Canon Digital Rebel XT SLR Camera Body Kit, 8 Megapixels, U.S.A. Warranty - Chrome Finish


About Canon

The EOS Digital Rebel XT features Canon's 8.0 Megapixel CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) sensor, which captures images of exceptional clarity & tonal range & offers the most pixels in its class.

This APS-C size sensor (22.2 x 14.8mm) has the same 3:2 ratio as film cameras, creating an effective angle of view that is 1.6x the normal EF Lens focal length.

Featuring an on-chip Noise Reduction Circuit with an expanded ISO range, the Digital Rebel XT's sensor offers professional sophistication in a consumer package.

Digic II Image Processor: The EOS Digital Rebel XT's sensor is driven by the DIGIC II Image Processor, which has been enhanced across the board with improvements in speed and image quality.

Information captured by the sensor is processed & assembled into images of exceptional clarity & resolution. Consuming very little energy, DIGIC II works with the sensor to ensure natural colors, accurate white balance & speedy write times, letting you focus on taking pictures.

Smallest & lightest EOS Digital SLR to date (as of February 2005) Much smaller than its predecessor, the Digital Rebel XT measures 4.98" across, 3.71" tall & only 2.63" deep, so it fits perfectly in your hand. Plus the Digital Rebel XT weights less than two pounds, too!

Fast 3 frames-per-second shooting with a 14 frame burst & 0.2 second startup time The EOS Digital Rebel XT was designed from the ground up to be faster & more intuitive than the Digital Rebel. From the ultra-fast 0.2sec. startup time, shutter release lag of 100msec. & viewfinder blackout time of 175 msec., the Digital Rebel XT will never keep you waiting. A new high speed shutter shoots atspeeds of up to 1/4000 sec. for up to 14 shots & synchronizes with your flash at 1/200 sec.

High-speed, Wide-area 7-point AF with superimposed focusing points The EOS Digital Rebel XT has a newly developed high-precision 7-point AF system for speedy & accurate focusing in any situation.

You can easily choose your own point of focus or direct the camera to choose it automatically.

You can even use predictive AF to ensure that moving subjects stay focused while you compose your shot. With a built-in dioptric adjustment mechanism & a new precision matte screen, achieving sharp focus is fast & easy with the Digital Rebel XT, no matter where or when you're taking pictures.

User-selectable metering patterns, AF modes, custom functions & flash exposure compensation The Digital Rebel XT offers some of the easiest operation available in a digital camera today.

But when you're ready, it offers a number of advanced setting options previously found only on higher-end models. Metering Patterns
With the Digital Rebel XT, you have a choice of whether to use 35-zone AF point evaluative metering, partial metering at the center of the image or centerweighted averaged metering, similar to a meter in a traditional 35mm camera.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Great resolution (25),Accurate colors (23),Nice features and settings (23),Simple controls (21),Rugged (12),Large clear LCD (4),Strong construction (4),Quiet (3),Short lag time (3)
Not good in low light (4),Complicated controls (3)
Best Uses:
Travel (25),Everyday (23),Outdoors (23),Portraits (16),Sports/action (14),Weddings (11),Low light (9),Fun (5)
Reviewer Profile:
Enthusiast (21),Casual user (7),Professional (4)

Canon Features

  • High-performance digital SLR with 8.0 Megapixel CMOS Sensor and Digic II Image Processor.
  • Smallest and lightest EOS Digital SLR to date (as of February 2005).
  • Fast 3 frames-per-second shooting with 14 frame burst and 0.2 second startup time.
  • High-speed, Wide-area 7-point AF with superimposed focusing points.
  • User-selectable metering patterns, AF modes, custom functions and flash exposure compensation.
  • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface for quick downloads.
  • Direct print support with PictBridge compatible printers.
  • Compatible with more than 50 EF and EF-S Lenses and most EOS System accessories including EX-series Speedlites and dedicated Battery Grip.

Canon Specifications

Digital AF/AE SLR
Recording Medium
CF card Type I and II
Image Format
0.87 x 0.58 in./22.2 x 14.8mm
Compatible Lenses
Canon EF Lenses including EF-S Lenses (Focal length conversion factor: Equivalent to approx. 1.6x indicated focal length compared to 35mm format)
Lens Mount
Canon EF mount
Image Sensor Type
High-sensitivity, high-resolution, single-plate color CMOS sensor
Pixels/Total Pixels
Approx. 8.0 Megapixels/Approx. 8.2 Megapixels
Aspect Ratio
2:3 (Vertical:Horizontal)
Color Filter System
RGB primary color filter
Low-pass Filter
Fixed position in front of the image sensor
Recording Format
Design rule for Camera File System (JPEG) and RAW. Exif 2.21 compliant
File Size
JPEG: (1) Large/Fine: Approx. 3.3 MB (3456 x 2304), (2) Large/Normal: Approx. 1.7 MB (3456 x 2304), (3) Medium/Fine: Approx. 2.0 MB (2496 x 1664), (4) Medium/Normal Approx. 1.0 MB (2496 x 1664), (5) Small/Fine: Approx. 1.2 MB (1728x 1152), (6) Small/Normal: Approx. 0.6 MB (1728 x 1152); RAW: Approx. 8.3 MB (3456 x 2304)
Automatic setting
File Numbering
(1) Continuous numbering, (2) Auto reset
Image-processing Parameters
Standard parameters plus up to three custom processing parameter sets and monochrome can be set
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
White Balance Settings
Auto, Preset (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy/Twilight/Sunset, Tungsten light, White fluorescent light, Flash), Manual (Custom: read off photo quality gray card or white subject)
Viewfinder Type
Eye-level SLR (with fixed pentamirror)
Approx. 95% vertically and horizontally (against JPEG Large)
0.8x (-1 diopter with 50mm lens at infinity)
Dioptric Adjustment Correction
-3.0 - +1.0 diopters
Focusing Screen
Quick-return half mirror (Transmittance: reflection ratio of 40:60, no mirror cut-off with lenses up to EF 600mm f/4)
Viewfinder Information
AF points, AE lock, FE lock, AEB in progress, Flash ready, Improper FE lock warning, High-speed Sync, Flash exposure compensation, Red-Eye reduction, Shutter speed, Bulb, FE lock, Processing data, Built-in flash recycling, Aperture, Exposure level display (Exposure compensation, Manual exposure level, AEB level, Flash exposure compensation, Red-Eye Reduction lamp on time display),Max burst during continuous shooting, AF/MF focus confirmation, CF card full, CFcard error, no CF card
Depth-of-Field Preview
Enabled with depth-of-field preview button
Eyepiece Shutter
None (provided on strap)
Autofocus Type
TTL-CT-SIR with AF-dedicated CMOS sensor
AF Points
AF Working Range
EV 0.5 - 18 (at ISO 100)
Focusing Modes
One-Shot AF, Predictive AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF (Automatically selects One-ShotAF or AI Servo AF selected according to shooting mode), Manual Focusing (MF)
AF Point Selection
Automatic selection, manual selection
Selected AF Point Display
Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on LCD panel
AF-assist Beam
Intermittent firing of built-in flash, effective range: approx. 13.1 ft./4m at center, approx. 11.5 ft./3.5m at periphery
Exposure Control: Metering Modes
Max. aperture TTL metering with 35-zone SPC. (1) Evaluative metering, (2) Partial metering at center (approx. 9% of viewfinder), (3) Center-weighted average metering
Metering Range
EV 1-20 (at 68° F/20° C with 50mm f/1.4 lens at ISO 100)
Exposure Control Systems
Program AE (shiftable), Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Automatic Depth-of Field AE, Full Auto, Programmed Image Control modes (Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait, Flash Off), E-TTL II Autoflash Program AE, and Manual
ISO Speed Range
Equivalent to ISO 100-1600
Exposure Compensation
Up to +/-2 stops in 1/2- or 1/3-stop increments (1) Manual exposure compensation(2) AEB (Auto Exposure Bracketing)
AE Lock
Auto: Operates in One-Shot AF mode evaluative metering when focus is achieved; Manual: Enabled with AE lock button (No AE lock in Basic Zone modes)
Shutter Type
Vertical-travel, mechanical, focal-plane shutter with all speeds electronically-controlled
Shutter Speeds
1/4000 to 30 sec. in 1/2- or 1/3-stop increments, bulb, X-Sync at 1/200 sec.
Shutter Release
Soft-touch electromagnetic release
Noise Reduction for Long Exposure
Set with C. Fn-02
10-sec. delay
Remote Control
Remote control with RS-60E3 Terminal or Wireless remote controllers RC-1/RC-5
Built-in Flash/Type
Auto pop-up, retractable, built-in flash in the pentaprism
Guide Number
13 (at ISO 100 in meters)
Recycling Time
Approx. 3 sec.
Flash-ready Indicator
Flash-ready indicator lights on in viewfinder
Flash Coverage
Up to 17mm focal length (equivalent to 27mm in 35mm format)
EOS External Flash/Dedicated Speedlights
E-TTL II autoflash
Drive Modes
(1) Single, (2) Continuous, (3) Self-timer/Remote Control
Continuous Shooting Speed
Approx. 3.0 fps (with Battery Pack NB-2LH, at Tv=1/250 sec. for all recording qualities)
Max. Burst During Continuous Shooting
14 shots (Large/Fine)
LCD Monitor Type
TFT color LCD monitor
Screen Monitor size
1.8 inches
Approx. 115,000 pixels (Displayed pixels)
Brightness Control
5 levels (settable with menu's "LCD brightness")
Playback Image Display Format
(1) Single image, (2) 9-image Index, (3) Magnified Zoom, (4) Auto Play, (5) Auto Play right after shooting
Highlight Alert
In the single image with information display mode, the highlighted portions containing no image information with blink
A single image can be protected or unprotected
A single image or all images stored in a CompactFlash card can be erased if theyare unprotected
Menu Categories
(1) Shooting 1 [6 items], (2) Shooting 2 [7 items], (3) Playback [5 items], (4) Setup 1 [7 items], (5) Setup 2 [7 items]
LCD Monitor Language
Any of the following 15 languages can be selected: English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Italian, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Korean, Russian, and Japanese
Firmware Update
Enabled by the user
Battery Power
Battery Pack NB-2LH (x1)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
4.98" x 3.71" x 2.63" /126.5 x 94.2 x 64mm
17.1 oz./485g
Operating Temperature Range
32-104° F/0-40° C
Operating Humidity Range
85% or less

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Best camera I've owned

I previously used the Powershot Pro 1 which had the digic 1 image sensor. I wasn't too impressed with the quality of the Pro 1 because the noise level was the same as my older point and shoot canon. When I got the Rebel XT I was thrilled with the new Digic 2 sensor. The noise level is 1/5 what it was with the digic 1. Oh, and the camera has all that I need for becoming a better photographer. It performed perfectly during my trip to Rome.

Reviewed by 30 customers


More than the sum of it's parts!


from New York  -  Professional

This camera is my workhorse. I'm shooting a "How To" book and this is all done in a studio setting. It stays on my studio tripod, day after day. The ability to shoot in B&W makes this the perfect camera for my needs.


Best camera I've owned


from Chicago, IL  -  Semi professional

I previously used the Powershot Pro 1 which had the digic 1 image sensor. I wasn't too impressed with the quality of the Pro 1 because the noise level was the same as my older point and shoot canon. When I got the Rebel XT I was thrilled with the new Digic 2 sensor. The noise level is 1/5 what it was with the digic 1. Oh, and the camera has all that I need for becoming a better photographer. It performed perfectly during my trip to Rome.


Great Camera


from Denver,CO  -  Professional

Great camera, quick shots, great resolution, many editing options.


Would buy the Rebel XT again


from Oil City, PA  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

I was very excited to find a digital SLR in the 'prosumer' price & quality range. Instead of buying the kit with the 18-55mm lens, I opted to buy the Canon EF 28-135mm IS lens. I haven't been able to purchase any other lens as of yet, so my review is only based on the camera's performance with the 28-135mm lens. The only con I have about it, is that the photos appear brighter on the LCD than the actual exposure when you view & print the photos from the computer. But, if you can take that into account & monitor your histograms, it's not that big of a deal. I love that fact that the Rebel will shoot in RAW format, and has many of the features you will find on the level up professional Canon models, such as the EOS 10D (which was my first experience using a D-SLR). I mostly shoot for hobby, taking alot of photos around the house, of my cats and flowers/nature, etc. I find that the quality of the photos is excellent. I like that you can adjust the sharpness,and color saturation; and you can also shoot in black & white and sepia with color tints. It has a lot of nice special features to play with. I have a smaller frame and found that the Rebel was the perfect size for me. My husband also uses it sometimes, and he's never complained that it was too small for him. The built-in flash is as good as any, as far as built-in flash goes. I have not been able to purchase an external flash yet, but I prefer to use natural/ambient light as much as possible anyway. I do run into some trouble in low-light situations when I don't want to use the built-in flash, such as getting slightly blurry photos, but I feel that's because my lens isn't fast enough, and not a downfall of the acutal camera. I hope to be able to purchase a wider faster lens in the future. Also,I would recommend purchasing a card reader- it makes downloading time much quicker. I also liked the smaller battery size and found that the battery life was excellent. Overall I am happy that I purchased the Rebel XT, and would recommend it to others. (I have not used the newer XTi model yet, so I don't know if it much different than the XT...)


Better then I expedited


from Tucson  -  Casual user

[...]The Rebel XT was all and more then I thought it would be, the black body has that professional look. I'm still learning about all the features the XT has but in the auto mode it has not disappointed me one bit.


A great buy for the price


from St. Martinville, LA  -  Professional

Great camera for the price. Markings are a bit hard to read on black body, especially in low light


great camera from canon


from shippensburg, PA  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

on automatic settings, i still have trouble with blurry action photos in low light.


Love this Camera


from Littleton, NH  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

I love how fast the autofocus is, especially since I photograph lots of fast moving kids. I can't seem to get vibrant colors without processing in Photoshop which has been a bit disappointing. Overall, an excellent camera.


Excellent camera, excellent value


from Middleton, WI  -  Casual user

The only drawback to this camera is the size of the display on the back. The 10 megapixel model has a larger one, which would be an advantage. However, this camera is probably the better value, as the 10 megapixel model is significantly more expensive.


Rebel XT,,,Too early to make a call


from Guntersville, AL  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

There are a couple of features that need to be turned off the LCD screen but it get complicated. They made it easier in the XTI (D400) model but that doesn't fix it in the XT, so spend the extra money, you'll be happier.

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