Buy the Canon XTi Camera

September 23, 2009

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TonjaShould you buy the Canon XTi camera? The Canon XTi is a 10.1 megapixel EOS digital SLR camera. Canon has built upon the solid foundation of the Rebel XT. This entry-level SLR has features from the XT and high-end cameras.

XTI vs XT

The XTI and XT look essentially the same from some angles. The XTI does have at larger LCD screen. The XTI’s screen is 2.5 inches as opposed to the 1.8 inches of the XT. Canon has increased to a 9 point autofocus from the XT’s 7 point autofocus. The XT uses a smaller independent LCD screen to display shooting information. The XTi displays the information on the large 2.5 inch LCD screen. One noticeable difference is from the 8.0 Megapixels of the XT to the 10.1 megapixels of the XTi. EOS Integrated Cleaning System New to the Canon XTi is the EOS integrated cleaning system with a self-cleaning sensor. The cleaning system uses an ultrasonic vibration to shake the dust of the sensor. If the dust is in not shaken off, then you can take a picture of a white wall. The camera then picks up the dust imprint and stores the information. When you transfer you picture from your camera to the computer to edit you can then the included software to delete the dust.

Picture Style

The Canon offers 6 preset Picture Styles and three additional styles you can customize to the way you take your pictures. The six preset styles are Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, and Monchrome. You can also set these to your liking or keep them at the factory default. You can adjust the color saturation and sharpness of the picture.

Software

The Rebel XTi comes with software to bridge your computer and camera. You receive a program for Mac called ImageBrowser and the Zoombrowser for the PC. This software allows for you to view and edit your pictures on the computer. The EOS Utility Program is designed to download pictures from you camera through the USB cable. The application can also remotely control your camera from the computer when it is still plug in with USB cable. Make all your settings on the computer screen to take the picture you would like. The picture is saved directly to your computer instead of the compact flash. The final software included is the Digital Photo Professional in which you can edit RAW pictures. RAW pictures are the images that are not processed by the camera’s sensor. This is also where you can access the dust cleaner part of the editing. Just press a button to remove the dust from the picture.

The Canon Rebel has excellent features that will not overwhelm the beginner or amateur photographer. The SLR camera is relatively lightweight that weighs about one and half pounds with the lens that is offered in the camera kit.

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