Summary: This is a good camera to learn on or for multipurpose use. The menu is easy to figure out and if purchased with the 18-55mm lens should be enough to get you started. Except for cleaning kit which has to be purchased separately, the only other things you will need depend upon what you take pictures of and your usage. I bought the camera to learn more functionality outside Auto settings. This is a manual/auto focus camera it was different at first.
Excerpt: The Canon Rebel T1i Digital Camera is a great DSLR camera for a great price. The camera itself takes really good pictures with comparable image quality. I tend not to recommend this camera to a lot of my friends because they are not photography buffs. This camera is often hard for the beginner to use, and beyond the auto function, the limitless options, customizations, and potential of this camera is often unused and untapped with a beginner.
Excerpt: I love my Canon T1i. I went from a Canon point & shoot camera to this dlsr. It's not too heavy or bulky like some DLSR's can be and it fits my hand nicely. Once I understood all the different settings, it was fairly easy to use the right setting for the photo that I wanted to capture. It's 10 megapixels so it is professional quality and the photo's look really great.
Excerpt: This was my first real camera that I've used. I've been using it for about 3 years now and it's a real work horse. It's a great step up from a point-and-shoot and I would recommend this camera to anyone who is looking to get into photography but it's looking for a wallet-burning sensation. Problems: -No External Flash Controls -Low Light can be problematic -Battery life is alright.