Canon EOS Rebel XT 8 Megapixel Digital SLR Camera Body Only Body Only - 18 mm - 55 mm - Black

1.8" LCD - 3.1x Optical Zoom - 3456 x 2304 Image - PictBridge - MPN: 0209B003AA
Product Details
Description
For convenience, ease of use and no-compromise SLR performance, look no further than the EOS Digital Rebel XT. Featuring Canon's Digital Trinity - an 8.0 Megapixel CMOS sensor, Canon's own DIGIC II Image Processor and compatibility with over 50 EF Lenses-the new Digital Rebel XT has an all new lightweight and compact body, improved performance across the board and the easiest operation in its class, simplifying complex tasks and ensuring the perfect shot every time. With intuitive simplicity, powerful performance and unprecedented affordability, the Rebel XT is the EOS digital camera for everyone.
Quick Glance
Memory Card Support CompactFlash (CF) Card
LCD Screen Size 1.8 in
Camera Type Digital SLR Camera
Effective Megapixels 8 Megapixel
Lens Mount Interchangeable
normalized-Weight 17.1
normalized-Optical Zoom 3
Expert Reviews
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT
3.5 Star Review  PCWorld - Jun 9, 2004

Fast action, compact size, and great imaging make the Digital Rebel XT a top pick among inexpensive digital SLRs.

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DCRP Review: Canon Digital Rebel XT
4.5 Star Review  DCResource - Apr 16, 2005

All things considered I'd say that the Canon Digital Rebel XT is the entry-level digital SLR to beat at this point in time. It offers nearly all of the features of the more expensive EOS-20D but for hundreds less. My biggest complaints are the soft images, especially using the kit lens at smaller apertures, and some build quality gripes that I'll get into later. But for those ready to move up to something bigger and better, the Rebel XT is where it's at.

Read the full review »

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT Digital Camera Review
5 Star Review  Digitalcamerainfo.com - Dec 31, 1969

The trimmed body of the XT packs in a DIGIC II image processor, which translates to faster processing speeds and advanced image control. The start-up time from the original Rebel is dramatically improved upon in the XT, from almost 2 seconds to 0.2 seconds, and it offers an increased burst mode which now captures consecutive images at 3 fps for 14 consecutive shots. Canon’s XT offers a feature set similar to the pricier Canon EOS 20D, but it is aimed at entry-level DSLR users looking for a camera that blends advanced control with a simplified interface.

Read the full review »

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT SLR Camera Review
4.5 Star Review  ubergizmo.com - Apr 12, 2005

Canon's EOS Digital Rebel XT combines ease of use, a robust design, and many of the same compelling technologies found in Canon's professional series EOS cameras, making it an excellent camera for the money...

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Canon Digital Rebel XT
4 Star Review  laptopmag.com - Nov 30, 2005

Digital SLR’s were once reserved for professional photographers, and could cost as much as the vacation you wanted to shoot, but with digital cameras becoming as common as owning a cell phone, the pricetags for prosumer SLRs have finally come down to earth. Now photo enthusiasts can enjoy the benefits of interchangeable lenses, burst shooting, and the accuracy of a through-the-lens viewfinder.

Read the full review »

Canon Digital Rebel XT vs. Nikon D70s:The Competitors for Top Prosumer SLR
4 Star Review  tomshardware.com - Jul 12, 2005

It's clear that the Nikon D70s is an evolution of the familiar D70, which has been very successful and was unchallenged in its category until the arrival of the Canon EOS350D. The latter is a new camera rather than an update of its predecessor, the EOS300D, which was the first digital SLR deliberately aimed at the prosumer market.

Read the full review »

Canon Rebel XT
4.5 Star Review  letsgodigital.org - Nov 20, 2005

Think of a digital SLR camera with the features of a mid-priced D-SLR camera, think of an astonishing 8 Megapixels resolution and you will have undoubtedly the <a href="http://www.letsgodigital.org/en/camera/review/35/page_1.html" target="_blank"><font color="#336699"><b>Canon Rebel XT</b></font></a> in your mind. With an excellent image quality and the application of the DIGIC II processor <a href="http://www.letsgodigital.org/en/camera/products/Canon.html" target="_blank"><font color="#336699"><b>Canon</b></font></a> made a true all-round <a href="http://www.letsgodigital.org/en/camera/specification/921/show.html" target="_blank"><font color="#336699"><b>entry-level D-SLR camera</b></font></a>… Read our <a href="http://www.letsgodigital.org/en/digital_camera/review.html" target="_blank"><font color="#336699"><b>review</b></font></a> now at <a href="http://www.letsgodigital.org/en/index.html" target="_blank"><font color="#336699"><b>LetsGoDigital Camera Magazine</b></font></a>.

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Camera Labs - Canon EOS 350D / Rebel XT review
4.5 Star Review  cameralabs.com - Dec 1, 2005

The 350D / Rebel XT delivers an almost unbeatable package of quality, speed, size and price. The most obvious selling point is of course its 8 megapixel resolution, and while the difference between this and its 6 megapixel rivals can be subtle, it's certainly visible in real life results. Thankfully the smaller pixel pitch doesn't compromise noise levels, and Canon's DiG!C II processor ensures silky smooth results at standard ISO settings, while allowing the use of a smaller, lighter battery without affecting lifespan. For anyone familiar with the earlier 300D / Rebel, or indeed the 10D, it's the handling speed which really impresses. Startup time has been reduced to 0.2 seconds and the camera feels responsive and ready for action at all times. Of course this kind of speed was present in Nikon's original D70, so you could argue Canon was playing catch-up, but the 350D / Rebel XT is pitched at a lower price point. Find out how the 350D / Rebel XT compares in our full review.

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canon digital rebel xt - black body + ef-s 18-55mm lens
3 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Jul 16, 2008

Canon Digital Rebel Xt - Black Body + Ef-s 18-55mm Lens receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS score of 2.32 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #31 Professional DSLR digital camera of all time. The overall rating represents an intelligent balance of features, value as a function of price to features, and a summary of reviews from a variety of sources. The TopTen REVIEWS' formula gives a picture of important consumer features, market value, and a product's acceptance and track record as it relates to similar products.

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Canon EOS 350D Digital Rebel XT
4.5 Star Review  testseek.com - Apr 1, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 62 expert reviews for Canon EOS 350D Digital Rebel XT and the average expert rating is 86 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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User Reviews
TriState Camera
5 Star Review     

Strengths: I cannot say enough good things about TriState Camera. I ordered a camera for my daughter's birthday. After I placed the order, the store called me to tell me that the camera was not in stock. I expec

I cannot say enough good things about TriState Camera. I ordered a camera for my daughter's birthday. After I placed the order, the store called me to tell me that the camera was not in stock. I expected a battle to get the situation resolved. Instead, I was met with a great deal on a better camera and the store picked up the cost of overnight shipping in order to get the camera to my daughter in time for her birthday. I was pleasantly surprised! TriState camera holds to old school values and great customer service. If you are looking for camera equipment, shop TriState. I will spend my money there in the future.

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EOS 350D
4 Star Review   By member WSmithSWFL - Nov 29, 2007   

Strengths: Professional quality at a reasonable price.

Weakness: None for my purposes.

I have used 35mm slr's for over 40 years as a professional. I found that with adaptors and long lenses, it was easy to convert to digital. The 2000th/sec allows me to hand hold a 300mm and 500mm lens. The multiple shot mode is quick and you can cover fast action without "burning film." The through the lens viewing makes it easier for precise focusing of manual lenses. A good camera for all around photography.

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Great camera
5 Star Review     

Strengths: small, powerful, the best introduction to digital SLR photography, well built, full of features.

Weakness: needed a bigger battery, the kit lens can be limiting sometimes, feels small in the hand

As entry level SLR this camera is the best. and as they say in SLR photography the lens does matter, then all you need is to change the lens to a better one and you are set to go a little bit more proffesional.

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Beware of hot pixel
3 Star Review   By member dm042447 - Aug 24, 2006   

Strengths: Take really good picture and inexpensive for DLSR.

Weakness: Hot pixel, lack of features that many other smaller point and shoot camera offer, small LCD and Hand grip area feel small.

A friend of mine and myself bought the same camera and discovered that at a long exposure of 5 sec and up...it started to produce red, blue or green dots on the picture. This only happen when the picture is zoom in. Please check hot pixel on google and you will find out what I am talking about. I am no expert at digital camera and dont know how does it compare with other digital camera. Newegg knew about this issue and was willing to exchange without a problem. Canon need you to send the camera to one of their canon factory service location for repair. Why would you want your camera refurbish when you bought it bland new. Hopefully this review will help some user out with the research.

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I'm disappointed in it
2 Star Review   By member SerJah - Jun 30, 2006   

I can't share pictures on the internet, i can't find out how to change aperture in "manual". Many people say about fast focusing, i didn't find it fast, it cannot focus even when small object fits whole focus square. The rest will be later.

7% of readers found this review helpful.

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5 Star Review   By member rws88_1134072354 - Jun 20, 2006   

Strengths: Great Photos, Easy to learn, Versatile

Weakness: Menu is NOT as user friendly as most newbies need

I LOVE this camera! The key to it's success is in the user's desire to use it. And, use it often. I have purchased several new lenses for this device, however, not one of the lenses in which I have invested can snap a photo any better unless I put the camera against my eye and do the work. It is a joy to go out each week and find new subjects, or models to photograph. I have come to love the study of light, color and speed that translates into a piece of photo-art. Couple my camera with the greatest photo printer on the market today, the HP 3210, and my hobby has grown to be my second greatest joy (after my 2 kids).

82% of readers found this review helpful.

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Exceptional!
5 Star Review     

Strengths: soundness of body, lightweight, easy to read menu, features, and ability to add lenses.

Weakness: Flash is a bit strong at times; No place to add a auxilliary shutter release for hands-free tripod use.

I love this camera. I use it constantly. I fell down my back stairs recently, holding it in my hand, and inadvertently "slammed" it into the hand rail, yet the camera came through without any damage whatsoever. I was crying, thinking I had broken it, because the impact was so bad it should have. This is a perfect camera even for novices to use, because it's so easy and effortless. It will make ANY photographer look like a pro. My daughters, aged 12 and 14 are learning to take wonderful photographs with my Rebel!

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Love the digital REBEL
5 Star Review     

I have a 35mm rebel that I love. My husband gave me a digital rebel for my birthday. I LOVE IT...........I would not trade it for the world. AWESOME BUY!!!!!!!!

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Digital Rebel XT
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Sports Mode

I purchased this on line a year ago for $550 as a kit. Also got a 70-300 telephoto lens for about $200. I got especially for the sports mode and the fact that its digital. I travel to several NASCAR Races every year and always had problems with airport x-ray machines affecting exposed film by making them foggy. I also got it for the fact that I can take twice as many photos and put the flash cards in my shirt pocket, where as 25-30 rolls of film would require a lot more space and the fact that I can screeen the photos and delete the ones that are of half a car, blurry, blank (no car in the photo) ect. Where as with film I would have about 10% of the photos that I would have to throw away plus the fact that it cost a lot to get double prints, enlargements, placed on cd to e-mail ect. With this I can download them to my computer and email them to friends and print out the ones I want from 3x5 to 8.5x11.

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Camera is awsome - the lense is awful
3 Star Review   By member jaredkdavisandfam - Jan 22, 2006   

Strengths: The Body is one of the best

Weakness: the plastic lens it comes with is anything but acceptable. My G2 produces much better pictures when compared to the standard setup.

I would buy this camera again. The body when combined with a good lens produces nothing but exceptional pictures. However, the supplied lens produces very soft pictures with less than acceptable color saturation. I purchased the 50mm 1.8 prime and the portraits are excellent. If I were to buy again, I would skip the lens - and no, I'm not one of those photo guys that believes you need to spend $1200 for a good lens. I would skip the lens and save the $50-100 -- it's really that bad. Put the money towards a Sigma or Tamron lens. They will run you a few hundred bucks.

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Product Details
Description
For convenience, ease of use and no-compromise SLR performance, look no further than the EOS Digital Rebel XT. Featuring Canon's Digital Trinity - an 8.0 Megapixel CMOS sensor, Canon's own DIGIC II Image Processor and compatibility with over 50 EF Lenses-the new Digital Rebel XT has an all new lightweight and compact body, improved performance across the board and the easiest operation in its class, simplifying complex tasks and ensuring the perfect shot every time. With intuitive simplicity, powerful performance and unprecedented affordability, the Rebel XT is the EOS digital camera for everyone.
Quick Glance
Memory Card Support CompactFlash (CF) Card
LCD Screen Size 1.8 in
Camera Type Digital SLR Camera
Effective Megapixels 8 Megapixel
Lens Mount Interchangeable
normalized-Weight 17.1
normalized-Optical Zoom 3
Summary
Product Title Canon EOS Rebel XT 8 Megapixel Digital SLR Camera Body Only Body Only - 18 mm - 55 mm - Black
Manufacturer Canon
Lowest Price $447.83 from Memory4Less.com
Power Score 4.5 | 52 Reviews
Image Processor
Total Pixels: 8200000
Image Sensor: CMOS
Other Features
Camera Body Only: Body Only
Interface Connection: 1 x USB, 1 x DC Power In
Flash: Auto Flash, Red-eye Reduction
Lens Features
Optical Zoom: 3.1 X
Focal Length: 18 mm to 55 mm (Lens 1)
Max Aperture: 3.5 1/f
Dimensions
Height: 3.7 in
Weight: 17.1 oz
Width: 5.0 in
Depth: 2.6 in
Reference
Warranty Information: 1 Year Limited
URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
Viewfinder Type: SLR
Image Format: JPEG, RAW
Continuous Shooting Speed: 3 frames/s (fps)
Product Line: EOS
Max Focal Length: 55 mm
Shortest Shutter Speed: 1/4000 Second
Longest Shutter Speed: 30 Second
Product Model: Rebel XT
Brand Name: Canon
Number of Resolution Modes: 3
Number of Scene Modes: 5
Metering Characteristics: Center-weighted, Evaluative, Multi-Segment, TTL
Minimum Shutter Speed: 30 sec.
Focal Length Conversion Factor (SLR): 1.6
White Balance Modes: AutoManual:(Custom: read off photo quality gray card or white subject)Preset:DaylightShadeCloudy/Twilight/SunsetTungsten lightWhite fluorescent lightFlash
Exposure Compensation Range (±): 2 EV
Min Focus Distance: 11.4 in
Description: EOS Digital Rebel XT SLR 8-MP Camera w/Canon 18-55mm AF Lens, Black
Bulb Setting: Yes
Max Zoom: 3 X
Camera Modes: Programmed Image Control modes:PortraitLandscapeClose-upSportsNight PortraitFlash OffDrive Modes:SingleContinuousSelf-timer/Remote Control
Shutter Lag: 1 ms
Frequency Band: ISO Speed Range:Equivalent to ISO 100 - 1600Menu Languages:EnglishGermanFrenchDutchDanishItalianFinnishNorwegianSwedishSpanishSimplified/Traditional ChineseKoreanRussianJapanese
Maximum Shutter Speed: 4000 1/f
PictBridge: Yes
Exposure Settings: AE Lock, Aperture Priority, Auto Exposure, Exposure Bracketing, Manual Exposure, Multiple Exposure, Multiple Program Modes, Shutter Priority
White Balance: Auto, Manual, Preset Modes
Focus Features: Auto Focus, Focus Lock, Manual Focus, Multiple Point Focusing, Predictive Focusing
GPS: No
General Features: Pictbridge Support, Self Timer
Maximum Image Resolution: 3456 x 2304
Included Components: Cables - Audio/Video, Cables - USB, Carrying Strap, Lens Cover
Exposure Control: Program AE (shiftable)Shutter-priority AEAperture-priority AEAutomatic Depth-of Field AEFull AutoProgrammed Image Control modesE-TTL II Autoflash Program AEManual
Power Source: DC Input, Lithium Ion Battery
Min Aperture: 22 1/f
SKU: D0209B003
Frames per Second: 3 frames/s (fps)
ISO Equivalencies: 100, 1600, 200, 400, 800
Min Focal Length: 18 mm
Max Horizontal Image Resolution: 3456 pixels
Max Vertical Image Resolution: 2304 pixels
Today's Average: $447.83
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Expert Reviews
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT
3.5 Star Review  PCWorld - Jun 9, 2004

Fast action, compact size, and great imaging make the Digital Rebel XT a top pick among inexpensive digital SLRs.

Read the full review »

DCRP Review: Canon Digital Rebel XT
4.5 Star Review  DCResource - Apr 16, 2005

All things considered I'd say that the Canon Digital Rebel XT is the entry-level digital SLR to beat at this point in time. It offers nearly all of the features of the more expensive EOS-20D but for hundreds less. My biggest complaints are the soft images, especially using the kit lens at smaller apertures, and some build quality gripes that I'll get into later. But for those ready to move up to something bigger and better, the Rebel XT is where it's at.

Read the full review »

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT Digital Camera Review
5 Star Review  Digitalcamerainfo.com - Dec 31, 1969

The trimmed body of the XT packs in a DIGIC II image processor, which translates to faster processing speeds and advanced image control. The start-up time from the original Rebel is dramatically improved upon in the XT, from almost 2 seconds to 0.2 seconds, and it offers an increased burst mode which now captures consecutive images at 3 fps for 14 consecutive shots. Canon’s XT offers a feature set similar to the pricier Canon EOS 20D, but it is aimed at entry-level DSLR users looking for a camera that blends advanced control with a simplified interface.

Read the full review »

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT SLR Camera Review
4.5 Star Review  ubergizmo.com - Apr 12, 2005

Canon's EOS Digital Rebel XT combines ease of use, a robust design, and many of the same compelling technologies found in Canon's professional series EOS cameras, making it an excellent camera for the money...

Read the full review »

Canon Digital Rebel XT
4 Star Review  laptopmag.com - Nov 30, 2005

Digital SLR’s were once reserved for professional photographers, and could cost as much as the vacation you wanted to shoot, but with digital cameras becoming as common as owning a cell phone, the pricetags for prosumer SLRs have finally come down to earth. Now photo enthusiasts can enjoy the benefits of interchangeable lenses, burst shooting, and the accuracy of a through-the-lens viewfinder.

Read the full review »

Canon Digital Rebel XT vs. Nikon D70s:The Competitors for Top Prosumer SLR
4 Star Review  tomshardware.com - Jul 12, 2005

It's clear that the Nikon D70s is an evolution of the familiar D70, which has been very successful and was unchallenged in its category until the arrival of the Canon EOS350D. The latter is a new camera rather than an update of its predecessor, the EOS300D, which was the first digital SLR deliberately aimed at the prosumer market.

Read the full review »

Canon Rebel XT
4.5 Star Review  letsgodigital.org - Nov 20, 2005

Think of a digital SLR camera with the features of a mid-priced D-SLR camera, think of an astonishing 8 Megapixels resolution and you will have undoubtedly the <a href="http://www.letsgodigital.org/en/camera/review/35/page_1.html" target="_blank"><font color="#336699"><b>Canon Rebel XT</b></font></a> in your mind. With an excellent image quality and the application of the DIGIC II processor <a href="http://www.letsgodigital.org/en/camera/products/Canon.html" target="_blank"><font color="#336699"><b>Canon</b></font></a> made a true all-round <a href="http://www.letsgodigital.org/en/camera/specification/921/show.html" target="_blank"><font color="#336699"><b>entry-level D-SLR camera</b></font></a>… Read our <a href="http://www.letsgodigital.org/en/digital_camera/review.html" target="_blank"><font color="#336699"><b>review</b></font></a> now at <a href="http://www.letsgodigital.org/en/index.html" target="_blank"><font color="#336699"><b>LetsGoDigital Camera Magazine</b></font></a>.

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Camera Labs - Canon EOS 350D / Rebel XT review
4.5 Star Review  cameralabs.com - Dec 1, 2005

The 350D / Rebel XT delivers an almost unbeatable package of quality, speed, size and price. The most obvious selling point is of course its 8 megapixel resolution, and while the difference between this and its 6 megapixel rivals can be subtle, it's certainly visible in real life results. Thankfully the smaller pixel pitch doesn't compromise noise levels, and Canon's DiG!C II processor ensures silky smooth results at standard ISO settings, while allowing the use of a smaller, lighter battery without affecting lifespan. For anyone familiar with the earlier 300D / Rebel, or indeed the 10D, it's the handling speed which really impresses. Startup time has been reduced to 0.2 seconds and the camera feels responsive and ready for action at all times. Of course this kind of speed was present in Nikon's original D70, so you could argue Canon was playing catch-up, but the 350D / Rebel XT is pitched at a lower price point. Find out how the 350D / Rebel XT compares in our full review.

Read the full review »

canon digital rebel xt - black body + ef-s 18-55mm lens
3 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Jul 16, 2008

Canon Digital Rebel Xt - Black Body + Ef-s 18-55mm Lens receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS score of 2.32 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #31 Professional DSLR digital camera of all time. The overall rating represents an intelligent balance of features, value as a function of price to features, and a summary of reviews from a variety of sources. The TopTen REVIEWS' formula gives a picture of important consumer features, market value, and a product's acceptance and track record as it relates to similar products.

Read the full review »

Canon EOS 350D Digital Rebel XT
4.5 Star Review  testseek.com - Apr 1, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 62 expert reviews for Canon EOS 350D Digital Rebel XT and the average expert rating is 86 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT | Black - includes EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 lens
3 Star Review  productwiki.com - Dec 29, 2009

For convenience, ease of use and no-compromise SLR performance, look no further than the EOS Digital Rebel XT. Featuring Canons Digital Trinity - an 8.0 Megapixel CMOS sensor, Canons own DIGIC II Image Processor and compatibility with over 50 EF Lenses-the new Digital Rebel XT has an all new lightweight and compact body, improved performance across the board and the easiest operation in its class, simplifying complex tasks and ensuring the perfect shot every time. With intuitive simplicity, powerful performance and unprecedented affordability, the Rebel XT is the EOS digital camera for everyone. ... PROS: (1) high quality pictures (2) nearly instantaneous turn-on/wake-up times (0.2s) (3) relatively small size for a SLR is great for travel (4) impressive long battery life (5) great starter SLR! ... CONS: (1) small size means it wont fit everyones hand (2) small LCD screen (3) supplied lens is very basic (4) LCD display is hard to view in sunlight (5) while ballance a little to warm

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User Reviews
TriState Camera
5 Star Review     

Strengths: I cannot say enough good things about TriState Camera. I ordered a camera for my daughter's birthday. After I placed the order, the store called me to tell me that the camera was not in stock. I expec

I cannot say enough good things about TriState Camera. I ordered a camera for my daughter's birthday. After I placed the order, the store called me to tell me that the camera was not in stock. I expected a battle to get the situation resolved. Instead, I was met with a great deal on a better camera and the store picked up the cost of overnight shipping in order to get the camera to my daughter in time for her birthday. I was pleasantly surprised! TriState camera holds to old school values and great customer service. If you are looking for camera equipment, shop TriState. I will spend my money there in the future.

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EOS 350D
4 Star Review   By member WSmithSWFL - Nov 29, 2007   

Strengths: Professional quality at a reasonable price.

Weakness: None for my purposes.

I have used 35mm slr's for over 40 years as a professional. I found that with adaptors and long lenses, it was easy to convert to digital. The 2000th/sec allows me to hand hold a 300mm and 500mm lens. The multiple shot mode is quick and you can cover fast action without "burning film." The through the lens viewing makes it easier for precise focusing of manual lenses. A good camera for all around photography.

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Great camera
5 Star Review     

Strengths: small, powerful, the best introduction to digital SLR photography, well built, full of features.

Weakness: needed a bigger battery, the kit lens can be limiting sometimes, feels small in the hand

As entry level SLR this camera is the best. and as they say in SLR photography the lens does matter, then all you need is to change the lens to a better one and you are set to go a little bit more proffesional.

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Beware of hot pixel
3 Star Review   By member dm042447 - Aug 24, 2006   

Strengths: Take really good picture and inexpensive for DLSR.

Weakness: Hot pixel, lack of features that many other smaller point and shoot camera offer, small LCD and Hand grip area feel small.

A friend of mine and myself bought the same camera and discovered that at a long exposure of 5 sec and up...it started to produce red, blue or green dots on the picture. This only happen when the picture is zoom in. Please check hot pixel on google and you will find out what I am talking about. I am no expert at digital camera and dont know how does it compare with other digital camera. Newegg knew about this issue and was willing to exchange without a problem. Canon need you to send the camera to one of their canon factory service location for repair. Why would you want your camera refurbish when you bought it bland new. Hopefully this review will help some user out with the research.

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I'm disappointed in it
2 Star Review   By member SerJah - Jun 30, 2006   

I can't share pictures on the internet, i can't find out how to change aperture in "manual". Many people say about fast focusing, i didn't find it fast, it cannot focus even when small object fits whole focus square. The rest will be later.

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5 Star Review   By member rws88_1134072354 - Jun 20, 2006   

Strengths: Great Photos, Easy to learn, Versatile

Weakness: Menu is NOT as user friendly as most newbies need

I LOVE this camera! The key to it's success is in the user's desire to use it. And, use it often. I have purchased several new lenses for this device, however, not one of the lenses in which I have invested can snap a photo any better unless I put the camera against my eye and do the work. It is a joy to go out each week and find new subjects, or models to photograph. I have come to love the study of light, color and speed that translates into a piece of photo-art. Couple my camera with the greatest photo printer on the market today, the HP 3210, and my hobby has grown to be my second greatest joy (after my 2 kids).

82% of readers found this review helpful.

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Exceptional!
5 Star Review     

Strengths: soundness of body, lightweight, easy to read menu, features, and ability to add lenses.

Weakness: Flash is a bit strong at times; No place to add a auxilliary shutter release for hands-free tripod use.

I love this camera. I use it constantly. I fell down my back stairs recently, holding it in my hand, and inadvertently "slammed" it into the hand rail, yet the camera came through without any damage whatsoever. I was crying, thinking I had broken it, because the impact was so bad it should have. This is a perfect camera even for novices to use, because it's so easy and effortless. It will make ANY photographer look like a pro. My daughters, aged 12 and 14 are learning to take wonderful photographs with my Rebel!

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Love the digital REBEL
5 Star Review     

I have a 35mm rebel that I love. My husband gave me a digital rebel for my birthday. I LOVE IT...........I would not trade it for the world. AWESOME BUY!!!!!!!!

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Digital Rebel XT
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Sports Mode

I purchased this on line a year ago for $550 as a kit. Also got a 70-300 telephoto lens for about $200. I got especially for the sports mode and the fact that its digital. I travel to several NASCAR Races every year and always had problems with airport x-ray machines affecting exposed film by making them foggy. I also got it for the fact that I can take twice as many photos and put the flash cards in my shirt pocket, where as 25-30 rolls of film would require a lot more space and the fact that I can screeen the photos and delete the ones that are of half a car, blurry, blank (no car in the photo) ect. Where as with film I would have about 10% of the photos that I would have to throw away plus the fact that it cost a lot to get double prints, enlargements, placed on cd to e-mail ect. With this I can download them to my computer and email them to friends and print out the ones I want from 3x5 to 8.5x11.

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Camera is awsome - the lense is awful
3 Star Review   By member jaredkdavisandfam - Jan 22, 2006   

Strengths: The Body is one of the best

Weakness: the plastic lens it comes with is anything but acceptable. My G2 produces much better pictures when compared to the standard setup.

I would buy this camera again. The body when combined with a good lens produces nothing but exceptional pictures. However, the supplied lens produces very soft pictures with less than acceptable color saturation. I purchased the 50mm 1.8 prime and the portraits are excellent. If I were to buy again, I would skip the lens - and no, I'm not one of those photo guys that believes you need to spend $1200 for a good lens. I would skip the lens and save the $50-100 -- it's really that bad. Put the money towards a Sigma or Tamron lens. They will run you a few hundred bucks.

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Great DSLR below $1000!
5 Star Review   By member kevinv033 - Jan 2, 2006   

Strengths: Image quality, functionality, low-noise at high ISO, lightweight, blazing fast start-up.

Weakness: Kit lens, tiny viewfinder, small grip, body build feels cheap.

The 350D / Rebel XT is an amazing steal of a dslr camera at under $1000. I am very surprised that the image quality of this camera is near that of the 20D. This camera is very lightweight—I almost want to put it in my pocket. The start-up of this camera is nearly instant. No need to worry that you could miss that moment. This camera is also loaded with custom functions and highly configurable white balance settings. The controls on the back seem a bit cramped, but they are still easy to get to with your face in the viewfinder. The navigational buttons on the back are customizable to set different funtions as is the AE Lock button, to fit your particular shooting style. The one thing I would like to have had is the rear-dial in place of the 4-button navigation buttons. The viewfinder on this camera is tiny. I am guessing that is a function of the whole camera being smaller—including the grip, which most people have pointed out already. The body itself is made of a polycarbonate which doesn't feel very rugged in my hands. I always find myself wiping scratches off of the body. Overall, I really enjoy this camera. It is a great DSLR upgrade for those making the switch. In my opinion, all of its weaknesses are very tolerable. The 350D / Rebel XT coupled with high-end glass will give you such wonderful results, you will be amazed. Now's the time to buy since Canon is offering rebates!

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Great Camera
5 Star Review   By member Allang68 - Dec 6, 2005   

Strengths: Image quality

Weakness: Small size and the plastic material they use for the body has got to be the worse thing ever. It picks up all of the dirt and oil from your hands.

90% of the 20D for 60% of the price. The BG-E3 battery grip comes in handy for regular to large size hands and for longer battery life. I have small hands and holding this camera was a little ackward for me. The battery grip made it much better.

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EOS 350D Digital Rebel XT Digital SLR Camera Kit w/ 18-55mm Lens - Black
5 Star Review   By member vdoshi - Nov 21, 2005   

Strengths: Great camera for the price.

Keeping in mind that this is not designed to be a professional camera, it provides some great features for the price you pay. The picture quality is excellent and the speed and features are great for the price. Just remember to get a faster CF card to go with it.

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5 Star Review   By member lolainya - Nov 10, 2005   

Strengths: Everything!

Weakness: Considering cost..... NOTHING!

You can not find a better camera in this price range anywhere. If you want something "better" you are going to have to get up off of alot more money.If you want to throw around a few hundred more dollars for another increment in ISO or so you can get a whopping 16 MB or 32 MB memory card that some other manufacturers supply you with their product,go for it. Gee, you may even get a lens tether STRING and possibly even a different neck strap. Seriously, can we talk?

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Well worth buying
5 Star Review   By member Kailani - Oct 31, 2005   

Strengths: instant start-up, beautifully clear photos, easy-to-use

Weakness: does not come w/ CF card

First off, I'm not a professional - just an average person who enjoys photography and being ablt to share beautiful photos. I've been using a film SLR and a point & shoot digital for the last several years & finally decided to go digital SLR. After doing research on features & prices and reading glowing professional reveiws on the Rebel XT, I settled on that. This camera is awesome! It's ready instantly, and paired w/ a Sandish Ultra II 1G CF card, I easily click off 3 frames per second on the burst mode and can take about 250 pictures in high quality jpg mode. I'm supposed to wear glasses but never do, and the dioptric adjustment is great - now I see a clear image thru the viewfinder w/out them. Thanks to the 8mp, pictures are beautiful, even after cropping. The automatic settings are great for people who've only used point & shoot cameras, although if you're only going to do that I'd recommended buying an advanced compact camera instead - SLRs are much larger and heavier. I use the "creative zone" frequently. I'm not sure why they didn't just label the aperature priorty AP, and the shutter priority SP - Av & Tv throws me off for a second. Downsides were: having to get a CF card separately (beginners, do some research before buying a card - they read & write at different speeds, and you want to take full advantage of the camera's capabilities). Also, the built-in flash makes a loud ka-POP noise when it comes up - takes a little getting used to & sometimes people think the photo's already taken when they hear it. The kit lens feels rather cheap, but I think most buyers expect to be purchasing different lenses anyway. The included 18-55 lens won't give you the telephoto you'll want for sports and zooming in on the action. I found the included software to be pretty basic, and ended up using Adobe Photoshop 7.0 (which I already had) instead for any editing or enhancing. I look forward to years of great pics w/ the Rebel XT & highly recommend it.

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AWESOME SLR GREAT PRICE/VALUE COMBO
5 Star Review   By member ted1735 - Oct 28, 2005   

Strengths: 8MP EVERYTHING

Weakness: NO LENS TETHER

MIGHT BE CONSIDERED EXPENSIVE, BUT WHEN YOU COMPARE A HIGH END POINT AND SHOOT TO THIS MODEL IS AWESOME. -SUPER FAST RECYCLE TIME -SUPER FAST USE OF HIGH SPEED MEDIA -ABLE TO TAKE 30 CONSECUTIVE SHOTS @ 3FPS

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Canon XT is a keeper
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Strengths: compact size in a dslr ease in use cost and reliablity

Weakness: I have a big hand but it is adapting to smaller grip nicely Perhaps a signal to let you know camera is on rather than in sleepmode

I researched DSLR's until I was blue in the face and having owned a film original Rebel 2000 and with zero problems I was convinced that Canon would deliver a quality camera and I am pleased to announce that they have. The camera is compact and easy to manuever and works like a surgical instrument. This camera has made shooting digital exciting and very easy.

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Canon 350D
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Well built, looks great, speedy burst mode, well positioned controls, hight resolution, EXTREME value for the amount of money spent. One of the best buys I've ever made!!!

Weakness: View finder too small and too close to back of camera. Nose, probably because it's big, hits the back of the camera. Zoom capabilities too limited with kit lens.

I purchased my Rebel XT a month ago, and must really say that I couldn't be happier! Once I learn all of the controls and have a better understanding of the cameras full capabilities, it will get even better. This has been a fantastic purchase and one that allows me to grow as a photographer without having obsolete equipement in a couple of years. Image quality and the cameras quick responsiveness to commands is top drawer!

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Rebel XT
5 Star Review   By member oreon - Aug 2, 2005   

Strengths: ..fast, good in outdoor,resolution-price

I am very pleased with my Canon Power Shot S 500, but I bought Rebel XT + Canon 100-300mm USM lens, because I wonted to take pictures of wildlife. ...it works. You can point and shoot-really simple. But real fun is "creative setting" It takes a lot of pictures on single charge.

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Canon Digital Rebel XT
5 Star Review   By member sellmen - Aug 1, 2005   

Strengths: Small and light (for a DSLR), outstanding photo quality, low noise even at high ISOs, tons of manual features, starts up and recycles very quickly, great battery life

Weakness: Kit lens is pretty average

I had been eyeing the original Digital Rebel for quite awhile, but never pulled the trigger and purchased one. The main reasons for this - the Digital Rebel was slow to turn on and recycle, the burst mode was average, AF modes and metering modes weren't fully selectable, and the camera had some image quality problems compared with competitors like the Nikon D70. When Canon released the Rebel XT, I purchased one immediately due to the fantastic reviews, and I haven't been disappointed. The Rebel XT is an outstanding camera. Image quality is fantastic; noise levels are low even at high ISOs, and the metering is accurate. ISO800 is perfectly usable on this camera, and ISO1600 pictures only need a little bit of noise reduction to look great. As many reviewers have pointed out, this camera produces very smooth images - default sharpening levels aren't set very high. I actually prefer images that look like this, but if you don't you can easily turn up the in camera sharpening. Canon has fixed nearly all the problems the original Rebel had. The new Digic II chip significanly speeds up the cameras operation - the camera starts up and recycles nearly instantly. AF and metering modes are fully selectable now, and the burst mode is significantly improved (14 shots @ 3FPS vs 4 shots @ 2.5FPS). Image quality is on par with the more expensive EOS-20D, making this camera a relative bargain. Unfortunately, there is no spot metering mode. I do have a few complaints regarding this camera. Firstly, the camera has no AF assist lamp - it uses the flash to focus in low light. This means that any shot you take which uses the flash AF assist must be a flash picture. When the camera uses the flash to AF assist, it fires off a couple short flash bursts - if you're taking pictures of people or animals, this can distract them and cause them to blink. This problem is solvable however - buy an external flash with a built in AF assist light (I'd recommend the 430EX). The built in flash on this camera does a decent job within its range; unfortunately, the flash range isn't great. My other complaint is with the kit lens - while not a terrible lens by any means, it is soft at smaller apertures. If you stop it down to F8 - F11, it becomes reasonably sharp, but having to keep it at these aperatures limits your creativity. If you do buy this camera, I'd recommend getting at least one or two good lenses with it. The 50mm F1.8 prime lens ($75) is a must buy - it's cheap, fast, and sharp, and makes an excellent portrait lens. For consumer grade zooms, the 28-105mm F3.5-4.5 II USM ($250) or the 28-135mm IS ($450) are both good choices.

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Great Camera
4 Star Review   By member crenfamily - Jul 15, 2005   

Strengths: Fast Shutter Speed, Great Pictures, User Friendly

Weakness: Did not come with a memory card. Neck strap is uncomfortable.

I am new to digital photography. I purchased this camera because I liked my Canon EOS so much, and I can use the lenses that I already own. I have really enjoyed the freedom of not using film, I can "play" with the settings while I'm learning to make the best use of its controls.

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5 Star Review   By member pucciay - Jun 29, 2005   

Strengths: very clear pictures, user-friendly.

Weakness: errors appear occationally. hand grip is a little bit small.

this is a great choice for SLR camera beginners, with an acceptable price and its features. with 8.0 megapixel you can have great, clear pictures. even if you're just a rookie to digital camera, it is not difficult to handle this user-friendly SLR camera. very detailed user-manual. some drawbacks are it's easy to leave fingernail scratches on the black body, the hand grip is small for guys, and errors occur for no reason. other than that, i'm very satisfied with my first SLR camera.

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5 Star Review   By member tedhsieh - Jun 24, 2005   

Strengths: Superb image quality, fast startup and shot-to-shot performance, great selection of Canon lenses, cheaper than almost all other DSLRs, good user interface

Weakness: Quality control can be lacking, grip is a little thin and hard

I had planned to get a Digital Rebel at the beginning of 2005, but waited once I heard Canon was releasing an updated Rebel. I am glad I did. This camera is the perfect entry-level digital SLR, and will probably meet the needs of the majority of amateur photographers looking to upgrade from point-and-shoots or prosumer cameras. If you are thinking about getting a digital SLR, this is the one to get. Images from the XT at ISO 100 are silky-smooth, sharp, and have brilliant color. I thought 8 megapixels might be overkill for me, but I now realize I can crop my pictures in half - and still end up with the equivalent of a 4 megapixel picture, perfect for printing in 4x6. The Rebel XT is much faster than any point-and-shoot camera, and significantly faster even than the original Rebel, making it much more likely that you will get the shot you wanted. I love being able to hold the shutter button down and snap off three pictures per SECOND! The XT starts up immediately and is ready to take a picture almost from the instant you flip the on switch. No more waiting around for a lens to pop out, focus, show up on the LCD, etc while your son trots the bases at his Little League game. All SLR cameras allow you to change lenses according to the photograph you want to take, but Canon has an exceptionally large selection of quality lenses. Whether you want to take telephoto shots of the lion at the zoo or closeups of a bee in your rose garden, Canon offers a lens for you. The Rebel XT also excels at low-light photography without the use of a flash by way of adjustable ISO settings, up to ISO 1600 - try that with a point-and-shoot. Finally, the Rebel XT makes it much easier to be creative with your photography. Adjusting aperture settings, shutter speed, exposure compensation, etc is intuitive and quick. This is a great camera to explore the craft of photography, but it also offers quick-and-dirty settings for landscapes, portraits, night shots, etc - the best of both worlds. Downsides of the Rebel XT - it is much bulkier than any point-and-shoot, which is the case with any SLR camera. The Rebel XT is one of the smallest DSLRs out there today, but don't expect to put it in your pocket unless you're Shaq, and maybe not even then. Learn to hold this camera under the lens with your left hand, instead of with the grip, which is a little thin even for my small hands. The grip is made of a hard material that doesn't provide much tack or stickiness. One final caveat - there have been reports of people experiencing focusing problems with their new Rebel XT, and I encountered that myself. My first Rebel XT had a severe front-focusing problem - the camera focused on a point about 6 inches in front of where I wanted it to. This problem only shows up at large apertures, but it can reduce your pictures from looking razor-sharp to somewhat soft. If you get one of these cameras, your options are to exchange it for another one, or to send it in to Canon for recalibration of the camera and lens. I simply exchanged mine for another one - problem solved.

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5 Star Review   By member joe311ny - Jun 22, 2005   

Strengths: Lightweight, compact for an SLR. Great pictures, cheapest in its class.

Weakness: the rubber door that opens to the USB port is kind of annoying (these are very, very small weaknesses)

This is my first SLR. I've had a digital point and shoot for a while but got tired of not having a "real" viewfinder to look through. This camera takes exceptional pictures. I take mostly scenery shots and I enjoy the fact that I can selectively focus on things. The detail that you get with an 8 MP senson is great. I've had some of the shots developed and they've come out beautifully. One shot I cropped and then blew the cropped portion up to an 8x10 at the store and there was no loss in quality. I'm still a beginner so I can't comment on a lot of the more advanced features. For a first time SLR buyer this camera with the kit lens (18-55) is great.

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5 Star Review   By member zsazs - Jun 16, 2005   

Strengths: Price, image quality, speed

Weakness: Direction buttons somewhat awkward, no thumb wheel on back

The Digital Rebel XT is a fantastic camera for the money, especially when finding a good price for it here on PriceGrabber. While looking at this camera, I also considered the Nikon D70, another great camera, but ultimately chose the Rebel XT for its great value. I consider myself an amateur photographer, but I do care a great deal about usability, image quality, and robustness. Image quality: The 8 megapixel sensor allows for big enlargements and tighter cropping while still preserving sharpness. Shooting in RAW offers the best quality, but I was surprised with the excellent results of the JPEGs produced by this camera. Even at ISO 800, pictures have very little grain. Lenses: The kit lens is a little cheap-feeling, like many of Canon's inexpensive lens, and isn't as robust-feeling as the D70's kit lens. The lens offers decent sharpness, however, and has a good range of zoom. I have a small collection of Canon lenses from my Rebel G 35mm film SLR. With these lenses, the 1.6x crop factor due to the smaller sensor can be both a blessing and a curse. My longer lenses are even longer, but wide angle isn't nearly as wide as it was. Fortunately the kit lens is quite wide at 18mm. Interface: You should be right at home with the Digital Rebel XT's interface if you have a Canon Powershot. The layout is similar and is easy to navigate. Often-changed settings like white balance and ISO have dedicated buttons on the back for quick access. One problem I have is with the direction buttons on the back. Since they are separate buttons, are spaced out, and don't protrude from the camera, I can't just rock my thumb back and forth to navigate the menus; I have to press the buttons individually. A single rocker-type button would ease this. Another feature missing is a thumb wheel on the back that is present on Canon's higher-end SLRs. This is certainly intentional as it distingushes the amateur/prosumer Rebels from the higher end EOS cameras. Such a wheel makes selection of aperture and exposure compensation much faster. Speed: Power-on is nearly instantaneous, and takes much less time than it takes to just compose a shot. Focus speed was very good, with little "hunting." Any sort of shutter lag was almost unnoticeable. Burst shooting, while not as fast as the Nikon D70, is more than adequate. Fit and finish: While functionally equivalent, the black body looks a lot more professional than the silver. While very light, the camera feels more robust and solid than my old Canon Rebel G. The grip seems a little small, but really isn't a problem. The strap that the camera comes with is a little rough feeling when wearing it around the neck. Software: On Windows, the mass storage-type drivers for the camera are a little awkward. I would recommend using a standalone CompactFlash reader. The included Digital Photo Professional software is surprisingly good for browsing and tweaking both RAW and JPEG files.

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5 Star Review   By member jimbo60640 - Jun 15, 2005   

Strengths: Fast-fast-fast! Fires up to shoot almost instantly. No cursed "shutter lag." And GREAT pictures!

Weakness: Plastic body, but it is a minor point. Doesn't come with a free 2GB card. Doesn't come with a free $50 leather strap, but what the hey!?!?

There are all too few times when technology, craftmanship, and price all come together in a way that actually enriches us. This might sound like hyperbole, as we are, after all, talking about a camera here. It might be, if it weren't for the fact that the Rebel XT is such a finely thought out and executed piece of technology. It comes truly within a hair's breadth of it's "big brother" the CANON 20D. It's lacks very little. Other than a few (to my mind) relatively trivial differences, the pictures taken with these cameras are indistinguishable. So, after you read the specs for the XT, which read like techno-prose, take the $500+ extra you would have spent on the 20D and by your new baby a nice lens! You will not be disappointed. Be warned: this is no point-and-shoot. If you shoot in any of the "creative" modes (non-auto), and you will, you're going to hit a mild learning curve as this creature handles and operates like a professional 35mm camera where some knowledge of f-stops, ASA/ISO speeds, depth of field and such is mandatory for controlled, stunning results, though shooting in full auto will render blow-yer-socks-off results. If this is your intro into that strange world, the rewards are well worth the effort.

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5 Star Review   By member dhiren00 - Jun 13, 2005   

Strengths: Incredible picture quality; flexible options; long battery life; Hi-Speed USB; takes Canon lenses

Weakness: Plastic body; uses flash for AF assist, but then the pic must be taken with the flash on.

This is an incredible camera for the price. It takes pictures that are as of high quality as the more expensive 20D, and it has most of the options of the 20D to boot. Unless you specifically need one of the features of the 20D (extra .2 megapixels; two more AF points; 50% more battery life), you're likely to find that this camera suits your needs just fine. For the price difference, you can get an extra battery and accessories, or better yet an upgraded lens. This is a great camera to build your photography skills without breaking the bank.

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5 Star Review   By member Dad1957 - Jun 8, 2005   

Strengths: Great photo resolution with 8 megapixels. Nice looking. Many functions. Some people would complain about that but they can get a "cheapie" camera then. I esp. like the 3 frames/second function.

Weakness: A little pricey.

I got the Canon with the lens packaged in it. The package had a nice surprise. A program I think they call "photo-stitch". It takes your regular photos and turns them into panoramics! Nice. Nice looking. Works great. This package didn't come bundled with a compact flash so we purchased one of those (a Sandisk Ultra II -- very speedy). No drivers needed. Windows XP recognized everything and we were off and running immediately. I also really like when you press the button to take a picture it takes the picture immediately (not so with our old Sony Cybershot).

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5 Star Review   By member chenshaohui - May 27, 2005   

The XT is amazing. The battery comes partly charged so you can immedietly start using the camera (thank you Canon!) I've already shot about 200 pictures with it and the battery hasn't died yet. I can't give you a comparison between the XT and the 20D as I haven't owned a 20D, I can tell you a few things you may wish to know before buying. This camera, is TINY. Extremely tiny. I'm a woman in my early twenties and I have small hands. The camera fits just right in my hands, but honestly, I don't see how someone with bigger hands would be 100% comfortable holding this. If my hands were any larger, they would be slipping off the bottom. I had tried holding a 20D at a camera shop once and it felt too large in my hands to grip. The camera size is perfect for me, but just beware if you have larger hands. You may want to look into the battery grip, or test out holding the camera at a store before you order it. See the picture I uploaded above to get a size relation and how the camera fits in my hands. For anyone who is migrating to this camera from a standard point and shoot digital camera, you cannot frame the image you are about to take using the LCD screen on the back. You must look through the viewfinder. The LCD screen is soley for menu use and preview mode after the picture has been taken, nothing more. Something I've noticed is the camera makes a ratteling sound when moved around. I couldn't figure out what the heck it was, and then I finally reazlized it's the hinges from the pop-up flash. It sounds like they are loose when the flash is closed. I went to Best Buy and looked at their display model, and yep, it has the same problem. Well, it's not really a *problem* but frankly something ratteling around like that sounds cheaply made to me. My Canon film SLR doesn't make that sound. I use a 420EX Speedlite flash with my SLRs so the popup flash doesn't concern me, but it was something I noticed and thought I would share. I love that Canon gave the option to have a black finish over a silver one. The startup time is instantaneous which is absolutely wonderful. The burst mode is excellent with 3 fps. It's extremely quiet. The image quality is excellent. You can get photo quality prints at 20x30, and even then I bet you could push it further. I really can't elaborate more then what other reviews have said. If you are looking for a step into the digital SLR world, this is the ticket. Or you can even check out the newly reduced original Digital Rebel, but for the extra hundred bucks or so, I would just get the XT. You will not be sorry. Two upgrades I would make right away: Get a Speedlite flash and the Canon 28-135mm lens.

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Best Camera that's sub-1000
5 Star Review   By member Leviathan_Ultima - May 25, 2005   

Strengths: Very quick on start up. Flash recycle was very fast. Writing speed was very fast, dispite a rather slow compact flash card. Auto-focus was great. Light compared to other digital SLR

Weakness: A couple of down side. Read Cons. But still very good

Pros: -Recycle time for the flash was very fast. -Start up was very quick. I almost never miss any important pictures. Leave it the camera On and press the button to get the picture. -Autofocus was very fast. In very dark situation, it fires the flash to get the focus. (very cool) But in some situation, that's not enough. Then you have to manual focus for yourself. -It has many shooting modes. The manual controls setting takes a while to get use to. -All the controls like ISO setting, focus, zoom, shooting modes, timer, etc. were nicely places for easy access even in shooting position. -Love the 7 points autofocus. There's a red dot that light up to tell you where you're focusing. (but can't compare to the EOS Mark II (45 points autofocus) Wow!) -Very light compare to other SLR. -Small enough to fit in my hand. The 20D was a bit bulky as well as other SLR. 20D felt uncomfortable in my hand -In review mode, you can even edit picture and see the info on it like date, time, ISO, shooting mode, shutter speed, etc. -Battery life was very exceptional. I got about 150-200 flash shots. Pretty good compare to my old digital camera. -Lens packages was excellent. You get a quality lens (Canon 18-55mm lens) -Zooming and focusing was good with the Canon lens -Burst mode was better than expected. Got 3 fps for about 22 pictures at full resolution (specification states 3 fps for about 18 pictures) with my Digital X media 1G compact flash card. (no flash) With flash, I get about 1.5 fps. (due to the recycling of the flash) -Color captured is "real." I was using my Kodak DX7590 and I was getting "better" color. But that was due to the color science chip of the Kodak, thus giving you a artificial coloring. But it looked "nicer" to my others. So I guess if you like the real deal, get the Rebel XT. Otherwise live in the altered world of Kodak cameras. -Review zooming was excellent! With my Kodak, I only get 4x zoom. But with the Rebel, I got a lot more. (you want to zoom on you reviewed picture to see if it blur or for details) Cons: -Got grainy result at high ISO (1600). So try to keep the ISO at about 400 or 800 at max unless in very dark situation. Higher ISO is for dark pictures. -The 15-55mm lens was not sufficient for zoom shot. (get a telephoto lens. (75-300mm is good) -Can't shoot with LCD, but what do you expect from an SLR? -Burst mode tend to be blurry in low light. (I guess that was due to the movement of the camera, the slower shutter time, and the fix focus of the camera) -Picture loading was slower than expected despite the 45x speed compact flash card. Recommendation: -Get a carrying case for the rebel. You don't want to be carrying it around your neck all day. -Get at least a UV filter. This protect the 18-55mm lens and also improve the picture you take -Get extra battery if possible if you're going on long trips where there's no electrical plug. -Get at least a 1Gb compact flash card. This gives you about 256 jpeg pictues and about 111 raw pictures. Any less would result in shortage of picture at full resolution. I recommend a 2Gb micro drive because it's cheaper per megabytes. -USB 2.0 Compact flash card reader if you like to load pictures faster.

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5 Star Review   By member tuvik - May 22, 2005   

Strengths: Price, resolution, versatility, speed.

Weakness: Build quality, 1.6x conversion factor.

I finally decided to 'go digital' and replace my beloved EOS-1V film camera with a digital SLR. The 'natural replacement' would have been either the EOS-1D Mark II or the EOS-1Ds Mark II. However, with the rapid evolution of high-end digital SLRs, each year that passes reduces the price you need to pay for the same set of features by thousands of dollars. At about $900, the Rebel XT offered me a temporary solution - a full featured, high-resolution, Digital SLR that can serve me a year or two until I replace it by a better one. As such, it fulfilled all my expectations and more. With 8MP, the resolution of this camera is high enough to produce very nice enlargements. The ergonomics are excellent, and anyone with experience with a Canon EOS camera - whether film or digital - should be very comfortable operating this camera without ever opening the user manual. Of course, the camera is loaded with features unique to digital camera, which make reading the manual very worthwhile... The Rebel XT takes the full range of Canon EF lenses, so optical quality is the best possible. It is also an extremely fast digital camera, with a shutter lag of 1 millisecond, start-up time of 0.2 seconds, and burst rate of 3 fps for over 14 pictures at Large/Fine mode. When tested with fresh batteries in good light, fast lens, and ultra-fast memory card, I actually got bursts of up to 24 frames - that's quite amazing for a 8MP camera at

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5 Star Review   By member yangda2008 - May 20, 2005   

Strengths: precise metering, high resolution, much better body finish than 300D,good price( thank dell)

Weakness: the kit lens is not enough for tele-end (only 55mm)

After one month's delay due to backordering, finally I got me favorite camera. Easy to use, nice professional black color with gave me a very good first impression. Many people say it is too small to hold, I am feeling good with it, probably I donot have a big hand. I am still not very used to only have viewfinder for shooting which maks my eyes tired, when can SLR camera also use CCD for shoot?! I also bought a 50/1.8 EF lens and it works well with this camera. Anyway, I've taken lots of pictures since I get it and the pictures look very sharp, it's a very good camera and worth the money you spend on it!

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5 Star Review   By member deshwasi - May 20, 2005   

Strengths: Small size, 8 MegaPixel, Fast lens, Available accessories

Weakness: None.

This is simply an awesome camera that is a worthy successor to the famous Canon Digital Rebel camera that brought digital SLRs to the masses. Bundled with the Canon lens kit, this camera performs admirably across the board, whether its indoor party pics or outdoor sports photography. Its a joy to use this camera thanks to its lightning fast focus and shot time. Pictures come out perfectly exposed every single time and the detail captured is extraordinary. Canon has improved the speed & performance of this camera compared to the original digital Rebel and it shows. A high speed 1GB compactflash card is almost necessary to utilise this camera's potential. Although i am a recreational photographer, i can appreciate the numerous options this camera provides for experimenting. If you are willing to spend close to $1K i would strongly recommend this camera.

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5 Star Review   By member suisui88 - May 18, 2005   

Strengths: Good price. Good picture quality.

For a under $1000 SLR camera from Canon, this Rebel XT is an excellent camera for the price. I can reuse my old lens with my old Canon Rebel. This re-design 2nd generation SLR is a lot better than the Rebel 300D. Lighter in weight, small in size with better hand grip. The new battery NB-2LH is lighter and last longer. With 8.1M pixel picture, it's already good enough to an entry level SLR. Great Camera.

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5 Star Review   By member elsten - May 16, 2005   

Strengths: Simple intuitive design in manual and electronic functions. Picture quality/resolution is near perfect. The bundled software is surprisingly useful, particularly when editing RAW image format.

Weakness: It would be nice if Canon would include some form of cf card. Battery life is very short, buy extra batteries.

If you can afford a 4 or 8 gb CF card, go for it. If you are at all into taking high quality pictures, you will want every photo to be stored in the 8+ MB RAW format for digital editing on your computer. It is amazing how fast a 1 gb card fills. The bundled lens is not too shabby for the $50 price premium over the body kit. I spent the extra $$ and am glad I did. You will definitely want a better lens for serious use, however. I picked up the 50mm 1.4f from Canon and it works beautifully with the Rebel XT. Spend the few extra bucks for the black model. It looks far less like a toy than the silver.

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5 Star Review   By member CrazyHare - May 2, 2005   

Strengths: Fast start time, quick shutter speeds, ease of use

Weakness: Pre-flash strobe, included software

This is the first SLR camera I have owned. On the day it arrived, I was able to take some amazing pictures on the fully automatic settings. By the second day, I was able to switch to the manual settings and still get great shots. Coming from an older point and shoot camera, the learning curve for this camera was pretty fast. The menu options were clear and easy to figure out without reading the camera manual. And once I did read the manual, it was pretty clear. While the fast start time and quick shutter speeds have helped me get some great motion shots. The flash has caused some missed shots. The flash automatically pops up when the camera senses that it is needed. Then it admits a small "pre-flash" that made me think the flash went off and I took a picture the first few times it occurred. And when the flash pops up it is very loud. Both of these things took some getting used to. While looking at all my options, I couldn't help but notice, that in my opinion, the software bundle that comes with the new XT isn't as good as the one that came with the original 300D. While that wasn't enough to stop me from purchasing the XT, I do wish that the XT came with PhotoShop Elements. As a SLR beginner, the kit lens has worked for me. And for the price it's a lens that I can take anywhere and not worry about. While many of the reviews that I read before purchasing the camera had complaints about the grip size. As a woman with smaller hands, it is very comfortable to me. Overall this camera is great for me. And I'll recommend it to everyone in the market for a new camera.

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5 Star Review   By member lawnmore - Apr 27, 2005   

Strengths: Power on instantly.Ready to shoot as quick as you can point and click.Very fast AF. No more annoying start up delay. About as small as possible and remain practical.

Weakness: Surface finish not smooth, takes a little getting use to.

I sold my 300D ( which I really liked) in order to buy this camera. The main reason was the start up time was fast.I missed a number of shots with the slower start time of the 300D. 8 megapixeles;not sure how important this will be but the menu allows for a number of file sizes so you can take your pick. Controls are fairly intuative,and EZ to operate. With a Tanron AF 18-200 lens you can cover most photo opportunities and don't have to change lenses with the associated contamination issues.

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5 Star Review   By member dnquark - Apr 26, 2005   

Strengths: Superb low-noise images, compact size, ease of use

Weakness: No dedicated autofocus illumination, mediocre kit lens, flash underexposure

Recently, the Digital Rebel XT snapped up Technical Image Press Association's award for best entry-level DSLR. This is not surprising, as at the moment, it is one of the most affordable DSLRs on the market, with an excellent feature set from a top manufacturer. If you are considering buying it, you have probably looked at a number of professional reviews, so I will be brief in mine. As all the reviews say: the camera is fast, compact, takes gorgeous pictures, and is way better than the original Digital Rebel. It is solidly built, with some steel elements on the inside. And finally, it has almost all the features of the Canon 20d for hundreds of dollars less. I am an avid point&shoot photographer, only now upgrading to the DSLR, and I found very little not to love about this camera. The weaknesses are the following: user interface/menus are fine, but could stand a little improvement. It would be nice to have more custom functions, and to have the half-press of the shutter lock in the current selection for e.g. ISO. To aid autofocus in low-light, the camera fires a series of strobes from the flash. I found this to be not very effective, especially with moving targets; sometimes it causes people to (wrongly) assume that the photo has been taken. Lastly, compared to an SLR with split-screen (or at least frosted glass) focusing screen, the manual focus of the Rebel XT is difficult, and impossible to achieve in very low light. The kit lens for the camera is slow (bad in low light), but its performance is adequate for a $100 18-55mm zoom lens; needless to say the pictures still blow away any point&shoot camera out there. (Note that the field of view with digital cameras is narrower for a given lens than with film SLRs; the relevant factor is 1.6: an 18mm lens on a DSLR gives the same field of view as a 28mm on a film camera). Some people complain of a grip that is too small. It is true that the camera is not as comfortable to hold as e.g. its predecessor, the Rebel 300d. However, I got used to the grip quickly. In fact, I willingly accept a smaller grip as a tradeoff for having a light/compact camera. Some of these deficiencies are not present in Nikon's D70, Rebel XT's only real competitor (other than its "older brother" Canon 20d.) Particular advantages of the D70 include better flash photography performance, a dedicated autofocus assist light, better low-light AF detection (on paper - but in practice many people agree that Canon beats Nikon in low-light focus), ability so select over 20 custom functions, virtually unlimited burst mode, and longer battery life. Putting aside the fact that the D70 comes with a nicer kit lens (it's nicer, but you also pay more), one has to decide which particular feature set you require and how much you wish to pay. The Nikon vs Canon decision is an important one, as you are selecting a camera system for the long term: modern lenses and accessories are not compatible between the camera makes. And it is quite likely that this camera will make you want to get into photography seriously. For me, the choice was made by my constrained budget as I found a much better deal on a Rebel XT than on a D70. My excellent experience with Canon point and shoot cameras contributed to the decision. The Digital Rebel series cameras have been selling like hotcakes since 2003, and very few people have regretted buying one. For me, it is the best purchase made in years.

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5 Star Review   By member mfratzke - Apr 16, 2005   

Strengths: Compact size for a digital SLR, feels great in your hand, 8MP resolution, suprisingly easy to use for a SLR newbie.

Weakness: Keep leaving the camera on because LCD is always off when shooting.

This is my first digital SLR and I love it. Using the viewfinder instead of the LCD takes a little getting used to but once you're familiar with it, it's great! The camera is a big step up over the previous 6MP Digital Rebel in terms of resolution and shooting speed. It is also very easy to use. My wife is more of a camera amateur than I am and she is having no trouble operating the camera in the automatic modes and taking great pictures. You also have to appreciate the fact that Canon is now putting high speed USB 2.0 in their devices. With the size of the pictures created you need it otherwise you'd be waiting all day for pictures to download. Getting back to the shooting speed, it's incredible! We have a young child and as everybody knows it is hard to get that perfect shot. But with the Rebel XT it is easy because we simply shoot many pictures in succession and then find the "keepers" in the bunch. Also no more missing those action shots because the camera can't focus quickly enough. The speed at which this camera focuses is amazing. The only problem we've had is that the camera really doesn't give you any visual cues when it is turned on so we often forget and leave it on which eventually takes a toll on the battery. In conclusion, I'd recommend this camera to anybody who is getting started in the digital SLR space and wants some real bang for their buck. This camera has enough resolution and speed that this may end up being the only digital SLR that you ever need.

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5 Star Review   By member chubbyboy - Apr 15, 2005   

Strengths: Extremely fast starting time, small size, producing high quality and low noise images

Weakness: Cheap pastic body and Lens kit cannot be compared with D70's.

I purchased this camera from dell and I got it for about a week. But after conducting a simple AF test, I have found front focusing error at the maximum wide zoom range. However, my test is just simple. I will make an intensive test on the weekend again. I hope it should be alright. The camera overall looks very great. I strongly recommend this camera. You can get a very cheap one at dell. For the quality point of view, it produces very high quality and low noise images, even at high ISO and low light. Moreover, I'm very pleased with its read/write speed. It is extremely fast – you need to try it by yourself. Its 18-55mm lens looks very cheap and weak but its quality is fair enough.

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5 Star Review   By member Bz Gadgets - Mar 29, 2005   

Strengths: Very fast and responsive Excellent color reproduction 8.0 Megapixel USB 2.0 Compact (compared to other DSLR) yet feature rich Wide range of EF and EF-S lenses

Weakness: Grip is a little bit small No White Balance fine tuning (in Kelvin) Larger batteries would be nice

I have this camera for a little over a week now. I would say for the price, it is absolutely a great buy. It has almost all the features that 20D has but in a smaller and cheaper body. Though the camera is plastic, but it feels tough and strong enough for outdoor use. The camera is very fast and responsive in use. The start up time is almost instant -- mean that you can just turn it on and shoot, no wait! :). The color and tonal balance is excellent as other Canon camera. One thing that I find is the 8.0 MP image with the best compression is huge, you will probably need a large compact flash for using with it. One minor complaint is the grip is a little on a small size. I believe i have a mid-size hand, I can hold it without a problem -- just feel a bit small. If you have a big hand, you might find it too small. Overall, the rebel XT is a great camera in term of performance, features and of course, the price.

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