Two and a half years is a long time in the world of digital SLRs, but despite its age, the 8-MP Canon Digital Rebel XT still gives more recent models a run for their money, especially because many of them are limited to just six megapixels. Where the Rebel XT does feel dated is in its awkward plastic build, uncomfortably dainty handgrip, and small 1.8-inch LCD screen. (Most competing models have 2.5-inch screens or larger.)
In terms of image quality, the Rebel XT--once the undisputed champ--now seems just average. Although it captures images at a fast three frames per second in Sports mode, the Rebel XT’s pictures aren’t as sharp as some competing models. The camera tends to overexpose images slightly, making color in bright areas look washed out and flat. The good news is that the Rebel XT’s famed Digic II image processor is still lightning fast even though some newer Canon DSLRs are now onto Digic III. The camera feels very responsive in your hand, especially during startup and shot to shot. Like so many of Canon’s products, the Rebel XT continues to be a leader in low-light shooting, producing images at ISO 800 and above that were pleasingly clean of image noise.
Although it may seem a little long in the tooth compared with some new offerings from Nikon, Sony, and others, the Rebel XT wears its age well, especially considering that you can purchase it with an EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6mm lens for just under $600. Photographers who want a little more muscle from their Canon should look at the 10.1-MP Rebel XTi, which features several upgrades, including a 2.5-inch LCD and costs $899 with an 18-55mm lens.
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