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CAMERA TEST: CANON EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
Just three years ago Canon started a revolution with the 6.3MP EOS Digital Rebel - the first digital SLR to sell for less than $1,000 with lens. That revolution has been such a wild success that the third-generation Reb, the XTi, arrives with 10.1MP, loads of high-end features, and an even lower price - and still finds itself in a battle with four other manufacturers for that same piece of turf.
Besides its great leap forward in image quality, the Rebel XTi gains enough additional capability (much of it from Canon's EOS 30D) that it strains the term "entry-level." It's now more of a high-end camera in a bargain body. So it makes sense to compare this upstart both to the Nikon D80 and Canon's own 30D, an 8MP camera currently selling for $350 more than the Rebel XTi.
In terms of build quality, the polycarbonate-bodied Rebel XTi shows very good fit of exterior parts and has a solid feel, although nothing like the built-tough magnesium-alloy 30D. The upside to the Rebel is that, weighing nearly a half-pound less than the 30D, it's a lighter load to carry during a day of shooting.
increase, the XTi seems to apply noise reduction in a linear fashion, with gradual increases in noise matched with gradual loss of resolution.
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