"Great photos.. but not the most comfortable."4.0 starson by rjblt
Pros: Self cleaning sensor. 3 in display. Good menu layout.
Cons: Not as comfortable as my old nikon. Live view is weak.
Summary: The xsi, being my 3rd dSLR, is a nice camera with many features. I find that the color reproduction in my pictures are more to my liking than with my old D70(personal preference). I love the larger 3 inch LCD display. 12MP is probably over kill unless you do a lot of cropping or extremely large prints. If you have big hands the camera will probably be a bit uncomfortable to hold, as I have smaller hands and I find it could use a tad bit more on the height. The menu layout is good and easy to navigate. Pictures are written to memory quickly(using Extreme III). The live view is about worthless, to me anyways. Its slow and the auto focus doesn't responded well. The kit lens will be fine if you are a novice or just like to point and shoot. Although this does have improvements over the xti, you'll have to decide if it's worth the extra $$ for the few extra features. The xti can be had for much less and you can get a nice lens with the $$ you save. If you are an hobbiest or experienced photographer I would definitely consider the 40D for not much more.