Explanation of the Canon DSLR Camera Numbering System


The Canon DSLR camera numbering system can seem very confusing at first but there is a logic to it if you look into it a little more closely. While they have named their amateur DSLR cameras in the US, there are numbers associated to those models just like the other higher end models.

Numbering sequence

  • Canon uses a numbering system to distinguish their camera models. Their digital cameras are separated into groups for the amateur, intermediate, and advanced or professional models.

International vs US

  • There are no difference in the bodies of the cameras that are sold in the US versus those sold in Europe or Japan. They are the same cameras with different name plates put on it.

Amateur models

  • The Canon Rebel series is considered the consumer amateur model. These low priced models are priced to help consumers get into the DSLR field of cameras. The Rebel series started with the 300D for the Rebel and 350D for the Rebel XT. The numbers go up in increments of 50 for later models.

Intermediate models

  • The Canon DSLR aimed for the advanced amateur or professional started with the D30 and D60. They continued to the 10D, 20D, 30D, 40D and now the 50D. These models have more custom functions then the Rebel series at a lower cost then the professional series making it available to advanced users as well as easier for professionals to pick them up as a second camera.

Advanced models

  • The Canon pro series models aimed at professionals who demand a rugged heavy duty camera are numbered as the 1 series. The 1 series cameras have a full complement of manual and automatic controls as well as being weather proof for those photographers that use their cameras outdoors. They are typically faster and mostly built out of metal to be able to take abuse.

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