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Canon EOS Rebel XSi (450D)

Review Date: Jul 18, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $899.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: great picture quality at all ISO settings, auto ISO, bigger viewfinder, kit lens is very good, "feels" a little better balanced, very good resolution.
build quality could be a little better, RAW image buffer is a little smaller.

I bought this camera to replace my 400D (XTi). Just about every aspect has been improved. The bigger viewfinder alone was very welcome. The biggest surprise was that the image quality does not degrade very much at ISO's 800 or 1600, as they did on the XTi, (better processing I suppose) even with the sensor bump-up to 12MP. I really like this camera since it is small, light, portable and takes great pictures.

One very small negative is that the plastic case looks a little cheap. I don't think this affects the functionality much, but I don't see why a skin similar to the 40D could not have been used. My only other minor gripe is that the RAW image buffer now only hold 6 RAW files instead of 9 on the XTi. This is most likely due to the 40% increase in file size (due to the larger sensor (12 vs 10 MP) and the bit-depth increase per color (14-bits vs 12-bits).

PS. I only shoot in RAW mode and use Adobe Lightroom, so I can't comment on JPEG quality.