Rebel XT 8MP with18-55mm f3.5-5.6 Lens Description & Reviews
For an uncompromising mix of ease of use, affordability and
outstanding features, look no further than the Canon Digital Rebel
XT. Featuring an 8.0 Megapixel CMOS sensor, Canon's DIGIC II Image
Processor, and compatibility with over 50 EF Lenses, this digital
SLR offers outstanding performance for both the serious
photographer and the weekend photographer who just wants to take
For starters, the Rebel XT delivers 3,456 x
2,304-pixel images for images of 13x19 inches and larger. The
camera features variable ISO -- 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1,600
settings -- and supports all Canon EOS series lenses. An optical
viewfinder provides detailed information such as diopter
adjustment and depth-of-field preview, while the 1.8-inch TFT LCD
view finder offers a wealth of additional information as well as
several playback features, including thumbnail view and zooming to
10x magnification. Backlit with five level settings for
brightness, the viewfinder is easy to read in dark environments.
While the Rebel XT is
compatible with all Canon lenses in the EF lineup -- ranging from
ultra-wide-angle to super-telephoto lenses --, the camera includes the
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. This 18-55mm is a standard zoom
designed exclusively for the Digital Rebel and features optimized coating
to minimize ghost images and flare.
If action photography is
your specialty, the Rebel XT offers a continuous shooting mode that
captures as many as 14 images as fast as three frames per second (with
shutter speeds of 1/250 second or faster.) The camera offers a shutter
speed range from 1/4,000 to 30 seconds, and a bulb x-sync at 1/200
seconds. Best of all, it features an ultra-fast 0.2 seconds startup time,
a shutter release lag of 100 milliseconds, and viewfinder blackout time of
175 milliseconds -- all of which means that you'll always be on top of the
Despite its wealth of
advanced features, the Rebel XT is also one of the easiest, and most
user-friendly digital SLRs you'll find anywhere. It's compact design --
4.98 x 3.71 x 2.63-inches (WxHxD) -- and wight weight (less than two
pounds) means that the camera body will fit snugly in you hands. The EOS
Digital Rebel XT has a newly developed high-precision seven-point
auto-focus (AF) system for speedy and accurate focusing in any situation.
You can easily choose your own point of focus or direct the camera to
choose it automatically. You can even use predictive AF to ensure that
moving subjects stay focused while you compose your shot. With a built-in
dioptric adjustment mechanism and a new precision matte screen, achieving
sharp focus is fast and easy with the Rebel XT, no matter where or when
you're taking pictures.
A number of additional
automatic setting and shooting modes -- including Portrait, Landscape,
Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait, and Flash Off -- allows you to
concentrate on your subject and leave the camera to sort out the details.
A redeye reduction via a built-in illuminator keeps your face shots on
track, and USB 2.0 connectivity for both PC and Macintosh lets you upload
your images with ease and without the need for additional software. The
camera also supports direct printing with PictBridge compatible printers.
In short, the Rebel XT is the ideal digital SLR choice for both the
serious photographer who demands the ultimate in high-quality features, as
well as the weekend picture taker who demands the ultimate in
affordability and convenience.
Another stunning winner from the bright minds at Canon, March 15, 2005
I spent three hours yesterday playing with the brand-new Canon Digital
Rebel XT digital SLR camera, and man, was I impressed.
I hadn't been too impressed with the original Digital Rebel, except for
its revolutionarily low price (for a d-SLR), because it was slow and felt
slimsy. The new DR XT is quite different. Even though it's 3 ounces
lighter than the original DR -- mostly due to the use of a smaller
battery; see below -- its smaller form factor actually makes it feel more
solid and "real". In other word, unlike the original DR, this one feels
professional, not toy-like at all.
By now you probably already know Canon makes some of the best digital
cameras in the world. Even though I'm a Nikon shooter when it comes to
d-SLR (sorry, loyal Canon shooters!), I own a couple Canon compact digital
cameras and love them, too. The DR XT's image quality is once again
excellent. I took a few indoor shots with the camera, both with and
without flash, and then the store clerk let me download them to their PC.
The JPEG pictures (I didn't try RAW) looked excellent on the Sony LCD
screen, on par with the more expensive EOS 20D d-SLR. Color tones were
accurate and the resolution was really good. The improvement picture
quality over the original DR ("DR Classic"? BTW it's now $200 cheaper)
comes from both the 2 extra megapixels and the better color accuracy. BTW,
the DR XT reportedly uses a tecchnically different CMOS sensor than the
original DR, although I haven't been able to find out exactly how this one
is better in technical terms than the old one (other than the two extra
megapixels). No matter, my limited true-world testing showed the image
quality is indeed better than the already-excellent image quality of the
original DR. And, as in the past, Canon does a wonderful job at keeping
noise low -- I considered noise acceptable up until ISO 800.
The kit, which I recommend, comes with the same flimsy 3x EF-S lens (which
won't work on regular film SLRs) as the original DR. You should most
definitely get a better lens, although the kit lens works well as a
"street zoom." I didn't get a chance to test the lens outdoors as the
store wouldn't let me take it outside, but I have no doubt that this new
model can only be better than the original DR, which was already very good
even before you considered its low price.
The DR XT is fast: at last, you can turn it on and start shooting without
waiting several seconds like you had to with the original DR. The only
downside compared to the original DR is the smaller, lighter battery in
the DR XT also means shorter battery life. I highly recommend you get an
extra battery or two. You won't be able to go through a full day of
shooting on just one battery, even if you don't use flash much. (But all
pros and pro-wannabes use fill-in flash, don't we?) I also recommend a
good camera bag; I personally like Tamrac for that. In addition to the
spare battery (batteries), bag and a better lens or two, also consider
getting a tripod (Sunpak ones are cheap but ok quality), an external flash
as well as filters -- esp. a high-qual circular polarizing filter.
In summary, the Canon Digital Rebel XT is another stunning winner from
Canon. It features faster speeds (start-up and shot-to-shot), excellent
image quality, and terrific look-and-feel. Despite my personal preference
for Nikon pro-level gear, I can recommend this Canon d-SLR to my friends
Feel free to e-mail me at gadgester @t hotmail with your questions and