The Good Excellent low-light performance; fast and responsive; straightforward controls; nice balance of features for both experienced and learning photographers.
The Bad No spot meter; pop-up flash casts shadow with some lenses; viewfinder provides only 95 percent view; average battery life; 1.6X lens-conversion factor.
The Bottom Line Though its performance has been surpassed by subsequent models, the Canon EOS 20D remains a top semipro dSLR choice.
Canon EOS 20D
Canon EOS 20D
Canon has produced a worthy successor to the EOS 10D with this model, endowing it with class-leading 8-megapixel resolution, excellent image quality across a broad range of ISO settings, and fast performance. With a sturdy, well-designed body and an intuitive control layout, the EOS 20D is a pleasure to shoot with. It still lacks a spot meter and isn't without minor flaws, but serious amateurs and pros who need a compact, affordable Canon dSLR should put this camera at the top of their lists. If you'd like to stay closer to the $1000 mark and don't need raw-image-processing software, an optional battery grip, or 8-megapixel resolution, consider Nikon's 6-megapixel D70. Its performance isn't quite as fast as that of the semipro 20D, but it offers the excellent image quality and sophisticated controls that avid photographers demand.
Editor's note: The rating of the Canon EOS 20D has been changed to reflect its position relative to newer competitors.camera body only