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Old Nov 13, 2010, 7:54 PM   #1
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Default Canon Rebel XSi or Sony Alpha A290???

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This is my first time using this forum as I start having interest in DSLR

I'm going to buy my first DSLR for beginner with options for Canon Rebel XSi or Sony A290. However, I'm kinda leaning over the Canon Rebel XSi but I'm still unsure. I can buy the Sony A290 for $420 (new), but I'm willing to buy a used Canon Rebel for the similar price (Up to $450).

Is it a reasonable price for a $450 Used Canon Rebel XSi, or I just go with Sony A290?
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Old Nov 13, 2010, 8:08 PM   #2
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The canon is a better camera. Much better AF system and sensor. And no that is over price for a used XSi.
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So you mean, I can get a Rebel XSi cheaper than $450 ?

I've been searching on eBay for days and haven't found any Rebel XSi for less than $450. I bid some of them but they were ended with over $500.
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factory referb it is not to much more, about 70 dollars
or about 100 more for a t1i

And you get a warranty. 90 days with most authorized canon referb dealers, and 1 year at adorama.com for a canon referb from canon
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What do you want to shoot?
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The XSi is an old, discontinued model. It was (and still is) a good camera but the A290 is superior. You can buy plenty of new models for a bit more money. Less than two months ago I bought a Pentax Kx with the kit lens from Amazon Outlet (open box) for $436. I did not like the camera and returned it but the deal was excellent.
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@TCav: For general shooting. Coz' I'm moving up from point and shoot. Would there be any difference? Budget is my real concern so there ain't many options

It looks like The Canon fits better in my hand rather than the Sony. That's why I'm still wondering
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Ergonomics is always something to take into consideration when buying a camera. If it does not feel right, you won't have the best experience and over time you may not want to use it as much. So, if you already like the camera and it feels better in your hand, then go for it.
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For some things, the Canon XSi is a very god choice, but the Sony has some advantages. And in some instances, the types of things you want to shoot make a difference.

To cover your situation in a few broad strokes:
  • For dSLR bodies, "New" is always better than "Used".
  • Canon has a better selection of OEM and third party lenses.
  • Sony has image stabilization in the camera body, so every OEM, third party, and used lens will be stabilized
  • Canon relies on image stabilization in certain lenses, which makes them bigger, heavier, more expensive, and more rare than lenses for the Sony.
Based on the limited amount of info you've provided, between the two, I'd go with the Sony.
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