Canon EOS 20D vs Nikon D80

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS 20D and Nikon D80. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.


Canon EOS 20D is manufacturered by Canon but Nikon D80 is from Nikon. Both Canon and Nikon are well known brands though.

Canon EOS 20D were released 2004 and Nikon D80 was released 2006. That is a 2 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Canon EOS 20D 2004
Nikon D80 2006

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Canon EOS 20D has a "Canon APS-C"-sensor while Nikon D80 has a "Nikon DX"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also affect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Canon EOS 20D 80 mm
Canon APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.6
Nikon D80 75 mm
Nikon DX sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Canon)
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)


Canon EOS 20D has a 8,2 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D80 has 10 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Canon EOS 20D 8,2 MP
8185344 pixels
3504 x 2336
Nikon D80 10 MP
10036224 pixels
3872 x 2592

Nikon D80 has a 23 % larger resolution than Canon EOS 20D. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Both of these cameras offer the exact same ISO range. They both have 100 to 3200.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS 20D 100-3200
Nikon D80 100-3200

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that support autofocus, do not have an autofocus motor of their own but this won't cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 20D
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D80

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Canon EOS 20D can shoot up to 5 pictures per seconds and Nikon D80 can shoot up to 3 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS 20D 5
Nikon D80 3

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

Though, neither Canon EOS 20D or Nikon D80 can shoot movies so if that is a functionality that you are really looking for you should look elsewhere.


The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Canon EOS 20D weighs 770 gr (equal to 1,7 lb) which is 15% heavier than Nikon D80 and its 668 gr (or 1,47 lb).

Camera Weight
Canon EOS 20D 770 gr
1,7 lb
Nikon D80 668 gr
1,47 lb

Canon EOS 20D vs Nikon D80 Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Canon EOS 20D and Nikon D80, next to each other. Each category of data is a link to an article covering the subject, giving you a deeper understanding so you can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two camera models.

Canon EOS 20D
Nikon D80
Name Canon EOS 20D Nikon D80
Manufacturer Canon Nikon
Release Date and Price
Canon EOS 20D
Nikon D80
Release Year 2004 2006
Release Date 2004-08-19 2006-08-09
MSRP 1499 USD 999 USD
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Camera Type
Canon EOS 20D
Nikon D80
Camera Type DSLR DSLR
Canon EOS 20D
Nikon D80
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 22.3 x 14.9 mm) APS-C (approx 23.7 x 15.5 mm)
Also known as "DX"
Sensor Type CMOS CCD
Resolution 3504 x 2336 pixels 3872 x 2592 pixels
Megapixels 8,2 MP 10 MP
Image Processor DIGIC 2 Nikon LSI (Large Scale Integration)
Canon EOS 20D
Nikon D80
ISO Range 100 - 3200 100 - 3200
White Balance Presets 6 6
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No Yes
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Canon EOS 20D
Nikon D80
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Focus Points 9 11
Lens Mount Canon EF
Canon EF-S

See Compatible Lenses
Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier APS-C Sensor
1.6x multiplier
24 mm becomes 38 mm
50 mm becomes 80 mm
100 mm becomes 160 mm
200 mm becomes 320 mm
DX / APS-C (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Canon EOS 20D
Nikon D80
Articulated LCD Fixed Fixed
Screen size 1,8 2,5
Screen dots 118000 230000
Touch screen No No
Screen type N/A N/A
Live view No No
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder Coverage 95% 95%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.9 (0.56 35mm equiv.) 0.95 (0.63 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution N/A N/A
Photography features
Canon EOS 20D
Nikon D80
Frames per second 5 fps 3 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/8000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Range 12 meters 13 meters
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse Yes No
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Center Weighted
Exposure Compensation 2 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Canon EOS 20D
Nikon D80
Video recording No No
Video format N/A N/A
Video resolution N/A N/A
Built-in Microphone No No
Built-in Speakers No No
Canon EOS 20D
Nikon D80
Memory Card Compact Flash
Canon EOS 20D
Nikon D80
HDMI Output No No
Microphone Port No No
Headphone Port No No
Wireless No No
Remote Control Yes (N3 connector) Yes (Optional (ML-L3 or MC-DC1))
Body & Dimensions
Canon EOS 20D
Nikon D80
Enviromentally sealed No No
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details BP-511A Lithium-Ion battery pack
Nikon EN-EL3e Lithium-Ion battery
Battery Life (CIPA) 700 shots 600 shots
Width 144 mm 132 mm
Height 106 mm 103 mm
Depth 72 mm 77 mm
Weight 770 gram 668 gram