Canon 10D

Canon EOS 10D front

Canon 10D overview

Canon 10D is Canon's Advanced DSLR digital camera initially revealed on March of 2003. It has got a 6 MegaPixel, CMOS APS-C size sensor with a maximum resolution of 3072 x 2048.

Canon released the more recent Canon 20D (Read Full Comparison) as a way to improve this model.

The 10D places at #83 out of 92 in Advanced DSLR cameras and all round #725 out of 1465 for cameras in our collection. Remember to check our Smart camera search to see camera rankings based on your personal factors.

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Here is a chart of different criteria used in the scoring system.

Canon 10D history

The Canon 10D is part of a family of cameras. You can see the detailed list below.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Canon-EOS-90D front thumbnailCanon 90D
10D vs 90D
33MPAPS-C11.0 fps2019
Canon-EOS-80D front thumbnailCanon 80D
10D vs 80D
24MPAPS-C7.0 fps2016
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Canon-EOS-70D front thumbnailCanon 70D
10D vs 70D
20MPAPS-C7.0 fps2013
Canon-EOS-60D front thumbnailCanon 60D
10D vs 60D
18MPAPS-C5.0 fps2010
Canon-EOS-50D front thumbnailCanon 50D
10D vs 50D
15MPAPS-C6.3 fps2008
Canon-EOS-40D front thumbnailCanon 40D
10D vs 40D
10MPAPS-C6.5 fps2007
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Canon-EOS-30D front thumbnailCanon 30D
10D vs 30D
8MPAPS-C5.0 fps2006
Canon-EOS-20D front thumbnailCanon 20D
10D vs 20D
8MPAPS-C5.0 fps2004
Canon-EOS-10D front thumbnailCanon 10D6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2003

Canon 10D Pros and Cons

Here is a collection of upsides and downsides of the Canon 10D based on factors that are typically viewed as important in a digital camera.

built-in flash
includes Top screen
manual focus
saves RAW formats
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports phase detect auto focus
swap lenses (Canon EF mount)
very good min ISO (100)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
does not have HDMI port
does not have headphone port
does not have liveview
does not have microphone port
does not have Timelapse function
lack of image stabilization
low resolution screen (118 thousand dot)
MP count low (6 megapixels)
no moving screen
no video shooting
screen is somewhat small (1.8 inches)
slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames/s)
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Canon 10D Sensor specs

The dimension of the sensor on the Canon 10D is 22.7mm x 15.1mm (APS-C). The 343 mm² sensor is able to resolve 3072 x 2048 pixels using aspect ratios of 3:2.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 6 megapixels and provides a standard ISO range of 100 to 1600. The ISO can also be widened digitally to a maximum of 3200. RAW photos are saved therefore you have more margin for error.

The picture below illustrates the 10D's sensor size compared to other popular sizes. The 10D sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.6 and is highlighted in green.

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To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon 10D dimensions

Canon 10D weighs 1.93 pounds (875 gr / 30.86 ounces) and features exterior measurements of 150mm x 107mm x 75mm (5.9" x 4.2" x 3.0"). The weight of normal Advanced DSLR camera is 776 gr and the Canon 10D is heavier as compared to various rivals.

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Listed below is a visual of the Canon 10D beside a soft drink so you can have a feel for its size.

Canon EOS 10D dimensions scale

The top view here will provide the button design on the 10D.

Canon EOS 10D topview buttons dials

Canon 10D Lens details

The 10D uses the Canon EF mount and has 306 lenses that you can purchase. Here is some of the lenses we have in our database that will fit the 10D.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Sigma-24-70mm-F2.8-EX-DG-Macro-Canon-EF lensSigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro24-70mmf/2.8 715g
Tokina-AT-X-16-28mm-f2.8-Pro-FX-Canon-EF lensTokina AT-X 16-28mm f2.8 Pro FX16-28mmf/2.8 950g
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Canon-EF-400mm-f2.8L-IS-II-USM lensCanon EF 400mm f2.8L IS II USM400mmf/2.8 3850g
Canon-EF-28-135mm-f3.5-5.6-IS-USM lensCanon EF 28-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS USM28-135mmf/3.5-5.6 540g
Sigma-50mm-F1.4-DG-HSM-A-Canon-EF lensSigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM A50mmf/1.4 815g
Zeiss-Milvus-25mm-F1.4-Canon-EF lensZeiss Milvus 25mm F1.425mmf/1.41225g
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Zeiss-Otus-100mm-F1.4-Canon-EF lensZeiss Otus 100mm F1.4100mmf/1.41405g
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Canon 10D Connectivity

The 10D has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras that feature NFC or Bluetooth connectivity are able to be used wirelessly through smartphones. You can transfer files and oftentimes adjust settings with no need to connect physically with the camera.

Some apps also enable a Liveview and click the shutter when you aren't close to the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it can easily be hooked up to an external display. Virtually all cameras will allow you to charge the battery with the USB port.

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Canon 10D Video details

Canon 10D doesn't take video. If you are looking for a digital camera to shoot just images, it might not be a problem.

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Canon 10D Weather Sealing

There is no weather proofing in the Canon 10D so you have to be cautious in rainy and dusty situations.

Canon 10D Screen and Viewfinder

The Canon 10D has got a 1.8 inch fixed display having a resolution of 118 thousand dots.

Please note that the display screen offers no touch support. The 10D also has a Top screen so you can quickly look at your settings.

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The View Finder specifications regarding Canon 10D are below:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
  • ViewFinder Coverage 95%
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.55x

In those bright outdoor situations that make the camera screens washed out and challenging to view, viewfinders will be particularly helpful.

Canon 10D Shutter details

Canon 10D continuous shooting speed is 3.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000s.

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Canon 10D Flash and Hot shoe details

Canon 10D boasts both built in flash plus external flash ability. The highest flash sync speed is 1/200s.

Canon 10D Autofocus details

Canon 10D boasts both Phase Detect Autofocus along with Contrast Based Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more faster & precise as compared to Contrast Based autofocusing.

The Sensor has got 7 focus points to choose from. Canon 10D has manual focusing when needed for low light conditions or you need more precise focusing control.

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Canon 10D Battery life

The general Advanced DSLR camera battery life is 909. Nikon D780 has got the highest possible (2260) battery life for this kind of cameras.

Here is a list of Advanced DSLR cameras which have the strongest battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
Nikon-D780 front thumbnailNikon D780
10D vs D780
2260 yesnoyes
Nikon-D850 front thumbnailNikon D850
10D vs D850
1840 yesyesyes
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Nikon-Df front thumbnailNikon Df
10D vs Df
1400 yesnono
Canon-EOS-90D front thumbnailCanon 90D
10D vs 90D
1300 yesnoyes
Nikon-D500 front thumbnailNikon D500
10D vs D500
1240 yesyesyes

Canon 10D for different forms of photography

The following diagram indicates a summation of the Canon 10D for different forms of photography. To understand more, have a look at the specific section below.

Canon 10D Portrait photography info

The Canon 10D receives a points total of 49 which is reasonable, meaning that it is reasonably adequate to use for portraits. Taking portraits leans heavily to sensor size, support for RAW photos in addition to the ability to utilize off-camera flash.

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you can focus manually
nice sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
no liveview feature
low MP (6MP)

Canon 10D Street photography information

Getting a decent rating of 51, the Canon 10D is fairly adequate to use in street photography. A good street photography camera gives a good balance of picture quality plus portability.

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sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
no articulating screen
lack of image stabilization

Canon 10D Sports photography advice

A terrible sports photography score of 38 suggests the Canon 10D is not really good for shooting sports. A camera needs fantastic tracking and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports phase detect autofocus
doesn't have liveview
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 fps)
lack of image stabilization
megapixel count low (6MP)

Canon 10D Travel photography highlights

Weight is really important when choosing a travel camera. On the whole, the Canon 10D gets a terrible 41 as a travelling camera which is not really good to take on your holidays.

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flash built-in
missing Timelapse function
low MP (6 megapixels)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display

Landscape photography with Canon 10D

For anybody planning to pick a camera for landscape photographs, the most essential aspect is going to be image quality. The Canon 10D at it's terrible rating of 45 for a landscape camera is not really good within the current market.

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has manual focus
switch lenses (Canon EF mount)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
saves RAW files
small screen (1.8 inch)
does not have liveview
does not have image stabilization
megapixel count low (6 megapixels)
no Timelapse mode

Canon 10D as a Vlogging camera

A camera for vlogging should come with a articulating screen, mic port and ideally image stabilization. Considering all things, the Canon 10D is not really good as a vlog camera as it comes to a terrible score of 9.

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can't record video

Canon 10D Alternatives

If you want replacements to the 10D, here is a number of the top placed cameras that fall under the family of Advanced DSLR.

The line chart here will give you an overview of the 10D versus it's highest rated rivals mentioned previously.

Here are a handful of other cameras you may take into account as alternatives. To check out a extensive comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Canon EOS 10D
Advanced DSLR
Body design
Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
22.7 x 15.1mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
6 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
Maximum resolution
3072 x 2048
RAW pictures
Maximum native ISO
Maximum boosted ISO
Minimum native ISO
Focus manually
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points
Lens mount type
Canon EF
Available lenses
Crop factor
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
1.8 inches
Resolution of screen
118 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Slowest shutter speed
Maximum shutter speed
Continuous shooting speed
3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
12.00 m (ISO 100)
Flash settings
Auto, On, Red-eye reduction, Off
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash sync
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Maximum video resolution
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
875 grams (1.93 pounds)
Physical dimensions
150 x 107 x 75mm (5.9" x 4.2" x 3.0")
Self timer
Yes (10 sec (2 sec with mirror lock-up))
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
Compact Flash (Type I or II)
Storage slots
Pricing at launch