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Canon EOS Digital Rebel Review

Review Date: Nov 24, 2003

Canon EOS Digital Rebel

Category: Serious to Advanced Amateur

The Canon EOS Digital Rebel / 300D digital SLR is the first digital Single Lens Reflex (dSLR) targeted to serious amateur photographers. It has the same ease of use the film Rebel line of SLRs consumers have come to appreciate, and the image quality heretofore available only in more expensive pro level digital SLRs.

Housed under an attractive composite plastic and magnesium alloy body, the Canon Digital Rebel is quite light (560g), even with the addition of the new Canon EF-S 18-55mm (35mm equivalent of 28-90mm) lens (190g). Canon has taken the best features of the hugely popular Canon 10D and packaged them into point-and-shoot auto functions in the Canon Digital Rebel. For those who desire more control, the Canon Digital Rebel provides Program AE (with shift), Shutter-Priority AE, Aperture-Priority AE, and Manual mode. Scene modes (Programmed Image Control modes) include Portait, Landscape, Sports, Night Scene, and Close-Up. The viewfinder provides diopter correction for those wearing glasses and the 1.8 in. LCD has 118,000 pixels resolution.

What sets the Canon Digital Rebel a world apart from other consumer (and even prosumer) digital cameras is the large image sensor with 6.3 megapixels resolution. The 22.7 x 15.1mm image sensor allows noise-free pictures even at high ISOs, thus permitting low-light indoors photography at comfortable shutter speeds. With fast auto focus even in low-light, little or no shutter lag, and noise-free images at high ISOs, the Canon Digital Rebel shatters through the three major problem areas most consumers complain about today.

The Canon EOS Digital Rebel digital SLR accepts more than 50 Canon EF lenses, a new battery grip (with 2 Li-Ion batteries) that allows shooting up to 1,200 images before requiring battery change, and the EX-series Speedlites.

Read our Canon EOS Digital Rebel review (Nov 24, 2003)

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Canon EOS Digital Rebel
QuickFact™ Sheet
  The Canon EOS Digital Rebel Home Page
 
  Image Sensor 6.3 effective megapixels
22.7 x 15.1mm (0.89 x 0.59 in.) CMOS
 
  Lens Canon EF-S 18-55mm (if Kit purchased); accepts 50 EF lenses  
  Focal Length 18-55mm (28-90mm, 35 mm equivalent)  
  Aperture Range F3.5-F22 (W), F5.6-F36 (T)  
  Optical Zoom 3x  
  Macro 28 cm  
  Auto Focus
TTL-CT-SIR with AF-dedicated CMOS sensor
One-Shot AF, Predictive AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF (Automatically selects One-Shot AF or AI Servo AF selected according to shooting mode), Manual Focusing (MF)
Automatic selection, manual selection. Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on LCD panel.
AF-assist beam: Intermittent firing of built-in flash, effective range: approx. 13.1 ft/4m at center, approx. 11.5 ft/3.5m at periphery
 
  Shutter Speed 30 - 1/4,000 sec., Bulb  
  Exposure Control Program AE (Shiftable), Shutter-Priority AE, Aperture-Priority AE, Auto Depth-of-Field AE, Full Auto, E-TTL Autoflash Program AE, and Manual.
 
  Shooting Modes Programmed Image Control modes (Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait, and Flash OFF); Movie (3 min. of 320x240); Continuous 2.5 fps  
  Exposure Compensation
Up to +/-2 stops in 1/2 or 1/3-stop increments
AEB (Auto Exposure
Bracketing)
Manual Exposure Compensation
Flash Exposure Compensation
 
  Light Metering Max. aperture TTL metering with 35-zone SPC. (1) Evaluative metering, (2) Partial metering at center (approx. 9% of viewfinder), (3) Centerweighted average metering (in manual exposure mode)  
  White Balance Preset: (Auto, Daylight, Shade, Overcast, Tungsten Bulb, Fluorescent Light, Flash.) Manual : (Custom: read off photo quality gray card or white subject.)
 
  Viewfinder Eye-level SLR (with fixed pentamirror); 95% coverage; diopter correction; with viewfinder information; depth-of-field preview
 
  LCD 1.8 in. LCD (118K pixels); @ 100% coverage; adjustable brightness; note that since this is a SLR, the viewfinder (and not the LCD) is used to frame a picture (image appears on LCD only after capture)  
  ISO Sensitivity 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
 
  Storage Media CompactFlash (CF) Card Type I and II  
  Battery Li-Ion Rechargeable Battery  
  Included Accessories
No memory card supplied
Li-Ion Battery with Battery Charger
A/V Cable, Interface Cable
Strap (Neck)
Software CD-ROMs (Canon Digital Camera Solution; Adobe Photoshop Elements)
 
  Dimensions (W x H x D) 142 x 99 x 72.4 mm /
5.6 x 3.9 x 2.9 in. (Lens adds additional length of 66.2 mm / 2.6 in.)
 
  Weight (Camera body only) 560 g / 19.7 oz. (Lens weighs additional 190 g / 6.7 oz)  
  MSRP US $799 with lens  

Product technical specifications (including MSRP and Included Accessories) are as represented by the manufacturer and subject to manufacturer's change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. Product color availability and included accessories may also differ by country or area. Please verify the latest specs from the appropriate manufacturer's site.

Before you buy, do your homework and verify a seller's reputation. One source you may want to check with is Resellerratings.com. And remember, if a price seems to good to be true, it probably is.

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Though we make every effort to strive for accuracy in reproducing these specs, we do occasionally make mistakes, so verify with the manufacturer's site for the latest specs. Also, in the early stages of a product introduction, you can almost guarantee there will be some errors from the manufacturers themselves as they update their sites. If you see any mistakes, please contact us. We do appreciate your writing in with the corrections and thank you in advance!

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Eglinton West Subway Art - Northbound Platform: 1/80 sec., F6.3, and ISO 1600
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1/80 sec., F6.3, and ISO 1600

EOS Digital Rebel  

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  • E-series Dioptric Adjustment Lenses
  • 512MB CF Card
  • AC Adapter Kit ACK-E2

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