I’ve had this camera for two years now and am still finding a new thing or two. One thing to watch out for is the Parameter settings. These are like Picture Styles in the newer Canon XTi (400D) and XSi (450D)
There are 2 pre-set parameter sets with Parameter 1 as the default setting. The latter has higher contrast, saturation and sharpness while Parameter 2 has neutral settings and is perhaps more useful for portraits or skin tones.
I personally like using Parameter 2, but for most other folks who want it to look like a point and shoot, the default works. DCViews has some good comparisons:
!http://www.dcviews.com/reviews/Canon-350D/T0483.jpg! Parameter 1 is more “punchy”. I think many reviewers showed that it was inaccurate as did “Digitalcamerainfo.com”:http://www.digitalcamerainfo.com/content/Canon-Digital-Rebel-XT-Digital-Camera-Review-/Testing–Performance.htm on colors because they left in Parameter 1.
!http://www.dcviews.com/reviews/Canon-350D/T0490.jpg! Parameter 2 is more neutral or lifelike and probably better if you are going to use post processing and want the image to be as true as possible.