"Great camera"on by ystech
Pros Great camera
Cons More expensive than competition
Summary I have a few comments about the review:
1. The reviewer criticizes the camera for not offering ISO 3200 like some competitors. But are the pictures at ISO 3200 from the competitors any good, or this ISO offered just for marketing purposes?
2. There is a valid technical reason for applying image stabilization on the lens and not on the imager. With lens stabilization, the picture is stabilized in the viewfinder while you try to compose your picture. With imager stabilization it's not. That's why Canon and Nikon choose this method.
Pros Digic III image processor, LiveView, better build & ergonomics, fast
Cons a 2nd status display would be helpful
Summary I just purchased my XSi after 6 month of waiting for it. Before I was using Sony Alpha A200, and had a glance at Nikon d80. After playing around with my new XSi and having over 1000 shutter activations in the first 3 days I have to say that this is the best camera for the money! Paid $899 at Circuit City for the kit, which is approximately $200 more than you would pay for the XTi. This is a major upgrade, since for $200 more you get a much-much-much!!! better processor in Digic III. I have no need for 2 extra megapixels since 10 is already enough. LiveView is finally here on the Rebel series! The only down-side I have is my preference towards the 17-85 lens that doesn't come standard with XSi (it comes with 18-55mm). Otherwise - great build quality, excellent battery life, awesome pictures. Not sure why editors gave it a 7, since this camera is as close to Nikon d80 and canon 40d as they get. It totally outperformes Sony Alpha a700! Good buy that will serve a lifetime!
Pros easy to use, nice picture quality, user friendly settings to break you out of the point and shot world into the SLR world with still some full manual controls
Cons not a great kit lens which is why the body only is good
Summary buy the body only a nice lens or two and it will do you right