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I have had this camera for several years now and it's been everywhere with me! Its been dropped, bumped, covered in dust and nothing has bothered it. Battery lasts ages, with 2 batteries I have found that I don't need to take a charger even if I take upwards of 1000 photos. Starts up very quickly so its always ready for those spur of the moment shots.
Very difficult to tell the difference between photos taken with the 350D and with higher spec cameras unless you are looking to print the pictures very big!
Some disadvantages are; it's not very good in low light, only reaching up to ISO 1600 and F2.8. It also takes a while to write to a card and can only store around 8 photos in its buffer memory so not great for fast action photography.
Overall a great piece of kit for the price, well worth a buy!
I bought the Canon EOS 350D a few weeks ago now. I bought it because I was looking for a camera that would set me up for starting taking brilliant photos. I quite often went to places where there would be people with big cameras taking brilliant photos and so I thought that I should try out a better camera than the small digital one I already had. When looking, I did a bit of research into photography and cameras and I found out that this was properly the best one I could get for the amount of money that I wanted to spend. I bought it after a lot of research from a photography store in the local town for £295.00 in including the lens.
About the camera
The Canon EOS 350d is also known as the Canon Rebel XT. It is an 8MP camera which I am aware I not the best but it still allows you to take a brilliantly clear picture of and great variety of things. It has 5 shooting programs, close-up, Landscape, Night portrait, Portrait mode and Sports mode which are all very useful for taking different shots but still getting the full potential out of the camera. The screen is 1.8in wide. This is the only thing I find annoying on the camera as it is sometimes hard to see the picture clearly when it is on such a small screen. The camera is quite light at 485g so it's easy to carry around with me. I think it's almost essential that you carry it in a camera bag though as when I first had it, I didn't carry it in a bag and it got knocked a lot. It captures a brilliant picture even when it is not much light. I find the camera works better outdoors where there is plenty of light but it still works brilliantly indoors.
Camera Detailed Information
Model 350D / Digital Rebel XT
EAN 8714574950754, 8714574950761, 8714574952628
Camera Type Digital SLR
Sensor Resolution 8.0 MP
Screen Size 1.8"
Sensor Size 14.8 x 22.2mm
Sensor Type CMOS
Lens Type Zoom lens
Lens For SD EF-S II 18-55mm
Lens Aperture F/3.5-5.6
Focal Length Range 18mm - 55mm
Focus Adjustment Automatic, Manual
Lens Filter Size 58 mm
Auto Focus type TTL phase detection
Lens Construction 9 group(s) / 11 element(s)
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 sec
Min Shutter Speed 30 sec
Exposure compensation ±2 EV range, in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps
Exposure Range EV 1-20 ( ISO 100 )
Exposure Modes Automatic
Light Sensitivity ISO 100, ISO 1600, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800, ISO auto (100-400)
Light Sensitivity Max 1600
Flash Type Pop-up Flash
Flash Modes Auto Mode
==Memory / Storage==
Supported Flash Memory CompactFlash I, CompactFlash II, Microdrive
Viewfinder Type Optical
Optical Viewfinder Type Eye-level mirror pentaprism
Viewfinder - Field Coverage 95%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.8x
Dioptric Correction Range -3 to +1
Depth 6.4 cm
Height 9.42 cm
Width 12.65 cm
Weight 485 gr
Display Type LCD
Display Rotation Built-in
Screen Details LCD display - TFT active matrix - 1.8" - colour
Display Size 1.8"
Connector Types 1 x USB, 1 x composite video output, 1 x composite video/audio output
Expansion Slot 1 x CompactFlash Card - type I/II
==System Requirements for PC Connection==
Operating System Supported MS Windows 2000
Battery Description 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 720 mAh ( included )
Battery Form Factor Manufacturer specific
Still Image Format JPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG
Min Operating Temperature 0 °C
Max Operating Temperature 40 °C
Shooting Programs Close-up, Landscape, Night portrait, Portrait mode, Sports mode
White Balance Automatic
Continuous Shooting Speed 3 frames per second
would i recommend it?
I would definitely recommend it to a person who, like me, is just starting out with photography as it is a camera that I fairly easy to use, comes with a very helpful manual and takes brilliant shots that look great, even on the small screen. Overall, I am very happy I chose to buy this camera and not a different one. It was definitely worth the money as some cameras with similar functions are a much higher price.
9.5 out of 10. All good apart from the small screen.
I've recently upgraded to a Nikon D3200 after having my Canon D350 for three years.
At the time I bought the camera, it was still a fairly outdated model compared to the then-current market. But I was on a limited budget, and this suited my needs perfectly. It was my first DSLR and I had a fantastic experience using the camera.
Nowadays you can pick one of these up dirt cheap second hand, and providing it's been well looked after, it would be a great tool for anybody just starting out.
The camera unit itself is sturdy. As with all cameras, usual wear and tear appears after a few months of use - the coating on the plastic rubs off around the edges - minor cosmetic damage like this is inevitable with any camera though. The buttons are well laid out and easy to press and its a good size that's comfortable in the hand. The LED screen is rather small and the resolution is terrible in comparison with a newer model.
The results vary of course depending on the lenses used. I found that the main downfall of this camera was its poor handling of low-light situations. You can't really raise the ISO any higher than 1200, and even at this level, photos are quite noisy. With a f1.8 prime lens, I was able to somewhat counter-balance the low light issues, but I'd recommend choosing another camera if you think you need a camera that is going to need to operate well outside of broad daylight.
Now, for landscape photography, portraits, anything else - it's a solid performer. Although 8mp may not sound a lot compared to today's current market, it's more than enough for high quality photos - I have an A1 canvas on my living room wall of an 8mp photograph taken with my 350D and its beautifully sharp!
The menus and settings are easy enough to navigate, with all the usual presets you'd expect to find alongside full manual operation. You have everything you need to feel fully in control without making you feel overwhelmed. The menus are well laid out and very simple to learn where everything is. A pro is that it has an auto exposure bracketing feature that other entry level cameras do not have (such as my Nikon D3200 - it is a feature I do very much miss).
The bottom line is it falls short compared to today's entry level cameras in terms of picture quality, especially due to its poor handling of low light. The lack of megapixels isn't such a big deal, and the menus and settings options do not vary too much from current cameras. The LED screen is much smaller than a newer model, but I think for the price you can pick one of these up for, it's certainly a worthy competitor.
For a beginner, especially a younger photography enthusiast, a 350D is a great way to learn, just because of its inexpensive price and comparable features.
Before upgrading to my current camera, the Canon 60D, I had a Canon 350D. It was a brilliant little camera that could take a beating and give me a solid base to learn from.
There are only a couple of bad things about the 350D, all of which are made up for by the positive aspects. First of all, the viewing screen is rather small. This can make it hard to work out whether or not you have managed to get your images in focus when operating the camera manually. There have been many times where I have got home and found that although the picture looked fine on the screen, it wasn't actually very sharp at all. This is also the problem with the entire body, it's all a bit small. Although it didn't feel it at the time, when I now pick up a 350D (with me being used to the 60D), everything feels a bit small and fiddly. The body also feels rather plastic-like, which although it is strong, makes me feel as though it's going to break with the slightest knock.
On the flip side, there are some great positive aspects to the 350D. Firstly, the fact that it is light, the spec says that it weighs just 500g with the lens attached. It doesn't feel like a burden to carry it around with you, unlike some of the heavier Canon models. As mentioned previously, the 350D is also strong. I gave mine a beating whilst I used it and it never stopped working. Finally, they're nice and cheap. I picked mine up for £180 second hand, meaning that it was a nice easy way to get into photography without spending too much.
I have had this camera for almost 4 years now and it has once never let me down. I consider this to be an exceptional transition from the old film based cameras to nowadays cameras that are equipped so much with technology it makes your head (almost) explode.
It feels and looks great and does everything you would expect. The supplied lens may not be the best in the market but for your first time camera it suits the job no end. I myself have a Tamron lens and use it to take some amazing shots.
When you buy this camera you'll be like "man, why didn't I get this sooner!!?" and then you'll get it and be forever happy.
In the right hands this is an excellent camera for professionals but it also adheres to the beginners' needs of taking some trippy shots without spending a huge amount on equipment.
The Canon EOS 350D is the perfect camera for a beginner. Although it may not be the flashiest looking, or come with the same diverse set of features as other cameras, it's fantastic for taking high quality photos with very little effort.
LOOKS AND BUILD QUALITY
OverlallThis camera has the same look as you would expect from any DSLR camera, it's easy to hold and is a decent size. Personally I like the black finish, and the resultant durability from the materials used means you can drop it (and I have on many occasions) without doing much damage.
The 350D comes with an automatic mode that sets everything for you. This is great for taking a quick picture, and the settings are normally just about right, resulting in a good quality photo very quickly. The image quality of the 8 megapixel sensor is average, but with different lenses the quality can be improved immensely, I have the stock 18-55mm lens as well as a 75-300mm lens from Canon which tend to be the best.
The manual mode on the the camera allows you to cusomise every setting, from the ISO to the white balance, allowing you to produce different sorts of images suited to your needs rather than relying on the auto mode. The shutter speed can go up to 1/4000 of a second, making it easy to shoot fast moving objects, and paired with a longer lens this camera makes the perfect tool to take photos of sport of wildlife for an amateur photographer.
VIEWING AND EDITING IMAGES
Personally I find the software that comes with any electronical product badly made and slow to use, and this is no exception. You're much better off simply buying an adaptor for the CF card and transferring pictures manually, this gives you more and control and is much easier to do. Photoshop is an obvious choice for editing photos, but it's all down to you which program you use to get that perfect photo. The quality of the images produced means that photos can be blown up to fantastic sizes, plenty big enough for your wall.
This is a truly amazing camera that I have had for years but the quality of the pictures still amazes me, especially as I am no great photographer so it is nice to get such great results.
I have a film Canon SLR but was given this as a birthday present at least three years ago and never had a single problem with it. It is really good build quality and other than needing a new rubber viewfinder cap after the dog decided to test it's robustness by trying to snack on it it has nothing worse than a few scratches.
The preset modes on the dial on the top cover the most common things and unlike my little compact camera where I can't be bothered going through the menus to change this it is so easy on this I always swop between them probably giving better pictures.
The quality of the pictures is great which is lovely as there is nothing worse than taking a load of pictures and them looking at them later and them all looking very mediocre.
Close ups with it always come out with lovely vivid colours and crisp lines, I have been told from people looking at some of my pictures I have an eye for composition but personally I think it is all down to the camera.
Both camera battery and standard SD memory card are easy to change and I normally carry a spare of each so as not to miss anything.
My one complaint with this would be the time lag to taking the picture as I use it at Motocross events and the fact even on sports mode things moving fast close up tend to come out blurry unlike with my Canon film SLR which will catch them clearly.
I have a couple of different lenses for mine and some filters and do try and use some of the manual settings on it for special effects but the presets work so well I often don't want to risk loosing a one off picture messing about. It has lots of extra functions but if you aren't into that using the basics gives cracking results and just venture further into it at your leisure.
The screen is a decent size and you can zoom in and out to check for things like closed eyes/red eye, although with this camera I have never had a problem with red eye.
I love this camera and would still recommend it to anyone, I was asked if I wanted the new version for my birthday this year but after trying it out was not impressed enough to bother upgrading, but if I did I would definatly stay with Canon. I will however need to upgrade the size of my storage hard drive to hold all the excellent picture it takes.
After having a brief hunt around for a entry level DSLR, I managed to find this one second hand for a fairly good price. I'm not a photographer, just someone interested in taking good quality photos to last a lifetime!
First of all, the camera is quite light compared to other DSLR's - yet it still feels stable in your hands and not fragile at all! It is a lot smaller than other DSLR's, but we must remember it is entry level. I would say, however, that this is not a camera for a man with large hands! As it feels compact, my little hands could easily hold it and move it around quickly for different shots.
One thing I don't like about this camera, is the digital screen. It doesn't come up with the image onscreen before shooting. Now, I understand this can drain the battery fairly quickly, but it would be good to take a quick photo. Again, this isn't a standard digital camera, that feature is there so you HAVE to look through the viewfinder!
I must admit, I don't really know all the features of a "proper" camera, however, this is a really easy to camera to use, even if all you know is "point, shoot". As long as you have the camera on "auto" its extremely simple to use, and the total beginnner can get some confidence on taking great pictures! I also love how fast it takes pictures, with my old standard digital camera, it took forever to focus and then take the pictures. Which is annoying when there is something you need a picture of - fast! In fact, I believe it takes 0.15 seconds to take a photo from this camera...so hopefully in that time you can get a picture of that butterfly!
Another thing that impressed me, was the battery. We bought it from a guy that hadn't used it in a fair while, and the battery was about 3/4. This lasted a good few hours with us playing around with the camera. Bear in mind, I was used to a standard digital camera, one that drained the batteries in about 3minutes!! It feels a lot more safer, as when I was out at a gig with my old camera, I would have to have my bag half full wth batteries to be able to take more photos. This camera, I know lasts a long time.
Overall, this is a great starter DSLR. I am currently in the process of learning all the professional buttons! But, this review is more aimed at people like me, who just want a DSLR for fun/social use. You can pick them up second hand for a really good price, and the money is worth it.
I've had the Canon 350D for quite a few years now and still love using it just as much as I did when I first got it. With 8mp, this really does take some good shots. Whether you have been doing photography for a while or just starting out - this will suit you nicely. I don't remember being confused when I first got it but even if you do, it comes with a handy instruction manual to clarify anything you might not understand. The lens that came with mine was very nice although I would really love some extras just to get some variety, however if you're just starting these can be quite expensive! You will get some great shots out of this camera and it's quite compact so doesn't feel like you're lugging around a heavy camera when you take it out with you, just put it in your bag and go!
The 350D has been my primary workhorse as a serious amateur photography for the last 7years and still going strong. Despite being 'out of date' having been superseded by later models if you have the chance to pick one up do so. You will pay more for models such as the 400D and 450D however other than the increase in sensor pixel count (which unless you are printing BIG you doubtfully will need) they are near identical, providing the same ISO ranges (see below), focus point configuration and build format. I have hiked, backpacked and spent 6 months on the road hitch hiking around Europe and Oz with this and its certainly had its fair share of knocks and still functioning fine.
Specs: Recommeded reading http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/specs/canon/canon_eos350d.asp for details about this model
Difference in pixel count as suggested above:
350D - 8.2 megapixel (effective = 8MP)
400D - 10.5MP (effective = 10.1 MP)
450D - 12.4MP (effective = 12.2 MP)
ISO range = 100 - 1600. This is the level of sensitivity to like the chip has, the higher the number the more sensitive to light the chip is however this can lead to grainier images, optimum for this camera is around 400-800.
Have used this in conjunction with standard EF-S and L series lenses and has produced great results from both. As a fan of HDR (high dynamic range, incorporating under and over exposed images into often high contrast imagary) I use the bracket features (ability to shoot under and over exposed images) with manual settings a lot, a must for anyone that wants to truely explore the capabilities of this world. I have used this at low light music concert shoots, outdoor sunny wedding shoots and long exposures and it handled all these without much in the way of complaints.
Like all DSLR this will shoot in RAW (uncompressed images) and JPGS in different sizes, suggest if you are interested in post processing in any form stick to RAW as the onboard conversion to JPG is not as good as doing the same on a PC/MAC. It is worth investing in a good high transfer rate memory card (this model uses Compact Flash/CF cards) and purchasing a spare battery to avoid running out mid shoot, usually lasting 400-700 or so actuations depending on the amount of reviewing on the screen you do.
Would have liked to see a larger screen at the back, something later models maginally have however personally do not believe this is worthy of splashing out the extra on. Although this machine is now discontinued in production and high street sales there are still a fair number of them second hand on the scene and a good bargin can be found.
I have always used Canon film SLRs and this was my gateway into digital SLR photography.
All the standard controls are in the same place as its EOS film predecessors which makes it feel like an old friend pretty quickly. Being able to instantly review your images on the decent sized rear screen meant you could get a real hold for how your session was going and adapt quickly if things where not turning out as expected.
I shoot a huge range of styles, mainly with a view to further manipulation on computer later and the camera was able to handle all of my requirements.
It has since been superseded by the 450D which boast a higher megapixel count and the ability to get a live preview on the rear screen and also the ability to shoot HD footage - all things that I am pretty jealous of - but I am glad I made to transition to digital when I did and look forward to upgrading when it makes financial sense in the future.
I have owned the Canon 350d for around 4 years now and although it's technically 'out of date' - there are still alot of plus points for those considering taking their first steps into the world of SLR cameras.
Canon have updated their entry level SLR models pretty regularly, but it still has alot to offer. As it is that bit older, if you want to buy your first SLR, this would be a great value choice.
The camera is lightweight, which is a plus when carrying it around. For me (a young lady, ha) the size is just right for me to be able to carry in one hand when standing or walking. If you are a gentleman, you may find it a little 'small' but I can't say that I think would be a huge problem, might just take a little getting used to.
The 8 megapixels is more than adequate for most entry level needs, unless you planning on making huge huge poster size enlargements of your prints. If you take a clear enough photo (well lit, low ISO etc) this will also contribute to a succesful big enlargement.
I have recently bought a second hand Canon 40d which addresses some of the issues I have with the Canon, but I still use the 350d as my 'working' camera where it's lightweight and mega pixel level is very much more than adequate for its needs.
Disadvantages - Viewing screen is small compared to newer models. This makes it a little hard to tell if certain aspects of your photo are as you would like them. I was fine with the screen, until I experienced the larger screen on later models, and going back to the small one. Not a huge huge disadvantage, but something to note if you're doing a bit of a comparison. The 350d also does not have automatic sensor cleaning when you turn the unit on and off. If you're careful when changing lenses this is again not a major disadvantage, but again something to note. One of the main reasons I upgraded was some issues with grain - the updated sensors in newer canons meant that grain was less obvious at higher ISOs than the 350d. This would only be a huge issue if you were planning on doing types of photography where you were pushing the ISO of the cameras. Again, not a major disadvantage, but something to note.
Finally, I've been very happy with my 350d since I got it and its only those few points which made me upgrade to the 40d (other than my obsession with cameras! - I own about 4). Jump in with the 350d and see how you like the world of SLR.
Final Top tip: - A good value choice for an extra lens is the f1.8 50mm lens - great for portraits, lower lightphotography and gigs.
I've owned a 350D for 3 years now, and it's survived a hell of a lot of abuse! As a hiker, I needed a camera that could take a few knocks and drops, and this has come out without a scratch. Carried it up and down mountains in the Alps, New Zealand and Canada among others. It's even been thrown off a horse!
This image quality is superb and of the same sensitivity as the 450D (just lower resolution). I see no reason, as an amateur photographer, to go for the 450D over this. The sensor sensitivity (crucial for low light performance) was only improved with the 500D, so that's the natural progression if you can afford it.
There are plenty of generic accessories on the market which allow you to upgrade your package on the cheap. Overall, this is a fantastic and rugged piece of kit which will not dissapoint!
I am writing this review after having owned this particular camera for a period of over two years. In terms of technicalities I am only an enthusiastic photographer so am unable to comment upon it's more subtle points.
Ease of use can be as simple as you want but the camera does offer a more dynamic range of choices and settings that would suit photographers used to dealing with older manual 35mm SLR's (remember those?). It is possible to manually control both the apperture and shutter speed, although recollecting how to access both these functions can sometimes prove challenging (ISO can also be manipulated manually). Focusing is done simply enough and the camera usually manages to focus on the object you wish. However there are times when the camera will zoom it's focus in and out and never pick the object that you desire in the middle ground. Fear not flick a switch and you can do it yourself, retro style!
Numerous friends have taken snap shots with this product and found it simple enough to use, it seems reasonably intuitive and a little play will familiarise you to this camera quickly.
Pre set options or the camera include what is likely to be expected. Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night time, Macro.
However with some time and experience users may wish to start exploring the settings for independent apperture control (auto setting for shutter speed) and vice versa that will allow for a range of shots and allows for increased creativity when taking your pictures. This is well worth while as I feel this is the reason you wish to own an SLR over a compact point and shoot.
Settings for black and white photography are also available but take a little more finding from the cameras menu and if not preset can be a little time consuming in selecting.
Night time photography with this camera requires a stable base or ideally a tripod as the camera comes with no internal Image Stabilising technology (present on the Sony Alpha700), neither does the supplied lens come with any image stabalising technology available on seperately bought lenses or as a package with 'up market' offerings from Canon.
The viewfinder offers an acceptable view of what you are looking at. This camera does not have a live view option. This I feel is redundant on SLR's as the point is to look through the lens and frame your photograph correctly, also the screen is small and would not offer you a good enough view even if the camera had this capability.
As you'd expect from Canon the product works very well and there are many accssories to buy for the camera, with a wealth of second hand equipment available to allow for diversity of the shots you are able to take.
Camera requires a Compact Flash memory card. It is worth investing in a faster, better quality card and not be tempted to purchase the lower standard offering that is usually suggested to you by the sales assistant when purchasing the camera.
I have never used any of the software supplied by Canon with the camera so am unable to comment upon this.
Printed photographs look good and are of excellent quality upto 10 x 8 size. As with all DSLR's don't fixate upon the number of megapixels, eventually a large number can cause problems, although the marketing departments seem to like to focus upon the pixel counts. A camera's sensor is what is important for image quality (the new Nikon D90 compared to the Canon 500D) is a good example of this. However for the 350D the sensor provides excellent clarity of an image as long as you are not looking to blow pictures up to sizes of A3 and above.
The camera itself has been used for a variety of photographs ranging from 'portrait' shots to landscapes taken all over the world. The one aspect of the camera that has impressed me consistently throughout is the clarity and trueness of the colour that it captures. Both indoors and out the colour vibrancy recorded by the camera is immense. Everything is highly vivid and seems to recreate what I remember accurately.
I have never had any issues of the camera breaking down and it has been chucked around in backpacks for the last two years and appears rather hardy. It is however a plastc body and is a little less durable than the metal type alloys available on more expensive models.
All in all I have been exceptionally pleased with this camera, I have never had any problems other than focusing and have taken a wealth of photo's with it. My review hasn't provided many negative points but with further though I really am struggling to think of any. This is excellent for those new to SLR's as is the 400 and 450 (the 400 had a slightly larger viewfinder and quite a fancy way of internal cleaning - debateable if this is a great improvement). However as with all cameras take some time to use as many as you can and take opportunity to use them for as long as you can.
The canon EOS 350D was my first digital slr and I can't recommend it highly enough. Canon is a good respectable brand and worth every penny. The camera itself is very user friendly for an amateur and has a few extras for the budding intermediate photographer. The camera has lots of features, is easy to use in auto mode, and produces lovely pictures, from snap shots or portraits. I have used it for both. As with any digital camera, it will take the user time (not long in my opinion, more of a confidence build up) to get used to a slr style. It is easy to delete and upload pictures to the pc. Takes good day and night pictures. I think it is reasonably lightweight for a digital, which enables you to move around quickly to try and capture 'the snap' - if you wanted to. The specification is good and easy to follow. The zoom is good and has 7 points to help you focus your shot. The Canon EOS 350D is an investment for high quality pictures for a novice and has the jazz for more......