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Canon's new EOS Rebel XT, an 8-megapixel digital SLR (DSLR)

The Canon EOS Rebel brought professionalism to afffordable digital SLRs, and now the new DSLR from Canon, the Canon Digital Rebel XT improves on it. 


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The best part is the price - at $ 1000, that translates into a nice and affordable Rs 43,000 in the Indian market - affordbale at least by digital camera standards.

The new digital SLR camera from Canon is able to shoot 3 frames per second in 14 frame bursts. The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT will probably be known as the EOS 350D Digital in Europe and the EOS Kill Digital 2e in Japan. (Why Kill? We have no idea, go ask Canon!)

Of course there is better news from Canon - the original Canon EOS rebel is not going to be phased out or anything - it will still be available, and we guess the price in India will be a lot better at less than Rs 40,000. At those prices, it makes a lot better sense to avoid going for a simple automatic digital camera, and go for a propah digital SLR such as the EOS Rebel XT. The bad news is that we still do not know the launch date - that really is no bad news!

Here is a quote from Mogens Jensen, Canon's Head of Consumer Imaging, Europe: "The Canon EOS Rebel kick started the digital SLR revolution, becoming the best selling model of all time. "The new Canon Rebel XT will now take over, playing a major role in Canon's digital SLR strategy. Canon predicts the D-SLR market will double in size by the end of 2006."

The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT features a second generation low noise APS-C size 8.0 Megapixel CMOS sensor. Behnd the scenes is working a DIGIC II image processor, till now only available in Canon's professional series D-SLR cameras. The camera's 3 frame per second, 14 frame burst operation should be enough for most semi-professional photographers looking for a digital SLR camera. The Digital Rebel XT will also have a till-recently unbelievable 0.2 second startup time, and a USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface and simultaneous RAW and Large JPEG writing.

Canon follows the trend in making them smaller - so the Canon Rebel XT is 10 per cent lighter and 25 per cent smaller in size than its predecessor. The XT will be available in two finishes - black and silver, and in both as body-only and kit form with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II lens.

Focusing modes of the Canon Rebel EOS XT consist of One Shot AF for single shot focusing, AI Servo AF for shooting subjects moving at up to 50kph up to 10m away. The rebel XT's AI Focus AF switches automatically between One Shot AF and AI SERVO AF. 

Lab-quality prints can be produced without the need for a computer by directly connecting the Canon Rebel XT Digital to any PictBridge compatible photo printer via the supplied USB cable. The new USB 2.0 Hi-Speed connection improves computer upload times, and is also compatible with USB 1.1 and Picture Transfer Protocol for driverless transfers. The 1.8" LCD is used to select and review photographs to be printed and set print variables. The shutter speeds are enough for most requirements - 30 sec to 1/4000 sec, plus bulb and high-speed x-sync at 1/200s. 

The Canon EOS Rebel XT digital camera package comes with a Canon NB -2LH battery pack, charger, USB cable, video cable and an anti-slip neck strap.


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