Canon EOS Digital Rebel SLR Review

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Canon EOS 300D

Digital Features & Controls

The "digital half" of the EOS Digital Rebel is on the back. Here you'll find both a monochrome data display and a 1.8-inch color LCD for accessing the menus and reviewing captured images. The two buttons in the upper right are for index and enlarged playback functions. The Av+/- button is for setting the aperture value or exposure compensation. Below that is the button to illuminate the data display. The 4-way controller lets you navigate menus and select images during playback. In record mode the "Up" button is used to change the ISO values and the "Down" button changes white balance settings.

Canon EOS 300D Digital Rebel

MENU - Enables the onscreen menu system

INFO - In record it displays all camera and exposure settings (see below), in playback it displays camera and exposure data at time of capture

JUMP - In playback it jumps 10 pictures ahead

PLAY - Puts camera into playback mode

DELETE - Erase images

Canon EOS 300D Digital Rebel

The monochrome data display on the back gives you all the important camera settings at a glance. Shutter speed, aperture, # of pictures remaining, white balance, bracketing, drive mode, battery level, self-timer or remote, image size, image quality, RAW mode and exposure compensaton. It can be illuminated at the press of a button.

Canon EOS 300D Digital Rebel

Pressing the INFO button while in record mode brings up a screen full of settings and parameters currently in use. One of the handiest is the amount of space (in MB) left on the storage device - yep, there's a 1GB CF card in there.

Canon EOS 300D Digital Rebel

Record menu options:

  • Quality:
      Large/Fine - 3072 x 2048 low JPEG compression - 2.5MB
      Large/Normal - 3072 x 2048 high JPEG compression - 1.3MB
      Medium/Fine - 2048 x 1360 low JPEG compression - 1.4MB
      Medium/Normal - 2048 x 1360 high JPEG compression - 0.7MB
      Small/Fine - 1536 x 1024 low JPEG compression - 0.9MB
      Small/Normal - 1536 x 1024 high JPEG compression - 0.5MB
      RAW - 3072 x 2048 - 7.4MB (also saves a Medium JPEG)
  • Redeye - Enable/disable redeye reduction flash mode
  • AEB - Enables AE Bracketing and sets the step increment (-2 to +2EV in 0.3EV steps)
  • WB-BKT - Set the step (+/- 3) value for white balance bracketing
  • Beep - Enable/disable "button beep" sounds
  • Custom WB - Set the custom white balance value using a stored image
  • Parameters (default is Parameter 1):
      Parameter 1 (Contrast +1, Saturation +1, Sharpness +1) this setting will produce images more like consumer digicams with sharper, more saturated colors
      Parameter 2 (Contrast 0, Saturation 0, Sharpness 0) this setting emulates the default setting of the EOS 10D
      Adobe RGB for those who will edit images with Photoshop
      One of 3 custom sets see the next frame for details

Canon EOS 300D Digital Rebel

You can create 3 sets of parameters with any combination of contrast, sharpness, saturation and color tone adjustments and then recall them when desired. Each of these parameters have settings for: -2, -1, Normal, +1, +2.

Note that the Sharpness parameter is twice as strong as the EOS 10D settings. If you set a +1 sharpness on the Digital Rebel it is equal to a +2 sharpness factor on the 10D.

Canon EOS 300D Digital Rebel

Setup1 options:
  • Auto power off - 1,2,4,8,15,30 minutes or Off
  • Auto rotate - Enable auto rotation of portrait mode images
  • LCD Brightness - LCD back light intensity, 5 levels
  • Date / Time - Set date and time
  • File Numbering - Sequentially number or reset
  • Format - Format the CF card

Canon EOS 300D Digital Rebel

Setup2 options:
  • Language - Sets the menu language
  • Video System - NTSC or PAL video output
  • Communication - USB mode: Normal or PTP
  • Clear all camera settings - Reset all settings to default
  • Sensor clean. - For cleaning the image sensor
  • Firmware Version 1.0.0 - Display camera firmware rev#

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