I havent had a chance to try one either. But I have two eos elans and a Digital Rebel XTI. I love them all. Only downfall to Xti is lack of through screen veiwing while taking picture. Ive used Canon my whole life. I have a xtb 35 ML as well. Cant go wrong with Canon in my book! I just wish I could afford another new one. I took over 2000 photos on the last trip with the xti digital . I evan blew up poster prints of a few photos. Awsome is all I can say. A good Image Stabilizer lens or too is well worth the bucks though. IS. is the difference between good photos and Great photos when on the go.
From what I've read this camera has the ability for true "live" view, something your XTi and my XSi couldn't do. I held one at Best Buy today -- at least the display shell of one 'cause it wouldn't turn on. The sales people were clueless about the video feature.
The T1i is 15-megapixels and seems as light as the XSi, too, but I'm wondering what quality the video is. It would certainly be a multi-use item on a hike, doing video and stills, but for the price would it be better to keep last year's model and get a small video camera? That, though, would mean two gadgets to carry and surely more weight.
Ive had a vidio camera for years . I cant get into it. 15 Mega pixel would be even more awsome. My thoughts are if you can afford it and will use and enjoy it . Go for it. My xti is only 10.1 Megapixl. I beleive it takes as good a picture as my eos 35 mm. However the differenceis often in enlargements. But Like I said my xti took some awsome prints. The Xti will also take 8 Frames a second, when set to continuois shoot! IM no proffesional though. Just a avid enthusiest
I went to another, "BIG" Best Buy down the road and they had a T1i that worked, although no SD card in it and I got to see the "live view." It was pretty neat. The back LCD screen has a grid that I liked, keeping me from being at an angle to the horizon -- a problem I've had with the Rebel and XSi. The sales guy, very helpful BTW, said I could bring my own SD card and shoot some video to take home and see what I thought. Great idea. I'll get back on this after experimenting. BTW, he said you have to hold the shutter button down while shooting video, not click on, click off, which has me a little concerned.
Yes please let me know what you think? Holding the shutter button down is the same on my rebel, except it acts as continuous shoot 8 frames per second. ( When set for continuous shoot) Nice for sporting events and wild life! However old rebel will stop after 8 picture and require a ten second pause to restore memory.
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The video feature of current DSLR cameras is interesting. Several things to note:
1. The quality of the video is pretty good. It eats up HUGE amounts of card space.
2. The feature set of the DSLR versus a small HD video camera is quite different. No (or very poor) autofocus during video shooting, for example.
3. The very large sensor in the DSLR is getting a lot of attention from filmmakers, because it's ten times the size of the sensor in an HD video camera. That's great for controlling depth of field, but it means that focusing the camera becomes much more difficult.
4. Make sure the lens has an Image Stabilizer, or use a solid tripod. Again, most vidcams have some sort of stabilization. The Canon bodies don't -- you need to buy it in the lens.
5. Not all video editing programs can handle the video codec from the DSLR cameras without converting it to something else.
It's nice to think I could carry one camera that would do it all. Not sure that's true yet.