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Canon EOS 20D

20d
Review Date: Jan 22, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Much more of an improvement over the 10d than reviews would have you believe, high ISO performance, AF, Battery Life, Read/Write speed, Raw+Jpeg
Cons:
1.6x Crop Factor, AF (much better, hopefully will continue to improve with 30d), LCD Screen needs to get bigger and better with next generation Canon DSLR's, Battery Pack (add on) grip is too smooth

I want to keep this short and sweet, as the pro's and con's section really outlined my feelings on this camera nicely.

It is in fact a great improvement over the 10d. It moves quickly, like a pro (or semi-pro) SLR should. It reads and writes fast enough so that there is no sitting and waiting like with the 10d. Its high ISO shows marked improvement in 800 and especially 1600 and 3200 ISO images. Autofocus is faster and more accurate than before, and I've always shot with the vertical grip add-on on both the 10d and 20d and the battery life is now improved in nothing short of a remarkable manner.

But speaking of that grip, its too smooth!!! It is actually called a grip, yet, you can't grip it that well at all. Very silly design flaw. While the AF is better, I'm hoping for even more focus points in the next design. The 1.6x crop factor isn't really a complaint, as I'm sure it benefits as many shooters as it does place a disadvantage with some. I am one of the latter. And those LCD's, man oh man is it time for them to get bigger and better.

Overall, it was a hesitant upgrade purchase for me, but one I have never regretted for even a single second.