Pros Good photos with the 18-55 kit lens, and 50 mm f/1.8. 920,000 dot LCD has 4x more pixels then similar cameras, allows you to tell if you got a good picture or not.
Cons Can't set the aperture, iso or shutter speed in video, so you can't effectively set the depth of field: on a sunny day almost everything will appear in focus because the lens will be stopped down.
Summary I bought this camera few weeks ago for a trip to Hawaii because my wife's profound disappointment in the quality of our facebook pictures, particularly in comparison to her friends'. In short, we needed to step up our facebook game. I ordered it a week before the trip and B&H had it on my doorstep with a few days to spare. I got it with the standard 18-55 and the 50 mm f/1.8 nifty-fifty. We got great night shots with the 50 mm lens that no one with a point and shoot could get, and tack sharp day shots with the aperture stopped down. These shots look sooo much better than a point and shoot because of the background blur, and the ability to push up or reduce the color saturation. We posted the shots on facebook to critical acclaim, and my wife was happy.
However, the reason I bought this camera over cheaper canon DSLRs was the video. This was a huge disappointment:
First, because each image row is sampled sequentially, quick camera movement causes image tearing (also know as the jello effect).
Second, the autofocus in video mode uses phase contrast which is really slow. I can live with this by focusing manually.
Third, you can't set the aperture, iso speed or shutter speed in video. To me this really reduces the appeal of doing video with this camera because you can't effectively set the depth of field: on a bright sunny day almost everything will appear in focus because the lens will be stopped down; at night only your subject will be in focus because the lens is wide open. Canon could have fixed this with their firmware, and they still can, but instead they appear to be forcing people into the 7D or 5DmkII.
a) buy a cheaper canon and a video camera.
b) buy the nikon d5000, I hear it's much better.
c) buy the 7d or 5dmkII and go on a cheaper vacation.
Pros Easy to use, produce very good pictures for manual and creative mode.
Cons White balance "Tungsten" setting came out very orange for indoor at night.
Summary Buy the body only and get some good lens.
Pros Easy Menu Interface
Great Low Noise Performance at high ISO
Great Video Quality in Video Mode!
15 MP resolution allows alot of flexibility in cropping
Easy to navigate menu system makes Manual settings easy
Cons -Slow flash recycle time. If you use the onboard flash be prepared to wait 3 seconds for flash to recycle.
-Prolonged use of video mode 25-28 min) will cause a overheat warning. Wait a couple minutes to resume
Summary I currently have a Canon 20D which is a great camera but I have found much to like in this latest addition to the rebel family. The light optimizer really does a great job in bringing out details in shadow areas. I did a few group pictures that really benefited from this feature.
I am really happy with the advances they have made in their menu system. Everything from Speed, Aperature, ISO, Picture Styles, White Balance are all readily available without searching through several dials and menus. Great Job Canon! If you're someone who enjoys shooting in full manual, this camera makes it easy!
Stills pulled from Video are great!
You really do get alot of camera for your money.
Pros Very easy to understand and the picture quality is truly amazing. The "Live View" is great and all the controls are well positioned. Much more user interface than my Nikon D 300.
Cons None found yet
Summary At even a greater price this Canon T1i is well worth the price of admission. Lightweight and fits well in even a smaller hand. Home run Canon!