As the first affordable digital SLR,
Canon’s EOS 300D quickly became a favourite for artists in need of high quality
photos to use as reference and texture tools for their artwork. The camera
became the world’s best-selling digital SLR, and last year it was superseded by
With its 8MP DIGIC II sensor, the 350D is
capable of producing larger pictures than the 300D with much reduced noise.
And, although its three fps rate and up to 14-shot burst mode won’t be essential
if you’re mostly shooting stationary objects, they come into their own when
you’re capturing moving objects.
In many ways the 350D can be likened to the
semi-pro 20D model. Both produce the same size images and use the same sensor,
and both cameras can also utilise the full range of Canon EF and EF-S lenses,
so you’ll be able to capture all focal ranges with full manual control over the
camera’s settings. If you’re a less-experienced photographer the various preset
modes enable you to shoot everything from macro to landscapes effectively, and
you’ll be able to take advantage of the manual, aperture and shutter priority
settings once you become more familiar with the controls.
The reduced body size is a matter of
personal taste, and, as on the 300D, the button controls are a little cramped,
whereas the 20D and newer 30D have more convenient scroll wheel controls.
However, when you compare the 350D with even the most expensive compact camerax
there’s simply no competition: the interchangeable lenses, manual control
options and superior sensor make the 350D a really great choice for artists
wanting to produce large, high-quality images without spending a fortune.
3fps with up to 14- image burst mode
DIGIC II sensor
DPP RAW image processing software
RAW/JPG image capture
USB 2.0 connectivity
EF/EF-S lens compatible