Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi SLR Review
Camera Controls, Storage, I/O, & Power
The controls on the grip side of the camera include the Mode Dial with the Power switch.
The Shutter Release button and the Main Dial.
On the bottom are two multi-purpose buttons, in capture mode
these are: AE lock / FE lock and the AF point selector buttons.
The Mode Dial is divided into the Basic Zone
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 2GB and 4GB models.
Canon does not supply a memory card. The XTi's 10.1-megapixel resolution produces Large/Fine
JPEG image files averaging 3.8MB, and RAW files of 9.8MB; I recommended buying a LARGE (1GB or bigger) card
especially if you use the Raw+JPEG save option.
Input/Output ports are on the left side:
The Digital Rebel XTi is powered by a Canon NB-2LH 7.4v 720mAh Lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack. This is a high-capacity battery and is used by several other Canon digital cameras such as the Powershot S70. At normal temperature (68°F and above) it's good for ~500 pictures without flash or ~360 pictures if the flash is used 50% of the time. At colder temperature (32°F) that number drops to ~370 or ~280 if flash is used 50% of the time.
The supplied CB-2LW (100-240V AC) compact charger requires ~90 minutes to charge a fully depleted NB-2LH battery pack. It requires no separate power cord, it has fold-out prongs.
The camera can also be powered by the optional AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC20.
(Note that there is also a CR2016 lithium "button" battery inside the battery
compartment to retain camera settings during main battery changes.)
The optional BG-E3 battery grip holds two NB-2LH batteries or six AA type batteries in a tray. If two NB-2LH batteries are inserted, power is supplied simultaneously by both battery packs. If both NB-2LH packs are fully charged then the number of frames you can capture are doubled -- ~1000 pictures without flash or ~720 pictures if the flash is used 50% of the time. At colder temperature (32°F) that number drops to ~740 or ~560 if flash is used 50% of the time..
The BG-E3 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.
If you use big zooms or telephoto lenses then the BG-E3 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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