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I'm reviewing the Canon T1i, after only a couple weeks of use. Disclaimer: I'm not a professional photographer, and don't have much serious experience aside from my Community College photography classes. So, anything I say here will be based on my ameteur expertise. If that makes any sense.
IN ACTION! (low res for the web.)
After we had baby, my partner and I decided that we actually needed an SLR to capture all those spur-of-the-moment occurrences. We initially bought the Canon Rebel XS, which has since been discontinued, and were pretty happy with it. Then, our freaking car got stolen (on the day before Thanksgiving, bunch of jerks) and with it went our trusty SLR and our point-and-shoot (which was a Canon Powershot). Boo.
We knew we couldn't go without an SLR for too long, so we purchased this camera on Black Friday from Best Buy (with a little help from insurance. Ain't insurance the best when you actually get to use it?).
The main difference between the T1i and the XS is that the XS didn't take video, which is why we had both the XS and a video-shooting point-and-shoot. The T1i takes HD video at 1980 x 1080 (high enough quality to capture all of your most unflattering features. yay!).
Here's the rundown.
- The ISO settings actually go up to 3200 (the XS only went up to 1600). This will allow you to shoot in much darker environments
- The HD video is awesome quality, and has a built-in stabilizer. If you're like me and have shaky hands, this is freakin' fab.
- Picture quality is amazing. You get those real "SLR" shots you're hoping for, with very little effort. Even in "Full Auto", you feel like you're taking pictures like a pro.
- The LCD screen is fairly large (3.0 inches).
- The body is slightly less plastic feeling than the XS.
- Not much to the viewfinder. If you don't have clear vision, you'll be hard pressed to figure out if the picture you're taking is in focus, since there's no real indicator right in the viewfinder.
- As far as I know, there isn't an option to change the time settings on the timer (ie. you can't change the timer to take a picture after 10 seconds rather than say, 5 seconds. it has a standard time, and you better get your butt in that picture before it takes that shot).
For reference, here's a picture we took at Disneyland!!
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