Canon Rebel XT

The Canon Rebel XT is an up gradation to the hugely popular Canon Digital Rebel. The XT has an 8.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and a 1.8″ TFT LCD screen. As compared to its predecessor the XT boosts some new features such as higher image resolution, improved manual control, flash exposure compensation and custom function menu.

The camera comes equipped with 8.2-megapixel, 22.2 x 14.8mm, 12-bit RGB CMOS sensor which has the ability to deliver 3,456 x 2,304-pixel images. The 1.8 inch LCD screen has 5 different levels of brightness and 10x zoom playback. XT has dimensions of 127 x 94 x 64 mm and weighs around 490 g without battery or memory card. The camera makes use of DIGIC II image processor and has an outer body made Marjory out of plastic having a matte finish. The camera along with the LCD screen also has a viewfinder generally called as pentamirror. The view finder has the ability for 95% frame coverage. The camera has seven AF points, when selected it is indicated by a bright red dot. The dioptric correction has an impressive range of -3 to +1 diopters and also provides information of various aspects such as camera status and exposure. The LCD display cannot be used as a view finder and shows information about date/time, auto exposure bracketing amount, white balance bracketing amount, color space, processing parameter setting, image review status, image review time, flash exposure compensation, ISO speed, auto rotate status, auto power off time, and the amount of memory space remaining in megabytes. For faster navigational purposes a feature called as “jump bar” is present at the bottom which allows jumping of images present in the memory card by 10 or 100 at once. The XT is compatible with the standard EF-series Canon lenses and new EF-S series which are specially designed for Rebel series having 1.6x field of view crop. The auto focus system in the 350D has seven sensors which are arrayed in a cross pattern across the center of the frame. Which sensor is to be used can be decided manually by the photographer or automatically by the camera as per user’s need. The camera makes use of the built-in flash head as its AF-assist illuminator.

There are two focus modes, Auto focus mode and Manual focus mode. The AF modes present are AI Focus, One shot and AI Servo. AF point selection can be done manually or automatically. A Flash strobe is present for AF assistance. The shooting modes present are Auto, Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Auto depth-of-field, Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Close-up, Night portrait and Flash off. The XT has a metering range of EV 1.0 – 20 EV @ 20°C, ISO 100 and 50 mm F1.4. The various metering modes available are Evaluative 35-zone, Partial 9% at center and Center-weighted average. The camera has a dedicated AE Lock button. The Rebel XT has +/- 2.0 EV exposure compositions and AE bracketing. The ISO levels present are ISO 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1600. The Focal-plane shutter has a range of 30 – 1/4000 seconds. The Aperture values have a range of F1.0 – F91 and the Actual aperture range depends upon the lens being used. The white balance options to choose from are Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash, Custom or Auto. The camera has white balance bracketing of +/-3 levels and the WB fine-tuning varies between Blue (-9) To Amber (+9) and Magenta (-9) to Green (+9). The various image parameters present are Parameter 1 (con +1, shp +1, sat +1, tone 0), Parameter 2 (con 0, shp 0, sat 0, tone 0), Set 1 (con, shp, sat, tone), Set 2 (con, shp, sat, tone), Set 3 (con, shp, sat, tone) and B&W (con, shp, filter, toning). The contrast, saturation, sharpness and colour tone has a range of +/-2. Images are stored in JPEG format and the resolutions available are 3456 x 2304, 2496 x 1664 and 1728 x 1152. The camera has an auto rotation technique which can turned on or off as per user’s requirements.

The XT has an Auto pop-up E-TTL II auto flash which has focal length coverage of 17mm. If more flash power is required then one can also make use of E-TTL II auto flash with EX-series Speedlites or Hot-shoe as external flash. The camera has a self timer which can delay a picture for up to 10 seconds. Connectivity such as USB 2.0, Video out and E3 type wired remote control are available. By making use of these one can connect the camera to external devices such as computers, television sets and Canon Compact Photo Printers and PIXMA Printers. The XT uses Lithium-Ion NB-2LH rechargeable battery for power. The camera is compatible with Compact Flash Type I or II, Micro drive, FAT 12/16 and FAT 32.

Looking at the performance of the XT colours produced are natural and vibrant with both saturation level and white balance maintained well. Pictures have good sharpness and focus is maintained well even in the edges while the exposure and contrast control is handled accurately. The camera performs better than its predecessor when used in low light conditions and image noise in kept to a minimum. The macro shots are the only place the camera falters to some extent with closest focus being a bit uneven. The XT has good battery life and successfully provides excellent picture quality even in high ISO levels.

All that anyone can say about the Rebel XT is that Canon has developed a worthy successor to its hugely successful and revolutionary Rebel in the form of Rebel XT.

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