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Canon 20D vs Nikon D700

Portability
59
Imaging
47
Features
39
Overall
43
Canon EOS 20D front
 
Nikon D700 front
Portability
54
Imaging
58
Features
56
Overall
57

Canon 20D vs Nikon D700 Key Specs

Canon 20D
(Full Review)
  • 8MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 1.8" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Raise to 3200)
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • No Video
  • Canon EF/EF-S Mount
  • 770g - 144 x 106 x 72mm
  • Released November 2004
  • Replaced the Canon 10D
  • Successor is Canon 30D
Nikon D700
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 200 - 6400 (Bump to 25600)
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • No Video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 1074g - 147 x 123 x 77mm
  • Announced October 2008
  • Renewed by Nikon D800E
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Canon 20D vs Nikon D700 Overview

Following is a in-depth comparison of the Canon 20D and Nikon D700, both Advanced DSLR cameras by rivals Canon and Nikon. There is a huge difference among the resolutions of the 20D (8MP) and D700 (12MP) and the 20D (APS-C) and D700 (Full frame) enjoy totally different sensor measurements.

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The 20D was announced 4 years before the D700 which is a fairly significant gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of the cameras come with the identical body type (Mid-size SLR).

Before diving through a more detailed comparison, below is a quick view of how the 20D scores versus the D700 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Canon 20D over the Nikon D700

 20D D700 

Reasons to pick Nikon D700 over the Canon 20D

 D700 20D 
AnnouncedOctober 2008November 2004More modern by 47 months
Display dimension3"1.8"Larger display (+1.2")
Display resolution922k118kSharper display (+804k dot)

Common features in the Canon 20D and Nikon D700

 20D D700 
Focus manually Very precise focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch display Lack of Touch display

Canon 20D vs Nikon D700 Physical Comparison

If you're looking to carry around your camera frequently, you'll need to factor in its weight and proportions. The Canon 20D enjoys outside measurements of 144mm x 106mm x 72mm (5.7" x 4.2" x 2.8") with a weight of 770 grams (1.70 lbs) while the Nikon D700 has measurements of 147mm x 123mm x 77mm (5.8" x 4.8" x 3.0") along with a weight of 1074 grams (2.37 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you are utilising at that moment. Underneath is the front view physical size comparison of the 20D and the D700.

Canon 20D vs Nikon D700 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability grade of the 20D and D700 is 59 and 54 respectively.

Canon 20D vs Nikon D700 top view buttons comparison

Canon 20D vs Nikon D700 Sensor Comparison

Often, it can be hard to visualise the difference in sensor sizes purely by viewing technical specs. The image below will provide you a better sense of the sensor measurements in the 20D and D700.

As you have seen, both cameras have got different megapixel count and different sensor sizes. The 20D having a smaller sensor will make shooting shallow DOF tougher and the Nikon D700 will result in greater detail with its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will allow you to crop images much more aggressively. The more aged 20D will be behind with regard to sensor tech.

Canon 20D vs Nikon D700 sensor size comparison

Canon 20D vs Nikon D700 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon 20D vs Nikon D700 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon 20D Portrait photography information
Nikon D700 Portrait photography information
48
manual focus
sensor size is good (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
no liveview feature
no manual control
low MP (8 megapixels)
64
manual focus
big sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW files
low MP (12 megapixels)
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Street Comparison

Canon 20D as a Street photography camera
Nikon D700 as a Street photography camera
53
sensor size is good (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
screen is fixed
lack of image stabilization
53
big sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW files
weather proofing
screen is fixed
does not have image stabilization
heavier than average (1,074 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Canon 20D
Sports photography with Nikon D700
44
high shutter speed (1/8,000s)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
sensor has phase detect auto focus
no liveview feature
max frames per second very slow (5.0 fps)
lack of image stabilization
low MP (8 megapixels)
60
high shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
big sensor size (Full frame)
weather proofing
great battery pack (1,000 CIPA)
comes with phase detect AF
painfully slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames per second)
does not have image stabilization
low MP (12MP)
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Travel Comparison

Canon 20D Travel photography factors
Nikon D700 Travel photography factors
46
has built in flash
low MP (8 megapixels)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
53
great battery pack (1,000 shots)
weather proofing
has built in flash
heavier than average (1,074g)
low MP (12 megapixels)
does not have a selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Canon 20D Landscape photography info
Nikon D700 Landscape photography info
46
manual focus
change lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
screen is somewhat small (1.8 inches)
no liveview feature
no manual control
lack of image stabilization
low MP (8MP)
67
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Nikon F mount)
good sized screen (3 inches)
big sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW files
weather proofing
great battery pack (1,000 per charge)
does not have image stabilization
low MP (12MP)
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon 20D Vlogging factors
Nikon D700 Vlogging factors
9
no video
9
can't shoot video
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Canon 20D vs Nikon D700 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon 20D and Nikon D700
 Canon EOS 20DNikon D700
General Information
Brand Name Canon Nikon
Model Canon EOS 20D Nikon D700
Category Advanced DSLR Advanced DSLR
Released 2004-11-03 2008-10-07
Physical type Mid-size SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Processor - Expeed
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C Full frame
Sensor dimensions 22.5 x 15mm 36 x 24mm
Sensor surface area 337.5mm² 864.0mm²
Sensor resolution 8MP 12MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
Highest Possible resolution 3504 x 2336 4256 x 2832
Maximum native ISO 1600 6400
Maximum enhanced ISO 3200 25600
Min native ISO 100 200
RAW format
Min enhanced ISO - 100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points 9 51
Lens
Lens mount Canon EF/EF-S Nikon F
Available lenses 326 309
Crop factor 1.6 1
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 1.8 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 118k dots 922k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Display technology - TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 95 percent 95 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.56x 0.72x
Features
Min shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/8000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 5.0 frames per second 5.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 12.00 m (ISO 100) -
Flash modes Auto, On, Red-eye reduction, Off Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Max flash synchronize - 1/250 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Maximum video resolution None None
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None Optional
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 770 gr (1.70 lb) 1074 gr (2.37 lb)
Dimensions 144 x 106 x 72mm (5.7" x 4.2" x 2.8") 147 x 123 x 77mm (5.8" x 4.8" x 3.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 62 80
DXO Color Depth score 21.9 23.5
DXO Dynamic range score 11.0 12.2
DXO Low light score 721 2303
Other
Battery life - 1000 photographs
Style of battery - Battery Pack
Battery model - EN-EL3e
Self timer Yes (10 sec (2 sec with mirror lock-up)) Yes (2 to 20 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage Compact Flash (Type I or II) Compact Flash (Type I)
Card slots Single Single
Cost at release $1,300 $2,700