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Canon Digital Rebel XTi/400D For Dummies

The Canon Digital Rebel XTi/400D is a very versatile camera with a host of helpful features. You can choose to use the automatic exposure modes and basically point and shoot, or you can take more control and adjust settings yourself by using the advance exposure modes. Either way, you get great pictures!

Features of the Canon Digital Rebel XTi/400D

Your new Canon Digital Rebel XTi/400D has a host of features and the following figures point them out one by one. An asterisk indicates that a button or control has multiple functions.

Checking out the Canon XTi/400D from the photographer’s perspective.
Checking out the Canon XTi/400D from the photographer’s perspective.
Looking down at some of the main buttons and dials.
Looking down at some of the main buttons and dials.
Finding the focus and ports on the front and side of the Canon XTi/400D.
Finding the focus and ports on the front and side of the Canon XTi/400D.

Automatic Exposure Modes of the Canon Digital Rebel XTi/400D

The Canon Digital Rebel XTi/400D can take wonderful photographs with just a little help from you. The following table offers a quick explanation of your camera’s fully automatic exposure modes. In these modes, you can choose between automatic or manual focusing, but you have little or no control over most other picture-taking settings.

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Advanced Exposure Modes of the Canon Digital Rebel XTi/400D

If you want more than a point-and-shoot camera, the Canon Digital Rebel XTi/400D is for you. In automatic mode, you get the ease of having the camera determine the settings, but you can also choose the advanced exposure modes which give you more control over your camera settings. The following table shows you that you can adjust aperture (f-stop) to manipulate depth of field (the zone of sharp focus) and adjust shutter speed to determine whether moving objects appear sharply focused or blurry. In all five modes, you also can tweak color, ISO (light sensitivity), and exposure.

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