Canon EOS Rebel T1i List Price: $899 (with 18-55mm IS zoom)
Canon’s top entry-level model, the 15.1-megapixel EOS Rebel T1i offers the most megapixels in the category and a number of useful features. Very compact, the T1i nonetheless features a high-resolution, 3.0-inch, 920,000-dot
LCD monitor like those in Canon’s pro cameras with Live View capability. Water-repellent, anti-reflection and scratch-resistant coatings help you see images clearly in outdoor conditions, whether in Live View operation or when reviewing images.
A DIGIC 4 processor speeds operation, improves image quality and provides a normal ISO range of 100-3200, with expansion to 12,800.
The Live View Function for stills and video on the Canon EOS Rebel T1i allows you to apply most camera functions directly to Live View through the menu.
HD VIDEO: Like the 5D Mark II, the Rebel T1i offers HD video at 1080p, but at 20 fps instead of the former’s 30 fps. You also can shoot 720p HD video and 640x480p SD video at 30 fps. A movie button on the back of the camera starts and stops video recording. Sound is mono, via a built-in mic. 14-BIT A/D CONVERSION: Unusual for an entry-level D-SLR, the T1i provides 14-bit A/D conversion, which means it theoretically produces four times as many tonal or color gradations as cameras that use 12-bit conversion. The result is smoother tones and more accurate colors in your nature photos. LIVE VIEW OPERATION: Like the 5D Mark II, the T1i provides Live View with Quick (phase-detection) and Live (contrast-based) autofocusing, as well as manual focusing using the magnified live view. Live operation is especially handy for tripod-mounted landscape and macro work, and for manually focusing when using light-stealing teleconverters. STANDOUT FEATURE: That 15.1-megapixel Canon CMOS sensor provides the most megapixels of any entry-level D-SLR, handy when you want to photograph detailed landscapes and make large prints. ALSO CONSIDER: CANON EOS REBEL XSi
Budget-minded photographers who don’t need video capability can try the EOS Rebel XSi, which provides very good AF performance on moving wildlife and 12.2 megapixels for landscapes at a reduced cost. List Price: $599.