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Canon EOS Rebel T2i DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (OLD MODEL)

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  • ISO 100-6400 (expandable to 12800) for shooting from bright to dim light; enhanced 63-zone, Dual-layer metering system
  • Improved EOS Movie mode with manual exposure control and expanded recording 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
  • Wide 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor; dedicated Live View/Movie shooting button
  • New compatibility with SDXC memory cards, plus new menu status indicator for Eye-Fi support
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  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Flash
  • Image Stabilization
  • Video Capability
  • HD Compatible
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Style: Body + 18-55mm lens
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 3.8 x 5.1 inches ; 1.2 pounds
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  • ASIN: B0035FZJHQ
  • Item model number: T2i 18-55mm Kit
  • Batteries 1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (816 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,321 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 8, 2010

Product Description

Style: Body + 18-55mm lens

From the Manufacturer

The new flagship of the EOS Rebel line, Canon EOS Rebel T2i brings professional EOS features into an easy to use, lightweight digital SLR that's a joy to use. Featuring a class-leading 18.0-megapixel CMOS image sensor and increased light sensitivity for low light photography, the EOS Rebel T2i also has an advanced HD Movie mode for gorgeous Full HD movies. Able to capture up to 3.7 frames per second, it's ready to go the minute it's picked up. Advanced Live View, a new wide-area screen, plus features like Canon's brilliant Auto Lighting Optimizer and Highlight Tone features ensure brilliant photos and movies, easily. With some of the most advanced features of any digital SLR, it's simply the best Rebel Canon has ever created.

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EOS Rebel T2i Highlights

18.0-megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and DIGIC 4 Image Processor
The EOS Rebel T2i has an 18.0-megapixel CMOS sensor that captures images with exceptional clarity and tonal range and offers more than enough resolution for big enlargements or crops. This first-class sensor features many of the same new technologies as used by professional Canon cameras to maximize each pixel's light-gathering efficiency. Its APS-C size sensor creates an effective 1.6x field of view (compared to 35mm format).

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DIGIC 4 Image Processor
The Canon DIGIC 4 Image Processor dramatically speeds up the entire EOS Rebel T2i's camera operations for intuitive operation and offers improvements in both fine detail and natural color reproduction. It works in concert with the EOS Rebel T2i's CMOS Image Sensor to achieve phenomenal levels of performance in nearly any situation.

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Capture stunning shots in low light.
ISO 100-6400 (expandable to 12800) for shooting from bright to dim light
The EOS Rebel T2i features an expanded ISO range that makes shooting possible in situations previously unthinkable without flash. With an ISO rating up to 6400 (expandable to ISO 12800), along with the DIGIC 4 Image Processor's improved noise-reduction technology, creative possibilities abound. Combine the EOS Rebel T2i with one of Canon's EF or EF-S lenses with Optical Image Stabilizer and the shooting possibilities for both movies and stills expand even further.

Improved EOS Movie mode with manual exposure control
Designed for the evolving, tech-savvy user, the EOS Rebel T2i features HD Video capture technologies--manual exposure control for more creative control, for example--borrowed directly from professional Canon SLRs to capture stellar video with all the benefits of shooting with an SLR. By shooting video with the EOS Rebel T2i, photographers as well as filmmakers can take advantage of the creative features native to SLR cameras. Along with its manual controls, the EOS Rebel T2i allows for full use of Canon EF and EF-S lenses, including Macro and Fisheye, providing a plethora of shooting options once reserved only for still photography. The resulting HD video is a standout in its beautiful depth-of-field characteristics and remarkable capture capability under poor lighting conditions. In a first for EOS cameras, a Movie Crop function is included: An SD-quality movie (640 x 480) can be cropped to the equivalent of about 7x magnification of regular shooting.
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Video can be captured at a number of resolutions and frame rates for numerous applications. It can capture 1920 x 1080 Full HD video at frame rates of 24 (23.976), 25 or 30 (29.97) frames per second, for up to 4GB per clip. Movies are saved as MOV files and can be viewed in Full HD through the EOS Rebel T2i's HDMI output. Other recording sizes include HD at 1280 x 720 (50/60 (59.94) fps) or SD/VGA at 640 x 480 (50/60 (59.94) fps). The EOS Rebel T2i has a built-in microphone for simple mono recording and stereo sound can be recorded through a self-powered external microphone.

Enhanced 63-zone, Dual-layer metering system, and 9-point AF system
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The EOS Rebel T2i features Canon's newest Dual-layer sensor, with 63-zones. By measuring not only the amount of light, but also taking into account color and luminosity, this new system delivers a very high level of accuracy for better results every time. Since the metering sensor has a color measurement function, exposure errors and focus errors caused by different light sources are minimized; the EOS Rebel T2i gives stable exposure from shot to shot in situations where light changes, such as sports on a cloudy day, or indoor holiday scenes.

Additionally, the EOS Rebel T2i has a high-precision, 9-point AF system utilizing a high-precision, f/2.8 cross-type center point. The 9-point AF system uses both normal and high-precision focus depending on the aperture and available light. The 9 focus points can be chosen automatically or manually selected.

Wide 3.0-inch (3:2 aspect ratio) Clear View LCD monitor
The EOS Rebel T2i has a high-resolution 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor that features 1.04 million dots/VGA for spectacular detail. It also has the same aspect ratio (3:2) as the camera's sensor, making for clear and easy Live View composition. An anti-reflective and water-repellant coating provides a clearer and more smudge-resistant surface and screen brightness can be adjusted in 7 steps in accordance with ambient light.

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New Quick Control Screen button
The EOS Rebel T2i's refined button layout includes a dedicated button that directs the camera immediately to the Quick Control screen, where it's simple to navigate among any number of settings, including ISO, Exposure and Flash Exposure compensation, drive mode, white balance, image quality and much, much more.
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Canon EOS Rebel T2i highlights
Improved layout with dedicated Live View/Movie shooting button
Without the need to navigate through a bunch of menus, the EOS Rebel T2i transitions effortlessly between still and movie mode. By pressing the Live View/Movie button, a situation that had required menu access with other cameras, still images can change to a movie shoot and vice versa. It's literally as simple as the press of a button.

3.7fps continuous shooting up to approximately 34 JPEGs or approximately 6 RAW
The EOS Rebel T2i can shoot up to 3.7 frames per second (fps) for up to approximately 6 consecutive RAW files or approximately 34 full-resolution JPEGs. Shooting at speeds of up to 1/4000 sec., the EOS Rebel T2i can capture even rapidly-unfolding scenes with ease.

New compatibility with SDXC memory cards
The EOS Rebel T2i is compatible with both SDXC memory cards for greater storage capacity and with Eye-Fi SD cards, which are outfitted with a Wi-Fi transmitter (IEEE 802.11b/g) and internal antenna for wireless, high speed transfer of images. With an Eye-Fi card installed, the EOS Rebel T2i can display the Eye-Fi's connection status and error notes with ease, for fully functional wireless uploading of images directly from the camera.
*Canon cameras are not guaranteed to support Eye-Fi card functions, including wireless transfer. In case of an issue with the Eye-Fi card, please consult with the card manufacturer. The use of Eye-Fi cards may not be available outside the United States and Canada, please contact the card manufacturer for territory availability.

Compatible with the full line of Canon EF and EF-S lenses

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EF Lenses
The EOS Rebel T2i is compatible with all Canon lenses in the EF lineup, including compact and lightweight EF-S lenses, ranging from ultra-wide angle to super telephoto lenses. Canon lenses employ advanced optical expertise and micron-precision engineering to deliver outstanding performance and deliver beautiful results. Special technologies like the Canon Image Stabilizer technology in select lenses helps to minimize the effect of camera shake, effectively adding up to four stops of light. With a dizzying array of lenses perfect for travel, sports, still life and everything in between, photographers can truly maximize the quality and performance of their EOS Rebel T2i with superlative Canon optics.


Canon EOS Digital Solution Disk (Version 22.0)
The EOS Rebel T2i comes bundled with a Canon EOS Digital Solution Disk, which features powerful software programs designed to extend the EOS experience to the computer. These include Canon's EOS Utility (Version 2.8.0), Digital Photo Professional (Version 3.8.0), ZoomBrowser EX for Windows (Version 6.5.0), ImageBrowser for Macintosh OS X (Version 6.5.0), the Picture Style Editor (Version 1.7.0), MovieEdit Task (Win/Mac, Version 3.4.1) PhotoStitch (Windows Version 3.1.22/Mac Version 3.2.4), Memory Card Utility (Windows Version 1.3.0/Mac Version 1.2.3), WFT Utility (Win/Mac, Version 3.5.1), and Original Data Security Tools 1.8.0 (Win). Each application is designed to perfect the captured images and streamline the digital workflow.

Compatible Operating System
Windows: Windows XP SP2 or SP3 / Windows Vista (all version except the Starter Edition) / Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit versions. Macintosh: OS X 10.4 to 10.5

EOS Utility (Version 2.8.0) for Macintosh or Windows handles the connection between the camera and computer whenever they're connected via USB. It allows remote controlled shooting from the computer, handles downloading of images from the camera to the computer, and allows seamless linking to either Canon's ZoomBrowser EX/ImageBrowser or Digital Photo Professional software once images have been copied to the hard drive. Furthermore, it's used to upload settings back into a USB-connected camera.

Digital Photo Professional (Win/Mac, Version 3.8.0) is an image processing program that enables high-speed RAW image processing, high-speed previewing for real-time image adjustment and support for sRGB, Adobe RGB and Wide Gamut RGB color spaces. Because it's CMS (Color Management System) compatible, Digital Photo Professional allows for easy image layout and printing in Adobe RGB in conjunction with Easy-PhotoPrint and PictBridge printers. It also features the Dust Delete Data Detection tool for cleaner images.

Picture Style Editor (Win/Mac, Version 1.7.0)
Canon's Picture Style Editor enables you to create custom Picture Style profiles that can be used to customize the appearance of JPEG and RAW images captured with EOS Digital SLR cameras. Picture Style files created with Picture Style Editor can be loaded into the EOS cameras that support Picture Style and may also be used when processing RAW images in Canon software applications Digital Photo Professional, ZoomBrowser EX (for Windows) and ImageBrowser (for Mac).

ZoomBrowser EX (Version 6.5.0) for Windows and ImageBrowser (Version 6.5.0) for Mac OS X are the easy, user-friendly options for viewing and editing of JPEG and even RAW image files. Both allow viewing of numerous types of images including finished TIFF and BMP files. Both also have a variety of search options for finding images, allow re-naming of single images or batches of files, and offer a variety of options for printing without using a separate image-editing program.

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What's in the Box

  • EOS Rebel T2i Body
  • EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens
  • Eyecup Ef (Not shown)
  • Wide Strap EW-100DBIII
  • USB Interface Cable IFC-130U
  • AV Cable AVC-DC400ST
  • Battery Pack LP-E8
  • Battery Charger LC-E8
  • EOS Digital Solution Disk and Instruction Manuals
  • "Great Photography is Easy" Booklet and "Do More with Macro" Booklet (not shown)

Product Description

Canon 4462b003 18.0 Megapixel EOS Digital Rebel T2i Camera (18 - 55 Is Camera Kit)

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

There are many features on this camera. :)))))))))))))))!!! The photos are really good in low light conditions. Takes excellent photos of inside pictures and has a Creative… Read more ›
The quality of the photos is amazing. Has a lot of features and the user manual helped me a lot to make a good use of most of its features. Read more ›
I've taken it to the various Jungles and beaches in Costa Rica, I have drop it a couple of times, I took it to a 3…Image quality is really good, I really can't complain. Read more ›
Especially when combines with the 18mm-200mm lens i can take shots of both near and some what further away in a breeze. Quality of shots is also excellent. The advance… Read more ›
Camera was exactly as described. It's awesome and the picture quality is great. This was a really great buying experience. Read more ›
sometimes it can get a little confusing when you need flash, but the camera does not recognize the need, and you have to put it…but other than that, the pictures are great. Read more ›
especially when taking video........and you can only take 29 minutes or so of…and the video is great and very easily transfered to your computer to edit on imovie etc. Read more ›
I have filmed 2 weddings with T2i's and the Clients were very happy. The quality of the Video is amazing just the lack of manual settings so i started using ML. Looking to… Read more ›
This is a great Semi pro Advanced Armature '' rig '', an amazing amount of control over how your pictures are taken, a long with…The Video camera is a nice little perk too. Read more ›
Just get a good lense and you have a camera for years. Video recording is great, with the only thing that once the focus is fixed, you need to adjust it manually. I know… Read more ›
Shooting videos can be a little challenging if the object is changing distances from the shooter since the camera does not have video auto-focus, but if the object is… Read more ›
> Expect 2.5-3 hours of run time on a single charge > Shooting video is the fastest form of draining batteries. - Bulky Read more ›
This is my first DSLR and I plan to buy more lenses to slap on this bad boy but for right now its more than…Great photos and manual exposure movie mode is really nice. Read more ›
Camera is fantastic, the auto settings work great, but they can all be switched to manual. Video quality is amazing, doesn't have the same DOF as a full-frame sensor, but… Read more ›
I will say if…The auto settings work quite well, but you can certainly dial in exactly what your looking for as well, making it a great camera to learn how a camera works. Read more ›
I have been very pleased with Canon products. The movie mode is as easy as a camcorder. Ignore those who said that is was hard. Read more ›
Scene modes are terrific - landscape, portrait, close-up, sport etc. Read more ›
I just bought the Canon T2i, and it is…I am a beginner to DSLR'S, but was a previous owner of Canon digital cameras, that a lot of the features were easy to pick up on. S… Read more ›
This is all the camera I will need for many years, at a very good price... Every function works, the kit lens included is very useful... Read more ›
Excellent pictures were taken by this camera including really dark night shots, night pool shot, fireworks, sports, birthdays (with candles in foreground), The anti-shake… Read more ›
Also, i bought the 1.8 50mm prime lens. This lens is a HUGE upgrade and a must have if you own this, or any other canon, camera. Now, my photos are pretty good, not… Read more ›
I would opt for a Tamron 17-50 f2.8 for around $500 or the Canon 15-85 for around $700. I have used those lenses and the improvement over the kit lens is huge. I am… Read more ›
That said, for what I use it for (aviation photography using telephoto lenses), it is absolutely perfect. The body is lightweight and fairly easy to handle (people with… Read more ›
I'm glad I did. Although the new set-up is slightly heavier, being able to zoom from wide-angle to mid telephoto with a single lens is great! Canon's image quality has been… Read more ›
I love this camera. It's easy to use and produces incredible shots. As a first time SLR user, I was blown away with how easy it was to produce shots that far surpassed my… Read more ›
This is my first "real" camera and I am not at all disappointed. The features are plentiful and it is easy to use. Stills and video are crystal clear. Read more ›
I love this camera. It is easy to use and I get awesome photos from it. I wouldn't trust anything but Cannon for all my family photos. Read more ›
This is a very nice camera! It takes excellent photos and is relatively easy to use. I highly recommend it ! Read more ›
Takes superb photos, is easy to use ... recommend Canon to everyone. I'll be buying the newer model sooner rather than later. Read more ›
Especially for a first time user. It's easy to operate and fun to use. Read more ›
I love how easy it is to learn and use. The quality and price is great. I highly recommend for beginners. Read more ›
This camera is awesome! For the price it is the best. I love the image quality and live view function. Read more ›
I really liked this camera :) the price is good and it does the job and more , I took it instead of the 600D , Didn't know the diff .. but the price :) Read more ›
Looking to get back into photography I decided to buy this camera. The price was good and No interest financing was a deal. After using the camera for over a month now I… Read more ›
I travel a great deal, need to pack light, and wanted a camera that could do both my video and great stills. This met my requirements and the price was reasonable. Video… Read more ›
In short, the quality of the pictures is very good, the price point is unbelievably good for what you get, the 18MP sensor is awesome especially in low light situations and… Read more ›
I use the flash all of the time…The display is great, although I wish the image would rotate with the motion of the camera so that I could see the vertical shots better. Read more ›
T…It's relatively easy to use (if you know anything about metering or using a DSLR), the screen is huge (pretty much takes up the whole back), and takes great quality photos. Read more ›
I was so excited about getting my new camera. The large 3 inch Clear view LCD Monitor is easy to use and see what is on it. The lens are easy to change out. Read more ›
The LCD screen is very nice and I recommend using that over the viewfinder only because using the viewfinder will cause the flash to flicker repeatedly to find the right… Read more ›
I did play…I also like the 'Live' setting (using the screen, which is a nice size, instead of the viewfinder) though under normal shooting I still like the viewfinder. T… Read more ›
6 - The movie function delivers the real deal; crisp image and full manual control of the camera when shooting. 7 - LCD display is superb. The image looks great in all… Read more ›
I needed the memory card but once that came in; there was no…Colors are great and the images are surprisingly sharp and clear despite me only just using the kit lens. I… Read more ›
The color accuracy is incredible and images quality at 800 ISO is very nice. Read more ›
I have used the monitor in the sunlight, and it is still easy to…You can also display the control functions on the screen in four different colors, which is quite nice. I… Read more ›
After upgrading from the…Colors are more vivid and truer to real life than the [now noticeably] duller colors produced by the non-L lens, and I rarely use the kit lens now. Read more ›
I have nothing bad to say about Canon. When I send pictures to my friends they always say how great the colors are and the sharpness in detail. I know it isn't my skill as… Read more ›
An excellent upgrade from the Rebel XS! Fast focus speed, and brilliant color representation. I have uploaded a few photographs taken with this camera for reference. Read more ›
I use it mostly for astrophotography, and they key features for that, Live View with 5x and 10x for focusing, works great. Also movie crop mode gives a 640x480 resolution… Read more ›
... May be I wish view finder to be wider or lighter, because in dusk it's difficult for me to set manual focus, I…But in that case automatic focus still works perfectly. Read more ›
It looks lovely! Auto-focus is fast, and I've been very pleased with the quality of the pictures and videos I've taken so far. Read more ›
I…The speed and focus accuracy is amazing, and the camera functions well in fully automatic mode for novices, all the way to fully manual selections for those with more skill. Read more ›
It appears to me to produce quite sharp images throughout the f-stop and focal length range. The Ultrasonic focus is great for shooting moving dogs and children. The range… Read more ›
She formerly used T1i which tended to "hunt" focus. The T2i is much better at holding focus and is faster to boot. Our habit was to skip a body generation but the reviews… Read more ›
The T2I is a hidden gem is still…Image quality is excellent with the 18 megapixels, button layout is intuitive, and the fully manual exposure video mode is an amazing tool. Read more ›
The camera feels so good, and it's not too heavy or too light, perfect for me! The controls and buttons are easy to access. The camera has a lot of features and functions. Read more ›
I bought it originally when it was…The ease of of the user interface is great for those who are new to photography but still want to kick out some pretty amazing photos. Read more ›
The menus are easy to figure out, buttons are well placed and the display is awesome. The camera is very easy to operate once you learn where all the buttons/menus are. Read more ›
The setup was…The buttons are well placed and the manual certainly laid out the specifics of what I needed to select if I desired manual, semi auto or automatic settings. Read more ›
The quick setting button etc are very handy. The native eye-fi interface is neat when used with a wifi SD card. I'm using it with a Tamron "AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC… Read more ›
Battery life is quite good, easily taking me through a 2 hour continuous shoot of 400 images (I do not use the onboard popup flash at all). A 16gb SDHC class 10 card seems… Read more ›
You might consider buying an UV filter to protect your lens. The battery is pretty good, dont feel like I need a spare unless I think of a three day camping or so.. Read more ›
Once again, could use a bit of improvement. Battery life is good, I've found, but you should always have extras on hand, especially when shooting video (really a necessity). Read more ›
Handling is quite similar to the past Canon Rebel line. Battery life is good. Read more ›
I am very happy with this camera. Battery life is good, though a back up battery is a good idea unless you want to carry the fairly hefty charger with you on trips. Read more ›
Fortunately, Canon makes this easy with the great new improvements on each new model. As with my previous Rebels, battery life is simply amazing and recharging is very fast. T… Read more ›
T…You can get ridiculously close and in focus,and the 55mm zoom is decent unless youre needed to take sports pics or outdoor photography or are really far back at a concert. Read more ›
I bought the battery grip just for added balance (from amazon for $40). Also the 55mm-250mm zoom is a great add-on. Read more ›
It works perfectly! The zoom lens is really awesome....... it is small but mighty! A great camera and lens that takes perfect pictures. Read more ›
In any case, in the past, I have always converted the RAW files using Canon software and then tweak JPEG files…The RAW editing feature in Zoombrowser was very convenient. Read more ›
Good looking. The 18-135 mm lens is so nice to zoom and take good, clear picture. So far so good; feeling proud to own and use it. Read more ›
If this is too expensive or too complex for you, I would HIGHLY recommend the Canon SX30IS. It is a very good cheaper camera with lots of features and a HUGE zoom. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1,763 of 1,788 people found the following review helpful By Cinnamon on March 11, 2010
Style Name: Body + 18-55mm lens
Whether you're new to the world of DSLRs, or are a seasoned photographer who wants to try your luck at video, the Canon Rebel T2i is perfect. I've had nothing but great experiences with it so far, and highly recommend to everyone.

Other than the T2i, I own (and primarily shoot with) the Rebel XS (1000D), and also have extensive experience with the Canon 50D. While my XS still serves me very well, I wanted to get an SLR with video capabilities since the release of the T1i. After finally saving up enough for the T1i, I really lucked out that Canon announced the T2i, which has even better features! I am lucky enough to finally have it, and want to share my experiences, and how they compare to my expectations
The camera is very small and light. It is not weather-sealed or as durable as some of the more expensive SLRs, but it doesn't "feel cheap" in my opinion. It features a 3-inch LCD (compared to the Rebel XS's 2.5 inch screen), which also has a very high resolution. It looks lovely! Auto-focus is fast, and I've been very pleased with the quality of the pictures and videos I've taken so far.
IMAGE QUALITY: I feared that cramming so many megapixels onto this sensor, there would be a lot of image 'noise' (the megapixel myth). This thankfully hasn't been an issue, and I've been very pleased with the pictures taken with this camera! Aside from White Balance issues (see below, Cons), image quality is pretty good!

VIDEO: Some people have disparagingly said that Video on DSLRs is just a gimmick. I disagree. Based on sample clips I'd seen on YouTube, I was excited about getting an HDSLR, and while videos are sometimes shaky if you don't have very steady hands, a tripod eliminates those concerns.
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385 of 392 people found the following review helpful By Robert Stone VINE VOICE on April 16, 2010
Style Name: Body Only
I just got this camera today (finally an available body only since I have no use for the kit lens) and I am awed. I had done a lot of research on this before buying it so I knew what to expect in terms of both the big upgrade issues as well as the little tweaks they have done, some of which turn out to be really terrific. If you are coming from another Canon the menus and interface will be second nature. Based on another very positive review just posted, coming from Nikon it's also an easy step. Here are some early observations:

The Best:
A huge bump in ISO. This was one of the two main reasons I upgraded from my trusty (and still good) XSI. I have made some test shots and despite going up to an 18 MP sensor the noise is not much of an issue and I shot several pics at ISO 3200 which look quite good. I then shot some in 6400 which did start to show some noise in the low light but still made for serviceable pictures. I am looking forward to seeing what it will do around a campfire at an upcoming camping trip with my daughter! My XSI despite a F/2.8 lens could not do much with that in the past.

The other main draw for me was video. I dream of being able to bring just one camera to, say, Disney and have it do double duty and I think this one may do it. So far, I have only shot a couple scenes in fairly low light and focus is a bit of a challenge but by zooming in and allowing the camera to come to focus before the shot it is manageable. I expect this to not be as much of an issue in brighter light. Be sure to enable auto focus during video in the menu - I suspect it is disabled by default due to the noise many lenses make with focusing as that would be recorded as well. I have two USM / "L" lenses so that should not be a problem for me but your milage may vary.
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352 of 365 people found the following review helpful By Nomad77 on March 4, 2010
Style Name: Body + 18-55mm lens
First, I have an extensive background in both photography and video. I was looking for a smaller camera to carry around that could also shoot video. When I heard about this one I thought it would be perfect and it is good, very good BUT its does have its issues... I will try to keep this short and to the point.


1. Superb image quality in both photos and video.
You can expect image quality comparable to a Canon Pro DSLR.
And I am not just saying that. I actually did compare it to our 1Ds MkII.
This camera can produces usable images up to ISO 3200. Noise is there but they
do a good job of controlling it. With this said, it would be noted that there
really isn't that much difference between a Canon 20D and the most expensive DSLR
for photos that will be displayed on the web or in regular size prints.
If you don't really need video then you can save yourself a lot of money and just
get a used 20D :) I actually still have my original 20D as a backup.

2. Amazingly, the 18-55 kit lens turned out to be remarkably good. How good?
Well, within the center area of the frame it would give the more expensive lens a run for their money :)
Where it begins to break down is in corner detail but this is to be expected.
The focusing is also too noisy to use for video, IF you are recording sound.

UPDATE: if you are looking to upgrade the lens, I can recommended the Canon 15-85 IS.

3. The built in mic is also very good. Even on regular video cameras this is almost a universal weakness.
If you are looking for a better mic I can recommend the Rode SVM Stereo Video Mic.
Works very well with this camera, unlike the Audio Technica 24CM.
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