updated 01:05 pm EDT, Wed August 20, 2003
Canon today introduced its new , a 6.3 megapixel digital SLR featuring a high-grade titanium gray metallic finish. It will be offered in two kit configurations: with or without the EF 18-55mm f/3.5 - 5.6 zoom lens. The $1000 zoom lens kit includes a battery pack and charger, plus software, manuals, interface cables, and a neckstrap, while the body-only kit with the same accessories will be $900. It is expected to ship in mid-September.
The EOS Digital Rebel features a 7-point AF sensor, shutter speeds ranging from 1/ 4,000 of a second to 30 seconds plus Bulb, while a built-in motor drive enables the camera to capture 2.5 frames per second in continuous shooting mode for bursts of up to four shots. There are 12 shooting modes including ProgramAE, Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Auto Depth-of-Field AE and Manual as well as Full Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Action, Night Scene and Flash Off. Canon's exclusive 35-zone Evaluative metering links to the active focusing point and is the default metering pattern in AE modes, while center-weighted average metering
The Digital Rebel's main controls include the mode dial, input dial and shutter button, which are located on the right side of the body for convenient one-handed operation. It measures 5.6" (W) x 3.9 "(H) x 2.9" (D) and weighs 19.7 oz.
Image quality can be controlled in any exposure mode by selecting from 6 JPEG settings with varying degrees of resolution and compression. Users shooting in Creative Zone modes can also record high-resolution RAW files with the added advantage of simultaneous mid-fine JPEG capture. The camera's Auto White Balance (AWB) incorporates eight preset white balance modes plus a custom white balance setting for accurate adjustments in virtually any lighting condition. The Digital Rebel also features white balance bracketing which captures three images (normal, reddish and bluish) with one click of the shutter.
The EOS Digital Rebel is compatible with more than 50 Canon EF lenses, high-quality EOS specific accessories and Canon's EX-series Speedlites, making the transition to high quality digital even more affordable for film based Rebel and EOS users. The camera featurs a high profile, built-in retractable flash unit that supports such advanced features as E-TTL Wireless Autoflash; Flash Exposure Compensation; Flash Exposure Lock, and FP Flash (high-speed sync).
The EOS Digital Rebel supports Exif Print 2.2, a worldwide standard that transfers important camera settings and data from a camera to the printer as well as DPOF1.1 (Digital Print Order Format), which lets users specify the images to be printed or execute batch printing of selected images. The camera utilizes Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP) to easily connect via USB interface cable without installing any dedicated driver software. The Digital Rebel accepts either CompactFlash type I or type II car