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EOS Digital Rebel XT

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8.0 Megapixel CMOS Sensor

The EOS Digital Rebel XT features Canon's 8.0 Megapixel CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) sensor, which captures images of exceptional clarity and tonal range and 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 and assembled into images of exceptional clarity and resolution. Consuming very little energy, DIGIC II works with the sensor to ensure natural colors, accurate white balance and speedy write times, letting you focus on taking pictures.

Much smaller than its predecessor, the Digital Rebel XT measures 4.98" across, 3.71" tall and only 2.63" deep, so it fits perfectly in your hand. Plus the Digital Rebel XT weights less than two pounds, too!

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

The EOS Digital Rebel XT has a newly developed high-precision 7-point AF system for speedy and 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 and a new precision matte screen, achieving sharp focus is fast and easy with the Digital Rebel XT, no matter where or when you're taking pictures.

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 center weighted averaged metering, similar to a meter in a traditional 35mm camera.



AF Modes

Where the original Digital Rebel chose your AF mode for you, the Digital Rebel XT offers a choice of one-shot, AI Servo or AI focus, letting you make the call yourself.

Custom Functions
9 Custom functions with 24 settings settable with the camera.

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Custom Function




SET button/Cross Key Functions




SET: Quality


SET: Parameter


SET: Playback


Cross Keys: AF frame selection


Long Exposure Noise Reduction






Flash Sync. Speed in AV Mode




1/200 sec. (fixed)


Shutter Button/AE Lock Button


AF/AE lock


AE lock/AF


AF/AF lock, no AE lock


AE/AF, no AE lock


AF-assist Beam




Does not emit


Only extension flash emits


Exposure Level Increments








Mirror Lock up












Shutter Curtain Sync.


1st curtain sync.


2nd curtain sync.


Flash Exposure Compensation
The EOS Rebel XT offers a whole new level of flash photography: Canon's spectacular E-TTL II flash system can be customized with flash exposure compensation and eight customized flash metering modes. These improvements have no effect on automatic functions - the Rebel XT is one of the simplest digital SLRs you'll ever use, but these advanced features are at your fingertips the instant you want them.


Printing your photographs could not be easier with the Digital Rebel XT. Simply connect your EOS Digital Rebel XT to any PictBridge-compatible printer, select your image and print settings, press the Direct Print button and your photograph will start printing. Exif Print 2.2 includes shot information with each image to optimize the printing of each of your photographs. Additionally, the Digital Rebel XT is ready to connect to both Windows XP and Mac OS X computers without any extra software thanks to PTP compatibility.

Connect your camera to your computer with a USB 2.0 Hi-Speed connection and your images will upload at speeds up to ten times faster than with the original EOS Digital Rebel.

EF Lens
The EOS Digital Rebel XT is compatible with all Canon lenses in the EF lineup, ranging from ultra-wide-angle to super-telephoto lenses and including Canon's new EF-S series Lenses, manufactured specifically for the Digital Rebel series and the EOS 20D. The EF lineup employs advanced optical know-how to deliver unprecedented performance in all facets of the photographic process. Rebel XT users will find the all-new EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens a perfect match for their new camera. It offers a 35mm equivalent of a 27-136mm zoom range and includes Canon's Image Stabilizer (which adds an equivalent of 3 stops) and a full time manual focus mechanism, all in a compact, robust construction.

Flash Photography
The EOS Digital Rebel XT features the acclaimed E-TTL II flash metering system. Whether using its pop-up flash or any of the flashes in the Speedlite line, E-TTL II provides stable flash brightness through numerous exposures.

Canon's new Speedlite 580 EX is perfectly suited to the Digital Rebel XT. It features a maximum guide number of 58, together with an auto zoom function that compensates for the sensor size, enabling high output flash with more accurate results. It includes an AF assist beam that works in conjunction with the Rebel's focusing system and automatically sends color temperature information to the camera when the flash fires, producing consistently accurate colors.

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Digital AF/AE SLR

Recording Media

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


High-sensitivity, high-resolution, single-plate color CMOS sensor


Approx. 8.0 Megapixels

Total Pixels

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 System

Recording Format

Design rule for Camera File System 2.0

Image Format

JPEG, RAW (12bit)
Simultaneous Recording: Possible

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 (1728 x 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


USB 2.0 Hi-Speed

White Balance


Auto, Preset (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy/Twilight/Sunset, Tungsten light, White fluorescent light, Flash), Manual (Custom: read off photo quality gray card or white subject)



Eye-level SLR (with fixed pentamirror)


Approx. 95% vertically and horizontally (against JPEG Large)


0.8x (-1 diopter with 50mm lens at infinity)

Eye Point


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, CF card error, no CF card

Depth Of Field Preview

Enabled with depth-of-field preview button

Eyepiece Shutter

None (provided on strap)



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-Shot AF 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)

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)


Vertical-travel, mechanical, focal-plane shutter with all speeds electronically-controlled 1/4000 to 30 sec. in 1/2- or 1/3-stop increments, bulb, X-Sync at 1/200 sec. Soft-touch electromagnetic release 10-sec. delay Remote control with RS-60E3 Terminal or Wireless remote controllers RC-1/RC-5


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

Self Timer

10-sec. delay

Remote Control

Remote control with RS-60E3 Terminal or Wireless remote controllers RC-1/RC-5

Built in Flash


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)

External Speedlite

EOS Dedicated Speedlite

E-TTL II autoflash

Drive System

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)

Maximum Burst

14 shots (Large/Fine)

LCD Monitor


TFT color LCD monitor

Monitor Size

1.8 inches


Approx. 115,000 pixels (Displayed pixels)


Approx. 100% (for JPEG images)

Brightness Control

5 levels (settable with menu's LCD brightness)


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

Image Protection and Erase


A single image can be protected or unprotected


A single image or all images stored in a CompactFlash card can be erased if they are 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

Power Source


Battery Pack NB-2LH (x1)

Dimensions and Weight

Dimensions (W x H x D)

4.98 x 3.71 x 2.63 in./126.5 x 94.2 x 64mm


17.1 oz./485g

Operating Environment

Working Temperature Range

32-104° F/0-40° C

Working Humidity Range

85% or less

EOS Digital Rebel XT Kit Contents

EOS Digital Rebel XT Kit Contents EOS Digital Rebel XT Body (Silver or Black) (A) Eyecup Ef (not shown) Wide Strap EW-100DBII (C) Video Cable VC-100 (D) USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU (E) Battery Pack NB-2LH (F) Battery Charger CB-2LW (G) EOS Digital Solution Disc and Instruction Manuals (H) "Great Photography is Easy" Booklet and "Do More with Macro" Booklet (not shown)

Compatible Supplies & Accessories

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