Reviews and Problems with Canon EOS 350D / Digital Rebel XT / Kiss n Digital
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Canon Digital Rebel XT Review
15 September 2007
Excerpt: Two and a half years is a long time in the world of digital SLRs, but despite its age, the 8-MP Canon Digital Rebel XT still gives more recent models a run for their money, especially because many of them are limited to just six megapixels. Where the Rebel XT does feel dated is in its awkward plastic build, uncomfortably dainty handgrip, and small 1.8-inch LCD screen. (Most competing models have 2.5-inch screens or larger.
Conclusion: So it's clear, the EOS 350D is a great successor to the EOS 300D, it puts right many user complaints, it delivers a smaller and lighter camera which feels better put together and delivers an increase in resolution. Image quality is just as good as the more expensive EOS 20D, if you can live with the differences between the two the money saved could buy you a very nice lens.
Pros: Excellent resolution, a clear match for the EOS 20D, Good color, default +1 parameter set means punchy images out of the camera, Noise free 'silky smooth' images at ISO 100, 200 and 400, Very good in-camera image processing, JPEG's almost as good as processed RAW's, Very low noise levels even at ISO 1600, virtually unnoticeable below this, Excellent seven point AF system, fast, good in low light and reliable, Good continuous shooting speed, large buffer size, smart bu...
Cons: Opening the CF compartment door shuts camera down, loses any buffered images, LCD monitor is dim unless you turn up brightness setting, New kit lens disappointing at telephoto with smaller apertures, Average automatic white balance performance, still very poor under incandescent light, Controls for ISO, metering, AF mode and White Balance now require extra SET press, Can be awkward to change ISO, metering, AF mode and WB settings in bright daylight, Drive mode button ...
Excerpt: Let's face it, of the three pillars that make up exposure in photography, ISO is the boring one, and the one that spoils the party.Shutter speed is cool. You can freeze time, stopping a droplet of water mid-air as it splashes upward from a glass. You can stretch time with a long shutter speed, blurring clouds, the sea, and even people.
Conclusion: Canon EOS 350D - Comparison with other EOS cameras Canon made a break-through on the market when introducing the EOS 300D and the cameras were sold like hotcakes. Still there were some critical sounds. The body was considered to be too artificial, and too many functions were disabled. The Canon EOS 350D makes up for it all. It is a particularly mature camera, which lies comfortably in your hand and which features an impressive processing speed.
Canon EOS-350D / Digital Rebel XT with 18-55mm f3.5~5.6 II EF-S lens
1 December 2005
Excerpt: Canon's EOS-350D is the successor to the enormously successful EOS-300D. When it was launched in August 2003, the 300D spear-headed the market for affordable digital SLRs. The 300D was soon joined by several respectable rivals, most notably Nikon's D70, but few managed to compete at its often heavily discounted price point.
Pros: Higher resolution than rivals (albeit modest), Natural image processing and low noise, Quick startup and overall handling, Compact and light body
Cons: 1.8in screen small by today's standards, Screen slightly dark with default settings, USM lens not in standard bundle, Body may be too small for some
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT (350D) Experience Report
11 September 2005
Excerpt: These days cameras are available in the stores before
reviewers like us even get a sample. In cases like the new Rebel XT/350D
we just go forward to buy one as we need the camera for reference
anyway (we actually own the Nikon D1, D1x, D100, D70, Canon 10D, Rebel,
1D Mk. II, 1dS and 1Ds Mk. II as we never sell the cameras in time
When we got the Rebel (300D) we wrote a little
essay and think
it is even more true than ever.
Conclusion: The Rebel XT is a solid performer at a bargain price (for digital photography). Matched with quality EF-S lenses, such as the 17-85mm or the 10-22mm, the XT covers the focal-length gamut and brings true wide angle back within the financial reach of most photographers.
Pros: Responsive shutter release., Subjectively quiet, unobtrusive shutter-release sound., Light weight, small size., Fast and accurate autofocus (AF) in low-light, low-contrast situations., Clean, high-quality image files at all ISO levels up to 1600., Those who may need a quiet shutter: wedding, wildlife, documentary photographers., Budget, beginning, and casual photographers who want control and lens selection., Photographers looking for a small, lightweight camera syste...
Cons: Grip may be too small for larger hands., Menu navigation is inefficient (too much button pushing)., Rear LCD dim; menus go dim by design., Viewfinder image small and grainy., Focal-length multiplier of 1.6x., Those who may need a quiet shutter: wedding, wildlife, documentary photographers., Budget, beginning, and casual photographers who want control and lens selection., Photographers looking for a small, lightweight camera system to use while traveling/hiking., Pros ...
Excerpt: In 2003, Canon opened the floodgates for affordable digital single lens reflex (D-SLR) cameras with the 6-megapixel Digital Rebel, the first digital camera with an interchangeable lens for under $1,000 dollars. Now, the company has blown away the competition with the introduction of the new 8 MP Digital Rebel XT. I know Nikon fans will groan but this fact is hard to deny, even with the introduction of the slightly enhanced 6 MP Nikon 70s.
Pros: One of the best and most affordable D-SLRs available
Cons: Smallish LCD screen tends to wipe out in strong sunlight
Excerpt: Without a doubt, the Canon Digital Rebel (aka EOS-300D) was one of the biggest advancements in consumer digital photography. For the first time, regular consumers could own a digital SLR for under $1000. The Rebel launched the consumer D-SLR revolution which now has many other camera manufacturers in the mix. Canon didn't just rest on their laurels, though.
Pros: Excellent photo quality, even at high ISOs (assuming you watch the aperture on the kit lens or use another lens altogether), Great value: 8 Megapixel D-SLR for under $900 (body only), Full manual controls, no more "feature lockdown" like old Rebel, Robust performance, much faster than the original Rebel, Great low light focusing thanks to flash-based AF-assist, Advanced white balance controls (though no ability to set WB by color temp.), RAW image format supported, No...
Cons: Images aren't overly sharp at default settings, Kit lens is disappointing at smaller apertures (workaround: don't use smaller apertures), If you want to use the AF-assist lamp your picture must use the flash too, Body feels cheap in the hand (though in reality it's probably sturdy), shows fingernail scratches easily, handgrip is too small (those are all subjective, of course), Clumsy user experience for changing white balance, ISO, AF mode, metering, No spot metering