Canon has announced the EOS-20D, the 8.2Mp replacement for Canon’s previous semi-professional digital SLR, the EOS-10D. As well as the new CMOS sensor, the EOS-20D also includes a host of improvements over its predecessor.
The EOS-20D includes the same DIGIC II processor found on the EOS-1D Mark II, which Canon claims offers higher colour rendition accuracy and faster processing and start-up times. This permits the EOS-20D to shoot at 5fps at bursts of up to 23 frames.
The camera also now offers near-instant power on (0.2 seconds) and a fastest ISO setting of 3,200. The fastest shutter speed offered has been increased to 1/8,000 seconds and the flash-sync speed is now up to 1/250 seconds.
A new 9-point auto-focus system offers much faster response, Canon claims, especially for low-light conditions or off-centre subjects. The camera will now take Canon’s EF lenses.
Canon has consequently launched two new lenses aimed at EOS-20D buyers. The EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 lens is equivalent to 27-136mm in 35mm format and the EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 is equivalent to 16-35mm in 35mm format. Both include Canon’s ultra-sonic motors.
The suggested retail price for the EOS-20D is £1,089 plus VAT body only, or £1,150 with the EF-S 18-55 mm F3.5 - F5.6 (equivalent to 29-88mm in 35mm format). The camera is due to begin shipping in September.
The two lenses are due to begin shipping in October with the EF-S 17-85mm costing £451 plus VAT and the EF-S 10-22mm costing £553 plus VAT.