Canon EOS 300D vs Canon EOS 20D

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS 300D and Canon EOS 20D. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.


These cameras are both manufactured by Canon.

Canon EOS 300D were released 2003 and Canon EOS 20D was released 2004. That is a 1 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Canon EOS 300D 2003
Canon EOS 20D 2004

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

Both these cameras have the same sorts of sensor (called "APSC") which means that if you compare these cameras side by side the lenses will also have the same experienced focal length. Neither of the cameras has a Full frame sensor which means that you will get a "crop factor" where the camera's sensor size affect the focal length with a multiplier.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Canon EOS 300D 80 mm
Canon APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.6
Canon EOS 20D 80 mm
Canon APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.6

** 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)


Canon EOS 300D has a 6,3 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Canon EOS 20D has 8,2 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Canon EOS 300D 6,3 MP
6291456 pixels
3072 x 2048
Canon EOS 20D 8,2 MP
8185344 pixels
3504 x 2336

Canon EOS 20D has a 30 % larger resolution than Canon EOS 300D. 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

Canon EOS 20D has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS 300D. Canon EOS 20D has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 3200 while Canon EOS 300D has 100 to 1600.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS 300D 100-1600
Canon EOS 20D 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 300D
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 20D

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Canon EOS 300D can shoot up to 2,5 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS 20D can shoot up to 5 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS 300D 2,5
Canon EOS 20D 5

Ability to record movies

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

Though, neither Canon EOS 300D or Canon EOS 20D 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 19% heavier than Canon EOS 300D and its 645 gr (or 1,42 lb).

Camera Weight
Canon EOS 300D 645 gr
1,42 lb
Canon EOS 20D 770 gr
1,7 lb