Canon VS Nikon – Canon XSi Or Nikon D3000

Nikon has officially pulled the plug on producing possibly its most popular model of DSLR, the D40. The replacement for the D40 and the D60 is the Nikon D3000. The newest Nikon arriving on the scene with great anticipation by Nikon enthusiasts and camera reviewers alike. Even though the new camera is not available to the public until September 1, buyers are “lining up” at online stores with their orders. You an go to one of the online stores and preorder yours even now. It proves to be an interesting time for camera buyers.

Canon’s Rebel XSi (450D) is already on the market and awaiting the arrival of its new Nikon nemesis. Which one will dominate?

The Nikon/Canon debate will not abate with the coming of the new D3000. Nikon proponents will line up on the Nikon side while Canon enthusiasts will take their stance on the other side of the line. It’s kind of like the Republicans vs Democrats or the Auburn War Eagles vs the Alabama Crimson Tide. You pick your favorite rivalry. Your side will be better no matter what.

My money is on both to be winners. If you buy a Canon Rebel XSi or a Nikon D3000 you will be getting an awesome piece of photographic equipment. The technology keeps improving and the price continues to either stay the same or come down a bit with each new entry level DSLR.

Why choose to compare the new Nikon to the Rebel XSi instead of the newer T1i? Very simple – it’s because the Nikon does not have video (and neither does the XSi) but the Rebel T1i does have video. Additionally, the new Nikon is priced below the T1i, more in the price range of the Rebel XSi.

A quick note about the features of the Nikon D3000. The sensor has been increased to a respectable 10 megapixels compared to the 6 megapixel D40, a real plus for new camera buyers. According to the early reviews, the features that made the D40 and D60 so popular have been retained or improved.

Canon EOS Rebel G SLR Camera Kit with 35-80mm Lens


  • Autofocus 35mm SLR with full manual options. Two CR123A/DL123A lithium batteries (3v) housed inside the camera grip
  • Kit includes camera and 35-80mm lens detachable Canon EF zoom lens
  • Retractable built-in flash, improved control of red-eye reduction
  • Canon’s exclusive AIM (Advanced Integrated Multipoint) control system
  • Enhanced command dial for mode selection; 11 exposure modes

I have had this camera since it first came out sometime in the mid-90’s. It was a great camera back then, and I always loved the photos that it took. Then I ‘grew up’ and life got in the way, and my love of photography waned for many years. Digital cameras took over, and a Digital P&S was smaller, faster, and easier.

Many years later, my love of photography has been renewed. The film camera simply needed to be dusted off and have some film, and it still takes pictures of the same clarity and quality as it always did before. I expected it to have some issues after having collected much dust over several years, but it was fine.

I have now just purchased my first DSLR, but I will never get rid of my little Rebel G. It’s small, light, easy to use, and takes amazing pictures even in Full-Auto mode with the kit lens (the only lens I ever had for it). It was expensive for my budget when it first came out and was new, but now used bodies in great shape can be purchased for around $100 if you shop around. All EF lenses work with it, as well as the Image stabilized ones.

It really does take amazing pictures. My daugther’s eyes are blue and the blue is truly captured with the film camera (see uploaded image). No digital camera, not even the ones the Pro’s use, has ever truly captured the blue of her eyes like this little camera can.I have had this camera for over 7 years. I have taken it on countless trips to the beach, dropped it in foot deep snow twice, taken pictures in the rain, and left it in a closet with no dust protection for 6 months…..And even with all of this unintended abuse, it still works as perfectly as the day I bought it. It is a trustworthy camera that takes incredibly clear, colorful, and high quality photos. This camera has made me love photography and constantly strive for improvement. I highly recommend it.I bought this film camera to use with my Canon digital XTi. I like to shoot both film and digital, and these two cameras use the same lenses, which is a plus. I do a lot of photo documentation, and with a negative in hand, there is less chance to claim that something has been ‘photoshopped’. This is important in my line of research.

The camera itself is a delight to use, and is light weight. The AF is flawless and very fast. The viewfinder is bright, and the mirror and shutter are relativly quiet, another important quality in my line of work. The grip provides a secure feel, again, which is important in the field.

I would recomend the camera body without hesitation. The lens on the other hand is OK, but not great. I do not like lenses without a metal mounting bayonet, so I ditched the kit lens, and replaced it with the better lenses made by Canon. I want a tight, vibration free mount, and I do not trust plastic lens mounts.

In all, this was a great bargan, and have already shot several rolls of film with it.

I got my Rebel G 10 years ago when it was over $200 bucks at a major department store. I’ve been using it ever since.

It’s sturdy and feels solid in my hands. The click that it makes isn’t too loud but when you place your film in…it sure is pretty loud as it advances. I’ve used it in all types of weather and lighting situations and it still works fine. (I’ve done well to protect it from moisture and extreme heat too.) I’ve invested in a (hybrid digital/film) good lens an now my photo options are expanded. I use the original lens in situations where I can hand my camera to a friend and have them take the picture with the trusty green box (amateur) setting. There are several settings that Canon has on this camera that help you easily compose for the right situation.

I’m not fond of the pop up flash as it can be distracting and does not produce lots of light in very dark situations. But good thing it gives you the option of adding another flash of your own onto it’s hot shoe.

Sometimes the auto-focus is a bit slow though it may be that my batteries are getting low. I rely on the manual focus. The batteries are what hinder me a bit since they are about $12 for a pair of them.

Personally, I’ve had good experiences with Canon. And this camera is no different. It can be used by a beginner or with somebody who knows their way around a camera. This is also a great student camera since you can switch to a manual mode. (I’ve used it for class, it was great!)

I bought this baby used for 40 bucks it was in mint condition. I read the reviews here and most didnt like the lens that came with the camera. I went out and got 2 other lenses a Canon 50mm f1.8 and a Sigma 70 – 300mm f4-5.6. Needless to say the pictures came out GREAT!! I had to get used to the fact that when you load the film it goes all the way to the end of the roll and shoots backwards. You get 24 exposures, when i loaded my other cameras manually you could squeeze in a extra frame or two. I dont mind about that this is a great camera if you are just starting out to shooting with film.

Price: $299.99   Buy This Camera

Canon EOS Rebel 2000 35mm SLR Camera Kit with 28-80mm Lens


  • Autofocus 35mm SLR with full manual options
  • 28 to 80mm zoom lens included
  • Retractable built-in flash
  • 7-point autofocus system
  • 35-zone exposure sensor

I’ve had this camera for a few years and i’ve taking great pitures with it. I do think i like my canon XSi better, but that is newer technoligy. The pictures i took were great but i like being able to view the pictures right away like on the XSi. There isn’t many things to manualy control, it does have auto-focus, and i like having that. All there really is, is the mode wheel thing, a timed shot button, AV set, and those are really the major things.

As a sugjestion, i got a battery pack for the camaera. it makes the camera have a battery length about 2x longer. Also, you probaly don’t need to get these but i have 28-90 lens. Overall this is a good camera.Excellent camera. My daughter need this type of camera for class and has been great! Great camera for a photography class!!The camera was exactly as advertised and is in very nice shape. It was a Christmas present for my daughter and it arrived quickly and in time for Christmas.Purchased for $180 back in Nov 2003, I fell in love with the easy to use Canon Rebel 2000 and together we learned about photography. The autofocusing points help to guide the photographer and the various photo modes expand the abilities of this tough little camera. From close ups of flowers and butterflies to a night football game loaded with action to serene still portraits, the Rebel does a great job of helping the amateur shutterbug take great pictures.

There were some concerns about the construction of its body, but the Rebel and I have been to the beach, dog park, camping, playgrounds, hiking, ball games, horseback riding (galloping!), and more – and it has completely held up well with the swinging, banging, and action of use.

I’ve made the switch to the Canon Digital Rebel XTi and a pocket sized Canon PowerShot Elph, but while the instant gratification of the digital era is nice, the best capturing of the light and mood, which is usually the distinction between a good photo and a great photo, still goes to my original Rebel. My original Rebel remains more portable and easier to use with better pictures than the bigger digital cousin, which is why I use my digital camera less often than I would use my film Rebel. I received the camera and it didn’t work. I need to find out how to rectify

Price: $440.99   Buy This Camera

Canon Digital Rebel XTi 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Black)


  • 10.1-megapixel CMOS sensor captures enough detail for photo-quality 18 x 24-inch prints
  • Large 2.5-inch LCD display; includes Canon’s EF-S 18-55mm, f3.5-5.6 zoom lens
  • New self-cleaning dust function, plus Dust Delete Data Detection in included software
  • DIGIC II Image Processor provides fast, accurate image processing; Picture Style settings for added creative control
  • Stores images on Compact Flash (CF) memory cards; powered by battery pack NB-2LH

I bought this camera about a year and a half ago, and have NEVER had any problems with it. I’ve taken thousands of photos, and so far, everything works perfectly. I’m amazed at the clarity of the pictures I’ve taken with it. I rarely get a bad shot.

I’m curious about the problems people have listed in their negative reviews. Based on my personal experience, and the experiences of many of my friends who own the same camera, I’d have to say user error on the part of any negative reviews on this product. I figure if you can’t figure out how to use an XTI (or one of the newer models Canon has out now) then you might want to try out a lower quality camera such as a Nikon. Nikon produces lesser quality, substandard cameras that won’t make you feel bad if they break. Canon cameras are more professional, higher quality products and shouldn’t be just given to any child to play with. If you want to give a child a camera to play around with, ANY nikon will do. Leave Canon cameras to REAL PROFESSIONALS.

I highly recommend a Canon Digital Rebel XTI to anyone who is looking for a true professional camera.

Praise the Lord for my flawless Canon.

Amen.Having been in the SLR world back in the 90s, I knew how much control you could have over your imagery, but I forgot just how great and fun it really is. Digital makes it even better. I wanted to give a quick run down of things I really am happy about vs. a point and shoot camera and maybe that will help people make the dive into SLR. The XTi is a really great camera to take that dive with.

Instant shutter release – I can’t tell you how many good pictures I probably lost waiting for my Canon Digital Elph (had a SD110 and a SD700IS) to finally take the picture. With the XTi, you press the button and it takes the picture right away. In low light conditions, you might have to wait a second or two, but its still much faster. And with the sports setting, you are more likely to get a sharp image when there is lots of motion. You can take that picture of someone hitting a baseball right when it makes contact.

Multiple pictures per second – This is the frames per second rating. Not only does it take the picture fast, you can take a few pictures in a second. This allows you to just hold down the shutter release button and snap away, allowing you to ensure that you get action shots at the right moment. Recently I took my daughter to the zoo and took a picture of her feeding a giraffe. Because I was able to take multiple pictures per second, I was able to capture all the right moments of the event. I’ve actually taken this feature to the extreme by making some time lapse videos using 6000 frames of 4 fps pictures taken in 1.5 hours.

Quality of image – The 2nd picture I ever took with this camera was one of the best pictures I’ve ever taken of my daughter. And I was just playing around. Colors look better, lighting looks better. Its not about megapixels, its about lens quality.

Settings wheel – Having the wheel on top to control the settings of the camera is invaluable. You can instantly change between a portrait shot and a sports shot, macro and landscape, etc. On Point and shoot cameras, this often involves navigating a menu, which is time consuming and prevents or discourages you from taking certain types of pictures.

Lens can be changed – This is probably the most obvious feature. You know those great close up pictures of birds, flowers, insects and stuff? Those weren’t taken with digital zoom, they used a real zoom lens. The difference in quality is enormous and digital zoom is a poor substitute for having a real 300mm lens. This camera doesn’t come with a 300mm lens, but can buy a cheap 70mm-300mm Canon lens for a couple hundred dollars and take much better pictures than on any point and shoot camera.

Accessories – There is a whole world of accessories that are geared towards SLR cameras, you really don’t know it until you start looking. So far I’ve bought a 70-300mm zoom lens, a UV filter, a polarizing filter, IR remote trigger and a remote timer.

Some things to be mindful of:

Get a UV protective filter to protect your lens. They are only like $10.

The screen is not a viewfinder – I didn’t realize this either until after I bought it, but I understand why this is the case, you want to be looking through the lens. Honestly, this isn’t as big of an issue as you might think it is. You still get to review your pictures on the screen and there is lots of helpful information about your settings.

Learn about photography – As great as this camera is, pictures still don’t compose and take themselves, you should learn at least the basics of good photography. You don’t have to spend a fortune or take a lot of time either, you can just get a short and small book that explains things like depth of field, composition, etc.I owned this camera for more than one year, it can’t do a good focus at Av or Tv mode, I have to shot almost all my pictures at P mode (it has good focus at P mode). Even I use the same Aperture give by P mode to shot the same picture in Av mode, it still can’t give me a clear picture. Very disappointing.I like this product. It is a good camera. Getting new lenses is def. the way to go. This is an older version in the Digital Rebel family, and it is a great purchase considering its much discounted price. It does not have a “live LCD screen” (meaning you have to look through the viewfinder), but the picture pops up right after you take it. This saves on battery life anyway, so I think that’s fine. It has all the basic settings you would look for in this type of camera. If you’re just an amateur photographer (like me) and don’t need a fancy high-end camera, then this is a very smart buy.

If you don’t have this kind of a camera already, make sure you know what kind of memory card and battery to buy as accessories. Also make sure you know that if you are buying just the “body” that you need to get a lens separately.

Price: $699.99   Buy This Camera

Canon Digital Rebel XSI 12.2 MP Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (Silver)


  • 12.2-megapixel CMOS sensor captures enough detail for poster-size, photo-quality prints
  • Large 3.0-inch LCD display; includes Canon’s EF-S 18-55mm, f3.5-5.6 IS zoom lens
  • DIGIC III image processor provides fast, accurate image processing; improved Autofocus and framing rate
  • EOS Integrated Cleaning system, plus Dust Delete Data Detection in included software
  • Stores images on SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)

I upgraded from a Canon Power Shot, which I am very happy with. The Canon Rebel is very easy to start using, but it also has features that can be used to enhance your photography. It’s exciting to find out all that it can do. I have used it on nature hikes, close-up photographs, and a wedding and the results have been great!Canon Digital Rebel XSi 12.2 MP Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (Black)This is a great camera its a lot smaller than some of the higher end models which I like, makes it easy to carry around.The kit lens is a good starter lens to. [...]I’m not a professional photographer, but I enjoy taking pictures and wanted something more than a point and shoot camera. Let’s say that I’m a professional amateur. This camera, when you take the time to learn about its features it’s a great piece of equipment and can yield pretty good results. The manual is easy to go through, but I recommend anyone who buys the Canon XSi also to buy the book: The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi/450D Companion – Learning How to Take Pictures You Love With the Camera You Have. I’m sure you’ll get satisfied and will be using the full potential of this camera. Thanks to help from Arun K. and Chitra J, I got my camera last Friday. This is my first SLR camera. It impresses me with its rapid focus adjustment and low-noise performance even at area without enough lights. However, the reason I don’t give it 5 stars is I found there are three fixed position noise points on the sensor chip of this camera. Fortunately, it is unnoticeable unless I print out the pictures in large size. So this doesn’t matter very much for ordinary use. I love this camera.I had been waiting to upgrade my camera body from the original digital rebel. I had been investing money into lenses. I wanted better indoor performance than my Canon 17-55IS could provide on my 300D, so after looking at how low noise the 450D provided, I got one and have not regretted it.

Price: $749.99   Buy This Camera

Canon EOS Rebel K2 35mm SLR Camera with EF 28 to 90mm II USM Lens


  • 35-zone metering system linked to 7-point high speed autofocus system
  • 12 shooting modes including 7 programmed image control modes
  • Advanced E-TTL flash metering system
  • Futuristic styling, innovative control layout and large LCD panel
  • Standard 28 to 90 mm (3.2x) zoom lens with quiet ultrasonic motor

I bought this camera for a photography class that I took over the summer at my university. While many of the Students bought traditional student models, like the Pentax k1000, I wanted to buy a more updated model. The Canon Rebel EOS K2 went above and beyond by expectations; it was easy to use, had multiple useful features, and produced amazing photographs. The best part about this camera is that a user can not only set an aperture/shutter speed, but select a mode where the camera itself will automatically select the appropriate details – the feature is very useful. Also, the camera has specific automatic modes that are designed for shooting close-ups, landscapes, moving objects, and low-lite subjects, which is very useful for novice-photographers. I was planning on selling it to some friends after I finished the class, but am now considering keeping it for taking more photos for fun. Great for the semi-professional parent with a baby or toddler. Love the crisp pictures it takes and I have a digital I also use but I’ve always held film in a special place since being my college editor back in the late 80’s and early 90’s before digital was the boom. Both lens are terrific and I am very pleased with the camera’s performance.I bought this camera from Walmart for my birthday present a year ago but had been drooling over it for longer then that. After a year i had to send it back to Cannon to have service because a problem when i first put it together (never put a camera together while driving it gets dust inside the mirror cavity). The camera cost me just under 200 the repairs and shipping cost me over 200 more and they didn’t get the dust out! I’ve learned my lesson because the dust never shows up on a print(yea!!!) the pictures look great! I even achieved a stop motion on a fountain while not knowing what the heck i was doing. All i need now is lessons on how to use all the features that I’ve been playing with (usually without film in) all in all I love this camera and it’s sad that it seems to be the last film SLR that cannon plans on making.simply great,effortless focusing and zooming and shutter is smooth enough to take high quality shots.battery consumption is low,images are sharp,crisp and controls are very easy to operate upon.

excellent product from canon,The information provided in the product description helped me choose what camera I wanted. The Canon Rebel with the 28-210 Lens kit is great!!!

Price: $289.99   Buy This Camera

Canon Rebel XS 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (Black)


  • 10.1-megapixel CMOS sensor captures enough detail for poster-size, photo-quality prints
  • Large 2.5-inch LCD display; includes Canon’s EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens
  • DIGIC III image processor provides fast, accurate image processing; Live View Function
  • EOS Integrated Cleaning system and Canon-designed Self Cleaning Sensor Unit, plus Dust Delete Data Detection in included software
  • Stores images on SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)

The product is just as described and arrived very quick in great condition. Thanks to the highly reliable seller, Amazon.I got the Rebel in the beginning of this year, and have had nothing but positive experiences with it.

While it took me a while to get used to it, I’ve enjoyed it immensely. It’s very light (especially when compared to my 40D), and very reliable.

At the time I was debating between this and the XSi, I stuck with this because I felt the differences weren’t great enough to justify what was at the time a large price difference.

I have no regrets…I’ve taken many wonderful pictures with this, and highly recommend it. There are some things advertised (such as Live View) that are harder to come across than you’d think, so I’d advise you to read the manual if you do go ahead and buy this…unfortunately not everything will be intuitive!

That being said, most things were pretty simple to figure out, and I really love my Rebel!I spent weeks reading through both user and professional reviews and comparing it against similar 10 megapixel cameras, super zoom cameras and even 12 megapixel cameras and this one beat them all out hands down. Yes even the XSi of the same brand

Not only is the price right but this an ideal camera for those just starting out in the DSLR world like me. The controls and menus are simple enough that you can start taking pictures just about out of the box. If you are feeling adventurous and want to get into the creative side of the dial those aren’t all that hard to get a hang of either. Still this isn’t the best part.

The best part in my opinion is the spectacular image quality that comes out of an entry level DSLR. Even when you have to turn the ISO up the image doesn’t have much noise.

Sure it only has a 2.5 inch screen, a 7 point AF system and doesn’t shoot that fast in raw but at least in my opinion those downsides are negligible.I recently upgraded to the Canon Rebel XS from a Canon 35 mm camera, and I love it. The picture quality is amazing, and the camera works well with my 5 year old telephoto lens. I would highly recommend this camera for those who are just starting out, or would like to learn more about photography. It’s been my hobby for many years, and now that I have a digital camera I can experiment more with the manual settings (experimenting with a film camera can get quite expensive!).

My only objection is the live view mode – it only works when you are in the creative modes, not the automatic settings. This is not a huge deal, as you just look through the view finder. I do like to see on the LCD screen the picture as I’m getting ready to take it, but again, this is minor in comparison to all the wonderful features of this camera!This camera has all the bells and whistles for a DSLR beginner. I am extremely happy with it. If you are looking for the best value for entry level DSLR, then this is not the best value. Nikon and Olympus have better deals. But I want to have the huge selections of lens. Besides, I am pretty comfortable with the controls of my two Canon point-and-shoot cameras. The only complaint I have is the layout of the auto focus points. It has seven. Five of them are on the middle horizontal line. The sixth one is right above the center, and the seventh one below the center. If you want to focus roughly around the centers of four quadrants, then you have to move your camera to compose your picture after you focus using one of the focus points. This is quite inconvenient and causes incorrect focusing if the subject is close to you. XSi has nine auto focus points nicely laid out. But it costs you about two hundred dollars more.

Price: $599.99   Buy This Camera

Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera with EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom Lens


  • 15.1-megapixel CMOS sensor with improved noise reduction
  • EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM standard zoom lens included
  • Enhanced Live View shooting includes Face Detection Live mode
  • New Lens Peripheral Illumination Correction setting; HDMI output
  • Capture images to Compact Flash Type I or II memory cards (not included)

I was on the fence for awhile on whether I should purchase a new lens or camera body. So I decided to upgrade my lens first and purchased the 25-70 f2.8L and saw a nice improvement with my Rebel XTi. But it left me still wanting more detail and I was still not satisfied with the limited options I had available for manual settings/adjustments. Then I purchased the 50D body and WOW what a difference. The pictures are so amazingly clear and crisp. The 50D has never had another lens attached to it. The larger grip and layout is also fantastic and simply feels more comfortable to me to hand hold. I now use the camera for still life studio work, family photos and chasing my daughters as they play outdoor soccer (for closer shots) and indoor basketball (amazing pictures without a flash). Worth every penny!I purchased this camera from Amazon.com and was debating whether to buy XSI or 50D. Apparently, this camera is a backup body for my Canon 5D Mark II. So the cost of this camera, being a backup body, was needed to be justified. I tried Canon XSI first and although it has most of bells and whistles of 50D, I returned it back, only to get a more robust professional 50D body. I also purchased the extended 4 year warranty from N.E.W which I think is good to have, in case anything goes wrong. My 5 stars for this camera, although I love my 5D Mark II more…

Hi everyone,

I’m a mechanical engineer and a photographer who teaches photography and workes as an adviser. So I see nearly every model of camera, especially Canon and Nikon ones beacuse they are so popular.

I must say 50D is not a good decision for Canon user. Although its spects seems better than 40D or 500D the usage isnt that way. There is so many thing can be said but I’ll only say one important thing.

It gives realy realy soft images. Its details is realy bad that even some of the 12 MPx cameras gives better image qualty and detail. I advise you give more or less money but prefer an other model.I bought this camera about six months ago. Love it to pieces.

Last month however, Canon Released the: Digital Rebel T1i

for $300 less and here’s the kicker: THERE IS LITTLE TO NO DIFFERENCE

IN PICTURE QUALITY BETWEEN BOTH CAMERAS.

Check dpreview for a detailed description of both cameras. The sensor

used in this camera is the same one they placed in the T1i.

So then why would you buy this camera instead? I can only think of two:

a more solid body frame (doesn’t feel like plastic), and … the name (50D). As a photographer to certain people, the type of equipment you use, and the stigma behind it counts more than the actual pictures.

If you don’t really care about either one of the two reasons above, save yourself the $300 and buy a T1i. I have been an active hobbyist photographer for about 15 years. I started out with film cameras and have since moved on to digital. I have owned the original digital rebel, the Rebel XSi, and I recently purchased the T1i. I eventually returned the T1i and decided to upgrade to the next level. Nothing against the T1i, but it really didn’t provide the improvement I was looking for…the 50D does that and so much more. I have taken it through the paces that my XSi has gone through and it handled flower and landscape photography perfectly. Where the 50D really shines was in the realm of action photography. I am currently using a Sandisk Extreme 3 card (30MB/s). I was shooting some indoor action at ISO 600+ and it was amazing at catching the action without excessive graininess. Once I adjusted to the setting (I am still adjsuting to some), I find that setting up is a snap and the topside information screen is a real help. For those out there reading this review and debating whether it is time to take the plunge to the midrange, or stay in the rebel range, I would encourage you to give this camera a serious look over the T1i or XSi.

Price: $1,399.95   Buy This Camera

Canon EOS 40D 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera with EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom Lens


  • 10.1-megapixel CMOS sensor captures enough detail for photo-quality poster-size prints
  • Kit includes body and EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom Lens
  • Large 3.0-inch LCD display with enhanced Live View and broadened color gamut
  • 6.5 frame-per-second continuous shooting; sRAW mode; 35-zone metering system; integrated Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit
  • Powered by BP-511A, BP-511, or BP-512 lithium-ion battery pack; stores images on CF cards

The Canon 40D is an amazing camera for the money. So much better than any point-and-shoot on the market, but yet does have auto features on it that do the same. This camera is really not for beginners unless you have the time and patience to concentrate on learning and practice, practice, practice. I shot over 900 pictures to achieve the best results in one particular set of parameters before I was satisfied. But once achieved, WOW. What particularly caught my attention about this camera is that they separated the menu selection buttons onto a round wheel you turn, rather than those frustrating right/left/up/down selector buttons on almost every camera body…”I have always hated trying to push the edge of a wheel without pushing the middle button.” That easy-to-use menu selection system really sealed the deal for me. Another big deal was the Image Stabilization is in the lens and not the body. That means that what you see in the view finder is exactly what you get on the picture. If you find the view finder is too close to the display and your nose is squashed, I purchased an eye-piece 0.5″ extension and removed the lens pieces before I attached it to the camera, thus creating an extended hood without reducing the image in the viewfinder. I am so happy with this camera and would have spent more for it. Enjoy.This is one of those few cameras that makes a brand. Folks will be comparing this to future cropped DSLR’s for years to come. Don’t bother with the 50D unless you plan to buy L lenses.I upgraded to this camera from a Rebel XT. I debated for months after the 50D came out whether I wanted to spend the extra on the 50D instead of the 40D. I eventually decided to go with the 40D and save the extra money. Overall, I couldn’t be happier with my purchase. The camera is very well built and solid as a rock in the hands even with a big heavy lens on it. I like having the larger size grip area even with my small hands. It makes me more able to control for camera shake. The controls are easily accessible in hand but take some adjustment if you are moving from a Rebel series camera up to the pro-sumer models like the 40D and 50D. The 3.0″ LCD screen is a dream. The histogram features are also very convenient for metering and white balance adjustment while shooting. The noise reduction is very effective and dramatically reduces the noise for high ISO shots. The camera itself is a very sturdy build, much more so than the rebel series cameras, which makes it a much better choice for photographers interested in wildlife or other outdoors photography where the potential to drop or bang the camera around increases. I find that the in camera metering is sufficient for about 95% of the shots I take. Periodically, I have to break out my light meter to get the shot that I’m going for, but most of the time the in camera metering is excellent. The 40D is nothing short of a machine gun at 6.5 fps which makes it wonderful for wildlife photographers and sports photographers alike. The battery life on this camera is also fantastic. I can take this camera out in the field for an entire day of shooting and not have to change out the battery even with my 100-400 IS lens attached with the IS on all day long. For those of you who are concerned about the weight of this camera, it is heavy. I prefer to have a heavier stronger camera body, but if weight is a serious concern, then I would highly recommend you look at the Rebel XS or XSi. Optically they are similar to the 40D, but lighter. Canon’s website offers details on the specs for each camera. The rebel series cameras, however, don’t have nearly the shooting speed of the 40D, don’t have the 40D’s excellent high ISO performance, have less battery life, and are much smaller and less durable. If these concerns aren’t a big deal to you, then the XS and XSi may be a better choice.

I couldn’t be happier with my purchase, especially since the 50D is so much more expensive and with bells and whistles that I did not need. My recommendation to anyone debating between the 40D and 50D is to do your homework and think long and hard about what you’d like to be able to do with your camera before purchasing it. The 50D has some really nice features on it that make it superior for some, but if the extra features are not needed, save your money and go with the 40D. You will not be disappointed! It is a great camera, and is at a great price as well.Grate camera. Take grate pictures. Freands borrow for sum time and get one for themselfe. I am trilled!40D conclusion: Very very nice, overall.

Auto focus is impressively fast and accurate. (incredible difference over the canon 350D) I am very pleased with the low light abilities of this camera, especially in regard to focus speed, accuracy, and noise levels (sometimes even up to iso 1600). Something I can’t say about any other digital camera I have used over the last 10 years. (all have been consumer level). IMHO low light capability and quality has been digital camera’s greatest failing but is getting better.

Auto focus is near perfect especially on a tripod.

The camera arrived with a few dust spots on the sensor (self cleaning sensor and dust delete data have no effect on) ….fairly common, from what I here, and nothing to worry about (for me I guess).

Exposure at times seems to be between 1/3 and 2/3 stop over exposed (When using auto modes and creative modes if the meter suggestion is used).

Colors are a little oversaturated with default settings (not bad though they look very nice overall) and sometimes green seems to be shifted towards blue. (probably my only actual slight concern with the camera)

The camera does seem to be very particular about white balance. When manually set it gets very nice results. When presets are used there are times when they are completely off especially with incandescent although the flash preset seems pretty good.

Hot pixels show up around 5 seconds at iso 800 (about 15)(in complete darkness). With long exposure noise correction on, there are no hot pixels apparent even at 30 second exposures at iso 3200.

User interface. Very nice nothing to complain about here

The bigger screen is great for viewing the menu but I don’t see myself using the low res screen for live view purposes that often.

One additional complaint I have with the 40D that I also had with the Rebel XT is that the light for the menu display doesn’t have a way to increase the time it will stay on, or a simple on off function that would allow it to stay on for more than 5 seconds. There is a quick way to see the menu using the main LCD though, (by pressing the info button twice) which stays on till you turn it off.

All of the very minor issues I have mentioned above are easily correctable with either camera settings/photographic technique/or adjustments to photo’s captured in RAW.

I’m not a professional but I can’t recommend this camera highly enough. It feels very well built and gives you the feeling that it probably knows more about what it’s capable of than you. And the images it produces even for an amateur are amazing.

I was trying to decide between the 40D and the 50D, stepping up from a 350D. I’ll be honest, I was very happy with the 350D and still am. I personally chose the 40D because of all the user reviews/ the photo’s I’ve seen taken with the 40D/ the slight price difference/ the photo file sizes/ and the better dynamic range. (Although from what I’ve seen the 350D has a slightly better dynamic range than both the 40D and the 50D. In the big scheme of things I doubt that really means anything with all things considered). ( plus I get a little nervous when I here a sensor has been pushed as far as possible, but that’s just me. It may sound odd and my reasoning could be wrong but if the 50D was 10-12 Meg. pixel I probably would have chosen it instead). Plus with all the arguments out there for and against both the 40D and the 50D it almost seems like a coin flip and I doubt that I would have been unhappy with either. With all that said I feel I made the right choice, I’m very happy with the 40D and I have no regrets.



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Canon Digital Rebel XSi 12.2 MP Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (Black)


  • 12.2-megapixel CMOS sensor captures enough detail for poster-size, photo-quality prints
  • Large 3.0-inch LCD display; includes Canon’s EF-S 18-55mm, f3.5-5.6 IS zoom lens
  • DIGIC III image processor provides fast, accurate image processing; improved Autofocus and framing rate
  • EOS Integrated Cleaning system, plus Dust Delete Data Detection in included software
  • Stores images on SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)

I upgraded from a Canon Power Shot, which I am very happy with. The Canon Rebel is very easy to start using, but it also has features that can be used to enhance your photography. It’s exciting to find out all that it can do. I have used it on nature hikes, close-up photographs, and a wedding and the results have been great!Canon Digital Rebel XSi 12.2 MP Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (Black)This is a great camera its a lot smaller than some of the higher end models which I like, makes it easy to carry around.The kit lens is a good starter lens to. [...]I’m not a professional photographer, but I enjoy taking pictures and wanted something more than a point and shoot camera. Let’s say that I’m a professional amateur. This camera, when you take the time to learn about its features it’s a great piece of equipment and can yield pretty good results. The manual is easy to go through, but I recommend anyone who buys the Canon XSi also to buy the book: The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi/450D Companion – Learning How to Take Pictures You Love With the Camera You Have. I’m sure you’ll get satisfied and will be using the full potential of this camera. Thanks to help from Arun K. and Chitra J, I got my camera last Friday. This is my first SLR camera. It impresses me with its rapid focus adjustment and low-noise performance even at area without enough lights. However, the reason I don’t give it 5 stars is I found there are three fixed position noise points on the sensor chip of this camera. Fortunately, it is unnoticeable unless I print out the pictures in large size. So this doesn’t matter very much for ordinary use. I love this camera.I had been waiting to upgrade my camera body from the original digital rebel. I had been investing money into lenses. I wanted better indoor performance than my Canon 17-55IS could provide on my 300D, so after looking at how low noise the 450D provided, I got one and have not regretted it.

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