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...
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.
Excerpt: My parents own a Canon EOS 500D which they bought when it was pretty new on the market. They don't really know alot about photographing themselves, and neither did I before the last months. I was lucky to be tought by a good photographer, and I used this camera for learning.
Excerpt: I had few dSLR cameras before I bought this one - Canon 300D and 20D. Both were pretty big and bulky. Canon 500D is much smaller and lightweight camera. I like almost everything about it. The battery life is amazing and its really fast auto focus even in low light conditions.
Summary: Good overall Camera for beginners with money! I have recently purchased the Canon 500D, I bought the standard kit so came with the main body, 18-55mm lens (with covers), battery, battery charger and camera strap (need to purchase SD card/memory card separately).
Summary: Certainly not the best there is as far as quality DSLR cameras, but one of the best for consumers looking for a great DSLR beginner camera to play around with. Great quality, sturdy build and worth every penny.
Summary: I bought this camera after doing quite a bit of research. I wanted to have a value for money I spend. My initial confusion was, as every amateur photographer face it, which brand to go for Canon vs Nikon.