Canon EOS Digital Rebel SLR Review

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Canon EOS 300D


Camera Controls, Storage, I/O, & Power



Canon EOS 300D Digital Rebel, image (c) 2003 Steve's Digicams

The controls on the grip side of the camera include the Mode Dial with the Power switch. The Shutter Release button, the Main Dial and the Drive button for selecting Single, Self-timer, Remote or Continuous mode.


The Mode Dial is divided into the Basic Zone

  • Full Auto - "Point and Shoot" mode, camera makes all settings automatically including the flash.
  • Portrait - Sharp subject with blurred background
  • Landscape - Scenery, sunsets and open-sky photos
  • Close-up - Closeup shots of small things
  • Sports - Freeze fast-moving subjects with higher shutter speeds and uses Predictive AF focusing
  • Night Scene - Up to 2-second long shutter speed plus fill flash
  • Flash Off - Natural looking pictures without the flash
and the Creative Zone
  • Program AE - Camera selects the optimum shutter speed and aperture for the shooting conditions.
  • Tv - Shutter priority; you select shutter speed (1/4000 to 30 seconds), camera matches appropriate aperture
  • Av - Aperture priority; you select aperture, camera matches appropriate shutter speed
  • Manual - Manual selection of both shutter speed and aperture
  • A-DEP - Aperture is determined to maximize depth of field so that all objects in the 7 focus points are sharply focused.




Canon EOS 300D Digital Rebel, image (c) 2003 Steve's Digicams

On the upper right corner of the back are two multi-purpose buttons, in capture mode these are: AE lock / FE lock and the AF point selector buttons.

We'll cover the digital controls on the next page of this review.



Canon EOS 300D Digital Rebel, image (c) 2003 Steve's Digicams

Images are stored on CompactFlash devices. The Digital Rebel can use any capacity CompactFlash Type I or II card, it's FAT16/FAT32 compatible and is also compatible with IBM/Hitachi Microdrives, including the new 2GB and 4GB models.

Canon does not supply a memory card, I recommended buying a LARGE (512MB or bigger) card especially if you use the Raw+JPEG save option.


Canon EOS 300D Digital Rebel





Canon EOS 300D Digital Rebel, image (c) 2003 Steve's Digicams
Input/Output ports are on the left side:


On the top is the USB 1.1 Digital port



Video Out (selectable NTSC or PAL format)



And on the bottom is a connector for the Canon RS-60E3 remote switch. The Digital Rebel can also be used with the RC-5 wireless infrared remote controller.



Canon EOS 300D Digital Rebel, image (c) 2003 Steve's Digicams

The Digital Rebel is powered by Canon's excellent BP-511 7.2v 1100mAh (or BP-512) Li-ion rechargeable battery pack. This is a high-capacity battery and is used by many of Canon's digital cameras and camcorders over the last two+ years.  At normal temperature (68°F and above) it's good for ~600 pictures without flash or ~400 pictures if the flash is used 50% of the time.

There is a CR2016 "memory" battery located inside of the battery compartment. This retains the time and date and camera settings when the main battery is removed.


Canon EOS 300D Digital Rebel, image (c) 2003 Steve's Digicams

The supplied CB-5L (100-240V AC) compact charger requires 90 minutes to charge a fully depleted BP-511 or BP-512 battery pack. The red LED indicates the charge level by blinking once for 25%, twice for 50%, three times for 75% and steady for 100%.

The camera can also be powered by the optional AC Adapter Kit ACK-E2.



Canon EOS 300D Digital Rebel

The optional BG-E1 battery grip holds two BP-511 or BP-512 batteries and adds a portrait grip with a vertical shutter release complete with AE/FE-Lock button, AF point selector button, exposure compensation button and Main Dial. It automatically switches over to the second battery when the first one is exhausted.

If you use big zooms or telephoto lenses then the BG-E1 should be considered as a "must have" accessory. It gives you a much more stable way to hold the camera and also acts as a counterbalance by shifting the center of gravity.







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