Canon launched today the latest successor to their successful line of digital SLR cameras, the Rebel XSi:
The rumors are true. Canon’s took power features from the high-end EOS models and creature comforts from the PowerShot line, and merged them into the 12.2-megapixel EOS Rebel XSi DSLR, with Live View LCD view-finding (previously only seen on EOS-1D Mark III), a 3″ LCD screen with 230,000 pixels, and the Digic III processor found in nearly every new Canon model. There will be two kits, body only for $800 and one with a starter 18-55mm lens for $900.
After over 6 years with point-and-shoot digital cameras, my friend Eric finally gave me the courage to jump to a full SLR a couple of years ago, and I haven’t looked back. The pictures are so much clearer, the camera so much more responsive, I can visually see in my photo library the line between my pre & post DSLR days. I can’t imagine going back – I’d rather just use my cell phone camera for quick shots.
I got the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT, which was the 2nd generation. The XTi moved the bar to 10MP, an updated processor, and some other features, but I could resist the minor upgrade. The XSi seems pretty compelling, though.
I’ll have to ask Eric about it… 🙂