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For our standard studio scene comparisons we have selected the camera the EOS 350D will eventually supercede (the EOS 300D), the bigger brother EOS 20D (eight megapixels) and the Olympus E-300 (the only other current eight megapixel 'affordable' digital SLR). Prices correct at time of publication.

Camera Price Sensor
Canon EOS 300D (Digital Rebel) $799 (Kit) 6 mp CMOS
Olympus E-300 $899 (Kit) 8 mp CCD
Canon EOS 350D (Digital Rebel XT) $999 (Kit) 8 mp CMOS
Canon EOS 20D $1499 (Body) 8 mp CMOS

Studio scene comparison (vs. Canon EOS 300D)

The observant among you will note that our studio test scene has changed, we've now moved to a new standardized test box where all the items are fixed as is the lighting, we're now using a single overhead daylight simulation lamp fitted inside a softbox.

This is our standard studio scene comparison shot taken from exactly the same tripod position within minutes of each other. Lighting: daylight simulation, >98% CRI. Crops are 100%. Ambient temperature was approximately 22°C (~72°F). Camera settings:

  • Canon EOS 350D (Digital Rebel XT): Canon EF 50 mm F1.4, Aperture Priority (F9),
    ISO 100, JPEG Large/Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Parameter 1), Self-Timer
  • Canon EOS 300D (Digital Rebel): Canon EF 50 mm F1.4, Aperture Priority (F9),
    ISO 100, JPEG Large/Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Parameter 1), Self-Timer
Canon EOS 350D
Canon EOS 300D
ISO 100, 1/40 sec, F9
ISO 100, 1/40 sec, F9
2,882 KB JPEG (3456 x 2304)
2,642 KB JPEG (3072 x 2048)

Not surprising but tonal response is identical and there's only a very subtle difference in color between these two cameras. As I noted in my EOS 20D review the 'step' from 6 to 8 megapixels is not a huge one, you can definitely see the EOS 350D's resolution advantage in some of the finer details of the image but it's doubtful that these differences would be readily obvious even in large prints.

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As I know the XT can simultaneously record raw and high-quality JPEG files, whereas the original Rebel's raw-plus-JPEG mode could capture only lower-quality JPEGs. You can also override the automatic seven-point AiAF focusing--a good thing, given its occasional unreliability--but doing so requires first pushing a button to initialize the process, then navigating to one of the seven points using either the directional buttons or the main dial. It's a little clunky, but you can actually streamline the process by changing the camera's custom settings to eliminate the first step.
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Sam Spark

Canon EOS Rebel line of DSLR cameras are the best for those wanting to get into more advanced photography. The main reason for this is that they allow full manual controls and the interchangeable lenses. These allow you to change so much of how the cameras functions in different lighting situations.The EOS Rebel T5 is a fast camera, has a huge bright 3.0-inch LCD monitor and exceptional autofocus with a 9-point AF system.One can take beautiful pictures automatically.

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Pascal Parvex

Bought this version (Rebel XT) for about $350 two years ago, refurbished. Still works well and has a good image quality.

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Thats amazing, I also saw one mint condition one in a computer shop and another in a camera store , its gorgeous camera to carry around ! :)

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