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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  • roibm - Tuesday, May 3, 2005 - link

    Aren't you guys ashamed of your javascript skills?
    The "on mouse over" behavior for ISO?00 works only in IE. Great... get your paycheck from m$ or what?
  • stephencaston - Tuesday, May 3, 2005 - link

    Thanks for all the kind comments! The D70 is certainly a great contender, but it can't beat the price of the Rebel XT. Reply
  • ksherman - Tuesday, May 3, 2005 - link

    you know, everytime you do a camera review, I end up using at least one of the pictures on my computer... your stop sign from the first guide to taking photos if my picture on my xanga site, and now the nihgt time picture of the building in long exposure has just replaced my desktop!

    seriosly, you take some really neat pictures! Keep up the good work!
  • DVad3r - Tuesday, May 3, 2005 - link

    I just bought a Rebel XT a few days ago, but can't use it cause I'm waiting for my CF card lol. Anyways nice review, I am glad I got the camera, can't wait to take some pictures!!! Reply
  • NFS4 - Tuesday, May 3, 2005 - link

    You'll have to pry my D70 away from my cold dead hands. Reply
  • apriest - Tuesday, May 3, 2005 - link

    I'm a Nikon D70 fan myself (I own one). I'll admit, Canon has made a great camera for the price here. If you already own Canon glass, it's a great entry level pro-sumer digital camera, or a great backup camera. If you don't already have an investment of lenses however, I think the Nikon D50, D70, or D70S is a better bargain. The D70 is a difficult camera to beat without spending a LOT of dough. Very good review of the 350D though, thanks. Reply
  • salimpepo - Wednesday, January 2, 2013 - link

    this review is nice but was repeated ? Reply

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