Canon EOS-350D / Digital Rebel XT with 18-55mm f3.5~5.6 II EF-S
|Canon EOS 350D / Rebel XT introduction
Canon's EOS-350D is the successor to the enormously successful
EOS-300D. When it was launched in August 2003, the 300D spear-headed the market
for affordable digital SLRs. The 300D was soon joined by several respectable
rivals, most notably Nikon's D70, but few managed to compete at its often
heavily discounted price point.
Then in February 2005, Canon announced the EOS-350D which improved on many
aspects of its predecessor. Most obviously it's smaller, lighter and features
two additional megapixels. Under the hood there's many additional improvements
including a faster image processor, quicker handling, improved burst mode
and a number of functions annoyingly absent (or disabled) from the 300D.
In this review we'll take an in-depth look at the 350D. Since many people
may be considering upgrading from an existing 300D or perhaps wondering how
much of a step-up the 20D would be, we've also compared the 350D against these
One final note on regional variations: in this review we have used Canon Europe's
product naming convention. Readers in the USA should substitute Digital Rebel
for the 300D and Digital Rebel XT for the 350D. Readers from Japan should
substitute Kiss Digital for the 300D and Kiss n Digital for the 350D. The
unit tested was running Firmware 1.0.1.
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