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Canon Rebel XTi vs Canon 30D

Thomas Robinson , Apr 02, 2007; 04:29 p.m.

Just curious, been eyeing up digital and see that the 30D is more than the XTi... yet, the 30D is an 8.2mp vs the 10.1mp XTi, and the XTi has that self cleaning option to it....

I know I must be missing something....

Can anyone tell me why the 30D costs about $300 more and why it would be chosen over top of the XTi?

I'm a student, or else I'd get the 5D...

Being a student I am also cheap (not by choice) so was looking at the XTi pricewise, but if there is some reason why the 30D would be a better choice I'd like to know... I'm a Graphic Design student, ending 1st yr and want a camera that will last me many years, even when starting to work... again the 5D would be great... but... it's a bit out of my price range.

Thanks

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Jon Austin , Apr 02, 2007; 04:39 p.m.

Compare size and construction: the 30D is larger and has a magnesium alloy "skeleton." Plus the very useful Quick Control Dial.

It's mostly a case of superior interface (30D) vs. newer technology (XTi).

That the 30D wasn't superceded last month by a newer model (a la 40D) with the more current technologies found in the XTi is a source of chagrin and anguish for many Canon 10/20/30D and Digital Rebel (original/XT) owners.

Leopold Stotch , Apr 02, 2007; 04:50 p.m.

The self cleaning option and higher resolution is about all the XTi has going for it on the 30D. Others will certainly disagree, saying that its better on little more than the fact that it is newer. If you compare the statistics of the two, you will see that the 30D is superior most capacities. As for the 30D compared to the XTi, it has a higher max shutter speed, faster frame rate, 1/3 stop ISO settings, larger buffer, faster flash sync, spot metering, longer battery life, better build, ISO 3200, and a few more minor features. You decide if thats worth an extra $300. To some, it is not, to others, it makes all the difference.

Brian Pape , Apr 02, 2007; 04:59 p.m.

To continue with what Leopold started... The 30d has a dedicated status LCD, dedicated rear dial, larger and brighter viewfinder, better grip, better interface for most functions, and a few more minor features. It is lacking a relatively ineffective dust removal system, and an extra 2 megapixels.

The XTi is by no means a bad camera- you really need to hold and shoot with each camera to make your decision.

I owned a Rebel XT and have used an XTi, but you couldn't pry my 30d out of my hands.

Ronald Moravec , Apr 02, 2007; 05:06 p.m.

XTI is just a plastic consumer grade camera that does not even have a glass pentaprism.

For the intended family / amateur use it is a fine camera.

David Crenshaw , Apr 02, 2007; 05:58 p.m.

Ronald got it in a nutshell -- the Rebel is intended for amateurs. That doesn't make it a bad camera at all, just one that many pros wouldn't be as interested in. The 30D, while certainly not on the level of the 1 series bodies, is more professional. It's studier built so it can be banged around a bit more, the mirror mechanism is designed to be fired a lot more, the controls allow for a lot more control to be done a lot more easily. The Rebel is intended more for Aunt Sally to get pictures of the kiddies during the family vacation to Disney World.

Jim Doty , Apr 02, 2007; 07:48 p.m.

Once you press the shutter button, it doesn't make that much difference which camera body you get, they will both produce excellent images.

Before you press the shutter button is another matter. As others have mentioned, I much prefer the ergonomics of the 10D/20D/30D line. Having two dials/wheels (one on the back and the other by the shutter release) to control aperture and shutter speed (manual mode), and exposure compensation (aperture and shutter priority modes) is faster and more intuitive. In some situations, it can make the difference between getting and missing the shot.

If the price was the same, I would pick the 30D any day. Even with the price difference, I would still pick the 30D (or a used 20D).

Jim

Alvin Hear , Apr 02, 2007; 07:55 p.m.

I disagree about the XTi being labelled strictly an amateur camera ( who here is a pro, by the way? ).... I have had one since last fall when they came out and I am EXTREMELY pleased with the quality up to ISO 400. I am printing gorgeous 8x10's at home and having my 16x20's done by mpix. Amateur my ass, its a great camera. I cant talk to the 30D's quality, but I wouldnt hesitate to get the Xti. The costs involved on improving the quality ( outside of lens choice ) would not be worth it unless you are printing huge ( like 32 x 40 inch prints ). AH

richard oleson , Apr 02, 2007; 09:12 p.m.

I haven't used the 30D; I've been pretty satisfied with the XTi except for an unexpected degree of difficulty focusing manual-focus lenses in the small viewfinder. But for me, spending 3 times the price of a good 35mm SLR on a camera was a major undertaking, and adding another $300 was absolutely out of the question.

Or put another way, I have an extra $300 to put toward better lenses...

John Falkenstine , Apr 02, 2007; 11:05 p.m.

the Xti lacks a critical feature which you will soon wish you had as you get more interested in photography. It does not have spot metering ability. While there are workarounds (wandering the camera around for a reading, then locking it in) you will soon tire of waving the camera around in front of your face as if your middle ear had suddenly failed. Read this excellent netsite for some good info. http://spotmetering.com/


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