|By Hitoshi Doi (firstname.lastname@example.org)||
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The 10D is a great camera! It is basically an improved D60, but with a much lower price tag. I probably wouldn't have gotten it if it was the same price as the D60, but now I'm glad I did get it.
My biggest "regret" regarding the D30/D60 was that I didn't buy them early enough. Since I bought the 10D on the day it went on sale, I won't have this "regret" any more. (^_^;
As for accuracy of the AF.. it's a cheap EOS. (^_^; It will miss, and sometimes it has a pretty wide threshold. But it feels a little more accurate than the D60 in general.
Also the focus screen is just as bad on the 10D as the D60. It's hard to tell if the focus is correct.
With the D30/D60, it was possible to configure the "set" button on the back to display/set the ISO value. But with the 10D, there is an ISO button on the top of the camera, and you can't configure the "set" button to change the ISO value. This is very inconvenient.
I have updated the simple performance tests for the 10D, D60, and D30.
The transfer rate of the 10D seems to be slower than the D60.
The part that is the same with the 10D and D60 is that you still have to wait for the buffer to be completely written out before viewing the images. Since the 10D has a bigger buffer, you have to wait longer to view the images on the 10D.
There is one more difference between the D60 and 10D, and this is the biggest disappointment regarding the 10D for me. After taking one picture, both the D60 and 10D displays the image on the screen, and it's possible to delete the picture right away. But when you take multiple pictures (i.e. keep the shutter pressed) the D60 would only display the very last picture on the screen. The 10D will display all of the pictures in succession. This may be very convenient for some people, but this wastes a lot of valuable time for me. If I want to delete the last picture that I have taken, I was able to do it very quickly with the D60. I can't do that with the 10D until I wait for all of the images in the buffer to be displayed on the screen. So this means that I have to put data on the CF that I don't want to keep.
Now I use the jpegs with most of the parameters set to +1 or +2.
The AWB of the 10D is different from the AWB of the D60. In daylight, there isn't any problem. But indoors (with or without flash), the AWB of the 10D tends to be too yellow. Some people have said that the AWB of the D60 was too blue.. But I prefer that to being too yellow.
For indoor events with various colored stage lights or those allowing flash, I use manual WB (setting the WB in degrees K). I can estimate the value, then take a few test shots and get fairly decent colors. Using AWB indoors makes the color too yellow 99% of the time.
When the problems began, it only happened about once every 100 or so shots. But after a while it got more frequent. At the worst case, I was getting the "error 99" about 5 to 10 shots in a row. But then, there are times when I can go a few hundred shots in a row without any errors.
The shutter totally gave out at around 32,000 shots. I took it to the Canon repair center in Shinjuku, and got it fixed in one week (still under warrantee). I hope the shutter lasts longer this time..