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Capture all your special moments with the Canon EOS 350D/Digital Rebel XT DSLR camera and cherish the memories over and over again. With 8.0 MP CMOS sensor and DIGIC II image ...Read more
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I am writing this review on 350D now, in 2009, when 500Ds are no longer considered new. It seems not to make any sense, to recommend anyone to invest in a camera, possibly 2nd...Read more
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My first SLR experience with the Canon Digital Rebel XT
I purchased this camera to upgrade from a cybershot 4.1 megapixel as I wanted to improve the quality of plant portrait photographs. I am very much an amateur, try to avoid com...Read more
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Capture all your special moments with the Canon EOS 350D/Digital Rebel XT DSLR camera and cherish the memories over and over again. With 8.0 MP CMOS sensor and DIGIC II image processor, this DSLR camera lets you take smooth, detailed, and high-quality images. The 1.8-inch monitor on this Canon 8.0 MP camera makes it easy to view photos, read menu, and compose shots. With a high ISO sensitivity (up to 1,600), the Canon EOS 350D/Digital Rebel XT captures clear photos even in low-light conditions. What's more, you can connect this Canon 8.0 MP camera to the USB port of a PC or a printer for quick data transfer operations. All things considered, this Canon 8.0 MP camera, with an EF-S II 18-55 mm lens, aims to be a great travel companion.

Product Identifiers
BrandCanon
Model350D / Digital Rebel XT
MPN0210B005
EAN8714574950754, 8714574950761, 8714574952628

Key Features
Camera TypeDigital SLR
Sensor Resolution8.0 MP
Screen Size1.8"

Optical Sensor
Sensor Size14.8 x 22.2mm
Sensor TypeCMOS

Lens System
Lens TypeZoom lens
Lens For SDEF-S II 18-55mm
Lens ApertureF/3.5-5.6
Focal Length Range18mm - 55mm
Focus AdjustmentAutomatic, Manual
Lens Filter Size58 mm
Auto Focus typeTTL phase detection
Lens Construction9 group(s) / 11 element(s)

Exposure
Max Shutter Speed1/4000 sec
Min Shutter Speed30 sec
Exposure compensation±2 EV range, in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps
Exposure RangeEV 1-20 ( ISO 100 )
Exposure ModesAutomatic
Light SensitivityISO 100, ISO 1600, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800, ISO auto (100-400)
Light Sensitivity Max1600

Camera Flash
Flash TypePop-up Flash
Flash ModesAuto Mode

Memory / Storage
Supported Flash MemoryCompactFlash I, CompactFlash II, Microdrive

Viewfinder
Viewfinder TypeOptical
Optical Viewfinder TypeEye-level mirror pentaprism
Viewfinder - Field Coverage95%
Viewfinder Magnification0.8x
Dioptric Correction Range-3 to +1

Dimensions
Depth6.4 cm
Height9.42 cm
Width12.65 cm
Weight485 gr

Display
Display TypeLCD
Display RotationBuilt-in
Screen DetailsLCD display - TFT active matrix - 1.8" - colour
Display Size1.8"

Connections
Connector Types1 x USB, 1 x composite video output, 1 x composite video/audio output
Expansion Slot1 x CompactFlash Card - type I/II

System Requirements for PC Connection
Operating System SupportedMS Windows 2000

Battery
Battery Description1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 720 mAh ( included )
Battery Form FactorManufacturer specific

File Format
Still Image FormatJPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG

Environmental Parameters
Min Operating Temperature0 °C
Max Operating Temperature40 °C

Miscellaneous
Shooting ProgramsClose-up, Landscape, Night portrait, Portrait mode, Sports mode
White BalanceAutomatic
Continuous Shooting Speed3 frames per second

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Good enough to kick start, Deep enough to progress

Created: 11/07/09
Review for: Canon EOS 350D / Digital Rebel XT 8.0 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Kit w/ EF-S II 18-55mm Lens)
I am writing this review on 350D now, in 2009, when 500Ds are no longer considered new. It seems not to make any sense, to recommend anyone to invest in a camera, possibly 2nd hand, released 4 years ago. However, having played with each of these cameras from 350D to 500D, I insist that I should write something to defend the value of this old model, even among its newer and "cooler" brothers.

The 350D was the very last camera in the consumer series of DSLR which still contains a hint of taste from the Rebel film series. Starting from the 400D, the monochrome LCD display above the review monitor was taken away, one of the major thing that I disliked most about the new models. The LCD shows in very simple letters the shooting conditions you have chosen, and a button right next to it lights up the orange backlight. It is something that is simple, straight-forward and easy to understand. The whole process of taking a picture involves absolutely no fanciness, its clean, fast and straight to the point. When you cannot afford to miss a moment, this truly matters.

It was then on the 400D they started displaying all the numbers on the colour LCD screen, introduced a beautiful animation everytime you clean the sensor, added detectors to shut off the LCD when you look through the viewfinder etc etc. I heard numerous reports that the 400D dries up the battery faster than the previous models, and even though I didn't verify this statement, I would not be surprised if its true. The whole point of a camera had twisted a bit.

The story goes on with later models enlarging the LCD screen continuously until they ran out of spaces to put the buttons in, and randomly squash them into somewhere else. Also Live-View becomes a "must", completely forgetting what a DSLR is designed for; making movie modes as a feature of the camera, while you have camcorders for this purpose.



I am not saying that any of these features are poor or not worthy to have, but you can see how the basic functionality of the camera is being compromised to make way for other features which a real photographer would not care about.

I certainly appreciate that a lot of people buy DSLRs for daily use, as a High Quality point and shoot camera, but for those who really seeks to progress to a higher level in photography, they are just paying all the extra to get that one feature they wanted. A Victorinox is good in every camper's pocket, but when what you really need is just a knife, then buying (literally just) a knife would possibly do the job best for you.


One may argue that at the time of release, the price of a 300D is not very different from that of a 500D, which is quite true, with 300D being more expensive. Yet we are currently looking into a world of 2009, in which 350D costs you 200 quid only, half of what a 500D would cost. You could say then, the extra cost you paid is for that bit of unnecessary extra features and the meaningless race of mega-pixel quantities.
And at the end of the day its more about the lens rather than the camera body. If you could spare 200 quid for lenses, I am sure you get more fun than a HD movie mode.


I had a 350D since 2005, and it was lately when I realized I need another camera to reduce lens swapping time. Naturally you would look into all these options out there - from 1000D to 50D - but I rested on the same old 350D finally. Not just because I know this camera by heart, its also because this camera in turn knows a photographer by heart.
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My first SLR experience with the Canon Digital Rebel XT

Created: 04/02/08
Review for: Canon EOS 350D / Digital Rebel XT 8.0 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Kit w/ EF-S II 18-55mm Lens)
I purchased this camera to upgrade from a cybershot 4.1 megapixel as I wanted to improve the quality of plant portrait photographs. I am very much an amateur, try to avoid complicated processes and just enjoy trying to take that rather interesting or special photo. Though a slightly lesser model than the Rebel XT/ EOS400D this buy was within my price range, has proven to be simple to use in auto settings and I am slowly but surely getting to grips with the more complex manual setting processes. In addition to the main user guide there is a very basic simplified fold up pocket version. To date I have taken about 120 photos some forty of which are plant portraits which have definitely much improved detail definition than my cybershot. For anyone wanting to progress to SLR from the simple small digital camera, the EOS 350D is not a bad starting point. I am sure there are other brands and models which experts would recommend but as a non expert I am certainly enjoying using my new acquisition and have no hesitation in commending it to other folk who may be looking to upgrade to SLR to improve their enjoyment of photography.

Key Positives: Ease of use 8 / 10; quality and feel of camera 8 / 10; quality of results by first time amateur 8 / 10; Overall comfort / confidence 8 / 10
zone. Ease of transfer to computer and /or printer 10 / 10. Price on the high street was out of my price range, at e bay,(there were at the time of my purchase about 8 sellers), I found a good auction price with very reasonable postage and packing and a very quick turn round.

Key Negatives: Getting used to the need to plan photographic outings ( no longer slip a cybershot into the jacket pocket for those possible photo shoots): Though the instruction manual is well put together it is small 15cms x 10.5cms and is therefore small print for those with not so good eyesight.
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Very popular when new, with good reason

Created: 02/02/08
I have an old Canon D30, a 3-megapixel digital SLR from 2000. I decided to upgrade. The D30 was followed by the 6-megapixel D60, which is very rare on eBay, and then the 10D, 20D, 30D and 40D semi-professional SLRs. The 20D seems to be the current default choice for amateur digital Canon SLR fans, judging by its popularity on Flickr. The 30D has the same 8-megapixel image sensor and processor as the 20D, and doesn't seem worth the extra money; the 40D is new. The 10D is 6-megapixel, just like the D60. On a psychological level I think of eight megapixels being a useful sum; six megapixels is too little, ten megapixels plus isn't worth the premium for me.

Alongside their semi-pro line, Canon sells a range of consumer SLRs, the 300D, 350D, 400D, and now the 450D. Most 300D models on eBay tend to be the silver variety, which looks tacky. It's a 6-megapixel model, which seems a bit low. It also has a cut-down set of photographic features, which is a no-no for me. There is an unofficial firmware upgrade that will restore some of these features, but it hardly seems worth the bother for such an old model. The 400D is new, and the 450D isn't out yet. That rules out most of Canon's line. The professional 4-megapixel 1D MkI is relatively cheap, but too quirky for everyday use. The later 1D models, and the 5D, are very expensive.

My first thought was to go for a 20D, but I opted for the 350D instead. It has essentially the same resolution and image quality as the 20D/30D, but it is much cheaper. It's also smaller and lighter, and unlike the 300D it's generally not silver.

I can understand why the 350D is cheaper. The body is smaller and harder to hold than the 20D, it feels hollow and plastic in comparison, and the buttons on the back are wobblier and smaller. The 20D has a very useful command dial, which rotates easily but feels solid, whereas the 350D has a typical set of digital camera menu buttons. On the other hand, I haven't heard of a rash of 350D fault reports on the internet, and although the shutter is supposedly only rated for 50,000 shots the forums are hardly abuzz with angry 350D users damning Canon's parsimony.

As for the camera itself, you've probably read a bunch of professional reviews already, I will not duplicate them. The image quality is great at ISO 100, with a bit of shadow noise up to ISO 400; you could use ISO 1600 at a pinch (there is no ISO 3200 mode, and as far as I know there's no firmware hack to enable one). The camera has several custom functions, including a sort-of mirror lockup, and you can set up sharpness/contrast/saturation profiles with the menu, rather than having to download them from the PC, which is an advance over my old D30. The tripod thread is aligned with the middle of the lens. The LCD screen has a backlight, although this turns off if you press any of the control buttons, which is irritating. It uses a different, smaller kind of battery than my D30, but the batteries are dirt cheap on eBay. Start-up, image review etc are much quicker than on the D30. The handgrip is smaller, and I have to contort my pinkie to get a good grip. But the pictures have nothing wrong with them, with a good lens (the XXXD range also takes EF-S lenses).

All in all this is still a very useful SLR, and I can understand why it was so popular. It has no quirks. There's a wide range of adapters that will take old second-hand lenses from the 1970s and earlier. The batteries last several hundred shots.
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Nice introduction to the world of digital SLRs

Created: 22/12/08
I did a fair amount of research taking into account available lenses, low light performance, value, image and build quality.

I've been waiting for my moment to take the plunge from super zooms to entry level SLRs, and frankly, for £160 odd quid, the EOS 350D is simply stunning value.

I quickly snapped up a working set of lenses and a flash gun, again at awesome prices, and I'm now shooting photos at the next level.

The indoor shots I can get with the 350d and the Canon f1.8 50mm, are by any standard very impressive. All in all, a very light and compact set up, with semi-pro performance, and for all told £220.

This combo picks up light and resolves detail w-a-y better than my eyes at 1600 ISO. Suprisingly there is little noise to speak of. I actually wish the firmware allowed comedy iso's like 3200 and 6400, because even though noise would be there for all to see, there are still some practial uses for me.

For some snaps, quality is not everything. Sometimes it's all about framing the shot and capturing the memory. Higher iso's would mean I could take my cheap slow zooms to a gig and get some great noisy close ups.

I was lucky enough to get a couple of entry level zooms which together cover the 35-300mm range, for a grand total of £71. There are some great bargains to be had in buying lenses for this body, due to the sheer volume and penetration of Canon EF bodies out there.

The only caveat; on purchase, the camera did not autofocus right. But with the help of the internet, 2 super small, modified allen keys and some hairy, seat of the pants moments in and around the sensor, she's tack sharp with all my lenses.

Buyers beware, the 350d does have some autofocus issues. If you're lucky and you come across a genuine seller, you'll get a good one. If you not so lucky, you'll get one like I did that was consistenly back-focussing.

However, all is not lost if this happens, as and you can sort it out with some careful tinkering. There are stories of units which are, in short, all over the shop, and by all accounts, beyond redemption.

Please, please, please, ask questions, and be careful.

Betcha can't get one that works like mine does now for £160 :)

I love eBay.
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Excellent first camera or "back-up" camera.

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Created: 27/07/11
In this day and age of 14Mpix compacts, one might query the purchase of an 8Mpix camera - however pixel count is not the be-all and end-all that the manufacturers would have you believe.
Firstly, shooting speed of a DSLR is faster than a compact.
Secondly, the "noise" in the picture (speckles, etc) is lower with a DSLR than with a compact - using an audio analogy: 50 watts of clear sound is better than an amplifier which produces 150W of output consisting of 100W of music and 50W of distortion and hiss.
Thirdly, the quality in a photograph tends to be governed by the lens on the front - the ability to change lenses on a DSLR means that (theoretically at least) you should be able to capture an image which fills the frame and uses the entire 8Mpixels; if you shoot the same thing with a compact then chances are you will have the area of interest occupying a fraction of the actual image area: if you use a 14Mpix compact and print one third of the image then you actually have about 5Mpixels making up the finished image whereas with a DSLR and suitable lens you still have 8Mpixels of useful image - i.e. a camera with half the number of pixels (8Mp Versus 14Mp) will give you an image that has 30% better resolution (8Mp vs 5Mp in the example quoted).
Fourthly, you will be able to capture shots with a DSLR that are unachievable with a compact simply because of the functionality of the DSLR.

8Mpixels is sufficient to print at least an A3-sized image - and how many people print photographs that big ? {Well, OK, I do ... which is why I'm using an 18Mp DSLR: I can happily print photos out at poster size (and often do)but as I say, most people will never print anything bigger than A4}

Capturing 8Mpix images also saves on storage space and allows the use of smaller and cheaper memory cards: shooting large JPEG+ RAW on the 350D, you can get over 450 images on a 4Gb card; with the 550D (18Mp camera) you would be lucky to store 100 images on the same size card.

In summary, there is still a place for this camera despite it being some 6 years old. It is an EXCELLENT first DSLR where one can learn the craft without breaking the bank, whilst still being able to turn in some decent pictures. Additionally, the simpler (but more than sufficient)interfaces, options and controls on this older camera mean that a beginner is not confused by being faced with a huge number of camera settings which they probably never need to use.
Suffice to say I use an 18Mp 550D, having moved up from the 10Mp 400D but still bought an 8Mp 350D as the first DSLR for a family member.
Another consideration is that the 350D is lighter and slightly smaller than the 400D, and a heck of a lot lighter than the 550D, hence may suit a woman or child (or someone with smaller hands) better than a more modern body.

Ideal first camera, but look at the more advanced models if you are serious, or intending to sell your photos.
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