EOS 350D /rebel XT Digital SLR
If you've been keeping up with digital camera news,
you'll know that the latest Canon EOS 350D / Digital Rebel XT
is quite a hot seller in the market today. Why so? Well, it's
given its fast performance, 8.0 megapixel resolution and great
EOS 350 D
article will serve as a Canon Digital EOS
350 D / Rebel
XT review, and highlight to you some of the best features, along
with shortcomings of this professional SLR camera.
interesting points about the Canon Digital EOS
350 D / Rebel XT were
apparent as I reviewed the camera. On the upside, it has a very
fast start-up speed, taking just a fraction of a second to power
up. It also produces fantastic looking pictures. However, it
also has its downsides. For example, it has a lightweight plastic
body which isn't ergonomically satisfying. In addition, it has
a limited continuous-shooting mode, which may be restrictive
in some photo situations. If you're thinking of buying this digital
camera, you'll do well to take these factors into consideration.
any case, let’s now jump right into the review and
take a good look at the features of the Canon Digital EOS
350 D / Rebel XT.
Design and Construction
terms of dimensions, the Canon Digital EOS
350 D / Rebel XT measures 4.98" by 3.71" by
and weighs just 1.07 pounds. The body itself is made of solid
(it's also available in silver) and looks very durable.
Holding the camera in your hands, you can tell that it has a
nice, sturdy feeling and can be held very stably when shooting
tricky shots. If the 'look' of the camera is an important consideration
for you, you'll be glad to know that the Canon Digital Rebel
XT fits the bill. It really looks like a professional digital
SLR, with its big body size and excellent design.
Optics and Resolution
Canon Digital EOS
350 D / Rebel XT is equipped with a powerful
3x optical zoom lens and offers with a 8.0 megapixel resolution.
fit a range of wide angle or telephoto lenses on to the body
for shooting any subject.
you're particular about the optics within the device, the Canon
350 D / Rebel XT has an ISO range of 100 to 1600, as well
as an aperture range of f3.5/f5.6 (wide/tele). As for shutter
speeds, they range from 30 - 1/4000 sec.
I had the chance to take some test photos using the Canon Digital
Rebel XT. The resulting pictures were nothing short of stunning
- great color tones, accurate hues and subtle shadows.
user controls in the Canon Digital EOS
350 D / Rebel XT can be accessed
through the 1.8 inch LCD screen. The controls might take a little
getting used to - however, I did not have any problems reaching
commonly used functions like flash control or image viewing.
And in case you're wondering, this digital camera has manual
controls which let you have better exposure control. You can
also have fun with the various focusing and manual options. The
Canon Digital Rebel XT also does not come with a movie mode -
I wouldn't expect it in a professional SLR model - so if you
want to record videos, then you may have to look elsewhere.
Canon Digital EOS
350 D / Rebel XT uses proprietary lithium batteries.
What about the battery life? I can say its pretty decent. I managed
to go through a full day's shooting with a single battery charge.
You may of course want to invest in an extra battery - just in
case, especially if you're going overseas on a vacation.
Storage and Transfer
terms of storage, the Canon Digital Rebel XT accepts CompactFlash
Type I/II memory cards. You’ll certainly want to purchase
a higher capacity card to ensure you don't run out of storage
space easily. Personally, I have a five 1GB memory cards. Yes,
I know that's going overboard a little - but it's always good
to be safe than sorry, especially since the EOS
350 D / Rebel XT can take
8 megapixel photos.
Image transfers are done via a speedy USB 2.0 interface - so
rest assured that your photos will get downloaded to your PC
bad points about the Canon Digital EOS
350 D / Rebel XT? Well, here are
I’d point out to you. This digital
camera will sell many more units if they were corrected. Firstly,
the device has a lightweight plastic body which isn't ergonomically
satisfying - a fact which many professional photographers will
concur with. Secondly, it has a limited continuous-shooting mode,
which may be restrictive in some photo situations.
its shortcomings, the Canon Digital EOS
350 D / Rebel XT is one heck of
camera. Whether you’re a beginner in
digital photography, or a seasoned professional, you may want
to consider buying this little baby. Take it with you anywhere,
snap as many photos as you can - just experiment and learn!
Gary Hendricks www.basic-digital-photography.com