|Canon D-SLR camera - Command Dial
The Command Dial on top of the camera gives direct access tot automatic, half-automatic and manual settings. One, who wants to take pictures without having to think, turns the Command Dial to the green zone. This way the EOS 300D functions completely automatic, so exposure, focussing etc. is decided by the camera at the moment of capturing an image. Except for the adjustment of the image quality which is set by the user him-/herself. Beside the green zone the camera has a number of pre-set scenes, to make a certain kind of image and requesting the camera to put the emphasis on a certain setting. One who wants to go one step further can use aperture priority or shutter priority or completely manually by activating the Manual mode.
Canon EOS 300D - White balance
The EOS 300D offers a wide range of white balance settings inclusive the possibility to measure the white balance and store it separately on a memory card. A good solution if the camera is used on different locations with many different light circumstances or if the camera has to be used by more than one user with each of them their own preferred white balance setting. On the other hand we would expect this function on a more professional camera and not on an entry-level digital reflex camera. Going back to the lack of the possibility to select different exposures, I'd rather see this feature on the camera. The indoors as well as the outdoors settings for the white balance are managed very well by the EOS 300D. The colour reproduction tends towards warm in stead of neutral, but on the whole it looks excellent.
Canon 300D digital reflex camera - Noise ratio
A powerful part of Canon's digital reflex line is the noise ratio on the images. Even more when we look at the higher ISO values (ISO 400 and higher) there is almost no noise, assuming that the image has been correctly exposed. The underexposed images always suffer from a more visible noise. Even the higher ISO values from 1600 can be used without a problem, something that is considered exceptional for a camera of this price range. The ISO settings at automatic programmes are possible from 100-400 ISO. When the camera is used out of these automatic programmes a range of 100-1600 ISO is available.
Canon EOS 300D SLR - Built-in flash
The built-in flash of the EOS 300D has a restricted flash range, sufficient for objects on a short distance (approximately 4-5 meters), but to photograph seriously one would want to take a look at the small external Canon Speedlight EX flash. The built-in flash sometimes gets it completely wrong and as a result delivers an underexposed object. It can eventually be corrected by compensating the flash with a firm plus, but then it passes over the user's convenience that the EOS 300D is supposed to deliver. Other flash settings work like they ought to do, like the red eye reduction and an activated flash in combination with slow shutter speed. Bye the way, the automatic white balance from the EOS 300D is not always capable of supplying the correct with balance in artificial light circumstances, there is an excessive colour cast noticeable.
|EOS 300D camera - Canon 18-55 lens
The images made with the EOS 300D are taken in combination with the standard Canon 18-55 lens. Compared to the value of the lens the results are surprisingly good. This inexpensive lens is capable of producing very sharp images full of contrast! Of course there are differences when the same image is taken with different aperture settings. I get an excellent result with an aperture f8 with which at a higher aperture the images get softer. The combination reacts well in diverse situations, the AF assistant illuminator offers assistance under difficult light circumstances so focussing works out smoothly. The AF assistant illuminator is automatically activated via the built-in flash. Pushing the release button half way down a series of little flashes is fired to expose the object, so the camera gets the opportunity to focus. All in all Canon offers a fine set in combination with this lens.
RAW & JPEG - File sizes and resolution
The camera features seven different kinds of file sizes or qualities. The resolution offered is more than sufficient to print all sorts of enlargements. Nowadays the average photo lab can print enlargements of digital files up to the size of 50x75cm. In practice many users will set the camera to the JPEG format because it is easier accessible than RAW format. However, who really wants to experience the direct quality of the camera and who is not afraid to be the leading man or woman in the image editing process, must try the RAW format. It's an attack on the storage capacity of the memory card, we talk about 7-8MB per image in stead of 3.5MB in JPEG format (highest resolution and lowest compression) but it is worthwhile trying it. The RAW format in fact is a format of the harsh real image without it being edited by the internal software of the camera, some sort of digital negative so to say. The RAW format has to be uploaded through a certain program where after it can be edited as required and then stored in TIFF or JPEG format. This way of managing is time consuming with the EOS 300D. The programme is not one of the fastest of his kind, compared to competing brands we can talk about a slow edition. The RAW format for example can always be stored on a CD-ROM as original image.
Canon EOS 300D - Menu in 12 languages
Canon is one of the very rare manufacturers that has thought of giving his product a Dutch menu. Despite of the fact that the world of digital photography usually is dominated by the English language it is considered praiseworthy that Canon meets the wishes of a large group of consumers and offers a Dutch menu on the EOS 300D. Beside Dutch, the camera features options for English, German, French, Danish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Finish, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese.
Canon 300D D-SLR - To less freedom?
The settings the EOS 300D offers are sufficient for the target group. For those who are looking for a greater freedom especially concerning the settings for exposure and the way of focussing will probably not accept this way of automation.