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Canon EOS 350D Digital SLR
By Chucks
Category : Digital Camera
Published by Vijay Anand on Friday, 11th March, 2005
Rating : 4.5 out of 5 stars   (Most Value For Money Award)

Price : SGD1999

The Successor To The EOS 300D

Perhaps the most exciting news that came out of this year's Photo Marketting Association (PMA) is Canon's announcement of the eight-megapixel EOS 350D, the successor to the hugely popular 6.3-megapixel EOS 300D. Just a couple of years ago, Canon gave the word "affordability" a whole new meaning when they announced that the 300D would be retailing at a sub-US$1000 (or under S$2000) price tag. The 350D (available in both black and silver versions) wouldn't be far off from that price point, but now you would be getting even more bang for the buck. A new generation 8.0-megapixel CMOS sensor is the obvious improvement in the 350D, as well as Canon’s renowned DIGIC II image processor. Overall speed has been improved too, including a faster startup time, faster continuous shooting speed (3 FPS), and improved CompactFlash writing speed. One of the main complaints of the 300D was its built quality and the new 350D significantly improved in this aspect as well. Compared to the 300D, the 350D is lighter, smaller, and offers a more robust handling (despite its plastic casing). Other additions include nine new custom functions, selectable metering and AF mode, color space adjustments, custom parameters (for contrast, sharpness, saturation and color tone), Hi-Speed USB 2.0 connection, a new battery grip, and many others. Such impressive specs are almost unimaginable a couple of years back.

This review is based on a production unit with firmware version 1.0.1.

Standard Package Content

Before we move on with the detailed aspects of the camera, we list the standard Canon EOS-350D package contents: -

Package Contents

  • EOS 350D Camera Body (with eyecup, body cap and lithium backup battery for date and time)
  • EF-S 18 - 55mm f/3.5 - 5.6 II Lens (with lens cap and dust cap) *
  • Battery Charger NB-2LH (with protective cover)
  • Power Cord (for charger)
  • Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
  • Video Cable VC-100
  • Wide Strap EW-100DBII (with eyepiece cover)
  • 3 x CD-ROM (EOS DIGITAL Solution Disk, ArcSoft PhotoStudio Disk, Software Instructional Manual)
  • Pocket Guide
  • EOS 350D Digital Instruction Manual
  • Software Guide
  • Battery Pack NB-2LH Instructions
  • Lens Instructions *
  • Camera Warranty Card
  • Lens Warranty Card *

    * Lens Kit only
    # No CompactFlash (CF) card is included

    Optional Accessories

    A list of some dedicated accessories available for the Canon EOS-350D: -

  • Battery Pack NB-2LH
  • AC Adapter Kit ACK700
  • Battery Grip BG-E3
  • Semi-Hard Case EH18-L
  • Shoe-mount Speedlites
  • Macro Lites
  • Remote Controller RC-1 and RC-5
  • Remote Switch RS-60E3
  • E-series Dioptric Adjustment Lenses
  • CF Card
  • PC Card Adapter
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