Canon Digital Rebel XSi DSLR Camera Review
Very Good - but learning curve for great, August 20, 2009
By Richard DeRuiter (Alger, WA)
I bought this camera because of a recommendation by Consumer Reports. I had a 35mm SLR in the past and was looking forward to a digital SLR. My first day out, I stuck to the 'Full Automatic' mode and reviewed the photos with some disappointment. While some were very nice, others weren't. The wide range for the auto focus points often stole the focus from a more distant object to a closer one. This was not easy to overcome in full auto mode. After reading the manual I selected 'Program Mode' and was able to program the auto focus point to just use the one I wanted. These photos came out much, much better. I also played around with some of the other settings and found that the close-up mode works very nicely. I have not yet played around with some of the more technical aspects of the camera, but it gives lots of room to grow. I'm very happy with the camera and glad I bought it. Bottom Line: this is not a 'point-and-shoot' camera and should not be considered a high end replacement for one. This camera is great for a weekend photographer, or photo hobbyist. Just be prepared to spend some time learning the camera, the menus and settings. Then take a few hundred pictures and find its limitations and possibilities.
Perfect, August 18, 2009
By J. Peterson "JP"
This camera is perfect. Right out of the box it takes beautiful pictures. Even if you are new to SLR cameras like I am, this camera is very easy to learn. Going from point and shoot to this camera I was concerned I wouldn't like shooting through the view finder (although the camera has the live view function, you get better control of the camera by using the view finder as you Best Prices for the auto focus points only through the view finder) but I have had the camera for 2 weeks and have used the live view maybe one time. Shooting through the view finder isn't bad at all, but if you need to use the live view for positioning the camera above your head or near the ground, the live view works well for that. Like I said I am still learning the camera but right out of the box you get GREAT photos with very little effort, the camera exceeds my expectations.
Canon Digital Rebel XSi 12.2 MP Digital SLR Camera
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