Canon 20Da

Canon EOS 20Da front
  • 8MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 1.8" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Increase to 3200)
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • No Video
  • Canon EF/EF-S Mount
  • 770g - 144 x 106 x 72mm
  • Announced June 2005
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  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Canon 20Da summary

Canon 20Da is Canon's Advanced DSLR camera originally launched on June of 2005. It houses a 8 MegaPixel, CMOS APS-C sized sensor and has a full resolution of 3504 x 2336.

The 20Da is scored #70 out of 92 in Advanced DSLR cameras and overall #606 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our list. Please look at our Advanced camera finder to find camera ratings based on your personal factors.

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Below is a chart of specific factors used in the rating system.

Canon 20Da family

The Canon 20Da is part of a family of products. You can view the complete range below.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Canon-EOS-20Da front thumbnailCanon 20Da8MPAPS-C5.0 fps2005
Canon-EOS-20D front thumbnailCanon 20D
20Da vs 20D
8MPAPS-C5.0 fps2004
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Canon 20Da Pros and Cons

Below is a collection of pluses and minuses of the Canon 20Da based on features that are often regarded as crucial in a camera.

above average minimum ISO (100)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
flash built-in
great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
includes Top display
manual focus
sensor has phase detect auto focus
switch lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
does not have external microphone socket
does not have HDMI socket
does not have headphone socket
does not have liveview
does not have Timelapse recording
does not posses selfie friendly display
lack of image stabilization
no video
pixelated screen (118 thousand dots)
screen is fixed
screen is somewhat small (1.8")
sensor resolution low (8 megapixels)
slow frames per second (5.0 fps)
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Canon 20Da Sensor specifications

The specification of the sensor in the Canon 20Da is 22.5mm x 15mm (APS-C). The 338 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 3504 x 2336 pixels and aspect ratios of 3:2.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 8 megapixels and delivers a native ISO range of 100 - 1600. This ISO can also be increased digitally to a high of 3200. RAW files are supported so the user has wider margin for error.

The picture below illustrates the 20Da's sensor dimensions when compared to other common sizes. The 20Da sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.6 and is pointed out in green.

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To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon 20Da dimensions

Canon 20Da weighs around 1.70 lbs (770 gr / 27.16 oz) and the measurement of the camera is 144mm x 106mm x 72mm (5.7" x 4.2" x 2.8"). The weight of average Advanced DSLR camera is 776 gr so the Canon 20Da is similar compared with other rivals.

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Below is a visual of the Canon 20Da with a softdrink to help you have a sense of its scale.

Canon EOS 20Da dimensions scale

The top view below will highlight the button design on the 20Da.

Canon EOS 20Da topview buttons dials

Canon 20Da Lens specifications

The 20Da fits the Canon EF/EF-S mount and has 331 lenses currently available. Below is a few of the lenses we have in our collection which will work with the 20Da.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Tokina-AT-X-Pro-35mm-f2.8-Macro-DX-Canon-EF lensTokina AT-X Pro 35mm f2.8 Macro DX35mmf/2.8 340g
Tokina-AT-X-Pro-11-16mm-f2.8-DX-II-Canon-EF lensTokina AT-X Pro 11-16mm f2.8 DX II11-16mmf/2.8 560g
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Canon-EF-100mm-f2.0-USM lensCanon EF 100mm f2.0 USM100mmf/2.0 460g
Sigma-85mm-F1.4-EX-DG-HSM-Canon-EF lensSigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM85mmf/1.4 725g
Zeiss-Milvus-35mm-F1.4-Canon-EF lensZeiss Milvus 35mm F1.435mmf/1.41174g
Canon-TS-E-90mm-f2.8 lensCanon TS-E 90mm f2.890mmf/2.8 565g
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Tamron-SP-AF-17-50mm-F2.8-XR-Di-II-VC-LD-Aspherical-IF-Canon-EF lensTamron SP AF 17-50mm F2.8 XR Di II VC LD Aspherical IF17-50mmf/2.8 570g
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Canon 20Da Connectivity

The 20Da has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras which have NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity can easily be used wirelessly with smartphones. You can send photos and at times change camera settings without the hassle of connecting straight to the camera.

A few applications even give a Liveview and release the shutter in case you are not near the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI out, it could be hooked up to an external display. The majority of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack through the USB socket.

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Canon 20Da Video specifications

Canon 20Da does not capture video. In case you are looking for a camera to take only pictures, this is not a concern.

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Canon 20Da Weather Sealing

Canon 20Da does not include environment sealing so damp conditions can easily damage the camera.

Canon 20Da Display and Viewfinder

The Canon 20Da is equipped with a 1.8 inch fixed display screen supporting a resolution of 118 thousand dots.

Sadly the display screen is not a touch screen. The 20Da also has a Top display allowing you to instantly checkout camera settings.

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The View Finder specifications regarding Canon 20Da are the following:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
  • ViewFinder Coverage 95%
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.56x

Viewfinders are quite useful for bright outdoor situations which will make the camera display washed out and hard to view.

Canon 20Da Shutter specifications

Canon 20Da continuous shooting speed is 5.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/8000 sec.

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Canon 20Da Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Canon 20Da boasts both inbuilt flash and external flash support. The max flash sync speed is 1/250 sec.

Canon 20Da Autofocusing specifications

Canon 20Da boasts both Phase Detect Autofocus and Contrast Based Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is more faster & accurate when compared to Contrast Based focusing.

It supports 9 focus points to pick from. Canon 20Da supports manual focusing if required for low light situations or you need to have more accurate focusing control.

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Canon 20Da Battery life

The average Advanced DSLR camera battery life is 909. Nikon D780 has got the best (2260) battery life for this range of cameras.

Here is a listing of Advanced DSLR cameras with the highest battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
Nikon-D850 front thumbnailNikon D850
20Da vs D850
1840 yesyesyes
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Nikon-Df front thumbnailNikon Df
20Da vs Df
1400 yesnono
Canon-EOS-90D front thumbnailCanon 90D
20Da vs 90D
1300 yesnoyes
Nikon-D500 front thumbnailNikon D500
20Da vs D500
1240 yesyesyes

Canon 20Da for varying forms of photography

The following graph indicates a rundown of the Canon 20Da for varying forms of photography. To learn more, visit the specific paragraph below.

Canon 20Da Portrait photography details

The Canon 20Da gets a points total of 51 which is moderate, meaning that it is reasonably appropriate to use for portrait photography. Taking portraits leans heavily to sensor resolution, RAW support along with the potential to work with off-camera flash.

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you can focus manually
good sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
no liveview
megapixel count low (8 megapixels)

Canon 20Da Street photography details

With a average points tally of 53, the Canon 20Da is somewhat suitable to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera has a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.

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sensor size is nice (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
fixed screen
no image stabilization

Sports photography with Canon 20Da

A awful sports photography points total of 44 means the Canon 20Da is not good for taking photos of sports. A camera must have excellent autofocus and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

Photography Glossary
great max shutter speed (1/8,000s)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
sensor has phase detect autofocus
doesn't have liveview
very slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames per second)
no image stabilization
sensor resolution low (8MP)

Canon 20Da as a Travel photography camera

Size is very critical when getting a travel camera. Over-all, the Canon 20Da gets a awful 42 as a travel camera which is not good for your journeys.

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built-in flash
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
low megapixels (8 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly

Canon 20Da Landscape photography highlights

When you're planning to choose a camera for landscape pictures, the most essential aspect is going to be image quality. The Canon 20Da and it's moderate grade of 46 for a landscape camera is reasonably appropriate amongst it's competition.

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manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
exports RAW files
screen is somewhat small (1.8")
no liveview
no image stabilization
low MP (8 megapixels)
missing Timelapse recording

Vlogging with Canon 20Da

A camera for vlogging should really have a moving display, mic port and ideally image stabilization. Considering all things, the Canon 20Da is not good as a vlog camera as it receives a awful rating of 9.

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no video recording

Canon 20Da Alternatives

If you are searching for replacements to the 20Da, here is a number of the top rated cameras which fall into the family of Advanced DSLR.

The line chart down below will give you an overview of the 20Da vs it's highest ranked competitors listed above.

There are more cameras you might view as alternative options. To go through a full comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Canon EOS 20Da
Advanced DSLR
Physical type
Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
22.5 x 15mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
Highest Possible resolution
3504 x 2336
RAW files
Maximum native ISO
Maximum enhanced ISO
Min native ISO
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points
Lens mount type
Canon EF/EF-S
Number of lenses
Crop factor
Display type
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
Display resolution
118 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Minimum shutter speed
30 seconds
Fastest shutter speed
1/8000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
12.00 m (ISO 100)
Flash settings
Auto, On, Red-eye reduction, Off
External flash
WB bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize
1/250 seconds
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Maximum video resolution
Microphone port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
770 grams (1.70 pounds)
Physical dimensions
144 x 106 x 72mm (5.7" x 4.2" x 2.8")
Self timer
Yes (10 sec (2 sec with mirror lock-up))
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
Compact Flash (Type I or II)
Card slots
Pricing at release