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Canon EOS Rebel XTi (400D)

rebel_xti
Review Date: Oct 24, 2006 Recommend? | Price paid: Not Indicated

 
Pros: INfo on the LCD protection alternatives
Cons:

Someone emailed me asking more info about LCD protection alternatives.

I've found the PALM anti -glare protector, or the BELKIN overlay for Ipod, are both cheap (around $15 US) and sturdy to do a good job of taking care of any camera's LCD. Here's the information, if anyone needs it.

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The Ipod protector is called Video Protective Overlay, made by BELKIN (accesories supplier for Ipod). It comes in a package with a number of overlays, different sizes for different Ipods. Pick the one that most fits the Xti LCD and cut the rectangle to size before peeling and applying it (measuring the LCD first won’t hurt) .

I found this at a huge electronics store right in front of the camera shop where I bought my 400D. After paying I asked for a pair of scisors, cut the piece of plastic, cleaned the LCD (which was right out of its box) with the cleaner provided and applied the overlay following the instructions with the package (it comes with a card like a Visa card, by means of which you “spread” the overlay across the surface to be protected.) GO SLOW and you’ll succeed. If you get bubbles, gently push them to the edges with your thumb.


http://www.circuitcity.com/ccd/productDetail.do?oid=149552&JSESSIONID=F2SZyX6gTsSs7kd0QhRVT5ngJhc5J9!-1227299273!1161712185745


Or with Amazon:


http://www.amazon.com/Belkin-Components-F8Z085-Video-Overlay/dp/B000EZYGTM/sr=1-1/qid=1161712609/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/102-7232948-8955358?ie=UTF8&s=electronics



On my old XT I used the PALM TREO anti - glare screen protector. It comes only with two, Treo screen size, screen covers. The method is the same, you cut the screen protector to size, peel it and apply spreading it with the hard aplicator card provided. DO NOT buy the “Palm Screen Protector Multipack” (12 units per pack), those are SOFT protectors that won’t do much in term of protection.

http://store.palm.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2117599&cp=1964112.1964129&parentPage=family



I find no difference between the Palm and the Belkin protectors, both are pretty, pretty sturdy, I don’t have a single scratch on the Belkin and did not have time enough to scratch the Palm on my XT, much less the camera’s LCD. With both, you get at least one spare (more with the Balkin set), so when and if you need it, you unstick the screen protector and replace it in no time.

Best,
Javier Diaz
Santiago - CHILE
jadil1@entelchile.net



 
Canon EOS Rebel XTi (400D)

rebel_xti
Review Date: Oct 8, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sensor Cleaning System performs 100% as advertised. Huge LCD is quite an improvement. Accesories for the old 350D/XT work fine here.
Cons:
Noisy at 1600 ISO. Small viewfinder. Viewfinder information does NOT tell you when IS funtion is on or off. And BEWARE, shooting in RAW mode will need a bigger CF card since 10Mpx shots use a LOT opf memory.

I traded my 350D (XT) for the new 400D (XTi) at the begining of October '06. The new model is a huge improvement over its predecessor.

1.- SENSOR CLEANING: This is the first Canon SRL to feature a Sensor Cleaning System, and as such we had the right to be doubtful. Needlessly, as it turned out : I can tell you it works as good as advertised.

Tourist for one week visiting animal reserves in Sidney, I switched lenses constantly, even in the car with the air conditioning on (one of the worse scenarios to perform lens changes which you seldom notice.) The few dust specs I could find on some pictures (all shot in the period when I DEACTIVATED the automated cleaning feature to check how it worked) were COMPLETELY GONE after the next cleaning up.

Well done, Canon! This new feature ALONE justifies the camera trade up.


2.- LCD: The big LCD is flawless. As claimed by Canon, it can be seen from many angles and is quite sharp.

For protection I put over it a sturdy IPOD screen protector (a Palm TREO 600 - 650 - 700 screen will perform the same function, I had one on my old 350D-XT). I DO recommend this. It's a $15 investement that'll yield good results throughout the whole camera service life (and coming in more than one, you always have spares.)


The LCD does NOT stay on all the time. It goes dark whenever you put the camera and the viewfinder to your face. Or, you can turn it off by pressing the DISPLAY button. And finally, it shuts down when the camera goes into sleep mode (programmable from 30 scs through a few minutes).


3.- BETTER FUNCTIONALITY: A minor improvement is with the exposure button. In the old 350D/XT you could press it inadvertently all the way to SEFL TIMER and shoot without knowing, which ended in frustration. NO MORE. Now all selections go into and through the LCD status mode, where you have to sort-of confirm your selection. No more accidental pressing of buttons.

4.- ACCESORIES: All accesories for the 350D/XT work with the 400D, especially the Battery Grip.

LOWDOWNS:

a) - Before getting the camera I had reservations about its noise level. Using a sensor with almost the same surface as the previous model sensor, one wondered how Canon would solve the problem of noise ad high ISO settings.

Now, this is pretty tentative since as of Oct, 8, 2006 I've had the camera for one week only. At up to 800 ISO, there doesn't seem to be a problem and I cannot find traces of noise. But at 1600 ISO the noise was there WHEN I tried to lighten the shots with Digital Photo Professional (keeping them AS SHOT showed no noise at all.) Since I did not work much at such a high ISO level with my old 350D/XT, I can't say if the new model is on a par with it or has worse performance working at 1600. You be the judge.

Also, the tendency being toward stabilised lenses, this issue ought not to be a problem (I have the EF-S IS 17-85mm USM lens as my main unit and it works quite well with this camera).

b). The viewfinder. STINGY. Canon must be specially proud of its small viewfinders since it keeps replicating them on otherwise fine improved machines. Still, if you're a Canonist, you are quite used to them.

c) Why not putting a marker on the viewfinder - besides the f: or the aperture digit, to signal wherever the lens IS mechanism is on or off?

d) Not a flaw but still worth mentioning: if you work in RAW mode (as it should be done), you'll need a bigger CF card, since 10Mpx use a lot of memory per picture.


IN A NUTSHELL:

I loved my 350D / XT, and I love this 400D / XTi even more. I hated the dirt on the sensor, this problem is for most parts gone, I haven't had to try the software solution provided by Canon on its new Digital Photo Professional 2.00 version - a clever "stamp" device to mask the dustpecs.)

This new sensor ALONE justifies the upgrade. Getting a new, better LCD, better functioning buttons and, least I forget, 10Mpx, is a much welcome bonus.

I any one out there should want more feedback, feel free to email me.

Best,
Javier Diaz
Santiago - CHILE
jadil1@entelchile.net