Color Reproduction

* For all of our color tests, we reset the 350D to its factory default settings. It was then set to record using the highest JPEG image quality option. All images were shot with Aperture-priority mode, Parameter 2, and sRGB.

We took a picture of our color chart using each of the following WB settings: Auto, Incandescent, and Manual. Click on a thumbnail below to view the full-size image.

Incandescent

 Auto WB  Incandescent WB  Manual WB
 
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Reference Chart ("actual colors")

 Auto WB  Incandescent WB  Manual WB

With Auto WB under tungsten lighting, we weren't too surprised to see a fairly strong yellowish cast. Almost every camera that we have tested seems to produce this yellowish cast with the possible exception of Kodak. When we used the Incandescent WB setting, the colors are much more accurate. However, we are a little disappointed to see that a faint yellowish cast remains. With Manual WB, the 350D produced some extremely accurate colors.

Daylight

 Auto WB  Daylight WB  Manual WB
 
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Reference Chart ("actual colors")

 Auto WB  Daylight WB  Manual WB

There were no major differences between any of the WB settings in direct sunlight. All three settings yielded very accurate colors and bright exposures.

Built-in Flash

For the flash test, we compared the differences between Auto mode and P (Program AE). The pictures were taken from 5 feet away.

Auto
(Parameter 1)
P (Program AE)
(Parameter 2)
   
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In both Auto and Program modes, we were very impressed with the color reproduction capabilities of the 350D. Although both modes produced very accurate colors, notice how Auto mode produces images with higher contrast than Program AE mode. Since Auto mode does not provide the option to select a parameter through the Record menu, the camera uses Parameter 1 automatically, which boosts contrast and sharpness.

Resolving Fine Lines Noise
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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.
    Reply
  • 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 OneCall.com 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
    Reply
  • 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.
    Reply
  • 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
    Reply
  • 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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