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amazing camera, incredible price! canon has outdone itself.
, September 26, 2003
This review is from: Canon EOS 6.3MP Digital Rebel Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Electronics)
canon's competitors must be scratching their collective heads wondering how canon has managed to deliver a true interchangeable-lens digital SLR for less than a thousand bucks. this is nothing short of a revolution in the d-SLRs world and it's hard not to get excited!
- can't stress this enough: value, value, value - a formidable d-SLR has landed south of the thousand dollar barrier.
- 6MP CMOS sensor.
- excellent resolution matches canon's own EOS 10D.
- seven manually selectable AF points - fast and reliable.
- 2.5fps continuous shooting speed up to four images regardless of resolution.
- accurate color reproduction.
- images virtually noise free at ISO 800 and below.
- very little redeye occurrence.
- good metering, although no direct control of metering mode.
- good manual preset white balance.
- shooting priority play mode - simply half-press the shutter during playback and you're ready to shoot.
- supports RAW format.
- excellent AF speeds, with virtually no shutter lag.
- impressive shot to shot times - basically you can shoot as fast as you can compose your shot.
- good selection of exposure modes.
- orientation sensor for automatic image rotation.
- playback magnification up to 10x.
- allows computer controlled shooting with included software.
- feels solidly built despite the plastic body.
- easy to use, integrated controls and displays.
- bright, high resolution LCD.
- fully compatible with canon extensive lens line.
- excellent battery life (but i still recommend getting a spare).
- excellent printed manual and supplied software bundle.
- to minimize cannibalization of 10D sales, the 300D has been pre-programmed to have less flexibility (forced AI focus, forced evaluative metering, etc).
- no spot metering.
- low noise levels at ISO 1600.
- no flash exposure compensation.
- cannot fine-tune white balance.
- make sure you don't open the memory door while the camera is writing into the flash memory or else you will lose everything that's left in the internal memory buffer.
- plastic body with compartment doors that should be meatier.
- LCD has no anti-reflective coating.
- reduced continuous shooting rate and buffer size (2.5 fps for max 4 images) vs the 10D.
- ISO sensitivity not displayed on viewfinder status bar while being changed.
- no flash memory provided so add a few $$ to your budget to get at least 128MB.
- proprietary battery - again, a few more bucks for a spare.
there's nothing in the market that can touch this camera today. if you're shopping for a camera in the thousand dollar range, make sure you take a close look at the 300D.
i hope this helps you with your buying decision. peace.
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