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“Despite the above shortcomings, I would thoroughly...”

Written on: 28/12/2005 by automatic (3 reviews written)

Good Points
Start up time, and shutter response time.
Write time.
Incredibly low noise levels at 400 ISO, slightly more noticeable at 800, and more so at 1600.
Histogram plus image is available as an option, which is very useful for accessing exposure.

Bad Points
Due to the small size of the body (one of the smallest DSLR on the market) it can be difficult to grip, especially if a telephoto lens is attached. I personally would have preferred a slightly larger grip with some sort of rubber coating, which I understand is used on the next model up - EOS 20D. This becomes a major issue when hands are sweaty!

Some of the settings are sub menus of sub menus of yet another sub menu, which can be very frustrating when you need to access quickly. A nice touch however is that the control cross-keys can be re-programmed, which enables access to alternative settings from the manufacturers default modes.

The LCD can be difficult to view in very bright conditions, even with the brightness turned to maximum.

General Comments
Despite the above shortcomings, I would thoroughly recommend the Canon EOS 350D digital camera to any serious photographer, or anyone making their first step into DSLR. However, I would not recommend this as a first camera, as the myriad of settings I feel would be very confusing. Having said that, it is possible to use it on fully automatic and simply point and shoot, but there are plenty of cheaper cameras on the market that already offer that.

One further recommendation to anyone considering this camera is to purchase the 17-85mm lens in place of the standard 18-55mm; it is a superb walk around lens.

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