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Canon Digital Rebel XT DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 Lens (Black) (OLD MODEL)
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- 8.0-megapixel CMOS sensor captures enough detail for photo-quality 16 x 22-inch prints
- Includes Canon's EF-S 18-55mm, f3.5-5.6 zoom lens
- DIGIC II Image Processor provides fast, accurate image processing; captures images at a rate of up to 3 frames per second
- Fast start-up time--.2 seconds
- Powered by rechargeable Lithium-ion battery (included, with charger)
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The Canon EOS Digital Rebel camera now has a new, faster, even smaller big brother. Sibling rivalries aside, the 8.0-megapixel Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT SLR adds resolution, speed, extra creative control, and enhanced comfort in the hand to one of the smallest and lightest digital cameras in its class. Even with its advancements in ergonomic design and technology, this easy-to-use EOS digital camera is compatible with all of Canon's EF lenses, including the EF-S lenses.
In-depth review from dpreview.com:Read the full Canon Digital Rebel XT review at dpreview.com.
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I don't want to repeat a lot of the things other reviewers have said, so I'll make some additional observations that will hopefully add value to what others have said. One of these is a comment about the fact that the camera is faster than the original Rebel due to the 8 MP CMOS and DIGIC II processing image. This gives it higher resolution, faster recovery time between shots and almost instant startup time when compared with the original Rebel. I found the camera overall to be a bargain considering its performance and the fact that they included a good lens.
Two modes that I appreciated were the While Balance Bracketing and monochrome mode for working with black and white photography. The bracketing allows you to automatically take three images for every shot with different white balancing settings. Given that I can erase the pictures I don't like, I think this is a great feature. I also like that I can experiment with black and white photography.
Another interesting feature of the camera is the CloseUp mode. It works at wide angle settings and at 55 mm as well. When you use it at 55 mm it magnifies the image and you can focus in as close as 6 inches in order to capture detail in flowers or whatever your subject is. This opens up a lot of possibilities for some interesting shots that would otherwise be difficult.
In short, this is a lot of camera for the price. I am very pleased with my purchase and pictures can be blown up very large at 8 MP resolution.
While I haven't tried it yet, I'm interested in experimenting with some astrophotography using this camera. Given its light weight, small size and accessible controls, I think it might be excellent for some astronomy applications where you need to piggy back a camera on a telescope.
Only negative: This camera is SMALL. I have large hands (not huge) and my three first fingers and my thumb are all I can use to hold this camera. HOWEVER, just buy the battery pack and your pinky will have something to hold onto.
I recommend getting the 28-105mm lens (non-IS) as I did.
Definitely a VERY good camera. However, after having this camera since July of 2007 - I've already put in my order for the 40D :).
One little complain is the attached flash pretty weak, but I still give it 5 stars because I know I can't ask for more at this price and an external flash is an easy solution. The included len is good but not great. It's not a big deal since I am expecting it.
If you come from point-and-shoot world, this camera definitely is a good start and Canon XT camera lessons on Canon website are very helpful.