Canon EOS Rebel T3i 18 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera and DIGIC 4 Imaging with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Review For: Canon EOS Rebel T3i / 600D 18.0 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Kit w/ EF-S IS II 18-55mm Lens)
Hello Everyone,

I've had this camera for about 6 months now. If you're used to Canon DSLR's then you'll like this camera. I'm not going to write a lengthy review, but will just give my personal experiences.

I had the T1 and then the T1i, and now the T3i. I decided to stay with Canon as I always have had this brand of camera. If I had a Nikon, I would most likely stay with Nikon. The reason that I prefer staying with 1 brand is that you become familiar with it, and it's quite easy to adapt to the next newer model.

I purchase the T3i because I got a very good price for it. Also, I wanted more megapixels,and so went from 14 to 18 megapixels. I haven't made any large-sized prints, so the difference on a computer screen is hard to see.

The T3i is faster than the T1i, however it's still a bit slow when shooting 18 megapixel files both as JPEG's and Raw. I haven't really needed the raw, but I keep the images.

When you escalate to these high megapixel camera, I would recommend the following:

1. Higher speed SD cards of at least class 6. I use 4 for now and that's OK,
since I do mostly tabletop. SD cards of at least 8 GB.

2. A battery grip. The reason for this is that you can take loads of photos and almost never have the batteries lose their power. Also, if you do sports or shoot outdoors in winter, purchase extra batteries as the cold will deplete your batteries' charge faster.

3. A Delkin or similar viewing screen shade. These allow you to view your photos easier by shading them. This is especially great outdoors during daylight. It's not perfect,but it's better than no shade at all!

2. Several hard drives of at least 2 TB (Terabytes). Taking photos at 18 megapixels eats up
lots of hard drive memory!

3. A computer with at least 8 GB RAM, a 3.06 dual processor (IMac) or PC.

I don't bother with 90% of the features on the camera, so that's why I didn't talk about the features. The camera does have lots of features if you need such. However, whatever I need for image adjustment or enhancement, I have with Photoshop.

1 improvement that I have noticed is that the mirror internal vibrating cleaner works much better on the T3i than in previous models. I don't know if they have in fact improved this feature, or that I store the camera much better than before.

I shoot tabletop under tungsten lighting,so I use a tripod. I do find that the camera is slow to process combined 18 megapixel JPEG/Raw images. You have to wait about 1-2 seconds for the red light process indicator to turn off. However, it's not like the model or animal is moving and I'll lost the shots.

I would recommend that if you do upgrade, that you skip at least 1 generation. I mentioned that I first had the T1 and then the T1i. As soon as I bought the T1i, the t2i came out. Great timing!

You can be sure that Canon already has the next generation of cameras already planned.
For now, this is my camera, and I don't foresee buying a t4i or a t5i for now. I would say the same thing for software. Most of what I do in Photoshop or Word or Excel suits me just fine even if I have the latest Photoshop or Word/Excel 2008. My CS3 Photoshop works as well for my needs as My CS5. I was just fortunate to have been a photography teacher, and as such, was able to get new versions at educational prices.

My advise: if it works, and you're happy with it, don't change. If you plan to, then sell your older camera ASAP to reduce the cost of the new one.

Thanks for reading this. 

Nikon D300 DX 12.3MP Digital SLR Camera
(San Diego, California United States)I had been planning to buy a second DSLR body when the D300 came out late last year. At the time I was using a Nikon D200 and was very happy with the quality and versatility of that camera. I decided to put off my purchase and see how the new D300 was received by both amateur and professional photographers. After reading many reviews I decided to go for the D300 and I couldn't be happier. 
I shoot in a wide variety of situations, from indoor and outdoor sporting events, wildlife photography,fine art images, to portraits and advertising. 

So the ability to shoot fast and under varied lighting conditions was of considerable importance to me. I was happy with the abilities of the D200 when paired up with fast lenses. But fast lenses tend to be expensive lenses and although I do have a couple of great fast lenses, I primarily use a 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens just for its versatility. With the High ISO/Low Noise capability of the New D300, I gain about 2 stops over the D200. What that ultimately means is I can shoot without a flash in more situations and maximize the flashes capability when I do use it. 

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The much-rumored and even more longed-for update to the Nikon D80 has done its predecessor proud. The 12.3-megapixel Nikon D90 doesn't replace the popular 10-megapixel D80, which moves down Nikon's dSLR product line, and unsurprisingly, provides some significant enhancements over that 2-year-old model. Most notably, the D90 was the first digital SLR to support movie capture.
Though the inevitable comparison tends to be new versus new, the D90's main competitor isn't Canon's significantly cheaper Rebel XSi, but the company's older 10-megapixel 40D, as well as the 12.2-megapixel Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 and 14.6-megapixel Pentax K20D. The D90 comes in two versions: body only and a kit with the 18-105mm f3.5-5.6 lens.
At 1 pound, 10 ounces, the body is considerably heavier than most sub-$1,000 models, but it also feels sturdier and more substantial. The slightly more expensive A700 and K20D have more advanced dust and weather sealing, however. It's about the same size as the D80 and takes the same battery and vertical grip. It also has the same wireless flash controls and high-speed flash sync features. Nikon improved the shutter durability and integrated the same dust-prevention system as that of the D300. And while it uses the same LCD as that camera, it's covered by a polymer rather than glass.

Crazy high ISO performance .Fantastic amazing image quality you have to see to believe! Great menus, sharper, brighter, easier to read then 40D Video, did someone say video? I love it! You will need a tripod! Fantastic rear LCD that you can check actual photo sharpness Super low light high ISO photographic tool with 25,600 ISO!!! Feels great in your hands, the grip texture is easy to hold and is well balanced Low 50 ISO allows photos at F/1.2 aperture out in bright sunlight for shallow DOF SLR Camera with EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens.

Nikon D5100 16.2MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lens

The Nikon D5100 brings the mid-level consumer camera a few steps closer to the popular pro-sumer D7000 with its 16 megapixel sensor, full HD video capability with all the frame rate options, and a fully adjustable side-mounted rotating screen to boot. The D5100 should prove to be an excellent option for new dSLR users plus those experienced enthusiasts wishing to upgrade their D50, D60, or even their D3000 to gain additional megapixels, shooting and processing speed, video, and an improved rear LCD screen. The variety of features and functions offered on the various Nikon dSLR cameras might make it difficult to choose between them, but there are some important differences.

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