With its predecessor, EOS 300D, being considered to be the “best selling digital SLR camera model of all time”, one can definitely expect more from EOS 350D, better known as Canon Digital Rebel XT. This upgraded DSLR can shoot three 8.0 Megapixel frames each second and boasts the state-of-the-art APS-C 8.0 MP CMOS sensor developed by Canon in the past 12 months.
The sensor makes way for “extremely low noise” shooting even while in the 14-frame burst operation setting. Similar to the other professional DSLR cameras developed and manufactured by Canon, EOS 350D also has DIGIC II as its image processor. Other outstanding features of this camera includes: writing large .jpeg and .raw files simultaneously, high-speed USB 2.0 connectivity, 20% lighter than EOS 300D and extra-fast start up time (approximately 0.2 seconds after pressing the button).
Canon is very confident that EOS 350D will also hit the market by storm considering that many of the technologies found in this camera have been based on the survey conducted by the company during the 2004 Olympics held in Athens. About 70% of the professional photographers who participated in the survey had the same opinion about the best mid-budget professional DSLR camera. Canon relied on these opinions as well as to their own market research and they finally came out with EOS 350D.
EOS 350D Target Users
While this camera may very well compete with other professional cameras, the real target users of Canon are consumers who opt to upgrade from the conventional point-and-shoot digital cameras to the more quality DSLR ones. Moreover, given that the camera is made lighter than its predecessor and generally, lighter than the other DSLR cameras in the market today, it becomes ideal for users who used to carry around point-and-shoot digital cameras during their trips and travels. With EOS 350D, these users can not expand their photographic creativity anytime of the day.
EOS 300D vs. EOS 350D
Two main features distinguish EOS 350D from EOS 300D, these are: the newer CMOS sensor (Canon used a fourth-generation sensor on 350D) and the better performing DIGIC II image processor. Other differences include the improved flash-metering system of 350D as well as some enhancements in its flash exposures. Moreover, 350D allows the user to choose from three different modes of focus: (1) AI Focus, (2) AI SERVO and (3) One-shoot AF.
The camera also allows the user to directly shoot black and white photographs. It can also make corrections even prior to actually taking the pictures. In essence, EOS 350D has the same image processing software as that of Canon’s EOS-1D which is one of Canon’s most expensive cameras.
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