Pros Resolution, DIGIC II processor, super-fast boot up time, fast shutter speed and FPS
Cons A little small, which causes the controls to be crowded
Summary I have been using a Canon PowerShot G3 for a couple of years and it was a great camera, but I was outgrowing it and I decided to make the jump to SLRs. The two cameras that immediately jumped at me were the Rebel XT and the Nikon D70. The Nikon has a good feel to it, but the technology is a little old and its resolution is only about 6 MP compared to the 8 MP on the XT. The small size of the XT weirded me out the first time I picked it up, but it really isn't that much different in size to a film SLR and I became comfortable with it the more I handled it in stores.
The DIGIC I processor on the G3 produced awesome shots and I was a big fan of it. The DIGIC II has not disappointed me. The images are brilliant.
The XT also boots up in an instant. I have not missed a shot because the camera didn't turn on in time.
The Digital XT's top shutter speed of 1/4000 is plenty to catch most action shots and the 3.0 frames per second (FPS) continuous shooting is great. I can capture up to 9 frames in one burst using the Large size and Fine resolution file size.
The only real problem that I have had with the camera is that I will occasionally hit the shutter release timer button by accident. While the design might be better, you could also argue that the user should pay more attention to what he is doing. It's certainly not annoying enough to consider returning the camera though.
In short, Digital Rebel XT is a great camera. You can't find another camera with a similar feature set for this amount of money. The only reason I would recommend the Nikon D70 over the XT is if you already have a bunch of Nikon lenses. Otherwise, I don't think you can get a better camera for the money.
Pros instant on. speed. intuitive.
Cons The worst lens Canon could possibly have chosen
Summary I love the camera but I really wish I had just gotten the body (without the kit lens). Do yourself a favor and research lenses before you buy. In a very exhaustive survey of several hundred lenses Canon's 18-55 was near the very bottom. Canon, Sigma and Tamron all have better choiced, depending on your shooting style.
Pros Fantastic image quality; low noise at high ISO; fast; light and compact;
Cons Nitpicks: smallish LCD; grip could use more rubber.
Summary If, like me, you remember your old 35mm SLR fondly but have used prosumer 'digicams' for the last few years, waiting for the time when you could finally afford a first-rate D-SLR, the time has finally come. Firstly, this camera takes smooth as silk, incredibly detailed images. They look as good as expertly scanned 35mm film, better in many respects, and I've done a lot of scanning. I downloaded every sample image I could find before I bought this, yet I was still floored with the image quality of my first shots. If anything my expectations were exceeded.
Secondly, being able to shoot at ISO 400 with no noise, and 800 or 1600 with very little noise, cannot be undersold. I have taken shots at 1600, handheld in light that is uncomfortable to read by, that are perfectly acceptable blown up to 8x10 inches. I have found no need to shoot at ISO100, since I cannot really tell it from ISO400 and the extra shutter speed and/or smaller aperture can really come in handy. Wow. A whole different ball game from a digicam.
Third, this thing is so much more responsive than a digicam. Fast focus, always ready to shoot, no shutter lag, huge buffer. The on-board flash is just fine - and like I said, I will be doing a whole lot more available-light non-flash photography with this camera. If you need more flash, get a hot shoe flash unit.
Battery life is excellent. Even with some flash and liberal shot reviewing on the LCD, I can shoot all afternoon without half draining the battery.
I have read a number of reviews saying the body is too small. Rubbish. I felt the original Rebel was too large and lumpy, and all the other semi-pro d-SLR's have been neck-dragging tanks. I really value a compact camera for travel. They could go a bit smaller and it would be fine with me. Yes it is plastic but that keeps it light, and it's not going to break. Again, if you want a larger heavier pro body there is always the 20D, or there is the optional battery grip for the XT.
RAW shooting is incredible. I have been using the free Pixmantec RawShooter Essentials, and the results are great. No more white balance issues, fantastic ability to 'fill light', adjust exposure, balance sharpness and noice, etc. Yet the camera can save a JPEG at the same time. Perfect.
Those who say that 8MP is no great advance over 6MP are right only in that it is probably not worth upgrading just for the resolution. However, 8MP is indeed better. As a former Nikon guy I waited and waited for a Nikon SLR to compare with the Canons. The D50 is only 6MP and not as advanced as the Rebel XT (and still not for sale as of 6/8/05.) The D70 is too bulky for my taste and still only 6MP.
The kit 18-55 lens can deliver excellent images. If absolute corner sharpness is essential, you should shoot at f/8 or f/11, but in all other instances you can not worry about it. I almost went for the 17-85 IS but the kit lens is a bargain I couldn't pass up.
Rated 9 because nothing is perfect. I am of the opinion that all digital cameras need larger LCDs, like 3". The hangrip could use softer rubber, would go a long way towards relieving the somewhat plastic feel. I am sure Canon and the others will improve upon the digital SLR in another year. Gilding the lilly. All in all - stunning.
"Women Will Love It"on by cmvsm
Pros Nice In Camera Processing, Features, Price
Cons Too Small, Shoddy Construction, Menu Viewing & Navigation
Summary After a few months of reseaching digital cameras, the Digital Rebel XT was top on my list to purchase, until I actually held and used the camera. Mind you, the in camera processing of pictures is excellent, very similar to a point and shoot, but when you actually pick up the camera and "try" to hold it, its very disappointing.
If you are an average to large size man, you will have a problem holding on to this thing as it is very small. Half of my hand hangs off the bottom of the grip, and I don't want to have to buy a battery grip for another $150 bucks just so I can hold on to it. I'm not sure what Canon was thinking here, as the original Digital Rebel was not like this, and their primary target customer is a man. Furthermore, the plastic body seems sturdy, but if you give it a little squeeze, it creaks, especially around the door areas. I can only imagine how it would or wouldn't hold up if you were constantly traveling with it. i woudn't spend $900 on a camera and know that it might not be durable.
The menus are also tabbed out instead of a constant scroll which is also a little annoying and makes it harder to naviate.
Other than that, the in camera imagery is great, and produces some very detailed pictures. I haven't seen the camera produce in RAW format, which really tells the story. The camera relies heavily on in camera processing of images, so I'm not sure how this holds out in terms of blown out prints which can't be recovered in post processing.
Overall, for a beginner or amatuer photographer, the camera is great if you can get by the feel and construction of the camera. I couldn't but that's just me. The Nikon cameras have a much heavier feel, better construction, and the best post processing of photos around.
"Best option for advanced amateurs looking for more control than a Point & Shoot can give"on by tmchow
Pros Excellent compromise on size, superb image quality, better build quality than original Digital Rebel, shutter sound better sounding that more expensive Canon 20D
Cons Smaller size may be a problem for some, battery and CF door is flimsy
Summary The size of the camera will be a constant point of debate for this camera. Canon had to strike a compromise between making it small enough for portability, and large enough to be comfortable to hold. I have average size hands and its perfect size for me. If you learn to hold this camera like you are supposed to, with most of the weight in your left hand at the base of the lens, you will find it infinitely more comfortable. Problem is most users that come from P&S (point & shoot) cameras are used to supporting the camera weight in their right hand. This is not how you hold an SLR.
The image quality is amazing out of this camera. It supports both JPG and RAW in Canon's new CR2 format. The # of software programs that can read this format are limited at this time, but there are enough to get by. In the next 6 months, you will see a landslide of program updates to support it since this camera is so popular.
If you are a amateur switching over to an digital SLR for the first time, have no fear. The JPG quality out of the camera is amazing. As you get better in your photo taking, you should switch to RAW format and use photoshop (or something equivalent) to tweak your images (the cheaper "photoshop elements" will work too and is the most cost effective software).
When buying this camera, you have 3 choices: (1) body only, (2) body + 18-55mm lens or (3) body + 17-85mm IS lens.
I recommend getting the kit with the 18-55mm lens since you are only paying $100 premium over the body only, and the 18-55mm lens is well worth $100. Use this lens to discover what type of shooting you like to do and buy the specific lens that you need after that. No one lens will suit everyone -- it is a personal choice.