"Great amateur camera with pro features"3.5 starson by egresh
Pros: Great image quality, self cleaning, many features
Cons: Small size, seems a little light, kit lense seems cheap
Summary: I picked up this camera for my girlfriend on Sunday. I played around with it a bit to see if I wanted one myself, and this is what I found. Once I give it to her and she uses it extensively I may update this.
First off, it's small. I'm only 5'8" and while it fit me ok, it seemed like your hands are cramped on it. It's got some weight to it, but not as heavy as the film slr cameras I'm used to. I did not like the kit lense it came with, so save some money and buy the body only in my opinion. Get your own quality lense. It seemed cheap, and I don't know how sturdy it is. On to the good stuff though. It does take great pictures. I was quite impressed. This would be a great camera for someone who would like to learn to take pictures manually, but wants to be able to take great pictures without all the practice. I'm not sure how important it is yet, but the self-clean feature seems pretty cool.
If you want a compact digital slr with full manual controls this would be a great choice. Wish it took SD cards instead of compact flash though. I picked up a D80 today, which has the ability to use SD HC cards which can hold up to 32 gigs. Your battery will die long before you fill it up, but it's nice when you don't have your computer handy. Since this canon will take something like 27 pictures in less than 10 seconds, you can fill up a card fast if you want to.
Another review mentioned battery life. Sorry I couldn't comment on it. I only played around with it for an hour or so before I put it back in the box. I'm sure there will be a million reviews on this thing in the next couple weeks.