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Canon EOS Rebel XT (350D)

Review Date: Nov 6, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $700.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Great first dSLR. Capable of astounding images. Has all the features of it's big brothers.Great size for travel. Very solid feel.
Grip too small for my hands. Autofocus is NOT as good as on the 20D, 30D, XTi. Viewfinder smaller than the 20D/30D. Some settings hard to get to with menu system.

I owned this camera for about 9 months and took about 5000 pictures. There is certainly a learning curve with all dSLRs and much of my early dissatisfaction with this camera was really my lousy technique. Except for it's size (too small for my hands) and it's more convoluted path to certain camera control options, it's a terrific camera. Personally, I really like the top mounted LCD on the 20D/30D and am glad I switched. I find my keeper rate is higher with the full size camera and attribute that to the better AF system on the 20D (which has been added to the XTi).

If this form factor is good for you, I would suggest the XTi would be the way to go unless you get a really terrific deal on the XT.