Canon EOS 350 D: Digital SLR At A Compact Price

Great Value For The Money

Often the purchase of a digital SLR is a choice that, for many, remains difficult. The high costs often lead the amateur photographer to fall back on compact cameras, but going from the extremely high megapixels of the digital SLRs to the compacts, results in poor performance. The Canon EOS 350 D has been able to be produced and marketed at a contained price point and seems like a camera that all in all provides an affordable price and offers respectable performance. It's a camera for those with special needs in terms of quality, but whose requirements do not transcend the purely professional field.

The lack of dedicated ring of diaphragms (like the Nikon D40 and D40x models) is a fair price to pay in terms of comfort, especially if the result is a substantial savings in money. Basically just a little practice is all that's required and the aperture can be adjusted easily. The sensor C-MOS 8-megapixel image quality ensures excellent imaging quality, with very few aberrations or artifacts, even at high sensitivity.

A Camera With A Lot Of Pros

Some of the pros include: A flash of basic good compromise and good scope, intensity and excellent balance, which makes almost obsolete the ubiquitous function in most cameras of red eye elimination. The viewfinder is quite comfortable, giving good indication of the autofocus point, which incidentally is very precise even in tricky lighting conditions. Effective and continuous shutter speed (such as the memory utilization of the Compact Flash Ultra II). Respectable software bundle for editing images in post-acquisition.  Excellent sensitivity with very few chromatic aberrations. Battery supplied excellent durability and is generally available at low prices, because it is fairly standard to other Canon equipment, such as other cameras. Seven points of focus.  Metering balance.  Elegant design.  Comfortable ergonomic grip.  Ready in 0.2 seconds.  Fast memory access (CF Ultra II).

Good Feature Set Considering The Price

However, the camera also has faults: Lack of ring diaphragms, unfortunately, replaced by a touch button system in manual mode; you have to press a button to set the rotation of the ring normally used for the exposure timing. It would be a nice feature, if only the critical adjustment was not located in an awkward position and accessible only by overly stretching the thumb, preventing a smooth coordination with the other fingers. The controversial system for choosing the point of focus, for which we must make a maneuver similar to the ring of diaphragms is just as badly engineered. In this sense, the Canons cannot compare with the more comfortable Nikon models, in which the point of focus is chosen with the push of a button. The size of the LCD is also not exactly generous, but still is one of the devices which the engineers had to minimize in order to cut costs, therefore it should not still be considered a defect.

All in all, this is a great purchase for the advanced amateur photographer who has always taken pictures with a compact, yet suffered from the lack of features, resolution, and clarity of image, or who needs an SLR that has all the manual functions, but simply cannot afford models which may allow for more advanced abilities due to their elevated prices. This Canon is a respectable entry level camera which will allow you to enter the world of photography at a very low price, making you forget the compact from the first shot you take!

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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

Hey mentor, I was wondering if you could cobble up a picture of a Helsinki Smash Rod for my new hub: http://hubpages.com/living/helsinki-smash-rod

You are guaranteed full credit. :)


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2patricias 6 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

Pat writes - sounds good, but I am in the market for a little camera that I can carry in my pocket or tuck into a handbag. At the moment I am using the camera built into my phone (which I chose on the basis of the camera qualities, rather than the phone features), but the quality is not really quite good enough.


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

nicomp, email sent. All you have to do is provide your credit card number for shipping and handling. :) (J/K)

2patricias, there are a lot of really compact cameras out on the market rated at 4 Megapixels and up. They will take spectacular pix! :)


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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

I have noticed that some of the photo sites won't accept submissions that are < 10 megapixels. I don't know the photographical significance of this number, but it might be a consideration when shopping for a camera.


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

Hmm... probably since they take too long to upload? Some of these photo files are growing out of control. I recently had one sent to me by a client that was 137MB!


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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

The sites I referred to don't accept photos that are *less* than 10 megapixels.

BTW: still awaiting a picture of a Helsinki Smash Rod...


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

Ohhhh izzat wot dat lil arrow tingy means? :) Sorry, had it backwards. In that case it seems that they may be restricting their sites only to high quality images, trying to keep out the snapshot riffraff. Then again, it's just a guess. :)


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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

< is "less than"

> is "greater than"

:-)


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

Not if your an Arabic or Hebraic reader! :) Shalom!


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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

I'm a programmer. C++ is a universal language. :)


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

But is it ++C in Arabic? :) Ok, ok, I'm just kiddin... btw, I wanted to ask you, did you ever get that Photoshop image I sent you?


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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

I did get the Photoshop image and I immediately added to my Helsinki Smash Rod hub. Verily thou dost rock.


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

Thank you, thank you, thank you. It was my pleasure. Now... can you put in a good word for me with Simply Fox... er I mean Redd? :)


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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

I am no matchmaker. Write her a hub. Or him. Or whatever is behind the avatar. Do you think I am a horse stuck in a bird house?


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

Actually, at first I thought you were a horse stuck in a light fixture, but thank you for setting me straight. :) It's just that ever since I set eyes on that celtic beauty, her long auburn locks framing her delicate features, and that naughty tip of her cap promising infinite secret pleasures, she has dominated my fevered dreams and caused me to spend an inordinate amount of time on (you know... those types of sites). :) Ya... but you're probably right... she might be a hirsute, myopic, sweaty Brooklyn cab driver who hasn't showered since the Carter Administration and just has great taste in avatars. :)


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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

Maybe she is charmed at Photoshop.


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Laura in Denver 6 years ago from Aurora

I like the pictures you have taken--the bee one is great!


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

nicomp: she's just CHARMED! :P

Laura: I wish I'd taken that pic. It's gorgeous! :)

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