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Canon EOS Rebel XTi (400D)

Review Date: Oct 20, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $734.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: New Body material, Fast 9/AF, GREAT High Contrast LCD, Weight, Improved Noise Reduction programming.
- viewfinder is still my biggest gripe(I wear glasses from time to time). WHY OH WHY didn't they just use the 30D viewfinder. I'll never understand why companies put money into researching inferior products when they already have something that works better. I would've glady paid an extra $100 for the 30D VF... - Battery life is less than the 350D. I really wish they'd design a larger capacity battery. still no Spot Metering.

The XTi is a welcomed improvement over the 350D. although the image quality from both cameras are relatively similar, the improvements come mechanically.

the New AF borrowed from the 30D is wonderful. Those that have used a 300 or a 350D will be in a whole new world.

applying new materials to create the body provides relative resistance to dust and nail marks which are very common on the 350D.

Some people complain that it's too small, but i think it's fine for most, and my hands are pretty big. (and I use a 30D normally). You just have to find the best way to hold it. If you can't, buy the vertical grip.

People were worried that the increase of mpx would decrease the overall quality, but tests have shown the image quality is comparable to the 350D which is comparable to the 20D.

ISO sensitivity if you compare with a meter is actually more sensitive than what is listed. ISO 100 is actually ISO 125, and ISO 1600 is actually ISO 2000. If you ask me, for marketing purposes, Canon should've pushed this point since people are just dying to see a ISO 3200 on their camera. I never go passed 800, so I don't know what people are thinking.

For Best results: capture in RAW format and use Adobe Raw Converter. From what i've seen there is less image noise when you read data from adobe when compared to dPP.