The EOS Rebel 2000 offers numerous feature enhancements while maintaining a price-point comparable to its predecessor, the EOS Rebel G. These enhancements include a new exterior design; a 7-point wide-area autofocus system (made possible with the use of a CMOS sensor); and a revamped focusing algorithm that increases AF speed and improves automatic focusing point selection accuracy.
Other enhanced features include evaluative metering with a 35-zone AE sensor linked to each focusing point, and an exclusive E-TTL autoflash system also linked to the 7 focusing points. Standard features now available in the Rebel 2000 include depth-of-field preview, faster film advance and midroll rewind.
The EOS Rebel 2000 is a fully automatic, ultra-compact and quiet 35mm AF SLR camera with a built-in retractable flash. Improvement on the Rebel G"s existing 3-focusing point system was achieved by using a newly developed CMOS sensor, thus allowing Canon to increase the number of focusing points in the viewfinder to seven -- five across and one above and below the center focusing point.
In addition, one of two autofocusing modes, One-Shot AF or AI-Servo AF for tracking moving subjects, is selected automatically according to the picture-taking mode. Focusing points are selected automatically when the camera is set in the following modes: Full Auto, Programmed Image Control, or A-DEP (auto depth-of-field) mode. When shooting in the Programmed (P), Shutter Priority (Tv), Aperture Priority (Av) or Manual (M) mode, focusing points can be selected manually or automatically.
The Rebel 2000 also uses a newly developed, 35-zone AE metering sensor which provides more precise exposure control in all metering modes including Evaluative metering (35 zones linked to the focusing points), Partial metering (9.5% of viewfinder area), Center-Weighted Average metering (set automatically in the manual mode), Preflash metering with E-TTL autoflash and 3-zone TTL off-the-film flash metering when used with the camera"s built-in flash or a non EX-series Speedlite.
Originally found on the more feature-laden EOS System cameras including the Elan II/IIE and new EOS-3, the E-TTL flash system provides a natural balance between subject and background and also enables high-speed synch for automatic fill flash as well as FE (flash exposure) lock when used with the Canon 380EX, 220EX or new 550EX Speedlites.
The new battery pack BP-200 accessory, designed exclusively for the Rebel 2000, provides users with an alternative power source. The BP-200 uses AA-size alkaline, NiCd or NiMH batteries and offers a built-in vertical grip complete with auxiliary shutter release for quick and easy camera rotation from horizontal to vertical formats.
The EOS Rebel 2000 measures 5.6 (W) x 3.6 (H) x 2.35 (D)-inches and weighs approximately 11.7 ounces (body only). The Canon Battery Pack BP-200 measures 5.59 (W) x 4.86 (H) x 2.39 (D) inches and weighs 3.9 ounces.