Base / Tripod Mount

On the bottom of the 350D is a metal tripod socket which appears to be aligned exactly with the center line of the lens and the focal plane of the sensor.

Pop-up Flash

The built-in pop-up flash unit uses Canon's E-TTL II system to meter flash output. It does this by firing a low power pre-flash just milliseconds before the main flash and combines this with distance information from the lens. The built-in flash can sync up to 1/200s.

The flash pop-up is electronically released, that is pressing the flash button pops the flash up using a solenoid release mechanism. In AUTO exposure the flash will automatically pop-up when required. The flash does pop up very slightly higher than the 300D but there's very little in it.

AF Assist

Like the EOS 300D the EOS 350D uses its flash for AF assist. If you need to use AF Assist you must pop-up the flash which will fire a brief strobe of flashes (sometimes just one) to help the AF system to lock.

Flash Hot-shoe

The EOS 350D's hot-shoe can be used with Canon and third party flashes (although sync only on most third party units). The hot-shoe is E-TTL II compatible. Compatible flashes include Speedlite 220EX, 380EX, 420EX, 580EX, Macro-Ring Lite, MR-14EX, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX and Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2.

Lens Mount

The EOS 350D has a metal EF / EF-S lens mount which means that it can use the full range of Canon EF lenses as well as the newer EF-S lenses. Because the sensor is smaller than a 35 mm frame all lenses are subject to a field of view crop (sometimes called focal length multiplier) of 1.6x, thus a 17 mm lens provides the same field of view of a 27.2 mm. A look into the mirror box shows that the EOS 350D now utilizes a slightly smaller mirror than the EOS 300D (just like the EOS 20D).

Canon EOS 350D lens mount Canon EOS 300D lens mount

Shutter Release Sound & Continuous Speed

In all of our digital SLR reviews we now provide a sound recording of a continuous burst of shots. Below you can see waveforms of a recording made of the Canon EOS 350D, Nikon D70 and Canon EOS 300D shooting continuously for 30 seconds each in both JPEG and RAW modes. The cameras were set to manual focus, shutter speed 1/250 sec and aimed at our standard resolution chart. Image quality was set to six megapixels JPEG Fine on both cameras. The CF card used was a SanDisk Extreme III 1 GB (Type I).

JPEG continuous

What a difference eighteen months can make, in 30 seconds the EOS 350D managed to shoot a total of 57 frames compared to the EOS 300D's 15 frames. Slightly disappointing was that the full speed rate wasn't the quoted 3.0 fps but actually 2.8 fps (the same as the D70). Canon are clearly aiming to play catch-up with Nikon here, the 350D manages to buffer more at full speed but shoots slightly less in 30 seconds than the D70.

30 seconds, total 57 frames
30 seconds, total 62 frames
30 seconds, total 15 frames

JPEG continuous: MP3 (EOS 350D then D70 then EOS 300D) 1,574 KB

RAW continuous

In RAW mode the difference between the 350D and 300D is even more stark, the 300D managed just nine frames in 30 seconds compared to the 350D's 32 frames.

30 seconds, total 32 frames
30 seconds, total 33 frames
30 seconds, total 9 frames

RAW continuous: MP3 (EOS 350D then D70 then EOS 300D) 1,506 KB

* The D70 results here are slightly different to those measured in our Nikon D70 review because we are now using a resolution chart as a target which has increased the size of the JPEG files being stored.

Supplied In the Box (Kit version)

Items listed below are for the Kit version (includes the EF-S 18-55 mm II lens), note that there is no Compact Flash card include with the EOS 350D. The Body only version is exactly the same except that the lens is not included.

The EOS 350D Kit (including lens) is supplied as:

  • Canon EOS 350D Digital SLR body
  • EF-S 18 - 55 mm F3.5 - F5.6 II lens
  • Eyecup (attached to camera)
  • NB-2LH Lithium-Ion battery pack
  • CB-2LT Battery charger
  • Neck strap
  • USB Cable
  • Video Cable
  • CD-ROM: Canon Digital Camera Solutions Disk (Win/Mac)
  • Manuals / Reg. card