Advantages Canon quality, image quality, weight, price
Disadvantages Easily scratchable, lens adaptions (see below), no film grain
Before i start let me explain he differances between the Canon 300D and 300V-300V - A mid range Canon FILM SLR (single lens reflex). this camera takes all kinds of colour / black and white / transparency etc. film but is NOT digital
300D - the subject of this review, the 300D is also a mid range Canon SLR but this version is Digital. Meaning that any pictures you take on the camera are stored on a compact flash card instead of film.Now that the difference is obvious i will give a little technical detail for people who just want the facts.
Dimensions (WxDxH) - 14.2 cm x 7.2 cm x 9.9 cm
Weight - 560 g
Supported Flash Memory - CompactFlash
Picture quality - up to 6.30 million effective pixels
Lens Aperture - F/3.5-5.6
Focus Adjustment - Automatic, manual
Min Focus Range - 28 cm
Focal Length - 18 mm - 55 mm
Optical Zoom - 3 x
Camera Flash - Pop-up flash
Red Eye Reduction - Built-in
Microphone - None
Viewfinder - Optical - eye-level mirror pentaprism
Display - LCD display - TFT active matrix - 1.8" - colour
Battery - 1 x camera battery - rechargeable - Lithium Ion - 1100 mAh
The shutter speed is pretty much the same as a film SLR and can be anything up to 30 seconds, although it does have a bulb (limitless) feature aswell.
This is great for filming Stars at night (anyone done that?) or for 1-2 second exposures on water getting it looking all "fluffy".
The image quality (if 6.3 million pixels means nothing to you) is absolutely excellent, they come out at around 20"x16" but i have enlarged up to 50"x40" and you can hardly tell the difference (bear in mind this was printed out on a professional printer).In my camera is a 256Meg compact flash card, i find on average this fits around 80-100 photographs in but depending on picture quality this can be more or less. Also i take every photo in the largest possible size so If i want it can be enlarged without the problems of distortion, which obviously you can't do if you take the pictures on a small seting in the first place.
There are a few downsides however, as there are with any product. My main concern with people buying this camera is when i bought mine no-one told me that if i buy lenses for this camera, they will not fit on my film SLR, but if you buy them the other way around they will. Luckily i found this out at time of purchasing a new lens and was able to rectify it but was it not for the useful people at a well known high street store, i would have been very annoyed.
Another slightly less annoying downside is a quite scratchable finish to the camera, this can be annoying if you dont have a carry case but then if you are forking out £700 odd for a camera you should get a carry case.
My last concern with this camera is the fact there is no film grain, why? obvious - there is no film.
This is a problem that occurs with every digital camera, and some people might love it, but for some of my darker work including portraits and band photography, i really like my film grain, and for this i have to use my 300V.
If anyone has any questions they would like to ask me - leave a comment and i will update this review asapGregg
(note - this review can be found under cameras>digital camera's aswell)
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