About four years since my trusty Digital Rebel XT came home with me, I decided it was time for something new. The Canon Digital Rebel T1i, stupid name not withstanding, finally forced my hand. The camera showed up a couple days agoand after far too little time to have much worth saying, maybe I won’t say anything at all – maybe the big smile on my face should say enough. If you want to hear about the new camera and see more pictures, click the jump.
What am I talking about – of course I’ll say something. The first thing I noticed? The beautiful gigantic LCD screen. Second thing? The screen turns off when you hold it up to your eye and comes back on when you move it away from your face. Sweet.
After that I figured out how to unlock the special high-ISO mode. There are settings between 100-1600, just like on my XT, but the T1i actually goes three jumps higher (Canon just represents the 12,800 ISO with an H for High). I realized that taking pictures in the near dark is pretty much the best thing ever. The inclusion of an Auto-ISO mode is also great. Turn it on and the camera picks between 100-1600 ISO on the fly, depending on the picture in question. It isn’t that you can’t switch around yourself, but having the camera does it is pretty nice on a daily basis. For certain things, you want to make darn sure it doesn’t move, but there are certain people (or at least certain days) when having a camera that functions like an extremely high-quality point and shoot is exactly what the doctor ordered. Set to Auto or Program and in Auto-ISO, you can point it and shoot it and unlike your average P&S, it will actually deliver good results.
The build quality is decent. On par with the XT. It is very slightly bigger and heavier, with a more angular body. It doesn’t feel like a tank and it is covered in plastic, but so is my XT and it’s been fine for years. If you are a professional photographer that has to throw his gear around, there are models for you, but for a sliver of the price, I’m a happy camper.