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CANON EOS 10 QD (Quartz Date) film-based 135mm (36 x 24mm) format AF-SLR camera
Approx. Product Cycle: 1990 ~ 1995

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MODEL: Canon EOS-10QD; EOS 10s in N. America; An EOS-10S (US), EOS 10 Commemorative Kit for 60 Million Units was introduced in August 1991. Main Reference Map: Index page

Technical Highlights:

* The first EOS camera with multiple autofocus sensors and selected sensor frame flash with red light .
* The camera also provides a Mirror Lock up feature, which has been omiited in many of the EOS series body.
A new body design with much more rounded contours than the original EOS cameras, and replaced the buttons on the left top of the camera with a dial. It was also the first Canon camera to use a sprocketless film drive.

* A faster and more efficient AF system with 15 custom functions and PIC system in portrait, Landscape, Sports and Close-ups. Exposure control includes intelligent Program AE. Shutter Priority AE, Aperture Priority AE, Depth of Filed AE. Two flash programs A-TTL Auto Flash AE, TTL Auto Flash AE and full information metered manual exposure control. A camera shake alert and built in interval timer provided.
* Compatibility with an accessory bar code reader. Most models are in black-matte finish but a limited number are in special titanium-finish.
* A built-in flash enables use of AF Illuminator.
* The world's first camera with a bar-code program supplied with a book of codes which could be transferred to the camera via a bar-code reader.

Along with the Canon EOS-700, the even more elegant-looking EOS 10 was announced simultaneously in March, 1990. Both cameras have gone through a radical change in their appearances with quite a few innovative features incorporated within. The EOS-10, in particular, can be considered as a new generation of "intelligent" EOS bodies. The camera received rave reviews after its introduction, and landed itself with both of the most prestigious industrial design awards of "European Camera Of the year 1990-1991" and "Japanese Grand Prix 90-91" at the same time. in fact, as compared with the professional Canon EOS-1, it presents itself as a more logical choice if you can compromise a little on quality and durability aspect, top shutter/Sync speed and rapid film advance rate - because at the time, the EOS-10(s) was probably one of the most sophisticated EOS bodies around. This could have explained why it was such a big hit and so well received after its official debut. Well, to be frank, this feature laden SLR requires a very "knowledgeable" photographer to appreciate what it has to offer and explore its potential fully. Despite all the awesome features designed within, well, it remains as quite an easy-to-use camera. However, strangely the camera has omitted the thumb wheel control feature as adopted by the Canon EOS-1 (the EOS-100/Elan was the second EOS model that uses that feature).

Other than that, heading list of impressive innovations in the design of EOS-10s was a brilliantly designed new autofocus system which is a far advanced than any earlier mid range EOS bodies. The system was largely based on a newly developed Canon Multi-BASIS (Base-stored Image Sensor) focusing sensor which provides auto or manual selection of one of three focusing points for vastly improved AF operation, particularly when shooting moving subjects. Other significant technical highlights include a film busting rate of five frames per second (5 fps) with its powerful built-in motor drive system. The EOS-10S also departed from "common" design found on many midrange EOS models. The camera body was more rounded with smoother contours and corners and has a strong modern hitech industrial look. A mode dial rests atop the camera replaces conventional push and slide buttons found on many other EOS models. The dial design allows switching modes more easily and improves responsiveness of photographer to fast pace action shootings and the symbols are much easier to understand in relation to their respective functions.

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Whether for serious photographic application or simply used for casual shootings, the camera also has incorporated a convenient Bar-code system. So, by simply selecting the appropriate shooting conditions then inputting that information, a photographer can automatically set up your EOS 10s for each kind of photography you want. Further, a camera alert warning design is used which will automatically senses if it's being held too unsteadily. It sets an appropriate shutter speed and also warns you.

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Software which makes photography easier to work The new generation EOS 10 offers the most sophisticated selection of shooting modes. makes it simple to quickly set up the camera for frequently used shooting situations. A new offers the convenience of even more sophisticated selections that can be input automatically. There's even a special that reduces the possibility of blurred shots caused by camera shake.
AF & Motor Drive System in the EOS-10 Overall as compared to previous versions of the EOS mid range models, the camera has an improved Autofocus system that is faster and more flexible in operations and control. As nowadays, most people regards a good camera be defined in terms of its autofocus system and the EOS-10 was a proven leader in AF technology during its time of introduction. It features an advanced, much improved precise, and flexible AF system, allowing the photographer to shoot naturally no matter what the conditions are.
Sophisticated AF Shooting Modes You have a choice between One-shot AF mode, Al Servo AF with focus prediction control, or manual focusing. And with the Al Focus AF mode, a certain program even automatically switches the camera between One-shot and Al Servo, depending on the subject.
Low Light Capability The new generation EOS AF system can operate in extremely low-light conditions, even down to an EV of 0 - about the light of a single candle. When you're shooting in dim light, the built-in AF auxiliary light emits if necessary for autofocus. Moreover, the beam is aimed according to the three focusing points.
Motor Drive power The EOS 10 has a powerful, built-in motor drive that operates at five per second (5 fps) which ranked it among the best performer at the time of its introduction.

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Focusing Control The EOS-10(s)QD was first to offer multiple autofocus sensors among all the EOS bodies. Most AF systems rely on a single focusing point placed in the center of the viewing area. But sometimes what you want to shoot may not be right in the middle of the scene. You can handle this with focus lock. But now there's a better way to solve this sort of problem. The EOS 10 has three focusing points arranged horizontally across the viewing screen. One sensor was in the center of the field as most AF SLRs do, but there were now two outboard sensors on either side of the main sensor, and the camera itself are programmed to select the best location of the sensor to use in combination to the placement of main subject in a composition. You can choose the one you want as it is manually selectable as well, or you can let the camera choose it for you. It's just the thing for when the main subject is positioned off to one side or the other. What's more, when you're shooting in Al Servo and relying on Focus Prediction Control, each focusing point is activated, increasing operational accuracy. This highly sophisticated focusing system makes your usable focusing area much larger, to better follow moving subjects. A new type of viewfinder display is also designed to supplement responsiveness. A significant improvement was the sensor which reactive to red. According to Canon, this was done by means of engraving the outlines of the autofocus sensor positions into the acrylic focusing screen, and making use the natural light to make the selected sensor frame flash with red light. The photographer, will benefit greatly in relation to precise AF control from the highlighted focus mark in relation to selected sensor indication. However, one slight drawback of this design is, it requires a special extra-bright focusing screen to work and the camera does not offered an interchangeable focusing screen feature as in the case of the previous serious EOS models.

AF Mode Switching With the Green Zone setting, the EOS 10's Al Focus AF mode switches between One-shot AF and Al Servo AF depending on the state of the subject. If the subject is moving, for example, then the camera automatically selects Al Servo AF in order to continue AF operation until the instant of exposure.

New Multi-BASIS was used With a lower working light capability, the system's BASIS focusing sensor provided faster, accurate focusing even in dim light. Instead of just a single cross sensor, the EOS 10 has three focusing sensors. These correspond with the Advanced Flexible Autofocus system, and are particularly good at handling and/or following moving subjects. The main highlights is, it can handles even extremely low-contrast subjects can be detected and focused on easily.

Focus Prediction Control Shooting in the Al Servo AF mode is more convenient with this camera as with previous EOS bodies because the EOS-10's Multi-BASIS focusing sensor provides superior tracking ability for things in motion. So, when a moving subject is coming toward you or going away, each sensor is activated t react to such change, making it even easier for the AF system to continue adjusting the focus until the actual instant of exposure and ensuring razor-sharp images under tough, fast action shooting conditions.

Eight-zone Evaluative Metering The EOS 10 features an improved computer-controlled eight-zones Evaluative Metering from 6-zones system used in previous EOS bodies. It is more sensitive and more sophisticated than previous systems. It was also the first EOS camera to feature this advanced light metering system. By dividing the viewing area into eight sections that are coupled with the AF focusing points and also "weighted" by the camera's CPU, optimum exposures can be determined automatically.
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Partial Metering In order to handle tricky lighting conditions, you can select partial metering. This in effect "limits" the light being measured, placing more emphasis on the light around the central focus mark. You can thus easily get correctly exposed shots of subjects surrounded by very bright or very dark backgrounds.

Exposure Control Other than the 4 PIC selection, the camera has a mind boggling 9 modes in total for exposure control. By using these automatic programs, you will discover just how much enjoyment high-quality photography can bring. You can choose the shiftable intelligent Program AE for most general purpose photography, trusting the camera to select the best shutter speed and aperture value for light conditions. Shutter Priority AE and Aperture Priority AE each let you exercise a bit more personal choice while the camera chooses the best aperture or shutter speed for correct exposure. Depth of Field AE is a sophisticated way to automatically be certain your entire zone of focus is razor sharp, You stipulate the nearest and farthest points to be in focus and the camera speed, aperture value and focus point. The two flash programs, A-TTL Automatic Flash AE and TTL Automatic Flash AE both work with the built-in flash as well as with other Speedlites. And there's a full- information Metered Manual Exposure program for when you want to experiment with creative effects.

Camera-shake Alert Sometimes, photographs come out blurred even when you think you've done everything right. This is particularly true when using telephoto lenses. Camera shake is often the problem, because at fairly slow shutter speeds, even the slightest movement effects results. The new generation EOS Camera-shake Alert solves that problem. The focusing sensor detects camera shake then automatically selects the fastest possible shutter speed, taking into consideration lens focal length. An icon inside the viewfinder provides further camera shake information, letting you know if the shutter speed is safe, risky or dangerously too slow. You can use a tripod or switch to flash photography to prevent blurred photos. It's another new generation EOS convenience you'll really appreciate.

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The generation of the EOS 10 represents another elevated levels in operational control in a modern SLR design. Its features make taking high quality photographs in a much simpler process and under a variety of situations. There were two programmable input systems in PIC and Barcode - both a either love-or-hate kind of operational features for serious photographers. But for those who may want to handle photography in a less hassle manner while wishing to have a more positive results, the systems do provide a good supplementary controls in shooting.

Programmed Image Control ("PIC") The EOS-10 retained 4 out of 10 PIC found in earlier Canon EOS-630. Some of the most common photographic situations have special automatic programs designed just for them. You can dial in Portrait, landscape, close-up and Sports Choosing the appropriate icon ensures great results quickly and automatically. Six types of basic functions, including AF mode, focusing point, metering mode, program line, flash use and film winding mode are automatically set by the camera to match the shooting situation. It's one more thing you don't have to worry about.

Bar-Code Program
For even more advanced automation, the Bar-Code Program takes the guesswork out of particularly difficult shooting conditions. First you find the example photograph in the handy bar-code book that resembles the shot you want to take. Then you use the bar-code reader to input that information into the EOS 10. The camera will then automatically sets up all the most essential functions to ensure the desired results. The bar-code system requires with an accessory bar code reader to work.

Programmed Image Control ("PIC")

symportrait.gif Portrait   1) Choose this setting for lovely, natural portraits of friends. interest is centered on the person's face, and the background is blurred.
symlandscape.gif landscape   2) Exploring the great outdoors is one of the great joys of photography. The program provides small apertures for sufficient depth of field to ensure that everything is sharply in focus.
symcloseup.gif close-up   3) This fascinating setting uses partial metering for precise exposure control and provides small apertures that let you explore what's all around. It's a great way to see the rld with fresh eyes.
symsports.gif Sports   4) Everybody loves great action shots. But they can be tough to catch. Stopping quick motion is important in sports photography, This program chooses a fast shutter speed to freeze the action.

Bar-Code Program There was all together 23 options and followed by additional 4 copies introduced in 1991. The only other manufacturer that offer similar programmed input system was Minolta. But overall, I think the EOS system was more economical in the long run.

barcodeA.gif   Portrait with "catch light"   1) This setting lets you catch the light in your subject's eyes - by actually putting it there!
barcodeB.gif   Wedding with candlelight   2) Weddings want to be remembered as romantic occasions. This setting captures them that way.
barcodeC.gif   Action   3) Catching a moving subject requires a fast shutter speed. The bar-code lets you input it quickly
barcodeD.gif   Close-up with zoom lens macro setting   4) A large aperture is set, so the flowers stand out sharply against a blurred background. No problem with camera shake, either.
barcodeBabe.gif   Baby portrait   This program is perfect for babies, giving them the soft and cuddly look everyone loves
barcodenite.gif   Portrait with night lights   Dramatic shots are easier by using this special setting when dealing with this sort of situation
barcodeactionstop.gif   Stop action   Using a very fast shutter speed lets you capture every droplet of water. The bar-code system sets your camera up appropriately.
barcodeglass.gif   Stained glass from close range   Really artistic shots become automatic, thanks to the bar-code system. The rich colors of the glass and dark walls make a dramatic contrast.

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Built-in Flash The EOS 10 accepts all of Canon's great Speedlite/external flash units. But if you don't feel like carrying one with you, no problem. This camera has a handy built-in flash which is ready to go when you need it. Naturally, it is less powerful, with a guide number of 12-m / 40-ft (at ISO 100), but still powerful enough for most shots especially intended for fill-in flash.

In certain program modes, you don't even have to worry about when to use the flash, since it activates automatically in low light or backlit situations. just before shutter release, the flash pops up, fires at the exact instant, then retracts back into its housing (switchable with custom function). Flash recharge time is only about two seconds, so you don't have to wait long between shots. This flash design also takes advantage of the new three point focusing system by providing flash output control according to the focusing point, so an off-center subject will be correctly exposed.

Remote Control EOS10 is the first EOS camera to work with the optional RC-1 remote control. It is an optionally available remote control unit makes it possible to take photographs from a distance of up to 5m 16.4 ft away from the camera. You can use it to include yourself in the photo instead of using the self-timer, or place the camera by itself so you can better get candid shots. You can choose between immediate release mode or a two-second delay.

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