Canon EOS 10D SLR Review

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Canon EOS 10D



Digital Features & Controls


Canon EOS 10D

As noted previously, the 10D is comprised of two sections, the camera with the exposure controls and the digital imaging section. Here's the color LCD and the control buttons for the digital half of the 10D.

Menus are navigated by turning the large Quick Selection Dial. You accept menu selections by pressing the SET button in the center. Using custom functions the SET button can also perform other tasks. The On/Off switch (above the dial) allows the quick selection dial to be used to make changes to the camera section options when the menu is not displayed. The (Delete) button is for erasing images. The lower On/Off switch turns the camera power on and off.

Pressing the (Index-Reduce) button displays a 9-thumbnail preview index so you can quickly select an image to display. Press the (Enlarge) button to select an index image for full-screen display, press it again to go into Zoom-Playback mode. Each time you press the button the image is magnified more until you reach the maximum of 10x.



Canon EOS 10D

MENU - Enables the onscreen menu system


INFO - In record it displays all camera and exposure settings, in playback it displays camera and exposure data at time of capture

JUMP - In playback it jumps 10 pictures ahead


DIRECTION - Select the horizontal or vertical direction when scrolling around inside of magnified images.


PLAY - Puts camera into playback mode



Canon EOS 10D

Pressing the INFO button while in record mode brings up a screen full of settings and parameters currently in use. One of the handiest is the amount of space (in MB) left on the storage device - there's a 640MB CF card in there.



Canon EOS 10D

Animated view of the entire menu system which includes:

  • Quality:
      Large/Fine - 3072 x 2048 low JPEG compression - 2.5MB
      Large/Normal - 3072 x 2048 high JPEG compression - 1.3MB
      Medium/Fine - 2048 x 1360 low JPEG compression - 1.4MB
      Medium/Normal - 2048 x 1360 high JPEG compression - 0.7MB
      Small/Fine - 1536 x 1024 low JPEG compression - 0.9MB
      Large/Fine - 1536 x 1024 high JPEG compression - 0.5MB
      RAW - 3072 x 2048 - 7.4MB
  • Redeye - Enable/disable redeye reduction flash mode
  • AEB - Auto exposure bracketing increment (-2 to +2EV)
  • WB-BKT - Set the step increment for white balance bracketing
  • Beep - Enable/disable sounds
  • Custom WB - Set the custom white balance value using a stored image
  • Color temp. - Manually set white balance (2800-10000 °K in 100° steps)
  • Parameters - Standard (sRGB), Adobe RGB or 1 of 3 custom image processing sets
  • ISO expansion - Enable the ISO 3200 option
  • Protect - Protect/unprotect images
  • Rotate - Rotate portrait mode images
  • Print Order - Set DPOF printing information
  • Auto Playback - Start slide show playback
  • Auto Power Off - Set auto power "off" value (1, 2, 4, 8, 15, 30m)
  • Review - Review image after capture (Off, On, On w/Info)
  • Review Time - Set the review time value (2, 4, 8sec or Hold)
  • Auto rotate - Enable auto rotation of portrait mode images
  • LCD Brightness - LCD back light intensity, 5 levels
  • Date & Time - Set date and time
  • File Numbering - Sequentially number or reset
  • Language - Sets the menu language
  • Video System - NTSC or PAL video output
  • Format - Format the CF card
  • C Fn - Custom Functions submenu (see below)
  • Clear settings - Reset all Custom Functions to default
  • Sensor clean. - For cleaning the image sensor (requires AC adapter)
  • Firmware Version 1.0.0 - Display camera firmware rev#


Canon EOS 10D

The Custom White Balance is set by shooting a picture of a white card that fills the center circle on the viewfinder. When you select the Custom WB option from the menu it asks you which stored image you want to use to calibrate the color temperature. You can keep these pictures and use them later if you work in the same lighting conditions frequently.



Canon EOS 10D

You can create 3 sets of parameters with any combination of contrast, sharpness, saturation and color tone adjustments and then recall them when desired. Each of these parameters have settings for -2, -1, 0, +1, +2.



Canon EOS 10D

The Custom Function options are:

  1. SET button func. when shooting
      0 - Default (no function)
      1 - Change image quality
      2 - Change processing parameters
      3 - Menu display
      4 - Image replay

  2. Shutter release w/o CF card
      0 - Possible without CF card
      1 - Not possible

  3. Flash sync speed in Av mode
      0 - Auto
      1 - 1/200 sec (fixed)

  4. Shutter button/AE lock button
      0 - Shutter pressed halfway locks AE, AF
      button is AE lock
      1 - button locks AE, AF
      shutter pressed halfway locks AE
      2 - Shutter pressed halfway locks AE, AF
      button is AF lock with no AE lock
      3 - button is AE, AF (no AE lock)
      Press shutter fully to take the picture.
      Press shutter halfway for AE lock only

  5. AF-assist beam/Flash firing
      0 - Emits/Fires
      1 - Does not Emit/Fire
      2 - Only ext flash Emits/Fires
      3 - Emits/Does not fire

  6. Exposure level increments
      0 - 1/2 stop
      1 - 1/3 stop

  7. AF point registration
      0 - Center
      1 - Bottom
      2 - Right
      3 - Extreme right
      4 - Automatic
      5 - Extreme left
      6 - Left
      7 - Top

  8. RAW+JPEG rec.
      0 - RAW+Small normal
      1 - RAW+Small fine
      2 - RAW+Medium normal
      3 - RAW+Medium fine
      4 - RAW+Large normal
      5 - RAW+Large fine

  9. Bracket.sequence/Auto cancel.
      0   0,-,+ (enabled)
      1   0,-,+ (disabled)
      2   -,0,+ (enabled)
      3  -,0,+ (disabled)

  10. Superimposed display
      0 - On, display active AF points
      1 - Off

  11. Menu button display position
      0 - Previous (top if powered down) menu
      1 - Previous menu
      2 - Top menu

  12. Mirror lockup
      0 - Disable
      1 - Enable

  13. Assist button function
      0 - Normal select registered AF point
      1 - Select home position
      2 - Select home only while button is pressed
      3 - Assign exp comp and man. aperture setting
      4 - FE lock

  14. Auto reduction of fill flash
      0 - Disable
      1 - Enable

  15. Shutter curtain sync
      0 - 1st curtain sync
      1 - 2nd curtain sync

  16. Safety shift in Av or Tv
      0 - Disable
      1 - Enable, if subject brightness changes suddenly and current settings are unsuitable, camera auto shifts to obtain proper exposure

  17. Lens AF stop button function
      0 - Stop AF while pressed
      1 - Actuate AF while pressed
      2 - Press to start exposure timer and lock AE






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