In the battle of the bargains, the Rebel packs Establishment clout.
The autofocus system is the nine-point, diamond-shaped array of the 30D and 5D, not the seven-point AF of the Rebel XT.Metering range has been made 1 stop more sensitive than the XT's in low light, and can now read down to -0.5 EV (ISO 100).It inherits the Picture Styles menu of the EOS 30D, 5D, and 1D Mark IIn, which allows you to specify color/contrast/sharpness profiles -- such as Faithful, Portrait, and Landscape -- and to customize these profiles.The XTi gains an RGB histogram, in addition to one for overall brightness.Users can zoom the magnification of the LCD in instant playback or review mode.The number of custom functions has been expanded to 11 from nine, and these now contain 29 individual settings, up from 24.In a substantial speedup, the XTi can grab up to 27 highest-res and -quality JPEGs, up from 14, at 3 fps. And, 10 RAW images can be shot in a burst, up from five.The XTi has a direct print button, and extended functions have been added to its PictBridge programming to allow it to work with more-advanced Canon printers.Up to 9,999 image files can be stored in a single folder, up from 100. And unlike the XT, file numbering can be reset manually.
Given the performance and features of the Rebel XTi, the obvious question is: Where does this leave the EOS 30D, which costs $350 more for less pixel power? Canon says advanced users will still favor the 30D for its more rugged, better-sealed body, 100,000-cycle shutter, and higher burst rate. We shall see. The current $700 (street) Rebel XT, meantime, will remain in the Canon lineup.
New & Noteworthy
- The Rebel breaks into the 10MP club.
- Hardware and software dust reduction.
- Double the burst capacity of the XT, at a similar 3 fps.
Consider This If...
You want 10MP and high-end Canon image controls -- at an entry-level price.