Canon EOS 10D SLR Review
Full review posted 04/03/03
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The EOS 10D supports EXIF 2.2, DPOF 1.1, FAT32, and Compact Flash Type I and II, and is completely compatible with all EF-series lenses. The EOS 10D incorporates a large-area 6.3 megapixel CMOS sensor designed, developed and manufactured entirely within Canon. This sensor has the same picture area and aspect ratio (3:2) as the EOS D60, but features superior image quality thanks to peripheral circuitry improvements and a refined manufacturing process. A new amplifier circuit boosts the S/N (signal to-noise) ratio to provide an extended sensitivity range from ISO 100 to 3200 and superior noise reduction at all ISO speed settings.
Canon's proprietary DIGIC image processor was developed specifically for use with its line of digital cameras and combines the jobs of image processing and camera function control into one chip. DIGIC (short for Digital Imaging Integrated Circuit) is much faster at image processing than a general purpose CPU. This extra speed makes it possible to incorporate higher quality signal processing algorithms than conventional digital cameras, improve the buffer performance and consumes less battery power. And because it was specifically designed for use in a digital camera, it is also capable of handling nearly every digital camera function including JPEG compression/expansion; memory card control; Auto Exposure; Auto White Balance control and most other camera functions. In the case of the EOS 10D, for example, the number of consecutive frames is 9, compared to 8 in the EOS D60 and the battery life lasts approximately 30 percent longer. These improvements were made possible by the DIGIC Image Processor, not by any improvements in the camera or batteries themselves.
The EOS 10D's advanced 7-point AF system is a major upgrade from the D60's 3-point system, and its speed is as fast or faster than the EOS Elan 7/7E's. The 7 focusing points are conveniently superimposed on the viewfinder, cover a wide area for superb precision, and are manually selectable for a high degree of control. Ideal focus is achieved whether camera orientation is vertical or horizontal, with moving, still or off-center subjects, and even in low light/low contrast situations.
The EOS 10D uses an Intelligent Orientation Sensor to detect whether the camera is positioned horizontally or vertically and uses that information to improve autofocus and exposure metering accuracy and enables the camera to automatically rotate vertical format images during playback. This rotation data is also added to the image file header so compatible software applications such as Canon's File Viewer Utility, ZoomBrowser EX and ImageBrowser read this data and automatically rotate thumbnail images during downloads to accelerate workflow.
When a RAW image is captured, the EOS 10D simultaneously records and stores a JPEG image
in the RAW image file. Unlike the EOS D60 where this mode was only possible for the
Middle/Fine setting, the JPEG image can be set to any of the six JPEG quality settings
on the EOS 10D. In addition to the five preset White Balance modes featured on the EOS
D60, the shade setting (approximately 7000K) has been added for a total of nine white
balance modes. The EOS 10D also features a Manual color temperature setting accessed
directly from the menu with 2800 to 10,000 degrees Kelvin values in 100-degree
increments. In the White Balance Bracketing mode, a set of three images is made at the
same exposure level while shifting the white balance up to +/- 3 steps in 1-step
increments, to render a cooler or warmer color temperature. Each step is equivalent to 5
Mired (Micro-reciprocal degrees).
EOS 10D Major Features
The EOS 10D is bundled with an upgraded software package featuring powerful drivers which are compatible with Windows XP and Mac OS X. Additional Canon utilities such as ZoomBrowser EX, PhotoRecord, RAW Image Converter, PhotoStitch and RemoteCapture are also supplied, together with Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0.
The EOS 10D measures 5.9 x 4.2 x 3.0 inches and weighs 27.9 oz. (body only). It is
available now at authorized retailers with a suggested list price of $1,999.
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