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Old Jun 14, 2010, 1:22 PM   #21
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After getting advice on here i would definitely get a new camera, which i am going to do once i see the new Sony A290. Its a toss up between that and a D5000 for me or maybe a D3000!! lol
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Old Jun 14, 2010, 1:37 PM   #22
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Personally, I'd go with the Sony A290 or A230 (or any other Sony dSLR model) over the D3000. But, I'd go with the Nikon D5000 over the A290 or A230.

The Nikon D3000 is using a Sony 10MP CCD Sensor that doesn't perform as well at higher ISO speeds. The Nikon D5000 is using a better Sony 12MP CMOS Sensor. You'd need to move up to the Sony A500 to get a similar sensor (Sony 12MP CMOS) compared to the one used in the Nikon D5000.

But, make sure to take lens choices into consideration, as the lower end Nikon bodies (D40, D40x, D60, D3000, D5000) do not have built in focus motors, meaning that any lenses you use on them will need built in motors if you want Autofocus (AF-S lenses in the Nikkor lineup, HSM lenses in the Sigma lineup, or lenses specifically marked as having built in focus motors in the Tamron Lineup). Lens choices that allow Autofocus with the entry level Nikon bodies are improving now. But, your choices in used lenses would be limited if you want Autofocus with the entry level Nikon bodies.
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Old Jun 14, 2010, 1:57 PM   #23
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Back to Snewpy, please -

My vote goes to the XSi, as it is a measurably better camera compared head on with the A-230. The A-230 is a fun camera, but the XSi is better.

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Old Jun 14, 2010, 5:17 PM   #24
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XSi, is that also known as the 450?
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Old Jun 14, 2010, 5:24 PM   #25
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Yes it is the 450D
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Old Jun 14, 2010, 6:28 PM   #26
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After spending way too much time playing with both side-by-side, I opted for the XSi. The grip felt more comfortable, the button spacing and layout on the back of the camera seemed more organized, the larger display was convenient, the mode dial was on the right instead of left side and it just "felt" like a better built camera.

Now to go see if I can score a great deal on that 55-250 IS lens

Thank you everybody for your input and advice I appreciate it.
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Old Jun 14, 2010, 6:30 PM   #27
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Congrats it is a good camera, you can most likely pick up a charger for at adorama or ebay.
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Old Jun 14, 2010, 9:07 PM   #28
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Congratulations, Snewpy!

You made a great choice. Enjoy your camera and post some photos.

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Old Nov 19, 2010, 11:59 AM   #29
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I know this is an old thread, but I'm hoping some of the original posters are subscribed.

It's pretty clear from the preceding posts that the Canon Rebel XSi 450D is the better choice of the two cameras, so I decided to shop for one. But the prices I get from a Google search range from $570 to $725 for the Canon, versus the mid $300 range mentioned. They all seem to include the same lense and no options like tripods, cases, etc.

Have I somehow bungled the search or do I have the model number wrong? I've been searching for Canon Rebel XSi 450D.
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Here is one at Adoroma....the original post was talking used....they seem to be going around $400, clean with lens on ebay.

both with 18-55 lens

You can get a new XSi for $589


http://www.adorama.com/ICADRXSIB.html

Or a Refurb Canon t1i for $585, new one for $685

http://www.adorama.com/ICADRT1IKR.html
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