Amateur photographers who have just entered the market for a digital camera should look for several features while making a purchasing decision:
- Ease of Use: Your best bet is to purchase a Canon digital SLR that is designed with the new photographer in mind. While you may be able to afford much more expensive mid-range or high end Canon equipment, you are almost always better off starting at the bottom of the product line-up and working your way up. Normally, lower range digital SLRs have features that are easier to use and settings that allow an inexperienced photographer to take better images.
- Expandability: You want to look for a versatile Canon digital SLR that will allow you to learn and expand both your skills and equipment. Image sensor size should be large enough to produce high quality images and basic features should allow for full manual operation and functionality. You want to be able to keep this camera for a long time, so build quality is also important. Eventually, if you move into the world of semi-professional photography, you might be keeping your Canon digital SLR that you began with as a backup.
- Price: Unless you have a very deep pocket book, price is of important consideration. You may decide that photography is not for you and you might also be looking to upgrade later. In both of these cases, a less expensive entry level camera will have its benefits.
With these considerations in mind, here are our choices for the best Canon SLR for beginners.
The digital Rebel XSi is affordable, useable and versatile. It is designed by Canon with the new digital user in mind with easy to set settings and a wide range of automatic shooting modes. The 12.2 megapixel CMOS image sensor of the XSi is no slouch even if it is a bit smaller than many other models. One of the primary reasons we suggest this digital SLR is price. This camera could be a great choice if you are a new photographer looking to get the most “bang for your buck.”
The T2i is without a doubt the best entry-level digital SLR that Canon has ever produced. We offer this recommendation for those who have a little extra money to spend and enjoy knowing that their digital SLR will last well into the future. Expandability and professional features make the T2i a very solid performer. In many ways this camera is a smaller version of Canon’s more expensive and semi-professional EOS 7D. It has an identical 18 megapixel image sensor and image processor (although it lacks the dual image processors of the 7D). Unlike the XSi, the T2i offers video capability as well, which is a nice feature that is finding its way into many entry level digital SLRs. In the end, this camera is an easy to use performance monster—it is more like a professional camera in disguise.