Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT (with 18mm-to-55mm lens, Silver)
Manufacturer: Canon Part number: 0206B003
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- The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT is an exceptionally small and lightweight camera designed for amateur digital SLR photographers, but it delivers the responsiveness and image quality you'd expect from a semipro model.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $891.57
- Reviewed by: Michael Shapiro
- Edited by: Aimee Baldridge
- Reviewed on: 05/04/2005
- Released on: 03/15/2005
The good: The Canon Digital Rebel XT's image quality leads its class; competitive price; ultrafast start-up time; very responsive.
The bad: The Canon Rebel XT's lightweight plastic body isn't ergonomically satisfying; no spot meter; limited continuous-shooting mode, unimpressive kit lens; 1.6X lens-conversion factor.
The bottom line: The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT is an exceptionally small and lightweight camera designed for amateur digital SLR photographers, but it delivers the responsiveness and image quality you'd expect from a semipro model.
This is a solid camera that provides a lot of bang for the buck.
by schauba on May 9, 2005
Pros: Resolution, DIGIC II processor, super-fast boot up time, fast shutter speed and FPS
Cons: A little small, which causes the controls to be crowded
Summary: I have been using a Canon PowerShot G3 for a couple of years and it was a great camera, but I was outgrowing it and I decided to make the ...
Summary: I have been using a Canon PowerShot G3 for a couple of years and it was a great camera, but I was outgrowing it and I decided to make the jump to SLRs. The two cameras that immediately jumped at me were the Rebel XT and the Nikon D70. The Nikon has a good feel to it, but the technology is a little old and its resolution is only about 6 MP compared to the 8 MP on the XT. The small size of the XT weirded me out the first time I picked it up, but it really isn't that much different in size to a film SLR and I became comfortable with it the more I handled it in stores.
The DIGIC I processor on the G3 produced awesome shots and I was a big fan of it. The DIGIC II has not disappointed me. The images are brilliant.
The XT also boots up in an instant. I have not missed a shot because the camera didn't turn on in time.
The Digital XT's top shutter speed of 1/4000 is plenty to catch most action shots and the 3.0 frames per second (FPS) continuous shooting is great. I can capture up to 9 frames in one burst using the Large size and Fine resolution file size.
The only real problem that I have had with the camera is that I will occasionally hit the shutter release timer button by accident. While the design might be better, you could also argue that the user should pay more attention to what he is doing. It's certainly not annoying enough to consider returning the camera though.
In short, Digital Rebel XT is a great camera. You can't find another camera with a similar feature set for this amount of money. The only reason I would recommend the Nikon D70 over the XT is if you already have a bunch of Nikon lenses. Otherwise, I don't think you can get a better camera for the money.
81 out of 81 users found this user opinion helpful.
great camera. Lousy lens
by ogen on May 10, 2005
Pros: instant on. speed. intuitive.
Cons: The worst lens Canon could possibly have chosen
Summary: I love the camera but I really wish I had just gotten the body (without the kit lens). Do yourself a favor and research lenses before you buy. In a ...
Summary: I love the camera but I really wish I had just gotten the body (without the kit lens). Do yourself a favor and research lenses before you buy. In a very exhaustive survey of several hundred lenses Canon's 18-55 was near the very bottom. Canon, Sigma and Tamron all have better choiced, depending on your shooting style.
61 out of 67 users found this user opinion helpful.
Near Perfect - A Digital Revelation
by ArtInvent on June 9, 2005
Pros: Fantastic image quality; low noise at high ISO; fast; light and compact;
Cons: Nitpicks: smallish LCD; grip could use more rubber.
Summary: If, like me, you remember your old 35mm SLR fondly but have used prosumer 'digicams' for the last few years, waiting for the time when you could finally afford a ...
Summary: If, like me, you remember your old 35mm SLR fondly but have used prosumer 'digicams' for the last few years, waiting for the time when you could finally afford a first-rate D-SLR, the time has finally come. Firstly, this camera takes smooth as silk, incredibly detailed images. They look as good as expertly scanned 35mm film, better in many respects, and I've done a lot of scanning. I downloaded every sample image I could find before I bought this, yet I was still floored with the image quality of my first shots. If anything my expectations were exceeded.
Secondly, being able to shoot at ISO 400 with no noise, and 800 or 1600 with very little noise, cannot be undersold. I have taken shots at 1600, handheld in light that is uncomfortable to read by, that are perfectly acceptable blown up to 8x10 inches. I have found no need to shoot at ISO100, since I cannot really tell it from ISO400 and the extra shutter speed and/or smaller aperture can really come in handy. Wow. A whole different ball game from a digicam.
Third, this thing is so much more responsive than a digicam. Fast focus, always ready to shoot, no shutter lag, huge buffer. The on-board flash is just fine - and like I said, I will be doing a whole lot more available-light non-flash photography with this camera. If you need more flash, get a hot shoe flash unit.
Battery life is excellent. Even with some flash and liberal shot reviewing on the LCD, I can shoot all afternoon without half draining the battery.
I have read a number of reviews saying the body is too small. Rubbish. I felt the original Rebel was too large and lumpy, and all the other semi-pro d-SLR's have been neck-dragging tanks. I really value a compact camera for travel. They could go a bit smaller and it would be fine with me. Yes it is plastic but that keeps it light, and it's not going to break. Again, if you want a larger heavier pro body there is always the 20D, or there is the optional battery grip for the XT.
RAW shooting is incredible. I have been using the free Pixmantec RawShooter Essentials, and the results are great. No more white balance issues, fantastic ability to 'fill light', adjust exposure, balance sharpness and noice, etc. Yet the camera can save a JPEG at the same time. Perfect.
Those who say that 8MP is no great advance over 6MP are right only in that it is probably not worth upgrading just for the resolution. However, 8MP is indeed better. As a former Nikon guy I waited and waited for a Nikon SLR to compare with the Canons. The D50 is only 6MP and not as advanced as the Rebel XT (and still not for sale as of 6/8/05.) The D70 is too bulky for my taste and still only 6MP.
The kit 18-55 lens can deliver excellent images. If absolute corner sharpness is essential, you should shoot at f/8 or f/11, but in all other instances you can not worry about it. I almost went for the 17-85 IS but the kit lens is a bargain I couldn't pass up.
Rated 9 because nothing is perfect. I am of the opinion that all digital cameras need larger LCDs, like 3". The hangrip could use softer rubber, would go a long way towards relieving the somewhat plastic feel. I am sure Canon and the others will improve upon the digital SLR in another year. Gilding the lilly. All in all - stunning.
50 out of 50 users found this user opinion helpful.
Women Will Love It
by cmvsm on June 12, 2005
Pros: Nice In Camera Processing, Features, Price
Cons: Too Small, Shoddy Construction, Menu Viewing & Navigation
Summary: After a few months of reseaching digital cameras, the Digital Rebel XT was top on my list to purchase, until I actually held and used the camera. Mind you, the ...
Summary: After a few months of reseaching digital cameras, the Digital Rebel XT was top on my list to purchase, until I actually held and used the camera. Mind you, the in camera processing of pictures is excellent, very similar to a point and shoot, but when you actually pick up the camera and "try" to hold it, its very disappointing.
If you are an average to large size man, you will have a problem holding on to this thing as it is very small. Half of my hand hangs off the bottom of the grip, and I don't want to have to buy a battery grip for another $150 bucks just so I can hold on to it. I'm not sure what Canon was thinking here, as the original Digital Rebel was not like this, and their primary target customer is a man. Furthermore, the plastic body seems sturdy, but if you give it a little squeeze, it creaks, especially around the door areas. I can only imagine how it would or wouldn't hold up if you were constantly traveling with it. i woudn't spend $900 on a camera and know that it might not be durable.
The menus are also tabbed out instead of a constant scroll which is also a little annoying and makes it harder to naviate.
Other than that, the in camera imagery is great, and produces some very detailed pictures. I haven't seen the camera produce in RAW format, which really tells the story. The camera relies heavily on in camera processing of images, so I'm not sure how this holds out in terms of blown out prints which can't be recovered in post processing.
Overall, for a beginner or amatuer photographer, the camera is great if you can get by the feel and construction of the camera. I couldn't but that's just me. The Nikon cameras have a much heavier feel, better construction, and the best post processing of photos around.
24 out of 32 users found this user opinion helpful.
Best option for advanced amateurs looking for more control than a Point & Shoot can give
by tmchow on May 7, 2005
Pros: Excellent compromise on size, superb image quality, better build quality than original Digital Rebel, shutter sound better sounding that more expensive Canon 20D
Cons: Smaller size may be a problem for some, battery and CF door is flimsy
Summary: The size of the camera will be a constant point of debate for this camera. Canon had to strike a compromise between making it small enough for portability, and large ...
Summary: The size of the camera will be a constant point of debate for this camera. Canon had to strike a compromise between making it small enough for portability, and large enough to be comfortable to hold. I have average size hands and its perfect size for me. If you learn to hold this camera like you are supposed to, with most of the weight in your left hand at the base of the lens, you will find it infinitely more comfortable. Problem is most users that come from P&S (point & shoot) cameras are used to supporting the camera weight in their right hand. This is not how you hold an SLR.
The image quality is amazing out of this camera. It supports both JPG and RAW in Canon's new CR2 format. The # of software programs that can read this format are limited at this time, but there are enough to get by. In the next 6 months, you will see a landslide of program updates to support it since this camera is so popular.
If you are a amateur switching over to an digital SLR for the first time, have no fear. The JPG quality out of the camera is amazing. As you get better in your photo taking, you should switch to RAW format and use photoshop (or something equivalent) to tweak your images (the cheaper "photoshop elements" will work too and is the most cost effective software).
When buying this camera, you have 3 choices: (1) body only, (2) body + 18-55mm lens or (3) body + 17-85mm IS lens.
I recommend getting the kit with the 18-55mm lens since you are only paying $100 premium over the body only, and the 18-55mm lens is well worth $100. Use this lens to discover what type of shooting you like to do and buy the specific lens that you need after that. No one lens will suit everyone -- it is a personal choice.
18 out of 18 users found this user opinion helpful.
do not buy this camera
by rodaou on April 21, 2006
Pros: fast startup, fast shooting, fast auto-focus, good battery life,
Cons: shoots too dark, does NOT work well with external flashes, major design flaw
Summary: Should have been, could have been, definatly isn't.
I'm a professional photographer and use any one of about 15 different digital cameras for work, and have owned maybe ...
Summary: Should have been, could have been, definatly isn't.
I'm a professional photographer and use any one of about 15 different digital cameras for work, and have owned maybe 30 or 40 different digital cameras in the last 10 years or so.
And the digital rebel definately does NOT mesure up to... anything.
First the positive. The camera has a good start up time, great battery life, fast & accurate auto-focus (in decent light) and just ''feels'' good. And it's relativly cheap.
Anybody used to shooting SLR's will feel right at home with it. And of course it works with all the canon eos lenses, batteries & flashes, which are all fairly affordable
Now the bad
First of all the camera ALWAYS shoots everything under exposed. The f-stop is consistantly about a half or a full f-stop off what it should be... so you have to either retouch (brighten) every single picture you take, or set the f-stop manually if you want good pictures. And no, I'm not retentive about the quality of the images, the camera is really that bad.
How come the $260 canon A540 I got my kid for christmass can do it right, but my $999 digital rebel can't?
Secondly the electronics in the digital rebels have a real problem talking to the flashes. I've tried my speedligh 220, 440 & 550 (built by canon) and a sunpack flash for canon's, and get identical results using all 4. This camera simply does not take correctly exposed shots using a flash. Period. Some are bright, some are dark, and some are just plain flashed out with about 70 billion gigawatts of light. And they just plain don't work at all unless your at least 6-7 feet away from your subject.
It is the WORSE control of an external flash that I've ever experienced on any camera, bar none.
Conversly, the internal little pop up flash actually works pretty good, as long as you have SOME light. In very low or no light situations it does some kind of stroboscopic little dance, then pops off a flash about a second later. Very weird and kind of hard to work with.
And last, but worst of all this camera has a design flaw.
One day while in the middle of shooting a burst of pictures the autofocus simply stopped working. I have another friend that has the exact same problem. Did some research over the net and found that we're hardly the only ones that this has happened to. As a matter of fact I counted well over a dozen digital rebel owners that had the exact same problem on that message board.
It's a design flaw, where one of the parts inside the camera simply can't stand up to the wear & tear of taking too many pictures. Some camera huh?
A small pin that flips the mirror breaks, and prevents the camera from fine tuning the micro-focus on the image.
I called canon, who told me that I could send them the camera & get it fixed for a few hundred dollars. Great. Let me get this right... canon makes a camera that actually BREAKS WHEN YOU TAKE PICTURES WITH IT, and then they offer to charge me a third of the price of the camera to fix it?
According to the person I spoke with their is no recall on this product, they are not aware of any design flaws, and cannot explain why it broke. Maybe I did something wrong?
Like shooting pictures with it?
Don't buy this camera, chip in a few hundred $$ more and buy something else.
Hope this helps you out.
15 out of 15 users found this user opinion helpful.
You should buy this camera
by TexAg on June 13, 2005
Pros: Stunning pictures, easy controls, small and light
Cons: Lens that comes with the kit
Summary: This camera is outstanding. It takes great pictures, and the controls are easy to use and laid out perfectly. Start-up time is instant. 3 pics per second in rapid-fire mode. ...
Summary: This camera is outstanding. It takes great pictures, and the controls are easy to use and laid out perfectly. Start-up time is instant. 3 pics per second in rapid-fire mode.
Don't buy the kit with the crappy 18-55 lens. Buy the body only and buy yourself a good IS lens, either the EF 28-135 or the EF-S 17-85.
16 out of 19 users found this user opinion helpful.
Good camera for the money, but would buy 20D instead.
by chillindave on January 22, 2006
Pros: Compact, excellent picture quality.
Cons: High noise levels above 400 ISO.
Summary: I purchased the Rebel XT with kit lens as my entry from film to digital SLR's. The Rebel XT had excellent reviews and I was impressed by it's ...
Summary: I purchased the Rebel XT with kit lens as my entry from film to digital SLR's. The Rebel XT had excellent reviews and I was impressed by it's features when viewing it at a local Camera shop. It is small and I like this, even though many others don't. It makes it easier to carry around on hiking trips and etc.
I have quite a few lenses, but I tend to perfer the kit lens for most of my shooting. For the price, it's not a bad lens and when used in the right way, the barrel distortion isn't noticable.
The biggest downfall I've found to this camera is it's high noise levels above 400 ISO. Even though CNET said it was manageable, when shooting in low light conditions such as covering indoor church events etc., the noise is unacceptably high and if enlarged prints such as 8x10 and above at 400-1600 ISO are the targeted print size, then you're in for a disappointment. I've seen alot of pictures done at high ISO speeds with the 20D and it performs MUCH better. I wished I would've spent the extra on the 20D for this reason.
But for the price of the XT, you can't really beat it. It's an excellent entry-level DSLR, but if I were trying to go pro, go with at least the 20D.
Example pictures can be found at www.rightanglepro.com, as every picture on there was taken with the XT.
12 out of 12 users found this user opinion helpful.
Do not buy from DELL-Buyer Beware
by computermavin on June 10, 2005
Pros: Great price
Cons: Terrible Service and possible refurbushed items
Summary: I ordered a CANON Rebel XT(black) from DELL on April 8, 2005. They were supposed to ship it on April 25, 2005. They delayed it several times-first to May ...
Summary: I ordered a CANON Rebel XT(black) from DELL on April 8, 2005. They were supposed to ship it on April 25, 2005. They delayed it several times-first to May 5, then May 12.
I must have called DELL at least 20 times and sent them several e-mails.
Once I called customer service and the rep transferred me to Financing!
The camera was finally shipped on May 16. I received the camera on May 19.
But the story does not end there. I noticed that if I left the battery in the camera overnight or even after only 20 shots the battery would drain completely and the camera turn off.
I called DELL to complain and was put on hold for half an hour.
The next call I got transferred around several departments.
I e-mailed them and after a couple days they told me to contact CANON as they do not provide warranty support for cameras.
I dropped the camera at CANON's repair center. They have replaced a PCB card and hopefully repaired it. I just got it back today.
I was shocked with my experience with DELL. I have bought 2 PCS from DELL and they have been working great.
My advise to all of you...be careful buying cameras from DELL. DELL has terrible customer service and does not ship on time...and products they ship may be re-furbished or defective.
14 out of 17 users found this user opinion helpful.
Good but not pro quality
by vladimim on May 22, 2005
Pros: Fast, easy to operate, user friendly
Cons: expensive for what it offers, 3:2 image ratio
Summary: Realy easy to set up and use. Took 1000+ shots first couple days after I got it. Battery life is excellent. The camera is very fast, it is ready to ...
Summary: Realy easy to set up and use. Took 1000+ shots first couple days after I got it. Battery life is excellent. The camera is very fast, it is ready to use immediately after you turn it on.
Image quality is very good, but not as good as I expected. The sensor noise is noticable at ISO 800+. The built in flash is marginal. However, with my external flash the output is superb.
8 out of 8 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Canon
- Part number: 0206B003
- Description: For convenience, ease of use and no-compromise SLR performance, look no further than the EOS Digital Rebel XT. Featuring Canon's Digital Trinity - an 8.0 Megapixel CMOS sensor, Canon's own DIGIC II Image Processor and compatibility with over 50 EF Lenses-the new Digital Rebel XT has an all new lightweight and compact body, improved performance across the board and the easiest operation in its class, simplifying complex tasks and ensuring the perfect shot every time. With intuitive simplicity, powerful performance and unprecedented affordability, the Rebel XT is the EOS digital camera for everyone.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Digital camera - SLR
- Enclosure Color Silver
- Resolution 8 megapixels
- Optical Sensor Type CMOS
- Total Pixels 8,200,000 pixels
- Effective Sensor Resolution 8,000,000 pixels
- Optical Sensor Size 14.8 x 22.2mm
- Optical Zoom 3 x
- Image Processor DIGIC II
- Auto Focus TTL phase detection
- Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty 7
- Image Recording Format JPEG,
RAW + JPEG
- AV Interfaces Composite video
Exposure & White Balance
- Light Sensitivity ISO 1600,
ISO auto (100-400),
- Exposure Metering Partial (9%),
- Exposure Metering Zones 35
- Exposure Modes E-TTL II program flash,
- Shooting Programs Sports mode,
- Special Effects Monotone
- White Balance Automatic,
- White Balance Presets Daylight,
- Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 sec
- Min Shutter Speed 30 sec
- Exposure Compensation ±2 EV range, in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps
- Auto Exposure Bracketing 3 steps in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps
- White Balance Bracketing Yes
- X-sync Speed 1/200 sec
- Exposure Range EV 1-20 ( ISO 100 )
- Type Canon 18 mm - 55 mm,
3 x x Zoom lens - F/3.5-5.6 Canon EF-S
- Focus Adjustment Automatic
- Min Focus Range 11 in
- Max View Angle 74.3 degrees
- Zoom Adjustment Manual
- Lens Construction 9 groups / 11 elements
- Filter Size 58 mm
- Lens System Mounting Canon EF
- Features Aspherical lens
- Camera Flash Pop-up flash
- Guide Number (m / ISO 100) 13
- Flash Modes Fill-in mode,
Flash OFF mode,
- Features Flash +/- compensation,
- Continuous Shooting Speed 3 frames per second
- Self Timer Delay 10 sec
- Flash Terminal Hot shoe
- Status LCD Display Illumination Yes
- Status LCD Display Information Photo quality,
White balance indicators,
Manual focus mode,
- Additional Features Display brightness control,
Depth-of-field preview button,
RGB primary color filter,
Auto power save,
Digital noise reduction,
Camera orientation detection,
USB 2.0 compatibility,
- Viewfinder Type Optical - Eye-level mirror pentaprism
- Field Coverage 95%
- Magnification 0.8x
- Dioptric Correction Range -3 to +1
- Viewfinder Frames Autofocus frame
- Viewfinder Information Exposure compensation,
Flash charge completion,
- Type 1.8 in LCD display
- Display Features Built-in
- Connector Type 1 x Composite video/audio output,
1 x USB
- Software Canon ZoomBrowser EX,
Canon Digital Photo Professional,
Drivers & Utilities,
System Requirements for PC Connection
- Operating System Support MS Windows 98 SE,
Apple Mac OS X 10.3,
MS Windows 98,
MS Windows XP,
MS Windows 2000,
Apple Mac OS X 10.2,
Apple Mac OS X 10.1,
Apple Mac OS 9.0 - 9.2,
MS Windows ME
- Peripheral Devices USB port,
- System Requirements Details Windows 98/98SE/2000/ME - Pentium - 150 MHz - 128 MB,
Windows XP - Pentium - 300 MHz - 256 MB,
MacOS 9.0 - 9.2 - PowerPC - 128 MB,
MacOS X - PowerPC - 256 MB
- Included Accessories Battery charger,
- Supported Battery Canon NB-2LH
- Supported Battery 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 720 mAh ( Included )
Memory / Storage
- Memory Card Slot CompactFlash Card
- Supported Memory Cards CompactFlash,
- Image Storage RAW 3456 x 2304 - 8.3 MB,
Fine JPEG 3456 x 2304 - 3.3 MB,
Normal JPEG 3456 x 2304 - 1.7 MB,
Fine JPEG 2496 x 1664 - 2 MB,
Normal JPEG 2496 x 1664 - 1 MB,
Fine JPEG 1728 x 1152 - 1.2 MB,
Normal JPEG 1728 x 1152 - 0.6 MB
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 5 in
- Depth 2.5 in
- Height 3.7 in
- Weight 1.1 lbs
- Min Operating Temperature 32 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 104 °F
14.8 x 22.2mm,
14.8 x 22.2mm,
- Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Telephoto Zoom Lens (for Canon SLR Cameras)
- Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens
- Tamron AF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 LD for Canon Digital SLR Cameras
- Sandisk Ultra II CompactFlash 1GB
- Canon EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II USM
- Sandisk Ultra II CompactFlash 2GB
- Speedlite 580EX
- Kingston Elite Pro 4GB CompactFlash card
- Epson Stylus Photo R2400
- SanDisk Extreme III CompactFlash card (1GB)
- Kingston 1GB Elite Pro CompactFlash Card
- Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD 1:2 Auto Focus Macro Zoom Lens with Hood for Canon EOS