Canon EOS 350D
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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 The camera became the world’s best-selling digital SLR, and last year it was superseded by the 350D.

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.