Canon EOS 10D

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Canon EOS 10D
Canon EOS 10D with lens.jpg
Canon EOS 10D
TypeSingle-lens reflex
LensInterchangeable (EF)
Sensor22.7 mm x 15.1 mm CMOS
Maximum resolution3,072 × 2,048 (6.3 megapixels)
ASA/ISO range100–1600, 3200 in extended mode
StorageCompactFlash (CF) (Type I or Type II), Microdrive compatible / max 8GB
Focus modesOne-shot, AI Servo, AI Focus, Manual
Focus areas7 autofocus points, 1 center cross type
Focus bracketingnone
Exposure modesFull auto, programmed, shutter-priority, aperture priority, Full manual
Exposure meteringTTL full aperture, evaluative, partial, center-weighted
Metering modesEvaluative 35 zone, Partial, C/Wgt Average
FlashAuto pop-up E-TTL auto flash
Flash bracketingnone
ShutterFocal-plane shutter, all speeds electronically controlled
Shutter speed range1/4,000 to 30 s, in 1/2 and 1/3 EV steps, bulb
Continuous shooting3.0 frame/s., up to 9 frames
ViewfinderOptical with 95% coverage
Image processing
Custom WB7 presets, Auto and custom, 2800-10000 kelvins in 100 K steps
WB bracketing+/-3 levels
Rear LCD monitor1.8 in (46 mm), 118,000 pixels
BatteryLi-Ion BP-511/512 rechargeable battery
Optional battery packsBP-511A, BG-ED3
Dimensions149.7 x 107.5 x 75.0 mm
Weight790 g (body only)
Made inJapan

The Canon EOS 10D is a discontinued 6.3-megapixel semi-professional digital SLR camera, initially announced on 27 February 2003.[1] It replaced the EOS D60, which is also a 6.3-megapixel digital SLR camera. It was succeeded by the EOS 20D in August 2004.[2]

Despite having an APS-C sensor, the 10D was introduced before EF-S lenses became available and was incompatible with them.[3] The 10D was only able to mount EF lenses. All successive Canon Digital SLR cameras with APS-C sensors can mount EF-S lenses.

The 10D captured RAW images in the Canon CRW file format, which is no longer used by Canon, although modern versions of Canon's Digital Photo Professional will read it.

When it was released, recommended retail price in the USA was $1,999 (£1,520).[1]

Compared to the D60[edit]

The 10D had the same 6.3-megapixel resolution as the D60, with an expanded ISO range. It also retained compatibility with the BG-ED3 battery grip, which had been introduced with the Canon EOS D30 and continued with the D60. There were however numerous changes:

  • 7-point AF system—up from EOS D60's 3-point AF system—that is more sensitive and covers a wider area
  • Magnesium alloy body
  • New button layout on top and back of camera
  • FAT32 support for CompactFlash cards larger than 2 GB in capacity
  • A new DIGIC image processor
  • Extended ISO film speed range of ISO 100 to ISO 1600, with ISO 3200 available upon activation of a custom function
  • Orientation sensor that automatically tags the orientation of the image during capture and subsequently rotates the image to the correct orientation during playback
  • Playback magnification up to 10x
  • 8 new languages in the Menu system
  • Flash strobes instead of a dedicated AF assist lamp


Reviews at the time of release were mostly positive. Bryan Carnathan of The Digital Picture described the affordable price of the 10D as "unheard-of-at-the-time", and the sensor "makes this camera perfect for nature photography", although while the auto-focus was improved from previous models it sometimes did not work properly.[4] Lori Grunin from CNet gave it a score of 7.2, praising the value, features and performance while also saying that it was tricky to get sharp auto-focusing.[5] Phil Askey from DPReview rated this camera as "Highly Recommended", concluding that "I have no concerns in stating that as things stand (at the time of writing this review) the EOS-10D is the absolute best in class, with the best image quality, lowest high sensitivity noise, superb build quality and excellent price."[6]

More recent reviews are less favourable, because expectations of DSLRs have progressed significantly since 2003. In 2017, CameraDecision scored it 49% for imaging, 33% for features, 55% for value, 68% for portability, giving an overall score of 46%. They rated it "Average" for all uses except Sport, which was "Good".[7]

Firmware update[edit]

A 10D with the optional BG-ED3 battery grip.

The current firmware update is 2.01 (as of 2011-03-17). It is necessary to update to the firmware to enable PICTBRIDGE support on the Canon EOS 10D. PICTBRIDGE allows the printing of images from a camera directly to a printer, without using a personal computer as an intermediary device.


  1. ^ a b "CANON INTRODUCES THE EOS 10D DIGITAL SLR CAMERA:..." (Press release). Canon. 27 February 2003. Archived from the original on 30 October 2009. Retrieved 26 November 2009.
  2. ^ "CANON'S NEW 8.2-MEGAPIXEL EOS 20D DIGITAL SLR..." (Press release). Canon. 19 August 2004. Archived from the original on 17 September 2009.
  3. ^ Tomkins, Michael (20 August 2003). "Canon announces new lenses, EF-S mount". Retrieved 26 November 2009.
  4. ^ Carnathan, Bryan. "Canon EOS 10D Review". Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  5. ^ Grunin, Lori (10 April 2003). "Canon EOS 10D review". CNET. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  6. ^ Askey, Phil (31 March 2003). "Canon EOS-10D Review". DPReview. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Canon EOS 10D Review and Specs". Camera Decision. 2017. Retrieved 23 February 2018.

External links[edit]

Media related to Canon EOS 10D at Wikimedia Commons