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Canon EOS Rebel XSi (450D)

Review Date: Feb 5, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $699.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Pound for pound sensor rocks.
not your go to cam.

If you put this camera on a good tripod,use live view with 5X 10X magnification and manually focus about one third of the way into your frame with F 8 or higher your shots with good glass attached will look better than any canon camera with less resolution built before it. There are subtle pull you in "wow aspects" created with this sensor. Could the 12 megapixel APS sized sensor be the sweet spot just like like the 6 to 7 megapixel fuji fd31, canon S70 or sony DSC-P200 turned out to be in the pocket cam arena. That said the XSI it is a good tool but not great fun to use. Five years from now it will probably be somewhat blase. If you want a fun to go to grab camera there is definitely still a certain pop and slap-blast to the 20D or 30D body . The 5Dll seams to set the bar again. Now if only we were not in a rescission.