Canon 350D digital camera review

If we analyze the development of SLR digital cameras in recent years, we can say without prejudice that Canon has been a trendsetter for almost all this time. Every time a new model of a digital SLR camera from this company appears in any market segment, the rest of the camera manufacturers try to surpass what, thanks to Canon, the standard with their new models. Once upon a time, the EOS 300D camera in the segment of the cheapest SLR cameras for advanced amateur photographers became a bestseller, for some time it was the only one in this segment and opened the way to digital photography for those amateurs who did not dare, and often could not buy because of the price own digital SLR. It could not go on like this for a long time, and almost all the developers of digital SLR cameras came to this market segment and even pushed the “three hundred”. The answer was not long in coming: Canon introduced a new device that replaced the 300D. It was created on the basis of 20D and completed the update of the entire line of Canon digital SLRs.

EOS 350D: 8.0 megapixel APS-C sensor, 3.0 fps fire rate. The crop factor is 1.6. A new camera for beginners and advanced amateur photographers. Here we will talk about it, but before that I will make one more digression. By releasing this device, Canon actually increased the minimum matrix resolution of its SLR cameras to 8 million pixels. From now on, a CMOS sensor of at least 8 million pixels and a DIGIC II processor developed by Canon will be equipped with all digital cameras in the EOS lineup.

EOS 350D includes:

  • NB-2LH battery;
  • charger;
  • USB cable;
  • video cable and wide, embroidered non-slip neck strap

The new optional BG-E3 battery pack will relieve many of the inferiority complex associated with the small size of the camera, as it gives it a solid and harmonious professional look, especially when working with telephoto lenses. The unit has a shutter button and a main command dial for vertical shooting. It comes with a magazine for six AA batteries and a magazine for two NB-2LH lithium-ion batteries.

First meeting

I've been shooting with Canon cameras for quite some time now, starting with EOS film cameras. In recent years, my companion has been the Canon D60 digital SLR. Sometimes, looking at the 350D, I will remember my assistant, who was once also one of the leaders in his segment. But that was a long time ago, for more than three years the camera has not been produced - how quickly time passes!

The EOS 350D brings the latest developments into the EOS 350D: Canon's 2nd generation APS-C CMOS sensor with 8.0 megapixels and very low noise is Canon's fourth new CMOS sensor in 12 months!

The model uses the same powerful DIGIC II image processor as Canon's professional cameras, and the continuous shooting speed is 3fps in bursts up to 14 frames.

The device is ready for use in just 0.2 seconds after switching on. How annoying the delay when turning on or waking up my D60 sometimes annoys me - it reaches several seconds, i.e. the difference here is an order of magnitude.

Among other innovations, I would like to mention the E-TTL II flash control system, which takes into account the distance to the subject, which combines ease of setup with accurate flash exposure. This system is also borrowed from older cameras. Memory card write speed is 3.5x faster than the 300D, and of course my D60, and USB 2.0 Hi-Speed ​​speeds up image loading to a computer. (True, now rarely anyone downloads directly from the camera, more often through a card reader, where this interface is implemented on almost all devices sold.)

The camera has a monochrome mode. Anyone who has used the EOS 20D will know what it is - the mode allows you to take black-and-white shots and apply a range of filter effects.

Comparing with my Canon D60, I can say that the second generation matrix has even less noise. The low noise level of this matrix guarantees image clarity over the entire ISO sensitivity range from 100 to 1600 (I checked, you can shoot at 1600).

All of the above is the feeling of the camera, which was in my hands, and a parallel acquaintance with the announcement on the Canon website.

The feeling of communication

Relieved, I began to explore the camera in more detail. The size actually turned out to be small compared to my D60. I'm not talking about the professional EOS-1D series, where the weight and dimensions are just completely different. So those who like massive camera bodies will probably not like this device. Yes, and representatives of the male half of photographers who have large hands may also face a problem - the device in large hands can sink. Everyone else (and especially women, I believe) will most likely like the device, especially if it is the first digital SLR camera. Yes, and it obviously will not interfere with a professional as a second camera - it does not take up much space, the weight is also small, and this can be very important with an abundance of equipment. The capabilities of the "three hundred and fifty" are, of course, lower than those of older models, but not so much as to prevent a professional from using this option at the right time.

So in a small size, you can find both negative and positive sides. But, in the end, you can quickly get used to the size, and it does not determine the quality of the shooting result. And what about the rest of the features?

The camera in the middle hand lies comfortably. The handle is pleasantly rubberized, the index finger habitually rests on the release button, especially for those who have been using Canon cameras for a long time. Immediately behind the shutter button is, as on all Canon cameras, the settings wheel. The design, of course, differs from the usual D60, the selector (drum) of shooting modes is located in a slightly different place. Yes, and a full-fledged LCD display on the new device can no longer be found - you have to pay for the size. But is it really that bad?

Since the design of the device has undergone major changes compared to the D60, it is not entirely correct to compare them by this parameter - here a comparison with the Canon 300D is more likely, the differences with which are far from being so significant. The shooting mode selector has become more professional, metal, while its predecessor had a plastic one. But the case remained so plastic, however, modern plastic is quite strong, often even stronger than thin tin, from which the cases of some cameras are made (I remember I had one on the analog "Practice"). So it can be considered a disadvantage with a big interference. But the lightness of the camera is quickly appreciated, especially when it hangs around the neck all day (and not alone!).

Controls

Here there are few differences from the previous model. The buttons have become larger and more convenient, there is a new direct print control button. The key for switching between normal, high-speed and delayed shooting modes has moved from the upper plane of the case to the rear panel.

New to the EOS 350D is the ability to program the SET button to quickly enter playback mode, select focus points, change image quality and resolution, and switch between contrast, sharpness, saturation, and more.< /p>

The camera menu will be familiar to those who shot with the devices of this company, and it will be understandable to others, as it is implemented very logically and conveniently. And the introduction of the Russian language menu for many will greatly facilitate the development of the camera. In shooting mode, the main shooting parameters are displayed on the monochrome LCD monitor and in the viewfinder information panel. Full information about the camera settings can be displayed on a 1.8-inch color LCD display, like its predecessor. I would like the display brightness to be higher, it is not enough in the sun.

The viewfinder also remained the same as that of the "three hundred", instead of pentarism, a system of mirrors was used. This decision makes the camera cheaper, but there is no need to talk about the reliability of manual focusing here, and the increase in the viewfinder, taking into account the crop factor, does not contribute to this. Among the budget DSLRs we tested, cameras such as the Konica Minolta Dynax 7D and Pentax *ist Ds had a viewfinder more suited for manual focusing.

Start

What has always annoyed me most about my Canon D60 is the turn-on time and wake-up time of the camera. The same was observed in the predecessor of the Canon 350D, the 300s. How does the new camera behave?

The EOS 350D starts almost instantly, as it wakes up, which is very pleasing. The rate of fire, as in my D60, is 3 fps on average. This, of course, is not 5 fps in the performance of the Canon EOS 20D and not 8.5 fps, as in the EOS 1D Mark II. But there is one advantage over the same 20th - the softness of the shutter. The 350D's shutter is similar in volume and softness to the D60's, and both units are much quieter than the 20D. It seems to me that the reason for this lies precisely in the frequency of shooting. After all, at a shooting rate of 6 frames / s, the mirror must recline at a higher speed than at a frequency of 3 frames / s, and a higher speed has to be extinguished at great expense. I have not found any other explanations yet, but there is a very noticeable difference in response.

The camera now has the ability to fully record photos simultaneously in RAW and JPEG formats, like older models, which is sometimes very useful.

The phone also has a B/W shooting mode with the ability to use color filters (of course, programmatically). An interesting feature has appeared: when recording in RAW and JPEG formats at the same time, RAW is recorded in color, and JPEG is recorded in black and white.

Added to Standard Software is Digital Photo Professional RAW Image Processing, which is professional software included with the $8,000 Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II. Frankly, at first I reacted to it with prejudice, knowing how slowly and indiscriminately the old program worked. Yes, and I'm already used to the Photoshop plugin, which does an excellent job of processing RAW files. However, there was a problem. For some reason, this plug-in refused to process the new RAW version of the Canon 350D (later I downloaded the update). I had to install the proprietary Digital Photo Professional RAW program offered with the device, and I did not regret it. The program turned out to be very fast, unlike the version that was once included in the D60 kit and which I immediately rejected. I was amazed that the file processing option offered by the program was almost perfect in 90% of cases. So you can and often need to use it - after all, the developer of both the matrix and the device itself knows the features of its technology better than others.

Shooting

Shooting results are shown below (lens and shooting parameters are below the photos).

Usually, when I get a new camera for testing (and this happens in the evening) and come home, my hands itch to try its capabilities. But outside the window it is already dark, there is nothing particularly interesting in the room. It so happened that almost all the new cameras that I tested passed one standard test.

It's dark outside, a chandelier is lit in the room, I set the highest light sensitivity on the matrix, white balance to automatic, save in JPG and shoot several volumes of books standing in a bookcase. I will say right away that almost all the tested cameras (as well as my D60, by the way), did not pass this test. No, they filmed it, but the white balance was completely broken, there was noise in all color channels, and the blue channel practically did not exist - it was black and completely clogged with noise. However, this camera pleasantly surprised me. And here we got a frame that smacks of yellowness, but the picture was readable in all channels, and noise, although present, was not in such a huge amount as in most devices, and mainly in the blue channel. A small color adjustment in Color Balance corrected the picture almost completely.

I took another shot at a sensitivity of 1600 units during the day, it was interesting to find out how the matrix would behave in these conditions. The noise turned out to be mainly in the red channel, the green and blue channels are almost perfect. If necessary, when short exposures are needed, you can use this sensitivity during the day.

Shooting against the sun. It was evening, I was filming scenes and did not change the sensitivity on the matrix. It turned out that 400 units for this camera can be considered practically working sensitivity, there is no noise in any channel. On the Canon D60, noise is already observed at this sensitivity.

Subject shooting on the street. The shooting took place with saving in RAW. Automation worked perfectly, almost no frame adjustments were required. The frame is almost perfect both in sharpness and in color and tone reproduction.

Subject shooting on the street. An open restaurant, paneled with glass, slightly ribbed - it turned out to be an artistic filter. The shooting took place with saving in RAW in terms of color and tone reproduction, the frame turned out to be natural.

Subject shooting on the street. The shooting took place with saving in RAW. Automation worked perfectly, there was practically no need to adjust the frame.

Comparing the Canon D60 and Canon 350D when shooting the same scene outdoors, we can conclude that the continuity has been preserved, the color reproduction is almost identical. The reportage portrait was a success, the color reproduction is perfect, there are no questions about tone reproduction and sharpness either.

Working in macro mode with a Canon macro lens gave excellent results even at ISO 800. There is virtually no noise. On my Canon D60, the noise is higher at this sensitivity.

Again, the sensitivity is 800, rain, and the device works fine - there is almost no noise.

Canon lens 70-300 DO IS (265), ISO 800, Tv 1/1600, Av 5.6, all modes in Auto, daylight, rain.

Recall this technique:

EOS-1Ds Mark II: Full-frame 35mm sensor with 16.7M pixels, 4fps fire rate. So far, no digital SLR camera based on the 35mm format has such a matrix. The crop factor is 1.0.

EOS-1D Mark II: 8.2MP APS-H format sensor, 8.5fps fire rate. The favorite camera of reporters, combining an excellent matrix and an excellent rate of fire. The crop factor is 1.3.

EOS 20D: 8.2MP APS-C sensor, 5.0fps fire rate. This camera is also used by professionals and it has proven itself from the best side. Refers to semi-professional models. Crop Factor - 1 /p>

Canon 350D digital camera review

If we analyze the development of SLR digital cameras in recent years, we can say without prejudice that Canon has been a trendsetter for almost all this time. Every time a new model of a digital SLR camera from this company appears in any market segment, the rest of the camera manufacturers try to surpass what, thanks to Canon, the standard with their new models. Once upon a time, the EOS 300D camera in the segment of the cheapest SLR cameras for advanced amateur photographers became a bestseller, for some time it was the only one in this segment and opened the way to digital photography for those amateurs who did not dare, and often could not buy because of the price own digital SLR. It could not go on like this for a long time, and almost all the developers of digital SLR cameras came to this market segment and even pushed the “three hundred”. The answer was not long in coming: Canon introduced a new device that replaced the 300D. It was created on the basis of 20D and completed the update of the entire line of Canon digital SLRs.

EOS 350D: 8.0 megapixel APS-C sensor, 3.0 fps fire rate. The crop factor is 1.6. A new camera for beginners and advanced amateur photographers. Here we will talk about it, but before that I will make one more digression. By releasing this device, Canon actually increased the minimum matrix resolution of its SLR cameras to 8 million pixels. From now on, a CMOS sensor of at least 8 million pixels and a DIGIC II processor developed by Canon will be equipped with all digital cameras in the EOS lineup.

EOS 350D includes:

  • NB-2LH battery;
  • charger;
  • USB cable;
  • video cable and wide, embroidered non-slip neck strap

The new optional BG-E3 battery pack will relieve many of the inferiority complex associated with the small size of the camera, as it gives it a solid and harmonious professional look, especially when working with telephoto lenses. The unit has a shutter button and a main command dial for vertical shooting. It comes with a magazine for six AA batteries and a magazine for two NB-2LH lithium-ion batteries.

First meeting

I've been shooting with Canon cameras for quite some time now, starting with EOS film cameras. In recent years, my companion has been the Canon D60 digital SLR. Sometimes, looking at the 350D, I will remember my assistant, who was once also one of the leaders in his segment. But that was a long time ago, for more than three years the camera has not been produced - how quickly time passes!

The EOS 350D brings the latest developments into the EOS 350D: Canon's 2nd generation APS-C CMOS sensor with 8.0 megapixels and very low noise is Canon's fourth new CMOS sensor in 12 months!

The model uses the same powerful DIGIC II image processor as Canon's professional cameras, and the continuous shooting speed is 3fps in bursts up to 14 frames.

The device is ready for use in just 0.2 seconds after switching on. How annoying the delay when turning on or waking up my D60 sometimes annoys me - it reaches several seconds, i.e. the difference here is an order of magnitude.

Among other innovations, I would like to mention the E-TTL II flash control system, which takes into account the distance to the subject, which combines ease of setup with accurate flash exposure. This system is also borrowed from older cameras. Memory card write speed is 3.5x faster than the 300D, and of course my D60, and USB 2.0 Hi-Speed ​​speeds up image loading to a computer. (True, now rarely anyone downloads directly from the camera, more often through a card reader, where this interface is implemented on almost all devices sold.)

The camera has a monochrome mode. Anyone who has used the EOS 20D will know what it is - the mode allows you to take black-and-white shots and apply a range of filter effects.

Comparing with my Canon D60, I can say that the second generation matrix has even less noise. The low noise level of this matrix guarantees image clarity over the entire ISO sensitivity range from 100 to 1600 (I checked, you can shoot at 1600).

The camera is equipped with an EF-S mount, which is fully compatible with any lens in the EF series. It is also compatible with four EF-S lenses specially designed for Canon's APS-C format DSLRs (EOS 20D and EOS 300D), including the new Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM .

The camera has a choice of One-Shot AF, AI SERVO AF (tracking ahead of subjects approaching or receding at speeds up to 50 km/h at distances of 10 m or more), and AI Focus AF (automatic switching between single-shot and tracking AF when the movement of the subject is detected).

For more flexible focus control, you can select the AF point using both the direction keys and the main command dial. When working with EF autofocus lenses, you can manually focus at any time, thus overriding the automatic settings.

In addition to the Digital Photo Professional RAW imaging software, the camera comes with ZoomBrowser EX 5.1 (Windows) and ImageBrowser 5.1 (Mac) software packages for transferring image files between the camera and a computer, for managing files, and for printing them , as well as previewing and converting RAW images. PhotoStitch is used to create a single panorama from several consecutive shots, and ArcSoft PhotoStudio is used for artistic and creative image processing.

All of the above is the feeling of the camera, which was in my hands, and a parallel acquaintance with the announcement on the Canon website.

The feeling of communication

Relieved, I began to explore the camera in more detail. The size actually turned out to be small compared to my D60. I'm not talking about the professional EOS-1D series, where the weight and dimensions are just completely different. So those who like massive camera bodies will probably not like this device. Yes, and representatives of the male half of photographers who have large hands may also face a problem - the device in large hands can sink. Everyone else (and especially women, I believe) will most likely like the device, especially if it is the first digital SLR camera. Yes, and it obviously will not interfere with a professional as a second camera - it does not take up much space, the weight is also small, and this can be very important with an abundance of equipment. The capabilities of the "three hundred and fifty" are, of course, lower than those of older models, but not so much as to prevent a professional from using this option at the right time.

So in a small size, you can find both negative and positive sides. But, in the end, you can quickly get used to the size, and it does not determine the quality of the shooting result. And what about the rest of the features?

The camera in the middle hand lies comfortably. The handle is pleasantly rubberized, the index finger habitually rests on the release button, especially for those who have been using Canon cameras for a long time. Immediately behind the shutter button is, as on all Canon cameras, the settings wheel. The design, of course, differs from the usual D60, the selector (drum) of shooting modes is located in a slightly different place. Yes, and a full-fledged LCD display on the new device can no longer be found - you have to pay for the size. But is it really that bad?

Since the design of the device has undergone major changes compared to the D60, it is not entirely correct to compare them by this parameter - here a comparison with the Canon 300D is more likely, the differences with which are far from being so significant. The shooting mode selector has become more professional, metal, while its predecessor had a plastic one. But the case remained so plastic, however, modern plastic is quite strong, often even stronger than thin tin, from which the cases of some cameras are made (I remember I had one on the analog "Practice"). So it can be considered a disadvantage with a big interference. But the lightness of the camera is quickly appreciated, especially when it hangs around the neck all day (and not alone!).

Controls

Here there are few differences from the previous model. The buttons have become larger and more convenient, there is a new direct print control button. The key for switching between normal, high-speed and delayed shooting modes has moved from the upper plane of the case to the rear panel.

New to the EOS 350D is the ability to program the SET button to quickly enter playback mode, select focus points, change image quality and resolution, and switch between contrast, sharpness, saturation, and more.< /p>

The camera menu will be familiar to those who shot with the devices of this company, and it will be understandable to others, as it is implemented very logically and conveniently. And the introduction of the Russian language menu for many will greatly facilitate the development of the camera. In shooting mode, the main shooting parameters are displayed on the monochrome LCD monitor and in the viewfinder information panel. Full information about the camera settings can be displayed on a 1.8-inch color LCD display, like its predecessor. I would like the display brightness to be higher, it is not enough in the sun.

The viewfinder also remained the same as that of the "three hundred", instead of pentarism, a system of mirrors was used. This decision makes the camera cheaper, but there is no need to talk about the reliability of manual focusing here, and the increase in the viewfinder, taking into account the crop factor, does not contribute to this. Among the budget DSLRs we tested, cameras such as the Konica Minolta Dynax 7D and Pentax *ist Ds had a viewfinder more suited for manual focusing.

Start

What has always annoyed me most about my Canon D60 is the turn-on time and wake-up time of the camera. The same was observed with the predecessor of the Canon 350D, the 300s. How does the new camera behave?

The EOS 350D starts almost instantly, as it wakes up, which is very pleasing. The rate of fire, as in my D60, is 3 fps on average. This, of course, is not 5 frames / s performed by the Canon EOS 20D and not 8.5 frames, like the EOS 1D Mark II. But there is one advantage over the same 20th - the softness of the shutter. The 350D's shutter is similar in volume and softness to the D60's, and both units are much quieter than the 20D. It seems to me that the reason for this lies precisely in the frequency of shooting. After all, at a shooting rate of 6 frames / s, the mirror must recline at a higher speed than at a frequency of 3 frames / s, and a higher speed has to be extinguished at great cost. I haven’t found any other explanations yet, but there is a very noticeable difference in response.

The camera now has the ability to fully record photos simultaneously in RAW and JPEG formats, like older models, which is sometimes very useful.

The phone also has a B/W shooting mode with the ability to use color filters (of course, programmatically). An interesting feature has appeared: when recording in RAW and JPEG formats at the same time, RAW is recorded in color, and JPEG is recorded in black and white.

Added to Standard Software is Digital Photo Professional RAW Image Processing, which is professional software included with the $8,000 Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II. Frankly, at first I reacted to it with prejudice, knowing how slowly and indiscriminately the old program worked. Yes, and I'm already used to the Photoshop plugin, which does an excellent job of processing RAW files. However, there was a problem. For some reason, this plug-in refused to process the new RAW version of the Canon 350D (later I downloaded the update). I had to install the proprietary Digital Photo Professional RAW program offered with the device, and I did not regret it. The program turned out to be very fast, unlike the version that was once included in the D60 kit and which I immediately rejected. I was amazed that the file processing option offered by the program was almost perfect in 90% of cases. So you can and often need to use it - after all, the developer of both the matrix and the device itself knows the features of its technology better than others.

Shooting

Shooting results are shown below (lens and shooting parameters are below the photos).

Usually, when I get a new camera for testing (and this happens in the evening) and come home, my hands itch to try its capabilities. But outside the window it is already dark, there is nothing particularly interesting in the room. It so happened that almost all the new cameras that I tested passed one standard test.

It's dark outside, a chandelier is lit in the room, I set the highest light sensitivity on the matrix, white balance to automatic, save in JPG and shoot several volumes of books standing in a bookcase. I will say right away that almost all the tested cameras (as well as my D60, by the way), did not pass this test. No, they filmed it, but the white balance was completely broken, there was noise in all color channels, and the blue channel practically did not exist - it was black and completely clogged with noise. However, this camera pleasantly surprised me. And here we got a frame that smacks of yellowness, but the picture was readable in all channels, and noise, although present, was not in such a huge amount as in most devices, and mainly in the blue channel. A small color adjustment in Color Balance corrected the picture almost completely.

I took another shot at a sensitivity of 1600 units during the day, it was interesting to find out how the matrix would behave in these conditions. The noise turned out to be mainly in the red channel, the green and blue channels are almost perfect. If necessary, when short shutter speeds are needed, this sensitivity can also be used during the day.

Shooting against the sun. It was evening, I was filming scenes and did not change the sensitivity on the matrix. It turned out that 400 units for this camera can be considered practically working sensitivity, there is no noise in any channel. On the Canon D60, noise is already observed at this sensitivity.

Subject shooting on the street. The shooting took place with saving in RAW. Automation worked perfectly, almost no frame adjustments were required. The frame is almost perfect both in sharpness and in color and tone reproduction.

Subject shooting on the street. An open restaurant, paneled with glass, slightly ribbed - it turned out to be an artistic filter. The shooting took place with saving in RAW in terms of color and tone reproduction, the frame turned out to be natural.

Subject shooting on the street. The shooting took place with saving in RAW. Automation worked perfectly, there was practically no need to adjust the frame.

Comparing the Canon D60 and Canon 350D when shooting the same scene outdoors, we can conclude that the continuity has been preserved, the color reproduction is almost identical. The reportage portrait was a success, the color reproduction is perfect, there are no questions about tone reproduction and sharpness either.

Working in macro mode with a Canon macro lens gave excellent results even at ISO 800. There is virtually no noise. On my Canon D60, the noise is higher at this sensitivity.

Again, the sensitivity is 800, rain, and the device works fine - there is almost no noise.

Canon lens 70-300 DO IS (265), ISO 800, Tv 1/1600, Av 5.6, all modes in Auto, daylight, rain.

Recall this technique:

EOS-1Ds Mark II: Full-frame 35mm sensor with 16.7M pixels, 4fps fire rate. So far, no digital SLR camera based on the 35mm format has such a matrix. The crop factor is 1.0.

EOS-1D Mark II: 8.2MP APS-H format sensor, 8.5fps fire rate. The favorite camera of reporters, combining an excellent matrix and an excellent rate of fire. The crop factor is 1.3.

EOS 20D: 8.2MP APS-C sensor, 5.0fps fire rate. This camera is also used by professionals and it has proven itself from the best side. Refers to semi-professional models. Crop Factor - 1 /p>

Canon 350D digital camera review

If we analyze the development of SLR digital cameras in recent years, we can say without prejudice that Canon has been a trendsetter for almost all this time. Every time a new model of a digital SLR camera from this company appears in any market segment, the rest of the camera manufacturers try to surpass what, thanks to Canon, the standard with their new models. Once upon a time, the EOS 300D camera in the segment of the cheapest SLR cameras for advanced amateur photographers became a bestseller, for some time it was the only one in this segment and opened the way to digital photography for those amateurs who did not dare, and often could not buy because of the price own digital SLR. It could not go on like this for a long time, and almost all the developers of digital SLR cameras came to this market segment and even pushed the “three hundred”. The answer was not long in coming: Canon introduced a new device that replaced the 300D. It was created on the basis of 20D and completed the update of the entire line of Canon digital SLRs.

EOS 350D: 8.0 megapixel APS-C sensor, 3.0 fps fire rate. The crop factor is 1.6. A new camera for beginners and advanced amateur photographers. Here we will talk about it, but before that I will make one more digression. By releasing this device, Canon actually increased the minimum matrix resolution of its SLR cameras to 8 million pixels. From now on, a CMOS sensor of at least 8 million pixels and a DIGIC II processor developed by Canon will be equipped with all digital cameras in the EOS lineup.

EOS 350D includes:

  • NB-2LH battery;
  • charger;
  • USB cable;
  • video cable and wide, embroidered non-slip neck strap

The new optional BG-E3 battery pack will relieve many of the inferiority complex associated with the small size of the camera, as it gives it a solid and harmonious professional look, especially when working with telephoto lenses. The unit has a shutter button and a main command dial for vertical shooting. It comes with a magazine for six AA batteries and a magazine for two NB-2LH lithium-ion batteries.

First meeting

I've been shooting with Canon cameras for quite some time now, starting with EOS film cameras. In recent years, my companion has been the Canon D60 digital SLR. Sometimes, looking at the 350D, I will remember my assistant, who was once also one of the leaders in his segment. But that was a long time ago, for more than three years the camera has not been produced - how quickly time passes!

The EOS 350D brings the latest developments into the EOS 350D: Canon's 2nd generation APS-C CMOS sensor with 8.0 megapixels and very low noise is Canon's fourth new CMOS sensor in 12 months!

The model uses the same powerful DIGIC II image processor as Canon's professional cameras, and the continuous shooting speed is 3fps in bursts up to 14 frames.

The device is ready for use in just 0.2 seconds after switching on. How annoying the delay when turning on or waking up my D60 sometimes annoys me - it reaches several seconds, i.e. the difference here is an order of magnitude.

Among other innovations, I would like to mention the E-TTL II flash control system, which takes into account the distance to the subject, which combines ease of setup with accurate flash exposure. This system is also borrowed from older cameras. Memory card write speed is 3.5x faster than the 300D, and of course my D60, and USB 2.0 Hi-Speed ​​speeds up image loading to a computer. (True, now rarely anyone downloads directly from the camera, more often through a card reader, where this interface is implemented on almost all devices sold.)

The camera has a monochrome mode. Anyone who has used the EOS 20D will know what it is - the mode allows you to take black-and-white shots and apply a range of filter effects.

Comparing with my Canon D60, I can say that the second generation matrix has even less noise. The low noise level of this matrix guarantees image clarity over the entire ISO sensitivity range from 100 to 1600 (I checked, you can shoot at 1600).

The camera is equipped with an EF-S mount, which is fully compatible with any lens in the EF series. It is also compatible with four EF-S lenses specially designed for Canon's APS-C format DSLRs (EOS 20D and EOS 300D), including the new Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM .

The camera has a choice of One-Shot AF, AI SERVO AF (tracking ahead of subjects approaching or receding at speeds up to 50 km/h at distances of 10 m or more), and AI Focus AF (automatic switching between single-shot and tracking AF when the movement of the subject is detected).

For more flexible focus control, you can select the AF point using both the direction keys and the main command dial. When working with EF autofocus lenses, you can manually focus at any time, thus overriding the automatic settings.

In addition to the Digital Photo Professional RAW imaging software, the camera comes with ZoomBrowser EX 5.1 (Windows) and ImageBrowser 5.1 (Mac) software packages for transferring image files between the camera and a computer, for managing files, and for printing them , as well as previewing and converting RAW images. PhotoStitch is used to create a single panorama from several consecutive shots, and ArcSoft PhotoStudio is used for artistic and creative image processing.

All of the above is the feeling of the camera, which was in my hands, and a parallel acquaintance with the announcement on the Canon website.

The feeling of communication

Relieved, I began to explore the camera in more detail. The size actually turned out to be small compared to my D60. I'm not talking about the professional EOS-1D series, where the weight and dimensions are just completely different. So those who like massive camera bodies will probably not like this device. Yes, and representatives of the male half of photographers who have large hands may also face a problem - the device in large hands can sink. Everyone else (and especially women, I believe) will most likely like the device, especially if it is the first digital SLR camera. Yes, and it obviously will not interfere with a professional as a second camera - it does not take up much space, the weight is also small, and this can be very important with an abundance of equipment. The capabilities of the "three hundred and fifty" are, of course, lower than those of older models, but not so much as to prevent a professional from using this option at the right time.

So in a small size, you can find both negative and positive sides. But, in the end, you can quickly get used to the size, and it does not determine the quality of the shooting result. And what about the rest of the features?

The camera in the middle hand lies comfortably. The handle is pleasantly rubberized, the index finger habitually rests on the release button, especially for those who have been using Canon cameras for a long time. Immediately behind the shutter button is, as on all Canon cameras, the settings wheel. The design, of course, differs from the usual D60, the selector (drum) of shooting modes is located in a slightly different place. Yes, and a full-fledged LCD display on the new device can no longer be found - you have to pay for the size. But is it really that bad?

Since the design of the device has undergone major changes compared to the D60, it is not entirely correct to compare them by this parameter - here a comparison with the Canon 300D is more likely, the differences with which are far from being so significant. The shooting mode selector has become more professional, metal, while its predecessor had a plastic one. But the case remained so plastic, however, modern plastic is quite strong, often even stronger than thin tin, from which the cases of some cameras are made (I remember I had one on the analog "Practice"). So it can be considered a disadvantage with a big interference. But the lightness of the camera is quickly appreciated, especially when it hangs around the neck all day (and not alone!).

Controls

Here there are few differences from the previous model. The buttons have become larger and more convenient, there is a new direct print control button. The key for switching between normal, high-speed and delayed shooting modes has moved from the upper plane of the case to the rear panel.

New to the EOS 350D is the ability to program the SET button to quickly enter playback mode, select focus points, change image quality and resolution, and switch between contrast, sharpness, saturation, and more.< /p>

The camera menu will be familiar to those who shot with the devices of this company, and it will be understandable to others, as it is implemented very logically and conveniently. And the introduction of the Russian language menu for many will greatly facilitate the development of the camera. In shooting mode, the main shooting parameters are displayed on the monochrome LCD monitor and in the viewfinder information panel. Full information about the camera settings can be displayed on a 1.8-inch color LCD display, like its predecessor. I would like the display brightness to be higher, it is not enough in the sun.

The viewfinder also remained the same as that of the "three hundred", instead of pentarism, a system of mirrors was used. This decision makes the camera cheaper, but there is no need to talk about the reliability of manual focusing here, and the increase in the viewfinder, taking into account the crop factor, does not contribute to this. Among the budget DSLRs we tested, cameras such as the Konica Minolta Dynax 7D and Pentax *ist Ds had a viewfinder more suited for manual focusing.

Start

What has always annoyed me most about my Canon D60 is the turn-on time and wake-up time of the camera. The same was observed in the predecessor of the Canon 350D, the 300s. How does the new camera behave?

The EOS 350D starts almost instantly, as it wakes up, which is very pleasing. The rate of fire, as in my D60, is 3 fps on average. This, of course, is not 5 fps in the performance of the Canon EOS 20D and not 8.5 fps, as in the EOS 1D Mark II. But there is one advantage over the same 20th - the softness of the shutter. The 350D's shutter is similar in volume and softness to the D60's, and both units are much quieter than the 20D. It seems to me that the reason for this lies precisely in the frequency of shooting. After all, at a shooting rate of 6 frames / s, the mirror must recline at a higher speed than at a frequency of 3 frames / s, and a higher speed has to be extinguished at great expense. I have not found any other explanations yet, but there is a very noticeable difference in response.

Shooting

Shooting results are shown below (lens and shooting parameters are below the photos).

Usually, when I get a new camera for testing (and this happens in the evening) and come home, my hands itch to try its capabilities. But outside the window it is already dark, there is nothing particularly interesting in the room. It so happened that almost all the new cameras that I tested passed one standard test.

It's dark outside, a chandelier is lit in the room, I set the highest light sensitivity on the matrix, white balance to automatic, save in JPG and shoot several volumes of books standing in a bookcase. I will say right away that almost all the tested cameras (as well as my D60, by the way), did not pass this test. No, they filmed it, but the white balance was completely broken, there was noise in all color channels, and the blue channel practically did not exist - it was black and completely clogged with noise. However, this camera pleasantly surprised me. And here we got a frame that smacks of yellowness, but the picture was readable in all channels, and noise, although present, was not in such a huge amount as in most devices, and mainly in the blue channel. A small color adjustment in Color Balance corrected the picture almost completely.

I took another shot at a sensitivity of 1600 units during the day, it was interesting to find out how the matrix would behave in these conditions. The noise turned out to be mainly in the red channel, the green and blue channels are almost perfect. If necessary, when short exposures are needed, you can use this sensitivity during the day.

Shooting against the sun. It was evening, I was filming scenes and did not change the sensitivity on the matrix. It turned out that 400 units for this camera can be considered practically working sensitivity, there is no noise in any channel. On the Canon D60, noise is already observed at this sensitivity.

Subject shooting on the street. The shooting took place with saving in RAW. Automation worked perfectly, almost no frame adjustments were required. The frame is almost perfect both in sharpness and in color and tone reproduction.

Subject shooting on the street. An open restaurant, paneled with glass, slightly ribbed - it turned out to be an artistic filter. The shooting took place with saving in RAW in terms of color and tone reproduction, the frame turned out to be natural.

Subject shooting on the street. The shooting took place with saving in RAW. Automation worked perfectly, there was practically no need to adjust the frame.

Comparing the Canon D60 and Canon 350D when shooting the same scene outdoors, we can conclude that the continuity has been preserved, the color reproduction is almost identical. The reportage portrait was a success, the color reproduction is perfect, there are no questions about tone reproduction and sharpness either.

Working in macro mode with a Canon macro lens gave excellent results even at ISO 800. There is virtually no noise. On my Canon D60, the noise is higher at this sensitivity.

Again, the sensitivity is 800, rain, and the device works fine - there is almost no noise.

Canon lens 70-300 DO IS (265), ISO 800, Tv 1/1600, Av 5.6, all modes in Auto, daylight, rain.

Recall this technique:

EOS-1Ds Mark II: Full-frame 35mm sensor with 16.7M pixels, 4fps fire rate. So far, no digital SLR camera based on the 35mm format has such a matrix. The crop factor is 1.0.

EOS-1D Mark II: 8.2MP APS-H format sensor, 8.5fps fire rate. The favorite camera of reporters, combining an excellent matrix and an excellent rate of fire. The crop factor is 1.3.

EOS 20D: 8.2MP APS-C sensor, 5.0fps fire rate. This camera is also used by professionals and it has proven itself from the best side. Refers to semi-professional models. Crop Factor - 1 /p>

Canon 350D digital camera review

If we analyze the development of SLR digital cameras in recent years, we can say without prejudice that Canon has been a trendsetter for almost all this time. Every time a new model of a digital SLR camera from this company appears in any market segment, the rest of the camera manufacturers try to surpass what, thanks to Canon, the standard with their new models. Once upon a time, the EOS 300D camera in the segment of the cheapest SLR cameras for advanced amateur photographers became a bestseller, for some time it was the only one in this segment and opened the way to digital photography for those amateurs who did not dare, and often could not buy because of the price own digital SLR. It could not go on like this for a long time, and almost all the developers of digital SLR cameras came to this market segment and even pushed the “three hundred”. The answer was not long in coming: Canon introduced a new device that replaced the 300D. It was created on the basis of 20D and completed the update of the entire line of Canon digital SLRs.

EOS 350D: 8.0 megapixel APS-C sensor, 3.0 fps. The crop factor is 1.6. A new camera for beginners and advanced amateur photographers. Here we will talk about it, but before that I will make one more digression. By releasing this device, Canon actually increased the minimum matrix resolution of its SLR cameras to 8 million pixels. From now on, a CMOS sensor of at least 8 million pixels and a DIGIC II processor developed by Canon will be equipped with all digital cameras in the EOS lineup.

EOS 350D includes:

  • NB-2LH battery;
  • charger;
  • USB cable;
  • video cable and wide, embroidered non-slip neck strap

The new optional BG-E3 battery pack will relieve many of the inferiority complex associated with the small size of the camera, as it gives it a solid and harmonious professional look, especially when working with telephoto lenses. The unit has a shutter button and a main command dial for vertical shooting. It comes with a magazine for six AA batteries and a magazine for two NB-2LH lithium-ion batteries.

First meeting

I've been shooting with Canon cameras for quite some time, starting with EOS film cameras. In recent years, my companion has been the Canon D60 digital SLR. Sometimes, looking at the 350D, I will remember my assistant, who was once also one of the leaders in his segment. But that was a long time ago, for more than three years the camera has not been produced - how quickly time passes!

The EOS 350D brings the latest developments into the EOS 350D: Canon's 2nd generation APS-C CMOS sensor with 8.0 megapixels and very low noise is Canon's fourth new CMOS sensor in 12 months!

The model uses the same powerful DIGIC II image processor as Canon's professional cameras, and the continuous shooting speed is 3 frames per second in bursts up to 14 frames.

The device is ready for use in just 0.2 seconds after switching on. How annoying the delay when turning on or waking up my D60 sometimes annoys me - it reaches several seconds, i.e. the difference here is an order of magnitude.

Among other innovations, I would like to mention the E-TTL II flash control system, which takes into account the distance to the subject, which combines ease of setup with accurate flash exposure. This system is also borrowed from older cameras. Memory card write speed is 3.5x faster than the 300D, and of course my D60, and USB 2.0 Hi-Speed ​​speeds up image loading to a computer. (True, now rarely anyone downloads directly from the camera, more often through a card reader, where this interface is implemented on almost all devices sold.)

The camera has a monochrome mode. Anyone who has used the EOS 20D will know what it is - the mode allows you to take black-and-white shots and apply a range of filter effects.

Comparing with my Canon D60, I can say that the second generation matrix has even less noise. The low noise level of this matrix guarantees image clarity over the entire ISO sensitivity range from 100 to 1600 (I checked, you can shoot at 1600).

The camera is equipped with an EF-S mount, which is fully compatible with any lens in the EF series. It is also compatible with four EF-S lenses specially designed for Canon's APS-C format DSLRs (EOS 20D and EOS 300D), including the new Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM .

The camera has a choice of One-Shot AF, AI SERVO AF (tracking ahead of subjects approaching or receding at speeds up to 50 km/h at distances of 10 m or more), and AI Focus AF (automatic switching between single-shot and tracking AF when the movement of the subject is detected).

For more flexible focus control, you can select the AF point using both the direction keys and the main command dial. When working with EF autofocus lenses, you can manually focus at any time, thus overriding the automatic settings.

In addition to the Digital Photo Professional RAW imaging software, the camera comes with ZoomBrowser EX 5.1 (Windows) and ImageBrowser 5.1 (Mac) software packages for transferring image files between the camera and a computer, for managing files, and for printing them , as well as previewing and converting RAW images. PhotoStitch is used to create a single panorama from several consecutive shots, and ArcSoft PhotoStudio is used for artistic and creative image processing.

All of the above is the feeling of the camera, which was in my hands, and a parallel acquaintance with the announcement on the Canon website.

The feeling of communication

Relieved, I began to explore the camera in more detail. The size actually turned out to be small compared to my D60. I'm not talking about the professional EOS-1D series, where the weight and dimensions are just completely different. So those who like massive camera bodies will probably not like this device. Yes, and representatives of the male half of photographers who have large hands may also face a problem - the device in large hands can sink. Everyone else (and especially women, I believe) will most likely like the device, especially if it is the first digital SLR camera. Yes, and it obviously will not interfere with a professional as a second camera - it does not take up much space, the weight is also small, and this can be very important with an abundance of equipment. The capabilities of the "three hundred and fifty" are, of course, lower than those of older models, but not so much as to prevent a professional from using this option at the right time.

So in a small size, you can find both negative and positive sides. But, in the end, you can quickly get used to the size, and it does not determine the quality of the shooting result. And what about the rest of the features?

The camera in the middle hand lies comfortably. The handle is pleasantly rubberized, the index finger habitually rests on the release button, especially for those who have been using Canon cameras for a long time. Immediately behind the shutter button is, as on all Canon cameras, the settings wheel. The design, of course, differs from the usual D60, the selector (drum) of shooting modes is located in a slightly different place. Yes, and a full-fledged LCD display on the new device can no longer be found - you have to pay for the size. But is it really that bad?

Since the design of the device has undergone major changes compared to the D60, it is not entirely correct to compare them by this parameter - here a comparison with the Canon 300D is more likely, the differences with which are far from being so significant. The shooting mode selector has become more professional, metal, while its predecessor had a plastic one. But the case remained so plastic, however, modern plastic is quite strong, often even stronger than thin tin, from which the cases of some cameras are made (I remember I had one on the analog "Practice"). So it can be considered a disadvantage with a big interference. But the lightness of the camera is quickly appreciated, especially when it hangs around the neck all day (and not alone!).

Controls

Here there are few differences from the previous model. The buttons have become larger and more convenient, there is a new direct print control button. The key for switching between normal, high-speed and delayed shooting modes has moved from the upper plane of the case to the rear panel.

New to the EOS 350D is the ability to program the SET button to quickly enter playback mode, select focus points, change image quality and resolution, and switch between contrast, sharpness, saturation, and more.< /p>

The camera menu will be familiar to those who shot with the devices of this company, and it will be understandable to others, as it is implemented very logically and conveniently. And the introduction of the Russian language menu for many will greatly facilitate the development of the camera. In shooting mode, the main shooting parameters are displayed on the monochrome LCD monitor and in the viewfinder information panel. Full information about the camera settings can be displayed on a 1.8-inch color LCD display, like its predecessor. I would like the display brightness to be higher, it is not enough in the sun.

The viewfinder also remained the same as that of the "three hundred", instead of pentarism, a system of mirrors was used. This decision makes the camera cheaper, but there is no need to talk about the reliability of manual focusing here, and the increase in the viewfinder, taking into account the crop factor, does not contribute to this. Among the budget DSLRs we tested, cameras such as the Konica Minolta Dynax 7D and Pentax *ist Ds had a viewfinder more suited for manual focusing.

Start

What has always annoyed me most about my Canon D60 is the turn-on time and wake-up time of the camera. The same was observed in the predecessor of the Canon 350D, the 300s. How does the new camera behave?

The EOS 350D starts almost instantly, as it wakes up, which is very pleasing. The rate of fire, as in my D60, is 3 fps on average. This, of course, is not 5 fps in the performance of the Canon EOS 20D and not 8.5 fps, as in the EOS 1D Mark II. But there is one advantage over the same 20th - the softness of the shutter. The 350D's shutter is similar in volume and softness to the D60's, and both units are much quieter than the 20D. It seems to me that the reason for this lies precisely in the frequency of shooting. After all, at a shooting rate of 6 frames / s, the mirror must recline at a higher speed than at a frequency of 3 frames / s, and a higher speed has to be extinguished at great expense. I have not found any other explanations yet, but there is a very noticeable difference in response.

The camera now has the ability to fully record photos simultaneously in RAW and JPEG formats, like older models, which is sometimes very useful.

The phone also has a B/W shooting mode with the ability to use color filters (of course, programmatically). An interesting feature has appeared: when recording in RAW and JPEG formats at the same time, RAW is recorded in color, and JPEG is recorded in black and white.

Added to Standard Software is Digital Photo Professional RAW Image Processing, which is professional software included with the $8,000 Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II. Frankly, at first I reacted to it with prejudice, knowing how slowly and indiscriminately the old program worked. Yes, and I'm already used to the Photoshop plugin, which does an excellent job of processing RAW files. However, there was a problem. For some reason, this plug-in refused to process the new RAW version of the Canon 350D (later I downloaded the update). I had to install the proprietary Digital Photo Professional RAW program offered with the device, and I did not regret it. The program turned out to be very fast, unlike the version that was once included in the D60 kit and which I immediately rejected. I was amazed that the file processing option offered by the program was almost perfect in 90% of cases. So you can and often need to use it - after all, the developer of both the matrix and the device itself knows the features of its technology better than others.

Shooting

Shooting results are shown below (lens and shooting parameters are below the photos).

Usually, when I get a new camera for testing (and this happens in the evening) and come home, my hands itch to try its capabilities. But outside the window it is already dark, there is nothing particularly interesting in the room. It so happened that almost all the new cameras that I tested passed one standard test.

It's dark outside, a chandelier is lit in the room, I set the highest light sensitivity on the matrix, white balance to automatic, save in JPG and shoot several volumes of books standing in a bookcase. I will say right away that almost all the tested cameras (as well as my D60, by the way), did not pass this test. No, they filmed it, but the white balance was completely broken, there was noise in all color channels, and the blue channel practically did not exist - it was black and completely clogged with noise. However, this camera pleasantly surprised me. And here we got a frame that smacks of yellowness, but the picture was readable in all channels, and noise, although present, was not in such a huge amount as in most devices, and mainly in the blue channel. A small color adjustment in Color Balance corrected the picture almost completely.

I took another shot at a sensitivity of 1600 units during the day, it was interesting to find out how the matrix would behave in these conditions. The noise turned out to be mainly in the red channel, the green and blue channels are almost perfect. If necessary, when short shutter speeds are needed, this sensitivity can also be used during the day.

Shooting against the sun. It was evening, I was filming scenes and did not change the sensitivity on the matrix. It turned out that 400 units for this camera can be considered practically working sensitivity, there is no noise in any channel. On the Canon D60, noise is already observed at this sensitivity.

Subject shooting on the street. The shooting took place with saving in RAW. Automation worked perfectly, almost no frame adjustments were required. The frame is almost perfect both in sharpness and in color and tone reproduction.

Subject shooting on the street. An open restaurant, paneled with glass, slightly ribbed - it turned out to be an artistic filter. The shooting took place with saving in RAW in terms of color and tone reproduction, the frame turned out to be natural.

Subject shooting on the street. The shooting took place with saving in RAW. Automation worked perfectly, there was practically no need to adjust the frame.

Comparing the Canon D60 and Canon 350D when shooting the same scene outdoors, we can conclude that the continuity has been preserved, the color reproduction is almost identical. The reportage portrait was a success, the color reproduction is perfect, there are no questions about tone reproduction and sharpness either.

Working in macro mode with a Canon macro lens gave excellent results even at ISO 800. There is virtually no noise. On my Canon D60, the noise is higher at this sensitivity.

Again, the sensitivity is 800, rain, and the device works fine - there is almost no noise.

Canon lens 70-300 DO IS (265), ISO 800, Tv 1/1600, Av 5.6, all modes in Auto, daylight, rain.

Recall this technique:

EOS-1Ds Mark II: Full frame 35mm sensor with 16.7 megapixels, 4fps fire rate. So far, no digital SLR camera based on the 35mm format has such a matrix. The crop factor is 1.0.

EOS-1D Mark II: 8.2MP APS-H format sensor, 8.5fps rate of fire. The favorite camera of reporters, combining an excellent matrix and an excellent rate of fire. The crop factor is 1.3.

EOS 20D: 8.2MP APS-C sensor, 5.0fps fire rate. This camera is also used by professionals and it has proven itself from the best side. Refers to semi-professional models. Crop factor - 1 https://cars45.com.gh/listing/tata/indigo,6.

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