Canon D20 v Canon 350D

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Chalky, Jun 10, 2005.

  1. Chalky

    Chalky Guest

    If this has been asked before - please forgive!

    I am in the market for a new 8 mp Canon camera (I'm in Europe).

    I have been told by a dealer that the D20 is being discontinued - is this

    Which of the 2 cameras is considered the better? I like the feel of the
    350D - haven't as yet handled a D20 but I have the D10 and I suspect they
    are similar.

    Any help greatly appreciated.

    Chalky, Jun 10, 2005
    1. Advertisements

  2. If you mean the 20D, no.
    Charles Schuler, Jun 10, 2005
    1. Advertisements

  3. Chalky

    Celcius Guest

    Hi Chalkey!

    Strange, but I'm in the process of changing from the Canon Pro1 to the Eos
    350 (XT) and I faced the same quandry. Finally, I prefer the 350D, smaller,
    lighter, turns on faster, quieter, very good ISO quietness (although not as
    good maybe, at least in the books as the 20D) and cheaper price. Mind you,
    in both instances, I was looking at the cameras with lens "EF-S 17-85mm
    f/4-5.6 IS USM". I'm just back fron Greece, and I saw a number of persons
    with both makes, taking photos without flash inside museums, etc., yet not
    using a tripod and getting good results. My mind's made up.


    PS. sorry I sent you the e-mail directly instead of replying to group
    Celcius, Jun 10, 2005
  4. Chalky

    Chalky Guest

    Charles - that's great!

    Thank you.

    So the 20D is 1) Not being discontinued and 2) Is considered the "Big
    brother" of the 350D

    Thanks again!
    Chalky, Jun 10, 2005
  5. Yes on both issues. Having used both and owning a 20D, I'd say both take
    great photos. The 20D is worth the extra money IF you need a more rugged
    and flexible camera.
    Charles Schuler, Jun 10, 2005
  6. Chalky

    Chalky Guest

    Yes, I tried the 350D today outdoors and indoors (Sigma 70-300 lens) and was
    also impressed with the camera's lack of weight and quietness and speed - I
    was able to hold down the shutter and get shot after shot with what felt
    like no delay whatsoever. I was very impressed but I wanted clarification
    from others "In the know" as to whether I may be downgrading as I had for
    some reason thought at the back of my mind (In ignorance it has to be said)
    that the 350D was more of a beginners "Lightweight" camera.

    I will have to sell my 10D AND a Nikon F5 Body to finance the purchase and I
    didn't want to be doing the wrong thing (I never use the F5 any more

    Thanks lads - you have given me some useful opinions.
    Chalky, Jun 10, 2005
  7. Chalky

    Pete D Guest

    Yes, go for the 20D, the 350D feels like a toy camera and personally I think
    the standard handgrip is very poor compared to others that have a nice
    rubber treatment on the grip.
    Pete D, Jun 10, 2005
  8. Chalky

    Skip M Guest

    I'd agree with everything except "turns on faster." I can't find the
    figures, but they both turn on pretty much instantaneously. The 20D adds
    5fps for 23 frames vs. 2.8fps for 14 frames, 1/8000 sec shutter vs. 1/4000
    (for those for whom that is important...) and 3200 IS). Weighs 230g more (8
    oz for us metric challenged Americans) and measures 3/4 in wider, 1/2 in
    taller and 1/3 in deeper. I find that the Rebel doesn't fit my hand as
    well, nor does my wife, who has fashionably long nails. Others may find it
    more comfortable, as you did.
    Skip M, Jun 11, 2005
  9. There's only a half inch difference now that the 20D was P&S-ized. I
    doubt many could tell the difference in size, they appear identical in
    size sitting next to one another.

    The cheap plastic of the dR seems really cheap next to a metal P&S, and
    the 20D is basically the same with 1 or 2 magnesium panels that are
    very thin and flexible, dent easily, and plastic everywhere else.
    Canon's build quality has plummeted with the still competition and the
    need to save a few pennies everywhere they can to keep profit margins
    sky high.

    The only Canon DSLR still offered with acceptable build quality is the
    1 series models, and even those have cheap plastic doors and buttons
    that don't even work particulary well. It would be nice if Canon would
    offer a reasonably priced AND well built DSLR for people who cringe at
    dropping $5K for basically the same picture quality as their lowest
    george_preddy, Jun 12, 2005
  10. Has anyone noticed that the quality of preddy trolls has fallen off
    dramatically in the last few months. Once upon a time one could expect a
    seriously vehement diatribe of gargantuan unreasonableness and manifest
    bullshit. One really felt that he really *cared* about things, even
    though he talked bollocks. Of late, if this is any example, he has
    dulled down to muted moans about the quality of plastic knobs.

    It still maintains the 100% fact-free quality of yore, it's just that it
    seems a bit, well, feeble. One imagines poor old Georgette has found
    life all too much for him, and is now in a nursing home with a blanket
    wrapped round his knees.

    NURSE! excuse me, he's dribbling again....
    David Littlewood, Jun 12, 2005
  11. SNIP
    LOL, it must be his forced (?) departure from the DPreview forums,
    that was the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back

    Bart van der Wolf, Jun 13, 2005
  12. Chalky

    Skip M Guest

    This from the man who maintains that the Canon 1D mkII is smaller than a
    Sigma SD10... (hint: it isn't)
    Skip M, Jun 13, 2005
  13. That is easy to find out. A quick search reveals that the 1DMkII has
    the same depth and width dimensions but is 7/8ths of an inch shorter
    than the SD10 with a comparable battery.
    jennifer.wilson2, Jun 25, 2005
  14. Chalky

    Skip M Guest

    Skip M, Jun 25, 2005
  15. jennifer.wilson2, Jun 26, 2005
  16. Chalky

    Skip M Guest

    "With comparable battery?" Are you existing in another dimension, where the
    Canon 1D and the Sigma have comparable batteries? Are you talking about
    that funny adapter I've heard about on the SD9 so it can use more than one
    type of battery? Kiddo, if you went to the site I linked to, the dimensions
    of the two cameras are clear. That is, they are clear if you're not smoking
    something illegal...
    Skip M, Jun 27, 2005
    1. Advertisements

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments (here). After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.