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Canon EOS 300D DIGITAL
By Tan Joe-sie
Category : Digital Camera
Published by Jimmy Tang on Tuesday, 24th February, 2004
Rating : 4 out of 5 stars  


Introduction

The Canon EOS 300D DIGITAL is also known as the Canon Digital Rebel in the United States of America and most certainly rebelled against prices set by previous DSLR cameras in the market when it was first introduced. Released in later half of year 2003, the Canon EOS 300D DIGITAL is currently priced at S$1899 (body alone) or S$1999 (kit version) and seem to be the answer for many budget-wise consumers looking for a stepping stone into the realm of digital SLR photography. Similar to the Canon EOS 10D DIGITAL, the Canon EOS 300D DIGITAL boasts a 6.3 megapixel CMOS image sensor along with Canon’s PictBridge support for direct printing on PictBridge compliant printers as well as Canon’s proven DIGIC technology.

For the uninitiated, Canon’s Digital Imaging Core or simply known as ‘DIGIC’ is a specialized and dedicated chip to process the images for their cameras holding this technology. This processor incorporates six key elements crucial to the capturing of quality images, such as CCD control, Auto Exposure/ Auto Focus/ Auto White Balance, Signal processing, JPEG compression/ expansion, memory card control and Display (color LCD, video output). As a result of a speed advantage that comes with this improvement, the battery life of the digital camera is prolonged as well.

Just to whet your appetite, other features included in the Canon EOS 300D DIGITAL are the seven selectable AF points for accurate focusing, 2.5 frames per second burst of up to four frames, ISO values ranging from 100-1600, three types of metering and focusing modes, seven Basic Zone and five Creative Zone shooting modes, up to 10x playback zoom for focusing and framing checks, as well as a Plug and Play USB interface.

Before we move on with the detailed aspects of the camera, here are the Canon EOS 300D DIGITAL’s detailed camera specifications :-

Technical Specifications for Canon EOS 300D DIGITAL
General
Suggested Retail Price
  • S$1899 (body alone)
  • S$1999 (body and 18-55mm EF-S lens)
  • Camera Format Interchangeable Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera
    Lens Format Canon EF including EF-S lenses (35mm-equivalent focal length is equal to approx. 1.6 times the marked focal length))
    Lens Mount Canon EF mount
    Dimensions 5.6(W) x 3.9(H) x 2.9(D) in./ 142(W) x 99(H) x 72.4(D)mm
    Weight (body only) 560g
    Remote Control With RS-60E3 terminal or wireless Remote Controller RC-1 and RC-5
    Tripod Mount Yes
    Operating Systems
  • Windows XP (Home Edition/ Professional), Windows Me, Windows 2000, Windows 98 SE
  • Mac OS X (version 10.2 recommended), Mac OS 9.0 to 9.2 (Mac OS 9.2 recommended)
  • Image Capture
    Sensor Type Color CMOS
    Sensor Size 0.89 x 0.59 in./ 22.7 x 15.1 mm
    Photo Detectors Approx. 6.5 megapixels
    Effective Pixels Approx. 6.3 megapixels
    Aspect Ratio 3:2
    Shutter
    Type Vertical-travel, mechanical, focal-plane shutter with all speeds electronically-controlled
    Speeds
  • 1/4000 to 30s
  • Bulb
  • X-sync at 1/200s
  • Focusing
    Focus System TTL-CT-SIR with AF-dedicated CMOS
    Focus Modes
  • One-shot AF
  • Predictive AI Servo AF
  • AI Focus AF
  • Manual Focusing
  • Focusing Points 7
    Focusing Point Selection
  • Automatic
  • Manual
  • AF-Assist Intermittent firing of built-in flash (effective range: approx. 13.1 ft/ 4m at center, approx. 11.5 ft/ 3.5m at periphery)
    Exposure
    ISO Speed Range Equivalent to ISO 100-1600
    Metering (Metering is dependant on exposure mode)
  • 35-zone Evaluative metering - in all modes except M
  • Partial metering at center (approx. 9% of viewfinder) - with use of AE Lock in P, Tv, Av, M, A-Dep
  • Centerweighted average mettering - in M only
  • Compensation +/- 2 stops in 1/2 or 1/3-stop increments
    Bracketing Available
    Shooting Modes
    • Basic Zone
      • Full Auto
      • Image Zone
        • Portrait
        • Landscape
        • Close-up
        • Sports
        • Night Portrait
        • Flash Off
    • Creative Zone
      • Program AE (P)
      • Shutter Priority AE (Tv)
      • Aperture Prioty AE (Av)
      • Manual (M)
      • Auto Depth-of-Field AE (A-DEP)
    Noise Reduction None (Not necessary)
    White Balancing
    Modes
    • Auto
    • Preset
      • Daylight
      • Shade
      • Overcast
      • Tungsten
      • Fluorescent
      • Flash
    • Manual
    Bracketing Available
    Drive
    Modes
  • Single-frame
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
  • Remote Control
  • Sequential Shooting Approx. 2.5 fps up to 4 shots (at 1/250s of faster for all recording qualities)
    Self Timer 10s delay
    Viewfinder
    Type Eye-level SLR (with fixed pentamirror)
    Coverage Approx. 95% vertically and horizontally
    Magnification 0.8x
    Eyepoint 21mm
    Diopter Adjustment Range -3.0 to +1.0
    Depth of Field Preview Yes
    Focusing Screen Fixed
    Eye Cup Interchangeable
    Display
    LCD Monitor 1.8-inch TFT color LCD
    LCD Pixels Approx. 118,000 pixels
    Coverage Approx. 100%
    Brightness Control 5 levels
    Playback
    Modes
  • Single image
  • 9-image index
  • Enlarged (up to 10x)
  • Auto play
  • Information Display
  • Information Display
  • Histogram Display
  • Highlight Display
  • Flash
    Type Auto pop-up, retractable, built-in flash
    Guide Number 13/43 (at ISO 100 in meters/ feet)
    Coverage Up to 18mm focal length ( equivalent to approx. 28mm in 35mm format)
    External Connection E-TTL autoflash with EX-series Speedlite
    Image Storage
    Recording Media Type I and II CF card
    Recording Format
  • Design rule for Camera File System (JPEG) and RAW
  • Exif 2.2 compliant
  • File Format
  • JPEG
  • RAW (CRW)
  • File Size (on CF card)
    • JPEG
      • Large/ Fine: Approx. 3.1MB (3072 x 2048)
      • Large/ Normal: Approx. 1.8MB (3072 x 2048)
      • Middle/ Fine: Approx. 1.8MB (2048 x 1360)
      • Middle/ Normal: Approx. 1.2MB (2048 x 1360)
      • Small/ Fine: Approx 1.4MB (1536 x 1024)
      • Small/ Normal: Approx. 0.9MB (1536 x 1024)
    • RAW
      • Approx. 7MB (3072 x 2048)
    Processing Parameters
    • Parameter 1 (all parameters levels set a +1)
    • Parameter 2 (all parameters levels set at 0)
    • Adobe RGB
    • Set 1
    • Set 2
    • Set 3
    * 5 levels of user-adjustable contrast, sharpness, saturation, colour tone levels under Set 1,2,3
    Power Supply
    Battery BP-511/512 lithium ion rechargeable battery (with CB-5L battery charger)
    AC Power Supply AC Adapter Kit ACK-E2 (optional)
    Others
  • Compact Power Adapter CA-PS400 (optional)
  • DC Coupler DR-400 (optional)
  • Connection Ports
  • USB connector (mini-B)
  • IEEE 1394 connector
  • DC-in jack
  • Video-out jack
  • Remote cable connector
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