Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

This Digital Rebel has a high-res image sensor, anti-dust technology and a host of new features

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTiThe Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi offers more resolution, a larger LCD with a wider viewing angle and a built-in self-cleaning sensor, making it one of the most affordable and feature-loaded digital SLRs available.

1) With 10.1 megapixels, the Rebel XTi easily produces enlargements of at least 13x19 inches and larger. We like the higher resolution because it allows pictures to easily maintain high image quality while being cropped.

2) LCDs are now as important as the workings inside the body. Canon increased the XTi's LCD to 2.5 inches and the viewing angle to 160 degrees, making it easy to review a digital image and navigate the new and improved menu system. This is a big plus to those of us with less than eagle-eye vision. To conserve battery power, the camera includes a Display Sensor Off feature, which automatically turns off the display when you bring the camera to your eye.

3) A startup time of just 0.2 seconds eliminates the problem of missing the shot while waiting for the camera to "warm up." At a firing rate of 3 fps up to 27 frames (JPEG), the XTi is capable of capturing the fleet-footed moments in our lives, whether photographing sports or wildlife.

4) Dust and debris can ruin the experience of making an image due to the time needed in front of the computer trying to remove all those specks from the photo. The Canon EOS Integrated Cleaning System promises to eliminate this problem by using high-frequency vibrations to shake off particles from the sensor assembly. The Anti-Static technology on the anti-alias filter also helps repel dust.

5) With the number of AF sensors increasing from seven to nine, the XTi makes it easier to handle off-center compositions or when photographing elusive subjects. The larger AF target area increases the chance that images will be sharp, especially when tracking fast-moving wildlife.



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The camera's built-in flash is a great tool for reducing and controlling contrast. When used in combination with flash-exposure compensation in increments of a 1/3 or 1/2 ƒ-stop, you can fine-tune the effect to add a bit of fill-light to the foreground in a landscape photograph.

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The new folder-management system allows up to 9,999 images per automatically or manually created folder, which is something we especially like. Previously, images could be saved to multiple folders even if they were created during the same shoot, which was annoying. This feature makes things wonderfully straightforward and simple.

Specifications
Image Sensor: 10.1-megapixel (effective) CCD
Sensor Size: 3888 x 2592 (APS-C)
AF System: 9-point
Shutter Speed: 1/4000 to 30 sec.; X-sync at 1/200 sec.
ISO Setting: 100-1600 (one-third increments)
Continuous Firing Mode: 3 fps with a frame burst of 27 (JPEG) and 10 (RAW)
Recording Format: JPEG, RAW
Metering: 35-zone evaluative, center-weighted, partial (9%)
Storage Media: CompactFlash I & II
Dimensions: 5.0x3.7x2.5 inches
Weight: 18 ounces
Power Source: Lithium-ion NB-2LH rechargeable battery
Estimated Street Price: $799 (body only)

Contact: Canon, (800) OK-CANON, www.usa.canon.com.

Tricks Of The Trade:
The expanded info screen with an RGB histogram and memory-card remaining capacity increases the amount of essential information accessible to you while shooting. This data helps you to achieve an accurate exposure as well as ensure that you don't run out of space for your images when you need it most.

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