Canon EOS 300D / Digital Rebel / Kiss Digital Review
Top of camera controls
Controls on the top of the EOS 300D are all found on the right side within reach of your index finger. At the top we can see the shutter release button (soft half-press, click full-press), main dial, exposure mode dial, power switch and drive mode button (press for single shot, continuous or self-timer).
The exposure mode dial controls the manner of exposure operation be it fully automatic, a pre-programmed scene composition, flexible program or a range of manual and semiautomatic options. In the user manual Canon breaks these exposure modes into three groups; Basic & Image Zone exposure modes and Creative zone exposure modes.
Basic & Image zone exposure modes
Full Auto and the six scene exposure modes ('Image zone') are collectively referred to as the 'Basic Zone'. In all of these modes White Balance, ISO and Focus Point selection are automatic, Metering mode is Evaluative, Exposure compensation, AE Lock, Bracketing and RAW Image format are unavailable. Other settings depend on the mode selected (see table below). In the basic zone the camera will indicate that blur may occur because of slow shutter speeds, it does so by blinking the shutter speed on the LCD panel and viewfinder status bar.
Creative zone exposure modes
The five exposure modes will be more familiar (and preferred) by most prosumer / professionals. All menu functions and camera settings are available in these modes and can be used in any combination.
| Program Auto Exposure
Very similar to AUTO exposure but you have access to all the normal manual controls, can set the ISO, exposure compensation, use AE lock, bracketing etc. AF mode is locked to AI Focus, Metering is Evaluative unless you press AE Lock when it switches to Partial. The Program AE on the EOS 300D is flexible, that means that you can select one of a variety of equal exposures by rolling the main dial (top of camera). Example:
| Shutter Priority
In this mode you select the shutter speed and the camera will attempt to select the best aperture for a proper exposure (based on the current metering mode). Shutter speed is displayed on the viewfinder status bar and on the LCD panel, roll the main dial to select different shutter speeds. A half-press of the shutter release causes the cameras exposure system to calculate the aperture, if it's outside of the cameras exposure range (for instance trying to take a shot at 1/500s in darkness) the aperture will blink. AF mode is locked to AI Focus, Metering is Evaluative unless you press AE Lock when it switches to Partial.
| Aperture Priority
In this mode you select the aperture and the camera will attempt to select the best shutter speed for a proper exposure (based on the current metering mode). Aperture is displayed on the viewfinder status bar and on the LCD panel, roll the main dial to select different apertures. A half-press of the shutter release causes the cameras exposure system to calculate the shutter speed, if it's outside of the cameras exposure range the shutter speed will blink. Available apertures will differ depending on the lens used. AF mode is locked to AI Focus, Metering is Evaluative unless you press AE Lock when it switches to Partial.
|Full Manual Exposure
In this mode you select the aperture and the shutter speed from any combination of the above (plus BULB for shutter speed, apertures limited by the lens used). Turn the main dial to change shutter speed, hold the exposure compensation button while turning the main dial to change aperture. Half-press the shutter release and the meter on the viewfinder status bar and LCD panel will reflect the exposure level compared to the calculated ideal exposure, if it's outside of +/- 2EV the indicator bar will blink either + or -. AF mode is locked to AI Focus, Metering is Center Weighted Average unless you press AE Lock when it switches to Partial.
Automatic Depth-Of-Field AE
As you can see from the table below the EOS 300D is far more restrictive than the EOS 10D in selection of AF mode and metering for each exposure mode. Indeed if you want (or need) to be able to select AF mode or Metering mode in any of the 'Creative' exposure modes (P, Tv, Av or M) then the EOS 300D is not the camera for you. The availability of options such as drive mode and flash mode are identical to the EOS 10D. Differences between the EOS 300D and EOS 10D are highlighted in red.
|Auto Focus mode|
|Built-in flash mode|
|Canon EOS 300D standard setting||Canon EOS 10D standard setting|
|Canon EOS 300D standard setting with AE-Lock||Canon EOS 10D selectable|
|Canon EOS 300D selectable|
Forced AI Focus such a disadvantage?
There has been much musing on our discussion forums about the implications of the AF mode being locked to AI Focus for the majority of the 'creative' exposure modes. I can honestly say that with careful use it is not an issue for 95% of everyday amateur photography. In a still shooting situation AI Focus appears to use One Shot AF initially, and thus there is no delay or difference in focus speed. Once AF is locked AI Focus monitors the scene and will only break to AI Servo mode if it detects movement (towards or away from the camera*) at the focus point and exact focus distance (thus it is not fooled by panning, background movement or movement in front of the focus distance such as people walking across your path). This is obviously best achieved by using a single selected AF point (such as the center point). You can easily pre-focus (half-press), recompose and take a shot whenever you like.
* In my experience AI Focus is more sensitive to movement towards the camera
I own it
I want it
I had it
Discuss in the forums
|New Pencils by johnmhome|
from Macro - A Rainbow of Colours
|The Maze by Anatol_M|
from Your City - HDR in overdrive: cityscape (rerun)
|Mother and Nestlings by Domenick Creaco|
The Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 Mark II is a rather belated update to one of our favorite enthusiast compact cameras. Is it enough of a refresh to keep up with the times?
Roger Cicala and his team at Lensrentals tore down Canon's third-generation 400mm F2.8L IS lens, revealing a slew of interesting and impressive bits.
NVIDIA researchers have created an AI that can create realistic portraits on demand using various elements from source images.
Free and open source Raw photo-processing software RawTherapee has been updated to version 5.5, which brings a slew of new features and functionality.
Leica has listed a pair of pint-sized LEGO Leica cameras.
This new macOS app can automatically create HTML web galleries from your photos that can be shared and viewed in any browser.
Weeks after he was first reported missing, Chinese authorities have confirmed photographer Lu Guang has been arrested near China's far western region Xinjiang.
For the past few weeks, our readers have been voting on their favorite photographic gear released in the past year in a wide range of categories. Now that the first round of voting is over, it's time to pick the best overall product of 2018.
Thanks to camera drones, it's easier than ever to capture stunning photos from an aerial perspective. We present the 10 drone images that inspired us most this year.
After previously teasing the website, DJI has officially opened up its Pro-branded website for photographers and videographers alike.
Fujifilm has made firmware version 2.0 available on its website for its X-T3 and X-H1 mirrorless cameras, as well as an incremental update for its 80mm F2.8 macro lens.
The Nova 4 is the brand's first model with a circular cutout for the front camera in the display.
Sony had the full-frame mirrorless market to itself for nearly five years, but it's no longer alone – the Nikon Z6 and Canon EOS R have both arrived priced to compete with the a7 III. We take a head to head to head look at these three cameras.
As if it needed one, the triple-camera smartphone might really be the final nail in the compact camera's coffin. DPR contributor Lars Rehm brought the LG V40 on a hiking trip recently and found it to be a huge leap forward in terms of creative freedom.
Renowned UK-based landscape photographer Nigel Danson has been using DSLRs for years. In this video, created exclusively for DPReview, Nigel discusses his experience using the Nikon Z7 and why he's excited about mirrorless cameras. (Spoiler... beautiful scenery ahead.)
Tenba has unveiled a collection of products to help keep lenses, cables, batteries and more safe and organized when traveling and shooting.
Tune in this week to see Chris and Jordan's review of the Nikon Z6 full frame mirrorless camera, and also find out what Chris thinks of the popular 35mm focal length. (Rant alert!)
There are plenty of ways to spend well over $250 on photography gear, but we've picked out some standout accessories that are sure to wow the photographer on your shopping list.
Facebook has disclosed a major photo API bug that left the private images of millions of users exposed to third-party apps from September 13, 2018 to September 25, 2018.
Loupedeck has added support for Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 to Loupedeck+, its newest keyboard-style editing module.
YouTuber Casey Cavanaugh has produced a handy video guide for those looking for buy their first film camera.
If you're looking for a photography gift that's a bit more substantial than a stocking stuffer, we've got some suggestions that should fit the bill.
Chinese optical manufacturer Kipon has added the Nikon Z and Canon R mounts to its range of adapters made to attach medium format lenses from Hasselblad, Mamiya, Pentax and others to full frame cameras.
Palette Gear has announced an update to its modular, physical editing interface that lets MacOS users now use their palette with Capture One 11 and 12.
German company OPC Optics announced that it has acquired the trademark rights to Meyer Optik Görlitz at the insolvency procedure of NetSE in Koblenz.
Shopping for a photographer? We've got some gift ideas for all budget sizes, but here you'll find our budget-friendliest suggestions – just right for stockings.
It's not always easy to find marble, wood or concrete surfaces on demand. Enter Replica Surfaces, small tiles designed to replicate popular photo surfaces and backdrops.
Lensrentals Founder Roger Cicala set aside some time to take apart Canon's new 50mm F1.2L RF lens and in doing so revealed a number of interesting discoveries.
Google is cracking down on unsupported video files being uploaded to its Photos platform and taking up free storage space.
With a nickname like 'bokeh master,' we had to see what the Sigma 105mm F1.4 was all about. Take a look at our gallery of samples shot with the Sony a7R III.