So to celebrate the stores putting up Christmas decorations, I am going to start an annual holiday gift guide. I'll just review the items I own and love and if you're struggling to find the perfect gift for your loved ones, check it out. I'll add all the items to this here handy shopping guide:
Today I'll start with my love, my heart, my DSLR camera.
I did a lot of research before finally settling on my Canon Rebel Xsi. The reason I chose this camera above others is its ease of use, the price, and its capabilities.
I really wanted something that would allow me to get started since I've never had a DSLR before, but I also didn't want to buy a "start up" camera that I would have to replace not too long after.
Canon Rebel XS which is currently significantly cheaper but when I was finally ready to purchase the camera, the Canon Rebel XSi fell in price so much that it was only about $50 difference! I couldn't say "no" to that. (ps- I recommend putting your "wish list" items in your shopping cart on amazon.com because you get notified anytime it decreases in price - that's how I caught my deal).
So let me tell you what I love about my camera.
First and foremost, I LOVE the picture quality.
|Picture with digital camera|
|Picture with Canon Rebel XSi|
Which brings me to my second favorite thing about this camera - it takes incredible pictures even on an automatic setting. One of the things that really scared me about getting a DSLR is that I would never know how to use it. But this camera has made things super simple. I think the best part about this auto setting is that it also lets you know what settings are on during each shot - i.e. ISO, etc. I use that to practice later on on my own and try to mimic the settings and then veer off a bit.
Then, once you get the hang of it, it's super easy to start trying out some of the other settings. I'm still looking for a book or two on DSLR's and photography (*hint hint*) but in the meantime, I've been using the wonderful Google to get hints and advice and learn about this amazing new hobby.
Some things that I think aren't all that great about this camera is that it is big, as are most DSLR's. I was ready for that though. But I do wish I waited a bit longer because just a couple of months after I bought my camera a new one came out with HD video capabilities. I'm not sure that I would pay the price to get that, nor am I sure I want them all in one, but I would like to have had an option. Overall though, I really have 0 complaints. Nada. I love it. It's my baby.