Canon EOS Digital Rebel 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, 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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