Canon Digital Rebel XT camera

The Canon EOS digital Rebel XT is good for someone wanting to make the jump from a simple point-and-shoot to a more advanced and powerful digital SLR with interchangeable lenses. It can be used in either automatic or manual focus mode.

Power Switch and Basic Control Locations – the on-off switch, mode dial and shutter release are all on the right side of the camera bodies’ top. There are also two buttons in the upper-right corner that let you select the focus point and lock the exposure. Most of the shooting adjustment & setting controls are on the right side of the camera back and the main LCD menu and playback controls are on the left side. The four-way pad buttons adjust the ISO, auto focus, white balance, and metering mode settings. The camera will shut itself off automatically after 5 minutes to save power.

Mode Dial – Like most SLR cameras, the mode dial allows you to switch between the industry standard shutter exposure modes and scene options: portrait, landscape, close-up, motion (sports), night portrait or flash off. You can also adjust the white balance mode for: flash, shade, cloudy, daylight and fluorescent or tungsten lighting.

Inserting/Removing the Media Card – as this is not a brand new design, it uses a larger CF (compact flash) media card. To remove, with the camera in your lap facing down, pull the textured cover on the right side of the body marked “CF Open” towards you with your finger. The cover will slide up and hinge over exposing the edge of the media card. Push the small black tab in and the card will slide out. Installation is the reverse making sure the small opening holes in the card face inward. There is a small red light in the body lower side of the back of the camera (see red arrow below) that blinks when the card is successfully inserted and recognized by the camera. You can save images in both raw and high-quality JPEG file but not TIFF format an you can also save them on a Microdrive.

Auto Focus Setting – with the mode dial set to auto (green square), the camera lense will automatically adjust itself. Until you’ve experimented a bit this is the best way to start out using this camera, especially with our typically under lit conditions in the Seattle area. Once more familiar, you can change settings to what that does to your images.

LCD Screen – the upper portion of the LCD screen shows the battery strength, number of shots left, etc. The lower part of the LCD screen works with the buttons and pads explained below.

Left Side Controls and Four-Way Directional Pads – the top MENU button allows you to change the image quality, red-eye setting, and beep. If you toggle with the AF button on the right side of the LCD screen, you can switch to the next setting which controls image protection, rotation, print order, etc. The next toggle (tool + arrow up + 1) controls date/time, auto brightness, file numbering and the final toggle position (tool + arrow up + 2) language, video system and printer communications.

The INFO button shows the date/time image taken, review time, media card usage, ISO setting, After a shot is taken, it also displays the shutter speed, ISO setting of actual shot, quality, etc. The JUMP button allows you to jump to a previously taken shot and the ARROW button key below allows you to see that info again until the next show is taken. The (TRASH CAN) symbol button allows you to see erase the card or delete individual images. See 2nd image above for button locations.

The Four-Way Directional Pads that are to the right of the main LCD screen work in conjunction with the left side buttons. The upper ISO pad and lower WB pad allow you to scroll up or down through the menu settings. After you’ve scrolled to the uppermost setting bar (which has the red camera, blue review and two orange tool settings) you can use the left (Symbol of a Camera) and right AF pads let to scroll from side to side. The center SET button finalizes each setting that you’ve changed.

Battery Removal/Replacement – the Rebel XT uses a Canon NB-2LH lithium-ion battery pack, the same as on many of its point-and-shoot cameras. It’s located in the bottom of the main body on the right side below where the media card is located. To remove, with the camera again in your lap but with the lens facing you (camera upside down), push the tab on the cover marked “Batt. Open” away from you with a finger. The cover will hinge up exposing the edge of the battery. Push the small red-orange tab on the left side and the battery will pop up slightly. It takes two fingers or turning the body over to get the battery to actually slide out. Installation is the reverse making sure that the three metal contact points on the battery are facing down into the body. The battery will only go in one way so do not force it. Like with the media card, there’s a small red light on backside of the body of the camera (see red arrow in image above) that blinks when the battery is successfully inserted and recognized by the camera.

Installation/Removal of Auxiliary Flash Unit – UW Rebel XT #1 also has a Canon/Speedlite 430EX auxiliary flash unit in the kit. It mounts in a slot on top of the main camera body. To install, gently push forward in the slot unit it clicks, and then tighten the thumbwheel clockwise with your finger until the flash unit is secure and stable. Removal is the reverse once the thumbwheel has been loosened.

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