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Canon 2000D Specification: The Canon EOS 2000D is an amateur reflex announced at the beginning of 2018 as an evolution of the 1300D, at the time the protagonist of remarkable commercial success. Like all entry-level reflex cameras, the Canon EOS 2000D is designed especially for those who are taking their first steps into the world of photography but also winks at even a bit more experienced users.

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Canon EOS 2000D: Technical Data Sheet and General Features

The Canon EOS 2000D inherits much of the technical features and internal components of the previous model: the DIGIC 4+ image processor and the LCD display, as well as the autofocus and the ISO range, remain unchanged (unfortunately). The most significant step forward, the only real novelty, concerns sensor resolution instead, increased by a third.

Digital Sensor

The Canon EOS 2000D features a 24.1 Megapixel digital CMOS sensor (compared to the 18 of the previous EOS 1300D). The sensor is of the APS-C type and therefore has a multiplication factor of 1.6x. The resolution of 24 megapixels currently seems to be a standard adopted by some medium-low-end cameras. We think this is a good compromise between the pixel density on the sensor and the possibility of enlarging and cropping the image.

ISO sensitivity

The range of ISO sensitivity ranges from 100 to 6400 and is further expandable up to ISO 12,800. From the advanced options of the Canon EOS 2000D, you can narrow down the ISO range that the camera will automatically use, so as to avoid the use of higher sensitivities. When, on the other hand, the ISOs are set manually, it is possible to select only the “whole” stops (100, 200, 400…) while the intermediate increments are excluded.


The Canon EOS 2000D ‘s autofocus can count on only 9 AF points and of these, only the central one is cross-type (more sensitive). Although on paper, these features are certainly not impressive, the autofocus performs quite well in most situations. Performance in live view is less convincing since in this case only the slowest contrast-detection autofocus can be used.

Burst shot

The capabilities of the Canon EOS 2000D to shoot in bursts, important for those interested in action photography, stopped at the speed – certainly not exciting – of 3 frames per second for a maximum of 11 RAW. Not to be neglected therefore is the gap with the competition: the recent Nikon D3500, belonging to the same price range, can boast for example speed of 5fps.

Viewfinder and LCD Display

The Canon EOS 2000D has an LCD display without infamy and without praise, with a diagonal of 3 ” and a resolution of 920,000 points. Unfortunately, the screen is fixed, which makes it a bit tricky to shoot from awkward positions; furthermore, the touch functionality is not present. Understandably, Canon reserves these options for the slightly higher-end cameras (like the EOS 800D and the EOS 80D ). The pentamirror viewfinder has a magnification of 0.8x and 95% scene coverage, characteristics in line with the other reflexes in this segment.

Video Shooting

As for video capabilities, the Canon EOS 2000D allows you to shoot movies in Full HD 1080p format. Although the quality is good in itself, we advise against using this reflex to those who are mainly interested in video shooting, since there is no input for the external microphone and the autofocus performance during recording is rather limited.


As well as the cheaper sister (the 4000D ) and the previous model (the 1300D), the Canon EOS 2000D also has a rather advanced Connectivity compartment. The camera integrates Wifi and NFC, and can thus be connected to a smartphone, a tablet or a computer.

In addition to the rapid transfer of images and videos, the connection to mobile devices allows the camera to be controlled remotely, using the smartphone to control shooting and to change most settings. The mobile phone display can also serve as an external live view screen. The connection between devices takes place, as usual, through the free Canon Camera Connect application.

Canon EOS 2000D: Design, Ergonomics and Construction Quality

Canon EOS 2000D: Design, Ergonomics and Construction Quality
Canon EOS 2000D: Design, Ergonomics and Construction Quality

Although its appearance is a bit “plasticky”, once it takes the Canon EOS 2000D in hand it gives a good feeling of strength and solidity (the one that is missing from the 4000D). Despite its relative compactness, the machine also guarantees satisfactory ergonomics, thanks also to the careful arrangement of the physical controls and to the pronounced handle. This is coated with a layer of rough rubber that improves the grip, as well as the space occupied by the thumb on the back of the camera. The machine body measures 129 × 101.3 x77.6mm for a total weight of 475 grams, including battery and memory card. Reasonable size, which will certainly be appreciated by those who are not used to the reflex space.

Arrangement of controls

The layout of the Canon EOS 2000D’s controls does not differ from the one seen on the 1300D and, again, on the 1200D. The left side is occupied entirely by the LCD display, while on the opposite side are all the physical keys.

The multi-selector is composed of 4 directional keys (used above all to navigate the menus) and a central one, Set, which serves to confirm a setting. The four keys are also assigned the additional function of controlling a given parameter (as we will see later).

Below the multi-selector, we find the Menu button, which gives access to the camera settings, and the Playbutton, which allows you to review the already acquired shots. Higher up, there are the DISPbuttons (to display more or less information regarding the shot), AV +/- (for exposure compensation) and Q (which recalls a summary menu with the shooting parameters in use, allowing the change).

To the right of the viewfinder is the live view activation button (also used to start and stop video footage). Finally, on the upper right corner, we find the Zoom + and Zoom – buttons, mainly used to enlarge and reduce the recorded images. The Zoom button – also allows you to lock the exposure, while the Zoom + button lets you choose a specific AF point for autofocus.

Moving to the upper side of the Canon EOS 2000D, we find the shooting mode dial, located right next to the power switch and the built-in flash activation button. The command dial and the shutter button are located at the handle.

The USB, HDMI, and remote control cable inputs are located on the left side of the camera, protected by a rubber cover. The compartment containing both the battery and the SD card is instead located on the lower part of the reflex.

Canon EOS 2000D: Functions and Usage

We continue our review of the Canon EOS 2000D by observing how the camera behaves once it is turned on.

Semi-automatic modes and shooting experience

The four positions that refer to the manual shooting modes P – Av – Tv – M are located at one of the two ends of the appropriate ring nut. In mode Av and Tv, ie Aperture-priority and Shutter-priority, you can vary the main parameter (respectively diaphragm or shutter speed) by turning the ring nut only available on the Canon EOS 2000D. To compensate for the exposure you must instead hold down the special physical button (not by chance placed near the natural seat of the thumb) and at the same time rotate the ring nut.

In M ( Manual ) mode, you can control the shutter speed by simply turning the ring, while to change the aperture you must rotate the ring while holding down the compensation button.

As already mentioned, each of the 4 keys of the multi-selector can be used to recall and modify a specific parameter: the ISO sensitivity ( Up key ), the autofocus ( Right key ), the white balance ( Down key ) and the mode drive, ie the choice between single shot, continuous shot or self-timer ( Left button ).

Alternatively, you can change all the shooting parameters through the menu accessible by pressing the Q key. In both cases, however, it is necessary to consult the LCD display, make the change and then confirm with the Set button. As for the ISO sensitivity, these operations could be unacceptably inconvenient, since we often need to adjust this parameter quickly. Fortunately, through custom functions (C.fn 10) you can assign the ISO sensitivity control to the flash activation button. In this way, you can change the ISO (turning the ring) without taking your eyes off the viewfinder.

Automatic modes

In addition to manual shooting modes, like all SLRs designed for beginners, the Canon EOS 2000D provides a fully automatic mode and different ” Scene ” modes, for which the camera will use shooting parameters that are usually suitable for a specific situation.

The Scenes available on the Canon EOS 2000D are the classic ones present a little on each amateur camera:

  • Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Macro
  • Sport
  • Food

Night Portraits

Each of these scenes is directly accessible from the shooting mode dial, which as a consequence is rather crowded (as many as 14 overall positions). The positions of the ring that we have not mentioned so far are those related to the automatic mode Without Flash, the Movie mode and the ” CA ” mode ( Automatic Creative Shooting ). The latter, really of dubious utility, allows adjusting the background blur level through the display. The camera will then set the diaphragm aperture accordingly.

Creative Filters

To confirm the predominantly amateur nature of the Canon EOS 2000D, there is a feature that allows you to apply ” Creative Filters ” to photos already taken:

  • Black and White (converts the photo to grayscale and simulates the texture of a film)
  • Flow effect (a sort of selective blur is applied that recalls the Orton effect)
  • Fisheye effect (applies a deformation similar to that produced by ultra-wide-angle lenses)
  • Toy Camera (adds a marked vignetting and changes the hue of the image)
  • Miniature Effect (simulates a sort of Tilt-Shift effect)

In addition to being a bit out of place on a reflex camera, these effects seem frankly a bit useless. In fact, there are countless more complete and versatile smartphone apps that allow you to apply this kind of changes to your photos.

Video Snapshot

An interesting feature on the Canon EOS 2000D (and on other entry-level models of the same house) that deserves a mention is Video SnapShot. This mode allows you to record very short movies (2, 4 or 8 seconds). These videos are then saved within a certain album and finally assembled in a single file, without any manual editing. We think this is a nice feature that allows you to collect the highlights of a trip or a particular event in a simple and immediate way.

Canon EOS 2000D: Image Quality

Overall, the image quality offered by the Canon EOS 2000D is more than satisfactory, as expected from a modern APS-C sensor. However, the resistance to high sensitivities is a bit disappointing: if the photos appear almost without digital noise up to 800 ISO, at 1,600 ISO the artifacts are already quite evident (although still acceptable). The quality quickly disappears once this threshold is exceeded: the highest sensitivities, 3,200 and 6,400 ISO, are advisable only in the absence of any other alternative.

This aspect can, however, be relevant only for those who think of taking sports photos often or using the reflex freehand in poorly lit environments. For the shooting of static subjects (such as landscapes, still life) the image quality is impeccable.

Canon EOS 2000D: Opinions

Our opinions on the Canon EOS 2000D are moderately positive. The camera certainly has all the credentials to give a lot of satisfaction to those who decide to switch to the reflex system: good image quality, manual controls coupled with automatic modes and the possibility of associating quality objectives of the boundless Canon lens park.

The main criticism that we move to Canon is that it has excessively limited updates compared to the previous 1300D: the only real novelty, as already mentioned at the beginning of this review, is the sensor resolution, increased to 24MP. What weighs more, however, is an outdated image processor, responsible for a rather slow burst in burst and an uninspiring resistance to high ISO.

These details – although they are very passionate for photo forum users – are probably of little relevance to the target of beginners to whom the Canon EOS 2000D is destined. However, if you expect the maximum in burst and autofocus, we recommend that you also consider the Nikon D3500 which, albeit at a slightly higher price, excels in terms of responsiveness. For the rest, we are certain that the Canon EOS 2000D will not disappoint its owners, and also by virtue of a very low price, we can recommend the purchase to anyone who wants to take the big step of starting to use a reflex.


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