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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  • 6000SUX - Sunday, May 8, 2005 - link

    Thanks for a great review. Based on this one, I went to some other sites like, checked out lots of sample pictures etc. against competitors like the D70 and decided to take the plunge. All I can say is, this camera's fantastic. It's easy even for a relative newbie like me to get up to speed and take really great pictures.

    Now I have a great camera with which to take pictures of my first child. Thanks again.
  • stephencaston - Thursday, May 5, 2005 - link

    #23, Unfortunately, since the digicam section is still relatively new, we don't have a lot of places to get products right now (lenses). We have been able to do Canon SLR reviews simply because we already have lenses. Don't worry, we are planning on covering the new Nikon DSLRs as soon as we can get them.

  • sgtroyer - Thursday, May 5, 2005 - link

    I've got to add to the calls for a Nikon DSLR review. It's a pretty glaring omission given the reviews of the Canon 300D, 20D, and 350D, but no Nikon. The D70 is a fantastic camera, far better than the 300D for marginally more money. The D50 will provide even better value. Isn't reviewing only Canon DSLRs sort of like reviewing only Nvidia GPU's or Intel processors? Reply
  • stephencaston - Thursday, May 5, 2005 - link

    Keep in mind that this isn't a "real world" battery test. We literally sat down with the camera and took 3,818 frames in one session. Reply
  • Ender78 - Thursday, May 5, 2005 - link

    The battery life stated here seems to be a little off. I will have to test, but I dont believe my camera has anywhere close to the stated battery life. Reply
  • gplracer - Wednesday, May 4, 2005 - link

    Nice review. I decided on the 20D over the 350 because of the size, feel, and the controls. The wheel in the back of the 20D is so much better than the controls on the 350. I am sure picture quality is close. Reply
  • brownba - Wednesday, May 4, 2005 - link

    even my sd300 has this 'rattle.'
    i too assume it's for determining position.
    that's the coolest thing - when you're in clock mode, if you swiftly move the camera, it will change the color of the clock.
  • shuttleboi - Tuesday, May 3, 2005 - link

    From what I've read, the viewfinder on the XT is even smaller than the tiny one I have on my 300D. I also own a Canon film SLR, and the viewfinder in that is freaking huge compared to the one in my 300D. When you have a wide-aperture lens (larger than f2.8), then you will want a large viewfinder to see if you are focusing correctly, otherwise it is very easy to get the focus plane locked with the narrow depth of field. Reply
  • shuttleboi - Tuesday, May 3, 2005 - link

    #13: if the XT is like my 300D, then that rattling sound is the part of the camera that determines if you are holding the camera vertically or horizontally. It is normal.
  • STaSh - Tuesday, May 3, 2005 - link

    No idea...I have a 20d. Reply

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