XS or T1i

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  1. TheBoombaGnome

    TheBoombaGnome TPF Noob!

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    I was informed by a very helpful Best Buy salesperson yesterday that they have stopped producing the XSi, which is the camera I had my heart set on. So now I'm left with two choices as I have fallen in love with the Canon series...the XS or the T1i. Online, the XS goes for $499.99 and the T1i goes for $749.99. I guess my question goes out the Canon users who have either owned or used both. For my entry level dSLR, is the T1i worth the extra $250.00 over the XS? Keep in mind, this will be my first dSLR that I've ever owned, and I'm still learning a lot about apature, ISO, shutter speed, etc. I'm just looking to upgrade from my P&S that is about 4 years old...

    Any help would be greatly appreciated...

    Thanks guys!
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    you can still find an XSI on bhphoto or amazon easy
     
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    One can seldom trust a sales associate who tells a customer that a product has been discontinued; the information might very likely be in error, either through no fault of the sales associate, or through deliberate action on the sales associate's part. If the customer wants a product the sales associate does not have in stock, I've heard it said, "Oh, that's discontinued," many more times than once. One cannot sell what one does not have in stock...and the spiff on a full-ticket item is higher than that on an older, now-discounted item.
     
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    scorpion_tyr No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Do not listen to the guy at best buy who might know what he's talking about, but instead do your own research.

    And just save up a little more and get the 50D.
     
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    Actually it's not even on Canon's current product line on the website. This was news to me as I was looking for it the other day. The XS is on there, but not the XSI.
     
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    Thats why I decided to post here...as I realized that the guy wasn't totally full of it...haha.

    I played with the XS tonight a little bit more and I like the feel of it. I think for my entry level, the price isn't too outrageous (and I'm sure I can find it cheaper than 499.99 online)...I think the T1i and the 50D are a little out of price range for a college student...Any other advice though? Right now, I'm kind of stuck on Canon...but what about Nikon? Anyone up to the task of convincing me that Nikon is the way to go? I'm not looking to spend more than maybe $600 on the camera...and I just want to make sure I make the right decision. Any advice at this point would be awesome!!

    Thanks again guys

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  7. Ryan L

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    I really do think I like the XSI better than I would the XS. Even just for the screen alone. If your opting for the XS, I would try to find a deal on the XSi online.

    3" LCD vs 2.5
    12MP vs 10 (not a big deal)
    no IR remore sensor on XS
    14-bit RAW vs 12
    9 point AF system instead of 7
    XSi has an eye sensor to shut off the LCD when you look through the viewfinder
    a little faster on fps
    Spot metering

    Neither the XS or the XSi are bad nor top of the line, They both come with an 18-55mm IS lens. So if you are leaning to the XS I would look for a deal on the XSi. I picked up one on Craigs List with the 18-55 IS for 425 a few months ago.
     
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    Aren't all these cameras 14-bit? And is the XS the camera i use, the 1000D? If so, it's ok. Just a hobby grade DSLR. Not weather sealed but i never had a problem using it in the rain/winter. And low fps rate but thats fine..i'm not an action pro - i got all day! It's a hobby ;) Hey I got Partial metering though that's similar to Spot. Of course, mostly I use Center-Weighted Average because it's strictly for advanced users. :pimp:
     
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    bigtwinky No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I never used an XS but have an XSI. Great camera. If I had to chose between XS and T1i, I'd take the T1i. Better ISO, faster (slightly) shooting speed, nicer LCD,
     
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    I think I would too. Limited ISO is a bummer. Mine goes up to 1600 but it's not useable IMO - maybe for b&w. I need useable 3200 for my rather slow 300mm lenses (and telecons). That would be cool!
     
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    No the XS is 12bit and the XSi is 14bit. Yes the XS=1000D, XSi 450D. I am starting to lose them on the whole numbering process!

    I found a good article that explains the differences btw them. If you were going to shell out the extra money though, I would go with the T1i as well.

    Canon XSi / 450D vs Canon XS / 1000D | Digital Photography Notes
     
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    That was a perfect article, Ryan. Thank you so much. He said kind of what I was thinking when he said
    Thats the exact position I'm in, and perhaps when the time comes for me to get a newer better camera, i'll just upgrade to one of the really nice Canon's, as opposed to the entry level ones...
     

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