Recently, Canon introduced the EOS 350D (also called the Rebel XT) as their entry-level SLR replacement to the EOS 300D. Although our review model is silver and black, an all black model is also available - giving the camera a more professional appearance. The new Rebel has a large 8 megapixel sensor that can shoot images as JPEG or RAW files. Other than the higher resolution, some of the exciting upgrades include a smaller and lighter body, ultra-fast DIGIC II image processor, larger buffer, selectable metering and AF modes, and Custom Functions. In fact, the 350D has so many improvements over the 300D that it actually shares more in common with the prosumer EOS 20D. Given that so many people are casting aside their fixed lens point-and-shoot cameras to venture into the digital SLR world, we thought that it would be well worth a look at one of the most popular options.

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In our review, we found that the 350D acts nothing like an entry-level camera. It has an instant startup time just like the 20D and its cycle/write times are nearly identical. The 350D is capable of capturing extraordinary detail and offers several parameters to adjust the in-camera processing levels. In our noise test, the 350D shows impressive noise control and produces surprisingly clean images throughout the ISO range. Read on for a full review of this remarkable camera to see why it might be your first digital SLR.

* Firmware Ver. 1.0.1
* All image tests are performed with the use of a Canon 50mm Macro lens unless specified otherwise.

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  • DVad3r - Tuesday, May 3, 2005 - link

    Hmm possibly, what page is the blurb on? Reply
  • STaSh - Tuesday, May 3, 2005 - link

    That's probably the sensor that tracks if the camera is vertical or horizontal. It's used to determine how you want a vertical image to be displayed on the LCD.

    There should be a blurb in the manual about it.
  • DVad3r - Tuesday, May 3, 2005 - link

    I have a question to XT owners. I have noticed last night when holding my camera, that there seems to be something loose inside. I was just moving it up and down in my hands trying out different angles when I noticed what seems like something is moving around inside. The camera was brand new when I got it, and packed very nicely, and certainly has not been dropped or exposed to any shock at all. I was wondering if you guys have it too? Reply
  • Rebel II - Thursday, August 25, 2005 - link

    I agree about the noise, there seems to be something loose in the camera. Mine is brand new and has not been subjected to any shock. I've been practicing using it and never noticed anything for the first six days. It is very quiet at times when I am practicing but I have never noticed a sound until the sixth night. I was using a "long exposer time" and after that I noticed a sound everytime I tilted the camera back and forth. I can even feel it as I move it. Everything seems to work the same. I can't figure out why I didn't notice it before. I was ready to return it but decided to check on the web to see what others have experienced. You are the second person to mention this so far as I have just began my search. Reply
  • Possessed Freak - Tuesday, May 3, 2005 - link

    Hrmmm, I may actually have to try one of these out. I still use my Canon AE-1 program for all my picture taking. This DSLR really has me intrigued. Reply
  • NFS4 - Tuesday, May 3, 2005 - link

    Stephen, I got my D70 Kit a few weeks ago from for $899.99 after a $100 Nikon rebate.

    Also don't forget the Nikon D50, which I hope you will be reviewing soon along with the Nikon D70S
  • Xtremist - Tuesday, May 3, 2005 - link

    Anyone want to buy the original Rebel? ;-) Man, I WANT one of these lol! Reply
  • roibm - Tuesday, May 3, 2005 - link

    glad it's fixed... I freaked out seeing it didn't work with my default browser(opera) and then not even with firefox.
    I can confirm it works with both as well.
  • stephencaston - Tuesday, May 3, 2005 - link

    #6, the javascript problem has been fixed. It now works fine in Firefox, Opera, etc...

    #7, yes the Rebel XT shoots at 72 dpi
  • rootaxs - Tuesday, May 3, 2005 - link

    Thanks for the review, would you mind posting though if the processed photo's that come out of the XT are at 300dpi or 72dpi? (e.g. at max resolution, not resized to become a 300dpi image). Reply

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