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Canon EOS 350D Digital Rebel

Canon makes an impressive update to their wildly popular "Digital Rebel."!

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Page 1:Overview and Highlights

Review First Posted: 3/23/2003, updated: 6/4/2005

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Canon Digital SLR designed ground-up to be digital
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8.0-megapixel CMOS sensor, 3,456 x 2,304 pixel images
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ISO of 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
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Impressive image quality, color accuracy, low image noise, resolution
* Compatible with all Canon EOS system lenses and accessories, focal length multiplier of 1.6, plus the new EF-S digital-only design.

 

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Overview

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The Canon Digital Rebel XT builds on the huge success of the original Digital Rebel, a camera that literally turned the digital camera world on its ear when it was first introduced. A six-megapixel digital SLR that sold with a lens for less than $1,000, the Digital Rebel not only challenged Nikon, Olympus, and Fuji in the D-SLR business, but promised to cut drastically into the all-in-one "prosumer" market. Borrowing its name from their highly popular "Rebel" line of entry-level film SLRs, the Digital Rebel offered many of the same exposure features and improvements as the 10D, but slightly scaled back to keep costs under control and to provide some differentiation between the Rebel and its higher-priced sibling.

Where the original Digital Rebel left off, the Digital Rebel XT now carries on and improves. The Rebel XT boasts an 8.2-megapixel CMOS sensor (yielding 8.0 megapixel images) for even higher resolution images, better manual control over AF and metering modes, an adjustable EV step size, flash exposure compensation, and a Custom Function menu for customizing the camera even further. It's a vast improvement over the preceding model, even though the original Digital Rebel was an excellent camera in its own right. Read on for all of the details!

 

Highlights

Article: Digital SLR or All-in-one Digicam?
By Shawn Barnett

With the price of digital SLRs finally within reach, should you stick with the All-in-one digicam or move up to an SLR? Why buy a high-end digicam when digital SLRs are so close in price? Do digicams still have a purpose? What are the pros and cons? An avid photographer, I spent some time thinking about that myself. Come see what I discovered about digital SLRs versus all-in-one digicams.
  • 8.2-megapixel, 22.2 x 14.8mm, 12-bit RGB CMOS sensor delivering 3,456 x 2,304-pixel images. Effective count of 8.0-megapixels and 3:2 aspect ratio.
  • Single-lens reflex digital camera with interchangeable lenses (supports all Canon EOS series lenses). Focal length multiplier of 1.6x as compared to a 35mm camera.
  • Variable ISO (100, 200, 400, 800, and 1,600 settings).
  • TTL optical viewfinder with detailed information display, diopter adjustment, and depth-of-field preview.
  • 1.8-inch, low-temperature TFT LCD with 115,000 pixels.
  • Automatic, Program AE, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Depth-of-Field AE, and Manual exposure modes, plus Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait, and Flash Off programmed modes.
  • Operates in "shooting priority mode," meaning there's no separate "playback" mode to view pictures. Pictures can be viewed between shots, and even if camera is showing a picture or in a menu, pressing the Shutter button causes the camera to take a photo immediately.
  • Continuous Shooting mode capturing as many as 14 images as fast as 3 frames per second (with shutter speeds of 1/250 second or faster.)
  • Variable white balance with Auto, six manual presets, and a Custom setting (reads from a neutral gray or white card), as well as a color correction tool.
  • TTL autofocus with seven focusing points, manually or automatically selectable. One shot AF, AI Servo AF , AI Focus AF, and manual focus with AF assist beam, depending on exposure mode selected. Working range of EV 0.5 to 18 at ISO 100.
  • Built-in E-TTL retractable-type flash with red-eye reduction. Guide Number is 13/43 at ISO 100, m/ft, flash angle covers the field of an 17mm lens. Topside hot shoe for external flash connection of EX Speedlite flashes.
  • Flash exposure lock function. (FEL)
  • External hot shoe supports E-TTL II metering, FEL, and FP (high speed sync) flash with Canon EX Series Speedlight.
  • Redeye Reduction via built-in illuminator.
  • TTL maximum-aperture metering with a 35-zone silicon photocell. 35-zone Evaluative metering linked to all focusing points, Center weighted average metering, or nine percent central-area spot metering. Metering range of EV 1 to 20 (at normal temperatures, EF 50mm f/1.4 USM, ISO 100).
  • Adjustable exposure compensation from -2 to +2 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 EV increments in all exposure modes.
  • Auto exposure bracketing (AEB) from -2 to +2 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 EV increments in all autoexposure modes.
  • White balance bracketing. (JPEG file format only)
  • Shutter speeds from 1/4,000 to 30 seconds, and a Bulb setting for longer exposures.
  • Electronic self-timer with a fixed duration of 10 seconds.
  • Optional external hand grip/battery pack adds secondary shutter release and control wheel, as well as AE lock and focus point buttons for vertical-format shooting.
  • Image storage on CompactFlash Type I or II, compatible with IBM MicroDrives
  • USB 2.0 connectivity with TWAIN driver for PC and Adobe Photoshop plugin for Macintosh. NTSC/PAL selectable video out connectivity. E3 remote control socket and IR remote control window.
  • 24-bit JPEG and 36-bit RAW data file formats. Available resolution settings are: 3,456 x 2,304; 2,496 x 1,664; and 1,728 x 1,152.
  • Backlit LCD data readout, for easier operation in the dark.
  • DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) and DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) compliant.
  • Direct Print capability to selected Canon photo printers.
  • Camera body available separately, or as part of a kit with lens and accessories.

 

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