« on: January 11, 2011, 04:47:01 PM »
Ok, I see a war going on up there and I don't want to read it. So I'm just going to comment on this.
I have the XSi. I've had it for about a year now and I've done engagment shoots and portrait sessions with it. As well as just walking around and shooting for fun. I even took it to Peru. I have a fairly nice selection of glass. So I've gotten to know my XSi quite well.
Honestly, I wish I had gotten a T2i. Now the XSi is a great camera but ther are a few things I don't like.
- It's light. It's a little too light for me.
- It's screen is low res compared to the T2i, 7D, 5D2, or any other new model. 230,000 pixels compared to the T2i's 1,040,000 pixels. This is a big deal for me. Sometimes I think I have the shot and it turns out it blurred and I couldn't tell on the screen. You can see the jaggies of the pixels on some pictures.
- ISO Range. The ISO range is just a little sad in my opinion. 100-1600. And 1600 is not usable. I think it would be better if it offered 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments but it doesn't. The first feature of the XSi that started to make me feel confined and restricted was the ISO range. I basically stay on 100, 200 or 400, I use 800 for emergencies and I never use 1600. But it's my own fault for not researching more.
- Focus points. The standard 9 point system Canon uses drives me crazy. But you get no better option from the T2i
Now my mother has a T2i and I play with it when I go visit.
- It weighs about the same so no help there.
- The screen is a thing of beauty. Higher res than the 5D Mark 2 (but just barely) I suppose the 1,040,000 pixel screen will be Canon's new standard screen.
- The ISO range is broader. I think the quality is better. Not by a whole lot but at least it gives you some more options if you need it. 1600 and 3200 look ok. I'm not sure I would touch 6400 and 12800
- And it has video mode.
If I had to do it again I'd get a T2i. It would have postponed my need to upgrade to the 7D.
Bottom line is: I don't think there is any reason to buy an XSi now. Go T2i.