Let me start by saying that the Canon Digital Rebel XSi is a great camera as an entry level DSLR.
Did you know that Canon comes out with newer, replacement models every couple of years?
It's true. Most camera manufacturers do it. Especially if the camera has a fantastic track record, as the Digital Rebel certainly does. It was my very first DSLR, and I took many many wonderful photos with it. This woodpecker is one of them.
But I digress.
This year, Canon came out with a replacement for its Rebel series after only 1 year.
They did it to incorporate some features, such as video, so they could keep up with the Joneses (the "Joneses in this case are other camera manufacturers).
OK, so what does that have to do with anything?
It has a lot to do with price. All of a sudden the price of the Rebel 450D (aka Rebel XSi) dropped $200!
Has the feature package been upgraded enough for you to pay an additional $200 to get the latest model?
Only if you must have video. The video package is pretty good on the newer Rebel 500D (aka Rebel T1i).
Now, there are a couple of other upgrades in the newest release, and you can see the comparison at www.squidoo.com/canon-rebel-xsi-x1i. But the features on the Rebel 450D were already awesome, and the camera had only been on the consumer market for a year. When you consider the price difference and the quality of the camera along with its photographic output, I think you may agree that the 450-D is a fabulous deal.
The Canon Digital Rebel SXi really rocks!
More information about the two cameras is available HERE. Do yourself a favor, if you are interested in a truly great entry level DSLR and check it out.