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Canon's EOS 300D digital SLR. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Canon announces consumer digital SLR (UPDATED)
(Wednesday, August 20, 2003 - 14:00 EDT)

Canon has today announced its first digital SLR aimed at consumers rather than the semi-pro market - called the EOS Digital Rebel in the USA, the EOS Kiss Digital in Japan, and the EOS 300D elsewhere.

The EOS Digital Rebel is based on Canon's existing EOS 10D, sharing the same 6 megapixel image sensor and most of the same specifications. It will ship in the US, Japan and Europe in late September. Two bundles will be available - the "body only kit" or the "with lens kit" which includes an EF-S 18-55mm f//3.5-5.6 zoom lens (announced in another news item).

Pricing for the "body only kit" has been set at US$899 in the United States, CAD$1900 in Canada, €1099 in Europe and ¥120,000 in Japan. The "with lens kit" will cost US$999 in the United States, CAD$2000 in Canada, €1199 in Europe and ¥140,000 in Japan. US pricing is noticeably lower than that elsewhere - ignoring exchange rate fluctuations, taxes and duties, the "with lens" price of US$999 is roughly €897. European list pricing is 20% more even without a lens... Add the lens and that's more than a 30% difference. Canadian list pricing is as much as 50% higher than the US list.

Although rumours have been floating around in the public domain for the last few days, Canon chose to take the unusual step of not pre-disclosing any information to us or any of the major publications prior to announcement. This despite our never breaking an embargo or NDA made with them or any other manufacturer. Hence we have not had the usual preparation time in which to produce our detailed analysis of this camera. Canon has not yet supplied sample cameras, so no previews are available. Once they do send us a camera to test, we'll post a First Look review as we can get fit it into our reviewing schedule.

In the meantime, specifications courtesy of Canon follow:

Canon EOS Digital Rebel
Canon's EOS 300D digital SLR. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Model Name
USA: Canon EOS Digital Rebel
Japan: Canon EOS Kiss Digital
Other: Canon EOS 300D
Image Sensor
Type 22.7 x 15.1mm CMOS
Effective Pixels Approx. 6.3M
Total Pixels Approx. 6.5M
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Low-Pass Filter Built-in / Fixed
Color Filter Type Primary Color
Image Processor
Lens Mount EF / EF-S
Focal Length 1.6x Multiplication with EF/ EF-S lens fitted
Type TTL-CT-SIR with a CMOS sensor
AF System / Points 7-point AF
AF working range EV 0.5-18 (at 20C & ISO 100)
AF Modes
Manual Focusing
AF Point Selection Automatic selection, Manual selection
Selected AF point display Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on rear LCD panel
Predictive AF Yes
AF Lock Yes
AF Assist Beam Yes
Manual Focus Selected on lens
Exposure Control
Metering modes
TTL full aperture metering with 35-zone SPC
35 Point Evaluative
Partial (approx. 9% of viewfinder)
Center weighted.
Metering Range EV 1-20 (at 20C with 50mm f1.4 lens ISO 100)
AE Lock
Auto: Operates in 1-shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved
Manual: Works independently at all times, Works in creative zone modes.
Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV, 1/3-stop increments
AEB +/- 2 EV, 1/3-stop increments
ISO Speed Equivalent AUTO (100,200, 400), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Type Electronically-controlled focal-plane shutter
Speed 30 - 1/4000 sec, Bulb.
Shutter release Soft touch electromagnetic release
White Balance
Type Auto white balance with the imaging sensor
Settings AWB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash, Custom
WB Bracketing +/-3 stops in full stop increments
Color Matrix
Type Two types of color space, sRGB and Adobe RGB.
Viewfinder Pentamirror
Coverage (Vertical/Horizontal) 95%
Magnification 0.88 x
Eyepoint 21mm
Diopter Correction -3 to .+1 dpt
Focusing Screen Fixed
Mirror Quick-return half mirror (Transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60)
Viewfinder Information AF Points, AE / FE lock, AEB, Shutter speed, aperture, exposure level / compensation, Max. burst, AF / MF focus confirmation, CF warning,
Depth of field preview Provided
LCD Monitor
Monitor 1.8", TFT, (approx. 118,000 pixel)
Coverage Approx. 100% (for JPEG images)
Brightness Adjustable to one of five levels
Modes Auto, Manual Flash On / Off, Red-Eye Reduction
HotShoe / PC terminal Yes / -
X-sync 1/200th sec
Red-eye Reduction Yes
Flash Exposure Compensation No
Flash Exposure Bracketing Yes
Flash Exposure Lock Yes
Second Curtain Synchronisation Yes
Built-in Flash Range Coverage up to 18mm focal length (28mm equivalent)
Guide Number (ISO 100, meters) 13
External Flash E-TTL with EX series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash support
Modes Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night portrait, Flash off, P, Tv, Av, M, A-Dep
Continuous Shooting 2.5 fps (speed maintained for up to 4 images)
Recording Pixels / Compression
Image Size
(LF) 3072 x 2048 3.1MB, (LN) 3072 x 2048 1.8MB,
(MF) 2048 x 1360 1.8MB, (MN) 2048 x 1360 1.2MB,
(SF) 1536 x 1024 1.4MB, (SN) 1536 x 1024 0.9
RAW 3072 x 2048 7.0MB
Compression Fine, Normal, RAW (max. resolution only)
File Format
Still Image Format
JPEG (Exif 2.2 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system, RAW & JPEG simultaneous recording, Digital Print Order Format
[DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
RAW+JPEG simultaneous recording Provided
File Numbering
(1) Consecutive numbering
(2) Auto reset
(3) Manual reset
Processing Parameters 2 Standard Parameters Plus up to three custom processing parameters can be set.
Direct Print
Canon Printers Canon Card Photo Printers and Bubble Jet Printers with the Direct Print Function
PictBridge Yes
Other Features
LCD Panel (EL) Illumination Yes
Intelligent Orientation Sensor Yes
Histogram Yes
Playback zoom 2x - 10x
Display Formats
(1)Single image with information *
(2) Single image *
(3) Auto play
(4) 9 image index
(5) Magnified view (P.Fn-30)
Image Erase Protection 1 image
Image Erase 1 image / all images / initialise
Self Timer 10 sec.
Menu Categories
(1) Shooting Menus: 7
(2) Playback Menus: 6
(3) Set-up menus: 13 (6+7)
Menu Languages English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese
Firmware Update Update possible by the user.
Computer USB (PTP)
Other Video output (PAL / NTSC)
Memory Card
Type CompactFlash Type I / II (Microdrive compatible)
Supported Operating System
PC Windows 98 (including SE) / 2000 / Me / XP
Macintosh OS 9.0 - 9.2, OS X v10.1 / v10.2
Browsing & Printing ZoomBrowser EX (PhotoRecord) / ImageBrowser
Other PhotoStitch, RemoteCapture, File Viewer Utility
Drivers TWAIN (Windows 98 / 2000), WIA (Windows Me)
Image Manipulation Photoshop Elements v2
Power Source
Batteries Rechargeable Li-ion Battery BP-511 or BP-512 (BP-511 battery supplied)
Battery life AE 100% approx. 600 shots, AE 50% FA 50% approx. 400 shots
Battery check Automatic
Power saving Provided. Power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15 or 30 mins.
A/C Power Supply Optional AC-E2
Case Semi-hard case EH-16L
Lenses All EF and EF-S lenses
Flash Canon Speedlites (220EX, 380EX, 420EX, 550EX, Macro-Ring-Lite, MR-14EX, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2)
Battery Grip BG-E1
Remote Controller / Switch Controller RC-1 / RC-5 / RS-60E3
Power Supply & Battery Chargers AC Adapter Kit ACK-E2, Compact power adapter CA-PS400, Battery charger CB-5L, Battery charger CG-570, Car Battery CableKit CR-560, BP-511, BP-512
Physical Specifications
Body Materials Plastic
Operating Environment 0 – 40 °C, 85% or less humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD) 142 x 99 x 72.4mm
Weight (body only) Approx. 560g
More Photos
Canon's EOS 300D digital SLR. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Canon's EOS 300D digital SLR. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Canon's EOS 300D digital SLR. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!

UPDATED 2003-09-05 10:06ET: Note that the specifications in this news item were published as presented to us by Canon USA. The EOS Digital Rebel does not have flash exposure compensation, so we have removed an incorrect reference to this from the specifications.

Original Source Press Release:


New Digital Rebel/EF-S 18-55 mm Lens Kit Arrives in Stores Around Mid September With An Estimated Selling Price of $999*

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., Aug. 20, 2003 - The Canon EOS Rebel has gone digital. Adding to the world's most popular line of autofocus SLR cameras, the new EOS Digital Rebel combines the quality, affordability and ease of use the Rebel is renowned for with the immediacy, vitality and economy that digital delivers. Sleek and stylish - with a high-grade titanium gray metallic finish - the Digital Rebel puts the power and flexibility of a single lens reflex camera into a compact, light weight, high performance, high resolution 6.3 megapixel package.

"With this Digital Rebel we have added 'affordable' to the lexicon of digital SLRs," said Yukiaki Hashimoto, senior vice president and general manager of the Consumer Imaging Group at Canon U.S.A., Inc., a subsidiary of Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ). "By leveraging the design, engineering, and manufacturing expertise gained developing EOS pro-digital SLRs, Canon is able to bring the Digital Rebel SLR to consumers at a price point once reserved for digital point and shoots. As we have with other benchmark products such as the AE-1, Sure Shot, Rebel and ELPH, we expect to dominate an entirely new market category. For price, power, and performance, this is one Canon that will blow the market away."

Price and Availability
The EOS Digital Rebel will be offered in two kit configurations: with or without the EF 18-55mm f/3.5 - 5.6 zoom lens. Initial shipments of each kit will begin in mid-September. The estimated selling price for the zoom lens kit which includes a battery pack and charger, plus software, manuals, interface cables, neckstrap and Canon U.S.A. limited warranty will be $999*. The estimated selling price for the body-only kit with the same accessories and limited warranty will be $899*.

Image Excellence and the DIGIC™ Difference
From the optical excellence of Canon's extensive line of EF lenses to the large format 6.3 megapixel CMOS sensor (with its 22.7 x 15.1mm image format and 3:2 aspect ratio), the Digital Rebel captures brilliant images and then - thanks to Canon's exclusive DIGIC™ (Digital Imaging Integrated Circuit) Imaging Processor - takes image quality to a new level.

Canon developed the proprietary DIGIC image processing technology specifically for use with its line of digital cameras. DIGIC technology combines the roles of image processing and camera function control into one chip and because it was designed for use in digital cameras, it is also capable of handling JPEG compression/expansion; memory card control; LCD/Video control and processing; gain control (control of CCD signal amplification); Auto Exposure; Auto Focus; Auto White Balance control and most other functions of a digital camera. The DIGIC Processor offers the added benefit of faster display and write-times for each image and low power consumption, saving valuable battery power.

Fast Focus
Among the EOS Digital Rebel's most exciting attributes is its high quality autofocus technology, designed to enable users to capture decisive moments with accuracy and speed. Utilizing the same 7-point AF sensor found on the top-rated EOS 10D model, the Digital Rebel is capable of analyzing where a subject is - even when it is off-center - and immediately bring it into focus. It can also analyze subject movement and automatically select locking or tracking AF modes as appropriate. These features serve to simplify the camera's operation while maximizing its performance. For even greater creative control, the Digital Rebel offers users the choice of automatic and manual focusing point selection.

The Digital Rebel's shutter speeds range from 1/4,000 of a second to 30 seconds plus Bulb, while a built-in motor drive enables the camera to capture 2.5 frames per second in continuous shooting mode for bursts of up to four shots. There are 12 shooting modes including Program AE, Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Auto Depth-of-Field AE and Manual as well as Full Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Action, Night Scene and Flash Off.

Canon's exclusive 35-zone Evaluative metering links to the active focusing point and is the default metering pattern in AE modes, while center-weighted average metering is automatically selected in Manual mode. Central-area partial metering (measuring 9.5% of the picture area) is available on demand in Program AE, Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Auto Depth-of-Field AE and Manual.

Advanced Ergonomics for Single Handed Operation
Ergonomically designed with the look and feel of its time tested Rebel relatives, the Digital Rebel's main controls including the mode dial, input dial, and shutter button are located on the right side of the body for convenient one-handed operation. Despite its abundance of advanced features, the Digital Rebel is the smallest and lightest member of the EOS Digital SLR series, measuring only 5.6" (W), 3.9" (H) and 2.9" (D) and weighing in at a mere 19.7 oz.

Adding to its ease of use, new cross key controls (a first for the EOS digital line) are located right beside the Digital Rebel's 1.8-inch color LCD monitor, enabling easier navigation of the camera's menu items. When reviewing images, users can also zoom from 1.5x to 10x magnification with 15 levels of adjustment and scroll left, right, up and down using the cross keys. The Digital Rebel swings back into shooting mode at the touch of the shutter button, ensuring that the next great shot is not missed while the last great shot is being reviewed or even direct printed.

The Digital Rebel's mode dial is divided into Basic and Creative Zone modes. Click on Basic and the Rebel sets the ISO speed automatically and offers users the choice of portrait, landscape, close-up, sports, night portrait, flash off as well as full auto modes. Enter the Creative Zone and users can select ISO speeds from 100-1600 as well as from five shooting modes: Program AE, Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Automatic Depth of Field AE and Manual. The Flash Off mode disables the built-in flash as well as any attached Speedlite.

Image quality can be controlled in any exposure mode by selecting from 6 JPEG settings with varying degrees of resolution and compression. Users shooting in Creative Zone modes can also record high-resolution RAW files with the added advantage of simultaneous mid-fine JPEG capture. The smaller file size of the mid-fine JPEG is ideal for e-mailing and computer viewing while the RAW format preserves maximum control over image processing parameters with the provided File Viewer Utility software.

The camera's Auto White Balance (AWB) incorporates eight preset white balance modes plus a custom white balance setting that allows fast, easy, and accurate adjustments in virtually any lighting condition. The Digital Rebel also features white balance bracketing, which captures three images (normal, reddish, and bluish) with one click of the shutter.

In a Flash
The EOS Digital Rebel is compatible with more than 50 Canon EF lenses, high quality EOS specific accessories and Canon's EX-series Speedlites, making the transition to high quality digital even more affordable for film based Rebel and EOS users. The camera's high profile, built-in retractable flash unit makes taking pictures with well-balanced foreground and background exposures a snap thanks to Canon's exclusive E-TTL (Evaluative Through-The-Lens) flash exposure metering system. The Digital Rebel also supports such advanced features as E-TTL Wireless Autoflash; Flash Exposure Compensation; Flash Exposure Lock, and FP Flash (high-speed sync).

Canon EF Lenses: The Short and Long of It Canon's new compact EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens - created exclusively for the Digital Rebel** and available only in the Digital Rebel Kit - approximates a 28-90mm zoom lens (in 35mm format). By reducing the distance from the rear of the lens to the imaging sensor and reducing the size of the image circle to accommodate the camera's imaging sensor size, the lens produces high image quality with superb resolution at all focal lengths. The new lens is also smaller and lighter than conventional lenses because of the shorter backfocus distance.

Similarly, the newly developed Canon Zoom Lens EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II USM covers a 35mm equivalent zoom range of approximately 90-320mm when used with the Digital Rebel. Together, these two lenses provide 35mm-equivalent zoom coverage from 28mm to 320mm.

Photo Printing Plus
When it comes to perfectly processing and printing the pictures it captures, the EOS Digital Rebel offers a direct print option as well as a broad selection of in-camera processing parameters for contrast, sharpness, color saturation and color tone. The camera's default parameters enhance sharpness, saturation, and contrast for high-quality direct printing with no additional image manipulation needed. An optional setting - available only in Creative Zone shooting modes - applies standard processing parameters for greater creative latitude during post-processing in the user's personal computer. Digital Rebel users can also create and store up to three sets of custom parameters (contrast, sharpness, color saturation, and color tone) and can opt for standard RGB color space or Adobe RGB color space in Creative Zone modes.

Direct Printing significantly expands the appeal of the EOS Digital Rebel by making it simple, quick and convenient to produce high-quality photos without the need for a personal computer. Beyond its Direct Print capability with Canon's Card Photo Printers and acclaimed Bubble Jet Direct Photo Printers, the Digital Rebel is also compatible with PictBridge,*** a new industry protocol that offers the flexibility of direct printing to other brands of PictBridge compatible printers. Features such as image cropping, date imprinting, paper selection, and printing quantities can be controlled directly from the camera's LCD monitor.

The EOS Digital Rebel supports Exif Print 2.2, a worldwide standard that transfers important camera settings and data from a camera to the printer ensuring the photos you print will look true to life. Moreover, DPOF1.1 (Digital Print Order Format) lets users specify the images to be printed or execute batch printing of selected images.

The Digital Rebel also utilizes Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP) to easily connect (via USB interface cable) to Windows® XP and Macâ OS X (v10.1/v10.2) operating systems without installing any dedicated driver software. The Digital Rebel accepts either CompactFlash® type I or type II cards, and is also compatible with Microdrive® media cards for larger data storage.

Dedicated Accessories
Designed exclusively for EOS Digital Rebel, the new Battery Grip BG-E1 expands shooting capacity to up to 1,200 images (thanks to the two battery packs it holds) and adds an auxiliary set of camera controls (shutter release button, main dial, AF/FE lock button, AF point selection button, Av +/- button) for easier operation while shooting portraits and other vertical format applications.

New EF Extension Tubes
For close-up work, Canon's new Extension Tubes EF 12 II and EF 25 II work with many EF lenses including the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6. The tubes' lens mount has been redesigned to accommodate EF lenses as well as the new EF-S lens that utilizes Short Back Focal Distance Optics. With the extension tube attached between camera body and EF lens, users can easily shoot magnified close-up photos.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc. delivers consumer, business-to-business, and industrial imaging solutions. The Company is listed as one of Fortune's Most Admired Companies in America, and is ranked #43 on the Business Week list of "Top 100 Brands." Its parent company Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ) is a top patent-holder of technology, ranking second overall in the U.S. in 2002, with global revenues of $24.5 billion. Canon U.S.A. employs more than 10,000 people at over 30 locations. For more information, visit www.usa.canon.com.

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* Estimated Selling Price: Actual prices set by dealer and are subject to change.
** Available only with the EOS Digital Rebel/EF-S 18-55 mm Lens Kit. Cannot be mounted on any other EOS cameras.
***For a list of PictBridge enabled digital printers visit http://www.cipa.jp/pictbridge/.
DIGIC is a trademark of Canon Inc.
PictBridge is a trademark.
All referenced product names, and other marks, are trademarks of their respective owners.

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