Summary: I bought one of these almost 5 years ago and it was awesome. I've upgraded since then, but I learned a lot about photography from this camera. For an entry level it performed very well. Definitely a great buy for someone who is looking to get into photography.
Summary: I received a bonus one year from my job and then used some gift money to purchase this camera. I was very excited to purchase a higher quality digital camera than my first camera. My sister in law had this camera and she loved it. And having a 35mm camera similar I found it easy to use.
Summary: Overall I'd definitely recommend this to someone who is a hobbyist or wants a starter DSLR. If you consider yourself an enthusiast or extreme hobbyist you should look to a semi-pro DSLR like the new 50D or Nikon D300.
Pros: I've loved this camera. I upgraded to it from my Canon point and shoot last year. I've since become a sometimes-paid photography enthusiast and have hit a few roadblocks with this camera. I'll mention them in the cons section.
Cons: Digital noise beyond ISO 400 is very poor compared to Nikon's D40 (the nearest competitor). Relatively featureless compared to competition (Nikon, Sony). And now, vastly outdated compared to newer refreshed Canon XSi and XS.
Conclusion: The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT is an exceptionally small and lightweight camera designed for amateur digital SLR photographers, but it delivers the responsiveness and image quality you'd expect from a semipro model.
Pros: The Canon Digital Rebel XT's image quality leads its class; competitive price; ultrafast start-up time; very responsive.
Cons: The Canon Rebel XT's lightweight plastic body isn't ergonomically satisfying; no spot meter; limited continuous-shooting mode, unimpressive kit lens; 1.6X lens-conversion factor.
Summary: My first DSLR, I love it. It's big, it's expensive, it's dorky, but it's worth it. I just need a bigger pocket to carry it in. Image quality is unsurpassed, usability is unmatched, no bells or whistles or stuff you don't need. Good stuff. Good fun.
Rebel XTi - smooth conversion from film to digital
W. J. Leonard, Amazon
20 January 2008
Summary: As a long-time user of Canon film 35mm cameras, I've been putting off moving to digital. This camera makes me wish I'd made the move years ago. Excellent quality photos, easy to get started but still lots of features. And, most important, compatible with existing lenses.