Major differences between EOS 20D and Rebel XTI?

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  1. J Crew

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    What are the major differences between these two cameras? Pros and Cons between these two cameras only please. Thanks very much for your time and help.

    - Jason
     
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    The 20D is a an older model, by a couple years but it's in a higher class than the XTi. The XTi has newer technology, like an anti-dust sensor. It also has more mega pixels, which is nice but certainly not a deal breaker.

    The biggest differences are the actual bodies of the cameras. The XTi is designed to be light and small. It has a mostly plastic construction. The 20D has more metal in the body and is bigger and probably more robust. The layout of the controls is quite different. The 20D has a small info screen on the top, the XTi does not. The 20D also has the wonderful thumb wheel.

    I suggest going to a store and holding both cameras in your hand. The 20D has been discontinued for some time but the 30D is very similar and should give you the same feel as a 20D would.
     
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    Thanks Big Mike for the info. I have the opportunity to purchase a used 20D w/ original lense paperwork for $620 shipped. Just having problems deciding between this or a brand new XTi like my Wife has. I thought the sensor in the 20D was better?... is that wrong? Just want to make the best decision when spending $600-$700 bucks. Thanks for any more help.

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    J Crew go out to a store and hold both in your hands. I had the exact same problem when looking at the D70 / D200. I went, held both, and just realised the D200 would actually survive my trips through water, up the side of cliffs, in the -15deg i got overseas, and the 40+ i get at home. The simple fact is I chose the D200 for only it's construction and none of it's technical features.
     
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    does the 20D have spot metering?

    I think the rebel's do not have it? But not sure here.

    Could be an important feature.
     
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    I totally agree that those are valid reasons to go for a physically more robust camera. Same with me and my current one. The two reasons to spend a lot of money where sturdyness and ful frame. I spend nights outdoors with that camera, also in not so moderate climates ;) And I take it to the mountains and through the mud ;)
     
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    Yes, the XTi does not have it... I thought maybe the 20D did. I'm going to try to look that up now, but if anyone knows please post. Thanks again and keep it coming.

    - Jason

    ps - is $620 good for the 20D or in your opinion, is that alittle high?

    EDIT: A quick scan through google tells me they both lack spot metering.
     
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    Canon 20D also has 5frames per second which could be a big plus depending on what you shoot.

    I believe that in that price bracket no other camera has anything faster than around 3fps.
     
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    20D does not have spot metering. 30D has it but a bit looser than the higher models and is single instead of multi spot.
     
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    Portrait, Objects, and eventually Weddings.

    So is $620 a good buy for a used 20D?
     
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    Sounds pretty good to me, as long as it's in good shape.
     
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    I second (third? fourth?) getting your hands on them. The biggest reason that I got the 20D over teh XTi was the feel in my hand (also the reason I got the Elan7 when I bought my first good camera). Neither my wife nor I thought the XTi was comfortable to hold. We've both got fairly big hands. That said, my wife feels that the 20D is very heavy.
     

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