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Canon EOS Rebel XT (350D)

Review Date: Jul 9, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $650.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Small Size/Weight, Range of settings.
Small Size, battery life, lack of settings wheel, lower end shutter.

This was my first SLR coming from a 2mp tiny P&S Sony cam. The 350d was a great starter camera, perfect to learn on. Plenty of settings, pretty much everything you need to learn about the technical side of photography can be found on this cam. It's size/weight is a benefit, but at the same time it can feel small in large hands without a battery grip. The grip is also very beneficial in that you can use 2 batteries. The batteries for the Rebels are half the capacity of 30d's. My single 30d battery will outlast my 350d with battery grip with dual batteries.

This camera is great for travel and even medium use. However, for weddings, and high amounts of use, it would be wise to consider a 30d. I have yet to find documentation from Canon stating how long the 350d's shutter will last. Having less focus points than the higher end cameras or the lack of spot metering won't make much difference to a new user. The biggest differences between the Rebel series and the XXd series to me are the thumb wheel, and compatibility with a standard large cap. Canon battery.