Pros Ease of use. While there are cameras that will do more, the XSi has enough features for me. Unlike some photographers, I find this camera a joy to use and hold as I have relatively small hands.
Cons Nothing at this time. I did my homework before I invested in this camera. It would be nice to have a two year warranty like Nikon, but Canon builds quality products and it should last me for years.
Summary After a year of trying out DSLR's and reading countless reviews, I purchased the XSi. I really enjoy using it and am looking forward to acquiring a couple of nice lenses (a wide angle or primary and a zoom are high on my wish list) and being more "photographically active".
It fits nicely in my hands and is easier for me to use than the larger Canons and some of the better Nikons.
I considered the T1i but for the price difference, which is mainly to add HD movie capability, the XSi was an choice. I can put the $300 I save into a quality lens.
Pros Very easy to use for first time DSLR user.
Great pictures at all ISO ranges.
Price (11/09) is excellent compared to competition.
Cons Haven't found any yet.
Summary I highly recommend it over Nikon. Canon is much more user friendly and at a more affordable price.
I opted for the kiss x2/ xsi/ 450D because I did not need video and 15MP of 500D. The 500D costs almost $100 USD more, and I thought it unnecessary.
The camera is alot of fun. And I am 100% satisfied with my decision. I had weighed buying a G11 before, but realized SLR quality will always be above that.
If you want to step up your photos, on a budget, its the perfect buy.
Pros Superb image quality. Easy to use. Lightweight. Kit lenses are great for the beginner to novice photographer.
Cons Button placement.
Summary Excellent camera. What other camera with this grade of quality can you pick up with a 18-55mm IS AF and 55-250mm IS AF lens kit for under $750! I could go on forever but I will say buy one now. You will not regret it!
"Good Camera"on by tbcass
Pros Image Quality
Cons Grip, Price, Poor spot metering
Summary Good camera but I prefer the A200.
"The reviewer said Though it'll run you a few bucks more than competitors such as the Sony Alpha DSLR-A200 or the Nikon D60, the Canon EOS Rebel XSi will deliver slightly better performance and noticeably better photo quality in return, making it a worthwhile trade-off."
I don't know what to say about that. I did some extensive comparisons on line at various web sites that had photographic samples and for the life of me I can't see a significant difference in IQ between this camera and the A200 (or the D60 for that matter) even at 100%. For that reason I like the Sony for the built in image stabilization and better overall handling (and lower price). Looking for insignificant differences in IQ at the pixel level has no practical value.
Pros It was so easy to take this camera out of the box and start using it. I've never had a camera this nice, just used disposables and cheap digitals before, but I had no problems figuring out the basics of it in no time.
Cons Haven't come across any, and hope I do not.
Summary If you are looking into getting into serious picture taking, but don't want to spend a fortune, this is what you need. It takes fantastic pictures and is so easy to use. I love everything about it!!