Canon EOS 20D SLR Review

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Canon EOS 20D



Digital Features & Controls


Canon EOS 20D

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 Multi-controller (above the Quick Dial) can be moved in 8 directions: up/down, left/right and diagonally. It can be used for AF point selection, scrolling during enlarged playback, positioning of the trimming frame for direct printing, and setting white balance compensation. The (Delete) button is for erasing images. The On/Off switch turns the camera 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 20D

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



PLAY - Puts camera into playback mode



Canon EOS 20D

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 1 GB CF card in there.



Canon EOS 20D

Record Menu:

  • Quality:
      Large/Fine - 3504 x 2336 low JPEG compression - 3.6MB
      Large/Normal - 3072 x 2048 high JPEG compression - 1.8MB
      Medium/Fine - 2544 x 1696 low JPEG compression - 2.2MB
      Medium/Normal - 2048 x 1360 high JPEG compression - 1.1MB
      Small/Fine - 1728 x 1152 low JPEG compression - 1.2MB
      Large/Fine - 1536 x 1024 high JPEG compression - 0.6MB
      RAW (CR2) - 3504 x 2336 - 8.7MB
        RAW+L Fine JPEG
        RAW+L Normal JPEG
        RAW+M Fine JPEG
        RAW+M Normal JPEG
        RAW+S Fine JPEG
        RAW+S Normal JPEG
  • Redeye - Enable/disable redeye reduction flash mode
  • Beep - Enable/disable sounds
  • Shoot w/out Card - Enable/disable shutter if no CF card present
  • AEB - Auto exposure bracketing increment (-2 to +2EV)
  • WB SHIFT/BKT - Set the step increment for white balance bracketing
  • Custom WB - Set the custom white balance value using a stored image
  • Color temp. - Manually set white balance (2800-10000 °K in 100° steps)
  • Color space - Standard (sRGB), Adobe RGB
  • Parameters - Set 1, 2, 3 and B/W - custom image processing sets, each can have settings for contrast, sharpness, saturation and color tone. The B/W set has contrast, sharpness and
      B/W Filter effect - None, yellow, orange, red, green
      B/W Toning effect - None, sepia, bliue, purple, green




Canon EOS 20D

Setup Menu:

  • Auto Power Off - Set auto power "off" value (1, 2, 4, 8, 15, 30m, off)
  • 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
  • Communication - USB: Normal, PTP
  • 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 20D

Custom Function Menu:

  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. Long exposure noise reduction
      0 - Off
      1 - On

  3. Flash sync speed in Av mode
      0 - Auto
      1 - 1/250 sec (fixed)

  4. Shutter button/AE lock button
      0 - AF/AE lock
      1 - AE Lock / AF
      2 - AF/AF Lock, no AE lock
      3 - AE/AF, no AE lock

  5. AF-assist beam
      0 - Emits
      1 - Does not Emit/Fire
      2 - Only ext flash Emits

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

  7. Flash
      0 - Fires
      1 - Does not fire

  8. ISO expansion
      0 - Off
      1 - On (enables ISO 3200)

  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. AF point selection method
      0 - Normal
      1 - Multi-controller direct
      2 - Quick Control Dial direct

  14. E-TTL II
      0 - Evaluative
      1 - Average

  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 - AF stop
      1 - AF start
      2 - AE lock while metering
      3 - AF point: M->Auto/Auto->ctr.
      4 - ONE SHOT <-> AI SERVO
      5 - IS start

  18. Add original decision data
      0 - Off
      1 - On




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