Canon EOS 350D digital cameraSENSOR
8.3MR8MP effective, CMOSLENS
Canon EF/EF-S mountSHUTTER SPEED
30-l/4000sec + B ISO 100-1600EXPOSURE MODES
P, A,S, M, A-DEP, Auto, 5 SceneFLASH
Hotshoe, GN 13m (ISO 100)VIEWFINDER/MONITOR
Optical/1.8in LCD OTHER Cftypes l&ll, 9 custom functions, USB2.0, RAW+JPEGPOWER
The launch of CANON EOS 300D in 2003 was a landmark moment. It was the first digital SLR for under £1000 and consumer DSLR aimed entirely at the amateur enthusiast-and it sold in vast numbers. CANON 350D digital camera is not just an upgrade from the 300D, It's more like a complete redesign. The new body was, at 485g, the lightest DSLR when launched. The DIGIC II processor offers faster processing, better image quality and longer battery life. Canon 350D digital camera uses a single NB-2LH Lithium-Ion cell, and -thanks to the power-saving of the DIGIC II processor-Canon claims that the overall battery life is about the same as the 300D, despite its lower capacity. The control layout is broadly similar to the 300D. The drive button is now on the back, but the other changes are on the inside, and there are lots of them. Users can now directly select the metering and AF modes independently of the exposure mode chosen. Canon has also added nine custom functions, controlling such things as whether you want your exposure compensati on in1/3rdor1/2 stop increments. With improved white balance fine tuning, a choice of two preset and three customisable parameter sets and the addition of flash exposure compensation, it seems that the words 'User Control' must have been writ large in the designers'workshop. In use Canon 350D digital camera is very responsive. Start-up is almost instantaneous (0.2 seconds) though processing can take a while, especially when shooting RAW and J PEG together, but the buffer is large enough that it doesn't interfere with normal shooting.
The viewfinder is bright and clear, with a good a winner data display. Exposure from the 35-zone evaluative metering was very consistent.