provided. Power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15, or 30 min
Dimensions (W x H x D)
5.7 x 4.2 x 2.8 in. / 144 x 105.5 x 71.5mm
24.2 oz / 685 g (body only)
Operating Temperature Range
32 - 104° F / 0 - 40° C
Operating Humidity Range
85% or lower
Mfr #

Reviews about this item

Reviewed by 4 customers

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Couldnt get better for me


from Cincinnati Ohio  -  Photo Enthusiast

I love this thing, for me it couldn't get better. It held up to the ocean, and it's H setting or ISO 3200 is very usable yes it has noise but it took pictures at a wedding reception with no flash and was able to get about 1/100 at F/1.8. The only complaint is the size and weight, but this is the durable one, and the weight is a thicker skin and metal frame.


A CLASSIC workhorse


from Virginia Beach, Virginia  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Nothing beats the Canon 20D. It compares in a lot of ways, to the old fashioned Canon A-1. This camera will never be irrelevant. A timeless classic. It's an amazingly capable camera that people will be using for a while, because if you're like me, you don't really need anything more.


I'm Happy


from New York City  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This is definitely a workhorse.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


I have taken this camera to the extreme.


from Mesa, Arizona  -  Pro Photographer

I have taken the Canon 20D to extreme places on our planet, subjecting it to constant 95 percent humidity in a jungle for 10 days, to the 10 percent humidity of the desert Southwest of the US where I reside and it has always come back for more. It has never quite on me or filed me in any way. This is a true Canon workhorse. Nice work Canon.

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