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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