Compared to... (features & specifications)

When Nikon released the D70 the 'value D-SLR' feature set bar was raised, making the EOS 300D look fairly basic. Olympus responded with the E-300 which was a fairly strong match for the D70 on features but brought an increase in resolution with its own eight megapixel CCD. The EOS 350D puts back a lot of the features 'coded out' of the EOS 300D as well as adding further enhancements brought about when Canon developed the EOS 20D. In addition of course Canon couldn't allow themselves to slip back in the megapixel race and so outfitted the 350D with an eight megapixel CMOS sensor.

A quick glance down this feature comparison shows that the EOS 350D has now almost caught up with the E-300 and D70 for features, its advantages being the new smaller and lighter body. It's worth noting that we fully expect the D70 to be replaced this year. Prices correct at time of publication.

Canon EOS 350D

Olympus E-300

Nikon D70
Price body only $899 $799 $899
Price kit $999 $899 $1,199
Announced 17 Feb 05 27 Sep 04 28 Jan 04
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Kit lens 18 - 55 mm F3.5 - F5.6 II
(28.8 - 88 mm equiv.)
14 - 45 mm F3.5 - F4.5
(28 - 90 mm equiv.)
18 - 70 mm F3.5 - F4.5G
(27 - 105 mm equiv.)
Body Plastic Plastic Plastic
Sensor 8 megapixel CMOS 8 megapixel CCD 6 megapixel CCD
Lens mount Canon EF / EF-S Four Thirds Nikon F
FOV crop 1.6x 2.0x (Four Thirds) 1.5x (Nikon DX)
Modes Auto, P, A, S, M, A-DEP, 6 preset scene P, A, S, M, Scene, 5 preset scene Auto, P, S, A, M, 6 preset scene
Image params Contrast (5 settings)
Sharpness (5 settings)
Saturation (5 settings)
Color tone (5 settings)
3 preset parameter sets
Gradation (3 settings)
Saturation (5 settings)
Contrast (5 settings)
Sharpness (5 settings)
Sharpness (6 settings)
Tone (6 settings)
Saturation (3 settings)
Hue (7 settings)
7 preset parameter sets
Color space sRGB, Adobe RGB sRGB, Adobe RGB sRGB (2), Adobe RGB
ISO 100 - 1600 (1 EV steps) 100 - 400 (1 EV steps)
800, 1600 via boost
200 - 1600 (1/3 EV steps)
EV steps 1/3 or 1/2 EV 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Exp. compen. +/- 2.0 EV +/- 5.0 EV +/- 5.0 EV
Flash exp compen. -2.0 to +2.0 EV -2.0 to +2.0 EV -3.0 to +1.0 EV
Metering 35 zone, Partial, CW Avg ESP, CW Avg, Spot 3D matrix, CW Avg, Spot
Shutter 30 - 1/4000 sec 30 - 1/4000 sec 30 - 1/8000 sec
Flash X-sync 1/200 sec 1/180 sec External up to 1/500 sec
AF mode One shot, AI Servo, Auto Single, Continuous Single, Continuous
AF area mode Single, Dynamic Auto, Single Single, Dynamic, Closest
AF assist Flash strobe, must be up Flash strobe, must be up White lamp
AF system 7-point
TTL CMOS sensor
TTL Phase Differential
Continuous JPEG: 3 fps, 14 images *1
RAW: 3 fps, 4 images *1
JPEG: 2.5 fps, 4 images
RAW: 2.5 fps, 4 images
JPEG: 3 fps, 12 images *1
RAW: 3 fps, 4 images *1
Self-timer 10 sec
(3 sec with mirror lock-up)
2 or 12 sec 2 - 20 sec
Mirror lock-up Yes (custom function) Yes (new firmware) No
WB Auto, 6 preset, Manual Auto, 8 preset, Kelvin, Manual Auto, 6 preset, Manual
WB fine tuning Yes Yes Yes
Bracketing AE, White Balance AE, White Balance AE, White Balance
Slow sync flash 1st or 2nd Curtain 1st or 2nd Curtain 1st or 2nd Curtain
Viewfinder Pentamirror
Eyepoint: 21 mm
Magnification: 0.8x
(-3.0 to +1.0 m-1 diopter)
Optical porro (mirror)
Eyepoint: 20 mm
Magnification: 1.0x
(-3.0 to +1.0 m-1 dioptre)
Eyepoint: 18 mm
Magnification: 0.75x
(-1.6 to +0.5 m-1 dioptre)
LCD 1.8", 115,000 pixels 1.8", 134,000 pixels 1.8", 130,000 pixels
Orientation sensor Yes Yes Yes
Custom functions 9 functions with 24 settings n/a, 2 setup menus 9 or 25 settings
Storage Compact Flash
FAT16 / FAT32
Compact Flash
FAT16 / FAT32
Compact Flash
FAT16 / FAT32
Power Lithium-Ion NB-2LH Lithium-Ion BLM-1 Lithium-Ion EN-EL3
CR2 carrier
Connectivity USB 2.0 (Hi-speed) USB 1.1 USB 2.0 (only 1.1 speed)
Text comment Yes (set via PC software) No Yes (set on camera)
PictBridge Yes Yes Yes
Dimensions 127 x 94 x 64 mm 147 x 85 x 64 mm 140 x 111 x 78 mm
Weight (no batt) 490 g 580 g 595 g
Remote release Wired (optional)
Infrared (optional)
Infrared (optional)
(Wired with vert. hand grip)
Infrared (optional)
Vertical grip Yes, optional Yes, optional No
Status LCD Rear of camera, backlit No (uses LCD monitor) Top of camera, backlit
Command dials One top One rear One rear, One front
Power on Virtually instant 2 seconds Virtually instant
Shutter release Fast Fast Very fast

*1 These are conservative figures with a standard card